“Nashville is Rising” up to Pay it Forward to flood victims

Pay it Forward is a term that basically means to do for others, unselfishly, expecting nothing in return. And hopefully, who ever receives the “goodness” from others, will someday be able to pay it forward to someone else. And someday they too will do the same, and so on, and so on. It’s a wonderful attitude that benefits everyone.

Nashville, TN has been hit with the worst disaster that meteorologists are calling the 500-year flood, which caught thousands by surprise. As many as 90 percent of the homes hit by the waters did not have flood insurance, which makes financial healing just as important as physical cleanup. What are the communities doing to help each other? They are doing whatever they can in paying it forward!

Here are some super folks that have stepped up to the plate and to bat for others.

Super people…

Just ordinary folks like you and me giving their yard away… literally. You can find the goodness in people all around the Nashville area giving their stuff away right out on their yard… (which George Carlin said we’ve got too much “stuff” anyway). Except these aren’t “Yard Sales”, they are more like “Take my stuff for FREE sales”. It’s an attitude of gratitude that makes it all happen. This attitude is contagious!

Super stars…

Celebrities are some of the biggest philanthropists in the world. June 22nd some top names in the country music industry are getting together to raise money for the place they love and the people that call it home. Husband-and-wife hosts Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are paying it forward with “Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Recovery”. This mega country concert to help others will be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The lineup so far includes Tim and Faith, along with Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and others.

“The damage that we’ve seen to people’s homes and the effect that the flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable. But we’ve seen the spirit of our community firsthand, as volunteers, church groups and our local business leaders rally to help,” McGraw and Hill said in a statement.

“Nashville Rising” will benefit the Community Foundation, which provides philanthropic services in Middle Tennessee. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 14. More information is available at NashvilleRising.org.

Proceeds from the event are to go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a nonprofit group that provides philanthropic services.


Pay it Forward

Just Pay

it forward!

Can you imagine if everyone learned this in kindergarten? WOW… what a wonderful place we all would create! Pay it forward is an attitude that quietly yet powerfully speaks three things:

  1. I want to help someone without them asking me.
  2. I don’t want anything in return.
  3. Help others do the same.

Pay it forward is a unique method of changing the world for the better. It’s a way to help someone in any way that you can. It can be big and bold or small and simple. Create a chain of Pay it forwards when you tell the person you helped, to pay the favor forward. This creates an awesome movement of changing goodness with random acts to people you don’t even know.

The most important thing is that your goal is to make the world a better place, just one person at a time. These occur through random acts of kindness or RAOK. I encourage you to perform a RAOK at least one time each day and start the PIF (Pay it forward) movement.

How do you start?

Simply become aware of others around you. Here are some RAOK to help you want to get started in the PIF movement. These are sure to inspire you with goose bumps… a universal energy like the law of attraction that says, “YES, I like this!”

My four grown children were all home visiting this weekend so we decided to go out for brunch.  The centre of attention was my toddler granddaughter.  She had never had pancakes before so we were excited about her trying them. We each took turns digging in and also feeding it to the baby, who loved them.  There was a lovely environment at the table and lots of smiles.  As I was looking around the table, enjoying this wonderful scene, a gentleman at a nearby table caught my eye. Read More

It was 7 in the morning. I was on a train to another city when I struck up a conversation with a young professional sitting next to me. I gathered that he came from a farming family and was now doing exceptionally well in the IT industry. He also revealed that he was stressed and disconnected from his roots. He was kind enough to give me a window seat, help a co-passenger when he dropped his coffee, etc. Just small acts which showed what a good person he was. Read more…

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Randy speaks to schools around the country, as well as companies and management teams on RAOK and PIF. Her book, “Your Inner Swing,” shows how self-limiting beliefs can affect performance at work, in sports and even in one’s personal life. For more information, contact info@golfmindpower.com


Are you Nascar Ready?

NASCAR PIT CREW APPROACH – Change your work environment attitude!

NASCAR Racing has the largest fan base of any professional sport.

What lesson can we learn from this approach? NASCAR reaches out to its fans, and gives the sports fanatics’ real “skin in the game”. The NASCAR fan can actively experience the race and feel what the racecar driver is experiencing throughout the whole race. The fan can “connect” to their racecar driver.

Is your management team assessable to their employees, like the NASCAR driver is to their fan base?

Randy Friedman shares her NASCAR approach with employers to “reconnect” with their employees. Getting your employees participation and “buy-in” is critical to the overall success. Whether the employer is changing its corporate image, going IPO, reviving it’s mission statement, enhancing it’s safety program, or teaching better customer service skills, it is about “employee commitment and participation”.

Are your employees in the NASCAR race… to win?

Randy’s NASCAR Pit Crew Approach will incorporate many different parts of the NASCAR race, like teamwork needed in the pit, or the rules and flags waved throughout the race. Let Randy show your corporation how to keep your corporation running faster while on the track, and ultimately taking the checkered flag to win the race.

Is your team ready for the Ultimate Nascar approach to a winning season? Let Randy show you how! Contact us today!


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As a Golf Professional for many years at two prestigious country clubs just outside New York City and another in Palm Beach, Florida, I worked with many high rollers of the banking, the insurance and the wall street business world. They all had “skin in the game” on and off the golf course. They not only trusted me to teach them and their families, but I also ran, taught clinics and played at their corporate outings.

Now, as a motivational Speaker, corporate trainer and author or Your Inner Swing, I bring all the elements of the athletic mindset into companies worldwide. Now, more than ever, everyone needs to have “skin in the game” on the golf course and the work place.

Randy is a true motivational mentor. She has an abundance of positive energy and passion for helping others succeed. Any business would benefit greatly from her programs!

- Dr. Kenneth Goldman
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Get your business off the 1st tee: Hit more greens and sink more putts!

Company A is doing great! They have record-breaking profits this quarter, despite the economic downturn. Their turnover rates are low and employees are motivated to succeed. Company B, on the other hand, is struggling. They have low employee morale, high turnover rates and profits are sagging. What could Company A be doing that Company B is not?

The people at Company A apply the skills they’ve learned on the golf course to their business. Not only is golf a great networking tool, but it also teaches many important business lessons. Fortune 500 companies like FedEx, Bank of America, Coca-Cola, Kodak and many others know the power of golf. They’ve put their money into the PGA Tour for three main reasons:

1.   They know the power of brand association consumers make with the winning values of golf.

2.   They know the relationship potential golf has in the business world.

3.   They get the experience to play with golf professionals and corporate executives in Pro/Am events.

So, even if you’re not a golfer, how can you take the lessons and skills learned on the course and apply them? Here are a few insider tricks and techniques to apply to your company:

Anyone can get off the first tee … the question is, are they effective?

Think of the first tee in golf as the start of any project, job or plan in business. It’s where everything starts. It’s the place where you feel an offensive attitude like, “give me the ball, I want to play” or a defensive one like, “don’t throw me the ball, I’m not any good.”

It is your business attitude that will either help you hit down the middle of the fairway or slice it out-of-bounds. Your vision can give you a head’s up on the competition. Here are some tips for creating a clear vision to get your business team off the tee more efficiently.

  • Create a mission/vision statement. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Here is an example of a Fortune 500 company that has done this well.

Company: AutoNation

Slogan/Motto: Driven to be the best

Mission Statement: To be America’s best run, most profitable automotive retailer.

Description: AutoNation is at present one of the leading car dealers in the U.S., selling new and used automobiles, car parts, vehicle insurance and warranty, as well as doing repairs and other bodywork.

How do we hit more greens in golf – and make more “green” in business? It’s all about course management! In golf, course management is how to think your way around the course. The better players take risks when it is calculated in their favor. They get back in play when a shot goes astray, and they score when they are in position to take the shot.

In business, the course management is usually defined by the team leader or supervisor. Goals define your direction, and sharing your goals with others will help you hit the small targets to reach your ultimate goal.

Here are some tips on hitting and making “the green.”

  • Work with your caddy. In business, this means sharing the vision with the rest of your company. You are only as strong as the team supporting and cheering you on. Check in with your staff members regularly, and preferably on a weekly basis.
  • Make sure your equipment fits. In golf, it’s important that clubs fit you – not the other way around. In business your processes, technology and equipment should fit your needs and be up-to-date. Do your employees feel like their time is wasted with outdated procedures and equipment?
  • Love every club in your bag - and every member on your team! Each employee has specific gifts and talents to bring to the table. Did you know if there is a club in your bag that you never use because you really don’t like it, it brings your game down? It’s giving off negative energy you are probably not aware of. It’s the same with your employees. So, you have two choices:

1.   Take it out of your bag and replace it with something you do like: Remove the negative employee and replace him with someone who brings a more positive energy to the team

2.   Start thinking, “I love this club”: Change your way of thinking to focus on the positive “I may not love this person, but they bring ____________ to the team… or they bring an element to this company that we need.”

  • Hit the shot when you are ready. Your pre-shot routine will let you know when you are ready. If you don’t have a routine you have nothing to fall back on when the pressure is on. In business, your pre-shot routine may be a short, motivational meeting before your client comes into the office, or a pep talk you have with your sales representatives when you go to a client lunch. It could be a weekly meeting with your staff to check in on company goals. Whatever it is, create a routine and stick to it. You will you feel ready to accomplish anything!
  • Take enough club! Your pre-shot routine will help you make the game more routine. But if your ego gets in the way thinking, you’ll start to believe you can muscle your way around the course. Most amateur golfers think they can hit the ball farther than they do. They will come up short, finding themselves in the water or in a bunker (what many golfers call “sand traps”… FYI, animals get trapped, golfers get in and out of bunkers). In business, don’t come up short by letting your ego get in your way.
  • How to sink more putts… or in business terms, how to close the deal! In golf, you have 18 chances to make a mark, sink the putt and get ahead of the rest of the field. In business, it’s essential to take the shot when you are in the right position. Here are some ways to sink more putts:
  • Get off the driving range hitting just your driver,and focus your time and energy on the practice green. Did you know 50 – 60 percent of the game takes place in the short game? Putting is the one part of the game that requires brains over brawn. Similarly, in business, much of your success is about making sure the little things get done. Your business goals are made up of smaller goals or targets. If you’re not hitting the smaller targets first, then you can’t make the bigger goals happen – then, you’re defeating the team.
  • Love your putter. If you say you hate your putter, there is no way it will work for you at optimum performance. The moment you love the tool you are using it becomes even better in your hands. Similarly, you must love your product, service and company. Even if you’ve had a bad day at the office, think positive thoughts about your situation and elevate your actions with the power of your mind.
  • Visualize yourself making the putt, making the sale or seeing your client happy with your product or service. Acting as if you’ve already seen the outcome is a powerful tool top athletes use in every sport.
  • Believe you are the best putter or salesman in the world! It is this inner belief in yourself that brings you success in all you do. Your inner attitude will help you sink the putt, close the sale or make the deal that drives you toward success.

Getting off the first tee, hitting more greens and sinking more putts begins with an inner belief that says, “I can do this.” The most successful companies in the world know this… just ask Nike!

About the author:

Randy Friedman is a corporate golf professional, speaker and founder of Golf Mind Power. She  coaches management, workers compensation as well as other insurance businesses to better risk and loss ratio performance from the ground up. Her book, “Your Inner Swing,” shows how self-limiting beliefs can affect performance at work, in sports and even in one’s personal life. For more information, contact randy@golfmindpower.com or call 203-240-7828.


Golf mind power beyond the course

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November 2007

The word “mind”, is any thought conscious or subconscious. “Power” means strength or having strength. So Mind Power is having a strong thought. For our purpose in golf (and life for that matter) I am talking about your strong subconscious thoughts.

When most students came to me to take a golf lesson they already had a preconceived notion of what they wanted to learn. We would spend the first ten minutes (five if I cut them off) of the lesson discussing what they thought I should teach them. I often thought to myself, “Why do they think they need me if they already know all the answers?” Of course in reality they usually weren’t close to knowing what the needed to improve their golf. I guess that’s human nature to want to assist the learning process.

Over-instructed and over-technical!
Taking too many lessons (from different instructors) without practicing, and reading too many golf instruction (swing) articles can make anyone crazy. Then bringing that new knowledge to the course the next day to “try” to implement it may work for a day, but can’t continue unless it is ingrained for 21 days or more.

Most golfers need more mind power programming, and to just get out and play the game!
I gave most of my students lessons on the golf course. Why? Where is the game played… on the range or on the golf course? Of course you need the fundamentals, and some instruction should be on the range and especially short game area, but… get out and play! I heard a Ben Hogan quote years ago that always stuck with me. When he was asked what was his secret to success? His comment was, “You’ve got to dig it out of the ground”. Meaning, get out there and figure it out. I am not saying to spend every waking hour trying to find your game on your own. I believe what Hogan was saying, was what Mind Power really comes down to. Your conscious thoughts MUST quiet down at some point in order to play “in the zone”. Playing in the zone or on automatic pilot is when your subconscious mind takes over and frees you to get out of your own way!

When you believe a thought, it’s yours! You can always change your mind later. When it comes to playing golf, in that moment of impact, you better believe “you can” or you won’t! The moment you change your mind mid swing, you change your actions. The Law of Attraction states, “what you think about, you bring about”. Have you ever hit a 75 yard shot over water that somehow found the water instead of the green? “Now how did that happen?” you said after the fact. What do you think your thought was? If it was anything but “hit the green”, your ball was more likely seeking the water!

The subconscious mind does not judge your thoughts.
Whatever your thought was before you hit the shot you tend to believe. If the last time you missed a two foot putt you told yourself you’re an idiot, the next time you have a two-footer, your subconscious mind will remind you that you’re an idiot… kind of like an obnoxious parrot! “You’re and idiot, you’re an idiot, raahh… you missed this putt last time, you’ll miss it again, raahh!”

Be your own best cheerleader!
What would you tell your buddy if he or she missed a two foot putt? “That’s okay, you put a good roll on it” or “Wow, I thought you had that one!” Guess what? That’s the voice you need to give yourself when you miss a shot. Remember, your subconscious will respond accordingly to what you say and think. “Yeh, I did put a good roll on that”, or “hmmm, that felt like a great putt… oh well”. And next time you have that same putt, you now have a chance to make it! Get, Your Inner Swing to get the scoop on how the mental game should be helping you.

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