Being there, and consistency is fundamental to your growth. When people count on you, it is a good feeling. And yet, a little unpredictability is always a good thing. Unpredictability allows you to be you.
If you are too predictable, people start to feel that they know you. When they start to become complacent in knowing you, some may think they own you. Others begin to believe that they know your strengths and limitations. They feel they know what buttons to push, and what the results will be every time.
It’s nice to feel counted upon. It’s a little bit harder when others think they push one of your buttons and you will perform on cue. This is why I believe a little unpredictability is a good thing.
Many people think of unpredictability as the inability to be counted upon. Will or won’t the person show up? Will the report get done on time? Can the group rely on this person? This is one view of unpredictability. Unfortunately, it is two-dimensional in his thinking. There are more avenues to this, and much better ideas involved.
The next time that you have a task given to you by someone who thinks they know you, ignite your mental prowess and blow past their expectations. Just dazzle them with work far above their highest aspirations. And leave them wondering, “Wow, where did that come from?”
You won’t only impress others, you will impress yourself. I always find something special when I impress myself.
Thank you for being with me today, I hope to be with you again tomorrow.
If the future were left to those who believed the status quo was the best that we could be, we would never evolve to find our full potential.
It’s not the sane and the rational who move us to new abilities. It is those who refuse to accept anything less, those who do not know it cannot be done, and the sheer willpower of the stubborn who declined to be defeated.
You have heard me state before, and it is true that up until 1900 knowledge doubled about every hundred years. Today it doubles roughly every 13 months. Except for some newer technologies. Nanotechnology and a few others are still doubling every 2 to 3 years. From our healthcare systems to our space programs, to our better understanding of our world, and even to the better understanding of each other, our lives are improved through the expedited growth we are enjoying in knowledge.
This is not the time to dig in heels and claim we have to slow down just because we don’t know or understand. Now is the time, like none other since the Elizabethan era, when we should learn everything we can, do everything we can, and find ways to help everyone we can. Why do we do this? Because we can, and now we are allowed to grow and be part of the solution like no other time in history.
For millennia, governments have feared change. Even our own government wanted to keep items such as breaking the sound barrier out of the news and ventures into space limited to the government people charged with doing so. Now government partners with the private sector to fulfill our future in not only spacecraft and space travel, but also a whole host of other initiatives which used to be the government’s domain.
This incredible resurgence and growth in knowledge are fueled in large part by significant companies once again willing to perform research to first discover and build the items that will then, at a later date, give them monetary success. The advantages we gave up when we curtailed our willingness to invest in unknown research are slowly coming back. We are not the smartest nation. We are not the best-educated nation. We are not the healthiest nation. Yet, hopefully, we are the nation back on the path and going back to where we’ve been before.
Laugh even more.
A win is always linked to a try. A loss is just the cost of learning something new. And, a mistake only takes place if it’s the second time you’ve done it. One step on the ladder, no matter how small, is a Win. Reaching the top is nothing compared to staying there. You can only go higher if you bring everyone else along. If you rise on the backs of others, they are actually the winners. If you push a person up the ladder of success, you are winning… … and you’re doing it wrong.
It is easier to lead than you have ever imagined. Don’t believe me? Just try pushing a rope.
Leaders are those who believe it is possible. Leading others starts with belief. Starting each attempt you have with belief. Then take each ending, looking for the next beginning… …With BELIEF.
The food of the soul is laughter.
Love always starts with self. Don’t worry about the faults of others, start with the person in the mirror. If you can’t tell the difference between work and fun, you’re doing it right. The trip to moving in a positive direction is to move. Plans are maps you follow in your life.
JOY is a three-letter word.
HOPE is a four-letter word.
FAITH is a five – letter word.
BELIEF is a six – letter word.
We can continue to count all day or, we can put them into action.
I have a new four-week course on the market. It is designed to help veterans and others map their goals in life and the milestones to obtain those goals.
The course comes with two coaching calls, weekly live sessions which are also recorded and some research or other homework for you between classes. If you cannot be there, you can watch the replay. The course also has a workbook and handouts.
The best part is that the course is a pilot course. This means I can adjust the courses we go to meet your needs. Also, your inputs will help to make the course better for those who take the course in the future. This course would normally cost $997. Because this course is a pilot, I am offering it to 20 People for $97. Also, if you have a spouse or significant other, they get to come for free if they wish.
My goal is to help you have better knowledge of where you want to go and what you want to do. This knowledge will save you somewhere between $5000 and $75,000 throughout your life by understanding what you would like, making fewer mistakes, which means you have less backtracking to do.
If you know someone else who could benefit from this type of a course, please share this with them.
Interested or know someone who may be? Please write me firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be very interested in helping you or those you suggest for this course.
The course will start on February 7, 2018, and run for just over an hour each Wednesday evening for 4 weeks.
We are once again at the end of a week with no idea where the first days went. This seems to be a ritual with me. I am not sure why. I live near the Air Force Academy, and I guess the cadets up there must be rubbing off on me.
At the Academy, the cadets look at a week as a day. Monday is the new morning, Wednesday is lunchtime and Friday is the end of the day. For young people who have a lot to do and little free time to waste, I guess this makes sense.
I may have to run my projects by the week and, like the Academy, cadets look at each week as a day. It might make the week more interesting. It would help to organize and expedite a project. And it would make each section of the week more memorable.
Just a thought. Thanks for listening.
Did you sit down and consider the questions from yesterday? Did you write something down?
I saw a saying that goes you can be anything you want to be. A Variation on the saying is that you can do anything you want to do. Another variation is you can go wherever you want to go in life.
For some people, those things appear to be just lip service. They point at obstacles, and hindrances, and the results of poor decisions because no one to give them a chance. At the same time, there are people whose mountain of concerns make other people’s look like molehills, and yet they succeed.
Many people look at those who succeed and say, “Sure, but there they are outliers.” My thought on that is, “Yeah, so?”
You can do whatever it is you set your mind to. And, the second part of that? You have to be willing to do what it takes to succeed.
We will talk about what that looks like tomorrow.
Last week we covered habits and systems. If you have the right systems inform the right habits to use them life gets a little easier. Without the right systems and the right habits, life gets tougher.
To understand what we need to do and why we must take a step higher, and look around. To help you with this, you need to get your notebook or writing pad, and you need to break down what is most important to you. This list is very important to you. You are making this list to better understand where your work is.
As you start to make your list, I’m learning to ask a few questions just to help you get started and to help you think a little bit about what is most important to you.
Which is most important:
- Does family come before or after employment?
- Which comes first, kids or friends?
- Do you take care of yourself or others first?
- Is your car a showpiece, or something to get you from point A to point B?
- Are you happy with the way your house or apartment looks? If not, what steps do you take to change the appearance?
- Do you ever not go to the doctor because of work needs?
- How many nights a week do you not get enough sleep? Why?
The next question tells you where you want to end up.
- If at the end of your life, your friends and family and former coworkers throw you a Three speeches are made about three significant things in your life. What do you want the three items to be? And what would you like the speakers to say?
When you get through thinking about this and writing everything down, a couple of questions are still left:
- If you make no changes, will the speeches say what you wanted to hear?
- If not, what would you change so the speeches could be given in a way you would like to hear them?
- What do you think it would take to make the speeches reality?
- Are you willing to put in the effort?
These are the questions for you to ponder. Making notes and writing things down is quite often less confusing and ensures that you will probably not forget the subtle things that you should remember along the way.
Looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow, have a great day.