The Life-Mastery Success Strategy


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Here is a success strategy to keep in mind: Every time you do something for what you want to bring about, you progress a step closer to the goal-achievement you are after.

Whatever it is that you want to happen in your life, as you take action for what you want, you advance toward your success.

Just thinking about your goal, envisioning yourself in the conditions you want in your life, is a form of taking action for it – it represents MENTAL action.

Anyone who feels stuck in procrastination, try spending time envisioning yourself taking the action you want to take.  This will build your motivation to actually take that action.

Of course, fantasizing yourself accomplishing a goal may not be enough to instantly materialize that goal.

Imagineering, or imagining yourself experiencing what you want, represents just one thing that you can do for for achieving success.

Team building is another thing you can do.  As you build relationships with people who canform strategic alliances help you, you increase your power by having more supportive people backing you.

Forming strategic alliances is a way to be more successful.

But to harness mind-power is a perhaps the most important thing to do because it gives your life direction.

Envisioning what you want to accomplish directs your subconscious programming, causing you to make choices – often without realizing it – in line with what you want to achieve as your goal.

The moment you visualize in your mind what you want in your life, you head there.

Envisioning what you want also helps you to feel more self-confident, to feel more motivated, to feel more determined.

All of this helps you to take more powerful, positive action for what you want.

When you practice remaining aware of the now, by intentionally paying attention to the present moment,  you can do even more for what you want.

You can more quickly notice when your thoughts, attitude, speech or actions are straying into a self-sabatoging pattern, including anxiousness and worry, getting distracted by petty rivalries, emotionally reacting to things that have nothing to do with your goal achievement process.

All of this wastes energy and time, diverting your power and thereby sabotaging the success that you want most.

The power in your thoughts, feelings, speech and actions is creative in nature.

Approach life with the pro-active mindset that you bring about what you think for, what you feel for, what you speak for, and what you take action for.

When you think of the success you want you draw it to you.

When you allow yourself to feel like the success you want to feel like, you attract that success to yourself.

When you apply the power of speech to help you to achieve what you want, the creative power of your speech helps you to achieve it.

And when you take action for what you want, when you work for it in any way, you are creating the condition you work for, just as a sculptor creates a sculpture by applying the hammer and chisel to carve out his dream.

Whatever mishap, loss, set-back, disappointment, delay or opposition you encounter along the way is nothing but another opportunity to make the best use of your power in line with what you want to accomplish.

As you make that “best use” you are growing in mastery – the mastery required for manifesting the most beautiful life that you can imagine.

As you exercise your power to think, feel, speak and take action for what you want under all conditions, you grow in mastery and apply a success strategy that turns every moment into a golden opportunity .

Team Building To Enhance Teacher Motivation For Student Success

 One way to boost student performance and lower the school drop out rate is to offer regular team building programs for school staff, aimed at enhancing teacher motivation.

It’s obvious that student motivation is essential for the student’s academic success.

It should be just as obvious that one of the primary sources of student motivation is teacher motivation.

Highly motivated teachers exude enthusiasm, a love of learning and teaching, a love for their students and a commitment to student success.

This highly charged state of motivation radiates from the teacher into the classroom.

So one key to raise the level of motivation in students is to nurture, foster, support and even ignite the motivation in teachers.

One cause for a drooping level of school faculty morale is a communication problem with administration.

boost student performance by boosting teacher self-esteemIf administration communicates with teachers in a way that makes the teachers feel under-valued, those teachers may lose some self-esteem, and a loss of self-esteem translates into a lack of motivation.

Administration can cause this to happen through both verbal and non-verbal messages.

School principals may undermine faculty motivation and performance verbally by:

  • Verbally harping what teachers do wrong and expressing too little appreciation for what they do right
  • Telling teachers outright that you regard them quite replaceable
  • Verbally castigating a teacher in front of his or her students
  • Being verbally defensive about your position when questioned instead of being open to integrating the teachers’ perspective into your understanding

A school administrator can drain teachers of self-respect and motivation through non-verbal forms of communication as well, like:

  • Excluding faculty from decision-making processes that directly impact their jobs.
  • Being gruff or non-responsive to pleasantries or polite greetings offered by teachers when they encounter you in the hall
  • Expressing an attitude of annoyance, impatience or even disdain when teachers come to administrators for support.
  • Talking down to teachers, as if they are unruly and undependable children.  (It may not be the words that convey this, but the unspoken attitude.)

As a general principle, administration fails faculty by relating from a personally insecure stance.

raise student performance by raising teacher motivation

By cultivating more self-confidence and developing the motivational skills of administrators through school team building trainings, we can help faculty to be more motivated, which translates into more motivation and success for students.


By helping teachers to develop more self-confidence and self-esteem, and teaching them additional skills for getting and staying motivated through motivational school team building trainings, they can overcome at least some of the limits of administration, and soar higher through administrator support, for higher student performance and improved graduation rates.improve teacher motivation to improve student performance

How To Set Goals To Achieve Goals


You would think it to be pretty obvious that you need to set goals in order to achieve goals.

There is probably not a single professional motivational speaker who has not addressed the motivational power of visualizing what you want to accomplish.

Knowing what you want to accomplish will boost your motivation.

Probably the best reason for setting a personal or professional goal is simple: Once you know what you want to accomplish, your life automatically moves in the direction of that accomplishment.

Setting a goal sets the goal accomplishment process into motion.

Then why do so few people get around to goal setting?

One reason might be because they do not realize that setting goals boosts their chances of achieving what they want in life.

Another reason might be that they do not know HOW to set a goal.

Setting goals appears to be easier than it really is.

One common blockages to achieving personal success through goal setting has to do with living in a habitual negative mindset.

We live in a negative mindset by worrying about the future, thinking about what is wrong, focusing on what we dislike, dwelling in thoughts about what we regret or whom we resent.

Filling the mind with darkness leaves it with insufficient mental “space” to receive a bright idea of what we want to accomplish

At a recent team building and leadership development training that I presented, I asked team members to list their goals.  But all they came up with were problems.  They listed things like:

• No more unfair distribution of work-projects

• An end to management “revenge tactics”

• Discarding time-wasting rules

 While these may look like goals, they are really a list of problems.

Setting a goal is like asking someone for what you want.  When you ask a person to NOT do something, you are not being clear about what you want instead.

To set a goal effectively, state what you want, not what you want to avoid or to end.

 A goal is a positive statement
describing what you want.

It took a while in that team building and leadership development training to help the participants formulate what they actually wanted.  The changes looked like this:

• Fair distribution of work-projects

• Management employing only forthright, direct and “up-front” strategies

• A review of rules that work-teams assert to be time-wasters

To prepare your mind to set goals successfully, practice shifting your attention OFF of what
you do NOT want, and onto what you
DO want instead.

Motivational Speaking To Yourself For Wisdom

Just about everyone has heard of motivational speaking, but how many really understand the power of motivational THINKING, and how to access it?

While developing communication skills for our interpersonal relationships is an essential part of personal development for team building and leadership, success and great family relationships, the most important dimension of successful communication goes on between you and yourself!

How you think is how you communicate with yourself.

You speak to yourself with mental words and pictures.

To solve your problems and come up strategies for success, you basically consult with yourself.

You formulate a problem or a goal and then you ask yourself, “Now, what can I do about this?”

But, the way you feel impacts the way you think.

The time to engage in strategic thinking about your life is when you feel truly emotionally balanced, in a calm state of harmonious feeling.

Then you can think clearly, accurately and constructively.

When you think in a state of emotional balance you can use your power of thought to direct your life.

You can think about what you want to accomplish and come up with ideas of how to accomplish it.

We can define emotional balance as the foundation for an authentic, positive attitude, turning you into a motivational speaker for yourself: one who can tune into positive thinking for problem-solving, goal-setting and goal achievement.

If you feel blocked or unable to solve your problems or arrive at strategies for success, check on how you are feeling at the time.

Your attitude, mood or emotional state represents the key that either locks or unlocks the mind’s potential for accessing positive solutions and successful strategies.

As long as you feel nervous, uptight, impatient, frustrated, insecure or disappointed, your thinking can do no more than reinforce those disturbed emotional states.

 By letting go of your tensions and intensity and simply trusting that everything is going to work out fine, you render accessible the creative ideas that can show you the way.

Developing the SELF-communication skills of thinking from calm instead of from stress is a way of applying team building and leadership in your relationship with yourself.

When you feel calm, secure and trusting, your state of inner harmony and balance will open your mind to positive thinking for problem-solving, goal setting and goal achievement.

By following this self-help wisdom you will receive motivational speaking from your mind, bolstering your spirit with real solutions and strategies.

Stress Management For Team Building



Team building is undermined by anger and stress in the workplace.

 As anger and stress levels rise, interpersonal conflict increases.

I dealt with this recently in my work with a team leader in a construction firm.  His team was in dire need of anger management and stress management training.

Workers were arguing, finding passive aggressive ways to sabotage one another, and they even had a violent outbreak.  Petty theft seemed on the rise as well.

I was originally brought in as a motivational speaker to boost worker attitude to improve teamwork.

But it became glaringly obvious that these workers were having a hard time coping with change and coping with uncertainty, as their team leadership had gone through 3 transitions in the past 9 months. 

I helped this relatively inexperienced, new team leader understand that worker motivation and stress do not go together.

I helped him understand how teams lose motivation as anger rises.

There was a tremendous amount of griping going on throughout the workforce, severely damaging team morale.

So the team training that I presented began with a short session to management, focusing on the relationship between communication and stress.

Because this workforce had gone through so much change in such a short span of time, they needed to be communicated with in ways that would reduce their stress.

 Communicating in a way that suggests a sufficient amount of transparency is a way that leadership can manage stress in the workplace.

As leadership clearly explained, in team meetings, why team leadership had to change, and what team members can expect going forward, they helped team members better manage emotion.

The next stage of the team building training I presented directly to the work teams.  This included anger management tips to improve their attitude.

One tip helped them see the difference between what happens and how they react to what happens.

They got this lesson on anger and stress management for team building by simply writing down something that occurred, and then describing their angry or stressful reaction to that.

I had them draw a circle around the event.  Then they drew a circle around their description of their reaction.

We did this over and over, and each time it became clearer to those workers how their anger and stress was NOT caused by the changes and uncertainty they were facing at work.

They really SAW that how they responded to what happened was how they made themselves feel in response to what happened. This simple shift helped them to respond more positively.

We also focused on how maintaining a confident attitude translates into more positive relationships, a happier workday, improved worker safety and higher productivity.

The end-result was that we solved the problem of a grumbling workplace with a two-pronged assault:

  1. First, I worked with the corporate team of leaders on increasing transparency in communication for employee stress reduction.
  2. I then presented 2 consecutive days of team building seminars on anger and stress management to the construction work-teams.

As a result, the workplace atmosphere changed. Interpersonal relations improved. The griping greatly diminished and the negative impact of the residue was largely neutralized.

And this, in turn, led to improved team building through a reduction of anger and stress.

Improve Effective Communication In The Workplace

communication skills training for team buildingEffective communication does NOT happen automatically.

 Communication in the workplace demands the development and application of essential communication skills.

Constructive professional communication requires, for instance, the skill of professionalism in communication.

Professionalism in communication means NOT taking what comes up during the communication process personally.

It means relating PROFESSIONALLY, which means responding in ways that advance accomplishment.

Taking communication personally means reacting emotionally in ways that undermine, rather than support, one’s professional objectives.

One of the biggest blockages to effective communication in the workplace is the fact that many of us seem to believe that HOW to communicate well means simply speaking your mind.

For the best team building results, though, it requires ongoing communication skills training.communication skills training for team building

One important skill to develop for communication success has to do with emotional reactions.

First, to improve communication, work on developing your ability to NOT react emotionally to the words that you hear.

Practice deliberately remaining calm, emotionally neutral, in response to the words you hear.

In emotional balance, you can think clearly and strategize your response in line with your objectives.

In one of my recent motivational speaking events on team building, one of the communication skills exercises I suggested was this:

Spend one week working on being more aware of your emotional reaction to words that you hear or read, and to practice remaining calm, relaxed and emotionally neutral to help you to formulate a response-strategy that will further your real objectives. 

communication skills training for team building


For effective communication in the workplace, try out this communication skills exercise and please feel welcome to share your results, and any questions you might have, about this exercise and other ways to improve communication.

Leadership Development For Sales Success

Professional sales people are among those who can benefit the most from leadership development and team building training.

For who more than sales professionals need to develop a loyal following?

Before you can successfully sell to someone, that person needs to feel that you are both on the same team.

Your sales strategy needs to feel like teamwork, or the prospect will view you as an adversary.

At the sale closing, you want the customer to feel that he or she won, and that you celebrate his or her victory.

Let’s look at one of the leadership skills that translate into team building for  selling success.

Leaders lead with the power of vision.  There are many useful ways that the sales professional can use the power of vision for sales success.

Here is one example:  Envision yourself as successful and as worthy of success.

Motivational seminars on leadership development and team building – as well as sales training courses – ought to spend a good portion of the time on how to harness the power of vision, particularly the power of SELF-Vision, because how you see yourself leads to high or to low results.

When we do not pay adequate attention to our thinking, we THINK that we become discouraged because of our circumstances – like a low sales-performance record for the second or third month in a row.

But if you look more closely at your mind, you will see how your self-image determines your self-confidence, your drive, your enthusiasm… or the lack thereof.

Effective leadership development training includes developing a vision of yourself AS A SUCCESS.

You have to practice envisioning yourself as successful to express the self-confidence that inspires others to feel confident enough in you to follow you.

For selling success, see yourself as a success.  Imagine yourself accomplishing the goals you need to accomplish to feel successful.

Pay close attention to your thinking in order to notice when your thoughts slip into tragic ideas of who you are.

When you recognize that happening, immediately work on envisioning a totally successful you.

You achieve results that are consistent with your thoughts about yourself.

By working at visionary leadership development for sales success, you will raise your self-confidence, which builds prospects’ confidence in you, which motivates them to follow your lead… all the way to the sale closing.

Motivational Speaking & Positive Thinking

To be an effective motivational speaker, you need to be an effective “motivational thinker”.

Your ability to uplift an audience can really only come from the uplifting quality of your own spirit.

If you dwell on thoughts that cause you to feel discouraged, insecure or frustrated, you lose your motivation.

When you engage in real positive thinking, you feel inspired, and your inspiration radiates.

To present a powerfully motivating speech or a dynamic motivational seminar for team building is a natural extension of the empowering nature of your consistent mental focus.

At my Motivational Speaking events,one of the motivational exercises I have presented to boost morale in the workplace involves training the mind in positive thinking.

Here is how it works:

1. List ten things going “right” in your life – ten things that you currently appreciate.

2. Describe one change in your life that you would love to be happening right now.

3. List 3 signs that indicate or suggest to you that your life is headed in the direction that you really want it to go in.

4. Describe how you would feel if the 3 most pressing problems in your life were currently solved.

This exercise helps to train the mind in focusing on positive directions. Shifting the mental focus from a negative to a positive direction is one way to boost morale.

If your goal is to be an effective professional motivational speaker, I suggest that you use the above motivational exercise yourself every week (every day would be better) to develop your positive mental focus.

Whether you want to present an inspiring keynote or motivational seminar for teambuilding, being an effective motivational speaker is rooted in being a motivational thinker.

Want To Be A Motivational Speaker Star?

Do you want to be a professional motivational speaker?

Here are some of the benefits of inspirational speaking:

  • You tap into your own inspiration, which uplifts you.
  • As you connect with the inspiration of your audience,you experience the delight of seeing THEM uplifted.
  • If you are an effective motivational speaker for team building, you get to experience the pleasure of seeing you  audience unite in a higher spirit of team bonding.

You will notice that there are no promises here like:

  • Make fast, easy, viagra money
  • Get to be the center of attention
  • Hear the sound of applause for your work.

Those really have nothing to do with what REAL motivational speaking is really all about.

If you are looking for fast money, good luck.

If you are looking for easy money, the closest you can come to that is doing work for pay that you deeply enjoy doing. (If that work is motivational speaking, then motivational speaking can be your right path.)

If you are looking for big money, you are going to have to dedicate yourself to being among the very best in your field.

 If you crave applause, consider that to be a superficial craving destined to let you down.

Counting on the approval of others is never worthwhile.

You are far better off focusing on doing what you believe is right. 


How others feel about your work IS important, but only to the extent that it helps you follow the path that expresses your inspiration.

If you long to be the center of attention, of course you get that as a professional inspirational speaker … once you have been hired, and presuming folks show up.

But you need to examine yourself pretty well to understand your motivation behind the quest for approval.

You would be far better off devoting yourself to serving people in the most powerful, meaningful way that you can.  This makes you a REAL star.

As you devote yourself to being the very best and brightest version of yourself, you shine more brilliantly wherever you are.

You don’t have to be a professional motivational speaker to be a star. Like a star in the heavens, you radiate who you are throughout time and space.

Team Building For Life


A successful, happy life is about team building.

No one succeeds entirely alone.

Success is based on relationships.

Every person in your life is a team mate.

Individuals who do not support you need to be avoided.

Motivational Speaking For Team Building

The most important kind of support we need to be as successful as we can be is the support of a positive energy connection with the other person.

You experience a positive energy connection with another when you feel uplifted during your interaction.  You feel motivated when you are together.

We experience interpersonal relationships in our mind.

Haven’t you had the experience of arguing with someone in your head?

When you think of someone and feel stress, strain or a loss of motivation, you are experiencing a negative energy connection with that “team mate”.

The purpose of a team is building the power of each individual involved.

So it is better to avoid even thinking of someone when the thought of that person causes you to lose inspiration, feel more emotionally taxed or burdened.

Set goals for yourself and then maintain relationships with individuals who help you to feel encouraged about your ability to reach those goals.

And strive to be a great team player in other people’s lives.

Be a motivational speaker in your relationships – in other words, avoid speaking in ways that cause people to lose confidence in themselves or in their dreams.

Those people will want to include YOU in THEIR team building.