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DISCOVER HOW TO SKYROCKET EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE & MORALE WITHOUT LOSING MONEY ON TURNOVER, MISTAKES AND WORKPLACE NEGATIVITY!   I never planned on working with companies to improve corporate cultures, leadership skills or high-powered sales teams. It all started because I kept attracting Company Presidents, CEO’s, VP’s, HR Directors and Sales Managers into my private coaching practice who were struggling with the same challenges we all face. We would get such amazing breakthroughs so quickly, they asked if I would come in and work with their team. This is where I discovered that companies around the globe all struggle with “people challenges.” Humans have blind spots, self-limiting beliefs and under-developed communication skills that cause high turnover, costly mistakes, unsafe environments, lower productivity and poor engagement. I started applying my unique “brain-training” experiences that rapidly increase Emotional Intelligence in Company Leaders and Employees and exciting breakthroughs in morale and profits consistently occurred. Your people are the competitive advantage for…

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Are You Committing These Top 7 Communication Mistakes? Take The Quiz and Find Out!

Effective communication has always been a hot topic in leadership and sales training curriculum. What does it mean to be an effective communicator? Before sharing my perspective, take the short quiz below and see if you make any of these common communication mistakes. The following quiz reveals communication errors that will sour your reputation and keep you from becoming a trusted leader in your field. Notice the following are YES and NO questions because human beings are notorious for justifying poor behavior. If you have done what the questions below suggest at least once in the last month, answer YES rather than excusing the action with justifications like “I only do it once in awhile” or “Everyone does that!”   TAKE THE QUIZ YES   NO   In conversations, do you do more talking than listening?   YES   NO   When someone offers an idea or suggestion, do you ever cut them off…

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Why All Leaders Should Be Aware Of Self-Deception

James excelled in sales and his customers loved his quick-witted humor and competitive nature. So did the President of his company and James was eventually promoted to Sales Manager. Soon after his promotion however, James’ newly appointed team began falling short of their sales goals. Feeling the pressure, James began pushing his team harder. He pitted them against other sales teams in the company and spoke about how good it feels to be the best. When that didn’t produce the discretionary effort he hoped for, James began stirring up competitions between members of his own team. The “losing” members of his team were met with sarcastic remarks and demeaning jokes. Richard, a fellow sales manager, was approached by one of James’ sales reps who shared how stressful it was to focus on selling when their was so much pressure and ridicule from their new sales manager. Richard, who was not…

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5 Ways Busy Leaders Can Boost Employee Performance and Morale!

How many times have you said the word “busy” in the last week? This four letter word has become a leadership barrier in companies across America. “I care about my people. I just don’t have time to develop their skills or listen to their concerns. I’m barely meeting my deadlines. I’m just too busy!” The primary goal of a company leader is to maximize the potential and effectiveness of their people. In the Digital Era where constant change, innovation, and shortened lead times have transformed the economic landscape, leaders are struggling to keep up with work demands, let alone develop the talent of their people. “I’d like to spend more time building my team, but I’m constantly taking calls, putting out fires, fixing internal mistakes, and finishing tasks that must be completed by days end.” These leaders are loyal, hard-working, dedicated professionals. Yet, as one manager put it, “We are…

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3 Actions You MUST Take To Create Amazing Breakthroughs!

  To create momentum and breakthroughs when it comes to achieving your personal and professional goals, you MUST do these 3 actions before anything else! Upgrade your beliefs if fear is holding you back Train your brain for success instead of fighting yourself (ie, procrastinating, not staying focused) Develop an unstoppable mindset that keeps you feeling hopeful, inspired and resilient! Fearful beliefs and unconscious blind spots hold people back more than any other factor! Once you’ve developed the self-belief and attitude necessary for overcoming obstacles, identifying the intended destination and the path for getting their will become easier. For tips on HOW to train your brain and develop an unstoppable mindset, grab a complimentary copy of my popular Mind-Mastery Ebook here: The Cure For Self Sabotage  

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How Smiling Can Increase Sales By 30%!

You can begin increasing your sales just by smiling more and making eye-contact with those around you. When you look someone in the eye and smile, it sends a subconscious message to their brain that YOU are a nice person and likely someone who can be TRUSTED to do business with. People tend to think they are too busy or too import to be bothered by acknowledging those around them, which is a BIG mistake and a HUGE opportunity for you! When you make the time to validate those around you by saying hello, smiling and making eye-contact with them for a second or two, or offering a compliment, their opinion of you skyrockets! When you don’t, it plummets! I remember going to a very important interview to share my professional development programs with a committee. While people were gathering inside the conference room, I was out in the hallway…

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5 Unique Stress Busters For Busy Professionals!

Everyone’s busy, and it may feel like there’s “no time” to apply the common advice given for reducing stress. You might think, “Sure, I’d love to sit back and journal or take a long walk in nature and reflect. Yet, I’m buried with To-Do lists, emails and customer demands!” The following five stress-relieving tools meet all three requirements for busy business professionals. They are fast, effective and require very little time. Applying these unique strategies during challenging situations will not only make you feel better, but it will also improve your productivity and performance! #1 – Control Your Breathing. Control Your Life! Under stress, people hold their breath or breathe shallowly through their mouth. Mouth breathing triggers the fight-or-flight response, which leads to muscular tension and an elevated heartbeat. To counteract this, breathe in through your nose to the count of four. Then slowly exhale to the count of eight….

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Maximizing Your Influence by Discovering Outcomes – Step 1

One powerful way to increase YOUR influence is by understanding how to best serve the needs of those around you. In business, you need to identify the problems your customers are wanting to solve. Yet, an even more powerful strategy is to identify the ultimate outcomes your customers are desiring and then help them attain those outcomes! This will put you leaps and bounds ahead of the competition because most only focus on solving the specific complaint the customer shows up with, which means the customer will miss out on a lot of untapped opportunities and you will leave a boatload of money on the table that should be going into your pocket! In order to do this, you must first understand what their actual outcome is, not just what they are asking you for help with. Sometimes people aren’t clear on what they really need. Or they are asking…

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Taking The Road Less Traveled…

For years, we’ve talked about the importance of constant and never-ending self-improvement. Because you live your life in your head, developing greater self-awareness, expanding your perspective, and discovering how to use the power of your mind to create your life by design is crucial if you want to feel happy, fulfilled, and successful. If you’re unsure what I mean by “living life in your head,” it’s relating to the fact that you are not responding to outside events, but rather, to your subjective interpretation of those events. It’s your beliefs that cause you to react or respond, to freak out or remain calm, to get depressed or to become more driven in any given situation. It’s not what happens in life, yet how you interpret what’s happening, that matters more than anything else. If something doesn’t go the way you want it to, you can learn from it and become…

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To create momentum and breakthroughs when it comes to achieving your personal and professional goals, you MUST do these 3 actions before anything else!

  1. Upgrade your beliefs if fear is holding you back
  2. Train your brain for success instead of fighting yourself (ie, procrastinating, not staying focused)
  3. Develop an unstoppable mindset that keeps you feeling hopeful, inspired and resilient!

Fearful beliefs and unconscious blind spots hold people back more than any other factor! Once you’ve developed the self-belief and attitude necessary for overcoming obstacles, identifying the intended destination and the path for getting their will become easier.

For tips on HOW to train your brain and develop an unstoppable mindset, grab a complimentary copy of my popular Mind-Mastery Ebook here: The Cure For Self Sabotage

 

How Smiling Can Increase Sales By 30%!

You can begin increasing your sales just by smiling more and making eye-contact with those around you. When you look someone in the eye and smile, it sends a subconscious message to their brain that YOU are a nice person and likely someone who can be TRUSTED to do business with.

People tend to think they are too busy or too import to be bothered by acknowledging those around them, which is a BIG mistake and a HUGE opportunity for you! When you make the time to validate those around you by saying hello, smiling and making eye-contact with them for a second or two, or offering a compliment, their opinion of you skyrockets! When you don’t, it plummets!

I remember going to a very important interview to share my professional development programs with a committee. While people were gathering inside the conference room, I was out in the hallway looking over my notes. I noticed a gentleman standing by himself and he looked troubled. So I walked over and said, “Hey friend, you seem like you’ve got a lot on your mind. You ok? I said this while smiling and looking him in the eye.

He looked up at me and said, “Yeah, we’ve got a lot going on here and we’re upgrading some of our software.” I said, “That’s a big deal and it will be challenging at times, yet when it’s complete, the new software should hopefully make things much better, right?” He smiled and said, “That’s the plan.”

I offered my hand and introduced myself. He did the same and my heart jumped a bit when I realized he was the President of the company! When he recognized that I did not know who he was when I approached him, and that I noticed his frustration and approached him out of kindness, it sealed the deal in him mind that I walked my talk. Needless to say, I got the gig!

Today, purposefully make eye-contact with others and SMILE more. Do this at work and at home. If you do telephone sales, smile while talking on the phone and imagine making eye-contact with this customer in your mind. It will unconsciously improve your delivery through the warmth and compassion that will come through the tone, speed and volume of your voice.

Customers will like you more and your sales WILL improve!

Make today a Shurr ! Success

Tim

 

PS, Leave a comment below about a time when you smiled or made eye-contact and it made ALL the difference!

5 Unique Stress Busters For Busy Professionals!


Everyone’s busy, and it may feel like there’s “no time” to apply the common advice given for reducing stress. You might think, “Sure, I’d love to sit back and journal or take a long walk in nature and reflect. Yet, I’m buried with To-Do lists, emails and customer demands!”

The following five stress-relieving tools meet all three requirements for busy business professionals. They are fast, effective and require very little time. Applying these unique strategies during challenging situations will not only make you feel better, but it will also improve your productivity and performance!

#1 – Control Your Breathing. Control Your Life!

Under stress, people hold their breath or breathe shallowly through their mouth. Mouth breathing triggers the fight-or-flight response, which leads to muscular tension and an elevated heartbeat. To counteract this, breathe in through your nose to the count of four. Then slowly exhale to the count of eight. Breathe down to the bottom of your lungs, so your belly expands rather than your chest. Doing so will stimulate your body’s Relaxation Response. You’re breathing anyway. Might as well put it to work for you!

#2 – Look Up for 30 Seconds and SLOW Down

This one requires that you sit still for half a minute, yet it can save you countless hours of aggravation from being stressed out! Take the next 30-seconds to just stare up at the ceiling. Doing so quiets your mind and allows your heart to slow down. Most anxiety comes from saying scary or upsetting things to yourself in your head. Looking up tends to silence your inner voice, which produces a very calming effect. The only time you should avoid using this tool is while driving.

#3 – Bounce…

It’s not what happens in life, but how you interpret the situation that ultimately determines how you feel in the moment. When already stressed, your view of other challenging conditions will appear worse than they typically are. Instead of trying to “be positive,” which can be difficult in those moments, reclaim your peace of mind by bouncing around or stretching as wide as you can. Tense body = tight mind. Loosening the body through movement will ease both physical and mental tension. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

#4 – Create Your “S&HIT Kit”

Laughter is another fast way to loosen up. Create your Sanity & Health Inventory Toolbox that includes a collection of hilarious 1-minute videos (there’s an endless supply online) you can view to break the tension. You can also sign up for the Joke of The Day online or keep your favorite song handy for instant inspiration! Sing along with your favorite music on the way to or from work to lift your spirits or use scented candles, air fresheners, or small vials of Aromatherapy oils to stimulate calmer feelings. Your specific collection of sights, sounds, and smells will quickly improve your mood, and if “it” suddenly hits the fan, you’ll have your S&HIT ready!

#5 – Pat The Blues Away

In a sitting position, start bouncing your knees slowly up and down by pushing upward with the balls of your feet. Take turns lifting one knee, then the other as though you are a drummer whose hitting his bass drum to the count of 1 and 2 and 3 and 4. Now keep this rhythm while gently patting your hands on your thighs, rotating from left to right as you pat one leg and then the other, just like you’re doing with your feet. It doesn’t matter if your hands and feet are moving together or not.

Do this for 30-seconds and then think about what’s been upsetting you as you pat for another 15-seconds. Even though you can conjure up the situation in your mind, you’ll emotionally disconnect from uncomfortable feelings. It’s like resetting your brain. Go ahead. Attempt to get upset while making this move. The harder you try, the more you WON’T be able to.


In Review

Stress is inevitable, but suffering is optional! You have tremendous power locked in your brain, and now you have several “on the go” tools for feeling calmer and at ease. A clear mind produces higher productivity, fewer mistakes, and a better attitude at the end of the day. We should all make time for that!

 

Tim Shurr is an award-winning speaker and author of Get Out of Your Way! Claim your complimentary copy of his latest E-book, The Cure For Self-Sabotage at CureForSelfSabotage.com

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Maximizing Your Influence by Discovering Outcomes – Step 1

maximizing your influence tim shurrOne powerful way to increase YOUR influence is by understanding how to best serve the needs of those around you. In business, you need to identify the problems your customers are wanting to solve. Yet, an even more powerful strategy is to identify the ultimate outcomes your customers are desiring and then help them attain those outcomes! This will put you leaps and bounds ahead of the competition because most only focus on solving the specific complaint the customer shows up with, which means the customer will miss out on a lot of untapped opportunities and you will leave a boatload of money on the table that should be going into your pocket!

In order to do this, you must first understand what their actual outcome is, not just what they are asking you for help with. Sometimes people aren’t clear on what they really need. Or they are asking for the wrong thing. For example, my private practice clients often asked for help in curing a symptom like insomnia, procrastination, or emotional eating. Yet, their actual goal was to feel more refreshed, become passionate about achieving a specific goal, or to discover new ways of experiencing connection or variety.

If we only focused on solving that particular symptom, it might improve for a period of time, but then it would return–often becoming much worse. Instead, we’d focus on identifying and clarifying what the most desirable outcome would be and then take steps towards achieving that outcome. This might sound like the same thing as solving a problem, yet it is NOT.

To solve the problem of insomnia, you can grab any pop-culture magazine and discover 5 new ways to get some zzz’s. Establish a bedtime routine, make the room dark, drink a glass of warm milk before bed, etc. Yet, this doesn’t address the fact that insomnia is often a thinking pattern that begins in the morning, not at bedtime!

To improve your sleep, you must improve the way you direct your thoughts throughout the day. Otherwise, you’ll accumulate stressful energy from entertaining and then suppressing anxiety-ridden scenarios that suddenly bombard your conscious mind the moment you lay down and close your eyes.

The solution is to apply mind-empowering strategies that diffuse stress and stimulate the release of calming neurotransmitters throughout the day, so when you lay down to sleep, you actually feel safe enough to slip into dreamland.

Here’s a completely different example. Perhaps you work at a hardware store and someone comes in to purchase a drill. Your goal is to understand WHY your customer wants that drill. Typically, it’s not because they want a drill, but because they want holes. What do they want holes for? It may turn out that your customer is working on a project that would be best served by using wall fasteners rather than drilling holes. If you discover what your customer’s ultimate outcome is, you can satisfy that outcome and you’ll end up creating a customer for life!

This doesn’t just work well in business. It works in ALL other areas of your life. If your spouse is upset about something, your goal is to discover what the belief is that’s causing the hurt or anger. Remember, we do not react to the event itself, but to our interpretation of what this event means to us. In other words, we react to our own reaction, and not necessarily to the event itself because that particular event could likely be interpreted in twenty different ways.

I have learned that when my wife is upset, for example, her outcome is to feel LUV from me (Listened to, Understood, Validated). Her outcome is not for me to offer practical solutions that will solve her dilemma so we can move on to other subjects. That is what I wanted. Yet, if I only focused on the outcome I wanted, it would dramatically undermine the influence I have with my wife. Instead, I focus on the ultimate outcome she desires and work to best serve her needs. This makes her much happier and way more attracted to me, which is awesome!

Therefore, the question you should be asking every person you wish to influence is, “What is your ultimate outcome here?” Or, “What is the actual goal you are attempting to reach?” This often starts an engaging conversation, especially if the person your asking isn’t quite sure of the answer. Your influence will skyrocket just by helping this person gain more clarity. The fact that you care enough to even ask the question will also magnify your personal magnetism.

In my next article, I’ll share another powerful question that will maximize your influence.

Watch for that in the next 2 days.

Until then, make today a Shurr ! Success

Tim Shurr

Taking The Road Less Traveled…

For years, we’ve talked about the importance of constant and never-ending self-improvement. Because you live your life in your head, developing greater self-awareness, expanding your perspective, and discovering how to use the power of your mind to create your life by design is crucial if you want to feel happy, fulfilled, and successful.
If you’re unsure what I mean by “living life in your head,” it’s relating to the fact that you are not responding to outside events, but rather, to your subjective interpretation of those events. It’s your beliefs that cause you to react or respond, to freak out or remain calm, to get depressed or to become more driven in any given situation.
It’s not what happens in life, yet how you interpret what’s happening, that matters more than anything else. If something doesn’t go the way you want it to, you can learn from it and become stronger or you can be critical and throw yourself a pity party.
I’m not judging because I’ve done both. Some of my past pity parties were epic! That’s why I’ve worked so hard on myself over the years. Anger, insecurity, and fear do NOTHING but suck the life out of you. However, when you truly discover your inner worth and you actively work to bring more VALUE into the lives of others and yourself, it creates unlimited possibilities for joy, inner peace, and gratitude.
AND this is why I’m retiring…well not really retiring. More like making a very exciting and much needed change! I believe one of the things that has made my life incredible is the willingness to leave my comfort zone time and time again. When people ask what the secret to success is, my response is often, “The more uncertainty you can handle, the more successful you WILL become!” Your DREAMS must become more important than your desire to feel safe.
I spent the first 35 years of my life trying desperately to feel safe. Yet, I still continued to take dozens of risks. God also gave me an amazing wife who was willing to push the boundaries even farther than I was and I still give her the credit for me going into business for myself. It was Stacey’s idea for me to turn a small room in our first apartment into an office, which over many years, transformed into one of the most successful hypnosis practices in the world! I’m definitely going to give her another BIG, grateful hug once I’m done writing this newsletter… 🙂

So, after 22 years of running multiple hypnosis offices, with the current one being, Indy Hypnosis Center, I’m stepping away for awhile. Thus, if you need an appointment, you’ve got until the end of May.

It’s been a fantastic experience working with so many wonderful people and I’ve learned a tremendous amount from facilitating well over 10,000 hypnosis sessions in the last ten years. Yet, in order for me to make a larger difference in the world, I need to step away from seeing one person at a time and continue my journey as a leadership consultant and speaker. I‘m helping entire companies become more empowered, which is also improving marriages, families, and communities. 
HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU!
Stepping away from my practice will give me more time to provide YOU will all the cutting-edge human performance strategies I’ve been acquiring over the last 3 decades. You’re going to get more webinars, videos, articles, and training materials that will help you take your health, wealth, and happiness to extraordinary levels! 
I’m really looking forward to serving you MORE over the next few months. In the meantime, thank you very much for being a part of my Shurr ! Success family and we’ll talk soon…
Tim
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