I want you to share your ideas and thoughts; I want you to disagree with me and tell me if you think there is a better way and show me! – Chalene Johnson
Up to the point in my life when I heard Chalene say the words above, I had yet to experience such a request for contradiction or opportunity to vocalize new ideas for the business in any of the large or small companies I had worked.
how cool is that
It’s hard at first when you are not used to voicing your unwarranted opinions, but she fostered the environment for us to grow, think and act on our own as well as a group. Over time, we were not only able to communicate ideas with our boss, but also with our managers and colleagues.
Seth Godin said, “Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” In true servant leadership style, this is exactly what Chalene does for her current staff, customers, friends, family, and her followers, which she refers to as her “Tribe.”
I had the great honor of working for Chalene and her husband Bret Johnson at their previous company Powder Blue Productions, for more than eight years. I can truthfully say that she is the kind of leader who pushes her team and others to do their best, find their strengths, and focus on them.
Chalene teaches people to recognize their comfort zone and then get out of it. She is genuine, kind, and cares about and prioritizes her family first (always). She gives back more than anyone will ever know and has an unyielding sense of humor.
about chalene johnson
Chalene was born and raised in Michigan. She is the daughter of an entrepreneur, and thus developed her entrepreneurial spirit. She states that it taught her “to go for things in life and to JUST DO IT!” She learned at a young age that she could recreate herself and offer specific services to people through her strengths. At the heart of what she does, she sees a problem, learns how to solve it, and shares her solutions and systems with others.
Before looking at some of her leadership strategies and best practices, let’s highlight just some of Chalene’s accolades.
Chalene is a motivational speaker, New York Times Best Selling author, and fitness celebrity. Chalene Johnson is the #1 female in direct marketing, the first female to host two #1 infomercials, and she has sold over 10 million DVDs.
Chalene is the former CEO of Powder Blue Productions and Turbo Wear. She has built and sold several multi-million dollar fitness and lifestyle companies. She is the CEO of a business and lifestyle coaching company, Team Johnson, where she has taught her personal and business development systems to hundreds of thousands of people.
Chalene has also shared the speaking stage with Brian Tracy, Eat That FrogBrendon Burchard and more. She has also made appearances on the popular television shows LIVE! With Kelly and Michael, and The Talk.
Everyone knows that one person who just livens up every room they’re in, motivating people to do things that they normally would not do. Chalene Johnson is that type of person, her leadership style is one of integrity and she takes a holistic approach. In addition, she manages to do so right from your living room television set, with her many motivational and life changing academies and DVDs.
the following is a list of this leader’s best practices for success in life and business
#1 find what makes you happy
Do you truly know what makes you happy? We believe that in society’s current state, people are too busy with work and responsibility to take a step back and think about what may be their true calling in life.
Chalene believes the same thing; she wants people to find what makes them happy and make an effort towards acting that out. In her case, her happiness comes from fitness and motivating others. She truly thrives on it. “Find your happy pill. Fitness is MY happy pill! How do you find your “happy” each day?”
#2 experience you, the true person that you are
Chalene believes in maintaining your true self. Often people will try to impress others by living, unlike their natural selves, either out of fear or for other reasons. You will only find happiness if you try to impress yourself, and only yourself. This creates confidence in you, which will make others naturally gravitate towards your being. It’s the secret sauce to charisma and many, if not all, successful leaders possess this trait.
#3 forever remain humble
Humility is an amazing trait to have, inversely, letting success get to your head isn’t a good character trait. While many would love to enjoy the spoils of monetary success (and there’s nothing wrong with that), it is important to remember where we come from and that the nature of physical success is volatile, whether it’s riches or health, it can leave you at any moment.
Real success is a state of mind. “Work [smart] and stay humble. Your bank account, body, status, association, house, cars, and clothes don’t make you any more valuable as a person: Be humble.”
#4 keep your eyes on your destination, like a hawk
Chalene Johnson believes in a term she likes to call “destination fixation,” it’s the process of always clearly visualizing your goals in your mind, the more you do it, the more the vision becomes clear and easier to achieve.
This method of thinking serves as a constant reminder of your goals and will help maintain the initial hunger that made you set out on your journey to success in the first place. “Where you look is where you go – it’s “destination fixation.”
#5 create your own definition of success
Success, while having a generic meaning to masses of people, cannot be defined as one thing on a personal level. When it comes to your own success, you have to define what it means to you and no one else. Once you’ve achieved an understanding of what success means to you, then it’s much easier to set out on a journey to achieve it.
“Look closely at the people whom you consider successful. Don’t just look at accomplishments, money, toys, stature, etc…look at all areas of their life. Look at how they live and the relationships they have. Now, picture YOUR ideal life. Would you be doing the things that you want to do, on your own time, with the people you want to do them with? What does success look like for you?”
#6 be authentic, “be you times two”
You talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? Being YOU and being authentic is a big driver for continued success. How can you motivate and lead others if you have not worked towards your own success first?
By striving for authenticity, there is an inner strength that exists when you know the words you share are not just empty regurgitations from someone else. What you share is YOU as you talk about your own experiences with success, failures, and your journey. These words will not only help others but will also serve as a backbone to your own life if you actually live by them.
Keep in mind that success is an ever-evolving paradigm, one where the journey itself can teach you more and make you stronger than the end goal itself. So work smart, work hard, and learn from it.
There are just so many quotable moments I have learned and heard from Chalene. So I find it fitting to conclude with one that she shares with others and practices herself:
Progress over perfection. Do your best and forget the rest. It’s not you against the world or some picture of perfection. It’s you working to be better than you were! And never forget that the vast majority of your work should be to strengthen your character, trust, loyalty, integrity, and resolve, because when the inside is as well developed as the outside (or maybe even more so) then YOU got it right. – Chalene Johnson
For More Information:
About Chalene: www.chalenejohnson.com
Chalene Johnsons Podcast: http://www.chalenejohnson.com/podcast
Chalene on Facebook: www.facebook.com/chalene
Chalene on Instagram: www.instagram.com/chalenejohnson
Chalene on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/chalenejohnson
Chalene on Twitter: www.twitter.com/chalenejohnson
Chalene on Youtube: www.youtube.com/chalenejohnson
Chalene on Periscope: www.periscope.tv/chalenejohnson