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There’s a lot of talk about “personal freedom” these days. Exactly what do we have the right to do, say, wear, create, etc.? It seems like we’re constantly being told how to behave and what is and isn’t acceptable.

When we look at rock stars and their attitude toward rules and mandates, we may think they have a “devil may care” mindset, living larger than life and giving no concern to what others think or want. While it may appear that way, rock stars (at least the ones who don’t burn out with drugs, alcohol, or illegal activities), are actually very careful in how they approach personal freedom. If you’re looking to excel in your life and your business, you could learn a thing or two

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from these titans of music.

In this two-part series, we’ll take a look at the different areas in your life where you can exercise personal freedom and the areas where you can extend freedom to your employees or your team.

Personal Freedom

We’ve probably all been in a position in our lives where we feel controlled and stifled by someone else’s commands. It’s not only difficult to swallow, but it’s also nearly impossible to be our true selves when someone else is calling the shots.

Here are three areas in your life where you should exercise your personal freedom.

Freedom to Say ‘No’

If you consider yourself a “people-pleaser,” this may be the most difficult concept to accept. It’s okay to say ‘no.’ In fact, it’s essential to your well-being, your performance, and the way you train people to treat you. Everyone in your life will make demands on your time and emotional/mental bandwidth. If you don’t protect yourself, no one will.

Too often, ‘yes’ is the default answer when someone asks for something. Rather than responding without evaluating a situation, tell them you’ll have to get back to them. Buy yourself some time to soul search (and look at your calendar) to see if you want to do something and if you are able to do something without negatively impacting your schedule.

Freedom to Let Go of What’s Holding Us Back

We’ve all got them… limiting beliefs that dictate what we can and can’t accomplish in our lives. Sometimes, we are aware of them and have a little voice inside our head whispering “You can’t” or “You’re not good enough.” Sometimes, however, we don’t even know that those limiting beliefs are there. All we know is that we haven’t yet accomplished our dreams and we feel pretty crappy about it.

In order to destroy these limiting beliefs, we need to first realize they exist and identify what they are. When you feel your energy level dropping or your mood changing around a project or task, take a moment to check in with yourself. Identify what emotion you are feeling and then look inside to determine what thought is resulting from it. Once you’ve done that, you can manually “correct” the thought by considering all the ways in which it’s not true. The more you do this, the quicker you’ll be able to shift your state and get back on track to reaching your goals.

Freedom to End Relationships

While it’s difficult to admit, not every person who plays a role in our life is good for us. We tend to hold on to friends and romantic relationships out of a sense of nostalgia for the past, feelings of obligation in the present, or fear of the future. None of these are good reasons to keep a person in our life. Sad as it is, even family members can sometimes fall into a toxic category.

Take an inventory of the people in your life and ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do they encourage you to be the best possible version of yourself or do they spout negativity that keeps you from achieving your dreams?
  • Do they support you when you need it or are they constantly draining your energy with their own problems?
  • Do they respect your boundaries when you establish them or do they consistently ignore your wishes?

Found someone not pulling their weight? It’s time to (kindly) distance yourself from them and make space in your life for positive relationships.

Conclusion

Janis Joplin once sang, “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.” When it comes to bringing out your inner rock star, Joplin couldn’t have been more right. Exercising your personal freedom will make you a happier, healthier person and a better boss/spouse/parent/friend. And hey… you’ve got nothing left to lose.

Stay tuned next month for Part II where we dive into how to give your employees personal freedom in their jobs.

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.

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!

Do you get paid to play? Is your company’s mission statement also your mission statement? Does it have anything to do with you having fun?  What if you added the word fun to your mission statement or your company’s vision?  Would that make a difference in your culture? Would it make a difference in how you interact with your customers or associates? Your boss? Your employees? Your family? Would it make you want to jump out of bed and go to work or go to play everyday? Think about it. From a very small infant what are you programed to do? Play! We play as a baby, we play at school, and we played in college.  Some of us a little more than others. So why wouldn’t you naturally just want to play at work? Guess what rock stars love to do? PLAY. But not just on stage! They play at home, and they play hard. But they play with a purpose. Their play is in alignment with their D Chord. They have big unreasonable DREAMS. They have Dreams or a mission statement of their company. They have a rock star mindset. Great leaders play with a purpose and lead their teams to do just that. They have a rock star mindset. That is when Opportunity Rocks. But what does that look like? It starts with a small shift in the way you think. Shift happens. Change the way you think, change the way you feel. Or in this case, change the way you think, change the way you play. To help that shift to happen here are three action items you can do.

  1. Re-write your mission or vision statement. Making it clear, laser focused, meaningful and add the words play or fun to it. If you are going to spend over 8 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week, 50 weeks a year, and 30 to 40 years of your life doing something wouldn’t you rather have fun doing it? Refuse to grow up.
  2. Re-write your company’s mission or vision statement. Make it clear, more purposeful and work in the words- fun and play. Then take it up the ladder to whoever has the power to change it. Sell them on your idea. Do your homework first. Show them the research of how company’s productivity and employee and customer engagement goes up with companies that have a “play with a purpose” culture. Companies that have a rock star mindset.
  3. Just do it. Thank you Nike. Play your A Chord and take immediate action everyday. If your company doesn’t buy into it at first, be a rock star and break the rules. Pretend they did and just start doing it on your own. Share it with other team members and watch it spread. Excitement is contagious. That’s when the magic really happens and you drive change instead of change driving you. Marvelless Mark said, “Rock stars drive change not ride it.” Eventually someone will notice.

Maybe you’re saying, “easier said than done”, or “we are not allowed to have fun at work”. Says who? Is it a written policy? Let’s pull a Mike Rayburn and say, “What if?”. What if you could play with a purpose? What would it look like? What would you say, do and act like? Isn’t that worth a shot? If you’re dedicating such a large chunk of your life to something let’s make it fun. Research shows people learn and perform better when their having fun. If you don’t love your job, then love why you do it. Thank you Tony Robbins. Find a way to have fun.

If you don’t make sacrifices for the things you want, the things you want become the sacrifices. I challenge you to start thinking like a rock star. Look for ways to play with a purpose at work and at home. This stuff works great for relationships and families too.

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“Marvelless” Mark Kamp is a Keynote Entertainer/Keynote Speaker, Author, Husband, Father, and child of God. He works with organizations who want their teams to achieve rock star results. He does this in a fun and engaging way using the success secrets of rock stars and the right amount of entertainment.

How will jury duty help your business? Who loves jury duty? What’s not to love, right? Just think of the networking and interesting people you will meet.  It’s fun, convenient, and the pay is great. NOT!

Most people would not agree. In fact, when you mention jury duty, it never seems to be a positive conversation; typically, someone has a great story of how they got out of their responsibility. I received my call for duty a few weeks ago. At first, I was tempted to postpone, cancel, blow off or even get a Dr’s note. Then, the little voice inside told me to suck it up and embrace it. Man, was I glad I did! I got up early that morning and picked out some conservative clothes, (which is difficult for me to do) grabbed my computer, some snacks and headed to the courthouse. After parking and walking a few blocks toward the entrance, I began to see the amazing characteristics of people heading to the same place as me. (Seems like the lawyers all shop at the same store) As I entered the building and stood in line at the metal detector, someone had forgotten to take their metal objects out of their pockets, lines began to form for the elevators and counter where traffic violations are paid. Once inside the holding room with the other potential jurors, someone who looked important gave us a speech, played a video, showed us how to check in, and how to not make the judge angry. Then they said something and it really struck a nerve with me. “It’s your constitutional right to a trial. It’s one of the privileges of being an American. With those rights comes responsibility.” Boom, Mic Drop!! I thought about that for a second, and then realized it’s that way with just about everything. The constitution allows us to do just about anything. To work for someone, start our own business, get married, be a husband or a wife, to be a father or a mother. To be as rich and successful as we want to be. It is one of the privileges of being an American and with those rights comes responsibility.

So most of us will do just about anything to protect our family, our marriage, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, our business, and to a certain degree even the business of someone we work for. So why are we so down and out about jury duty? Why do some make up bogus or lame excuses to get out of it? Some of the examples I heard-  One guy said he had to pick up his wife from the airport. One said he was going to propose that day. One said she didn’t like people, and one even said they don’t agree with the law.

So what does jury duty have to do with business? What a great band inside the courthouse. One of my chapters of Opportunity Rocks compares your business or team to a band, how important it is for your band to have the same dream or vision, to surround yourself with “like minded” people, create and drive the change and not be afraid to take the necessary actions to get things done.

Even as a keynote speaker in Las Vegas or anywhere in the world that I may speak there are three key elements to keeping the band running smoothly. First, put the band first. Steven Tyler of Aerosmith said, “As good as I am, I am nothing without my band.” He knew the band came first.  Second, honor everyone’s unique abilities and contributions.  It doesn’t matter if you’re the judge who is the drummer setting the tone and pace for the rest to follow, or the attorneys who would serve as the rhythm section to start to make the song come together, or the bailiff and court reporters who would be the bass players. The bass players don’t always get noticed but the song would be pretty lame without it. 

Don’t forget the voice or lead singer, who would be the county court clerk briefing the audience of fans and sending out the summons.  The problem is this great band is trying to give someone a fair trial, but the fans are not always loyal. By fans I mean the citizens called to serve. In order for the system to work, we all have to be on board and committed.  Just like in business! Your company or team is only as good as the weakest link. So if you want to make your sales goals, deliver a quality product, or offer the best customer service, then you need to make sure your team is engaged, committed, and motivated. As a motivational speaker, I believe you cannot manufacture motivation, but you can unleash it. That’s the secret of being a business rock star, and that’s what we help teams and businesses do. Find and unleash their inner rock star. It’s your duty, right, and obligation to play full out in everything you do. Even jury duty in the courtroom, or the jury duty that you sometimes have to do as a business owner or employee. You need to make your uncomfortable zone, your comfort zone. When you get better your teams will become better. When your teams get better your customers get better and more loyal. Just like we have to protect our judicial system so that everyone who is entitled to a fair trial gets one, so must we protect our business, our family’s and our rights. So the next time you get a jury duty summons in the mail, ask yourself, would I want to work for someone or have someone working for me that is willing to make up lame excuses or lie? Would I want them working for me or with me? What you do in your personal life reflects your business life, and vice versa. A true rock star gives his all no matter what, and if something gets in the way, the show doesn’t stop, you find a way to keep on going.

My name is Marvelless Mark and I approve this message. Please like and share this post but more importantly stop complaining and own it.

Marvelless Mark Kamp is a keynote entertainer who works with companies who want killer openings and closing keynotes using the business secrets of rock stars.

 

 

Rock on,

The Business Rockstar is an Author, International Keynote Speaker, and Customer & Engagement Guru

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Marvelless Mark is always discovering new ways to make business travel easier. As a global and local Las Vegas motivational speaker and entertainer, I’ve logged more than two million miles. I know that I can’t do anything about long lines, shrinking seats, or delayed flights, but I recently asked my frequent traveler friends to share their best travel tips with me, so I could share them with you. The results—these 10 travel tips—are my “best of the best” ideas that can make your future trips a bit easier.

  1. If you are a CostCo member, you can book a rental car through Costcotravel.com and save 25% or more, and you’re often eligible for additional coupons or upgrades. Plus, Costco’s search tool lets users compare prices from most major rental car companies, and then automatically adds in all applicable coupons, codes, and discounts.
  2. Bring your own healthy snacks with you. Packing snacks such as raisins, nuts, granola, trail mix, banana chips, protein bars, or fresh fruit is a great way to eat healthy and save money on the road.
  3. If your travel requires a layover, visit the airport’s website in advance or on your mobile device to know what food, drink, and shopping options are available.
  4. Purchasing bottled water in an airport can be expensive. Pack an empty bottle in your carry-on then fill it with water on the other side of the security.
  5. With the help of hot water from an in-room coffeemaker, instant oatmeal becomes a money-saving, healthy breakfast.
  6. Instead of paying $20 a day for the hotel internet, consider using your phone’s personal hotspot. Even if you have to increase your network data plan, it will likely cost less than one day of the hotel’s internet charge.
  7. Before showering, hang your clothes in the bathroom and let the steam from the hot water get the wrinkles out.
  8. Pack Epsom salt to give your feet a relaxing soak at the end of a long day.
  9. If you need extra room to spread out, let your hotel room’s ironing board double as a storage surface for your belongings.
  10. Pack your own power strip and extension cord to ensure you’ll have plenty of outlets within reach.

AND HERE’S A BONUS TIP for anyone who is an emcee, keynote speaker, corporate entertainer, or other people who spend a lot of time speaking in front of audiences: always bring a bag of cough drops backstage and share them generously, especially with other speakers. Anyone can get a dry, scratchy throat, and it usually happens at the worst time. When that happens, a simple cough drop can save your day or someone else’s.