Peak Your Profits: Show up with your A-game, part 1

Here’s more of my conversation with Jack Altschuler, executive coach and creator of the “Fully Alive Leadership” program.

Jeff Blackman: To effectively “show up,” what mindset does it require?

Jack Altschuler: For most of us, our days are jam-packed. We hurry to the next thing. We multitask. The present consists in large measure of anticipating the future, rather than being in the present.

Showing up requires a mindset of sincerity and genuine interest in the present. And that requires the courage to set aside living in the future. Or, hanging on to what is past.

My father used to say, “Make haste slowly.” It sounds counterintuitive. Yet actually, it’s sound advice.

When going fast, we’re prone to mistakes. Or, we dash through the present and miss it!

JB: What skillset does it require?

JA: The only skills required are to be human and to know life always happens right here, right now. It never happens anywhere else or any other time.

JB: What “gets in the way” or “blocks” most people’s success?

JA: Humans are most inventive at creating obstacles! One of my favorites, is the, “I can’t” message.

We each carry our unique list of self- imposed messages or limitations. Things like:

n “I can’t be the best in my industry.”

n “I can’t sustain a high level of success.”

n “I’ll never have enough money.”

While these limitations sit in our heads, they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Genuine brick walls in the path of our life.

The trick with “I can’t” “stories” or beliefs, is to let them surface, and then stare them in the face.

My workshop participants say once they identify their “I can’t” message(s) and say them out loud, they begin to sound silly! They then realize, there’s no “can’t” about it.

It simply becomes an “I will” or “I won’t” story. The limitations are now gone!

JB: What are successful people or “A gamers” willing to do, that others won’t?

JA: They’re willing to be responsible. They insist upon their own accountability. They don’t play the blame game.

And even though these are already high achievers, they’re lifelong learners. Even in the most fundamental situations. They always seek to be their best.

JB: How does one with an A-game, get better or take it to an A+ game?

JA: Jeff, it’s all about continuous improvement. To give 100 percent all the time, takes enormous work and energy. And most people don’t want to work that hard!

At times, each of us, is a spectator, watching the game.

My invitation to others, is to get on the field. Play the entire game!

That takes:

n a continuing mindfulness of the moment

n a refusal to live life on autopilot

n the decision to choose success, and...

n the effort to be right here, right now...

Because that’s where life always happens!

To learn more ways to get in the game and then flourish on the field, see “Coach Jack” at fullyaliveleadership.com

Jeff Blackman is a Hall of Fame speaker, author, success coach, broadcaster and lawyer. His clients call him a “business-growth specialist.” If you hire speakers, please contact Jeff at 847-998-0688 or jeff@jeffblackman.com. And visit jeffblackman.com to learn more about his other business-growth tools and to subscribe to Jeff’s free e-letter, “The Results Report.” Jeff’s books include “Stop Whining! Start Selling!” (an Amazon Bestseller) and the revised 4th edition, of the best-selling “Peak Your Profits.” You can also stay connected with Jeff via LinkedIn and Twitter: @BlackmanResults.

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