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The Three Best Ways to Shut Up That "Voice of Treason"

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on Wednesday, 28 September 2016
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I call it the Voice of Treason – that negative, little voice that resides inside all of our heads. It’s the one that tries to undermine anything we might attempt that falls outside of our comfort zones. And it is annoying, and it is relentless, especially with “helpful” phrases like:

 

“You can’t do that! You’re not in their league.”


“Hey, man, nice idea, but remember the last time you spearheaded a project like this? You made a complete idiot out of yourself in front of the entire company.”


“You’re kidding right? All the other parents are still laughing about the last time you volunteered! Hold on, I think I can find it again on YouTube.”

 

Okay, so there’s no debating the fact that the Voice of Treason exists. The question is what do we do to shut that thing up?? Well, I’ve got a very good, three-part recipe for that:

 

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Feed Your Inner Viking

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RRRRRRRRRRGGGHHHHH!!! AAAARRRRRGGGG!!!

 

A friend of mine was staring me in the eyes. His fists were clenched and his teeth were bared, as he gave me some kind of a primal snarl. He was exuberant, enthusiastic and ready to tell me about the real estate convention he’d just attended.

 

“Flare up of hemorrhoidal tissue?” I laughed.

 

“Viking mentality,” he said.

 

Jim went on to describe the theme of the weeklong real estate meeting he’d just completed: “Fearless.” The event was a summit that included many of the top real estate professionals in the country and focused on eliminating the fear of growth and the apprehension about doing what it takes to achieve that growth. To succeed, the Viking mentality is mandatory.

 

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Just Do It, Quit.

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After one of my recent presentations at a CAI event, I hustled to the airport in time to arrive for my significantly delayed flight. I was still energized from the speaking engagement so sitting in silence was not an option. I struck up a conversation with a 30-ish, gentleman at my gate.

 

John worked in marketing and was flying through Dallas on his way to LA. I introduced myself, sharing with him my interest in leadership and motivation – and describing my enthusiasm for risk-taking. I realized I was preaching to the choir as he opened up about a difficult decision he had made a few years earlier.

 

John had gone to work for a mid-sized, family-owned business in the industrial coatings industry. He was hired as a marketing specialist and was told he would be responsible for the company’s social media efforts, newsletter, sales materials, etc.… John was young, energetic and passionate about doing a great job for his new employer.

 

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Right Where We Want Them.

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There’s a story about the legendary Marine, Lewis Berwell “Chesty” Puller that demonstrates an incredible level of optimism, swagger and leadership. It takes place during the Korean War. The Chinese had overrun the Yalu River at the China/Korea boarder, and Colonel Puller’s 1st Marine division was in a running fight with them to reach the coast.

 

The Marines were surrounded by ten Chinese divisions. Ten. But instead of expressing panic, concern or even doubt in the face of an overwhelming, opposition force, Chesty announced to his Marines, “Those poor bastards,” he said. “They’ve got us right where we want them. We can fire in any direction now!”

 

Puller was a Marine’s Marine – a genuine leader, a man who insisted his enlisted men eat first, and the most decorated Marine in America’s history. Puller was defiantly optimistic, no matter what he faced, and his men responded to that leadership. During another battle, Puller was quoted as saying, “All right. They’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us….they can’t get away this time.”

 

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Leadership and Parenting

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A real estate broker/pal of mine shared a very human incident that took place in his office a few months ago.

 

A new agent on his team, a young man in his late 20’s, who hadn’t been performing well, came to my friend and announced his decision to quit. This personable, new Realtor® (we’ll refer to him as “Bill”) was frustrated. He wasn’t securing new listings; he wasn’t closing deals for buyers. He was disillusioned, discouraged… and proclaimed that he was ready to do something else for a living. The interaction was brief, and the agent was committed to his exit. He informed the broker that he would return after the weekend to wrap things up. And he walked.

 

My friend wasn’t caught completely off-guard; the guy hadn’t been producing. But he did have the tools to be successful: he was sharp, funny, caring…not afraid to work. Plus, he was a good teammate. It would be disappointing, my friend thought, but real estate isn’t for everyone.

 

So, Monday rolls around, and the agent walks into my friend’s office promptly at 11:00AM to conclude his business with the firm. As the meeting was about to begin, my friend, a seasoned manager and leader, quietly asked Bill, “What are you going to do?”

 

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