JAM with Mike

An Archive of Mike Osorio’s Jammin’ twice-weekly email service

Don’t Settle For Good

Thursday December 28, 2017 #932

“Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. As long as you stick to good, you’ll never have real growth.”

~Bruce Mau

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Most of us are approaching the start of the New Year trying to determine or to finalize what our priorities and goals will be in the coming months. As you do this I urge you to go beyond the standard “resolutions” of weight loss, exercise, giving up bad habits, and trying for that promotion. These are all worthy and “good” things to take action on – and we should! But what is the one bold and truly great thing that if achieved would truly take your life to the next level? I can’t tell you what to choose, but I urge you to determine something that would be truly and positively disruptive for you and those you care about.  For me it will be a bold move out of a long and successful run in my current company and taking on a new adventure to stretch my skills and contribute in new ways. Here’s to an exciting and great 2018!

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Giving

Tuesday December 26, 2017 #931

“Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”

~Zig Zigler

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As we move past Christmas toward the end of 2017 and into the New Year, this is the ideal time to pause and reflect on all the blessings in our lives, personally and professionally.  As we reflect, realize the authentic power that giving has on our perception of well-being and success, vs. the transient benefits of receiving or taking. Clearly the message is to give more to enhance our lives and those we impact.  Giving can be done in large ways, but consistent and sustainable giving is far simpler when we focus on giving the powerful intangibles of our time, our word, our smile and our gratitude.

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Your Invincible Summer

Thursday December 21, 2017 #930

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

~Albert Camus

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Here we are, in the midst of winter. Depending on where you live, that may be a traditional cold environment, or perhaps only symbolic. Nevertheless, the quote asks us to remember even in the depths and coldness of the challenging circumstances and people we may face, we can find within us the strength and warmth we need to push back the challenges and the coldness of the world. The greatest source of that strength can be in the warm relationships in our personal and professional lives.

Particularly now, in this holiday season, reflect on your relationships. Are you nurturing them with the diligence you should, to ensure that you have the resources you will need during your coldest moments? Are you ready to be there for them? Bring forth your own invincible summer and melt away the cold and seemingly unmovable challenges now and those to come.

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Stick to It!

Tuesday December 19, 2017 #929

“Be like a postage stamp, stick to one thing until you get there.”

~Josh Billings

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Persistence is the core capability you must possess if you expect to achieve anything of significance. There is rarely an instance when you can avoid challenges that require you to forge ahead despite uncertainty, fear, exhaustion, and even pain. With the assumption that you have carefully and intentionally chosen worthwhile and meaningful goals, you’ll need to fortify yourself to enable the level of persistence necessary to eventually push through challenges. You can fortify yourself by constant learning, physical exercise, developing relationships with people you can call upon for help when needed, and surrounding yourself with positive influencers (what you read, who you associate with, and the experiences you choose). With all that in mind, forge ahead! Stick to your path and reap the rewards that only persistence can provide.

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Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

Thursday December 14, 2017 #928

Bottom line if you want success of any kind: you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Every time you can’t, you have to do it anyway. That last mile, the last set, the last five minutes on the clock.”

~Tim S. Grover

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Being challenged, even scared, is an everyday part of life for those who choose to become the best they can be.  By definition, achievement means overcoming some sort of obstacle to reach your desired destination.  Somehow, successful people manage to accept, if not become comfortable with, this state of being. It is a choice you can make at any time: to accept and embrace the discomfort and push on anyway. Life will be challenging when working on anything worthwhile.  You might as well embrace it since it is part of the journey.

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Personal Agility

Tuesday December 12, 2017 #927

“Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.”

~John Wooden

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When I see people struggling, whether personally or professionally, most often the root cause seems to be an inability to evolve with the fast-changing environment we live in today. Probably one of the most crucial skills we all need to develop and continuously exercise, is personal agility.  Agility is the ability to both quickly assess changes in the environment and then make necessary adjustments to be most effective.

What I often see are people failing to take note of changes around them or even in themselves, and if they do recognize the changes, the inability to react effectively.  Sometimes the correct action is no action at all, when change will produce no benefits.  But usually some change, even incremental change, is needed in attitude, behavior, or skills, to take full advantage of ongoing changes.

Adopt a curiosity about the world around you.  Listen, observe, read about, and experience the environment you live in and the people you share it with. Next, adopt a positive attitude about change. As it is said, “change is the only constant” so you might as well decide to be positive about it! And finally, be ready and able to make changes in behaviors, skills, and attitudes to make the most of the changes that occur.

This is the work of life:  embrace and choose to change, since you will be changed regardless.

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You’re Actually NOT the Center of the Universe

Thursday December 7, 2017 #926

“You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.”

~Olin Miller

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Too much energy is expended on building up our reputation and worrying over appearances, convinced that others are watching our every move and judging us.  This is a very human condition, to think we are the center of the universe.  In fact, the reality is that few if any are thinking about you or watching you, and certainly not judging you.  They are too distracted by their own perceptions of themselves being on display and being judged.

Relax, and be how you would like to be perceived not because people are watching and judging you, but because it is the right thing to do.  This is not permission to not be the best you can be, but rather to do so for your own self-worth rather than the approval of others.

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Choose Your Life

Tuesday December 5, 2017 #925

“Ten years from now, make sure you can say that you chose your life, you didn’t settle for it.”

~Mandy Hale

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In every moment of every day, we have the ability to choose our direction or to choose our reaction to what comes to us. To make the most of this life, be intentional and courageous and choose whenever possible the actions you take and thus the direction of your life, vs. letting others choose for you.  And when unable, due to circumstances, to move in your desired direction, choose to accept and learn from those moments.  It is in these challenges when we learn and grow, giving us the power to better control our direction and reduce the challenges.

What will you choose today?

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Being Thankful

Thursday November 23, 2017 #924

“Interrupt anxiety with gratitude.”

~Danielle LaPorte

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This simple message is quite powerful. When you find yourself in a challenging situation and your anxiety level is rising, it is amazingly effective to pause and reflect with gratitude on the opportunity you have at that moment to experience this opportunity to learn how to deal with such situations. Be grateful for all you have experienced and learned thus far which has prepared you with how to decide what course of action to try.  Be grateful for the ability to choose your attitude as well as the action to take. No matter whether you succeed, be grateful for the knowledge that you will get through this and be better for it.

With the strength this reflection provides, you will find yourself less anxious and able to move forward with more confidence, and the ability to bounce back quickly if you do not succeed, with the courage to try again.

And on this Thanksgiving Day, I reflect with gratitude on all this life has given me thus far, both challenging and easy, and what it will bring me in the future.  Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers and thank you for being on this journey with me.

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Dream Big

Tuesday November 21, 2017 #923

“Dream like your life depends on it. In a sense, it does. One is not put on this earth to simply live a mediocre life, but should be able to experience their life to its fullest and everything that it has to offer. So dream. Dream big. And follow this up with meaningful action. Bring your life to the highest level that you are able to. After all, what is living if it’s not being lived to its fullest?” 

~Nicole Addison

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If you are like most people, when you read a quote like this, you are reminded of all the really cool things you want to make time for but usually fail to make happen. This can be exciting adventures, higher education, going for a promotion, taking on a challenging assignment, etc.

But, let’s be realistic.  Most of our time is spent in rather mundane activities.  The point is not to be doing exceptional things constantly, but rather to ensure we make time for the exceptional as well as treating every moment, even the mundane moments, as opportunities to experience them exceptionally.

So yes, determine a cool thing you want to do or achieve and take action today to make it happen.  AND, while doing the mundane things that take up much of life, be open, aware, and grateful for the beauty around you, the wonderful people, your health, and the privilege to be alive and experiencing this life right now.  Dream big – and, it really is all exceptional.

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