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Choose Courage Over Comfort

Thursday June 21, 2018 #978

“To stay truly alive, we need to choose courage over comfort so that we keep growing, climbing, and challenging ourselves, and that means not getting stuck thinking we’ve found heaven when we’re simply sitting on the nearest plateau.”

~Susan A. David, PhD

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As you travel on your journey of life, you will sometimes find yourself in a time of comfort where you have achieved goals you set out to achieve and are feeling pretty happy with things. When these times occur, there are two important things to consider:

  1. Reflect on the moment and what has been achieved, give yourself credit for your own strength and talents (without arrogance), and be grateful for all those who helped you along the way. Take time to thank people as well as to celebrate and feel the positive emotions that achievement can bring.
  2. DON’T STOP MOVING FORWARD! Despite how good this moment may feel, you must keep pushing yourself to take everything that you’ve learned to this point and apply it to new goals, aspirations, people to help and things to achieve. The world never stops moving forward, so what you’ve achieved today will not keep you successful and content for long. This is merely a plateau on which to gather your strength and courage to ascend to the next part of your life’s mission.

Life is a journey that only ends when we die. You’re still alive, truly alive – keep moving! Choose courage over comfort.

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June 23, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Being Present Today

Tuesday June 19, 2018 #977

“We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”

~Bill Watterson

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I am thrilled to present a guest JAM from new JAMmer ZC. Her observation is excellent and I hope you find the inspiration from her JAM to take some time today to reflect on your day, what you are grateful for, and pushing yourself intentionally to ‘be in the moment’ so as not to miss the many daily miracles around you.  Here is Z’s submission in its entirety:

 Here’s a contribution to the collective storytelling, truth nuggets, wisdom revealing circle of life of JAM with Mike. I love stories and I love the act of people sharing their wisdom with others, so we can grow together.

Often times, our goals and the next steps to reach them take over our daily lives to such extent that we forget to appreciate and truly live for today. In between the sprint towards the next agenda item and today’s both planned and unforeseen happenings, there is a gorgeous sunset, a child’s smile, a stranger’s kindness and our own courage to show up for our lives, right here, right now, never to be discounted.

For thousands of years, people across various backgrounds, ethnicity, age, and gender have been asking for the simplest of things. “Give us our daily bread” in the Lord’s Prayer caught my attention the other day. Why not ask for tomorrow’s big feast? Because all we really want is to enjoy today. And today can be simple and beautiful if only we paused for a moment to enjoy what is in front of us right now.

Honor yourself and those present in your day whether at work or at home by honoring today.

3 simple strategies to honor today:

 1)    Start your day with writing down three things you are grateful for and what would make today great (2 minutes)

 2)    End your day with writing down three amazing things that happened today and what could have gone better (2 minutes)

 3)    Throughout the day, as challenging situations arise ask yourself “Am I authentically me in this moment”? (10 seconds)

 Many thanks,

ZC

Thank you Z, for this inspiring JAM!

I’m spending some time today to follow the 3 strategies above. How about you?

June 23, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Focus on Impact

Thursday June 14, 2018 #976

Focus on money and we will make money. Focus on impact and we will make an impact.”

~Simon Sinek

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Most of us work in the for-profit sector. Our internal and external stakeholders depend on us to contribute to the sustainable profitability of the organization. However, how we go about making profit is a choice. We can make money for money’s sake, or we can make money to make a positive impact.

Today, employees expect their organizations to be providing a positive impact on all stakeholders, as well as the communities and environment in which we operate. In your organization, is it clear what impact is made by the company’s success? If so, what can you do to increase that impact? If not, what can you do to help lead a discussion to define the purpose of your organization in a way that motivates high engagement and a drive for making a positive impact.

If you are the titled leader, make purpose and impact the foundation of your drive for sustainable profitability. I you are not the titled leader, you can still lead a push to talk up the impact your company is making, or lead the effort to define the impact. In either case, make a positive difference to make your workplace one that focuses on impact vs. just money.

June 23, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Lead With Conviction

Tuesday June 12, 2018 #975

“One man with conviction will overwhelm a hundred who have only opinions.”

~Winston Churchill

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One of the most important elements of an effective leader is the ability to commit to a course of action, and champion that decision with conviction. I watch many leaders with good intentions hesitate, afraid to make a decision, particularly when there are many competing opinions on the direction to take.

While it is important for you as a leader to take the time to listen and be open to dissenting opinions, at some point you must make the call. The speed at which the decision must be made depends of course on the circumstances. If one of your team members is capable and accountable, let them decide and then support them. But if it is a decision that is yours to make, gather the opinions of your team and then decide quickly and with conviction.

Your team needs you to be clear with the objectives this decision will support, open to listening to alternative potential solutions, and then decisive and firm in the direction you decide.

June 23, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Be The Driver of Your Life

Thursday May 31, 2018 #974

“If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside.”

~Jim Kwik

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Your purpose in life can only be served by effort and growth from within. While you can and must seek help, guidance and partnership from others, even these don’t just show up at your door. You must take action, make the effort, ask for help.

When we do nothing, waiting for our proverbial “ship to come in”, we leave ourselves at best with less than we’d have otherwise, and at worst with a damaged life as life happen to us.

Be the active driver of your life. Be sure your life breaks in the direction of your dreams, of your highest ideals, creating the potential and even the eventuality of great things for you and those around you.

June 9, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Choose Your Path

Tuesday May 29, 2018 #973

“If you don’t like the road you are walking, start paving another one.”

~Dolly Parton

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We all go through times at work or in a relationship where we see things through a negative lens. At least internally, and unfortunately often externally, we complain about our circumstances. Many people get lost in their negativity and cannot change the lens through which they are viewing the situation. This leads to a downward spiral of negative emotions, thoughts, and actions which can alienate others and even cause psychological and physical pain.

It doesn’t need to be like that. Usually, if we can pause and reflect objectively, the reality is far less negative than it seems in the moment and we can take simple actions to either make a change in our own perception or behavior, or courageously confront the situation to resolve it. Finally, if the situation is objectively untenable, you need not remain on the current path. You can always choose to “start paving another one”.

Don’t ever get stuck in patterns of negativity and their consequences. Be the owner of your life and choose the paths upon which you will travel.

June 9, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Positive vs. Negative

Thursday May 24, 2018 #972

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

~Winston Churchill

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The research shows with indisputable evidence the power of focusing our energies and time on positive vs. negative thinking, people, and experiences. And yet, so many are led by negative thinking and assumptions.

With a negative mindset, there is almost no chance of seeing potential opportunities, attracting the kinds of people we need to help us achieve our potential, or overcoming hardships. A positive mindset, on the other hand, releases incredible energy in us and those we interact with, creating amazing possibilities and attracting all we need and more.

We all have both positive and negative tendencies. We must therefore act with intention to surround ourselves with positive influences, ban negative influences whenever possible (including our own dark thoughts), and build an environment in which we can be our best selves. In this way, we are far more likely to leverage our positive energy and achieve our potential, while helping others achieve theirs.

Will you join me on this journey?

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The Real Secret

Tuesday May 22 2018 #971

“When you begin to help yourself, which means to make the best of what is in yourself, you begin to attract to yourself more and more of those helpful things that may exist all about you.”

~Christian D. Larson

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There is much said about our ability to change our situation to the one we want, and to attract our desires by thinking positively about the outcomes we want. This is known as the Law of Attraction, made famous by the book The Secret.

It is true that when we consistently put good into the universe it comes back to us (if we’re open to it!). The Law of Attraction talked about in The Secret is only 1/3 of the REAL secret. Consistent good thoughts + consistent good actions + openness to receiving goodness that creates the magic. Without action and openness, good thoughts have no power.

Definitely focus on positive intentions. But… Be open to your potential for receiving good, and be willing to consistently take action to get your positive energy in motion.

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Finding Happiness

Thursday May 17, 2018 #970

“No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.” ~

Helen Keller

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This quote is quite provocative, with the inference that when we don’t actively work to make others happy, or to produce an environment conducive to producing joy and happiness, we have no right to happiness ourselves.

I believe this is true and that the best way to achieve a sense of contentment, joy and happiness is to provide these for others. This does not mean ignoring your own needs, but rather prioritizing the needs of those around you. When we focus on putting good stuff out into the world, we have less time for worrying about what we lack and we are filled with the joy that helping others brings us.

Find happiness by helping other find theirs.

May 20, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Your Purpose-Driven Journey

Tuesday May 15, 2018 #969

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

~Benjamin Mays

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Despite all the encouragement given through social media, literature and others to craft strong goals to provide us with strong direction in our lives, a large percentage of people actually operate with no clearly defined goals at all. They may exist on a very basic level of subsistence living: earning enough money to eat, pay the rent, and maybe burn the rest on various forms of entertainment. Even if they somehow manage to make a decent living, they rarely achieve much and blame others for their lack of achievement. This is a tragedy indeed.

Virtually everyone has the ability to improve their situation dramatically by developing a few meaningful goals in their personal and professional lives, and taking action daily to move towards achievement of those goals. I’m not here to judge those who don’t lead purposeful lives. But I do encourage everyone to examine your own situation and reflect on the goals you have (hopefully) set for yourself, and what actions you’re taking to achieve them.

Without goals, life is an aimless journey with likely less-than-optimum destinations possible. With goals, carefully crafted and aligned with your core values, life is a purpose-driven journey with optimum results likely.

What are your goals? What actions are you taking today to make progress?

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