JAM with Mike

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

Criticism

Thursday February 15, 2018 #944

“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”

~Aristotle

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Criticism can hurt. We all want appreciation and acceptance, so when we get hit with criticism, our reaction is often to retreat and avoid future criticism by doing nothing. Of course, we all know that doig nothing guarantees we fail, we miss out on our potential, and we lose opportunities to help ourselves and others.

Instead, if we can accept that criticism is either helpful in our learning (from those that matter) or meaningless (from those that don’t), we can begin to welcome criticism as a helpful byproduct of our efforts and risk-taking. Take it, reflect on it, determine if it has value and learn from and use it, or ignore it if it lacks value and get back in the game!

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February 22, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Hard Work

Tuesday February 13, 2018 #943

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” 

~Stephen King

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Even with great talent, the lack of action will lead to nothing. Even without great talent, taking action repeatedly will lead to progress and ultimately success. This is the hard work of life we must all face up to. If we are fortunate to have talent (and we all are in multiple ways), then combining that talent with hard work is an unstoppable combination. With or without talent, get on with it. Take action. Repeatedly and with determination. Do the hard work that makes anything worthwhile possible and even probable.

February 22, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Urgency of Doing

Thursday February 8, 2018 #942

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

~Leonardo da Vinci

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There are untold numbers of incredibly capable, knowledgeable, willing individuals who despite this never achieve their potential, or often much of anything. The reason? Lack of actually doing something with these resources. Whether due to lack of confidence, laziness, or perceived limitations, they simply never act to do that which they could do if only they would do it!

You have knowledge. You have capabilities. You are likely willing to act. Will you let lack of confidence, laziness, or perceived limitations stop you from acting? NO! Get up, get going, and show the world, and more importantly yourself, what you can achieve through doing.

If you haven’t studied the life of Leonardo da Vinci, I encourage you to do so. If you’re interested, I highly recommend the recent biography Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson.

February 22, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Astound Yourself

Tuesday February 6, 2018 #941

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

~Thomas Edison

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Pause for a moment and dream a bit about what you can achieve if there were no obstacles, including your own self-constructed limitations. Would you write a book? Compete in a marathon or triathlon? Seek that promotion? Approach that person you’d like to meet? Pursue your artistic talents?

You can do all these things and more. The only thing stopping you is your own self-imposed limitations and lack of confidence. Lack of resources is not a viable excuse. You can take action today to raise cash or find sponsors for your passions. It may take some time, but you can make it happen.  Think you lack skills? Take action today to develop the skills you need. Lack of time? This is the worst excuse of all. You know clearly there is at least an hour, if not several hours each day when you are engaged in activity you can eliminate and replace with positive actions to achieve your goals. Whether indulging in social media, TV, or partying, you know you have time that could be better spent on improving your life and the lives of those around you.

It is all up to you. No more excuses. Choose your goal, chart your path, and get on with it. I would love to hear about your journey and I am here to provide encouragement and coaching as needed. Feel free to reach out.

February 22, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Dwelling on the Past

Thursday February 1, 2018 #940

“You can’t change the world from the rear-view mirror.”

~Anita Roddick

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Other than the wisdom that comes from studying history, our own and the world’s, there is nothing about the past that is helpful in our quest to create a more perfect world for ourselves, our communities and our organizations.

Study history, learn the lessons it teaches us, and then get on with determining how you want to define the future and the best actions to take in this moment to propel you forward.

Only a vision of a better future, and taking action in the present moment can deliver the positive change you and we need.

February 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Playing the Cards You’ve Been Dealt

Tuesday January 30, 2018 #939

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”

~Robert Louis Stevenson

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Most people are born without the family resources to avoid the hard work of getting an education, building skills, and overcome numerous obstacles in the effort to reach their potential. And, most are dealt an average or even a poor hand in terms of family income and availability of power and resources.

And yet so many achieve great things and life satisfaction despite the average cards they’ve been dealt., often far greater than those who start out with significant financial resources and powerful connections. How? They have determined how to use those cards, their own unique circumstances, to their advantage. It is amazing how character, persistence, integrity, hard work, gratitude, and helpfulness (none of which come from money or power) enable anyone to overcome even the most challenging of circumstances.

How well are you playing the cards you’ve been dealt?

February 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

If You Want to Dance, Get On the Dance Floor

Thursday January 26, 2018 #938

“Opportunity dances with those who are ready on the dance floor.”

~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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It gets exhausting hearing people whine about how unfair it is that others have more than they do or that someone else is getting something that they more richly deserve. There is amazing opportunity for anyone willing to invest their time and effort to grow their skills, build networks, help others achieve their goals, and create value in the roles they currently hold.

In other words, if you want to dance, get on the dance floor.

February 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Inspiration

Wednesday January 24, 2018 #937

“Inspiration may be a form of super consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness—I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.”

~Aaron Copeland

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Inspiration is a critical ingredient, if not the critical ingredient to our ability to push forward through obstacles to achieve our goals and serve our families, communities and organizations. But when bereft of inspiration for any period of time, momentary or long-term, where do we find it?

Today’s quote asks us to remove self-consciousness from our lives if we hope to be inspired. If self-conscious, how can we take risks or believe we can do something that an inspiring person has achieved?

The starting point for utilizing inspiration is to be curious and open to finding it – in people, in our surroundings, in our circumstances, or in ourselves. And the final ingredient is to believe we are worthy, and have the potential to achieve. Self-consciousness must be intentionally removed to allow this belief to take root and allow our inspiration to carry us forward to achievement.

Be open and curious to find inspiration. Remove self-consciousness to be able to utilize it.

February 3, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Enthusiasm

Thursday January 11, 2018 #936

“Whenever there is enthusiasm, there is a creative empowerment that goes far beyond what a mere person is capable of.”

~Eckhart Tolle

Concept: Successful business trend. Happy talented businesswoman

 

Enthusiasm is the key to accomplishing great things, and good things consistently. Determining how to find enthusiasm for your teams or for yourself must be a consistent focus day in, day out. While a person cannot be expected to live in a constant state of enthusiasm, finding the triggers that create it and that kill it is critical to consistent accomplishment and satisfaction.

Spend some time reflecting on what comes just before the beginnings and endings of enthusiastic episodes for you so you are able to increase enthusiasm when needed.

January 25, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

The Gift of Time

Tuesday January 9, 2018 #935

“Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less. How do you gain influence from people? You invest in them. How do you invest in them? It starts with giving them time.”

~John C. Maxwell

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Effectiveness as a leader comes down to your ability to influence others. For a quick result, you may choose to influence via your position power or other form of coercion.  However, those you influenced in that way will not trust you to be there for them, so they will likely not be there for you when needed, except when threatened. This method is a recipe for failure, but unfortunately is too often experienced in today’s workplaces, community organizations, and families.

Instead, if you choose to influence through building trust and demonstrating care for the individuals entrusted to you, you will find that they will be there for you even when not asked.  This kind of positive long term influencing is the hallmark of great leaders and the place to start is to give your people your greatest gift: your time. Make it a practice to give your time to your team members regularly, learning about their values, needs, and capabilities, and providing for them that which they cannot provide themselves.

January 25, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments