If you have never heard of keynote speaker Janine Shepherd and her inspirational story, it’s high time you did.
Janine Lee Shepherd, AM was a champion Australian cross-country skier until she suffered major injuries when hit by a truck during training. Near death, Janine overcame many adversities as you will hear in her recent Ted talk.
Laugh, cry and be truly inspired by Janine’s courageous and inspiring story, “You Are Not Your Body”.
Please leave your comments and let me know how Janine’s story inspired you.
There are many great qualities and characteristics of Great leaders and certain ones are found in every person with great leadership qualities. What makes a great leader? *Great leaders have made the decision to be a Great leader. They are determined and committed to be great leaders. They have declared themselves as leaders and written down “I am a Great leader.” Even when the going gets tough they are still great leaders and they do not move from where they stand.
Great leaders show others how to become a great leader
They come from a position of service and they are always thinking about how they can help the other person to become a great leader as well. They offer everyone with whom they come in contact the chance to join them in becoming a great leader.
Be a Great leader | get uncomfortable and step out of the comfort zone
They know that only by stretching themselves will they also become even greater leader. Minor leaders or non-leaders stay inside their comfort zone and are too scared to try new things. They rationalize and make excuses as to why they cannot achieve their goals.
A Great leader learns from other great leaders
They are constantly reading books by other great leaders, as well as listening to them and reading about them. They know who the great leaders in their profession are and they stay current with what they are doing and with the knowledge that they are creating.
Great leaders are willing to take risks
They understand that only by taking risks will they reach new heights. Taking risks enables them to understand what other leaders experience and to help their developing leaders become comfortable taking risks as well.
Great leaders set goals
They make their goals specific, measurable and reasonable. They write down their goals and they set deadlines as to when they will be achieved. They focus on their goals with gazelle intensity and they persist at achieving them even when the going is tough.
A Great leader is committed for the long haul
They understand that they will not attain the level of great leadership overnight. They are constantly seeking improvement in their leadership and they are humble and willing to change. They make adjustments in their leadership when necessary. They are committed to constant and never ending improvement. They realize that there is not only one path to leadership and they are willing to experiment and put forth the time and effort necessary to find the path to leadership that will work best for them.
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For over a year now I’ve been sharing Simon Sinek’s notes to Inspire Action. If you don’t know who Simon Sinek is here is a brief run down on who he is and what he does.
Simon Leads Leaders to Inspire Action
Simon Sinek is an optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them. Tap into Simon’s Ted Talk below and see if he can Inspire Action in you.
Inspire Action….. Do YOU?
I work from home and I’m not surrounded by a constant plethora of inspiration. Like many leaders I subscribe to Simon’s Inspire Action notes which are available via his Start with Why website. Not only have I been sharing his notes to Inspire Action for over a year now, Simon’s notes still Inspire Action for me in my everyday life, even though I have read every one of them to date.
Here are some of my favourite Inspire Action Notes
True leaders do not work to do better than anyone else. They work to do better than themselves. And that’s what makes them better leaders.
When you delegate tasks you get things done. But when you delegate responsibility, others get done much more than you ever could.
In times of uncertainty, the leaders who stand out are the ones who remain certain of their decisions.
Profit comes as a result of being good at what you do. Trust comes as a result of being good at why you do it.
The ability to see order in chaos is called creativity.
We can teach only if we are willing to learn.
Problems only exist for those who don’t look for solutions.
Give people a reason to come to work, not just a place to go to work.
Are you ready to Inspire Action?
I highly recommend you head on over to Simon’s site, Start with Why and subscribe by clicking on the “get notes” icon as shown in the image below. I use these notes not only to inspire action myself, I also post them on my website occasionally within in a post or use them on Twitter and on my Facebook group “Creating Entrepreneurs One Step at a Time” to inspire action in others.
As Simon says “A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of you to show you how they did it. A mentor walks alongside you to show you what you can do.”
Motivational Speaker – Janine Shepherd
When you wake up every morning you just never know what the day will bring.
Janine Shepherd is one amazingly courageous woman, who also happens to be a Motivational Speaker inspiring men and women here in Australia and globally.
Her story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. A champion cross country skier in training for the winter Olympics, her life was irrevocably altered when she was run over by a truck during a training bicycle ride to the Blue Mountains in Sydney, Australia.
Doctors told Janine she wouldn’t walk again or have children for that matter, shattering news for any woman. For Janine, this wasn’t a barrier and she eventually learnt to walk again, became a mother and wife an aerobatic instructor, motivational speaker, inspirer to many people all over the world and also here in her home country, Australia.
I’ve heard many inspiring stories in my lifetime and none have touched me more than the story of Janine. In the coming weeks I will be working closely with her and I’m looking forward to attending her next Motivational talk at the Business Woman’s Network this Wednesday September, 7th.
I’ve seen the movie, “Never Tell Me Never”, based on Janine’s bestselling book of the same name, starring Claudia Carvan and I’m half way through another of her books “On My Own Two Feet” and I’m looking forward to hearing her speak.
Did I mention this amazing woman is a bestselling author and has recently been invited to Ted.com to share her story, a story that is sure to be one of the most inspirational you will hear in your lifetime, so stay tuned for updates.
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1. Visualisation – Bring yourself to that place of whatever it is you are trying to create. You must have a vision bigger than making money – i.e. who else will benefit from your success… family, children etc.
2. Daily income producing activities – Money Making Activities. Ok, this is anything that productively brings money into your business – Marketing and talking to prospects – this will yield the highest return on investment. (ROI) You should be having at least 5 conversations per day.
3. Mastermind with Leaders
If you are not already, start hanging out with those who have already achieved the success you are looking for. It’s these successful people who will show you exactly what you need to do to have the same success they have had.
4. Personal Growth & Development – you should indulge for at least 30 minutes a day in some sort of personal development. This is just as important as marketing your business, for without personal growth your business will stagnate. These activities would include reading motivational books, audios, YouTube videos watch or read about topics that have the ability to change your perspective. Studying – Sales and Marketing, increasing your knowledge.
People are looking for a leader they want to associate, someone that has already been there done that. You need to set targets for yourself. For instance, picture your perfect day, exactly how it would look. Now right down exactly what you would need to do to make the money to be IN that perfect day. Unless you truly understand your “WHY”, you will only get in your own way. You need to feel the dream!
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change which leads me to why I wrote this post for you. Successful people do what unsuccessful people don’t do. Think of your business as a seed – Plant the seed > water it > give it food > nothing happens… weeks have past and yes your plant is growing you just can’t see it. Your business is also like this, everything you do in and for your business is just like this plant. After the work you put in you will see the top of the plant start to sprout, just like your new business and so the show begins and you start to see the fruits of your labour.
5. Cultivate that expectation of leadership i.e. I expect my team to step up and take this opportunity. No one can do it for you, there is no marketing platform or programme to do it for you either. YOU have to do it! I hear this all the time – I tried online business but it was too hard. There is no such thing as trying, you either do it or you don’t do it! It’s that simple.
You will notice the most content on this page I put into the personal development and growth section. If you think about it you will see it makes total sense that by putting this time into your personal development and growth that you will then have this knowledge to pass onto others. Having a strong mind and an I’m not quitting attitude is what will actually carry you through the times when you want to quit and walk away… the times when you have fed, watered and nurtured the seed and you are waiting for your business to germinate.
A quick re-cap
#2 Daily Income Producing Activities
#3 Mastermind with Other Leaders
#4 Personal Growth and Development
#5 Cultivate the Expectation of Leadership
I invite you to take part in my free weekly training so you can start learning more strategies like these and start leading your own team to success.
Simon Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. He created a simple model, The Golden Circle that codifies what makes the most inspiring people and organizations so successful and influential. The concept is so powerful that it is changing the way people think, act and communicate.
From the Pentagon, to the United Nations, to Hollywood, Simon has been invited to talk about The Golden Circle across the United States and around the world. He advises a wide of variety of leaders and organizations, including small businesses and entrepreneurs, corporations like Microsoft, non-profits, government and politicians.
Today I wanted to share with you some of my favourite quotations from Simon and I hope you gain the same inspiration I have from some of these Notes to Inspire and share them with your tribe.
Here are just 9 of my favourite Notes to Inspire from Simon Sinek
“If you want to achieve anything in this world, you have to get used to the idea that not everyone will like you.”
“Authenticity is more than speaking. It’s also about doing. Every decision you make says something about you.”
“Success always takes help. Failure you can do alone.”
“An opportunity so many of us miss is to put right what we may have done wrong.”
“What good is having a belly if there’s no fire in it. Wake up, drink your passion, light a match and get to work.”
“Sound like a scientist and only scientists can understand you. Sound like a truck driver and everyone can understand you.”
“Greatness is only possible if you believe, without any doubt, that the future is bright.”
“Seek access to those on their way to being inaccessible. Their advice is top quality and you can still get through to them…for now.”
“Putting yourself first is not selfish. Quite the opposite. You must put your happiness and health first before you can be of help to anyone else.”
I’d love to hear some of your own favourite Notes to Inspire me and my readers.
Add your favourites to the comments below and then pass it on and share your quote with your friends Facebook and Twitter.
Please Note: The Free chapter of Simon’s book is no longer available. However, you can head over to my latest post and get Simon’s Notes to Inspire HERE!
I look forward to reading all your wonderful quotes and wish you an inspirational day!