Sometimes employees think that it is their responsibility to make everyone happy. This holds true for management and the workforce.

Unfortunately it is human nature that we care too much about what other people think. It can become a obsession to the point that will make us unhappy. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Here are some ideas on how to shift your focus:

  • Create your own happiness – it’s an inside job and that’s all you can control.
  • Feel comfortable in your own skin – not everyone will like you and that’s o.k.
  • Put yourself first – it’s your job to take care of yourself for your happiness, health and well-being.
  • Believe in yourself – if you do your best, that’s all you can do. 

You see what you believe. Start changes these beliefs by focusing more on yourself than the people around you. Deal?

Manufacture Your Day by BEING PERSISTENT

Persistence is a mindset.

There are times when it would be just so much easier to quit. Do you allow yourself to become easily discouraged or do you push yourself to keep going? This makes all the difference.

I want to tell you one of my favourite stories – “The Farmer’s Donkey”. It’s a fable of persistence.

“One day a farmer´s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn´t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone´s amazement, he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer´s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off.” 

The Moral of the Story: 
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well, is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step upward!

Author unknown, Credit Lisa Shea


Hang on, what does it actually mean to develop mental strength?

Mental Strength means that you have the ability to regulate your emotions, manage your thought process, and behave in a positive manner, despite your circumstances.

As a long distance athlete I am aware that the mind gives up long before the body does. Having a strong mental game is just as important as being physically fit. Visualization and developing mental strength are important success factors of any athlete. Like in a movie, athletes play a successful outcome in their mind before they even get to the game or race.

Why are we falling short on this important aspect in the world of business?

Here are some pointers for you on how to develop mental strength: 

  • Whenever you are in a difficult situation take a “time out”. It is critical to take a break and think. This conscious pause changes EVERYTHING. For example, when you feel that you get upset, it will help you to avoid falling into your “default mode” and you can make a conscious choice (for example asking an open ended question instead of getting angry).
  • When you come home and you are super tired, push yourself to do that thing that you really don’t feel like doing – going for a walk, going for a run, play with your children, cleaning the bathroom. 🙂 You are in charge. Don’t allow your mind to take over. 
  • Keep things in perspective – a tough day doesn’t mean a tough life.
  • Develop your capacity to deal with stressful situations – this too shall pass. 
  • Stay focused on long-term outcomes and don’t get hung up on little distractions.
  • Focus only on what you can control – why waste your energy? 
  • Stay positive even in the face of negativity – lift others up instead of allowing them to bring you down.
  • Self-control – You can be 100% in control of your emotions and your actions. If you are not, you give your power to others. 
  • There is no failure (only if you give up) – when things go wrong it is an opportunity to grow and improve.
  • Be grateful and content with what you have – it doesn’t serve you to compare yourself to others. 
  • Be patient – anything worthwhile takes time, hard work and endurance.
  • Keep your standards high at all times and push yourself to become the best you can possible be. You don’t do it for your company, you do it for…..? 

Are you excited to become mentally fit? Pick one advice from above, work on it, master it, move on to the next one.

It will change your personal and professional life experience.



Do you know “difficult” people?

Can you be “difficult” at times? Of course, we can all be.

Years ago I heard from someone that there are only 2 kinds of people in our world – some are our “friends” and some become our “teachers”.

The “friends” are the ones that mean really well and want to see us succeed. The “teachers” on the other hand are the ones who may not give us immediately what we want. They push our buttons or even try to increase our self-doubt.

Now while I love and appreciate all the people who supported me along the way, it is definitely the group of “teachers” who benefited me the most. That’s how I learned and grew as a person. The “teachers” in my life have polished me, they have helped me to develop mental strength and the drive to succeed.

Every time when I meet people who give me a hard time in my personal or professional life, I recognize the “teacher effect”. I immediately start thinking why I was meant to meet this person and what I am supposed to learn from him or her. If I manage the situation well, I know that I will get to the next level. If not, I will get the same lesson over and over again until I get it right.

Be grateful for every difficult person who crosses your way. It gives you an opportunity to practise. 🙂 

Live, learn, be happy and enjoy life. That’s how you become unstoppable!

Manufacture Your Day by BEING ASSERTIVE

Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive.

I notice that so many people in the corporate world lack assertiveness. I want you to know that this is a communication skill that can be learned.

Here are a few must haves:

  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Learn how to say “No”
  • Be honest with yourself and others
  • Ask for what you want 
  • Stay respectful at all times and communicate clearly
  • Be an attentive listener and ask open-ended questions
  • Be decisive and confident
  • Trust your gut (The wisdom we can receive from the abdomen can be invaluable because the belly’s intelligence is not limited to language, desires, fears, ambitions.)
  • You have the right to stand up for yourself
  • Believe in yourself and your instincts

Take the little test on the picture above and you know where you stand on the assertiveness scale.

The more you wait, the longer it takes. Just saying. 

Manufacture Your Day by NEVER STOP TRYING

At the end of 2006 I was laid off at Magna International, and in January 2007 I started my own training company focusing solely on the people in the manufacturing industry.

I cannot believe it has been 11 years. The journey from then to now has been filled with hardships and many ups and downs, but also a lot of self-satisfaction and fun.

I have learned that in order to get what you want you have to know what you want, and you have to have something that certainly isn’t taught at school.

It’s called grit. Grit is defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, and without it you probably won’t get very far.

My passion for the people in the manufacturing industry has been my fuel over the years, and my vision of what can be has helped me to persevere.

In the early years of my entrepreneurship and during the great recession in 2008 my business associate Heidi and I each called about 130 companies a week. We became pretty resilient in overcoming rejection and kept trying until we got business from a company that manufactures toilet paper. Recession proof!

Why do I tell you all of this?

I encourage you to be patient, think positive thoughts and develop grit. Every no today may be a yes tomorrow. Every try can be converted into a win, and every problem can be turned into an opportunity.

Now get down to the nitty-gritty.