JAM with Mike

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

Do It Now

Tuesday April 4, 2017 #876

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today, the true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

~Nolan Bushnell

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There is something that you know you need to do.  A project to start, or a project to finish; a change to make in your career, relationship, or way of living; a stand you need to make.  Why aren’t you doing it?  The likely culprits include self-doubt, societal pressure, fear of failure (or of success!), nay-sayers, and more.  What to do?  Act anyway.  Despite the fears, despite the obstacles, despite the expected recriminations or potential failures.  Do it today.  Do it now.  ACT.  Be a doer, not a dreamer.

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Patience

Thursday March 30, 2017 #875

“You don’t win an Olympic gold medal with a few weeks of intensive training.  There’s no such thing as an overnight opera sensation. Great law firms or design companies don’t spring up overnight… Every great company, every great brand, and every great career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.”

~Seth Godin

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Patience.  One of the most important capabilities needed for success.is the patience to allow our talents and opportunities to come together to create potential.  Patience to create and develop relationships. Patience to learn tools and capabilities and time to put them into practice.  Patience with ourselves as we make mistakes and learn from them.  Patience with others as they play their roles in our lives to help and sometimes hinder our progress.  The road may seem long and that is because it is.  Have the patience to travel that road and enjoy the moments along the way.  Bit by bit, step by step, little by little.

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Giving Generousl

Tuesday March 28 2017 #874

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”

~John Wooden

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Too often people only do things for others when they feel they are getting something material out of their effort.  If not, this selfishness can cause people to refrain from taking the effort to help others.  But the best experience we can have is giving of ourselves with no thought of getting anything in return.  We all have so much we can offer of ourselves:  our time, our talents, our money, and our access to resources.  Keep your senses open to opportunities to give generously.  Selfless giving is the most beneficial thing you can do for others and for yourself.  Have a perfect day today!

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Failing Forward

Thursday March 23, 2017 #873

“You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will suck at something. There is no doubt about it. … Never be discouraged. Never hold back. Give everything you’ve got. And when you fall throughout life — and maybe even tonight after a few too many glasses of champagne — fall forward.”

~Denzel Washington

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This is a message I have written about several times and it is a message worth repeating:  You. Will. Fail.  When you fail, you can’t let the failure define you or defeat you.  Everyone fails.  But not everyone succeeds.  Success comes from failing forward.  Certainly allowing yourself to feel the negative emotions that come with failure, but then quickly moving to positive action. Reflecting on what occurred, what could have been done differently, what resources you would have needed, what you must change about yourself, etc.  And then take action!  Learn new skills, develop new relationships and resources, try a different angle.  If it is worth winning, failure is just another piece of the learning you need to be able to win eventually.

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Creating Space for Calm

Tuesday March 21, 2017 #872

“The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person.”

~Norman Vincent Peale

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Today’s insanely busy life requires more than ever our ability to carve out time for quiet reflection.  Most anxiety and even depression can be linked to the failure to create this personal space.  You have within you the power to solve problems and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  But often only if you give yourself the chance to reflect, unplug, and recharge.  Be the force of nature you are capable of being, by creating space for calm.

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Seeing the Positive

Thursday March 16, 2017 #871

“To a dull mind all of nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is always your choice to see things in a positive or a negative light.  There are very few things that are truly without worth.  Even the “ugly” has beauty within it if you choose to see it.  Don’t go through life either seeing the bad in everything or maybe even worse, seeing nothing of any interest at all.  Choose to seek the interesting, the beautiful, the surprising, in everyone and everything.  Allow your mind to see the possibilities.

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Anxiety

Tuesday March 14, 2017 #870

“Anxiety is nothing but fear inspired by an imagined future collapse.  It is the failure of trust.”

~Thomas Moore

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It is true that most of the anxiety we feel is caused by our own distrust in ourselves and/or in others.  Knowing this, how can you change your paradigm?  Begin by “acting as if” you do have trust in yourself and you believe in others and in a positive future outcome.  Yes, it is a bit of self-hypnosis but it has been proven over and over that those who not only convince themselves of positive outcomes, but also take actions to strengthen their skills and capabilities, significantly reduce their anxiety and build optimistic, positive outlooks.  With that attitude, and strong skills, you can do almost anything!

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Knowing When to Let Go

Thursday March 9, 2017 #869

“Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong – sometimes it’s letting go.”

~Hermann Hesse

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There are times in this life when despite your best intentions and efforts, it will become clear that to continue to fight for success becomes futile and your best course is to move on.  It could be a relationship, a job, or some other worthy project.  It happens to all of us.  The realization that you can continue, but to do so even with new efforts and strategies would not change the outcome or at least not your satisfaction with the outcome.  The relationship, the job, or the project simply does not serve your personal or professional vision, or has become something that violates your values or character.  If and when this occurs, and it is likely to occur at some point for everyone, your strength may be shown in letting go vs. holding on.  Never act rashly, but with careful consideration make the choice that is true to your character.  Hold on or let go. The choice is ours.

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Authentic Appreciation

Tuesday March 7, 2017 #868

“People leave when they don’t feel appreciated. That’s why we’ve made recognition a really high value. Our business is people-capability first; then you satisfy customers; then you make money.” 

~David Novak

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If you are in a position of leadership and want to drive long term success for both your organization and yourself, the most effective investment you can make is to practice authentic appreciation.  Before executing strategies on customer engagement and maximizing profits you must first have an engaged and capable workforce.  Without a high level of critical thinking and execution excellence, the business imperatives will be marginalized.

Whether or not you have the best possible people in each role, today your team is your team.  Your job as leader is to inspire and motivate them and provide them the tools they need to succeed or the means to secure them.  And the best place to start is by demonstrating your authentic appreciation for what they bring to the business and achieve today.

Most leaders focus on what is lacking and on pointing out gaps and failures.  While it is important to ensure awareness of opportunities, you get there faster by noticing what is right and expressing why it is right and encouraging more.  Your people are better and more capable that you can ever imagine, and actually far more likely to spot opportunities that you.  Start by recognizing the good and let your team thrive.

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Appreciation

Thursday March 2, 2017 #867

“Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.” 

~Robert McNamara

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One of the most needed aspects of effective leadership is simple appreciation, expressed through recognition, praise, and intentional, personalized development.  Unfortunately, this is shown in engagement surveys as one of the most commonly missing desired traits in leaders.  If you are a leader and wish to attract and retain the talent you and your organization need to compete effectively, start by being the rare leader who authentically and personally appreciates your team members.  Don’t wait – start today.

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