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Surviving The Rough Spots

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Everything is cyclical. People sometimes wonder how they will survive the rough spots, the down turns, the let downs, the end of an era. It might be for a particular task, a way of doing things, or it might be the loss of a job or an entire business. How do you survive the rough spots?


We are creatures of habit. We typically make our decisions and choices based on a set of data. That data has been formed across time based largely on our own experiences. Experiences created by habits.

Sometimes we have to be willing to give up on the old in order to make room for the new. This is true for all of our habits, traditions, and how we frame every circumstance or situation.

There is a lot of advice. Advice to see the glass half-full, be positive, and focus on the end result.

None of that is bad advice but it might be hard to implement when our habits have led us to the place where we currently are. It is what we know, how we think, and how we’ll make our next decision.

When you really want to breakthrough, you’ll have to change. Change might appear to be about mind-set, but mostly mind-set is about the decision to change. People who haven’t decided to change won’t have the mind-set.

Rough Spots

Sometimes the decision is made for us, but surviving the rough spots still requires us to change. Change our mind-set, our habits, and traditions.

When the tool is broken, we have to decide to find another way. Find a new tool, use an old one, or do nothing.

If we experience a job loss or a business shift, we have to find another way. Find a new job, make a career change, or do nothing.


Our habits really matter. They condition our thinking, the results and future outcomes.

If the way we always did it isn’t an option then we have to do something different.

Sometimes we have to get out of our own way. We have to decide to make new habits.

Everything changes when we finally make the decision that we will.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Career Shift: Moving Past the Easy Stuff

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You see some interesting things in my line of work. Many people proclaiming to be eager about making a difference for their business, their career, and their life. Certainly, I see many businesses and people improve, but do they really make a business or career shift that meets or exceeds their potential?

The expression that hindsight is 20/20 or that it is easy to be a Monday morning quarterback has truth but the biggest gap I often see is another expression, “Talk is cheap.”

Motivation for Change

It is not uncommon when I engage in a generational differences discussion that someone will bring up the concept of being lazy or lacking motivation.

Often the generations of people who have been around longer are passing judgment or stereotypes on those generations newest in our workforce. Regardless of where the finger is being pointed, the accusations are still present.

The presenting question often is, “How do we motivate these people?” Answers aren’t really that difficult. On the other hand, creating the change necessary to execute the required behaviors or culture is the challenge.

It seems that there is a trend for easy. Relax more, work less, and enjoy life. Maybe everyone wants that, it sounds very inviting.

More Than Talk

People who want to change their life, change their career, or change their business must be committed to change. I’ll often ask clients if they are committed and time and time again they tell the story and say the right words, but, “Talk is cheap.

Change can often happen without any growth or control over your own fate. So you can change without growth but you’ll never grow without making some changes.

People and businesses settle into habits, habits that generate daily activities, thought processes, and attitudes. When it really comes down to the effort for change, they don’t realize that they must change those habits and traditions to get a different result.

Talking about change, planning for change, or seeing the goal is not the act of creating change.

Change often sounds simple. Just like the idea that everyone knows the concepts of customer service or how to be a leader. Knowing the concepts and successfully executing them are two completely different things.

Career Shift

People who are on the move, the ones who are really changing, they’ve moved past the easy stuff. They are finished talking. Talking wastes their time.

If you really want a career shift, you’ll have to decide what you are going to give up, throw away, or move to the side.

You’ll have to move past the easy stuff, the cheap stuff, and the daydreams.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Good Fight

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The referee makes a terrible call punishing your favorite team. Your car gets pummeled by a run away shopping cart in a downhill parking lot. You get a traffic ticket and you weren’t the only one speeding.


The promotion you were waiting for was given to someone who you believe is less qualified. Your best client chose a different vendor after years of honorable service. You lose your job because the company was bought by a larger organization and they are moving the entire operation to another state.

We often want to fight for what is right or what we feel is fair. For many, we learned as children to scream about what appears unfair and a resolution will appear. We believe that fighting hard and demanding justice will somehow alter the end result. Unfortunately many things that we spend energy fighting for, will not change the outcome.

What if you took a different approach? What if you focused on the next play in the game, concentrated on the car repair and moved on, or paid the speeding ticket and didn’t dwell on it? What if you looked to a different department or company where your skills are more valued or turned your second or third best client into twice what your former best was? What if your next job paid more, with more benefits, and is work you absolutely love?

What if you use your energy exclusively on thoughts, activities, and actions that move you forward, not leave you fighting for a past that is better left behind? 

Why fight yesterday’s fight? The good fight is in front of you.


Dennis Gilbert is a keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and consultant that specializes in helping businesses accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. Reach him through his website at http://Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Right Time

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You were born at the right time, in the right place, and with the right opportunities. After all, a changing world surrounds you. You’re right in the middle of the greatest achievements of mankind. You have the power of technology expanding at a commanding pace, opportunity is everywhere, possibilities abound, and it is unstoppable.


Unfortunately, not everyone sees it this way. Others were born at the wrong place, at the wrong time. They have no opportunities. Change has eliminated any possibility of achieving hopes, dreams, and a brighter future. Technology is the burden of everything in the world today and the world is less because of it. Everything would be better if it wasn’t for this vicious onslaught of change.

Most people will tell you they are focused on being positive, yet defining moments alter their individual outcomes. When there is chaos, uncertainty, doubt, fear, shock, and frustration you decide which mind-set you will use to make decisions.

You decide if it is the—right time.


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Listen to Yourself

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Being positive is not a statement. Being positive is a mind-set.

So many people talk with me about motivation, positive thinking, and accomplishing dreams, but few really understand that being energized and positive is a mind-set, not a statement. Often people will tell me that they are “trying to stay positive,” or “think positive.”  Sure the concept of pushing towards the positive is, well, positive; however it is not the same as actually changing your life with a positive mind-set.

You can’t fake mind-set and you can’t, “fake it to make it,” when it comes to being positive. A focus on past negative experiences, dreading some upcoming event or activity, or chronically discussing everything that is wrong in the world with anyone who will listen is not a positive mind-set.

Not feeling particularly positive?

Listen to yourself.


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Accelerate Reality

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It is part of a commercial that many would recognize, it is part of the discussion before the big sports game, and it is something that successful people consciously or unconsciously need in order to perform at their best. It’s getting in the zone! Whether you are getting in the zone at AutoZone, concentrating on your personal performance (work or play), or accelerating your results in any capacity, you have to get in the zone.

You are in the zone when you are so deeply connected with your thoughts, actions, and perhaps physical abilities that you are unstoppable, unflappable, and overwhelmingly confident. I often suggest to people that you cannot fake mind-set; in fact mind-set has a lot to do with my writing in the 2014 book release, Pivot and Accelerate. You cannot simply tell yourself you are going to get on the fast track to your personal or business best; you have to truly believe it.

One sure fire way to accelerate your results it to let go of self-limiting beliefs, those beliefs that make you say or think, “ok, but,” or “only if,” or worse yet, “possibly, but.”  These are self-limiting beliefs. Sure, you have to reach for your goals in steps and you can’t just wish or think them into existence, you must have appropriate action.

Something else I’m certain of; if you don’t believe in your mind, heart, and soul that it can happen, nobody else is going to believe it either. Worse yet, you will never reach the goal that you claim you desire.

If you believe it, then I believe it, and then everybody believes it.

Better yet, you’ll achieve it—believe it.


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You Can’t Fake It

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When you want to have a great day you try to convince yourself to think positive.


When you strive to get the sale, close a deal, acquire a new customer, or start a new business relationship you approach it by being positive.

When you see a doctor, a dentist, or prepare your annual income tax return you seek positive results.

There is at least one problem with thinking positive: you can’t fake mind-set.

When people tell me they are going to be positive, think positive, or stay positive they most likely have already introduced their negativity. They include in many of their sentences words like: can’t, won’t, and never. Positivity is a state of mind, it is a mind-set, and it is not something you do like walking the dog, loading the dishwasher, or shopping for groceries.  

When business enterprises tell me they need help with leadership development, strategy, developing employee teams, and improving communication they should recognize that while their diagnoses sounds like it is task driven, it is often mind-set or culture that produces a the end result.

You can act more positive, think more positive, and even create a more positive environment, but when you can’t seem to get there, someone might suggest you just fake it, but you’ll never fake mind-set.


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