Make The Right Choice

One of the most impactful and most underused faculties we possess as human beings is the power to choose. We can choose our thoughts, our emotions and our behaviors.

It isn’t always easy. We have been programmed and conditioned into certain behaviors since birth. Parents, teachers, peers – they all had their opinions on how we should live our lives, and since we trusted their judgment we employed their tactics.

We make 35,000 decisions a day. That’s a whopping number, so our conscious mind delegates most of those decisions to our subconscious, which acts on autopilot and defaults the decision to what it has stored as our preferred response. For that reason, so many of our results, good or bad, depend entirely on that programming. Considering most of the programming was done by someone else, isn’t it time we took a look at the conditions our subconscious mind is working under?

Every decision we make takes us down one path or another. When we become consciously aware of the choices we are making we can turn those decisions into ones that support our mission for success. Bit by bit, we reprogram our subconscious until it operates on an autopilot that effortlessly and smoothly makes every decision in accordance with what is for our highest and best.

Nutritional choices become easy. Financial decisions yield greater results. The people we associate with bring more value to our lives and careers. All because we change the way we think.

It helps to first know how our mind works. We don’t need to be psychologists, it’s enough to understand the basics! Essentially we take in information through our intellect or conscious mind, specifically through our senses and intuition.  This information is then arranged by our perception and judgment, and analyzed by our thinking and feeling tools. Our conscious mind employs the power of choice to formulate a response to that information, and sometimes the response is to delegate the decision to subconscious programming, forming habits and paradigms.

Through mindful observation of our thoughts we start to recognize the patterns that create the paradigms that control our results. Perhaps we notice that when we think about money, for example, we dwell more on the lack of it than the opportunities for growth. Perhaps we notice that we think more often about obstacles than solutions. Perhaps we think about how we’re not good enough, or not worthy, or not able…

And once we notice how we’re thinking, then we can set about changing those patterns. It takes discipline to begin with, and it helps to have a toolbox of tried and tested techniques for treating our automatic negative thoughts. It helps even more to have a mentor to work with.

With conscious and focused efforts towards learning how to think, we find our decisions become effortless and our results are seriously impacted. It can be done by anyone. Anyone!! And it takes no time out of your day because your brain was going to be doing the thinking anyway.

Desire to change, invest in the development of your greatest asset, and discipline your thoughts to focus on your success. This is how you become your best self and raise your thinking to the level that matches the results you desire.

Learn how to change your thinking at “Think Like a Leader”, an immersive and life-changing event at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota on 28 April 2016. For more information, click here.


Emerging entrepreneurs Matt and Elizabeth A. A. Wilson ignite the field of personal leadership and success training through their holistic and immersive flagship program: “Excelsior.”

(SARASOTA, FL | MARCH 10, 2016) – Sarasota residents Matt and Elizabeth A. A. Wilson grew weary of their traditional corporate career paths in the U.S. and abroad, and decided to embark on an entirely new future for themselves and those they coach, founding the Academy of Success and Leadership in early 2016. The couple, who are partners in life and work, have taken their 15+ years of higher education and corporate strategy backgrounds to launch a science-based, holistic, and immersive training program founded on the principals of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®.)

Unlike the “one-size-fits-all” professional development workshops so many organizations use, the A.A. Wilson’s have transformed conventional training models into motivational, skills-based and customized learning experiences with defined outcomes, creating an individual journey path to lead each learner toward their unique leadership style.

Matthew, a certified MBTI® trainer, explains it this way: “While the Academy’s curriculum is based on hard-core scientific principles and ancient wisdom, the differentiator to our training is the blending of immersive, hands-on exercises that are designed specifically for each person. Elizabeth and I use teachings on thought and consciousness so far neglected in mainstream education, plus inspiring real-life success stories and both sides of the brain.” 

The dynamic Academy team works with its clients to define and explore each individual's unique path to leadership through energetic coaching sessions that build the necessary skills to create an actionable success roadmap optimizing each learner's personal leadership style.

On Thursday, April 28, from 9am to 2pm at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the Academy will present: "Think Like a Leader" - a primer of its flagship Excelsior training program. Tickets for this exclusive session are just $95 per person, which includes lunch, networking and a 5-module course. Event Details: Purchase Tickets Online:  

 For a free consultation on how the Academy can help your organization, and to receive more information about sponsoring or attending the April 28th “Think Like a Leader” seminar, contact Matt at 941.779.4229.


The Academy trainers share their philosophies on the new training model in this weekly leadership and success blog, publishing each Wednesday:


The Academy for Success and Leadership has developed teachings and techniques for clients to use at home and at work creating an extension of knowledge and skills into their community and beyond. By creating mindful leaders Excelsior can help clients discover their own true style of leadership and their true style in life. Using the skills and techniques learned during the Excelsior program attendees will have the power to create an environment of progress and expansion everywhere they tread.


·         Increased retention of personnel/students

·         Increased confidence

·         Improved communication within teams

·         Improved communication between departments

·         Reduced stress and conflict

·         Improved conflict management



On April 28, 2016 from 9am – 2pm, the Academy of Success and Leadership (ASaL) will present “Think Like a Leader” at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This holistic, hands-on leadership and networking seminar is the first presentation of the company’s proprietary, flagship “Excelsior” training program, which is designed to explore an individual’s unique path to leadership, confidence, knowledge, and skill to guide them towards their personal leadership style. 

 Excelsior is a holistic approach to guiding clients through their deeper self to discover their potential for leadership and success. The program encompasses teachings about mind, thought, environment, goals and much more. Through self-analysis and self-actualization, attendees will discover the leadership traits they already possess and learn how to use their strengths confidently and with purpose.

 Seats are limited and can be purchased for $95 at

You're NOT a Real Leader Unless You Know Yourself

“Leadership” is an overused word that may seem arbitrary to most people. In the workplace the term itself becomes obscure when muddled with management training, as leadership and management pertain to traits that actually have little to do with each other…

Instead of looking to reference books for definitions on what leadership actually is and how we can “fit” into the accepted leadership styles, we should turn our gaze inward and examine the inner traits we possess as individuals. Once we understand who we really are we can begin to develop the sides of our personality that make us great leaders.

We all know the importance of “Being Positive” or having a “Can-Do Attitude”. But how many of us truly understand the actual psychological mechanics of these statements and how they apply to leadership? True positivity is an elixir for the inner leader, but it is not achieved by feigning a chipper disposition if we are not leading in a way that fulfills us. On the contrary—attempting to act out a leadership style that is contrary to our natural preferences while forcing a positive attitude can actually focus energy towards the friction caused by that misalignment and not towards the desired result.

So, how do we achieve a positive, productive and natural leadership style that encourages our followers to believe in our authenticity and have confidence in our agenda? Well, first and foremost we need to understand who we really are. Like really.  Not the title we carry at work, or the order we rank in our sibling hierarchy. Not the father, daughter, mother, son we are at home, or the volunteer we are on one of the many extracurricular boards we’re members of (though these are all important facets of our ‘whole’). I mean who we truly are deep inside. 

According to Jungian psychology, there are certain traits we possess inherently. These are referred to as our ‘preferences’. We can uncover these through personality assessments, but to be truly informative that needs to be paired with learning. I cannot stress this enough: it is crucial that we study what the results of personality assessments actually mean and how we can apply them practically in our life.  The Buzzfeed style assessments that go viral on social media can tell us what ‘Superhero’ we would be or what our vocation might be in the afterlife, and similarly the respected and well established Myers Briggs assessment tool can reveal what is known as our ‘TYPE’. But this information will not pull us into expansion or attract the successes we are yearning for unless we really examine what these preferences truly say about us. Like truly.

At the Academy of Success and Leadership we have expert MBTI practitioners who never use the tool or attempt to 'read' people's personality TYPE unless they have the opportunity to really sit down with you to explore the meaning of the way you work. Great thought leaders across the ages have done much to educate on thought patterns and the power of positivity, but they have not so far given much energy towards how this learning affects different personality types differently. A deep thinker will react very differently to exercises in consciousness than a deep feeler, and to effectively develop our higher faculties we MUST be cognizant of how we operate as individuals.

Learn about yourself and how you work. Learn how you function in groups, and understand deeply how you function when alone.  Acknowledge how you make decisions, and how you take in information, and accept the way you organize yourself to the world around you.

When we can do this we can become leaders.  We can become moral and ethical leaders who people will support and work hard for. The projects we work on become easier and less stressful because we play to our strengths and attract team members who complement. We stop trying to improve on our weaknesses and instead start acing our strengths.  The key to being a great leader is not knowing everything about everything, but playing to your strength and supplementing with powerful team members who know exactly what their strengths are too.  Leaders surround themselves with great teams, and great teams follow great leaders.  Be a great leader, not only for your business but for your life! 

When you go to the gym and work your body you expect results and more often than not they appear. This is the same process for your inner self. Introspection should be a bit painful if done correctly—nobody likes confronting their demons, but trust me, everyone has them! But once the process has begun we find ourselves more authentic, more powerful, and much more at peace.

When we understand our own innate traits our thoughts will be focused on our skills and strengths, not on our shortcomings. In turn, our actions become efficient and precise, and our teams will deliver over and over again because they trust us and our decisions. 

If you can do this you can lead a company, a family, a team, or an entrepreneurial endeavor into greatness.  This is why we're putting on "Think Like a Leader", an immersive training event in Sarasota Florida that will really dig deep into who we are, why we think, act and feel the way we do, and how to be the best leader we can be. Get tickets here.