Thursday September 18, 2014 #663
“The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.”
~Gordon B. Hinckley
I am energized by the possibility in all people to achieve great things. The joy of leadership is to provide the environment in which anyone can exceed their perceived limitations and deliver exceptional results for themselves and for their teams. This environment must be one of optimism, a clear purpose, mutual trust and respect, hard work and perseverance. In this environment, all members contribute at a high level, rather than relying on a few stars. Each of us, whether as a titled leader, or a leader among our peers, can create and preserve such an environment. And in today’s complex and highly competitive environment, we must.
Tuesday September 16, 2014 #662
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
People work hard every day, searching for meaning, success, wealth, happiness, and love. Too many never seem to find these things because they are searching for them “out there”. Somehow if they try hard enough, they believe they will find the elusive things they seek. I have found that those who seem most at peace with their lives are those who have spent time with themselves, determined their core principles and what is most important, and then lived a life in accordance with these principles. In this way, the people and experiences that bring fulfillment and all life’s abundance come to them – still requiring great effort and perseverance, but far more naturally. Look inside, find yourself.
Thursday September 11, 2014 #661
“The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.”
~Henry S Haskins
Age is truly irrelevant to the desire and ability to learn new skills, techniques, and concepts. I have known 25 year olds who are convinced they are unable to learn a new language or that it is too late to learn a new trade. And I have known many, many people in their 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s who actively pursue their education, start new careers, or learn new skills. You can choose to be “young” or “old” no matter what your chronological age. Never stop learning!
Tuesday September 9, 2014 #660
“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.”
Every day you will be faced with change. Always small changes, and often big and even transformational changes. This has always been and always will be the case. Your only effective choice is to regularly build your change-ability. Important to your ability to effectively manage change is to clearly know your core principles – such as fairness, honesty, desire to win, tolerance for imperfection, etc. When you operate from clear and unambiguous principles, you are able to make the choices necessary whenever faced with change. Your direction will be clear. What are your principles?
Thursday September 4, 2014 #659
“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”
Many (most?) people strive endlessly to fathom the “meaning” of life through introspection, exploration of religions and belief systems, joining others’ philosophies who seem to “get it”, etc. And yet most never seem to find the answers they seek. My observation is that the people most at peace and truly satisfied and happy with their lives are those that focus less on meaning and more on fully experiencing their daily lives. Those other activities have value, of course, but they don’t satisfy our human needs unless we open ourselves up to truly experiencing all aspects of our lives – even the most mundane. Open yourself to experience your life!
Tuesday September 2, 2014 #658
“An idea is salvation by imagination.”
~Frank Lloyd Wright
In every day we are challenged on our progress toward our personal, professional, and spiritual goals. What gets us through these challenges are ideas – our own, and those inspired or offered by others. Our real task is to keep our minds and hearts open to our own ability to ideate and to the ideas of others, so at the moment of challenge we have vast resources to call upon for just the idea we need in that moment. Are you open to your own genius and the genius of others? Open up!
Thursday August 28, 2014 #657
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
You know and enjoy those times of inspiration and motivation when you listen to a gifted speaker, read a great book or article, experience a special moment, etc. But that feeling often doesn’t last. The key to maximizing our potential is to be in a highly motivated state as often as possible. This is achieved through repeated activities that motivate us, and more importantly, to open ourselves to the potential for any moment to be inspiring. Don’t wait for the big moments, and make no excuses. Motivation lies within our recognition in the inspiring power of intentional daily activities.
Tuesday August 26, 2014 #656
“The heart of human excellence often starts to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.”
JAMmer JK asks, “About your post below….(JAM #651 Finding Your Purpose) the overall point is spot on. Just wondering, how do you define ‘passion’ and what makes it different from ‘desire’.”
Good question on passion vs. desire. First, I think both are linked to the first element: purpose. Passion is related to but greater than simple excitement because it is attached to a real and meaningful purpose. As the passion builds a real desire grows within us and gives us the courage and strength to take the actions necessary to keep our passion alive and achieve our purpose. I hope you have identified your purpose!
Thursday August 21, 2014 #655
“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”
~Peter F. Drucker
Almost every day new opportunities arise; new ideas come to us or are dreamed up by us, we decide to take on a new challenge, etc. But very few of these are ever realized. Why? Our days are already full and without giving up something that currently occupies our time and interest, it is highly unlikely we will successfully add anything to our already-full lives. So the real challenge is not what you will add, it is what are willing to give up?
Tuesday August 19, 2014 #654
“We are going to relentlessly pursue perfection knowing full well it is unobtainable, because in that relentless pursuit of perfection, we will achieve excellence.”
I have long admired and tried to emulate people who are positive, inspirational and always seem to drive toward seemingly unattainable goals. It is this combination of positivity and relentless drive to achieve the unachievable that I find so attractive. You just can’t help believing in the mission and wanting to be a part of achieving their inspirational goal – even if it appears crazy. By creating this environment, they almost always achieve more than if their goal was “realistic”.
There is the flip side: the negative or nasty person who also is trying to push for the impossible – but since their approach is mean-spirited, they become repulsive and only lead by fear or intimidation. They may achieve a few wins, but in the long term they lose.
Choose to be the positive person who creates the environment to achieve great things together – even the “impossible”!
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