When you think of the greats, KISS, U2, the Rolling Stones, how do you think they rose to their current levels of stardom?

If your immediate thought is “they got lucky,” “they’re extremely talented,” or “they worked harder than anyone else,” you’d be right… and wrong. While this all factored into their success, there’s one more concept not represented.

I like to call this The Rock Star Mindset. These bands didn’t sit back after a practice session in the early days and dream of playing in a bigger garage. These bands knew that they’

d one day be playing the largest stages in the world surrounded by millions of raving fans. They have rock star mindsets, and if you’d like to reach new heights in your career and your personal life, you need to have one too.

Dr. Benjamin Hardy has a concept called “10x is better than 2x” and whether your dream is to play on the largest stages, build an empire and change the world, or simply enjoy better relationships with your family and friends, you can incorporate this

concept into your own life. Let’s take a look at how.

Identify Your Priorities

 

One of my favorite quotes is from Jim Collins, a business consultant and rock star in his own right, “If you have more than 3 priorities, you have none.”

Have you ever tried to tackle too many projects at once and found yourself unable to complete a single item on your list? When we try to focus on too many tasks or goals at once, our brains go into meltdown mode and it’s near impossible to achieve anything. We must learn to focus on the important not the urgent. When we focus on 1-3 goals at a time, putting our heart, soul, energy, sweat, and tears into achieving them, we reach our goals and position ourselves to take on the world. Why? Because those 1-3 goals are to be directly connecting us to the right action to achieve our goal. If they’re not, then we are focusing on the urgent not the important.  Urgent goals are actually busy items. Not important.

Release What Doesn’t Serve You

 

Consider how much of your day is spent doing “busy work.” Especially when we first start out in business, in music, or in whatever area of life you’re looking to conquer, we believe that we have more time than money and we look to do everything ourselves.  Or our egos tell us that no one can do it better than us. While it’s true that we may not have a lot of money, our time is still our most precious resource… and it’s nonrenewable.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been doing what you do for decades, consider all the tasks on your plate that you don’t absolutely love doing or excel at doing. Imagine now that you don’t have to do them – what could you accomplish with that free time? You get to focus on your “special purpose” or what you do best.

While it may sound counterintuitive, in order to achieve success, you need to do less…so you get more of what you really want.

Surround Yourself with the Right People

 

One of Dr. Hardy’s ideas regarding 10x growth is to partner with the right people. He doesn’t necessarily suggest that you must have a business partner, but you do need mentors, teachers, collaborators, and the support of successful people who want to see you grow and improve, and have the skills and mindset to help you do it. Or maybe it’s people who have a skill set that you don’t have but need to 10x your business or life. Don’t worry, you don’t have to say goodbye to people you love just because they aren’t the epitome of success. But you may have to fire friends, clients, or inner circle people who you used to say yes to but now you must say no to them.

 

Maximize Your Effort

 

Why is 10x easier than 2x?

2x is doing more of what you’re already doing. It’s working harder, longer hours, and it’s not sustainable. There is no change.

10x, on the other hand, requires transformation, the way you look at your business, your job, or your life. 10 thinking help you focus on your BUD. (Big Unreasonable Dream.)It provides the time for you to step out of your business long enough to get creative, become insightful, and discover a new (better) way to do whatever it is you do. Your special-purpose, remember? 2x helps you reach your breaking point and stay the same or stay exactly where you are. 10x helps you reach your goals by creating more time to do what you want to do. By thinking differently. Saying no so you can say yes. 10x helps you find the people to do what don’t want to do or take the time to do. 10x will give you more time and results.

It’s time to adopt The Rock Star Mindset and 10x your life. Start thinking differently. Develop your future rock star self. This is exactly the information we share on our keynote speaker experiences. Except we do it by sharing the stories of your favorite Rock Stars. Rock on.

 

Whenever you sit down to plan a meeting, there are probably a number of questions floating around in your head.

  • “What’s the biggest problem challenging the attendees or my team right now?”
  • “How do I provide the most value for them so they feel good about stepping away from their work for a period of time?”
  • “Can I find a way to make this experience entertaining and engaging as well as educational?”

If your attendees are anything like most people, there are a few topics out there that could bring a breath of fresh air to these individuals, no matter what industry or role they work in.

Many employees are currently struggling with their emotional, mental, and even physical health. The pandemic has served as a collective trauma, and left many with unexpected challenges. When deciding on the focus of your next meeting, you may want to consider how to incorporate an aspect of wellness into your event.

Potential Problems Ahead

When employers neglect to focus on employees’ wellbeing, the bottom line is sure to suffer. Overworked and underappreciated employees experience higher levels of stress and more instances of illnesses that can lead to sick days and decreased productivity. Without intervention, these employees will become disengaged and will often seek new opportunities outside of the organization. And we all know how much money and time it cost to retrain new team members.

The situation is slightly better within organizations that foster a culture of teamwork. These employees often feel supported by their coworkers and are able to handle challenges better.

While a strong team can help, it’s still essential that you keep your employees’ mental, emotional, and physical health as a top priority. It seems that in today’s offices, conventions, meetings, and special events, health and wellness programs are becoming the “new normal”.

 

Wellness in the Workplace

Employees spend more time at work than anywhere else (at least while they’re awake). There are a number of ways to create a positive work environment that will improve employee health rather than take away from it, and many of these ideas can be incorporated into events as well. Some of the options to consider when it comes to wellness programs include:

  • Encouraging and rewarding exercise
  • Opportunities and space for meditation
  • Access to healthy food
  • Concierge services
  • Flexible work schedules
  • And many more

There’s also one that you may have never even thought of… drumming.

Health Benefits of Drumming

If you’re currently imagining people standing around a campfire, swaying to a rhythm of their own design, you aren’t far off. Scientists have been studying the effects of music on our health for years and have discovered a number of physical, emotional, and mental benefits. Some of these include:

  • Increased happiness: Drumming releases endorphins, “feel-good” chemicals that relieve pain and boost happiness.
  • Boosts immune response: Barry Mittman, MD, a neurologist and President of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, found that group drumming naturally increases T-cells that help protect the body from infection and can even help fight cancer.
  • Creates a sense of connectedness: According to Christine Northrup, M.D., “Drumming circles and group drumming classes provide an opportunity for ‘synchronicity’ in that you connect with your own spirit at a deeper level while also connecting with other like-minded people.”
  • Allows you to be present: Drumming helps take you out of the “past and future” trap and allows you to be present in the moment.

These are just a few of the many health benefits. Now, let’s take a look at how drumming can improve business when it’s incorporated into meetings.

Business Benefits of Drumming

In case the business benefits of drumming didn’t jump out at you in that last section, let’s go one by one and see how those health benefits are great for your organization as well.

  • Increased happiness: Drumming is fun! Who couldn’t use a break from the daily grind to rock out and put a smile on their face?
  • Immune response: Healthier employees who are better able to fight off infection take fewer sick days and are more productive.
  • Sense of connectedness: Looking for a way to improve teamwork and encourage your employees to work together and support one another? Look no further.
  • Be present: Would you prefer employees to be distracted, stressing about the past and worrying about the future, or would you like them to be in the moment, focused on the task at hand?

Rhythms in Business

When Marvelless Mark was crafting his Rhythms in Business keynote, he didn’t set out to incorporate a health and wellness program into his presentation… but that’s just what he did! Now that he’s seen the scientific data on the benefits of drumming, and received feedback from meeting planners and attendees, he knows it’s a win-win. For the convention attendees, the meeting planners, and for him.

When you plan your next meeting, consider including the power of drumming in your program. Your attendees will have fun, lower their stress levels, enhance their team communication, and be able to return to work with a new excitement surrounding their job. If you’re looking for a way to energize your team, create happier and healthier employees, and improve your organization as a whole, it’s time to bring out their inner rockstars. The bonus, they all get to keep the conference branded drumsticks and receive an additional benefit of the power of collaboration and teamwork.

 

 

There’s nothing like a new year to provide the hope and inspiration we need to truly rock out at life. Chances are, you’ve come up with a list of resolutions that will help you become the best version of yourself at home or in business. Perhaps you’re planning to exercise more, eat healthier, send thank you cards to clients before the special occasion, spend more time with your family, or even learn to play an instrument. But what if you had new years revolutions instead of resolutions?

Imagine if you or your team, have new year’s revolutions versus resolutions? What would they be? In the spirit of a fresh start, we’ve put together 7 resolutions that will serve you better with a rock star mindset of revolutions that will lead to higher employee satisfaction and efficiency, and a better experience for everyone involved. Especially your customers or fans.

7 New Year’s Revolutions for a Better Workplace

Maybe, you’ve got a great team. They work hard, get along fairly well, and are all committed to one another’s success. Or maybe, you have a bunch of employees that strive to do the least amount of work possible, put up with one another because they have to, and would literally step on a colleague to get ahead.

No matter which scenario resonates (or anything in between), you have the opportunity to tap into the new year’s mindset and create real change within your organization. Just remember that a culture of teamwork begins at the top. If you want to see rock star results, you will have to take different actions.

  1. Improve communication

Look at any struggling team and you’ll see poor communication at the root of the problem. Encourage your band members to listen better, communicate with empathy, be honest (but not hurtful), and be open to people who may think and communicate differently. A lot of the time the work doesn’t get done or done correctly because of poor communication. As the band leader it starts with you being 100% transparent with your dreams, goals, or vision and making sure everyone understands that.

  1. Create a safe environment

Are your team /band members comfortable thinking outside of the box? Are innovative ideas met with gratitude and honest consideration or with scorn and dismissiveness? You have a treasure trove of wisdom within your department… but only if you create a safe space for employees to share their brilliance. Will every idea be a keeper? Not at all. But you never know what you’ll get when you encourage them to share. Remember Steven Tyler’s dare to suck band meeting principal? All of the band members are challenged to bring their worst ideas to the table and then they build off of them. It created some of the best ideas and music. So maybe you throw the box away, and by doing that there are no boundaries to the limits or ideas and creativity from your team. That’s a Revolution.

  1. Give better feedback

There’s always room for improvement. No matter how well your team is doing, there are always tweaks that can be made to make things even better. However, without specific, actionable feedback, your comments will do nothing more than offending your team members. Let them know exactly what they could do better (and how), and don’t forget to point out what they’re already doing well. With a Rockstar mindset, all feedback is positive. By taking action, even if it’s in the wrong direction, with positive feedback we will know when and where to turn around. Then we will know what direction we need to go. But if no action is taken then no feedback can be given. Do nothing, get nothing. That’s a Revolution.

  1. Accept feedback

You have to crave feedback. Beg for if need be. That you’re a band leader or band member. If you can’t take constructive criticism, and get defensive and angry when it’s provided to you, why would you expect your employees to react any differently? There’s a level of vulnerability that you need to show as a leader when it comes to feedback. When a team member comes to you with a problem or concern, put your ego aside and hear them out. Sure, their opinion may be completely unfounded… or it could be something you truly need to work on. The great thing to remember is that there is almost always more than one way to solve a problem. And the bottom line is it doesn’t matter if it’s your way, or a new way as long as the work gets done, gets done on time, and gets done correctly.

  1. Take responsibility

Much like taking feedback, you can’t expect your team to accept responsibility and own up to their mistakes if you don’t. Take ownership of your decisions, even if they have a less than perfect outcome. Seeing the maturity you exhibit will inspire your team members to stop pointing fingers and do the same. It’s wasted energy. Own it. Use it for an opportunity for growth or learning, and then move on. That’s a Revolution.

  1. Foster trust

When you or one of your employees says they will do something, does it get done? Being able to trust your teammates is one of the most important aspects of teamwork. If one person doesn’t do what they agreed to do, the entire operation could fall apart. Hold yourself and your team members accountable and you’ll foster a culture of trust. This all comes full circle. But having great communication, embracing and begging for feedback, giving everyone permission to speak freely when they don’t agree or understand something will also make sure that everyone has each other’s back, and help hold each other accountable to make sure the work gets done. Remember Steve Jobs of Apple used the Beatles as his business model. He said, “they were four young guys who kept each other’s negative tendencies in check, they balance each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts.”

  1. Reward the behaviors you want to see

What do you want to see from your team? Do you want them to support one another? Contribute their fare share and pick up the slack (on occasion) when a team member is having a difficult time? Do you want them to focus on the goals of the team in addition to their individual goals? Whatever you hope to create more of, you’ll want to positively reinforce. Rather than only rewarding those who excel in carrying out their personal responsibilities (customer service goals, sales goals, production goals, etc.), reward those who support their fellow team members. And remember there is a fine line between reward and celebration. You always want your team to be in the spirit of celebration. It fuels and gives the motivation to go on. Not just the number one songs or the big wins, but the top ten’s and the top fifties, the small wins too. Trust me on this one the more your band celebrates, the more successful, the more fuel, the more momentum, and the more fun you will have.

Fostering a culture of teamwork starts at the top, but should include everyone equally. Exhibit the characteristics and behaviors that you want to see from your employees and band members and they’ll be working together in perfect harmony. To finish the quote from Steve Jobs, he said “and that’s how I see business, great things in business are never accomplished by one person there accomplished by a team of people.” If you need some outside help to create the high-performance team you’ve always wanted, or a band that constantly rocks, Marvelless Mark will get them rocking out together and playing in unison. There is a deeper dive into these revolutions in my latest book, Opportunity Rocks!

So, stop with the resolutions and start creating some revolutions. Here’s to an amazing new year! Cheers!

During the holiday season, one word is kicked around more than any other. No, it’s not “sale,” it’s “Gratitude.”

If you’re like most individuals, you understand (though don’t entirely embrace) the concept of gratitude. You know being grateful and counting your blessings has innumerable benefits… but it’s so much easier to complain!

This doesn’t just show up on a personal level. When we look at gratitude as part of work culture, we’re even less likely to see people embracing the concept and reaping the benefits. However, if your goal is to create a thriving, successful business with happy employees aka band members, and happy customers, gratitude is the secret fuel that drives performance. If that’s not your goal… perhaps it’s time to reevaluate why you went into business. Remember when you have a strong enough “why” the how automatically shows up.

Picture this: A band has just been called up to the podium at an award’s show to accept their accolades for album of the year. The lead singer gets up there, grabs the mic, and says, “Yes! I knew I deserved this award. This is the best album I’ve ever made!”

In the meantime, his bandmates watch on as horror as he heads back to his seat with the trophy in hand. That lead singer took his bandmates for granted (Not to mention EVERYONE ELSE involved with production). Even with all of the boatloads of money, fame, and glitz that being in a band can provide, those individuals aren’t likely to stick around for the long haul. Why? Because they aren’t appreciated. Their contributions aren’t being recognized. Their value as a member of the band isn’t being communicated. Steve Jobs of Apple used The Beatles as his business model for this very reason. He said.” My motto for business is the Beatles. They were for young guys who kept each other’s negative tendencies and check and the total was greater than the sum of their parts.”

Well, most corporate jobs don’t come with fame, few come with boatloads of money, and if you’ve found one that’s glitzy… please let me know. Without gratitude for your employees (and your customers), your business will never succeed.

Let’s take a look at how you can develop an attitude of gratitude in your business and incorporate it into your day-to-day culture.

 

The Benefits of Gratitude

Do you remember the last time someone said, “Thank you? I really appreciate you.”?

Hopefully, someone has said that to you in the past, and hopefully, you felt a ton of warm fuzzies for being recognized. This is a gift that you can (and should) give to your employees on a daily basis.

Employee Benefit

Even when they are in the thick of it, doing those daily, tedious tasks that make you want to pull your hair out, or putting out the inevitable fires that sprout up, showing gratitude will show employees that their work has meaning and that their tasks contribute to the ongoing success of the company. That they are part of the band or team. That they matter and are part of something greater than just a job. This is rocket fuel you can’t buy my friends. And it’s free.

Thanking your team members for a job well done is positive reinforcement at its best. Employees receive this feedback and it drives them to perform well in the future. That’s what a Rock Star Mindset is

. Performing at a higher level every day. That’s one of the key strategies we teach in our Opportunity Rocks Keynote In Las Vegas and around the world.

When employees are happy, engagement increases, and turnover decreases. Profits and productivity increase exponentially.

Leadership Benefit

In the sales world, you often hear that “people do business with people they know, like, and trust.” While this is true in sales, it actually applies to every aspect of life. Wouldn’t it be great to work with (and for) people you know, like, and trust?

When you, as a leader, incorporate gratitude into your leadership style, you become more likable, and more trusted as a leader and as a person. This encourages your employees to be more open and honest with you and creates an internal desire to perform better. Plus… they’ll be grateful for you and follow you into battle or on stage every time.

Personal Benefit

Little known fact (unless you’ve ever given someone a gift) … gratitude feels great! Being cranky, finding fault with everything and everyone, and having people duck around corners when you walk into a room, doesn’t bring joy or happiness to anyone. It is a very bad vibe.

Show people that you appreciate them and all of their hard work. You’ll actually feel better about yourself in the process. Gratitude, attitude, and excitement are contagious.

Customer Benefit

With gratitude, the trickle-down effect is amazing! When you’re grateful for your employees, they’ll be grateful for their jobs and their customers. The best part, they’ll treat them better. Happy customers or raving fans mean a happy bottom line.

There are so many benefits to gratitude, and thankfully, it’s easy to get started! And it is free.

 

Incorporating Gratitude into your Business

You now understand how important gratitude is… but how do you utilize it? While feeling grateful in your heart and when you speak to your higher power is important, it’s not enough. Here are a few ways that you can incorporate gratitude into your everyday activities.

  • Start meetings with a gratitude exercise where you state what you’re grateful for and invite employees to share how they feel.
  • Randomly thank your team with small gifts (or large gifts if you can afford them!). These can be gift cards for dinner and a movie, pizza parties, time off, anything you can dream up that your employees will like.
  • Offer raises throughout the year for employees that go above and beyond. Don’t make them wait for an anniversary when they are true rock stars in their roles every day.
  • Encourage thank-you notes among employees and to go out to your customers.
  • Provide a centralized board (whether physical or digital) where employees can create “Gratitude Notes” for one another and thank each other publicly.

 

Even if you think you’re showing appreciation for your employees, take some time to reflect on how you could show more. Gratitude is the Rock-It fuel that will drive your business forward and bring out the inner rock star in every one of your employees. So the more, the better. No matter how you look at it, Gratitude is good for your band, your fans, and your business. Think of it this way, if you don’t take control of your environment, your environment will take control of you. Gratitude will make your band rock and set yourself apart from your competition. That’s what true business rock stars do.

 

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Employee engagement has always been a challenge for organizations. It takes time, effort, money, and now a great vibe or company culture to attract top talent. Once you’ve done that, the trick is keeping them happy, engaged, productive, and loyal.

With employee turnover rates on the rise, it’s becoming more and more apparent that too many employers don’t know how to create a positive work environment that encourages employees to stick around.

While money, benefits, positive reinforcement, and perks are wonderful ways to motivate your team members, there’s one method that stands out above them all…Freedom. 

What is Freedom in the Workplace?

Have you ever worked for a micromanager? You’re not sure how they get their own work done because they’re so busy with their nose over your shoulder. They tell you how to do what you do, when to do what you do, where to do what you do, and how to do what you do. Basically, it’s a bunch of do-do. Unfortunately, the one thing they don’t share is why. 

A micromanager can not only negatively impact your performance, they can destroy your desire to get up in the morning. No one appreciates being treated like a child, least of all an adult in the professional world. It’s just poor leadership.Las-Vegas-Keynote-Speakers

Now comes the hard question. Are you doing this to your employees? Are any of your leaders doing it? If you’re seeing apathy, increased sick days, decreased productivity, or just an air of negativity in the office, you may very well be.

Imagine a lead singer who doesn’t give their band members the opportunity to be creative. To contribute. Maybe they don’t trust them or maybe they don’t value their input, or maybe their ego is just too big. Either way, those band members won’t be sticking around for very long. While they are there, they certainly won’t be very happy.

What if instead of treating your employees like children in need of babysitting, you treated them like rock stars – rock stars capable of amazing creativity and accomplishment?

This is Freedom in the Workplace. It’s giving your employees enough rope to do their best work, propelling your company forward.

Benefits of Workplace Freedom

 

Steve Jobs once said that he used The Beatles as his business model. He said they were four young guys who kept each other’s negative tendencies in check and balanced one another. He believed that they were greater than the sum of their parts. 

When you give your employees or band members self-autonomy and allow them to bring their best selves to the table, unencumbered by your rules, you’ll begin to see how your team is greater than the sum of their parts. That is when the magic begins to happen.

You’ll see a variety of benefits such as:

  • Higher employee engagement
  • Improved loyalty and decreased turnover
  • Fewer sick days
  • Better teamwork
  • Increased productivity
  • Higher revenue
  • Attract the best talent

 

Research studies support this. Business News Daily found that “Workers who feel they are free to make choices in the workplace, and be held accountable for them, are happier and more productive than employees who are more restricted.”

Are you ready to give your employees the power to be rock stars? To create a company culture like no other?

How to Create Freedom in the Workplace

“Freedom” will look different for every industry, every company, and every employee. Your job is to determine what will work best for your individual situation. Don’t be afraid to talk to your employees about this. What a wonderful way to show them that you value their feedback and trust them to do what’s right for the organization as a whole.

Freedom in the Workplace may look like:

  • Employees get to decide how they do their job
  • Choose-your-own schedules so employees can work when is best for them
  • Remote opportunities so employees can work from home or an island
  • Employees set their own performance goals
  • Teams have the opportunity to collaborate freely 
  • Employees are comfortable making suggestions, taking chances, and communicating with upper management

 

Again, not all of these suggestions can work for every situation. However, the more you begin to brainstorm with your employees and include them in decision-making, the more opportunities you’ll uncover. The more they will feel like a self-employed extension of the company. Your employees are your greatest asset, your greatest leaders, your greatest lead singers, and when you give them the trust they deserve, desire, and the freedom to truly shine, you’ll be grateful you did. Get ready to bring out their inner rock star, stand out in your industry, and be heard above the noise. When you elevate your people, you elevate your business. In today’s world of a labor or talent shortage, doesn’t make sense to create the right kind of culture, the right kind of relationships, and the right kind of atmosphere so that everyone plays nicely together? That’s the win-win. Not only keeping your talent but getting more productivity out of them without even asking. That is a rock star mindset. That is rock star success. Rock on.

 

Rockstars don’t play it safe, but when it comes to encouraging their bandmates to get creative, it’s all about fostering a safe environment. If you want your employees to be innovative, you’ll need to learn how to do the same.

Imagine that you’ve got a brilliant idea that could make your company millions of dollars. You bring it to the higher-ups and are met with one of these reactions:

  1. They don’t want to hear it. Everything is fine just the way it is and they don’t need you rocking the boat.
  2. They laugh at your idea and give you all the reasons why it will never work.
  3. They tell you to go ahead and implement your idea… but know that you’ll be fired if it doesn’t work.

Do any of these scenarios make you eager to bring new ideas to the table? Do any of them encourage creativity, ingenuity, or out-of-the-box thinking? If you said yes, you’re braver than me! Most of us wouldn’t see those reactions as a challenge, but rather as a great reason to never speak up again.

If you want to inspire your team to get creative, you’ll need to learn how to create a culture of collaboration and creativity.

 

How to Create a Culture of Collaboration and Creativity

In order for your team to feel comfortable speaking their mind and contributing fully to your organization, you must foster an environment of psychological safety. Only then, will your employees be willing to open up and truly discuss what’s on their minds.

Keep an Open Door

Are you available to speak with your employees throughout the workday or have you created an “I don’t want to hear it” relationship with your direct reports? When your team members come to you, do you have time to listen to them and their ideas, or would they describe you as “hoping for a distraction?” Finally, when you do sit down to chat with your team, are you actually listening to what they have to say and then taking it into consideration? Today’s band members not only want a band leader that listens but one that actually understands and values what they have to say.

All of these are necessary to create psychological safety for your employees, as are multiple ways to communicate. Maybe they’re more comfortable coming to you in person, or perhaps they’d rather have their ideas considered in an email. Let them know the different ways you can be reached. This is even more important while many are still working remotely.

 

Celebrate Mistakes

Anyone who has succeeded in life has also failed. The bands that grace stadium stages today, once failed to get the record contract or lost the Battle of the Bands competition. Failure is part of winning and mistakes are our best teachers. Fail Fast, Fail Often, and Fail Forward. Michael Jorden may make the most goals in a game but he also misses the most too.

Instead of penalizing your employees for attempts that didn’t work out as planned, celebrate the fact that they tried and debrief with them to find out what worked, what didn’t work, and what they learned from this attempt.

No one is free to create or innovate with the threat of punishment or unemployment hanging over their heads.

Steven Tyler from the legendary band Aerosmith has a once-a-month “Dare To Suck” band meeting. He challenges himself and all the band members to bring their worst ideas to the table. He said some of their best ideas and music has come from the ‘Dare To Suck” creative jam sessions.

Showcase your own Vulnerability

Sometimes, it can be scary to appear vulnerable in a management position. But psychological safety starts at the top and trickles down. If you expect your employees to open up and voice their concerns and their ideas, you need to be willing to do so as well. If you’ve got ideas of how to improve efficiency, launch a new product, or work together as a team, you need to express them to your team and be open to the feedback (whether positive or negative) that you receive.

When employees see that not all are winning ideas, your ideas were heard and considered, they’re more likely to share their own.

By keeping an open door, celebrating mistakes, and showcasing your own vulnerability, you can create a rockstar team operating in a psychologically safe environment. These employees will be happier, more innovative, and harder workers because of the culture you’re fostering. Plus, they will be less likely to quit the band. Especially in these times of labor and talent shortages.

On stage as a keynote speaker in great cities like Las Vegas, Orlando, Nashville, and all over America, I talk about developing your Rock Star Mind-Set. How Rock Stars think differently and perform at a higher level every day. Creating a safe and comfortable environment is just solid rock star leadership. The more engagement you can pull from your teams the sooner innovation and creativity will begin to flow.

 

 

Face Fear And Eat It For Breakfast, Like a Rock Star!

Rock stars make it look so easy. Stepping out onto the stage in front of thousands of adoring fans… it’s hard to believe that they are feeling anything but confidence.

Would it surprise you to know that some of the musical greats you love have had to overcome their own insecurities and face their fears in order to become who they are today?

Just like not everyone is born a brazen entrepreneur or a commanding CEO, not every rock star is born with a mic in their hand. So, what’s the difference between those who succeed, gracing the largest stages (and boardrooms) in the world, and those who never make it out of the garage?

Fear and what we do with it. We’ve all got it. But some people aren’t willing or able to move past it. Are you?

 

7 Steps to Overcoming Fear

Overcoming your fear is like a muscle. The more you work it, the better you’ll get at it. Just like decision-making. While following these steps may take you a while in the beginning, the more practice you get, the faster you’ll move through the process. Practice makes perfect, right?

  1. Accept what you’re feeling

Pretending you’re not afraid of something doesn’t fool anyone, least of whom, yourself. Whatever you’re feeling is okay. It’s there and you’ll deal with it. Plus, it shows the human side to your band and others. It makes you more real. Be transparent with your fear.

 

  1. Identify the fear

Exactly what about the situation is making you uneasy? Are you afraid you can’t hack it? Are you afraid the outcome is outside of your control? Is your fear really not fear at all and it’s more about control? Humm. Give it a name. Much like the monsters in the closet, when you give them a name (and possibly add on some KISS makeup) they’re a lot less scary.

 

  1. Breathe to center yourself

Never underestimate the power of your breath. Your breathing has the ability to work you into a panic, or the ability to bring you peace and clarity. The best part of it? The choice is entirely yours. In the beginning, you’ll want to find a quiet place to breathe. The better you get at it, the more able you’ll be to center yourself when surrounded by your team… or thousands of screaming fans. Take a deep breath (your belly should extend out as it fills with air), hold it for a few seconds, and then breathe out. Hold it for another few seconds and then repeat the process. If you’re alone, plaster a smile onto your face during this exercise. Continue until you feel your heart rate slowing and your mind becoming clearer. Similar to meditation maybe add in a mantra.

 

  1. Imagine the worst

It may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes, imagining the worst possible outcome can actually calm us down. Pretend you’re a frontman (or woman) stepping out on a big stage for the first time. You may be thinking, “I’m a no-talent joke” or “I’m going to fall flat on my face out there.” By imagining the worst, you can make light of the possibilities. Sure, you might trip. But you also might get mauled by a tiger wearing a tutu. Hey, you never know! This is your worst-case scenario. (Someone could’ve brought a tiger!). The more ridiculous you get, the easier it will be to find humor and take the edge off. You can also reason with yourself. Ask what the worst that can happen, what’s the best that and happen, and then ask what will probably happen.

 

  1. Challenge your thoughts

It’s not likely that someone brought a tiger to your debut concert. It’s also probably not likely that half of your fears will come to fruition. Examine each individual fear and then use the evidence available (past experience, your hard work, and training, your amazing team, etc.) to challenge your thoughts. It goes back to practicing. Glenn Frey of the Eagles said they never started a tour until they rehearsed their setlist one hundred times in a row perfectly. Practice equals confidence and confidence erases fear.

 

  1. Don’t try to be perfect

If you’re doing something for the first time, there’s likely to be some hiccups along the way. Embrace the learning curve and realize that mistakes aren’t something to be afraid of, but rather something to learn from. Fail fast, fail often, and fail forward. Once you understand that failure is a good thing, it to will help eradicate fear.

 

  1. Do it anyway

Yes, you may be afraid. That’s not, however, a reason not to move forward. Use fear as a GPS. Learn to thank it and thank yourself for looking out for you… and then do it anyway.

 

Facing your fears is the secret to success. It’s the difference between taking daily massive action and minimal or no action. Or worse yet the wrong action. When you embrace your fear and use it as a sign that you’re on the right path, you will reach amazing new heights. Rather than run from fear, run headfirst into it like a rock star and step out on the stage of business and life. Trust me it’s much better than failure, mediocracy, or going out of business. Look at it this way, there is less traffic or competition on the road to fear. Like they say the greater the risk the greater the reward. Now go get your ROCK ON!

 

 

Work Hard. Play Hard

You’ve likely heard the term “Party like a Rockstar,” and we’re not talking about massive amounts of substances and debauchery.

As business owners and employees, we could actually learn quite a bit from rockstars in this area. They give it their all when they’re on stage or in a practice session, but in between, they know how to take it easy and have fun.

If you’re working 7-days a week, keep your smartphone tucked under your pillow at night, and haven’t been on vacation since Led Zeppelin broke up, it’s time to relax!

The Benefits of Down Time

Employees are an organization’s greatest asset. Unfortunately, they aren’t always treated that way. Long hours, minuscule breaks, and little vacation time lead to stressed, resentful employees who get sick more often and eventually run screaming to another company.

Stepping away from work whether it’s for a few minutes or a few days will help with:

Improved focus – chronic stress contributes to memory problems and makes it difficult to focus on tasks. Taking a break helps lower stress and improves your ability to think clearly.

Better physical health – constant stress contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease. It also lowers your immune system making you more susceptible to illness. People who take regular vacations are less likely to suffer from heart disease.

Better mental health – scientists have discovered that constant stress alters your brain structure and chemistry and leads to anxiety and depression. Time away from the office (both physically and mentally) can combat that stress.

Fewer sick days – when employees are healthier, they take fewer sick days for illnesses. When they are happier, they take fewer “mental health” days.

Higher Employee Satisfaction – healthy employees are happy employees. Stepping away from work every so often helps to improve how they feel about their position.

Lower turnover – employees that are satisfied with their jobs and happy with the role they play, their coworkers and management, and the organization as a whole, are less likely to look for work elsewhere.

 

What Are Rhythms In Business?

 

Tips for Taking a Break at Work

Not everyone has vacation time coming to them and the ability to whisk away to a tropical locale for 3 weeks. Even if you’re just stepping away from your computer for a few minutes, there are ways to maximize your benefits.

  1. Actually, take a break. Too many people work through their lunch hour, skip breaks, and then work late. No matter what task you’re working on, stepping away for a few minutes will help you return better than when you left. Every 52 minutes is ideal. At the end of the day, stop working instead of taking your work home with you.
  2. Leave your phone behind. Okay, this isn’t possible for everyone, but if you’re still “on-call” answering text messages and emails while you’re on break, you’re not soaking up the benefits. You need to step away from your job mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Put it on airplane mode, turn off notifications, and whenever possible, just leave it behind.
  3. Get some physical exercise (bonus points if you do that in nature). Moving your body will help refresh your mind, improve your emotions, and done regularly, improve your physical health. If you have the ability to go for a walk outside and enjoy some fresh air, that’s even better.
  4. Breathe deeply. If you think we’re all experts at breathing since we’ve been doing it since birth, you’re wrong. Most humans actually breathe incorrectly (allowing their stomach to deflate instead of inflating during inhalation), and many of us forget to breathe entirely when we are under extreme stress. The body will force us to breathe just enough to survive. It’s up to us to consciously breathe deeply to thrive.
  5. Do nothing. If your idea of a break from work is getting lost on social media, you’re not doing yourself any favors. True downtime means giving your brain a rest. You’ll be surprised how creative you can be when you aren’t constantly bombarding your mind with stimulation.

 

It’s time that we stop wearing our busyness like a badge of honor and making ourselves available 24/7.  Our bodies and minds need time to reset, and just like rockstars, it’s not healthy to be “on” all the time. Enjoy your downtime and know that you’ll be a better employee for having taken it.

 

 

PS: Energy is a necessity in your business and your life. Rock stars have known for years that the only way to give an unforgettable performance, one that has the crowd pumping their fists in excitement, is to tap into the energy. If you need assistance building the energy in your business meetings and teams; Orlando Motivational Speaker Marvelless Mark can help.

Contact us today to find out how Marvelless Mark can motivate your business at your next event.

Rock Star Mindset vs. Garage Band Mindset

For the past 14 months, tour buses have been parked due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve had to rely on Zoom for virtual shows and to connect with our fans. Now, it’s time to get back out on tour again.

The pandemic has caused long-lasting ripples in the way we live and the way we do business. As a result, some companies have thrived, while others have barely survived. There’s a reason for this, and it’s based on two distinct mindsets:

  1. The Rock Star Mindset
  2. The Garage Band Mindset
Mark hosting an event in Las Vegas, NV with his Opportunity Rocks program.

 

Those who embrace the Rock Star Mindset see the world as a never-ending stream of opportunities. They are destined for greatness, gracing the largest stages in the world and moving millions with their powerful message. When asked, “is this happening to me or for me?”, they answer – “for me”.

Then we have those who are stuck in a Garage Band Mindset. These individuals are not open to change. They are fine with the way things are. If you ask them where they see themselves in 10 years, they’ll proudly assert, “Right here.”

One of the most obvious differences between these two types of people is how they view money. Rock Stars have an “investment mindset” while Garage Bands have a “spend mindset.”

How To Think About Investments

A Rock Star knows that if they invest their money in music lessons, new equipment, hiring a solid manager, it will likely make them better musicians and, therefore, more money and a better experience.

Do they have the money to afford these things right now? Not necessarily. But, if they invest in their futures, most often, that investment pays off 10x.

A garage band, on the other hand, can’t see the opportunity in front of them. Lessons, a new guitar, even advertising are considered expenses – and they don’t believe they have the money for that right now. They focus on the cost, not the value.

Musicians aren’t the only ones with these mindsets.

Imagine for a moment that an opportunity to purchase a business book presents itself. The book is selling for $25. What goes through your mind? Someone with a spend mindset will think, “$25 is a lot for a book, that’s more than the cost of dinner!”

A person with an investment mindset sees this much differently. They look at that price tag and think, “Only $25? This could be the breakthrough I need to help my business grow. This could make me tens of thousands of dollars!”

A Motivating Experience

A few weeks ago, I jumped off the stage after absolutely killing a rock star keynote. They were doing a quick photo shoot with the company’s top award winners while the other attendees headed to lunch. So I made a beeline to where my book table was set up, eager to greet the hordes of audience members who would be chomping at the bit to buy my Opportunity Rocks book.

I stood there, waving and saying “thank you” as attendees complimented my keynote presentation on their way to lunch. But only a couple of people bought a book. Ten minutes passed (which felt like a lifetime!) with no more sales. I was about to pack up when I noticed that 15 people were standing in line at my table.

“What just happened?” I wondered to myself after every one of them had bought a book. Then it dawned on me. The most of people that walked by my table saw my book as an expense or were really hungry. It would cost them money to buy… money they could use elsewhere. The 15 sales rock stars I’d just helped had investment mindsets… and that’s why they were the recognized top award winners in the company.

When COVID-19 became our reality, it sent many businesses into a tailspin – understandably! There was a time for survival mode and for getting expenses in check. The problem is those with a Garage Band mindset got stuck there. They cut their marketing budgets, laid off employees, and canceled training opportunities. They didn’t see these as investments in their business’s future.

Business Rock Stars saw these line items for what they were… opportunities.

You can (and should) invest your time and money in your business; advertising, training, education, hiring an assistant to free you up to do what you do best; and hiring more employees to provide the best possible service and customer experience to your clients. Games are won by playing offense. Yet, even when you do, there’s no guarantee that a specific investment will pay off. However, when you invest in your future self, your future self gets bigger.

British Philosopher Alain de Botton said, “Anyone who isn’t embarrassed by who they were last year probably isn’t learning enough.”

Embrace a Rock Star Mindset and invest in a better future.

As a hybrid keynote speaker, that is what we share and teach. To perform at a higher level, and focus on 10x thinking. That is a Rock Star Mindset.

How to build high energy to motivate any business.

It’s been a while since we’ve had the opportunity to experience a live concert, but just for a moment, think back to the last musician or band you saw perform. Are you there? Remember how you could sense the crowd around you? You could feel the music coursing through you, making your heart beat faster. That, my friends, is called Rock Concert Energy.

What if you could call up that energy at any time or any place? Wouldn’t it be amazing to have that enthusiasm, that passion, and that excitement whenever you wanted it? We’re not just talking about in your spare time. Nope. You can feel that way in your business.

Gaining Your Energy Back From The Pandemic

“I love my work, but being that enthusiastic on a daily basis? I don’t think so.”

Yes. Not only can you, but you must. The COVID-19 pandemic drained a great deal of our energy. However, as we begin to see light at the end of the tunnel, it’s become evident that energy is the number one element of success in 2021! If you want to not only survive, but thrive in business, you need to build up your energy and turn it on at any time. This is something that rock stars have known for years. They can’t command an audience or lead their band without energy. The same goes for business.

“I never feel very energetic. Is good energy just something you’re either born with or not?” 

Nope! Energy is a muscle like our biceps or our brains. When you work it out daily, it gets stronger. When you don’t, it gets weaker.

Put your consumer hat on for a few minutes. Imagine you’re at Universal Studios in Orlando and all the Disney characters are lacking energy. You’d regret spending any time or money there and it’d probably be the last time you went. In general, would you want to do business with someone who has low energy? No! So don’t be that person either. When you or your team has low energy, you become sluggish in your thinking and in your performance. This leads to business atrophy. You can’t lead or manage your team effectively without energy. You must be able to teach your team how to have high energy and inject it into them whenever needed.

6 Ways to Having High Energy in Business

 

  1. Watch who you surround yourself with. This doesn’t just pertain to your team at work; it’s also about the friends and family you see during your free time. Jim Rohn is well known for saying, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” This not only applies to success, but to energy as well. Ask yourself if you are spending time with energy producers or energy reducers.
  2. Change your state. In 2012, Amy Cuddy gave a TED talk entitled “Your body language may shape who you are.” In it, she discussed how 2 minutes of “power poses” each day can change how we feel about ourselves. This is because of something known as embodied cognition, meaning that our brain influences our body, and our body influences our brain. Don’t believe me (or Amy, for that matter)? Notice how you are feeling right now. If you’re in a good mood, feeling strong and healthy, you’re likely sitting upright with your shoulders back. However, if you’re feeling down today, you’re likely slouched over, shoulders slumped, head down. Now comes the fun part. Switch up your posture and notice what it does to your mood. You now have the power to control your energy at any moment.
  3. Delegate. Sometimes, a lack of energy is due to overwhelming, stress, and the feeling that you can’t possibly get everything done. Imagine if the lead singer of a band tried to play all of the instruments at once, in addition to singing. It would be a disaster! That’s what the band is for, which is where your team comes in. Delegate some of your responsibilities to others and lighten your load. Your energy will lift and recharge immediately.
  4. Get moving! Imagine a rock star trying to do air kicks on stage without some stretching and cardio in his off time. What you do outside of the office affects what you can do inside. When you leave work, do you plop down on the couch with a bowl of chips and the television remote or are you outside, living life? Exercise is important for you, no matter what that looks like for you. For some, it’s just a walk around the block after dinner. For others, it’s an hour or two at the gym before the rest of the world wakes up. Get moving and your energy will soar. Motion creates emotion.
  5. Take time to recharge. Even rock stars get off the stage every so often. You need time to be silent and tap into your intuition and your inner rock star. You need time to have fun away from the stresses at work and surrounded by the people you love.
  6. Bonus: Listen to motivational music. This is a no-brainer. Music motivates. Use it to jumpstart, fuel, or in addition to what you’re already doing. As a Rock Star Motivational Speaker, it’s the easiest way for me to create instant energy in a room. It will work for your team-building activities, team meetings, or creative jam sessions as I call them.

The Bottom Line

Energy is a necessity in your business and your life. Rock stars have known for years that the only way to give an unforgettable performance, one that has the crowd pumping their fists in excitement, is to tap into the energy. If you need assistance building the energy in your business meetings and teams; Orlando Motivational Speaker Marvelless Mark can help.

Contact us today to find out how Marvelless Mark can motivate your business at your next event.