Being a Professional

You are a professional at whatever you do to earn a living. It is the thing you get paid to accomplish. You are proud of your work and strive to be the best you can be. Another thing you need to do; be kind.

It is easy to get an idea that everything revolves around you. Hint: it does not. At any given time, a billion things are going on around the world, and no matter how important we think we are, in the larger scheme of things, we are each a tiny part of a significant puzzle.

Throughout your busy day, take time. Take time to know the name of who takes out your garbage and how their family is. Take the time to let people who help you see that they are appreciated and essential to you. Do you want to be vacuuming your room floor at work? Or take out your garbage?

When you care for all those who help you, imagine the customer service that you are then providing to your customers. One person always works to support another. And it will show in you for everyone you meet.

To be the best that you can be is more than just nuts and bolts and understanding cause and effect. In getting to the point where you are the best you can be, you bring an entire team with you. You bring all those who support you.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Life

Life does not just happen unless you let it. And you know the ones who let it because they are the ones who are always complaining. If you wish to live your lifestyle, you want to live your way.

I am not going to hand you a lecture on how life is the work that you put into it. I am not here to bore you, saying that to control life, you have to control yourself first. I am not going to mention all the dangers you have out in the world. I will ask you a simple question. What do you really want, and what are you doing about it?

If you drift and wait for whatever comes your way, you are stuck. Well, you are stuck with whatever came your way. At the same time, if you mention that you want something, voices will come out of the woodwork explaining to you why that would never work. 

May I offer two suggestions. Do not drift and do not listen to voices. Just as there are endless miles of vast nothingness between major cities, there are 1000 ways to end up in a place you hate for every excellent position that you could land. You want to land in a place where you want to be.

If you feel you cannot do it, then I know you can. You have belief; the first test is you can feel and believe.

It is too important a subject to burn you out in one day and one blog. We will continue this from time to time. And we will look at ways that we can go from where we are to where we desire to be.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Planning

Planning is great. There is a catch to it, though. Do not spend so much time organizing that you do not have time to do the things that you intended to do. McClellan was a great general for the Union forces during the Civil War in America. He was a thorough planner, yet he never was able to pin down exactly when to fight. Not planning the time was his downfall, and he lost his command.

We do not worry about the campaigns of war so much today. We worry about commerce. And we worry about our businesses and successfully growing them. We need time to plan. And we need time to do it. One without the other is futile to accomplish.

I usually try to avoid telling others what to do. However, work at having the time to plan and a time to accomplish. I feel things will work out better for you and your business if you try to work that way.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Lead your team

I heard you might want to go out and live life. That is fantastic. The one thing you must remember, though, is that you cannot phone it in. If you are going to go and live life, it is you who has to go and live it.

We all want to do things. And yet, there is a crucial question to entertain. How many times do we want to do something?  And how many times do we want those things done for us? We all look good, taking credit for a job done well. To do so, we have to work for whatever we are getting recognition. That is so easy to forget in these days of hiring an $80 ghostwriter or a $10 an hour virtual assistant that we tell what we want, and they set it up for us.

Don’t get me wrong it’s great to have assistance whenever you are working on large projects. Useful assistants are worth their weight in gold. They will help you, and they will do for you, and even tell you when you’re getting off track. But you can’t hand the project to them and ask them to let you know when they complete it. You need to provide the leadership and guide the teamwork to make the things you do great.

Having an assistant does not mean that you get to kick back and relax. Having an assistant means that you can get twice the work done. And of course, with twice the work completed, twice the reward could easily roll in. These are just some things to consider.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Organization

You will never move anywhere at the speed you want to unless you are organized. Without organization, you will end up missing appointments, missing billing cycles, failing to have what you need when you need it, and sliding backward when you think you are running forwards.

To organize, you must slow down. It seems illogical, and yet the faster you go, the more of a tendency you have to run in the wrong directions. You need to slow down to organize everything so that you know where something is when you need it and understand how to use it so that you’re not using the right tool on the wrong project.

Of course, there is a secret for requiring an organization. When you lack organization, you are moving three times as fast because you’ll be covering the same ground multiple times, trying to make up for your mistakes. When you become organized, you only have to cover the ground once and your job there is done. And in doing so, you get to go three times as far at the same time as you were spending before. You will have more done and be further ahead.

Being organized can be as small as ensuring dates, times, and email addresses, and it could be as large as planning your next five years. Only one person controls you, you. Everyone else is merely borrowing your talents. Everybody likes to get something for as close to free as possible, and if you’re giving your skills away for free, people shall love you and continue to use you. Please remember, you work to live, Not merely live to work.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Always A Way

One thing I believe is if you want to do something, there is usually a way. We know that there will always be blockades. And, sometimes, from a distance, they look like the Himalayas. Yet when we get closer, they seem to diminish in size; and when you are standing right next to them and start to move over them, they may be nothing more than molehills.

We often have a problem where we look at something far off and determine it is just too hard to accomplish. And then, something that could be good for a lot of people does not get done. You are also stuck. You did not get to move forward because of a thought.  You thought a major Problem (the mountain) stood in your way. A prime lesson in life is not to talk yourself out of what you desire most to do in life.

Believe it or not, you have people around you who care. Everybody does. And these excellent and caring people do not want you to suffer or face bad results, therefore, they will do their best to talk you out of things they do not believe are in your interest. Your job is to find out what your desires are and to keep moving towards them. Do not think ill of others; they are only looking at you through their beliefs and desires. You must look at the world through your own.

Can I guarantee you there are no barriers, big or small, in the way of wherever you want to go?  Of course not. You can make that determination when you are there. You can also find a guide or two to show you the trails and how to get to your goal. Can I tell you exactly how to get to your destination? I do not think so. Unless you are walking where I have been, that would be hard. I can help you with the tools you will need. And, I can tell you this, often things are not as difficult as perceived once you get to work on them.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Burnout

What does a hospital administrator who wants to chuck everything and run a horse ranch, an entrepreneur who is not getting what he wants out of business and is ready to quit, and a retired Adult educator and trainer who lays around all have in common? They are all burnt out. They are stuck in a situation they hate.  And they want to move on, and find something that they were looking for when they started their journeys.

No, they did not crack. Each did not lose the will to pursue their dreams. They did not give up. They merely got buried by the minutia of the job. I know. I have been there. Heck, I am one of the three listed above.

All three need to stop and think for a moment and take three deep breaths. It sounds like a cliché because so many people say it. They say it because it is true. Before acting, take some deep breaths. It puts some oxygen into your system and helps you to think.

The problem these three are facing will not be solved by doing what they are considering. Trading a hospital for a horse ranch will not do you much good. You still have labor costs and problem patients who are poor communicators, people who demand the world from you and do not want to pay for it. And every other problem that you can imagine. The government red tape for one is nearly as bad as the red tape needed for the other.

The entrepreneur has been running his business for four years. And although he loved it when he started, he is now buried under whatever red tape is left over and not used for the hospital and the horse ranch. The retired adult educator just traded the job he loved to go home and vacuum, and clean, and dust, and wash dishes, and mop floors, and cut the yard, and for the first few months, it was fun. Now it is just a burden because this stuff must happen weekly. Every week. The only thing he gets to talk to is the TV set and the radio. If he’s going to survive more than the two-year average after retirement, he’s going to need to do something to save his life.

All three did not plan to get into this mess. Burn-out is a side effect of focusing on minutia and ignoring the positives. Burn-out is also easy to cure.

I know. I have lived this myself and was able to dig myself out of my rut. If you are stuck there now, I can help you. I am willing to jump in the hole with you because I have found a way out.

When you find yourself in this predicament, Email, or call me, I am willing to help. No matter where you on our blue planet, we can work together through Zoom.com.

Mikeb@reveille.com

(01)(719) 205-2773

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Low Hanging Fruit

I do not know why I have always had an aversion to going after the low hanging fruit. Whether it be grapes, or people I can help, or the things that I can do, I have always wanted to challenge myself. I have also always had the drive to help others.

In my stubbornness to do better and help more, I often forget that it is the sustenance from the lower hanging fruit that gives you the skill, energy, and knowledge to go after things far more challenging. By reaping what you can from the low hanging fruit of your trade, you can build better skills and a more stable organization to take on more abundant adventures. The little fruit was put there for a reason. Could that reason be to help you grow and do better?

Just because you can take what you reach does not mean you do not wish to go further. It just means we all need to start where we can achieve. And because of today, tomorrow we will be able to reach farther, and even more the day after that.

Do what you can. Do all that you can reasonably do. And when you have accomplished that, reach further.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Your Body Has Habits of Its Own

When you have not been getting up and doing things, getting up and doing something once is easy. When you have not been getting up to do things, and you change your ways, getting up the third or fourth time to do something can become very difficult. The body likes seeing itself set in its ideas. And it is always willing to cut you a break once or twice. The problem is when you try to form a new habit. The body is not keen on creating new things that are going to happen repeatedly, especially when it cuts into the body’s idea of rest, relaxation, and fun.

The problem you encounter is that the body deteriorates. And it deteriorates in such a way that it is going to the waste heap, as you enjoy the trip. The mind is an easy thing to keep occupied. Put a TV in front of it with just about anything playing. Just set a chair out in the sun, preferably one where you can put your feet up. Find a comfortable bed and remind yourself of the time you were up 24 hours straight. It does not matter that the time up was ten years ago. Somebody owes you all that sleep.

The body does not want to sleep. It does not like the TV shows, and it is smart enough to know that tanning will only give you skin cancer. Yet the mind controls everything, and as long as the brain finds itself diverted, the mind is happy. Or at least that is what your noggin’ is trying to tell you.

The mind is actually like a racehorse. It wants to get out and run. It wants to do things. Figure things out and explore bold new ideas.  Yet the mind cannot go without any input. The brain must have something to do. So if there is no input coming in, the mind will find something to entertain it until something new is started and goes on long enough to break through The small addiction the diversion is causing.

You are in control of the mind, and if you say, ‘we’re going to form new habits,’ do not let the brain talk back to you. Form those new habits, and to do so, you only have to get one thing: determination.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Where Does All the Time Go

We think we are busy, and we are doing things. We believe we are making progress. Check on yourself. Once an hour, stop and ask, “what did I do for the last hour.” If you can show an hour’s worth of work, you are doing great. If not, it is time to take a more in-depth look.

Time does not have the ability to sneak away. Time is just there. Our brain, on the other hand, can very quickly deviate from the tasks we are trying to accomplish and move on to other thoughts. We are working hard, and the brain starts to drift off track into ‘what ifs,’ mine games, ‘who’da-thunk’ thoughts, and many other dark avenues. The mind stays just enough on the topic to make us think everything is fine; when actually, we are leaking the productivity of valuable time at a tremendous rate.

Even worse, the body is losing precious energy doing so. The brain can eat more calories than any race you will ever run.  Keeping all the synapses firing and the electricity flowing to come up with all those thoughts is draining. Concentrating will help you stay on task and will probably save you a significant amount of energy along the way.

These are just things to think of as you work. Yes, I know, one more thing for us to burn energy over.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.