I’d like to introduce you to Michael Stull. Michael is the author of Dominate Your Day. 365 Daily Motivationals for Your Health and Inspiration.
Michael is a self-described speaker and presenter, wellness consultant, exercise physiologist, personal trainer, in-person and online health coach, strength and conditioning specialist, former collegiate basketball athlete, model and published author.
In all actuality, I’ve never met Michael. We’ve never shared a beverage, talked directly, and I wouldn’t claim to know him personally. Interestingly enough, I had no idea who @MichaelStull was until the end of 2017. Instead, we have simply exchanged thoughts, expressed in words, through our social channels and the books each of us have written.
This all began when Michael commented on a post in my Instagram feed and asked if it would be ok for him to send me a copy of his book. I have to admit that I was both reluctant and suspect at first. What was his angle? What did he want? Was this guy legit?
After some web and social channel searching it was apparent that all was good and I messaged him back letting him know that I’d appreciate receiving a copy of his book and thanked him. Take note… book titles matter and often times they are the sole reason people start reading. Given that I’m highly focused, love to expand my thinking beyond my own boundaries and I’m all about dominating my day so it doesn’t dominate me, the title of his book drew me in. It arrived within a couple of days with a personalized note of thanks.
Shortly after, I sent him my book. He recently read and recommended Beyond the Name to his community and after reading the daily discipline and inspiration of Dominate Your Day, I’d encourage you to consider reading his as well. As the back cover notes, “we can all benefit from better health and more positive motivation because our attitude is the most precious piece of real estate we own.” How true.
Think of Michael’s Book as a daily dose of self-awareness that leads to the insights that have the ability to cause us to take action. Just like Michael and I, you have the opportunity to build your network by building awareness.
- Give people something and ask them for nothing. Sending a book, an article link or blog/podcast RSS is a simple way to start.
- Become a person who is known for expressing appreciation and saying thank you. It takes no effort to be known as ungrateful. It takes only a small amount of your time and emphasis to value and recognize the efforts of people no matter how big or small. There’s a long tail on ungrateful that tends to limit the multiplication of people’s commitment to help you expand your network. Send thank you cards. Make personal calls of appreciation. Do something wonderfully unexpected. And if you constantly tell yourself you’ll do it tomorrow… you won’t.
- Help people maximize their capacity. This is about substance. It’s about the inputs someone needs to hear, rather than what they want to hear. Helping people increase their awareness around the strengths that they possess and the limitations that hold them back. Helping clients and customers evolve their understanding in a way that allows them to make better decisions and achieve better results and outcomes. Challenge people to be better for themselves, their families and their businesses.
Remember these important words from Michael Stull. A person I have never formally met and yet offered me the idea source for Thoughtwave this week. “You can!”
- How are you challenging people in the most important space of their headspace?
- How will you express appreciation and with who? Look for the opportunities moving forward.
- Who will you intentionally help to maximize their capacity? Be specific and invest in them.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments.