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Power full or power less

UGGGGG! That moment when you get into your car, you are in a hurry and don’t want to be late for a meeting and your car won’t start. The battery is dead and you realize you forgot to turn off the dome light the night before. Just like leaving your car light on drains all the energy from your car battery, negative energy drains YOU of power mentally, physically and emotionally.

In the last twelve months what has been holding you back from moving forward in life? It might be something emotional, a circumstance or event that has held you back. Do you need to apologize to someone, forgive someone or do you need to forgive yourself?

If you can break through whatever is holding you back your potential is limitless!

However, if you allow whatever is holding you back to continue, you will have a difficult time and will likely be unable to progress or have success with your goals. You must overcome whatever is holding you back! Use this accountability ladder to help climb out of the mental pit you may be stuck in!

The rungs on the ladder are as follows:

  1. Unaware and/or Unconscious: At this level you really don’t know and possibly don’t care that you are stuck and don’t have motivation to achieve results.

  2. Blaming Others: In this stage you realize that you are not progressing and your level of success is not where you’d like it to be but, you blame others instead of taking responsibility for the course you are on.

  3. “I can’t” Excuses: At this juncture you are stuck in the “I can’t” stage and make excuse after excuse without taking the necessary steps to achieve results.

  4. Wait and Hope: While hope is a wonderful thing you can’t just sit and wait for success to find you! You must act!

  5. Acknowledge Reality: This is the turning point! You are right in the middle of being powerful, or powerless.

  6. Own It: This is a powerful step! You are ready to own it and take responsibility for the choices and actions you take.

  7. Find Solutions: Finding solutions is powerful thinking! You may not always have the answers but you are willing to seek out help and have accountability!

  8. Get On With It: Roll with the punches! Life and business are always going to have bumps along the way, but being a powerful thinker will help you have tremendous results.

Looking at the accountability ladder, where do you see yourself in your personal life? What about your professional life? Are you a “power full” thinker or “power less”? What stage of accountability are you in?

I love the attitude of Thomas Edison when he was inventing the light bulb.

“I haven’t failed. I have just found 10,000 ways it won’t work.”

He kept pushing toward finding a solution and got on with it! He didn’t make excuses or give up and say “I can’t.”

Over the next few days, try really hard, to pay attention to the words you say and be honest with yourself. Do you notice yourself working hard to own your decisions and find solutions when things don’t go the way you had hoped? Do you make excuses? You must be honest with yourself because you are the one in control of your future.

About Earl Kemper

Over the past 30+ years, Master Business Coach Earl Kemper has coached over 1,300 other business owners, who on average, will double their business in less than 12 months. He is passionate about helping people realize their potential and is an expert in developing highly successful strategic alliances and client referral programs. His client results have earned him ActionCOACH Business Coaching Global Coach of the Year (2006 and 2009) and North America’s Coach of the Year (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013). In 2009 he was awarded “North American Coaches Choice” and in 2013 he was inducted into the ActionCOACH Hall of Fame. Earl believes that the key to success in life and business is to have a burning passion to be the best that you can possibly be, have clarity, and take massive action. He helps business owners achieve the freedom, finances and fulfillment they desire in their life and in their business.

“Business is a tool that enables you to live the life you desire. Business is not life.” -Earl Kemper

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