Mary Marcdante | Speaker & Author | Less Stress, More Life

Inspired Action: Two Questions to Help People Lead with Enthusiasm


Sometimes the best way to open the door to a healthier and happier life and workplace is to lead with enthusiasm by asking people to do something unexpected for you, which ends up helping everyone feel more encouraging energy for whatever challenging situation you’re in.

In this video clip I am speaking to an audience of 175 healthcare professionals, sharing a story about the way my doctor responded to me when I was being taken into surgery many years ago. I still remember his unexpected response – actually shocking for his reserved personality according to his team — simply because he chose to remember and act on a request that I’d made weeks before to keep things positive in the operating room after he recommended surgery for early-stage cancer.

If you or the people around you are not feeling excited about your life circumstances, do something positive that takes you out of your comfort zone because it allows people around you to think, “Holy Cow, maybe I could look at the world a little differently too.”

If we’re feeling the potential action might not be professional or not who we are, we put on Beginner’s Mind and say “If I didn’t know this person was like this, what might I ask? If I didn’t know I was like this, what might I do differently? How can I be different in the world so that I could feel more alive in my body? What does that look like? How does it feel?

There are incredible feelings of freedom and joy available when you risk releasing and expressing to others the genuine enthusiasm that lives inside you and is waiting to be let out.

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Honoring Zig Ziglar: “Avoid Stinkin’ Thinkin’…Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude”

“We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin’ thinkin,’
which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes.”

Meeting Zig Ziglar for the the first time in 1988 at the National Speakers Association Convention. Zig Ziglar and Mary Marcdante

The first time I heard the idea of “stinkin’ thinkin’” roll off the tongue of incomparable motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, I laughed and nodded and saw the faces of so many people I knew flash through my mind’s eyes. Little did I know I was beginning a lifelong adventure into breaking open and transforming my own stinkin’ thinkin’ about others, and more insidiously, myself.

Zig passed away today at the age of 86. What a gracious and inspiring human being who shaped so many industries, businesses, and individuals through his daily commitment to lifelong self-improvement.

For the past twenty-four years  since being awestruck when meeting him for the first time at a National Speakers Association convention, his perspective on having a positive attitude, being grateful, and living and giving with enthusiasm, has lived in the background of my work. Continue reading

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Inspired Action: Do You Have Inspiration Deficit Disorder?

“Success is not to be pursued;
it is to be attracted by the person you become.”

~ Jim Rohn ~

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This headline really got my attention this morning: Do You Have Inspiration Deficit Disorder?

While I’m not a fan of negative labeling, I’ve learned that most people are more apt to first pay attention to the problems in their lives and then how to solve them and wait for inspiration to arrive. If that’s you, stop waiting. What often happens is that we get stuck in retelling the problem instead of taking inspired action and creating an inspiring result.

For as long as I’ve been researching, speaking, consulting and coaching on how to stay inspired and enthusiastic through challenge and change, one of the most common “Yeah, but” responses I hear from people is that the idea of living an inspired life is a luxury to experience after you’ve slogged through the hard stuff rather than a necessity that will ease you through the hard times – and in some situations even prevent unnecessary hard times that we’ve self-created. What side of the fence is your mind leaning on? Continue reading

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