Archive for Accountability

YOUR DREAM BEGINS TODAY by Les Brown

Posted in General Management, Life Management, Your Dream Begins Today with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

In addition to the inspirational quotes, the beautiful images, my own personal and business blogs, the recommended reading list, and information on my consulting business, I would like to share some of the writings of various thought leaders.

YOUR DREAM BEGINS TODAY by Les Brown

What will your life be like when you’ve achieved your most deeply held dreams? Let’s take a look at how you can start living your dreams this very day.

Do you have a dream, a vision of the life you wish to live?
How specific is that dream?
How clear is that vision?
How do you intend to reach it?
What obstacles stand in your way?
Are your fears holding you back or are you using them to move you forward?

Your fears can actually lead you to success. Fear is an intense emotion. But that doesn’t mean it has to control you, or even stop you. Fear can prepare you and push you forward just as strongly as it can hold you back. Fear heightens your awareness and increases your physical strength. Fear brings your mind to sharp focus. With all that going for you, does it make sense to just run and hide? Of course not. Fear gets you in shape to take action!

Are you waiting for things to get better before moving ahead? If you’re serious about success, you need to start taking action today. If you’re waiting for things to be perfect, you’ll wait forever and nothing will ever get done.

The way to achieve is to bloom where you’re planted, to do what you can, where you are, with what you have. It’s easy to think up excuses for not taking action. “If only I had more hours in the day. If only I had a better job. If only I could meet the right person.” But excuses won’t bring you anything of value. You’ve got to change your “if only” into an “I will.” “I will make better use of my time. I will work on improving my career. I will create and nurture my relationships.”

Take a chance. Have faith in yourself. Your circumstances will improve when you make the effort to improve them. Start where you are right now. You have everything it takes to reach for whatever you desire. Stop wishing. Use your time, your energy, your thoughts and efforts to make it happen! You’ll be glad you did!

– Les Brown

If you’re interested in a complimentary 30-minute business strategy session, for more information, please refer to my Behind the Scenes Consulting. If you have questions, please email me at Consulting@RobertFinkelstein.com. I welcome your comments below. Thank you.

INTRODUCING… THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SUCCESS by Jack Canfield

Posted in General Management, Life Management, Person Responsible for Your Success with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

In addition to the inspirational quotes, the beautiful images, my own personal and business blogs, the recommended reading list, and information on my consulting business, I would like to share some of the writings of various thought leaders.

INTRODUCING… THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SUCCESS by Jack Canfield

It’s time to meet the person who has been responsible for the life you live right now. This person has created your income, your debt, your relationships, your health, your fitness level, your weight, your attitudes and your behaviors. Who is it? To introduce yourself, walk to your closest mirror and say hello! This person is you! And although the popular myth circulating is that external factors determine how you live, the truth of the matter is that you are in complete control of the quality of your life.

It’s time to look at the life you’ve created and determine what is working and what is not. Certainly, there are wonderful things happening in your life, whether it’s your job, your spouse, your grades, your children, your friends or your income level. Congratulate yourself on these successes; you are creating them for yourself! And then take a look at what isn’t working out so well. What are you doing or not doing to create those experiences?

It’s time to stop blaming outside factors for your unhappiness. When you realize that you create your experiences, you’ll realize that you can un-create them and create new experiences whenever you want. But you must take responsibility for your happiness and your unhappiness, your successes and your failures, your good times and your bad times. When you stop blaming, you can take that energy and redirect your focus on creating a better situation for yourself. Blaming only ties up your energy.

It’s also time to stop complaining. Look at what you are complaining about. Really examine it. More than likely, it is something that you can do something about. Are you unhappy about something that is happening? Make requests that will make it more desirable to you, or take the steps to change it yourself. Making a change might be uncomfortable to you. It might mean you have to put in more time, money and effort. It might mean that someone gets upset about it. It might be difficult to change or leave a situation, but staying put is your choice, so why continue to complain? Face the facts: You can either do something about it or not. It is your choice, and you have responsibility for your choices.

Successful people take 100 percent responsibility for the thoughts they think, the images that visualize and the actions they take. They do not waste their time and energy blaming and complaining. They evaluate their experiences and decide if they need to change them or not. They face the uncomfortable and take risks in order to create the life they want to live.

Taking responsibility requires you to first decide to believe that you create all your experiences; second, to pay attention to yourself, your behavior and your life experiences; and last, to face the truth and deal with what is not working in your life. You have to be willing to change your behavior if you want a different outcome. You have to be willing to take the risks necessary to get what you want.

Isn’t it a great relief to know that you can make your life what you want it to be? Isn’t it wonderful that your successes do not depend on someone else? Commit to taking 100 percent responsibility for your every aspect of your life. Decide to make changes, one step at a time. Once you start the process, you’ll discover it is much easier to get what you want by taking control of your thoughts, your visualizations and your actions!

– Jack Canfield

If you’re interested in a complimentary 30-minute business strategy session, for more information, please refer to my Behind the Scenes Consulting. If you have questions, please email me at Consulting@RobertFinkelstein.com. I welcome your comments below. Thank you.

Qualities of a Great Business Leader – Accountability & Courage (Part 1) by Robert Finkelstein

Posted in General Management, Life Management, Qualities of a Great Business Leader with tags , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2009 by Robert Finkelstein

Business leaderWhat qualities make someone a great business leader? The profile of such a person includes many dimensions, which I’ll lay out over the next few days.

John Quincy Adams said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” I completely agree, but how does one do that?

Accountability and Courage
AccountabilityHere are some of the qualities that make a true leader stand out from the crowd.

In no specific order, a leader….
1. Understands his/her strengths and acknowledges his/her weaknesses
2. Takes responsibility for his/her actions and performance
3. Is a decision maker
4. Is resilient; learns from mistakes…and successes
5. Is committed to improvement, growth, learning, personal development
6. Gets the job done and manages his/her work and life balance
7. Works quickly and efficiently
8. Encourages and provides constructive feedback
9. Is willing to step out of his/her comfort zone and experience new challenges
Courage10. Is self-confident, and will respectfully defend a point of view
11. Is not a follower, and will voice an unpopular opinion if he/she believes in it
12. Will take calculated risks
13. Is proactive, not reactive
14. Faces challenges head on
15. LEADS BY EXAMPLE

If you’re interested in a complimentary 30-minute business strategy session with Robert Finkelstein, for more information, please refer to Behind the Scenes Consulting. If you have questions, please email Robert at Consulting@RobertFinkelstein.com. Your comments are welcomed below. Thank you.