What 100 Things have You Accomplished in the Last 10 Years?

We are ushering a new decade, which means it is a great time to reflect on the past while preparing for the future! It is easy to move on to the next goal, intention or resolution; however, I encourage all of you to take the time to remember, honor and celebrate what you have already achieved – in the last 10 years. Yes, you read that correctly – the last 10 years!

What 100 Things Have You Accomplished in the Last 10 Years?

Why 10 years? This decade stretching coaching exercise is designed to tap into your memory banks while providing a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. Investing time and effort into this process will also strengthen your motivation and confidence. This can be especially important for high-achieving individuals who feel like they are getting older and are interested in or working towards a life transition or transformation. Achievers tend to move quickly and overlook what they have accomplished. This exercise was intentionally designed as a slow, yet insightful, process that helps us see how much we have grown and changed over the course of a decade.

The first few may or may not come easily to you. Expect the process to get a little more challenging as you add more accomplishments. Ten years goes by quickly, and we tend to forget all we have experienced and achieved. If you get stuck, refer to your planner, calendar and pictures for ideas. Use your social media accounts, colleagues and friends to trigger your memories. Think back to fun times and feelings of joy. And, think broadly! This is not an exercise focused only on work or career. Think about the whole of your life as you go through this exercise. Below are a few thinking prompts:

  • How did you invest in yourself?
  • Where were you, and what were you doing, 10 years ago?
  • Where are you, and what are you doing, now?
  • What experiences did you enjoy?
  • Did you have a child(ren) or grandchild(ren)?
  • Did you try a new hair color?
  • What type of physical exercise did you try or grow?
  • Did you write your first blog post or record a podcast?
  • What romantic encounters did you experience?
  • What vacations did you experience?
  • What classes did you take?
  • What hobbies did you develop?
  • How did you volunteer or freely contribute your talents?
  • What did you do for exercise or self-care?

Stretch your thinking and have some fun with this exercise. You may just surprise yourself! Download the 100 Things I Have Accomplished in the Last 10 Years Coaching Tool below by clicking on either the text or the 100 graphic. Make the time to complete the list, and then let us know all about the 100 accomplishments you have achieved in the comment section below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Cheers to all of you!

-Dr. Connie

What 100 things have you accomplished in the last 10 years?

112 – Cultivating a Futurist Mindset with Connie Reimers-Hild – Jake A Carlson

Strategic foresight is a mix of mindset and methodology.  We are creating our futures in the present moment.  What are you doing to pursue the future you want to experience?  How can you cultivate a Futurist Mindset? And, why is this approach to life so important?

According to Jake, a few of the top takeaways from our episode focused on cultivating a futurist mindset include: 

Futurists help leaders and people better understand the future, and being a Futurist is a real thing!  Universities have teaching courses, degrees and certifications in strategic foresight (my certificate is from the University of Houston).

We create our future in the present moment.

Achieving your desired future is possible.   How?  You must combine methodology with mindset.  One of the first steps includes knowing what preferred future you want to achieve and experience.  You can do this by creating a Vivid Visual Vision, which blends fun with the future: 

In 3-5 years out what do you want to do and experience?

  • Use Crayons, Paints, any medium to make the vision as vivid as possible – make it your own whole brain, whole soul process
  • Get below the surface and become very self-aware and honest about your future
  • Proactively pause and find out what you want – step away from the demand and create a new model – become mindful
Listen to this episode of the Modern Leadership Podcast with Jake Carlson to learn more! Click on the link below and enjoy the show!

Source: 112 – Cultivating a Futurist Mindset with Connie Reimers-Hild – Jake A Carlson

Want to discover your leadership superpower?  Take Jake’s online assessment by going to his website JakeCarlson.com – it is a fun exercise that all leaders can use!

Join Me Today on 1110 KFAB Radio!

Status Update: I will be on from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM today, and Clint will be taking callers!

In addition to the topics I listed in the original blog post below, we will be discussing the 3 Mega-Trends I recently wrote about and presented on: 1) The Rise of the #GigEconomy, 2) Living with Purpose and Meaning and the 3) Decentralized Global Marketplace.

Plan on calling in with your questions!

Looking forward to hearing from you all!
-Dr. Connie

I am counting down the hours to my interview with Clint Bellows this afternoon on 1110 KFAB (www.kfab.com). I will be in the studio at 2:30 PM.

Our conversation will focus on creating your desired future in the current economy. We will touch on the power of your beliefs and talk about how your brain impacts finances, the future and of course fun!

Let me know if you have any questions you want me to answer on the air. Clint talked about taking live calls. I would love to hear from you if he opens the phone lines!

Going Wild!
Connie

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Megatrend 3: Decentralized Global Marketplace

Distance learning is in the age of the “Empowered Consumer-Learner” who has a buffet of educational choices.   The empowered consumer-learner decides what educational experiences and knowledge they need, when they need it and how they want to experience it.  The wide-array of non-credit and for credit choices makes for a very competitive marketplace but also a field of new opportunities.

Venture capitalists continue to invest in distance education because of the return on investment potential.  Big Data is being used to develop marketing campaigns, study human behaviors and determine patterns.  It is also being used to examine various areas of teaching and learning.  Data can help create bite-sized, customized courses and programs that are both personalized and interactive (Koller, 2012). Technology enables the delivery of information and education anytime, anywhere and from anyone in a way that makes sense to the learner while adding value to their lives.

It’s no longer necessary for people to enroll in college, formal classes or workshops to learn.  They are learning what they want to know from their networks and resources they find on the Web, through Apps or in iTunes.  People will increasingly be able to create and print their ideas from wherever they choose with 3D printing.  Technology, combined with the continued growth of self-expression and meaning, will continue to change education at a rapid pace.

Value is becoming less about college credit and more about meaningful outcomes and self-expression through enhanced skills and evolving abilities.  The world is fast-becoming an “Add to Cart” society for anything and everything, including educational experiences.  Individuals are creating local, national and global communities of meaning and change that are self-selected and self-formed.  Many of these same individuals are transforming distance learning in new and innovative ways.  Technology, combined with the need for meaning, self-expression and self-actualization, has created an increasingly decentralized marketplace.

People are choosing how to meet virtually, when, where and whether-or-not to meet face-to-face and connecting over common causes.  Education, along with so many other areas of life, is becoming increasingly decentralized.  Savvy consumers seek and create the value they crave to transform their lives.   They are choosing whether or not they want a badge, certificate, credit hour or degree, and their demands are shaping the marketplace and future trends.  The Empowered Consumer-Learner wants a unique experience that adds value to their life.  Future-focused leaders who ask and answer not, “What is the lifetime value of a customer?” but rather, “What value can we add to a lifetime?” will be in a better position to compete in the increasingly decentralized marketplace.

Innovation Retreat: New Ideas and New Dollars on April 29!
As educators, what is the value we can add to a lifetime?

I Need Your Help before Friday!!

I need your fresh insights about confidence before Friday? Why??

Clint Bellows, a man I truly admire, invited me to be a guest on the Tom Becka show this Friday at 3:30 PM. Clint is hosting the show, and I am starting to get my thoughts on confidence, leadership and coaching together. Your ideas, perspectives and experiences will make this radio experience on the Mighty 1290 a much richer experience for listeners.

Here’s a question to get the conversation started:
What do you do to strengthen your confidence and the confidence of others?

I would love to hear from you!

Go Wild with Confidence!!
-Dr. Connie

Jagger’s fun and amazing drawing represents my feelings about being on the show (I am so proud of my little artist):

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Shop Small this Cyber Monday

One way to shop small this Cyber Monday is to support authors and artists.  Online sales are incredibly important to this group of individuals.  I know because I am one of them.   We are entrepreneurs and small business owners working to support ourselves and our families by adding value to the lives of others.

Purchase Go Wild with Confidence! (available in both paperback and Kindle) via Amazon today (for yourself or as a gift) by clicking on:  http://amzn.com/1467949329

Make sure to search Amazon for other favorite artists and authors as well.  Or, simply go to their web sites and buy directly from these talented individuals!

Give the Gift of Going Wild this Christmas!

-Dr. Connie

Strengthen your Inner Leader and live your best life with purpose, passion, and fun!
Strengthen your Inner Leader and live your best life with purpose, passion, and fun!

Final Thoughts on Confidence (for now :)

There are many ways to develop your confidence.  Ultimately, you have to decide what is right for you.  Journaling, meditation, the use of personal mantras and affirmations, goal setting, visualization, art, nature, healthy eating, physical activity and hiring coaches can all be great tools to help you move forward. Whatever you decide, just make sure the strategies and structures you put in place work for you and are focused on what you truly want to accomplish and experience. For example, many people set false goals they never achieve because they left their heart and personal desire out of the process.
Setting and pursuing false goals leads to lack of interest and motivation, which leads to goal abandonment and ultimately a feeling of failure and self-doubt.   Feelings of failure and self-doubt can seriously erode self-confidence.  Goals should be set for you as an individual and based on personal fulfillment, not simply what you think you should do based on the thoughts and influences of others or society. Establish goals, strategies and structures that are holistic and recognize the importance and power of the mind-body-spirit connection. 
After Mom’s sudden death, I had many conversations with Dad about living life.  He told me he had no regrets. My parents celebrated forty-five years of marriage a month before Mom’s passing, and Dad said they did everything they wanted to do together. I will never know Mom’s true thoughts on this subject; I just hope she felt the same way. Life-changing events have a way of putting life into perspective. I now use “live life with no regrets” as a personal mantra that I repeat to myself daily. My philosophy about life has become this: Life should be a journey filled with wonderful experiences, and we must define success for ourselves. Many of us tend to focus too much on accumulating titles and stuff rather than experiences. Our individual journeys should be what we want to experience and enjoy. Life should not be a daily grind.  Life should not be a to-do list.
Your time on this planet is short, so enjoy it!  Be confident and lead yourself on this journey called life. Live a fulfilling life with purpose and passion.  Share your true talents with the world, have fun, and live your best life every single day!
Go Wild!
—Dr. Connie

Self-Care and Farmers’ Markets?

Self-care is essential to strengthening your Inner Leader.  Good nutrition and exercise also positively contribute to self-leadership and personal innovation. 

For a list of Farmers’ Markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) organizations in Nebraska visit:


Eating nutritious, fresh food is a great way to invest in and take care of your creative spirit and your Inner Leader!  Best of all, while you are investing in yourself you are also  supporting your local economy.

Go Wild and Enjoy!
-Dr. Connie

Information on farmers’ markets in our area:

Nebraska City’s Farmers’ Market begins on Thursday, May 31st.  This awesome event will be held every Thursday through August 30th.  

This year will feature 10 vendors each week, providing a variety of fresh and homemade items.

2012 Farmers’ Market Vendors:

Gress Produce
Razee Acres
Sunderman Produce
Robert & Hollie Feickert & Sons
The Garden of Ellen
Morelock Produce
Grannys Baubles & the Plant Lady
Prairie View Acres
High Prairie Farm
Crooke/Liesemeyer Farm



The Syracuse Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday morning from the 1st Saturday of June until the last Saturday of August. 

Directions:
From HWY 2, take the Syracuse exit and go south on HWY 50 for approximately 3/4 mile to 11th Street. The Farmers Market is on the southwest corner of 11th and HYW 50.

For more information on either Farmers Market, visit NebraskaCity.com






A Confidence Reminder: The Starfish Story

I realize many of you have heard various versions of the Starfish Story; however, it is always a great reminder of the confidence we must possess to lead ourselves and others.
This story also reminds me of how important it is for us to grow our confidence so we effectively handle challenges presented by others and ourselves. Challenges often exist to deliver us a message.  Rather than getting wrapped up in the drama associated with challenges, we need to look for and consider the opportunities. It may be time for us to consider doing something different.  We must continually grow our confidence so we personally innovate and share our unique talents with the world.
After researching the Starfish Story, I found that the original source of this story is from Loren Eiseley’s publication, The Star Thrower. Eiseley and I have a great deal in common. We are both Nebraska natives and graduates of the University of Nebraska.
Enjoy reading this version of the Starfish Story. Use it as a reminder to grow your confidence!
The Starfish Story
One day an old man was walking along a beach littered with thousands of starfish. A storm beached the starfish, and they were dying. The man noticed a young girl picking starfish up and throwing them into the ocean. He approached the young girl and asked, “What are you doing?”
The young girl replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. If I don’t throw them back, they will die.”
“Little girl,” the old man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
After listening politely, the young girl bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.
She then looked up at the old man and smiled at him with great confidence and said,
I made a difference to that one!



5 Mistakes You Should Make

Part of being innovative and entrepreneurial means making mistakes, learning from them and moving forward.  This on-going process is a great way to develop our self-leadership skills.


Check out this fun article “5 Mistakes Everyone Should Make” posted on Shine by Yahoo! today.  It’s a quick read we can all relate to…read, laugh, go out there and make some mistakes!


Cheers,
Dr. Connie