What a simple reminder that leadership is needful and effort is essential. Naturally!
What a simple reminder that leadership is needful and effort is essential. Naturally!
I’ll never forget one of Jim Collins observations in his landmark book “Good to Great” where he noted the difference between a good leader, a good team, a good company and a truly great one…wasn’t generally the result of some huge thing. Rather it was the cumulative result of several little things that on the surface may not appear to be of great significance. The difference in those that achieved greatness was their willingness to do just a ”little bit more” than others were willing to do.
To have more than we currently have we must become more than we currently are. Sounds easy and hard at the same time dosn’t it?
“Excellence is the result of: Caring more than others think is wise…
Risking more than others think is safe…
Dreaming more than others think is practical, and
Expecting more than others think is possible.”
So let’s do a little “more than” the average person does.
Make it an excellent day by doing “more than” and trust that the results of pursuing this course will lead us both onward and upwards –from Good to Great.
“Multi-tasking is dead. It never worked and it never will. Intelligent people love to sing its praises because it gives them permission to avoid the much more challenging alternative: focusing on one thing.” -Timothy Ferriss , author of the 4 Hour Work Week
I have never really fallen into the trap of multitasking - or at least believing that I was capable of it. Heck just staying focused on one thing is pretty significant challenge for me. However there is a very large and growing body of evidence that seems to agree with Mr. Ferris.
Common sense tells us that there is far more power in focus than in multi-tasking.
You don’t go moose hunting with a shotgun. There is far more power in a bullet than in a shot gun blast. Both can take down a target but one is far less messy, has far greater range and is in most every way… more efficient and effective. Unless, of course, you are hunting ducks and squirrels.
And with regard to squirrels… some prefer a sling shot over a shotgun.
Have Fun & Stay Focused -
(I searched for a video on how to sling shot launch a moose… and as far as I can tell it hasn’t been tried. YET
Another from the pages of the book, “Believe”
Who are you helping in some small way to create or do something WONDERFUL?
Who, in some small way is helping you?
Snapped a picture of this page inside the dusty cover of a book titled “Believe” in a corporate lobby.
What is your reason to “Always carry on” ?
Heck I have at least 7 of them…. and each has a name.
Enjoy your weekend!
I could use some of that.
And if I would like to receive it, I must also being willing to give and extend it to others.
This will take time because my eyes are so used to seeing my world in my way. My ears are so used to hearing my own words in a way that I understand them. And my heart, well that too is different than yours.
This doesn’t make empathy so hard to achieve that we shouldn’t make the effort…. it just reminds us that an empathy without effort is not achievable.
I’m not worried.
Picked up a dusty book while I waited in a the cool corporate lobby of Four Foods Group and found this treasure waiting to be discovered on what appeared to be a very rarely viewed page.
What about those times when it seems the dawn will not come soon enough? Or where the darkness seems to much to bare?
In those cases the light of hope most often comes from another source.
This can be the light of leadership, or friendship and the dawn of compassion. The light may be a listening ear, a withholding of judgment, an offer of counsel….or simple words of encouragement. The light might whisper a quiet assurance that somehow, beyond all evidence to the contrary, “Everything is going to be alright.”
I once received counsel that, if I were to treat everyone I met as if they were going through a most significant challenge in their lives, at least half the time I would be right.
“See the Light” and “Be the Light”. ~ Don Spradling, 19th Special Forces Group Commander
My special forces commander Don Spradling often spoke of 2 important lights in the world. The one that we should see and the one that we should be. One that we see and we seek to follow. It is the one that gives us hope, it lights our path, and is the source of our learning. It can serve as both the strength and source of our vision.
The 2nd important light is the one that we as leaders must seek to be for others. There are those trapped in deep and shadowy valleys who cannot, from their current position, see or even imagine the coming dawn. They are discouraged, disheartened and often in a state of despair. For them we must be the light that enables and inspires them to come to higher ground. Where they can find their own way and eventually become a light….that guides others. He said that being this kind of leaders is not always the easiest thing to do…but that is always the RIGHT thing to do.
See the Light
Be the Light
WHAT IT IS?
How important is momentum?
What creates it?
What enhances and sustains it?
And what slows it down?
the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.
2. he impetus gained by a moving object.
“the vehicle gained momentum as the road dipped
To be without momentum is to be without movement. So to create it we must move something and to move something we must first move ourselves. We are constantly creating momentum in our lives by every choice we make and every action we take we are moving ourselves faster towards or away from the things we most desire.
Wait… away from the things I most desire? Who would purposely create momentum away from what they desire? I kno it sounds weird but we do it all the time. I did it last night when I had two great big spoonfuls of Nutella. My desire is to lose 5lbs and reduce my sugar intake. And after a day of eating right and juicing and doing quite well… I slowed my momentum with a late night spoonful, or two. :)
There are many ways to slow, stall and even reverse momentum. Here are few common momentum busters.
If there are ways to slow it, stop it..then it follows that there must be ways to begin it, enhance and sustain it.
When I think about creating it… I think momentum begins in my mind… with a vision or idea of what I want to accomplish or do. But if that idea never leaves my mind and translates into action then momentum is never born. It starts when we start…it begins when we begin. It requires a push. And while sometimes that push may feel like it’s impossible, it will certainly yield more benefits and realize more potential than not pushing ever would. So at least one thing momentum needs is a push.
Once we let go of our fear and give our idea a little push into the world of action it can start banging around with other ideas and the transfer of momentum and energy can begin to move things, and people and the world.
Wise people harness the power of natural laws that govern the earth and proven principles that can aid their pushes. Harnessing the power of gravity, wind or water might be examples of natural law. Harnessing the power of seeking a win/win, kindness, service, or creating clear and compelling shared vision might be examples of harnessing the power of principles to help create momentum.
Dr. Stephen Covey taught that “First we form habits then our habits form us.” Said another way… “Our daily choices create momentum and our momentum creates us. (or it could also destroy us. Too much Nutella
As we start rowing into the weekend I have a question I invite you to answer in the comments section of the T4D blog.
What advice would you give to someone to on how they could create and sustain positive momentum in the workplace or in their life?
Get started… Begin Pushing NOW…
Be Patient with yourself and others the most important momentum can often take the most effort to get going.
Recognize and celebrate all recognizable progress…
Involve others… ask for their support and support them back.
This quote has been one of my favorites through the years.
I re-discovered it this morning as I was preparing todays T4D /Thought 4 the Day.
“Thought is the real caustic force in life, and there is no other. You cannot have one kind of mind and another kind of environment. You cannot change your environment while leaving your mind unchanged. This is the real key to life, if you change your mind, your conditions must change too - your body must change, your activities must change; your home must change, the color- tone of your whole life must change.”
“This may be called the Great Cosmic Law. The practical difficulty in applying it arises from the fact that our thoughts are so close to us that it is difficult, without a little practice, to stand back and look at them objectively. Yet that is just what you must learn to do. You must train yourself to choose the subject of your thinking at any given time, and also to choose the emotional tone.”~ Emmet Fox
My wife says the above just a bit differently. She replaces the “if” with “WHEN”. I think it powers it up a bit. What do you think?
“When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.” ~ Rebecca Weisler
Here’s to “Becoming the Change”