Beyond Boundaries: Empowering Leaders through Reflection, Passion, and Persistence – Your Champions Brew

“You are most powerfully positioned to help the person that you used to be.” – Rory Vaden

Happy Friday, Brew Nation! 

Grab your favorite coffee cup, sit back, relax, and get ready to sip on some enriching and thought-provoking content that will equip you to thrive in all areas of your life:

  • Uncommon Leader Insights – In the world of leadership, coaching and accountability go hand in hand. As leaders, we often find ourselves guiding and mentoring our team members, but it is equally important to hold ourselves accountable to the same standards we expect from others. Drawing insights from an interview with Allison Walsh, a visionary leader and certified positive psychology coach, let’s review my key takeaways from our conversation:
  1. Self-reflection is a catalyst for Personal Transformation – We all have moments of realization when we recognize areas in our lives where we need to practice what we preach. The author shares a personal experience of going through a similar awareness many years ago when confronted with the need for discipline and self-development. This moment of self-reflection drove her decision to commit to living in alignment with the values and behaviors expected from others.
  2. Leading by Example – When we address the behavioral deficiencies of our family members, friends, or colleagues, it becomes essential to engage in self-reflection. Are we modeling the behavior we seek or demand from others? This practice requires humility, vulnerability, and a willingness to be coached and receive feedback. It is through this introspective process that we can lead by example and create lasting change within ourselves and those around us.
  3. The Power of “Reading Our Own Book” – Allison Walsh’s concept of “reading our own book” encapsulates the essence of personal growth and leadership. By delving into our own lives and experiences, we gain a deeper understanding of the changes we need to make. We are most powerfully positioned to help the person we used to be according to Rory Vaden, and when we see our own struggles in others, it makes us more credible in leading others on a journey of transformation.

Leadership is not solely about coaching and holding others accountable; it is also about self-reflection. By examining our own actions and behaviors, we set the foundation for leading by example. Want to hear the entire episode, click here.

  • Work Hard – This week, I came across a profound quote by Simon Sinek on Instagram:

“When we work hard for something we don’t believe in, it’s called stress. When we work hard for something we love, it’s called passion.”

Early in our careers, we often hear the advice to find something we love doing, and we’ll never work a day in our lives. However, I’ve come to realize that this advice may not tell the whole story. Fulfillment and uncommon success lie at the intersection of two vital elements: finding something we are passionate about and putting in the hard work to accomplish it.

Passion is the fuel that ignites a fire within us. It’s that deep-rooted enthusiasm and love for what we do that propels us forward, even in the face of challenges. When our passion aligns with a cause or purpose that resonates with us, we become unstoppable. We are willing to go above and beyond, pushing ourselves to new limits, and doing whatever it takes to make a difference.

However, passion alone is not enough. It must be coupled with dedicated effort and hard work. Without the commitment to put in the hours, learn, grow, and improve, even the strongest passion can lead to underperformance. It’s the combination of passion and hard work that paves the way for extraordinary accomplishments.

So, let’s embrace the pursuit of our passions with unwavering dedication. Let’s find that sweet spot where our love for what we do intersects with our relentless work ethic. In that space, we’ll discover fulfillment, success, and the uncommon impact we can make.

It’s not just about finding something you love; it’s about working hard to turn that passion into something uncommon.

  • Read More Here we go.  We are traveling together on a journey with an inspiring speaker, and author, Ed Mylett, and his book “The Power of One More – The Ultimate Guide to Success and Happiness”.  As an avid listener of Mylett’s podcast, I’m thrilled to revisit this remarkable book that holds a special place in my Top Ten influential reads. Join me as we uncover the profound wisdom within its pages. Got your copy yet? Let’s dive in!

Chapter Three – “One More Try

Mylett’s premise for the One More Try mentality is based on the idea that consistently implementing the basics leads to creating and compounding more wins. However, it’s crucial to focus on the right activities. Repeating the wrong actions over and over will only lead to frustration or worse. Mylett compares the effect of One More Try to “busting open a piñata.” Even if it initially seems like the piñata is holding firm, the compounding effect of persistently hitting it makes a difference. With each swing, your precision and power increase. Your relentless pursuit eventually pays off, and the piñata bursts open, showering you with rewards and joy. Your persistence has led to sweet success.

In life, just like breaking open a piñata, persistence is the key to overcoming challenges and achieving our goals. It requires staying focused, adapting our approach, and never losing sight of the prize, even during tough times.

So let’s grasp the metaphorical bat of persistence, don the blindfold of determination, and swing with unwavering resolve. Each strike brings us closer to the treasures that await us.

Many people quit just before the piñata breaks, whether it’s giving up on a workout routine, a relationship, or a business venture. They stop right before progress becomes visible externally.

Your greatest gains and successes occur when you push yourself to new places and limits. Much of your success depends on consistently executing basic tasks. As Kobe Bryant said, “professionals never get bored with the basics.”

Only you truly know if you’re giving your full effort. Sometimes, you may try to hide from yourself, but eventually, the numbers will reveal the difference.

The key to embracing the One More Try mentality is being intentional. It’s not always easy, especially when we can’t see the rewards and the shell cracking from our efforts. It requires quiet determination and a mindset similar to that of Mary Ann Radmacher, who once said, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”.

Next week – One More and the Five Principles of Time Management

Quote of the week:   “Let’s never forget that God uses ordinary people like us to accomplish extraordinary things.  It’s a humbling reminder that the greatness we achieve is not our own, but a reflection of His power working through us.  As His disciples, we’re called to embrace this truth, recognizing that every accomplishment, every success, is ultimately His doing.  Let’s walk in faith, knowing that as His disciples, we are vessels of His grace, entrusted with the privilege of participating in His divine plan.” – Lifesurgeevent Instagram post – Join me in Raleigh on June 8 for what is sure to be a powerful & inspirational day of learning.

Call to Action:  Your greatest gains and successes happen when you push yourself to new places and new limits. But have you ever stopped swinging just one swing too soon, leaving the reward inside the piñata untouched?

It’s time to break through those barriers and go beyond your perceived limitations. Embrace the power of One More Try and unlock the treasures that await you.

It’s an honor to be your trusted “Friday Coffee Guy”.  Each week, I’m excited to provide yet another round of curated content that I’ve been reading, listening to, watching, or thinking over. The purpose of the Champions Brew is to inspire, equip and encourage you to become the uncommon leader you were designed to be. I am so grateful for your decision to invest a few moments with me! I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of Champions Brew. If you did, I would appreciate it if you would share it with someone who might enjoy it as well and ask them to subscribe! I will make sure they automatically get this email every week.

Until next time, Go and Grow Champions! P.S. – Are you a podcast fan?  Maybe the Uncommon Leader podcast is for you.    Are you interested in being a guest on the Uncommon Leader Podcast?  Do you have a story to tell?  Email me [email protected] and let’s have a chat an


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