Thursday December 18, 2014 #688
“Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.”
If you are in a position of leadership, the most impactful effort you can make is to intentionally and authentically provide those you lead with confidence. Confidence in themselves and their ability; confidence in their team and what they are trying to accomplish; confidence in you. With confidence, a person can accomplish almost anything. To do this, you must have a compelling vision for them, be able to articulate it, and do so frequently. What have you done today to inspire confidence?
Tuesday December 16, 2014 #687
“Determine never to be idle…It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.”
We are coming in to the last days of 2014 and I would like you to take this moment to reflect on one question: As you look back on the year, how much of your idle time was intentional? Being idle is not being lazy or wasting time, if the decision is intentional and tied to your goals. We must give ourselves space and time to reflect, recharge, and assess our personal and professional activities. Going full-out, 100% of the time only proves you are always moving, but not necessarily for the right reasons. So, if you look back and determine that the time you were idle was usually intentional and spent in quiet contemplation, congratulations! You have probably been far more productive than those who never paused to recharge their batteries and ensure they were on the right track. If your idle time has been more a case of laziness, or if you never paused at all, I suggest you determine how you will schedule appropriate down time in 2015 – purposefully and designed to keep your times of activity the best they can be.
Thursday December 11, 2014 #686
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.”
So often we work with high energy and efficiency on a project only to find out when we’re done that the outcome is not what was expected or needed. This can happen if we fail to determine first whether the outcome of a project we have started or assigned will truly deliver what we need. Too often we continue to do things because “we always have” or because “we were told to do it”. Take a moment before you start or assign the next project and ask if it is really necessary. No matter how well you do something, if the outcome isn’t additive to your most important objectives, try to say no! And if you are the one assigning such projects, stop!
Tuesday December 9, 2014 #685
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
It is true for me that when I look back at my life my favorite memories are the small things, and almost always having to do with my family – calls with my kids, my grandson’s voice in the morning, watching my wife work on a project, or walking with her to breakfast. It’s not that I don’t remember and appreciate the more dramatic events of my life; it is just that the little things truly inspired me and continue to do so to this day. Is it the same for you?
Thursday December 4, 2014 #684
“You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down!”
It is important to focus and put in the hard work necessary to achieve and contribute to our potential. However, it is also important to give ourselves a few breaks to allow reflection, and to give us time to enjoy and learn from our co-workers, friends and family. In our intense busyness, we miss not only rainbows but thousands of other bits of pleasure and beauty all around us. By all means, work hard. But not so hard that you miss out on life.
Tuesday December 2, 2014 #683
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
You know the feeling. You’re ready for something bigger, better, challenging, exciting, new… And yet you feel stuck, unable to move beyond your current situation and find room for what you really desire. In almost all circumstances, you CAN choose to get unstuck and make the change needed. The choice may be difficult but you can and must take action to change your situation. Don’t keep trudging along. Soar!
Thursday November 27, 2014 #682
“Drama is an unnecessary factor that’s not needed in anyone’s life.”
If you watch TV or social media, creating drama in your and everyone else’s life seems to be the rule rather than the exception. There must be something very human and very addictive about drama. Given its damaging aspects, I can think of no logical reason why most people seem to thrive on it. However, I believe that each of us can and must take a stand against drama. And the place to start is with ourselves. Next time you are tempted to indulge in other people’s dramatics, or to create your own – STOP! Take a breath, reflect on the true value of the situation and decide not to engage. If each of us can commit to do this, imagine how much more positive our lives would be! No more drama – it starts now.
Tuesday November 25, 2014 #681
“An idea is something you DO. Not something you have.”
Generating new ideas is an energizing exercise whether by yourself or with a team committed to make improvements. However, too often these ideas remain just that – ideas. Until someone has the courage and capacity to bring an idea to life, nothing happens. Don’t let a good idea die, whether it is yours or your team’s. Be the one who takes action to breathe life into an idea that would otherwise remain dormant. It could make all the difference.
Thursday November 20, 2014 #680
“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.”
Often the biggest challenge to achievement is knowing what you really want. The people around you and popular culture will aggressively attempt to define this for you – how you should look, the possessions you should buy, the career you should have, and more. Step one in the journey to becoming the best “you”, is taking the time to reflect on who and what inspires you and how best to bring your talents to the world. Only you can make this decision. Once you are able to determine your desired destination, persistently move toward it by taking actions daily – even small ones – that move you forward. Whether you are 20 or 60, it is never too late to rethink your destination and get on the path that allows you to fully bloom.
Tuesday November 18, 2014 #679
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
Success begins with the desire to achieve a worthy goal or outcome, and I don’t know of a worthy goal that lacks significant obstacles requiring determination and persistence to overcome them. So if you find yourself languishing in mediocrity, check first if you have the desire to achieve something great in the work or the environment you are in. Without that desire, you’ll lack the motivation necessary to push through the inevitable challenges and achieve your worthy goal.
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