By Nadine Lajoie, Special fro USDR
According to a Statistics Canada study performed in 2010, one of four people consider themselves stressed and 60% of them say it is work-related. Nadine Lajoie, a multi-talented businesswoman and an international renowned leadership speaker, is addressing the problem in many corporations around the world.
Nadine spoke at Statistics Canada on March 3, 2014 in Ottawa and employees had the privilege to watch the captivating event live on their desktop.
During her speech, she shared the tools and strategies from her #1 best-selling book entitled “Win the Race of Life with Balance and Passion at 180 mph.” She then individually discussed the topics listed below with a strong sense of encouragement.
- Stop Being a Perfectionist and Aim for Excellence
- Organize your Schedule to Have More Balance and Freedom
- Reduce Stress with A Few Simple Techniques
- Break through your Life Patterns and Roadblocks Successfully
“Wellness is a question of balance between life, business, and reaching for your dreams. When you feel that you’re stuck in an enclosed space with no aspirations in mind, you don’t want to live each day of your life and then wake up to face life that has lost its meaning and direction. When I was 25, I wanted to commit suicide because of that ordeal that I went through. In time, I discovered my ‘IN-Power’ and decided to live my life at 180 mph”, said Nadine Lajoie, also an ex-champion motorcycle racer and retired financial planner. After that episode 18 years ago, she started her financial business, Lajoie des Finances, Inc. at l’Ile-Perrot, which is now managed by her vice-president, Patrick Masse.
Nadine also added, “Preparing a plan of action for wellness in the working place is of great significance for every employee. People can use what I call the RACING system, which I also teach to employees from corporations when I do my workshops. We need to put our personal, professional, and spiritual life in equilibrium and we can do that with the help of my RACING system. If they are not on par with each other then our level of functioning decreases, thus, we tend to work less efficiently and effectively. If you are on a motorcycle race and you are not well propped up on your bike, you can’t go at 180 mph, your bike will not keep you on the road for long and eventually, you will lose. The same goes with your life if everything appears to be topsy-turvy.
I used to be a perfectionist. I wanted everything to go smoothly as planned with no errors. When I got graded 90 in class, I was so grief-stricken that I rushed home while shedding tears of sadness. Aiming to be outstanding will do no good to our health. Our capability to function mentally and emotionally is impaired due to the fact that we crave perfection. Always yearning for more than what we can do will do nothing but destroy our inner sense of self, which then puts a stop to us performing well at work.
There’s no need to be excellent at everything. Perfection is reaching your goal and getting 100% while Excellence is only 80%, but when you desire to get the remaining 20%, you will indeed waste 80% of your time chasing something that will just make
you more frustrated. Life is too short to spend time aiming for perfection. Don’t let it get to you.
You can excel in various other things and still be on top of your source of fun. It’s not about winning and overcoming the opposition with a gold medal hanging from your neck; it’s about appreciating what life has to offer and be sportingly happy, and not seek for ultimate excellence.
Sad to say that the current society we deal with nowis at odds with what I wanted back then.Most of the people settle for less to average, and they just stay there. They function at only 40-50% of what they could really do so it would be better to instill a bit of excellence. Not wanting too much or choosing to accept your current status is now a good sign of staying in peace and aligning your personal, professional and spiritual balance. There will be more time for you to relish moments with family and friends, and be less unhappy. This will helpyou control yourself in a way so that you’re not pushing yourself beyond your limits.
This reminds me of a fable written by Aesop. It was entitled “The Frog and the Ox.” It is a story about a little frog telling his father that he saw a monster that was as big as a mountain with horns on its head, a long tail and was cloven-hooved. The father, acting well pleased with himself, told his son that the ox wasn’t that big as he thought it was and that he could easily make himself that big and he blew himself out, expanding his chest until he exploded to his death.
Turning yourself into someone or something else, just so you can be second to none will just ruin you. You don’t need to be too good to be true. Being incomparable isn’t something that you should strive to achieve.
International Award-Winning Entrepreneur (16 awards), Speaker and America’s High Speed Success Coach, Nadine Lajoie (pronounced lage-wah) was retired and millionaire at age 41 and also became a “Champion Motorcycle Racer who Sings like an Angel”, Radio Host and Co-Founder of “Teen CEO Reality TV Show”. She trains and “IN-Powers” entrepreneurs worldwide to ACHIEVE high performance, ACCELERATE success, INCREASE Productivity and BUILD systems, with her “Prosperity R.A.C.I.N.G System™”. Nadine is also the founder of the ultimate experience “R.A.C.I.N.G. TO SUCCESS™”, the world premiere leadership training at the racetrack for business and entrepreneurs, where her energy, knowledge and experience will guide and TRANSFORM you at 180 mph!
Featured on USA Today, ABC, FOX and CBS Money Watch, #1 Best-Selling Author of “Win The Race of Life”, 4 times Book Award finalist (USA/London), she also co-authored with Les Brown, another #1 Best-Seller book: ”Fight for your Dreams”. Nadine was featured in magazines along with Oprah Winfrey, Donald Trump and Zig Ziglar and shared big stages like TEDx, California Women’s Conference, among Top Speakers in the Country like Jamie Lee Curtis, Les Brown, Tom Hopkins, Marcia Cross, Jeane Houston, Marianne Williamson, Stedman Graham, Michael B. Beckwith, Dr. John Gray, Adam Markel, BernyDohrmann, just to name a few.