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Thursday May 11, 2017 #887

“A year from now you’ll have wished you had started.”

~Author Unknown

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You know what you need to do.  But there are obstacles….  Money, time, naysayers, risk of failure, lack of confidence…  Guess what?  There won’t be a better time than today to act.  There will always be reasons to delay doing what you need to do.  Have courage to act despite the worries.  Truly, a year from now, you’ll wish you’d started today.  Go for it!

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Choose Love

Tuesday May 9, 2017 #886

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

~Paul McCartney

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A lyrical expression of a truth:  You get what you give.  It may not occur in the moment, but over time a life lived with positivity and with love and care for yourself and others will return to you positive rewards.  Alternatively, a life lived selfishly and negatively will likely return to you loneliness, pain and heartache.

Choose love.

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A Helping Hand

Thursday May 4, 2017 #885

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm … As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

~Audrey Hepburn

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Are you using your own skills and capabilities to create your own successes?  If you find yourself complaining about how “they” aren’t supporting you or are trying to keep you down, look in the mirror and begin to see the solution is in you.  Almost without exception, the solutions to the problems you face start with you taking action to change your circumstances.  That can be confronting a person or situation, learning a skill, beginning an exercise regime, eating a healthy meal, forgiving someone, helping someone, or simply smiling to alter your mood.

Focus today on finding ways to help yourself.  This is critical, because the people around you could likely use your help as well.  You are much better equipped and willing to help others if you consistently work on yourself.

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Choose Positivity

Tuesday May 2, 2017 #884

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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People tend to fall into one of two generalities:  negative or positive.  While there are infinite variations, and people can shift from negative to positive, we all tend to have a tendency one way or the other.  Even if one is naturally negative, however, it needn’t define their character.  However, it does take intention, strength and even courage to train oneself to behave and think positively if this isn’t your natural state. Similarly, a naturally positive individual can be eventually dragged into negativity by negative people and circumstances without intention and strength of character.

Your character is defined as the manifestation of your intentions.  I challenge you to choose positivity in the face of negativity, either through intentionally leveraging your positive nature, or through the challenging work of developing the habits of thought and action that develop a positive outlook.

What is your opinion of the world?  What is the confession of your character?  Choose positivity.  And work like hell to maintain it.

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Ask for Help

Thursday April 27, 2017 #883

“Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?”

~Marcus Aurelius

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There really is nothing worth accomplishing that you will ever do fully on your own.  Even the most minor achievements have others to thank for their contributions.  Yes, you have to use what you are given but you didn’t emerge from the womb with the talents and tools you have today.  From your parents, teachers and coaches in your formative years, to your colleagues, experiences, bosses and subordinates, all of these have contributed to who you are today.

So when you find yourself struggling in the moment or in larger ways, why would you not ask for help?  Reflect for a moment on where you are struggling today, or what you are worried about dealing with in the days ahead.  Who do you know who has a skill or a tool that you could use to get you through the identified challenge?  Pick up the phone, call them, let them know what you are dealing with and respectfully ask for their assistance.

Most people love to be called upon to help others.  Don’t you?  So you can be fairly confident that the person you call will not only be willing to help you, they will be grateful for the opportunity.  What are you waiting for?  Call.

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Start!

Tuesday April 25, 2017 #882

“The one thing all famous authors, world class athletes, business tycoons, singers, actors, and celebrated achievers in any field have in common is that they all began their journeys when they were none of these things.”

~Mike Dooley

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The instant access to examples of “perfection” on the intranet are both a benefit and a curse as we try to become the best at whatever we are trying:  sports, music, leadership, investing, personal fitness and attractiveness, etc.  While these examples are great to give us ideas on how to pursue exemplary performance ourselves, this unfortunately often serves as a reminder of just how far we are from our dreams of perfection.  Often this creates discouragement and leads to giving up.  Don’t give up!

The key is to have perspective.  None of these “perfect” examples started that way. They began as amateurs, just like you and me.  And only through hard work, drive and persistence did they reach the level of success they now enjoy.  Don’t get discouraged by the gap between what you see and your own level of performance.  Instead, use their personal stories of rising from amateur to exceptional performance to light your own path to your potential.  And, START!

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Fear of Failure

Tuesday April 18, 2017 #880

It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting my master work. Now, I’m beginning what I could have started ten years ago. But I’m happy at least that I didn’t wait twenty years.”

~Paulo Coelho

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Many choose a career and then find at some point that their chosen field is not enabling them to use their talents to reach their potential.  It could be that the work is not a match for your talents or passions.  Or that you have developed new interests and skills that could be better applied in a different arena.  However, most choose to remain in a career that has become uninspiring and in which they are not fulfilling their potential due to fear of change.  A sure paycheck in an uninspiring career often is deemed a lesser evil than the unknowns of shifting careers.

I encourage you to be thoughtful and reflect carefully on whether you can reset your perspective and find fulfillment in your current career.  If not, it may be time to face your fears of the unknown and research how you can make a move that puts you in motion to a better career choice.  You spend most of your waking hours at work.  You have the choice on whether those hours are inspiring or drudgery.  Choose inspiration and the risk of change will be rewarded.

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Kill the Snake

Thursday April 13, 2017 #879

“If you see a snake, just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes.”

 ~Henry Ross Perot

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The current popularity of “collaboration” and “transparency” can have unintended negative consequences as leaders overcompensate by making even obvious decisions subject to discussion, committees and task forces, and need for consensus.  The key to effective and speedy decision making is ensuring everyone knows the mission and core beliefs of the organization; you have defined delegated authority, and created a safe environment for mistakes made that adhere to these factors.  In this kind of organization, when the front line person sees the “snake”, they will kill it without asking.  If not, the snake will continue to roam free and cause damage while the organization forms task forces and seeks consensus.  Just kill the snake.

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