JAM with Mike

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

Knowing What You Want

Thursday May 21, 2015 #727

“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.”

~Don Herold

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It is important to occasionally sit back and reflect on how you are living your life and how and with whom you are spending your time.  The speed of today’s life and the increasing demands on our time can easily create a situation where we can go for months or even years without authentically and critically assessing if what we are working so hard at is something that is aligned with what we really want and with what nurtures us.  Spend a little time today to think about this in your own life, and regardless of your conclusions, also schedule your next “appointment” with yourself no more than 4 months later to start a habit of regular reflection to ensure all your hard efforts remain aligned with your purpose and goals.

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May 31, 2015 Posted by | Goals, Happiness, purpose, reflection | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How We Spend Our Days

Thursday April 16, 2015 #717

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

~Annie Dillard

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Our lives are built on a succession of days.  So each day is precious.  Try not to waste today on aimless wandering, or activities that do not enrich you and serve your values and purpose.  Use today to intentionally be the person you want to be, to take actions that help you move toward achieving your goals, and to make a difference in the lives of people around you.

May 9, 2015 Posted by | achievement, intention, Take Action | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leadership

Thursday April 2, 2015 #713

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal which is worthwhile.”

~Vince Lombardi

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Yes, for some, leadership comes more naturally than others due to innate intelligence, charisma, and confidence.  However, sustainable success as a leader requires not only some level of these talents, but also the exceptional drive, motivation and perseverance required to push through inevitable challenges.  Even someone with limited charisma and confidence, and average intelligence, can rise to effective leadership success if they are willing and able to fight through obstacles and failures with determination and grit.  And highly intelligent and charismatic individuals often fail to lead due to laziness and hubris.  Regardless of your level of talent, if given the opportunity to lead, focus on your character and drive and you can be the leader you are capable of and that your people need.

April 4, 2015 Posted by | achievement, character, confidence, Goals, leadership, motivation, Perseverance, Success, Talent | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Wait!

Tuesday January 6, 2015 #693

“If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.”

~Mario Andretti

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As you start back to work and/or your normal daily routines, do not lose your enthusiasm for all the great ideas and goals you set for yourself as 2014 ended and the New Year began.  Spend 5 minutes each morning reminding yourself and regaining your energy which you will need to keep moving forward.  Don’t wait to start this – do it today!

January 18, 2015 Posted by | enthusiasm, Goals | , , , | Leave a comment

Changing Your Thinking

Tuesday December 30, 2014 #691

“You are where you are right now because of your best thinking. If you want something different, change your thinking.”

~Tony Rush

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You are an amazing talent. You are driven to succeed and keep yourself in action daily toward achievement of your professional and personal goals.  And yet…  You’re not satisfied with your progress or achievements.  What is happening?

Today’s quote asks us to stop, reflect, and rethink both our goals and our actions.  Take the time today to assess the goals you have laid out for your personal and professional life.  What have you experience and learned this last year?  How have your capabilities grown or changed?  Who has come into your life, or left it?

Does any of this require rethinking your goals?  If so, make the change today and begin altering your actions to move toward your revised goals.  If not, but you are still not satisfied with your progress, it is time to change your thinking – about your goals, about your capabilities and resources, and about the very actions you have been taking.

Experience, reflect, learn, change, repeat….

January 3, 2015 Posted by | achievement, change, Goal Setting | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Commitment to Excellence

Tuesday November 18, 2014 #679

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

~Mario Andretti

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Success begins with the desire to achieve a worthy goal or outcome, and I don’t know of a worthy goal that lacks significant obstacles requiring determination and persistence to overcome them.  So if you find yourself languishing in mediocrity, check first if you have the desire to achieve something great in the work or the environment you are in.  Without that desire, you’ll lack the motivation necessary to push through the inevitable challenges and achieve your worthy goal.

November 23, 2014 Posted by | achievement, excellence, Goal Setting, motivation | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Starting Now

Tuesday October 21, 2014 #671

“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”

~Robert Kiyosaki

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Procrastination is such a dangerous game.  We all know the power of compound interest:  The earlier we start to put a little away each day into our savings account, the earlier we attain wealth.  The same is true for moving toward your personal and professional goals.  The earlier you start, the more likely you will succeed.  Don’t wait another moment.  Take action today, and tomorrow!

October 26, 2014 Posted by | Goal Setting | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Power of Imagination

Tuesday September 2, 2014 #658

“An idea is salvation by imagination.”

~Frank Lloyd Wright

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In every day we are challenged on our progress toward our personal, professional, and spiritual goals.  What gets us through these challenges are ideas – our own, and those inspired or offered by others.  Our real task is to keep our minds and hearts open to our own ability to ideate and to the ideas of others, so at the moment of challenge we have vast resources to call upon for just the idea we need in that moment.  Are you open to your own genius and the genius of others?  Open up!

September 6, 2014 Posted by | Goal Setting, imagination | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Taking the Next Step

Tuesday August 5, 2014 #650

 “All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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So many times we begin our journey to achieving our goals, but stop when things get a little challenging.  Taking the first step toward your goal is fantastic.  Most never even begin. However, the only way to achieve anything worth having is to have the persistence to continue taking the next step and the next, despite challenges, lack of resources, and distractions.  Take that next step!

August 8, 2014 Posted by | achievement, persistence, Take Action | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Over Thinking

Tuesday June 17, 2014 #636

A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, not by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting.” ~Carlos Castenada

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Before taking action on important goals, it is important to take the necessary time to determine your preferred path.  This can include contextual analysis, building competencies, gathering necessary resources, seeking expert or stakeholder input, considering alternatives, etc.  But this can’t go on and on.  Decide.  And once your decision is made, act.  Many an opportunity is lost when we fail to act; when we fail to begin.  Thinking about it won’t get you there.

June 22, 2014 Posted by | Goal Setting, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment