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Napoleon Hill- Lesson 12: Teamwork


Teamwork is harmonious cooperation that is willing, voluntary and free. Whenever the spirit of teamwork is the dominating influence in business or industry, success is inevitable. Harmonious cooperation is a priceless asset that you can acquire in proportion to your giving.” Napoleon Hill

In John Maxwell’s “Talent is Never Enough” He discusses the following truths about teamwork.

1. Teamwork divides the effort and multiplies the effect.

2. Talent wins games, but teamwork wins championships

3. Teamwork is not about you.

4. Great teams create community.

5. Adding value to others adds value to you.

Most of us understand the value and benefits of team work, but it is often an illusive phenomenon. It takes trust, communication, unselfishness and a common goal. If one member of the team has secret selfish motives, trust and communications will be never be built to a level that will push you to your common goal.

With that lack of trust is there will never be good communications. Good intentions will often be misunderstood or even worse used as a weapon in the war of office politics. The lack of communications causes progress to slow and results ignored.

Like grinding gears in a machine, not only does the mistrust caused by selfish motives slow the work of the team, it also causes abnormal wear and tear that will compound the problems and hasten the need to “break down” and “rebuild” the team. What often happens is that the leader does not see the real cause of the friction on the team and the parts that are functional and valuable end up damaged or removed.

Guard your team from that member who talks the talk and pretends to walk the walk, but is throwing sand in the gears of your team.

Phil is one of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of coaches, speakers and teachers. http://about.me/phil.vanover
He is an experienced leader who brings a passionate, positive approach to developing people, driving sales through delivering outstanding customer service. Phil can bring training on leadership, service and personal growth to your organization.
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Don’t miss a great opportunity to hear John Maxwell live and take your personal growth to a whole new level.


Join me on Tuesday, October 2nd, for a live call with John as he teaches from the first chapter of his newest book: The 15 Irreplaceable Laws of Growth.

You can now register here http://mmgpersonalgrowth.eventbrite.com/

Here’s a brief overview of the book:

John says there are tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow.

He has been passionate about personal development for over 50 years. For the first time he teaches everything, he has learned about what it takes to reach our potential.

Here’s a glimpse of what he says . . .

  • The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself

  • The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself

  • The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow

  • The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be

  • The Law of Contribution: Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop Others

This third and final book in John Maxwell’s Laws series (following the two million best seller, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork) will help you become a lifelong learner whose potential keeps increasing and never gets “used up.”

Email me at philvanover@johnmaxwellteam.com for details.

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Napoleon Hill- Lesson 11: Controlled Attention


Napoleon Hill said, “When you voluntarily fix your attention on a definite major purpose of a positive nature, and force your mind through daily habits of thought to dwell on the subject, you condition your subconscious mind to act on that purpose.”

This is another one of those lessons where I am hoping to learn more myself. At times, I am under stress I find that I have this head full of competing thoughts, ideas, and problems.  It is like being in a crowded room where everyone is talking. At times I cannot turn it off and it pushes me toward fight or flight mode.

However, when I become totally “sold out” and am passionate about something I can focus on it like a laser. The ideas fly and my mind is centered.

Some folks are very “task oriented” and never seem to have this problem and you are able to take one item from your list, complete it and move on.

The thing that I have found that helps me focus is to go back to my mission and purpose.  I try to concentrate on the activities and actions that move me closer to my goals and purpose.

Decide on your definite purpose.

If the tasks are more mundane (yet necessary), I try to remember that finishing them quickly and getting back to working on my passion. The things that bring me joy, moves me closer to my purpose and mission.

John Maxwell teaches that success can be found in our daily agenda.

“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” Anthony Robbins

Phil is one of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of coaches, speakers and teachers. http://about.me/phil.vanover
He is an experienced leader who brings a passionate, positive approach to developing people, driving sales through delivering outstanding customer service. Phil can bring training on leadership, service and personal growth to your organization.
You can sign up for Phil’s email newsletter and get a free gift from John Maxwell here FREE GIFT
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Napoleon Hill- Lesson 10 Accurate Thinking


   “I ask not for more riches but more wisdom with which to make wiser use of the riches you gave me at birth, consisting in the power to control and direct my own mind to whatever ends I might desire.”

The power of thought is the most dangerous or the most beneficial power available to man, depending on how it is used.  Separate facts from fiction or hearsay evidence. Separate facts into classes: important and unimportant.

Napoleon Hill

Hill’s 7 Rules of Accurate Thinking

1. Never accept the opinions of other people as being facts until you have learned the source of those opinions and satisfied yourself of their accuracy.

2. Free advice requires the closest of examination before being acted upon as safe. Generally speaking free advice is worth exactly what it costs.

3. Alert yourself immediately, if someone talks about another in a discourteous or slanderous spirit. This should put you on notice that this information is bias at the very least and may be and outright misrepresentation.

4. When asking others for information, never disclose what you want the information to be, because most people have the bad habit of trying to please under such circumstances.

5. Anything that exists in the universe can be proved. Where no such proof is available it’s safer to assume nothing exists.

6. Truth and falsehood carry with them a silent and invisible means of identifying that they are true or false. Learn to develop your intuitive faculty to enable you to sense what is true and what is false.

7. Follow the habit of asking “How do you know?”

Question: How often do you make a conscious effort to improve the accuracy of your thinking? You can leave your comments below.

 

Phil is one of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of coaches, speakers and teachers. http://about.me/phil.vanover
He is an experienced leader who brings a passionate, positive approach to developing people, driving sales through delivering outstanding customer service. Phil can bring training on leadership, service and personal growth to your organization.
You can sign up for Phil’s email newsletter and get a free gift from John Maxwell here FREE GIFT
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Napoleon Hill- Lesson 9: Self-discipline


Self-discipline begins with the mastery of thought. If you do not control your thoughts, you cannot control your needs. Self-discipline calls for a balancing of the emotions of your heart with the reasoning faculty of your head.” Napoleon Hill

The toughest person to lead is ourselves. The gap between knowing what to do and actually doing it escapes most of us at times.

The two things that I believe keep us from being more self-disciplined are:

Not knowing, owning and selling out to our “why”. Your “why” must truly belong to you. Your “why” is the purpose behind your actions and your primary motivation for accomplishing your goals or tasks at hand.  If your goal is imposed by outside forces, it will take loads of will power to reach it. On the other hand if you goal comes from your deepest passions purpose and desires, it will never seem like drudgery.

Fear of failure. At times when faced with a task we tend to complicate it in our minds, causing a paralysis that can be quite crippling. Perfect is the enemy of the good. When you spend so much time looking for perfection that you never actually do anything, you are sabotaging yourself.  One of my mentors Paul Martinelli often says that we sometimes must jump and build our wings on the way down.

Decide your “why”, forget knowing how, face your fears and go for it. You will amaze yourself.

John Maxwell on self-leadership

John Maxwell on self-discipline

Phil is one of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of coaches, speakers and teachers. http://about.me/phil.vanover
He is an experienced leader who brings a passionate, positive approach to developing people, driving sales through delivering outstanding customer service. Phil can bring training on leadership, service and personal growth to your organization.
You can sign up for Phil’s email newsletter and get a free gift from John Maxwell here FREE GIFT
You can email him with questions or comments @ philvanover@johnmaxwellgroup.com or call at 252 452-7945

 

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Napoleon Hill- Lesson 8: Enthusiasm


Hill said that enthusiasm is the intense emotion known as burning desire. It comes from within, although it radiates outwardly in the expression of one’s voice and countenance. A person without enthusiasm is like a watch without a mainspring. To become enthusiastic about achieving a desirable goal, keep your mind on that goal day after day.

Enthusiasm is nothing more or less than faith in action.Henry Chester

Zig Ziglar tells a story of a railroad worker and the president of the railroad.

One Monday morning there were several worker of a major railroad company, milling around the tracks ready to start work.  A big black limo pulls up and out steps, a well-dressed man, who was the president of the railroad.  He walks over to one of the workers and says, “Hello Jim, how are you?” Jim says, “I’m doing great, John. Thanks for asking.”

After the railroad president walked away, the other workers were impressed and asked him how he knew the president of the company on a first name basis. Jim told them that twenty years ago they started with the railroad together. The other workers asked Jim “How come he’s president and you still work out here in this hot yard?” Jim replied, “Twenty years ago when John and I started, I went to work for a paycheck and he went to work for the railroad his family and himself. ”

John was enthusiastic about his career. He had goals and enthusiastically perused his them.  Jim had small goals (a paycheck on Friday) and he probably was not very enthusiastic about the 5 days of work he had to do get it. To be enthusiastic you have to act enthusiastically!

Phil is one of only one thousand leaders worldwide (representing nearly 100 countries) to be trained and certified by John C. Maxwell & his team, as part of the founder’s circle of coaches, speakers and teachers. http://about.me/phil.vanover.

He is an experienced leader who brings a passionate, positive approach to developing people, driving sales through delivering outstanding customer service. Phil can bring training on leadership, service and personal growth to your organization.

You can sign up for Phil’s email newsletter and get a free gift from John Maxwell here FREE GIFT

You can email him with questions or comments @ philvanover@johnmaxwellgroup.com or call at 252 452-7945

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