Written by Cindy Nowack
Jean Briese is extraordinary in her field. She is an award winning business leader, as well as Arizona’s highest ranked and most reviewed motivational speaker and business coach. She speaks and blogs about leadership, high performing cultures and empowering women, and she is the executive director and founder of a non-profit for families of law enforcement officers. Jean has identified five moves, or superpowers, that are shared by all those who are extraordinary in their field. She also provides practical ideas that we can use to become extraordinary and unstoppable. When you are your best self, you are unstoppable.
Superpower 1 – The Power of Habits
Michael Phelps credits his Olympics success to his habits. He has banished the words, “I can’t.” He also realizes the power of visualization. He visualizes obstacles in his way or competitors beating him, and visualizes how he fights back to regain the lead.
How do you start your day? We are what we repeatedly do, so make sure you start your day in a positive, proactive way. Go to the gym, meditate, pray, enjoy nature. Looking at email or social media is reactive and negative. Responding to email makes us think we are busy, but we are not being productive. Instead, schedule time for your non-negotiables and time to check your email throughout the day. Also, consider removing the notifications from your phone.
Adopt a growth mindset. If you’re doing things the way they’ve always been done, then nothing will change. Take a look at your daily life and figure out your best habit. See how you can improve and banish those negative thoughts. Also, consider spending a portion of your time and/or money in helping others – life gets better when you do. Zig Ziglar said, “You can have anything you want as long as you help enough other people get what they want.” Don’t wait for the future.
Superpower 2 – The Power of Purpose
Each of us has been given gifts for a specific purpose. Do you know your gifts? Send an email to 5-7 people and ask them to share your top 3 strengths and 1 thing you can improve. Be aware of your weaknesses, but don’t focus on them. Now pick one strength that speaks to you and become amazing at it. Look at the things you are passionate about, and you will find your purpose.
Superpower 3 – The Power of Your Beliefs
A belief is an acceptance that something is true. We have limiting beliefs that aren’t always true. Some common beliefs are “I can’t,” “What if I fail,” or “I’m not ____ enough.” You can fill in the blank. These things may not be true, but these limiting beliefs lead us to that conclusion anyway. You can use visualization in your struggle with limiting beliefs. You can be like Michael Phelps, who imagines competitors taking the lead in the pool and what he does to take that lead back. Once you visualize a limiting belief, imagine instead that you will not fail and see how your vision changes.
Superpower 4 – The Power of People
You can’t make the journey alone. We need to be encouraged and we need to know when we have gotten off the path. You’ve heard the saying, some people are blessings and some people are lessons. We rise and fall to the level of our relationships, so figure out who you need to meet and who you need to learn from. Surround yourself with your “woo hoo” crowd. Find a mentor. If you’re going to do something you’ve never done, there will be naysayers. Ignore the naysayers!
Superpower 5 – The Power of Action
Fear is the #1 reason we do not take action. You always have a choice in how to proceed, even if the choice is only your attitude. If you don’t know your choices, brainstorm with friends, colleagues or your mentor. Above all, give yourself permission to fail. Failing is how we learn.
So now that you have these five superpowers, you need to use them in your life. Did you know only 10% will take action following this inspirational presentation? Here are four steps to help you engage so that you are part of that 10%:
- Be deliberate
- Strategically plan your time
- Get a mentor
Commit to one goal and act on it within 24 hours. Once you do that, you are on your way to becoming unstoppable.
PrideStaff is a locally owned and operated staffing agency with temporary, temp to hire, and direct hire placement opportunities. They are focused on finding out your needs and making good culture fits with you and their clients. They even offer benefits that can begin after 8 hours of employment with PrideStaff. Examples of current positions include Administrative Assistant, Accounting, Inside Sales, Customer Service Rep, and Collections. For current job openings, click here.
Recently, Teletech, Revana and their family of brands merged and rebranded themselves as TTEC. TTEC is a billion dollar third party BPO (business process outsourcing) company who partners with Fortune 500 companies. They have two locations in Tempe and are currently looking for several positions:
- Sales Representative selling digital online advertising to small – medium sized businesses; 1-2 years sales experience, good communication skills, coach ability; $15.87 per hour, plus commission
- Online Marketing Sales Executive – 3-5 years sales experience, good communication skills; $30-40k per year, plus commission
- Digital Account Strategist – 3-5 years sales experience, career longevity, digital marketing experience, account management or account executive experience needed; $35-45K base, plus commissions
The company is growing quickly, and looks to increase its sales staff from 30 people to 100 by the end of June for a single client. For additional job openings, go to https://www.ttecjobs.com/en-US/search.
Freedom Financial helps people in financial hardship. The founders helped their friends negotiate their student loan debt down, and realized they could help others in the same situation. The company helps its customers move from financial difficulty to financial freedom. Freedom Financial was voted the #1 Best Place to Work in Phoenix two years in a row. They have a new location at the 202 and 101 in Tempe. With more than 2,000 employees and counting, they are looking to add another 1,000 employees this year. The company is looking for compassionate, caring people to fill the following areas:
- Call center
- Sales operations
- Loan Servicing
- Information technology/Engineering
Go to the Freedom Financial site for a complete listing of current open positions.
Founded in Chicago in 1931, Allstate is a national brand that has your back. They have $125 billion in brand value and $104.7 billion in assets. Maricopa County is the fastest-growing county, so growth in customers equals a growth in new jobs. Here are their open positions in the Tempe regional office:
- Information Technology (6)
- Finance & Economics
- Human Resources (3)
- Claims (2)
- Sales Management
- Exclusive Financial Specialist
- Agency Owner
- Licensed Sales Producers
Go here for a complete list of openings.
Don’t miss our upcoming West Valley Healthcare Expo on Thursday, May 17 at the Avondale Sports Center. This event is a collaboration of all major healthcare organizations in the Phoenix West Valley to connect future and current workforce with employers and education opportunities. To register or for additional details, click here.
Also, be sure to check the schedule for the dates of upcoming events at careerconnectors.org. A few dates have been moved to accommodate summer programs at our host locations.