JAM with Mike

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

Fear, Action, Confidence

Tuesday October 24, 2017 #918

 “Stay afraid but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”

~Carrie Fisher

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 Up to this point in your life, all the growth you have made as a person, a professional, or became proficient at a particular skill, was due to taking action despite fears and insecurities.  If you can remember this, as new fears creep in, you can reflect on all you have done and use that to steel your spine to act despite your fears.  Courage is not the lack of fear; courage is acting despite the fear.

Fear is healthy.  Inaction is not.

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Decide & Act

Thursday October 19, 2017 #917

 “So do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide.”

~Meredith Grey

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 I often coach the idea of taking action, and I maintain that this is the most important aspect of a life of achievement and joy.  However, action must be preceded by a decision to act.  So today I invite you to reflect on areas where you are not making progress and are failing to act.  The first question to ask yourself is, “have I really made the decision on what I want to do?”  Acting without a decision is foolish at best, and could be tragic at worst.  But more likely, inaction is the issue and is often caused by indecisiveness.

Today’s push is to reflect on your personal and professional goals and determine where action is lacking.  Then, ask yourself if you’ve clearly made the decision necessary to take appropriate actions.  Often you will find that you thought you’d made a decision but in your analysis of your inaction, you really weren’t committed.  Ask yourself the questions in the quote and others like them.  Make your decisions.  And of course, ACT.

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Courage

Tuesday October 17, 2017 #916

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’”

~Mary Anne Radmacher

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We tend to think about courage in grand, heroic terms as it is portrayed in books and movies:  The sword wielding hero fighting off hoards of villains or a protagonist overcoming some horrendous personal situation. The truth of courage, however, is found in the thousands of tiny acts of persistence as we face the realities of our day to day lives.  Give yourself credit for the courage you display when you deliver that presentation when you’re fearful of speaking in public, or make progress on a challenging project.  Or just decide, as the quote states, to try tomorrow once again to achieve something you haven’t been able to do.  It is the courage we display in the smaller moments that provides the experience and the courage to act when more dramatic heroics are needed.  Practice small acts of courage today.

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Life’s Too Short

Thursday September 21, 2017 #915

“‘Life’s too short’ is repeated often enough to be a cliché, but this time it’s true. You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

~Seth Godin

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In these times of unlimited possibility and choices, it is our responsibility to engineer a life that has meaning, balance and purpose.  A life we are grateful to have, despite the challenges and requirements to continually learn and evolve that all people face.

Don’t define a good life or happiness based on everything going your way and having no problems.  That is a fool’s errand.  The key is to choose a life in which you take ownership of your choices and take action daily to continuously add value and improve your own situation and the lives of those around you.  This includes your choice of occupation, life partner, friends, and associations.  For the vast majority of people, and certainly for virtually all my readers, these choices are ours to make.

Own your choices – don’t blame others or circumstances.  Craft the life that you are grateful to have, by the choices you make and the actions you take.  Life is definitely too short for any other reality.

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Your Purpose

Tuesday September 19, 2017 #914

“Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.”

~Abraham Lincoln

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There are two critical and difficulty activities in which we must engage if we are to reach our potential:

First, we must take the time to reflect on our purpose.  This requires a thorough examination on what is truly important to us in order to determine a purpose worthy of sacrifice, hard work, persistence and courage. For these will be required to stay focused and committed through challenges and changing circumstances.

Second, we must regularly recommit to our purpose through self-inspection and being willing to listen to new ideas and engage in an evolving world.  Your purpose can stay true, but the means to achieving it and the skills to do so will likely need to change and evolve over time.  Don’t be so dogmatic that you lose the ability to grow and evolve yourself.

Don’t give up on your purpose, but do evolve in your approach to achieving it.  You’ll be glad you did!

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Life is a Process of Becoming

Thursday September 7, 2017 #913

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

~Stephen Covey

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Too often, people define themselves by their circumstances.  The reality is who you are and who you will be is primarily the sum of the decisions that you have made and the decisions you will make in the future.  Even when things happen completely out of your control, you always have the power to decide your reaction to these circumstances.  Don’t wallow in negative emotions on what has “happened to you”, nor should you take for granted the positive situations you find yourself in.  Decide in each moment the person you want to be and then act in a manner that reflects your decision.

Live life in a constant and intentional mode of awareness and learning, and a decision to be the person you aspire to be.  Honest, loving, caring, giving, confident, courageous, humble. Take from this list and add your own adjectives that describe the person you aspire to be.  Use every circumstance to decide in that moment to be that person.  Then act as though you are that person.

Life is a process of becoming.  Decide your direction and who you will become, take actions congruent with that decision, and enjoy the journey!

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Reacting to Circumstances

Tuesday September 5, 2017 #912

“Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it.”

~Charles Swindoll

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In every moment, there is potential for great joy and major challenges.  While most moments will not contain such extremes, we should always be prepared for them.  When they do occur, their power will be only in our reactions to them.

In a moment of great joy, we must immerse ourselves fully in the moment to allow the joy to infuse us and nourish us. Be intentional in your gratitude for the opportunity to feel such joy and reflect on the people, circumstances, and decisions that led to this experience so you’ll know the potential path to future joy.

In a moment of great sadness or pain, we must also allow ourselves to feel these emotions, reflect on the possible causes, and then as quickly as we can move into learning mode.  Don’t miss the chance in these moments to reflect and learn, so you can either avoid such situations in the future, or be more prepared to handle them emotionally when they do occur.

Experiences are truly our greatest teachers, but only if we are able to fully experience them, draw from them the lessons they offer, and use that learning to expand our joys and lessen our sorrows.

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Chasing Perfection

Thursday August 31, 2017 #911

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

~Vince Lombardi

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We always have a choice of the amount of effort we put into our work, our relationships, our communities and ourselves.  While we cannot be excellent in all areas of our lives, we can certainly try.  There is no downside to pouring the best of ourselves into anything we choose to do. We can never attain perfection, but the pursuit of perfection and an attitude of “positive dissatisfaction”, will bring us the best outcomes by bringing our best selves to each situation.

Don’t settle.  Never be satisfied.  Be positively dissatisfied.

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The Joy of Travel

Tuesday August 29, 2017 #910

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”

~Bill Bryson

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I am very fortunate to have a career that provides for travel to locations throughout much of the world that I never would have thought possible 15 years ago.  While travel can be exhausting and keeps me away more than I’d like from a family I adore, I am grateful for the opportunity to experience people, culture, food, architecture, art and landscapes I would never see if I stayed in one small area of the planet as most people do.  I believe this experience has given me proof of my always-held belief that there is value and something to be learned from all cultures and nations.  While I love my country I know we are stronger when we embrace differences and especially differences in ideas and cultures.

I wish for all of my readers that you have the opportunity to travel and experience all this wonderful planet has to offer, and when you do, that you allow an open mind and an open heart to listen, learn, and love all the people you meet.

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A Little Bit More

Thursday August 17, 2017 #909

“Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more.  They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.”

~A. Lou Vickery

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Almost all significant achievements occur at the edges. Sprints are won by hundredths of seconds.  Elections are won by a few hundred votes in a few key districts. Love springs out of chance encounters.

For us, this means we must always and intentionally seek to do just a little be more than required or expected.  Provide a bit more service, arrive a few minutes early, listen a little more fully, be a bit more present, eat a little bit more healthy, exercise a bit longer/harder, add a bit more value.  It hardly requires any more effort than you are already giving.  But that little bit more can, and will, make all the difference.

What will your “little bit more” be today?

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