News From LBD
June 15, 2016 Volume 6 Issue 6

          Opening the "Can Do" Door 
    Owning your own business has its freedoms and its challenges. You have the ability to plan your day doing the activities you love to do, like helping others benefit from your products or services. That freedom, however, can also hold you back, if you let it. There are some aspects of owning your own business that can be scary for some. Walking into a room full of strangers to network, picking up the telephone to call someone you don't know, or reaching out for help from a peer can be unsavory to some. Think for a moment about one of the biggest obstacles you face. What's the one thing you MUST do that you always find an excuse to not do?
    I'll venture a guess that one of the reasons you always put off that task is because your subconscious is telling you that you "can't" do it. How many times in your life has your own mind held you back from doing something that you really wanted to do? Whether or not it's related to your business, there are probably tons of experiences that you've missed out on, countless opportunities that have passed you by, simply because you opened the "can't" door instead of the "Can Do" door. Well, it's time to shut the door on the "can't" thoughts and open the  "Can Do" door.
    We all have enormous potential. What holds us back is our own lack of belief. That's what keeps us from attending that meeting, approaching that stranger, making that call, (insert your own obstacle here). All of us have done amazing things throughout our lives to date. Think back to the first time you rode a bike, drove a car, lived on your own, played a sport, danced in public (OK, some of us are still working on that one!) How did you get over your limitation?  
    You just did it ! You wanted whatever it was so badly that you changed your internal message and opened the door marked "Can Do."
    Remind yourself in times of doubt of all the opportunities you've experienced when you've opened the "Can Do" door. Then start small with some little things that are just outside your comfort zone. Repeat positive affirmations related to your goals and open the "Can Do" door. Who knows what you could be missing?

What Leaders Are Reading

Beyond Entrepreneurship: Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company by James Collins and William Lazier ~ This work provides entrepreneurs with building blocks to help their companies sustain high performance, play a leadership role in their industries, and remain successful for generations. Readers will discover the five key elements involved in guiding a company to lasting success, a blueprint for managing a thriving company, and plenty of real-world examples.

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Affirming Yourself
Self-confidence, stemming from a belief in your abilities, is a pre- requisite to achievement.
Your view of yourself is a result of positive conditioning you consciously design.

Affirmations are a powerful tool you can utilize to develop your self-confidence and positive thinking. 

Why are affirmations so powerful? Because our imagination makes our "Can Do" thoughts real. 

Effective affirmations should be positive, in the first person and present tense. They should be  realistically high but attainable. They should be directly related to your goals or qualities you want to develop. Above all, they should be yours, written by you, for you!


I am in charge of my life.
I walk the talk.
I am committed.
I get things done.
I can learn anything.

What can you do?

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John Branstad
John Branstad

Quote of the Month
"In order to succeed we must first believe
that we can."

  ~ Nikos Kazantzakis
John Branstad