Determination is a key trait of successful leaders

June 20, 2017

Determined leaders are the strongest and most successful. But where does their determination, their seemingly natural fortitude come from? Does one have to be born with it or is it a trait that can be cultivated? For me, determination is the combination of a leader’s motivation and passion to achieve a noble goal coupled with a calculated plan for success. A great plan isn’t likely to be well executed without passion, and a passionate leader without a plan is like a captain without a ship. The most determined leaders are the ones with emotional strength that is not easily shaken. You can see this in business, sports or even certain people fighting illness. Determination is not about the absence of fear, but rather the ability to be brave in the face of fear. It’s fantastic if you’re brimming with natural determination. It has probably served you well in life. But even if you’re someone who tends to live with anxiety and worries too much about the risks, there are things you can do to help build your internal determination. Developing determination is the process of building your mental muscle the way an athlete builds their physical muscles. It requires practice, energy and consistency along with the belief that you’re becoming a stronger leader. It’s ironic,

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February 23, 2017

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”—Colin Powell My coaching practice exposes me to a wide variety of people from multiple cultures every day. Generally speaking, they fall into three basic categories: dreamers, risk-takers, and those unmotivated to take any action at all. Dreamers tend to well… dream. They dream about ideas, places, cultures, adventure, and new beginnings. But when obstacles arise that challenge their ability to turn their dreams into reality, they abandon them and move on to the next thing. Maybe someday… Risk-takers don’t stop; they keep going. For them, a dream is a goal with a deadline. They take risks knowing that things will get difficult, and when they do, they tell their “inner tough” to get going! The unmotivated often take some action, move forward, and then stall—usually out of fear. Content with the status quo, they believe that dreams are just dreams that will never come to fruition. Pessimists, they resist change with a vengeance. Risk-taker, dreamer, unmotivated bystander? Which one are YOU? We were all born to dream. If you are a risk-taker, you constantly look for ways to push that dream up the path to success even when others question you, make fun of you, or “feel bad because you are wor

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January 25, 2017

Complaining is like gossip – a certain amount of it is inevitable, but when it becomes a hobby, it turns into a destructive force that negatively affects your mood, your health, and that of everyone around you.

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January 3, 2017

As many businesses attempt to do more with less, leaders must pick and chose their battles to keep employees productive. When we allow “busy” to take over, reverence for accountability often gets lost in a culture of tolerance. Eventually, all the “little things” contribute to a BIG thing no one wants to handle.  The problem stems from everyone being “too busy” to make time to understand what’s going on. We as leaders put up with inappropriate attitudes every day from someone and if left unaddressed, this tolerance turns into irritation. What do you tolerate? From placing blame on others to not taking the initiative because it’s not in their “job description,” tolerance for carelessness, breeds apathy.

What you tolerate, you feed.

Apathy is contagious. Stand around the corner of any break room! Eventually, the little things turn into big things. Before long a cultural shift has occurred and there’s a bigger problem at hand. Tolerance drains the energy of a team; it allows unhealthy attitudes to disrupt the enthusiasm of those who give their all. Every time you tolerate something, you probably wonder how long “this” will be allowed to continue or secretly ponder what you can sneak under the radar.  Tolerance impacts creativity. The energy used to ignore a situation could just as easily be used to turn it around.  Tolerance

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Posted in Mindset, Personal Performance by Mari Pizarro
December 6, 2016

A good friend asked me the other day “Why are you doing a race?  What do you need to prove?  Plus, you know running is not the healthiest form of exercise – especially after 50.” Wow!  Great questions!  I don’t consider myself a runner but running somehow has always been very attractive to me.  It’s the one thing I have never been able to accomplish consistently.  Running doesn’t come easy for me, I’m super slow, my legs feel heavy and it’s not even helping me burn fat.  So why the heck did I sign up for a 13.1-mile race? Here’s the selfish part of my WHY:

  • Running is a challenge for me and it’s also a gift. It’s my gift to myself, to my business, to my family and to my soul.
  • Every time I finish a practice run I feel powerful. When I feel powerful everyone around me benefits.
  • I know that increasing my athletic performance well into my 50’s will inspire others to get moving. It has also inspired my second book.
  • To get into my best shape/performance after 50, I had to improve my diet and lifestyle. I finally had a reason to go 100% plant-based and I’m thriving.  I’m healthier, my body is lighter, I sleep even better, and I have (at a minimum) doubled my energy.

Here is the deeper WHY: I run for all the young single mothers that are battling the trenches to make a good life for their babies, they are

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Posted in Health/Fitness, Mindset by Mari Pizarro
November 29, 2016

One of my favorite quotes by Nelson Mandela says: “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” I stumbled on this quote shortly after his death, and I felt as if he were in the room speaking directly to me. You see, at that time I was still holding on to one, just one, noxious miniscule drink of poison. I wanted to hold on to this particular one, this one was personal. However, it hurt, it felt heavy, and it was holding me down. Thankfully my soul was ready to let go when I read this quote. Thank you, Mandela. Are you holding on to negative emotions? How about withholding forgiveness? Is there anybody in your life that you have yet to forgive—a co-worker or ex-boss? Do you harbor resentment toward your spouse or bitterness toward a family member? If you are, identify where that feeling resides in your body. Is it in your gut, in your heart, in your mind or in your chest? Is that area congested, tight or constricted? What physical pain are you holding on to?  What do you have to let go of? I ask these questions because it is difficult to honor ourselves when we hold these sensations within. For example, have you ever devoured a box of cookies or drank more than you should have? I know I have. Overindulging is a way to deal with our emotional hurt. It distracts us from the real cause of pain. What emotional pain are you holding on to? Wh

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March 2, 2016

  I used to think one had to spend hours learning new skills, such as a new language, in order to keep the brain young and boost its power. Here are 3 simple strategies backed by research that will help you maximize your intellect in a very short amount of time. Your noodle will thank you!  

  1. Meditate – I promise that you’ll be more creative if you do. It’s super helpful when you are called to bring new ideas to the table. According to ECO Institute, a new study by EquiSync® saw brainpower and creativity boosted just by doing 20 minutes of meditation per day, even if during that time other thoughts popped into their heads. The better news is that even 5 minutes per day will yield noticeable results. Set a timer for 5 minutes, sit, and follow your breath. It’s that simple!
  2. Ponder – Got a problem? Say you have to deal with a difficult employee, and you don’t seem to be able to tackle the challenge. Give your mind permission to wander. Wander and go back to a time when you tackled a similar situation successfully. You may find that when you engage the brain in activities associated with old memories, you might do better managing similar tasks in the present.
  3. Daydream – Have you seen someone staring out a window and thought, This person is so distracted and unproductive”? Well, d

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February 22, 2016

legsDo you want to improve your productivity?  Then you must move more.  I know you forget to get our butt off the chair and end up sitting for hours with no breaks.   When I think about my smartphone, I never pictured a motivational tool or anything that could help me achieve one of my 2016 goals—move more. Other than using it to time my planks, I didn’t pay much attention to this gadget that we all carry around all the time, until now.   How about if your smartphone could motivate you to get off your chair a little more?   Well, a group of smart researchers found that those alerts that you can set on your phone which tell you to get up and move, resulted in 3% more movement per day.  If you have an office job, you are sitting an average of 9 to 10 hours a day.  And I know some of you sit a lot more if you add watching TV, long commutes, etc.  So while 3% might not seem like much, if you stand up and move (for at least one minute), it amounts to 18 minutes per day!   One of my favorite Phone Apps is Stand Up! The Work Break Timer.  Stand Up! is a fun, flexible work break timer. It alerts you every so often (45 minutes by default) to simply stand up. Sitting down

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