Top 5 Business Lessons From Strictly Come Dancing

No doubt you’ve all seen the teaser ads for the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing. Whether you love or loathe the sequins, the tight trousers and disco lights, there are great business lessons to be gleaned from a twirl on the dance floor!

Here are the top 5 business steps to learn:

1. Be Open to Learning

To be successful in business it is vital to keep learning. When you learn and take action on what you’ve learnt, you will grow. Watch as the Strictly contestants develop over the coming weeks and you will see the ones who really listen to the professional instructors. Because they listen and learn to the dance instructor or mentor, they will become better performers, like you do in business when you work with a mentor.

2. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Even though all the Strictly contestants are celebrities, learning to dance and to perform in front of an audience of millions will take many of them far beyond their comfort zone. In business when you stay safe what happens? Nothing. Business throws up a whole host of new learning experiences. Like the contestants who will have to learn new steps and styles, you will have high and low times.

Challenge yourself to break out of your safety zone and make your business become one of the best experiences of your life.

3. Flaunt It

Play to your strengths and play high. Go an extra mile to showcase your talents and skills. Each one of the Strictly contestants wants to dance the best performance of their lives every time they step onto the big stage. So too in business you must know how to sell the performance to achieve success.

4. See Yourself Holding the Prize

Have self belief that you will achieve the goals you have set yourself. From the start of the contest you will quickly see two or three stars who dance like winners. Displayed in each step they take, every turn made, and by the expression on their face, they will stand out because they believe they can win the prize. Do you see yourself holding the prize for your business?

5. Face Your Fear

Celebrities don’t get stage fright do they? They most certainly do. Because they aim to achieve the best performance each time, whilst remembering to make all right moves, they are probably terrified before they arrive on the stage. But what do they do? They step up, face the fear and dance to their heart’s content!

Channel your fears into something exciting to dance your business toward success.

Have fun and enjoy the show. Turn on the lights, turn up the music, get into the groove and keep your focus on your business prize.

LeapFrog Learn and Groove Table: An Incredible Musical Table For Your Little One

A good children’s toy should be both entertaining and educational. Nowadays, you can easily find numerous toys created to both entertain and educate your child; one of them is the LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table. This toy is produced by LeapFrog, a notable children’s toy manufacturer. It comes with songs and real instrument sounds to stimulate your baby’s hearing. In addition, this product also has many things that your baby can slide, spin, open and close. By switching the pages of the book in the middle of the table, your baby can switch between the Learning Mode and the Music Mode. It is suitable for babies older than 6 months.

The dimensions of the table are 5.5 x 15.4 x 22.9 inches and it weighs about 8.5 pounds. The table legs are adjustable so that your child can play with it while sitting down or standing up. As your baby grows, the adjustable legs also make it easy for your child to play with the musical table. The games and songs are available in two languages: English and Spanish. The dual language option is a great feature to introduce your baby to different languages. This musical table is a toy that is specifically designed to stimulate the sensory, auditory, and motor senses of your child. It features 15 activities and 40 songs to keep your little one busy for hours.

Nowadays, children’s toys are more sophisticated than the ones we had back in our childhood days and LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table is no exception. This musical toy offers numerous features that will both entertain and educate your children. The plastic-molded table is also very sturdy and durable.

With this attractive toy, your baby can get fun 15 activities. The ABC song will be played as your baby spins the maraca. To educate your little one about different colors, let him play with the colored piano. You can also teach your baby to count until ten by moving the trombone’s slides. Then, you can play the 40 songs and melodies to your baby by switching from the Learning Mode to the Music Mode.

There are many things to learn with this musical table. With all of the attractive activities, it helps your baby to exercise his memory and problem-solving skills. This toy requires 3 AA batteries which can be purchased separately. LeapFrog Learn and Groove Table is totally the perfect gift for your precious child. You can purchase this product online and get discounted shipping rate from major online retailers.

Doctor, Are You In Your Career Groove? Three Indicators to Look At

I recently spent a long weekend visiting my parents in Albuquerque and while I was getting ready for my daily morning walk, I heard a familiar voice blaring from their 3 television sets that reminded me how sweet it is to be in your “career groove.”

The clarion call I heard was this: “Come on down!”

The voice was Rod Roddy, side-kick to 83-year old master of MCs, Bob Barker, the 30-year veteran host of “The Price is Right.”

Every time I visit my parents I get my regular dose of Bob Barker (my parents are close to his age and are huge “Bob” fans). Plus I get to marvel at Bob Barker’s authentic energy.

Barker is a vivid and marvelous poster-gentleman for a unique human situation that few people achieve. What is that situation? No, it’s not the money. It’s something more significant:

Bob is a guy who is completely in his “career groove.”

What is a Career Groove and Why Should You Care?

So what exactly does it mean to be in your career groove?

  • For one it means you love your work so much, you can keep on doing it and loving it all the way into retirement and beyond.
  • And it means one more thing: what you’re doing is perfectly aligned with your natural gifts and talents. You bring your WHOLE self to work.

So, what does it matter to you or anyone if you’re NOT in your career groove? It matters foremost to you, and secondarily to your community.

Where are you on the “Joy-Meter?”

From my perspective, a lot of physicians and professionals live their life somewhere between “outwardly successful but not completely content” and “professionally constrained and wanting more.”

Life goes on, years pass, children grow up, you take vacations, you get a new car, you sit on a hospital committee, you go to a continue-ed conference.

I knew a physician once many years ago who at the end of each day would count down: “Only 11 years, 5 months and 3 days to go before I retire.” He took vacations and went skiing, had a nice family remarried . . . and yet he was sadlyresigned to the countdown.

Not being in your career groove doesn’t mean that you are experiencing a career crisis or even burnout—but something important is missing.

That missing element is this:

The opportunity to be MORE COMPLETELY engaged (body, mind, spirit) and more completely OF SERVICE to the world.

It is from that level of engagement that we experience pure joy.

“Career Groove Indicators” – See Where You Are

Here are three indicators to gauge how muchyou are in own Career Groove — and in a future article, I’ll share some thoughts on how to “get your groove back.”

Career Groove Indicator

Scoring: For each Indicator Statement score yourself as follows

  • 3 points: I am completely aligned
  • 2 points: I want to be aligned, and am in the process of taking steps now to be completely aligned
  • 1 point: I want to be aligned, but not sure of the next steps

Career Groove Indicator #1:

I look forward to every day and look ahead to the near horizon with a sense of optimism.

Career Groove Indicator #2:

I am developing mastery in some aspect of my work—mastery based on recognition of my passion, natural talents and gifts.

Note: your mastery can be in a clinical area, a leadership domain, a communication skill , a creative path, or something unrelated to your current work . Career Groove Indicator #3:

I have no regrets about the course my life is taking right at this moment and feel grateful for everything and everyone around me.

Note: One way to answer this is, What if you or a loved one were struck down; are you focusing your energy on what you care about most? What barriers do you want to remove, or conversations do you need to have, or actions would you take in order to feel “no regrets”?

What does your score indicate?

If you scored between 8 and 9: Congratulations! You’re in your career groove or heading fast in that direction. Find someone to mentor!

If you scored between 6 and 7: Your career groove is not far away. You know what to do next, so what is holding you back?

If you scored between 3 and 5: Your desire is strong, but if the “next steps” elude you, it’s time to seek outside help.

You might be asking yourself: But as a doctor, am I not already “being of service” to the world, and isn’t that “groove” enough?

The answer is No, Yes, and Maybe:

  • No, if you’re not spiritually engaged in what you’re doing,
  • Yes, if you are completely engaged, and
  • Maybe, if can bring your total repertoire of natural talents, strengths and gifts to work every day

So why not go for gold and “pure joy”?

In a future issue I will delve deeper into how to find your career groove and ways to get aligned. In the meantime think about what natural strengths, talents or gifts you were meant to share with world. Once you put these to serve, PURE JOY is the natural by-product!