Success Matters Edition #6 7/4/2007

Success Matters - Newsletter from Gerrie - #6 July 2007

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Greetings on the most important national holiday in the US!

Independence Day commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On this memorable day, we celebrate the ideals on which our nation was founded.

It also represents the results of the courage and passion of our Founding Fathers, a principle that holds true to this day.

Although not all members of the Congress supported a formal Declaration, there were many passionate supporters. One passionate representative of the Continental Congress was inspired to ride 80 miles on horseback to reach Philadelphia to break a tie in support of independence.

When you know what you stand for and have focus, clarity, and passion about your goal, you can accomplish incredible results.

Do you know what you stand for that would inspire you to take courageous action . . . to stand up and be heard?

It’s a frequent question asked by many baby boomers seeking more meaning and fulfillment in their work. This often means getting clear about what you stand for AND defining what you want to do – redefine success on your own terms.

  • Celebrate Independence Day by taking courageous steps forward concerning a challenge in your life. Then be open to realize and move into bigger dreams for your future.

It all starts with one action step. On this day, 231 years ago, our Founding Fathers signed a Declaration that changed the history of a nation!

Enjoy your celebration!

What Do You Stand For?

In our previous Success Matters, I cited the success story of one client who felt defeated in her position. Once she got clear about her ‘unique genius’, she realized that a change was needed, she must take a stand for her inner peace. She landed a great job and promotion – one that aligned with her brilliance.

Another client wrote me about her success story. She was forced to assess her strengths and value when her company moved to another state and she decided against relocating.

Through our work together, she re-defined success to be landing a more challenging, higher paying and more visible job. Stepping out and becoming more visible can be terrifying for some people because of limiting beliefs. These can easily be reduced or even eliminated by a few coaching exercises, designed to shift and transform your beliefs.

She was clear about her goal and was passionate about what she stood for. As a single mother, she needed to provide for the well-being of her children and be a positive role model for them.

She experienced an inner transformation by defining her ‘unique genius’ – her highest level of accomplishments that she enjoyed doing with excellence. That’s the real reason that she made a huge jump in responsibility, compensation, and job satisfaction.

She knew what she wanted and was clear about her value!

Align Your Life for Brilliance!

According to research with over 100 top achievers, success that is built to last requires alignment with three essential areas.

The authors describe these as meaning, thought style which is a ‘highly developed sense of accountability, audacity, passion, and responsible optimism’, and action style which is ‘effective ways to take action’.

We refer to these as ‘focus – clarity – passion’.

Focus relates to your life purpose, values, drivers and motivators. Which do you think is more brilliant – the light from 5 light bulbs or 1 laser beam spotlight? Right. When you have a laser focus on your definition of success, your brilliance shines through, almost effortlessly.

Clarity is the area that gets people stuck most often. Why? We live in such a fast-paced, multi-dimensional world with many options that it’s difficult to get clear about what you want – even if it’s picking out toothpaste – which brand has the best whitening properties, flavor that you like ... oh, then there’s the dental health features…!

When you get really clear about what you WANT, then the law of attraction is set into motion, and you begin to attract what you WANT.

Passion that defines what you stand for is more complex to discern. Passion can relate to a strong emotion that is driving you, such as anger or affection. In the context of this article, I define passion as a “strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept” that inspires you to take positive action about something that you stand for.

Baby boomers are known as a ‘generation of striving achievers’ who are passionate about their ideals.

There are many options for baby boomers as we redefine success: launch a business for the first time; obtain part time employment in a fun job; start a new career; secure short-term consulting projects.

The lesson is to get focus and clarity about what you stand for, and define your ‘unique genius’ so you play to your strengths. As a result, you will find more meaning and fulfillment in your work life.

Once you put words to your natural strengths and learn how to put them into play each day – no matter what job you’re doing, you show up with a lighter and higher energy.

Coaching Questions

How do you define success?

  • If you reach the age of 95 or more (which is possible in the baby boomer generation!), what do you want to have accomplished?
  • What would you love to do, be or accomplish in your life (personally or professionally) so that you consider your life to have been well-lived?

What do you stand for?

  • What do you thoroughly enjoy doing in your job, business, or life activities?
  • Is there a cause about which you feel passionate? What is it?
Book References

‘Career Distinction: Stand Out by Building Your Brand’
by Kirsten Dixson, William Arruda. Wiley, John & Sons, Inc. June 2007

‘Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History's Ten Most Revolutionary Minds’
by Michael J. Gelb, Norma Miller (Illustrator), Martin Kemp (Foreword), January 2003 HarperCollins Publishers

‘Success Built To Last – Creating A Life That Matters’
by Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson. Wharton School Publishing, 2007

‘The Trance of Scarcity – Stop Holding Your Breath and Start Living Your Life’
by Victoria Castle Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2006-2007

Professional Coaching

Coaching is a confidential partnership between you, the Client, and your Coach to help you achieve your next level of success faster and with greater focus and clarity.

If you want to discover your ‘unique genius’’, define what you stand for, and embrace more meaning and fulfillment in your work, contact Gerrie for your exploratory consultation at

Gerrie Dresser is an ICF credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and practical, innovative career strategist.

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