What Car are you?

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mercedes.jpg kia.jpg In my body language and posture program, I ask people to compare themselves to automobiles to understand expectation. Everyone immediately compares themselves to a $500,000 sports car. The problem is that not everyone realizes the expectation and image a vehicle like that carries.

An employer or a client pays you according to the package you portray and can maintain – it is the same when you buy a car.

When you buy a $10,000 car, there is not much expectation. It will get you from point A to point B. By the time you invest $186,000 in machine such as Mercedes-Benz SL, the expectation is that the car will behave exceedingly well . Its minimum standard is to perform optimally under all conditions, have impeccable detail inside and out, and will appreciate in value over time. It becomes more than just a vehicle – it becomes an investment.
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In other words, by the time you are paid a six figure income, you will stand with the posture of a leader, coordinate the way you dress with detail, perform easily under stress, actualize ideas into the future, communicate excellences, navigate gracefully through obstacles, fuel yourself with premium foods, exercise and maintenance yourself at peak performance, and increase the value of the company.

Look at the following list and see roughly where your salary falls. Look carefully at the wording of the slogan and see if it represents you. If you are reaching or exceeding the expectation, try to push yourself into the next level by asking yourself what you need to do to improve.
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Car Price Slogan
Kia $10k Make every mile count
Hyundai $20k Drive your way
Chrysler $30k Inspiration comes standard
BMW $65k The Ultimate Driving Machine
Mercedes-Benz $85k Unlike any other

Toying Away from Leadership

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family-trip.jpg Modern family trips have far more distractions now than the days of my parent’s ’68 Chevy Impala. As I have said before, family trip are unifying times. Ipods and MP3 players have taken over the hours of negotiating control of the radio. DVD players remove conversations and interactions with each other. The movies watched on the player provide us images of leadership outside the family. Cell phones interrupt family time with outside influences. And the person behind the wheel is now just the driver – instead of the leader.

Modern toys have invaded the “family trip” and reduced it to “accompanied travel” without connection.

The goal of the family trip is to strengthen a family into a cohesive group – each the interactions teaching us to unify, communicate, set boundaries and respect each other.

This summer take the opportunity to interact with your loved ones, family members and children by creating heart to heart connection through seated posture – which also happens to be the safest way to sit in a car. The distractions of toys are also the distractions from good driving trainers new balance.

Family Trips in the Office

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1966_chevrolet_impala_side.jpg When I was a kid, “family trips” in my parent’s 1968 metallic green Chevrolet Impala station wagon were always a mixture of family dynamics and heat. My sister who was 9 1/2 years older would lament about lost time with her boyfriends; my brother, would recount his adventures with the “older” boys detail by detail; mom would happily listen to all conversations; and dad would yell with the accuracy of sniper’s bullet if our voices became too loud or if we moved around too much. I sat in the far cabin usually nauseated and sweating because the car ran very hot …did I mention it had no air-conditioning.

For entertainment, we had the factory AM radio that could barely pull in a staticky, muffled signal or we could sing…as long as it was not too loud and there weren’t any big movements. Window opening was strictly verboten. One thing was always for sure, there was a hierarchy and my father (or whoever was behind the wheel) was in charge.

Little did I know, these “family trips” were life-defining. The conversations were a means of checking into each other’s live. The singing was a way of re-tuning the family language. Adventures we experienced amalgamated us as a group. And finally, the music we all agreed to listen to harmonized us new balance trainers sale. At the end of these “family” trips, we were much closer and communicated much better…even though hotter.

The work place is like the “family trip.” It is loaded with opportunities to create understanding, initialize language, harmonize relationship, expand communication, imprint hierarchy, focus efforts and train behaviors Cheap Air Max 90 GS. Also like the family trip, the work place is loaded with distractions. A good leader will take advantage of these times together to attune all the team members, to enforce the goals for the future and define themselves as the driving force behind the wheel of success…and not just a driver.

Running out of Excuses

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isaac-felicano-amputee-firefighter.jpg oscar-pistorius.jpg Isaac Feliciano of Paterson, N.J. dreamed of being a firefighter – though gangrene claimed part of his left leg when he was 6. With a prosthesis, he played basketball and football in high school, and last year, he passed his local fire department’s daunting physical exam. Officials said he couldn’t serve, so he challenged the ruling. Now, New Jersey’s state Merit Board has found him capable to serve, and he soon will start his training.”

Wired Magazine’s March issue (*click on the link to watch him run, its amazing) covered a story about Oscar Pistorius:

“Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1986, with … two toes on each of his tiny foot… [and]…each leg missing a fibula.”

His parents made the painful decision to amputate his lower legs. Now he runs the 200 meters in 21.34 seconds just missing the qualifying time for the 2008 Olympics. “Pritorius is forcing the sports world to rethink what it means to be a disabled athlete.”

So what is holding you back from achieving your dreams? What is the reason you can not get the promotion you want or lose that last twenty pounds?

Money and opportunity are useful tools, but not guarantees Womens New Balance 574. On the other hand, barriers will point out your conviction, but they will not hold back the courage embodied in each of us. I have worked with people who have spent years telling me they want to lose weight, but, when it came down to doing the work, it was someone’s or something’s fault. Likewise, I have had clients decide they were going to loose weight and accomplish it in less than twelve weeks.

Shattering limiting belief and finding pathways through obstacles are the qualities of a leader. Isn’t it time to get off your non-crippled ass and do something big? Hurry though, the clock is ticking.