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Acting in spite of your doubts

Thursday May 31, 2012 #424

 “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

 ~William Shakespeare

To reach our goals, to become what we might be, we must push through fears and doubts. The key is to assess whether you are facing in the right direction. In other words, ask a set of questions that lets you know that if you do take action, despite your fears, that your action is at least moving you in the direction you need to go.

For example: If achieved, is the goal in alignment with your values? If so, act! Even if you stumble, the learning will be priceless as you get up and keep pushing, eventually past the obstacle, and onward on your journey.

And remember, the journey is more important than the destination because once there, you will see you are simply at a resting point along the way to the next destination, and the next. You are in a constant state of becoming. Make sure you are facing in the right direction and keep going!


September 2, 2012 Posted by | achievement, Goal Setting, learning, Take Action | | Leave a comment

Doing work that you love

Tuesday May 29, 2012 #423

 “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”

 ~John Ruskin

 Are you doing work that you love and which truly inspires you?  Are you doing work suited to your unique set of talents and aptitude?  Is so, congratulations!  You are already an amazing success, with all the trappings of success coming your way.  If not, why not?

September 2, 2012 Posted by | inspiration, love, Success, Talent | | Leave a comment

Hire great talent, give them what they need, and then get out of their way…

Thursday May 24, 2012 #422

 “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

 ~Theodore Roosevelt

Two key leadership functions: selecting the right talent, and letting them do their best work.  Both critical, both executed poorly for the most part.  Why? 

The wrong talent is selected usually due to letting others (HR) decide for you, or a lack of understanding how to select correctly.  The solution?  Take responsibility for talent selection, realize it is a learnable skill, and spend time learning and practicing.

You’re not done.  Now you must lead this great talent well.  Ensure they understand what they need to contribute, they have the tools they need to do their work, and they know where to seek assistance.  And then get out of their way!  Remember, you selected great talent.  Great talent does not need any more help then described above.  Let them get on with it!

That’s it:  Hire great talent, give them what they need, and then get out of their way…

September 2, 2012 Posted by | leadership, Talent | | Leave a comment

Your desire to achieve

Tuesday May 22, 2012 #421

 The starting point of all achievement is desire. Weak desire brings weak results.”

 ~Napoleon Hill


How many times have you found yourself struggling to complete a project, even a relatively easy one, due to procrastination?  When you look at your to-do list, or even your more substantial annual goals, what is the level of desire you attach to each one?  It is important that your work choices and your goals are established based on your desire to achieve them.  Even mundane tasks, if reframed as steps to achieving something you truly desire, can be approached with renewed energy and purpose.  If things on your to-do list do not align with highly desired outcomes, why are they on your list in the first place?

September 2, 2012 Posted by | achievement, Goal Setting, motivation | | Leave a comment

Living the Good Life Today!

Thursday May 17, 2012 #420

 “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.”

 ~Carl Rogers


Happiness, the feeling of contentment, and the belief that you are living the good life today, stems from knowing you are moving in the right direction.  Not from having “arrived”.  Reflect on the direction you are moving in, where you spend your resources, and who you are on the journey with.  If aligned, the good life is indeed happening right now!

September 2, 2012 Posted by | Gratitude, Happiness | | Leave a comment

The skill of saying “no”

Tuesday May 15, 2012 #419

 “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.”

 ~Lin Yutang

 The ability to say “no” to activities, requests, and people that do not align with your purpose is a critical skill to develop.  And yet it is one of the least developed skills for most people.  Time management is built less upon efficiency than upon the ability to keep things off your to-do list in the first place.  Learn to say no – kindly and respectfully, but firmly and with conviction, knowing you are safeguarding your time and efforts for those things that truly matter.

September 2, 2012 Posted by | Wisdom | | Leave a comment

Essential Balance

Thursday May 10, 2012 #418

 “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

 ~Dale Carnegie

Does this describe how you are living your life today?  Spending all or most of your energy striving for some imagined perfect future, vs. balancing that work with an appreciation for what you have today?  This is all about balance.  Failure to strive for improvement ensures no progress. Failing to enjoy and appreciate the current moment ensures little happiness.  The answer is to intentionally carve out time in your hectic daily activities for reflection and gratitude.  Balance is not only possible, it is essential.

September 2, 2012 Posted by | Gratitude, Happiness | | Leave a comment