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Confronting Reality

Thursday July 13, 2017 #901

“In my own experience, both personally and professionally, I’ve learned that you don’t wait to confront reality. It doesn’t get easier. It doesn’t get better. And, in some cases, if you don’t get the relevant information from people and act quickly, you start losing options. You’re into damage control.”

~Stephen M. R. Covey

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You have at least one, and probably many, difficult things you need to deal with.  None of which will get any easier by waiting.  But, like most people, you do wait – doing just about anything else to avoid doing the difficult things you know you should be doing.

Why do we procrastinate?  Particularly as we get older and realize with our life experience that almost no difficult or scary person or challenge in our personal or professional lives is nearly as bad as we think it is going to be.  And yet, we continue to avoid doing the hard things.  It is a very human thing to do what is easy and/or pleasurable vs. what is hard and/or painful.

However, we are here to do great things and make a difference in the world.  Be the exception and act despite the presumed difficulty or pain.  We know things will be better only when we confront reality and face the challenges. If every day, we act on one challenging thing on our list, imagine how far we can go?  There will always be challenges, but by confronting this reality, we will dramatically reduce the existence of challenges and their impact on us and on what we care about.


August 8, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Constants in Life

Tuesday September 9, 2014 #660

“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.”

~Stephen Covey


Every day you will be faced with change.  Always small changes, and often big and even transformational changes.  This has always been and always will be the case.  Your only effective choice is to regularly build your change-ability.  Important to your ability to effectively manage change is to clearly know your core principles – such as fairness, honesty, desire to win, tolerance for imperfection, etc.  When you operate from clear and unambiguous principles, you are able to make the choices necessary whenever faced with change.  Your direction will be clear.  What are your principles?

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Thursday August 14, 2014 #653

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.”

~Karl A. Menninger


It is interesting that while we are most attracted to those who listen to us, we often forget to be good listeners ourselves.  It is a natural part of being human to want to be heard.  It is less natural to be willing to hear others.  In Stephen Covey’s seminal work, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a key habit is “seek first to understand, then to be understood”.  This remains are core behavior of exceptional people, especially leaders.  Ask good questions, and then listen – really listen – to the answers.  You will not only find incredible insights by listening, you will create trust and attractiveness as a leader and as a person.

August 24, 2014 Posted by | leadership, listening, trust | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment