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                                                                               LAUGH - LEAD - LEARN NEWSLETTER

                                                                                                           October 2015

Roman Pundyk, DTM 

"Setting Realistic Goals!"

Setting goals can be motivating, however, difficulty has to be considered.  Your goals should be set high enough for you to actually do some work to reach it, but not so high that it is impossible to reach.

For example, say I want to start saving some money for a future vacation.  An unrealistic goal would be to say; “Ok…I’m going to put away $1000.00 a week.” (depending on your income that might be an unrealistic goal).  A realistic goal would be to maybe set aside $50.00 per week….that’s a realistic goal (depending on how much you make per week and also taking into consideration your expenses).


If your goals are realistic, then motivation and commitment levels are high.  If goals are set too high or too difficult, then motivation and commitment suffers as a result.  If the goal you seek becomes difficult, your desire to attain that goal will become less and less and if this activity continues, then you become one of the 97% who don’t set goals and are frustrated where they are in life.


Once again, the secret is to start out small.  Set a goal that you know that if you put in a little effort, you can reach it.  Once you’ve reached your goal, party like you’ve won the lottery.  You need to start training your mind that it’s ok to set goals. 


Now set another goal, only this time make it a little more difficult but realistic.  Pretty soon, you are going to be a goal setting machine.  As a matter of fact, let me help you set your first goal. Go to and sign up for the seminar. DO IT NOW….just because!

                          Stephen Shaner, DTM

                         Take the Time to Learn

To be great at any endeavor, one must study that endeavor.  To be a good doctor, one must study medicine. To be a great engineer, one must study engineering.  Most great leaders achieved excellence through continuous learning, and they understood that to stay great, they had to continue to learn.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who          keeps learning stays young.”     ~Henry Ford


We live in a world where we have an abundance of information available to us. Internet, Apps for our phones and tablets, books and e-books, seminars, webinars, audio and video programs, magazines, and the list goes on.


With all of this information available, am I suggesting that we need to study Leadership 24/7?  Not at all.  We all have other interests, however, to stay in the leadership game and to continue to be effective, I would suggest at least a few minutes each day in the pursuit of learning to lead.


I try to spend at least 15 minutes a day perusing an article, reading a chapter out of a book, or perhaps watching a YouTube video or TED talk.  Some days I do even more. Most of the time, I learn new ideas or concepts.  Sometimes it’s a new way of looking at leadership.  Other times, I might relearn or reinforce something that I already knew.


“Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.”  ~Jim Rohn

Take a few minutes every day to truly learn about leadership.  Not only will you become a more effective leader, but you will also continue to grow and develop in that role.  Then and only then can you help others to grow in their endeavors.


                                Vitalia Bryn-Pundyk, M.Ed./DTM 

                                    "Leadership Excellence!"

Many of us in leadership rolls strive to do the best job we can.  We know that acquiring "Leadership Excellence" requires a high degree of preparation for success.  It involves understanding both, your personal and professional values and ensuring that they are well aligned with each other.  It involves self- discipline and continuously growing and developing our skill sets and leadership capabilities to the highest degree possible.  It involves a high sense of urgency to get tasks done, high self- initiative and seeking opportunities for continuous self -improvement, strong ethics, and a high degree of self- understanding as well. (knowing who we are and what we stand for, who we’re not, and what we don’t stand for).


To help us attain "Leadership Excellence," we need to ask ourselves, “What does the word “excellence” mean to you?”  In order for you to be successful, what do you need to have or what needs to take place? Everyone probably has their own idea of what success or excellence means to them.  Our definitions of these terms are influenced by our values and those things that are important to us.  In order to attain "Leadership Excellence," we must be able to identify what that actually means for us.  We must be able to visualize it and define it for ourselves.


I believe that in this case, when it comes to leadership, the words “excellence” and “success” are synonymous.  Here is my definition of success, which ultimately leads to excellence. “Success is a declaration of intentions, followed by action, achieving positive results.”  That’s worth repeating again: “Success is a declaration of intentions, followed by action, achieving positive results.”


Now when you hear that statement, what exactly do you think is the key to achieving success?  Wouldn’t you agree that the key is “action”?  We must take action if we’re going to achieve anything in life.  Yet, all too often we tell ourselves that “we can’t do this” or “we can’t do that”, and before we know it, we lose our confidence and begin to believe in all those “cant’s”.  We are so afraid of failure that we often set ourselves up to not really succeed.


Achieving your  leadership goals not only takes persistence and time, but a game plan, a strong belief in yourself, and the right attitude as well.  Knowing you can succeed is an attitude!  It’s not an attitude that says,  “I am the leader…. nah-nah nah-nah-nah-nah” or “I’m better than someone else”, but it is an attitude that says, “who I am is a capable, competent, confident, and worthwhile human being.” 


So, what is an attitude? It’s a point of view about a situation and it’s made up of what you think, what you feel, and what you do.  All of those things combined influence each other to create some kind of result.  In other words, a positive attitude generally yields positive results. A negative attitude will most likely yield negative results.


We definitely need a positive attitude in order to reach our goals, but we also need a plan.  That plan involves taking action. Action is an acronym for:  Attitude, Courage, Training, Initiative, Observation, and Network.


We will briefly examine these essential leadership traits at our upcoming Laugh, Lead Learn Seminar.  If you would like to learn more about how to attain Leadership Excellence, take ACTION Now and register for our next event!   Click here to register and for program details.

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