Why Being Excited About Your Work Will Accelerate Your Success

Excited businessman

“People want to see other people be excited about something.”

In season 26 episode 5, Tamsen Webster joins the show.  She is a speaker, coach, and power communicator. 


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Excitement Matters

Being excited about your work is underrated. Most people go about their workday, checking the proverbial box. This is precisely why those professionals who are excited about the work they do or the content they present stand out from those who aren’t.

The word excitement is defined by Webster’s as; having, showing, or characterized by a heightened state of energy, enthusiasm, eagerness.

Having more energy than the average professional is a real competitive advantage. Tamsen Webster knows a thing or two about competitive advantages. As a speaker and coach, she is continually looking for even the smallest slivers of competitive advantages to help her own business and her clients. She gave a masterclass on the importance of excitement on the Follow My Lead Podcast.

Great Quotes about Excitement

“No one will ever be as excited about your content as you are”

Tamsen Webster

“People want to see other people be excited about something.”

Tamsen Webster

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You don’t get to choose people’s interpretation of you, all you get to choose is the experiences you offer to them.”

Tamsen Webster

How to Get Excited

Clearly being excited about your work matters. However, most people struggle to get excited about anything but their favorite sports team or a beloved hobby. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few strategies to help you get excited at work.

  1. Find Something Small In Your Job to Get Excited About – Instead of trying to get excited about every single part of your job, look smaller. Start by looking at something you get the opportunity to do that you like and want to do more of. For some people, this might make up 10% of their job, and for others, it could make up 90%. Regardless of where you fall, the key is to find one thing and find ways to develop your skills in that area so you can do more of it.
  2. Take a Part of Your Job and Make it Your Own – One of the secret strategies of being excited about something is taking something given to you and making it your own. As Tamsen Webster said, “Find what is interesting to you and make it your own.” A coaching client of mine is in sales. He didn’t like prospecting, but instead of complaining about it, he customized his call and email scripts and made a game out so he could get excited about it every day.
  3. Use Your Own Excitement Meter – Some people wake up excited about everything. But if I have learned anything in my work with leaders, it’s to compare yourself to the best version of you and not anyone else. As C.S. Lewis said, “comparison is the thief of joy.” Your excitement might not reach the levels of someone else’s, but it doesn’t mean it’s not essential for you to be successful.

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About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

How to Believe in Yourself in Order to Lead

Wooden chess pawn with king shadow

“Without self-belief, there is no leadership.”

In season 26 episode 4, John Eades covers the important topic of developing your self-belief. 


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Your self-belief is one of the most critical factors in determining how successful you will be in life. But don’t just take it from me. Some of the all-time greats in business and sports have shed some light on the importance of belief and confidence.

Quotes to Remember About Self-Belief

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.

Henry Ford

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

Arthur Ashe

“To excel at the highest level—or any level, really—you need to believe in yourself, and hands down, one of the biggest contributors to my self-confidence has been private coaching.”

Stephen Curry

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game.

Jack Nicklaus

What is Belief?

Researchers have had a difficult time agreeing on a common definition of belief. To ensure we are on the same page, here is my favorite: A belief is nothing more than a reinforced pattern in your brain.

This is important because it shows that we aren’t born with beliefs; they are developed when certain things are reinforced and become a pattern in our brain. The reason this is such a big deal is that you can reprogram your brain to reinforce new patterns.

Bandura’s Theory

There has been some incredible work done in the last 50 years about self-belief and why it’s so important. Positivepsycology.com has been leading the way. In a recent article, they detail the work of Dr. Albert Bandura and what came to be known as Bandura’s Theory.

Bandura’s theory states that self-efficacy is built on one’s beliefs in the likelihood of future success; those who believe they have the ability to influence the events of their lives have high self-efficacy, while those who feel they are not in control and have little to no impact on what will happen to them in the future have low self-efficacy (Bandura, 1977).”

The key here is you must own your beliefs.

How to Improve Your Self-Belief

Recognize Negative Thoughts.

We all have negative thoughts that pass through our heads. Instead of trying to ensure we never have them, the key is not to give them oxygen.   Simply recognize the thoughts for what they are and replace them with something better. This will allow positive beliefs to become a reinforced pattern in our brain instead of the negative ones.   

Challenge Yourself to Do Something You Have Never Done.

A coaching client I was working with is one of the highest achievers I have ever met, but she was struggling with belief during the pandemic. Instead of allowing this struggle to continue, I reminded her, nothing will grow belief more than achievement.  She loved this idea, so she challenged herself to do something outside of her comfort zone. 

Now only did she sign up for the Ultimate Leadership Academy, but she committed to making ten prospecting calls a day with a new attitude and a new script. It wasn’t until her fifth day that the challenge paid off. She closed one of her most significant accounts to date all because she challenged herself to achieve.

Embrace the Failure.

Since achievement improves belief, challenging yourself to do things you have never done will inevitably result in some degree of failure. While those failures hurt at the moment, “Failure is not final, failure is feedback.” 

Show you courage and determination to not allow those failures to make you quit. Instead turn them into to fuel to keep you learning and growing. Winston Churchhill famously said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Closing

Beliefs are nothing more than a reinforced pattern in your brain. To lead yourself and others, it requires a pattern of good thoughts being reinforced on an ongoing basis. One of my favorite strategies to help with this is a simple phrase you can say to yourself every morning, “I am built for this.” Give it a try each day, so it becomes a new pattern in your brain.

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About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

Why Your Dreams Are Possible With Relentless Drive

Dream

“Have purpose in everything that you do.”

In season 26 episode 3, we are joined by Aaron Golub. He was the first legally blind college football player.


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Close your right eye. Now as you look at these words through your left eye, bring your left thumb and pointer finger together to create a small circle about the size of a dime. If you were to add a blur that would barely allow you to see this screen, you would be approaching the eyesight, Aaron Golub has had his whole life.

Golub joined us me on the Follow My Lead podcast to discuss his amazing story of being the first legally blind player to play college football. Not only will his story inspire you but it will have you thinking about the 3P’s to achieve your dreams.

  1. Planning – Setting a clear goal and objective for your dreams is the only way to start
  2. Passion – Taking the initiative to act on your plan each day and being excited about it will fuel achievement
  3. Perseverance – Having the will to never give up and work harder than anyone else in the room is the only path to success.

Our Favorite Quotes From the Show

“If you have the drive, there is nothing you can’t accomplish if you want it bad enough.”

“If you aren’t consistent you aren’t going to see the results.”

“Anything is possible.”  

“If you are struggling to find a passion lock into helping other people.  You will be amazed at the light that comes from it.”

John Eades

“Don’t walk in a room and not be the hardest working person in the room.”

“Shifting your mindset to believe you can accomplish anything will help you break through any obstacle.”

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. He is currently scheduling virtual workshops and keynotes. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

Why Now is the Time to Be Your Best

Time is fleeting

“The average person goes to his grave with the music still in him.” Oliver Wendel Holmes

In previous episodes of the Follow My Lead Podcast, we covered how to handle adversity, how to find good in tough times, and how to use ambition to fuel your success. In the latest episode, John Eades covers why now is the time for you to be the best you can be.  But not just any kind of action, actions that make a positive daily deposit. 


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Why Now is the Time to Be Your Best

When it comes to people taking action, most people delay. They tell themselves they will start tomorrow. Unfortunately, tomorrow comes and goes and they never take action. Oliver Wendel Holmes said it best, “The average person goes to his grave with the music still in him.”

It’s easier to take action and ensure you don’t go to your grave with music still in your when you realize: In your hands, you hold the seeds of failure or the potential for greatness.  Your hands are capable but they must be used – and for the right things to reap the rewards you are capable of attaining. 

Positive and Negative Daily Deposits

In order to take action and reach your potential for greatness it requires you to make positive daily deposits into the 4 primary areas of your life

  1. Work
  2. Faith
  3. Fitness
  4. Family / Relationships

Conversely, As Arthur Brooks talks about, there places you don’t want to make deposits.  

  1. Money
  2. Power
  3. Pleasure
  4. Fame

While there is nothing necessarily wrong with any of these by themselves, if you are making negative deposits into these accounts for those reasons alone, you won’t be taking action in the right way.  You will be on the road to nowhere, chasing and chasing and chasing this fleeting thing called happiness. 

We are all susceptible to falling into bad habits and making deposits into negative accounts No one, is immune from it.  

But if you believe now is the time to take action for you, and you don’t want to go to the grave with music still inside you, now is the day to reevaluate where you are putting your deposits and start making them into the right accounts.  

Here are 4 questions I want you to ask yourself:

  1.  Did you do all you could yesterday to move work forward and the direction you want your career to go?
  2. Whatever your belief system, did you make a deposit into your spiritual life? 
  3. Did you get 20 minutes of physical activity today? 
  4. Did you give your family and or friends purposefully present time? 

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making victual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

How Great Leaders Respond to Adversity

Hand stopping domino effect of wooden blocks

“Every one of us has the ability to be a servant leader.”

In season 25, episode 9, we are joined by Damon West.  He is the author of The Coffee Bean and The Change Agent. You can learn more about him.


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Every person whether you want it or not has faced adversity. The current pandemic is a great example of adversity that no one asked for or expected. Damon West, the author of The Coffee Bean shared a phenomenal example of the three basic responses to adversity.

Adversity is a lot like a pot of boiling water. If you put a carrot in a pot of boiling water, it turns soft. You don’t want to be the carrot when adversity happens. If you place an egg in the boiling water, it turns hard. You don’t want to be the egg when adversity happens. If you put coffee beans in boiling water, you have to change the name of it to coffee. What you want to be is a coffee bean when adversity happens because you will be positive and attract the right things into your life.

The question you want to answer today is what are you going to choose to be in the face of adversity:

  • A carrot
  • An egg 
  • A coffee bean

Quotes to Remember

“Great leaders use vulnerability and authenticity in the way they lead.”

“If you’re going to pray don’t worry, if you’re going to worry don’t pray.”

“God put in front of me what you need me to do today for you and let me recognize it when I see it.”

You control four things in life; what you think, say, feel, and what you do.”

About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of  Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

Most Managers Don’t Know How to Encourage Others. But They Can Learn.

“Leaders who don’t encourage will eventually be surrounded by a discouraged team.”


In 1832, Abraham Lincoln lost his job and was defeated in a bid for the state legislature. That defeat set off a string of failures and heartbreak for the future-president. His business failed, leaving him in debt for the next 17 years; his fiance died unexpectedly; he had a nervous breakdown causing him to be homebound for two years; he lost seven elections.  

While we will never know what was going on in the heart of Lincoln during those setbacks, he never gave up and got discouraged. Not only did his tenacity and courage payoff, but the skills and toughness he acquired helped him lead during turbulent times. Today he is widely considered to be one of the greatest presidents of the history of the United States because of his fantastic accomplishments. 

Tough times don’t last, tough people do.  

Lincoln is proof of the truth behind Robert Schuller words.

Why getting discouraged will destroy you

If there is a time you’re going to get discouraged, it’s now. A seemingly endless period of uncertainty, fear, and doubt clutters your mind daily. Instead of getting up early to read, workout, or beat the traffic, you are faced with the all-important decision about whether you should shower or not before you start remote work. 

Regardless of your particular situation, no one is exempt from getting discouraged. The word “courage” comes from the Latin root “cor,” which means “heart.” So literally, the word discouraged means, “disheartened.” While no one would blame you for having a broken heart about the current situation, it’s losing your heart that we can’t allow to happen.  

A broken heart is okay, losing your heart isn’t.

While it’s possible for one superhuman professional to single handily find ways not to get discouraged, that’s the exception, not the rule. We need leaders to encourage us and keep us moving forward. If you find yourself in a position where you need to do this for others, here are some strategies:

1. Start with empathy about their situation

One of my mentors told me early in my career, “Everybody is going through something whether you know it or not.” Start from a place of empathy.  

Remote workers are juggling working from home and teaching their kids at the same time. For the first week, my kids were out of school, I didn’t believe it was a tough job. In the last two weeks, I’ve experienced the challenges of teaching my son, I have great empathy for any working parent who is in the same boat.  

Even if you haven’t been in an employees exact position, you can still empathize. When you do this, they will be more open to the strategies and the words you decide to use.

2. Focus on your environment to maintain hope

One of the exceptional leaders I wrote about in Building the Best, Bob Caslen, provided fantastic insight in an email interview this week. He said:  

“One of the most important things leaders must do in crisis and adversity is to maintain hope. If hope becomes forlorn, then morale quickly plummets. In order to maintain hope, the leader must know the environment; where the challenges are and where the opportunities are. He or she must have the agility and adaptiveness to find the opportunities and to develop and pursue them. It is in this environment, that hope is maintained, and where hope can grow. And when hope is strong, people do not get discouraged.”

Take Caslen’s words to heart and focus your efforts on understanding your team’s environment. Explore strategies and solutions to that will allow your team to quickly adapt and pivot to provide hope to your people.  

3. Use specific words and phrases

Words are powerful things. To keep your team from becoming discouraged, you must use strong and powerful language. In the latest episode of the Follow My Lead podcast, Mike Robbins, author of the new book We’re All in This Together, shared a powerful lesson all leaders need to add to their arsenal: “Even though it doesn’t seem like it, you have more than this moment requires.”

I don’t know a better, more powerful phrase for you to use with your team on a regular basis more than this, “You have more than this moment requires.” Here are a few more of my favorites:  

“You were born for this.”

“If it were easy, everyone would do it.”

“You haven’t given up yet for a reason.”

“You are a blessing.”

Or this one from Rachel Hollis:

Closing

If you’re uncertain about your ability to lead your team away from discouragement, remember Abraham Lincoln. He continued on for years, with no proof or evidence, seemingly alone. The difference is your team doesn’t have to do it alone. You can lead them. Take this responsibility seriously by having empathy, maintaining hope, and using specific words to encourage them. Remember leaders who don’t encourage will eventually be surrounded by a discouraged team.

You have more than this moment requires!

Whom are you going to encourage today? How are you going to encourage your team this week?

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making victual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.

Why Strong Leaders Are Fundamental to Bring People Together

“Strong leaders are fundamental to everything.” – Mike Robbins

In season 25, episode 1, Mike Robbins joined us on the show. He is the author of We’re All In This Together and Bring Your Whole Self to Work.  You can find more about him and get his book here.

 


In the show we cover:

– Difference between gratitude and appreciation

– Why team chemistry is so critical

– How to be better in collaboration and communication

– Why psychological safety is so essential

– What happens to a leaderless team


Shareable quotes from Mike:

“So much of strong leadership is being willing to show your true humanity.”

“Manager trumps brand every time.”

“Leadership is never more important than it is in a crisis.”

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How to Effectively Lead Others in Uncertain Times

Confused businessman writing question mark on whiteboard

We seem to be in uncertain times. It’s the role of great leaders to provide direction and hope in times of uncertainty.

In season 24 episode 9, John covers the critical topic of leading in uncertain times.


Leadership isn’t easy when times are good. Consider the challenge of leading in uncertain times. Uncertainty refers to epistemic situations involving imperfect or unknown information.

In many ways, leadership and uncertainty go hand in hand. Leaders are constantly providing a vision of a future that hasn’t happened, selling a vision of a better world than exists in its current form.  All in an effort to rally others to buy into a vision and make it a reality.

Great leaders provide direction and hope in times of uncertainty.

John Eades

There is no better example of this than the coronavirus pandemic.  In my 37 years, I have never experienced this much uncertainty.  Depending on your industry, there is a good chance the virus has or will impact your business (and the people you lead) in one way or another. 

Take fear head-on

At the center of uncertainty is fear.  You and I fear what we don’t know or understand, and fear is an emotion of the mind. Those six inches between our ears begin to picture all that might wrong and all of the scenarios that might play out. The keyword here is “might”. Fear gets complicated. Not only does it infiltrate your mind, but it can and will infiltrate each person on your team, in different ways and with different intensity levels.  

Overcoming fear is a skill you can develop.  As you gain more experience and you develop your fear reducing skills, you will get better at not allowing fear to take hold of the space in your brain.  Part of your responsibility is to help them understand that nothing good comes after they allow fear to set in, regardless of how intense the pressures or messages from the outside world become.  

The formula for leaders

Focus on Facts + Communicate Hope in the Future

Focus on Facts

Once we understand fear is at the root of what will ruin you or your team in uncertain times, then comes your most important job, get the facts.  Take the time, effort, and necessary steps to get the facts about the current situation. Don’t rely on a news headline or some opinion you have, but on the actual facts.  While it’s true the facts change as time goes on, it’s important anything you communicate to your team be rooted in facts, not fear.

Communicate Hope in the Future

Communicating hope in the future is challenging because often the facts can create even more uncertainty or doubt.  While each situation is different, I have found it almost always better to side with transparency centered with hope.  In many ways, the only thing that matters for a leader is what’s ahead of them and their team. Hope is expecting good things with confidence. It’s an optimistic state of mind that the future is brighter. Make that the center of your message. If hope isn’t in your message, your people won’t make the self-disciplined choices required to improve the situation.  They will give up.  

Self-discipline is simply the willingness and the ability to sacrifice what you want now for what you want more later on.  Each member of your team will have to be willing and able to sacrifice what they want now (fear and comfort) for what they want more later on (a better future). This is exactly why your message to your team needs both facts and hope in the future.  

Closing

As we enter this current state of uncertainty or any type of uncertainty you experience on your team, remember, you are exactly in the position you are supposed to be. You are good enough to lead your team through this. Now, more than ever, they need you to lead.   

What are the keys to leading in times of uncertainy and crisis?

Don’t allow fear to take hold, focus on the facts, communicate hope in the future.

What do great leader do in times of uncertainty?

Great leaders provide direction and hope in uncertain times.

Is leadership harder during times of uncertainty?

Without question leadership is harder during times of uncertainty. But leadership in many ways is all about uncertainty.

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About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company that exists to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work. He is currently booking events and speaking engagements for 2020. John was named one of LinkedIn’s 2017 Top Voices in Management & Workplace and was awarded the 2017 Readership Award by Training Industry.com. John is also the host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.  

How to Shift Your Mindset to Lead In Your Current Role

“When you choose to lead, you get to have a positive impact on those you come into contact with and no one can ever take that away from you.”

In season 24 episode 4, we play a portion of a recent keynote helping participants to “lead right from where they are.”


In the show John covers:

– The four stages of role development

– Why people choose not to lead

– The benefits of choosing to lead

– How to shift your mindset

– And much more.

You can get your copy of Building the Best or leave a review on Amazon here. 

One Key Leadership Question You Must Answer in 2020

If you could share one life lesson with future generations, what would it be? This was the question asked of me on a recent episode of the One Last Thought Podcast. In an effort to get your 2020 started out on the right foot, I wanted to share my answer with you in the form of a question.

“What do you need to put down in your life to get ready for what matters most?”

As you think about this answer, also start thinking about what one word captures the essence of what you’re seeing for yourself in 2020. Listen to the whole episode below and share your answers with me in the comments section.


In the latest episode of the Follow My Lead podcast John get’s your ready for 2020 by covering two essential topics:

What’s your “One Word” for 2020?

What do you need to put down in 2020 to make this year your best?

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About the Author: John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company that exists to turn managers into leaders and create healthier places to work. He is currently booking events and speaking engagements for 2020. John was named one of LinkedIn’s 2017 Top Voices in Management & Workplace and was awarded the 2017 Readership Award by Training Industry.com. John is also the host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.