Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 11:17 am on Monday, June 29, 2009

What do you think of when you think of excellence?  Is this a word that makes you feel excited or anxious?  Who do you think of when you think of excellence?  I have been studying on the subject for some time, and last Thursday- and everyday since- when Michael Jackson passed, he has been first person that comes to my mind when I think about excellence.

In the Random House Webster’s dictionary they define excellence as superiority, eminence, and excellent quality or feature.  Michael Jackson’s drive to be the best turned out the most superior and excellent results in his work.  He is the perfect example of someone who did not settle for mediocrity and he was always looking to top what he had last created.  How many of us are that dedicated to our work and creative pursuits?  What if we had even a sliver of that quest for excellence that he had?  Well, the truth is, that we all do have it, and much more that a sliver.  The trick is first having the desire to and then knowing how to tap into it.

As a coach, I help my clients to reach for excellence in all 7 areas of their lives.  One of the things that Michael was missing in his life was balance, as is often the case with someone so extremely talented.  Balance is not always easily attainable, and not always desired, depending upon the stage you are at in a project or in your life.  Being aware of the 7 areas and looking to bring your personal definition of excellence to those areas- that is the goal.


What place in your life could use a good dose of excellence energy and what are one or two actions you could take this week to move in that direction?

The Mindscan/Hartman Value Profile

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 4:09 pm on Monday, June 15, 2009

One of the great tools I use in my coaching practice is an assessment tool called the Mindscan or Hartman Value Profile. It has proven to be extremely valuable to everyone I have done one for as it allows a person to see clearly how they are in they behave in the world outside themselves as well as how they are toward themselves. Here’s how it works:

A client takes a twenty or so minute online assessment (no, we don’t wire you head up with electrodes!) which has them rank items in order from best to worst and whether they consider them to be good or bad. The information is decoded based on science, not on a comparison to others, so really gives them a clear picture of themselves. What they learn are their strengths, so that we can celebrate those and they can discover how to use them to their best advantage. They also learn what their weaknesses are and can choose to work on some, if they are really holding them back from reaching their highest potential. For the most part the client just wants to be aware of their weaknesses, so that they can manage them consciously, rather than have them running wild! I consider the Mindscan to be an important foundation for coaching my clients for these reasons. Many times the clients discover things they already felt might be true, as well as realizing some hidden patterns that have been running- which will always explain alot of what has been happening for them. I spend about an hour going through the information with them and helping them to decide how they want to put the information into action.
One of the other cool things about this assessment, from my perspective, is that I can have my clients do another Mindscan after about 3-6 months of coaching and they can already begin to see how things are shifting for them!
It is of great use to anyone in business, or for your personal life, goals and aspirations. The Mindscan provides invaluable information that will assist you in moving forward in a way that will work for you!

Question: How would it benefit you to have information that can help you to reach your highest potential in all areas of your life?
What would happen in your life and business if you were clear on your strengths and could put them to work for you in a powerful way? Let me know what you think!

A Challenge!

Filed under: Transformational Thoughts — kdubrul at 12:09 pm on Monday, June 8, 2009

I decided to challenge myself this weekend by clearing out some “stuff”. It made me think of the idea that when you clear something out of the way, you make room for something more perfect to come in. One of the main ingredients of Year of Transformation is gaining clarity- it is becoming a much-used word, clarity, but no less important to moving toward your own personal greatness.
Moving something, clearing it up, throwing it away, giving it away- all lead to clarity in some way. So my challenge to you is this- this week find just one thing to clear up in some way- just one. Just by starting you will see momentum start to build, you make room for something that will serve you better to move in.
Here are some ways this can work:

Cleaning out actual clutter, physical items that are distracting you in your environment. Be creative in your thinking of who might benefit from your items and give them away, if possible. Throw away the truly useless.

Clear up a misunderstanding or bad feelings with someone. The heavy emotions you carry around are most definately holding you back.

Clean up your email box- just get rid of those old emails you thought you would once read. Or if it makes you feel better- take a step in that direction and make folders and take the emails out of your in box and file them away.

Decide to look at your to-do list and just go after the one most important task that you have been putting off.

This list is just to get you started- you most likely have the perfect action to take coming to your mind right now. Please feel free to post and share what you do or intend to do so that your intention is out there loud and clear!

Question: When in the past have you finally taken action on something that has been hanging over your head? What was the result of you taking that action? Feel free to share and use this feeling to help you take the next step now!
(For more supportive info. refer to my previous blog entry entitled “Unfinished Business”.)