Manufacture Your Day by IMPROVING YOUR INFLUENCING SKILLS

If you would like to emotionally “move” people, you will have to work on your influencing skills. 

Influence has nothing to do with a title. There are people who have a title but zero influencing skills. Then there are people who have no title but have great influencing skills. 

Can influencing skills be learned? Absolutely.

Here is how you can get started: 

You will immediately improve your level of influence when you become genuinely interested in other people. How? Ask open-ended questions with the intent to get to know them and to connect, not with an ulterior motive. 

People want to be accepted for who they are instead of being told who they are not.

It is all about making others feel important. 

Zig Ziglar used to say, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

So true. Are you ready to take your influencing skills to the next level? 

Manufacture Your Day by THINKING HAPPY THOUGHTS

Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you but I had times in my life where I had to dig deep to think happy thoughts. 

Sometimes life is tough. Life is hard. Life is unfair. Life is unbearable. Life doesn’t seem to make sense. Life doesn’t give us what we think we deserve. Life is… life.

I have been there and I have gone through every emotional state you can even imagine. 

My friends who I know for years and who I cycle and run with could tell you how I broke down in tears during a run or a bike ride when I didn’t know what to do anymore.  

Tears always help (also true for men). They clean us from the inside out. I always felt better afterwards.

If you think life is tough, please know that the only thing that will help you to turn your life around is by thinking happy thoughts. 

Change doesn’t happen by changing outside circumstances. Change happens when we shift our focus and our perspective. 

That’s of course easier said than done, especially when you’re going through a a difficult time in your life. 

There are so many people who think they have no control over their life, yet they do. 

Take this from someone who knows. 

When you feel down, do your best to shift your focus and find something that makes you feel better. 

It’s all about thinking happy thoughts. 

Manufacture Your Day by TAKING ON THAT CHALLENGE

Sometimes people ask me if I repeat my messages. 

The answer is, “Yes and No.” 

I bring the same concepts back but I always write a new message. Why? We learn best through repetition. Me too. We all  need these daily reminders in order to move forward. 

Knowing + Not Doing = Not Knowing!

We know many things that are good for us but this doesn’t mean that we are consequent enough to follow through. Excuses are always available. Am I right? 

Wouldn’t you want to be more in control of your own thought process? 

The average person has about 60,000 thoughts a day, and 80% of these thoughts tend to be negative if we don’t do anything about it.

Negative thoughts are like weeds. They take over everything and that’s why we have to be very strategic. 

Here is a great strategy for you to practise:  

  • As soon as you catch yourself thinking a negative thought, reframe this thought and think 3 positive ones. This is a super start to develop a more constructive thought process. 

Many people are not aware that they are not aware.

Are you ready to flip that script? 

Manufacture your Day by BEING KIND

September is such a transitional month…S.A.D. is real. 

“Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.” ~ quoted from the Mayo Clinic 

Did you know that according to the first-ever “2017 Workplace Wellness Report: Mind the Workplace”, the manufacturing industry ranked amongst the worst for mental health in the workplace? 

We all have our own battles to fight, and that’s why we need more kind people in our work environments. 

Have you ever noticed that we are kinder, more patient and more tolerant when someone has a “handicapped” or “baby on board” sign in the car? 

Why is it so difficult to be kind for no reason? 

Today I would like to ask you to think before you speak:

Is it kind?

Is it necessary? 

Is it helpful?

Step into your awesomeness by allowing kindness to be your guide. 

Manufacture Your Day by EXPLORING THE 3 F’s

Just recently I thought about what has helped me most to continuously move forward in business and in my life. 

My “F-words” are priceless and I want to share them with you. 

Focus: I didn’t always know what I want but after I lost my job in 2006 I was determined to make a difference in the lives of people who work in manufacturing companies. If you have followed me for a while, you probably know that my passion for the manufacturing industry has never faded over the past 15 years. My main focus is on unlocking human potential in this industry. That’s my north star to follow. 

Fitness: Having a fit lifestyle has countless benefits. For me it is all about physical and mental fitness in order to overcome all the challenges we are faced with on a daily basis. My fitness goals help me to stay disciplined, and this is why I usually book my workouts before I schedule other appointments. This is a good habit, which helps me to put myself first.

Fearlessness: When I was little I was  afraid of dogs and spiders. It was really bad. Slowly I worked on facing my fears and it worked. Overcoming our fears isn’t easy but I believe we can never reach our full potential if we allow our fearful thoughts to hold us back. Of course things can always go wrong but what if everything works out in my best interest? I choose to believe that. 

If you keep these 3 F’s in mind, you will become unstoppable. 

Manufacture Your Day by KNOWING THAT “FEELING” IS AN INSIDE JOB

Have you ever truly felt angry about someone else’s behaviour?

Don’t shoot the messenger but that’s your problem.

YOU choose anger as a response.

When I first heard about this concept I had a difficult time to understand it. Could this mean that outside circumstances can never make you upset except you allow yourself to be upset? 

In order to have a great life experience it is very important where we live emotionally. 

Next time you don’t feel great simply ask yourself: 

“How do I feel right now?” 

Answer.

“Do I want to feel that way?” 

Answer. 

“How do I want to feel? “

Answer. 

“What do I have to do right now in order to feel__________.”

Answer and listen to yourself. 

This is such a cool way to increase your awareness and take action. 

You can change how you feel, just like that.