Diligent Preparation

By Krystal Zellmer

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” – Abraham Lincoln

What an incredible quote from Abraham Lincoln, so much wisdom in one line. I don’t know about you, but when I read this for the first time, I completely agreed. Proper preparation sets you up to win in life. After I read this, I began to think, “How often do I actually execute this level of diligent preparation?”

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Developing an Attitude of Abundance

A Brian Klemmer original

How can we switch from a scarcity mindset to an attitude of abundance?

One key is to recognize opportunities. Here’s a story that illustrates this. Once there was a fisherman who caught a large fish. Bringing out his ruler, the man measured his catch: twenty inches. The man threw the fish back. Soon after, his rod wiggled again. This fish measured only five inches and the fisherman dropped it into his bucket. And so it went. The fisherman kept every fish under twelve inches and threw back every fish of greater size. Finally, a nearby fisherman could no longer hide his disbelief. “You keep throwing back the fish larger than twelve inches,” he said. “Why the heck are you doing that?” Read More…

The Ultimate Sales Formula

A Brian Klemmer original

What is your reaction when you hear the word sales? If you’re like many of the people I encounter, you have a negative view of sales. But I think this is a strange attitude to have, because ultimately everybody is in sales. If you’ve ever been on a date, you sold someone on asking you out, or on saying yes to your request. If you’ve ever gotten married, you participated in a big sale! Or, if you’ve ever succeeded in comforting someone who’s feeling bad, then you also participated in a sale.

Sales, from my viewpoint, is one of the most critical skills to learn if we want to be effective as parents, managers, community activists, or leaders in any other role.

If this concept is so important, then why do so many have a negative Read More…

5 Important Reasons to Take a Hint from Winter and Chill Out!

Do you ever feel like life is too intense, fast-paced, or out-of-control? You have goals to reach, deadlines to meet, and appointments to keep. Rushing from activity to activity, sometimes you barely having time to think, eat, or sleep. From time to time you entertain the idea of slowing down a little, but then, you feel guilty. What a waste of time that would be! Think about how much productivity you might squeeze out of those precious seconds. We live in a culture that applauds achievement at any cost, and busyness is looked on as a virtue.

If this describes your life, then it’s time, along with the rest of us, to take a hint from winter. Looking out on a frozen, snow-covered landscape, it doesn’t look like much is going on. Trees are bare, the ground is hard, very little is green, and there aren’t many signs of animal life, either. In fact, it looks like almost everything is dead.

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Getting Back in Balance

By Brian Klemmer 

Wherever I go, it seems as if people want balance in their lives. They’re working hard and find it difficult to juggle all the different areas they are involved in. Part of this has to do with focus, which I address in my book The Compassionate Samurai. The need for developing balance in the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual parts of our lives is discussed in my book If How-To’s Were Enough We Would All Be Skinny, Rich and Happy! (pages 104-114). Let’s expand on these thoughts.

When we’re in balance, we have greater power and peace of mind. The first time I rated these four aspects of my life, I was very strong on the mental and physical sides, but my spiritual and emotional development was weak. I found that Read More…

Accountability for Extraordinary Goal Achievements

By Rosie Bank

Klemmer attracts many people who are in business for themselves. Why? Because entrepreneurs are often oriented toward personal and professional development. They are exactly the kind of individuals who would flock to a leadership training company like Klemmer. Also, people who are in business for themselves frequently seek a good stretch because we know that the prizes are slightly beyond our reach, but within our sight. I may be short in stature but I strive to be tall by stretching to the next level in my business. I know I am not alone in having experienced some of the most significant personal stretches of my entire life while going through all tiers of the Klemmer seminar series.

Today in business, it is no longer acceptable to be good enough. You must be extraordinary. One of the differences between average and exceptional people is Read More…

The Secret to Playing Full Out, Part Two

Do you yearn to live a life without fear and hesitation?

In our last newsletter we introduced the secret to playing full out with a discussion about operating out of our beingness.  Living from the place of knowing that we are whole, unique individuals — rather than from our egos and the perspective of having to fill up our lives with externals in order to be something — frees us to take risks and opens up our creativity.  That shift in thinking allows us to play full out.  What other aspects are involved in the art of playing full out?

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The Secret of Playing Full Out – Part One

Why did you originally choose to attend Klemmer workshops?  Were you looking for something more in your life, perhaps in the form of relationships, achieving goals, blasting past personal barriers that were hindering you?  In our last newsletter we talked about Curtis, who had achieved a lot of his goals, yet still felt unfulfilled.  Maybe you can relate to him, having also tried to remedy that feeling by reaching for higher and higher goals and ending in the cycle of More, Better, Different.  Or maybe your goals have eluded you.  Your chosen direction has proven to be more difficult than you imagined and now you’ve pulled back and are not playing full out.  Maybe you’ve given up altogether.

When we try to fill ourselves up with something external to ourselves we eventually face these outcomes.  How do we live then, instead, from our beingness? Read More…

I LOVE my life!

“I LOVE my life!” Many of you have heard me say this during a seminar or simply while in conversation with me. It’s a true statement. I love my life and an enormous part of that is loving the work that I do. As many of you know, I determined over 15 years ago that I would work for Klemmer as a facilitator. Little did I know that intention had an even bigger vision attached to it.

Five years ago, Krystal and I purchased the company because we did not want the Klemmer work to end after Brian Klemmer’s untimely death. We could not imagine a world where Klemmer tools were not taught and used. And, we were fully committed to creating a world that works for everyone with no one left out. Now, as we look back at this decision, the changes, the struggles, the sacrifices and the wins – we know without a doubt that we did the right thing.

Over the years, Klemmer has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives through our seminars and our belief in the traits of a Compassionate Samurai. We do not simply teach these ideals, we do our best to live them daily. Our friend and mentor Jim Stovall (President of Narrative Television Network as well as a published author of many books including The Ultimate Gift.  He is also a columnist and motivational speaker) had this to say about Klemmer in his recent newsletter:

“My late, great friend and colleague Brian Klemmer wrote an influential book entitled The Compassionate Samurai.  He hosted an international conference several times each year until his passing, and the conference continues as a significant part of his legacy.  Brian’s theory was that there are two kinds of people in the world:  compassionate individuals who have great hearts, and powerful people he called samurai who have a lot of control and influence.  He felt that when you can combine compassion and power, you can change the world for the better. 

Twice each year, I continue to travel to a small island in Mission Bay near San Diego where both powerful and compassionate people from around the world gather to explore how to maximize their gifts.  I have given over 40 speeches to this organization and believe my work with these unique people to be among the most fruitful of my career.”

Jim’s sentiments echo our own. The work we have done within the Klemmer organization has been the most powerful and fruitful of our careers! We get excited seeing lives change, people grow and dreams come true. Every day is a unique opportunity for us to learn, grow, serve and love.

Klemmer has a lot of new and exciting things on the horizon! We will be doing everything from introducing our new brand and creating a new website to customizing a platform that will include and benefit all of our grads. Stay tuned for more information!

As we’ve been writing this letter it occurred to us that a blog or note from us on a consistent basis would interest the grad base. We would love to get your feedback on topics and ideas you would like to hear about from us. If you have an idea or a topic, please email kristie@klemmer so she can create a list for us.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your support of Klemmer, our programs and our mission! It’s because of people like you that we all WIN every day!

In gratitude,

Kimberly Zink & Krystal Zellmer

Do You Practice the Art of Being With?

Would you like to be more efficient, more effective, more intimate? Then join us in learning the art of being with.

Being with is a way of listening to people. It’s listening to others without any filters up. One filter compares whatever is said to your own personal experience. Another filter is listening with an agenda in mind, wondering what you’re going to get out of the conversation. There’s also the “right/wrong” filter where we constantly assess I’m right/they’re right, or I’m right/they’re wrong, etc. When you practice being with, you are present without any filters between you and the other person.

You are also present as a whole person. Every person is made up of a mind, body, feelings, and spiritual nature. When you’re being with, all four of these are present in the moment.

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