I choose one word every year as a theme for the year, and my word for 2019 was redeem. There are two key areas that I wanted to be intentional about redeeming: past experiences and present realities.
Last session, I did some reflecting and graded myself on how I did when it comes to redeeming past experiences and exchanging them for perspective.
Today, I want to focus on present realities. My goal was to redeem my time each day and exchange it for investment. There were three areas that I wanted to focus my investment on: personal investment, professional investment, and relational investment.
As you think about the three types of investments that I just shared about: personal, professional, and relational; how are you doing in those areas?
Which investment area do you need to focus on for this next year? What will you do differently to improve or grow in that area?
Every year I choose one word that serves as my theme for the year. This word isn’t a replacement for my yearly goals but rather a complement to them.
This past year in 2019 I chose the word “redeem,” which basically means to “buy back or exchange.”
Over the next two sessions, I am going to recap and grade myself on how I did when it comes to redeeming my past experiences and present realities. These sessions are going to be a video journal where you get to be a fly on the wall as I verbally process this past year.
Over the next couple days, take some time to reflect on this past year. Ask yourself:
What are one or two lessons that you have learned in 2019?
Who do you need to share that with? Who needs to hear it? Who can you encourage with what you have learned?
Back in March, I celebrated my birthday. Besides celebrating turning 37 years old (I know, I’m getting old), it also marked 20 years of me being in leadership. To celebrate this milestone, I share the top lessons that have shaped and influenced my leadership over the last 20 years. You can watch that video here.
Over my professional career, I have been fortunate to have roles that allowed me to hire my own team. As a result, I have interviewed hundreds of eager candidates looking for a job. In this Leadership Training Session, I share some tips on how to make your next interview a success.
There are many different leadership styles and types of leaders. But the great leaders share a few characteristics that make their leadership powerful. Those qualities separate the great leaders from the merely good ones. In this training session, I share the first ingredient that all great leaders have. You can watch the video here.
In his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” Dale Carnegie said, “90% of all management problems are caused by communication.” I think we could also say that 90% of all relationship issues or marital problems are caused by miscommunication. In this leadership training session I share about the importance of praise and some practical tips on how to effectively communicate through the use of praise. You can watch that video here.
I think it’s fitting that the first training session we filmed is also my top post for 2019. In this session, I share the purpose of this blog and also one of the greatest passions of my life. You can watch that video here.
As 2019 comes to a close, I have been reflecting on this past year. There are so many things I am grateful for: my family and friends, starting the Shawn Welch Company, and this blog, Your Leadership Coach.
It’s hard to believe that 11 months ago we launched this leadership development blog and since the very first post back in February, I have been blown away at the response. There are so many aspiring leaders who are yearning to grow and take their leadership development to the next level.
As the sun is setting on 2019 and we will soon ring in the new year, I want to celebrate this inaugural season of Your Leadership Coach by counting down our top 10 posts of the year.
Public speaking is one of the top 3 fears that Americans have, and I can relate to that fear. I’ve been speaking in public for 20 years and I’m sure I’ve given well over 100 speeches since then. I still get nervous before going on stage, but over the years I have developed some tips and tools that have helped me become a better public speaker. You can watch that video here.
Every year I choose one word that serves not as a replacement to my goals, but as a complement to them. This word becomes my theme for the year and provides vision, direction, and focus. Here’s my word for 2019.
Many people ask me if they have what it takes to be a leader. That’s a good question, but the better one to ask is “Can anyone be a leader?” In this training session, I answer that question and discuss why I know you have what it takes to be a leader even though I have never met you. You can watch that video here.
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – President Harry S. Truman. Effective leaders read and they read often. Over the last few years, I have become a more avid reader and I share some of the books that have significantly shaped and influenced my leadership. It’s my hope that these books will aid in your leadership development as they have mine. You can watch that video here.
I know many aspiring leaders who want to become more avid readers but there are so many leadership books out there and they don’t know where to begin. In this book recommendation series, I share numbers 3-5 of my top 10 leadership books of all time. You can watch that video here.
A week ago, I shared about the season of life when I felt the most insecure and how that situation has helped me improve in how I battle against insecurity. If you missed that session, you can check it out here.
Unfortunately, insecurity is not something we deal with once and never have to experience again. It’s a continual battle.
Two more weapons to battle against insecurity:
Know your priorities. Not everyone will like you. If you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one (including yourself.) Focus on the people who matter most.
Focus on others. When we take the focus off ourselves, and look to serve others by helping them and adding value to their lives, our insecurity decreases.
Write down the five people who mean the most to you in your life. Ask yourself: are you living in such a way that honors them?
Now, write down one person who could use some encouragement. Make a point to spend time with them this week. Listen to them, and offer encouragement.
Can this be a safe place where I can be real for a moment? I need to confess something to you.
I struggle with insecurity. How about you?
Insecurity is something we don’t like to talk about or even admit we struggle with, but let’s be honest…everyone deals with insecurity at some level.
Weapons we have to battle against insecurity:
Self-awareness: Knowing your strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots can help you know yourself well enough to battle against your insecurities.
Preparation: We can grow in confidence when we prepare well.
Think about the areas of life that you feel insecure in. Write them down.Share them with someone that you trust. That simple act of writing them down and sharing them is powerful in starting to win the war against your insecurity.