What kind of life or business are you intending? How you perceive time can affect everything in your life. In this video I share some cool concepts and my PILOT Your Way Method from my book Peace Doesn’t Come In a Pill. I hope that can help you expand your reality and shift your ability to understand and use the time to manifest the life and business you dream of. Subscribe to get notified when new videos come out or I go live. Please comment below and share if you’ve benefited from this. For coaching visit https://www.stephanajohnson.com I speak on topics that will help you achieve the next level of success in business and personal growth while living a life of purpose, fulfillment, and contribution to others. I love to bring powerful and inspiring messages through speaking, writing, and popular coaching programs. Get a free chapter of my latest book https://www.model4business.com My program for Finding Joy Beyond Trauma https://www.findjoybeyondtrauma.com In every show, I draw on my extensive experience and training to help the audience gain insight coupled with practical tools and action steps, to make quantum shifts out of old and unworkable belief systems, and make soulful connections to inspire break out results and the transformation sought. After being a successful model and actress through the 80s and 90s as well as a successful business owner, I now coach powerhouse leaders and business owners to lead a business AND life they love. I love learning, laughing and growing with my two sons I home school in the Pacific NW where we live a holistic lifestyle and intentionally tread softly on our planet by choosing a life of sustainable simplicity, abundant joy, and passionate purpose.

5 Keys To Making Better Decisions and Creating Bigger Impacts

The Cause and Ripple Effect of Our Decisions

Master Coach and Motivational Speaker Stephana Johnson

In 1958, Chairman Mao of China ordered all sparrows to be killed.

Destroying all nests, all eggs, all nestlings and all the sparrows in China – because they were eating some of the grain.

The first year it appeared to “work” as there was more grain. But the next year locusts became so prevalent that it wiped out entire crops.

As a direct result of his decision to kill the sparrows, 36 MILLION people died of starvation in 3 years.

How often do we make decisions and take actions without thinking of the ultimate cost?

If we can begin to understand the ripple effect, we can begin now to be more conscious, more aware of what our decisions at this moment lead to in our future.

The planting of seeds is one of the best analogies to understand the deeper meaning behind our decisions. What we see in our lives and our business is absolutely a direct result of seeds we have planted in the past.

Each decision, each action being a seed, what does your life look like today?

Is it one of joy, connection, success, and health? Or is it filled with fear, turmoil, chaos, and worry? These are not only the growth of the seeds we’ve planted along the way but also the seeds that continue to sprout offshoots and spread into all areas of our life.

Here are the 5 steps you can take to make better decisions the first time, see if they might help you:

1. Attune your Awareness. I like to use the word pliable when I talk about awareness, as it is expandable and contractible depending on the individual circumstance. Ideally one would be looking for decisions aligned with the highest good and best outcome for the whole. Sometimes we need a more expandable awareness, thinking more long term, greater impact on the whole, etc. But we also need to be able to decipher when we have enough understanding to make a viable decision.

2. Engage in Imaging. One of the greatest gifts we have is the power to imagine. Dreaming and imagination open us to possibility. It shows us what is more than just probable. However, spending so much time watching the product of another’s imagination in the form of media, video games, movies and even reading, we do not give ourselves the time and space to engage in our own imaging.

3. Find Your Focus. You will know you have found your focus when you feel unhurried and calm, joyful and the next action is crystal clear. Focus is the moment when you are whole and there is no longer a fork in the road.

4. Seek Supportive Support. Many times we find ourselves receiving what should be supportive when in fact it is a conglomeration of the machine that perpetuates prior poor decisions and prolongs actions that result in more harm. Unfortunately, this collective mentality can get more bandwidth in our awareness because we have not been equipped with filters yet (awareness helps in the filtering out).

5. Release what IS NOT working/Reinforce what IS working. When we feel cornered because of a previous poor decision, sometimes rather than giving it the heave-ho, we try to make it work to prove it wasn’t such a bad decision in the first place. Take my hard-earned experience, RELEASE what’s not working when you become aware that it’s time. This doesn’t give you carte blanche to set aflame to your lemon of a car, but the step of recognizing that a decision wasn’t the best and cutting losses allows you to move forward. And if you need to make up damage from the poor decision caused, so be it. These are not a step 1 then 2, these are concurrent, you also want to reinforce the decisions and the actions that ARE working, and is best done to balance the releasing of what’s not working. Then re-commit and establish a system to maintain the highest working results and continually monitor so it doesn’t take 3 (or 30) years before you release an unworkable decision.

Sometimes it’s hard to make decisions to create more room to build success in our lives, our relationships and our businesses, when still full of hangups from the past. If I were suggesting action steps to help, I’d say this:

  • Cultivate awareness daily through meditation practice, quiet time or just walking in nature interruption-free, one of my favorite ways to awaken.
  • Spend time daily imaging your life as you desire it to be, from your own origination. Imagine actually living from that space and imagine how it feels. This practice of engaging the imagination with awareness and intention can have a profound and lasting effect and actually rewire the past.
  • Practice focusing on 1 object or focusing on your breath for a full cycle or at least 30 seconds. This is helpful in calming chaotic thoughts prior to making decisions and can prevent taking actions based on negative emotions that lead to harmful decision making.
  • With the first 3 steps integrated, getting and giving real support becomes more doable. As a result, you will cultivate the kind of ‘supportive support’ to make the best decisions for a positive, holistic and sustainable outcome.
  • Prioritize your life around the important decisions, actions, and tasks that are working. Release the old patterns and poor habits and past decisions that are not working. Learn from it surely, but don’t beat yourself up about it. Release the wreckage. Reinforce the lesson.

These steps are symbiotic, never complete and always evolving. Like natural cycles and interdependence on the WHOLE.

If you are like me, you recognize the far-reaching effects of small decisions and hope your decisions make a long term positive impact, while also supporting your goals for today.

Dedicated to your highest good and best outcome.

Much Love, Stephana

 

How Iconic Brands Are Leading the Pack During Transitions

What Your Company Needs To Be Doing to Blaze Its Own Trail

Iconic brands lead from the top down but they know that execution works from the inside out.

Major corporations are shifting leadership at a rapid rate. Take Nike for example, announcing a new CEO after Mark Parker catapulted stock and success over the last decade. But Parker’s not going anywhere, he’s been a long-time player in Nike and has come up the ranks in well-earned form and it shows.

The new CEO John Donahue who steps up in mid-January brings with him, the technology piece that will inevitably keep Nike leading the pack and springboard off the powerhouse leadership of Parker, IF leadership can navigate the transition just right.

Here are 7 keys you need to blaze a trail in the new year:

1. NEVER PUT YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND
Now more than ever you have to be reinventing yourself, pushing yourself, furthering your understanding and capabilities. It’s just not possible to stick your head in the sand and expect to stay on top. Always be paying attention to the market place.

“Change is inevitable with the pace of technology, transitions might need to happen fast and ideally they need to be as smooth as possible.” Renee Schlachter of Extensis

2. CREATE COMMON ALIGNMENT

Congruent clarity creates a culture of common alignment. Say that 3 times fast and instill that kind of confidence in your people practices and that’s how you transform a workplace. Culture comes from a leadership that is established through clear alignment to values. Once that’s in place, leadership better be setting a good example. Then train your people from the beginning with common and congruent language the exudes through your brand.

3. CONFUSE AND YOU LOSE

This is not just with your external marketing message, it also happens to be the biggest factor in the success of the internal operations and function of some of the most successful and iconic brands. Leaders lose if they don’t come from a place of congruency in their actions. Ever hear this: ‘Your actions speak so loudly I can hardly hear what you’re saying…’

The past year has shown some of the highest rates of leadership changes in the most iconic brands. With a new CEO, you’ll often see a big rebrand, especially if there is an ego. If you go in reinventing you better be clear from the top down.  If you don’t change mindset and culture to go along with that big rebrand you’ll shrink your lead from sheer confusion.

4. KEEP IT REAL in all levels of leadership

If you can’t relate to all levels of the organization while remaining steadfast to your core values you’ll lose your internal infrastructure. It may not happen overnight, but each part of the scaffolding of the organization will begin to implode.

5. BUILD from within

“If it makes sense – advance and train from within.” VP of XeniumHR, Alishia Young

Many companies have had exceptional success when they hire within, however, if you need to bring in fresh, outside eyes and the specialized skills to take your company to the next level, then that’s your best choice.

Nike’s shift of leadership comes from the clarity of taking their company to the next level using technology, as a result, they’ve made a congruent move bringing in that outside expert.

6. CONSTANTLY BE IMPROVING

Staying on top means ensuring your employees have the skills and support of expanding their skills internally. Constantly learning and improving yourself and making sure your managers and employees are doing the same is crucial. People are no longer hired for a certain skill, instead, they need to be multi-faceted and be able to implement or adapt. If you don’t have the skills consider training employees internally and find a balance going forward.

“Balance your birds-eye view and continue to push forward and evolve at a faster pace.  No department can turn a blind eye to what’s coming” VP of XeniumHR, Alishia Young

7. LISTEN to people

Which way technology needs to be deployed and at what speed is a big conversation you better be having. Listen with the intent to understand, to learn, to help. If you want to become a better listener, the best place to start is not talking.

After returning from a Comcast Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning conference recently, I’m more aware than ever that the game of listening has changed. NBC/Comcast is fast and furious on this. Their algorithms are set up to listen to every single customer – not just their words but every keystroke and swipe. The infrastructure in place with AI is making every person’s preferences available down to when they start to push back – with their money, their time and their attention.

There is no standard any longer. Not with the ability of AI to calculate and make algorithms that change on a word, inflection or swipe. This is huge. It changes the playing field for those brands that can afford to pivot quickly. But it’s still consumer-driven. AI can be used to track every move of the consumer and if you pay attention, you’ll recognize it as ancient wisdom and use it wisely.

Listening to what people are saying is still one of the biggest factors in any iconic brand.

Is there still room for small businesses and entrepreneurs in the world? You bet. People still make up the world.

People want to be heard. They want their voice to matter. Whether that’s your employee, your leaders or your customers.

And there are big answers in what people are saying. But you can’t be reactive to them.

You have to see the bigger picture and stay focused on your deliverables.

Hoard your stock, your inventory and you won’t be a viable organization. Whether those deliverables are apps, movies, a service, or people in seats or scrolling on their phones, it’s about high touch service and being a partner with your customers, employees and leaders.

Start implementing the above and watch your results. The metrics will tell you a story. Whether you are in the middle of the confused chaos of a big transition or a small rebrand, implement the advice above and you’ll see your brand take the lead.

Stephana Johnson is an entrepreneur and founder of Powerhouse Leaders, she writes, speaks and through her coaching programs helps entrepreneurs and execs get more results with less BS for themselves, their team and their bottom line. Visit www.powerhouseleaders.com or contact stephana@powerhouseleaders.com

The 3 Most Important Questions You Must Answer To Never Fail

How This Subtle Piece of Wisdom Can Change Your World

One of my darling’s of Literature is Leo Tolstoy and his story of  “The Three Questions” impacted me profoundly as a mother and as a business owner.

If you aren’t familiar with the story, it’s based on a king’s idea that he would never fail if he knew the answer to these three questions:

What is the right time for every action?
Who are the most necessary people?
What is the most important thing to do?

Just as many intelligent and capable business owners seek answers to questions like these every day, you will always get different answers.

Are you paying attention?

There will always be more information out there, there will always be more “answers”.

Until you fully understand the questions through application, you will be left seeking instead of succeeding.

As a business owner, you are naturally innovative. I am asking you to shift your thinking now, so you can finally understand the answers you seek – have always been there.

In fact, I’m quite certain you’ve held the answers all along, but they’ve been fragmented and you’ve been distracted from them.

We’ve been taught to always be reading – but why? Is more information going to be the answer?

We’ve been told we have to work harder – but why? Is more hustle going to be the answer?

I don’t believe you need more information – there’s no magic book, coach or program that if you just had it or did that or hired them – you’d have the answer.

So where do you break this cycle?

When you continue to seek you will always find someone who is willing to give you their answer.

Until you experience the answers for yourself you may never understand the meaning of your own purposeful gifts. As in Tolstoy’s story, so many men attempted to answer the king’s questions, but they all came up with different answers.

When the king decided to ask a wise hermit in a nearby village he had to disguise himself as a peasant, leaving his guards behind.

The hermit was tending his garden when the king arrived. The king asked his questions, but the old hermit went on digging. The king was inclined to offer to dig for him for a while and after digging for some time the king asked his questions again.

Just as the hermit might have answered, a man emerged from the dark woods bleeding profusely from a terrible stomach wound.

The king immediately tended his wound and took care of this man, staying the night in the hermit’s hut. The next day the man was greatly improved but incredulous as to what the king had done for him. The man confessed he had known who the king was and that the king had his brother executed and property seized, he, in fact, had come to kill the king! But the king’s guards had wounded him.

The man pledges his allegiance to the king and goes on his way.

Up until that point, the king had forgotten the questions. Once again the king asks the hermit and this time the hermit responds that he had just had his questions answered.

When we come to know the answers for ourselves it changes everything. As an entrepreneur, as a friend, as a parent, as a human being.

May you come to know the answers for yourself.

The most important time is now. As the present is really the only time over which we have power.

Whomever you are with is the most important person.

To do good to the person you are with is the most important thing to do.

Allow this idea to simmer and see how it evolves in your own life. You have enormous capacity and ability to affect the people in your world profoundly. If you aren’t realizing your own potential in the 3 core areas of your life, reach out for a chat. I just might be that optimizing hermit you’ve been seeking.