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February 2018 Newsletter

How did the first month of the year go for you? Do you need some help focusing your plans in order to get the most out of 2018? This month’s articles contain step-by-step processes you can use to help you lay the foundation for achieving more this year. Don’t let the calendar get you down. You can choose to start taking control whenever you want--so how about February?? One of the most critical pieces has to do with finding an accountability partner. We’ve learned this one the hard way through experience. It absolutely works. Get out there and do great things! We believe in you. Happy February!

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What are people saying about their experience with the LeadQuine herd? Hear it from Bill Klemm, former Director of Operations for Melling Corporation.

LOOKING BACK

Acclaimed American philosopher and scholar, John Dewey, wisely said, “We do not learn from experience… We learn from reflecting on experience.”

Well, it’s that time of year again…the time when everyone tells you to get a fresh start, resolve to live better in the new year, and all that jazz. While that’s not a bad thing to do, it can help to take a minute to reflect back on the year before deciding how to move forward. When we don’t spend a moment engaged in honest assessment of the past year/moment, it is difficult to avoid repeating mistakes or patterns which weren’t helpful.

Here are five questions to help get you started on looking back over this past year.

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LOOKING LEFT—ELLEN’S CHALLENGE

Before anyone classifies us as writing politically in this space, let me tell you why I’ve titled this week’s post “Looking Left”. First of all, I’m left-handed, and this week’s post is about me. Second, my challenge this week is found in the fact that I’m a Lowest C in the AcuMax Index hard-wiring survey. When you see the Lowest C on the graph, it appears all the way to the left. See? That wasn’t political—just my attempt at clever!

Following our own advice can be a challenge for us as much as it is for our clients. We like to think we practice what we preach most of the time, but weeks like this past one make it clear…we all have room to grow.

Changing schedules and moving things around is not stressful for me. As I mentioned, I am a Lowest C in the AcuMax Index hard-wiring survey, which means I adapt to change (heck, I often CAUSE the change) without losing productivity. It’s true that I have more “SQUIRREL!” moments than I would like, but I try to use it to my advantage as much as possible. I can be very flexible and fluid with managing deadlines and fitting in projects, and work extremely well under pressure. But it has its downsides as well.

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LOOKING FORWARD

By now, you know, dear readers, how we feel about connecting intention to action. We feel strongly. Setting intention is simply not enough. We get caught way too easily in “shoulda-coulda-woulda” land, and nothing changes.

Dr. Gail Matthews, a professor of Psychology at Dominican University in California, conducted a study seeking to create a concrete link between writing down our goals, committing to actions which move us in the direction of those goals, and being accountable for taking those actions. She found more than 70 percent of participants in her study who engaged in all three of those activities found success, as compared to just 43 percent of those who simply thought about the goals without writing them down or seeking accountability partners. (Find out more about that study by clicking here.)

I set some pretty ambitious goals in 2017 for the growth of the equine guided learning portion of our business. 

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