If you’re still thinking, researching and strategizing; if you’re still pondering and debating; you haven’t started.
So start. Start in some way, the best way you can. Stop scrolling, close the books, and reschedule the meetings. Begin to make progress.
Failure is not just sometimes in the process.
It’s always in the process. Lurking; ready to seize the moment in a split second. When things are going right. When things are going wrong.
Whether fully energized, or fully depleted, we need the mental strength to keep stepping up to the challenges life brings us. We need the strength to move ahead in the midst of failure. We need the strength to keep going when others tell us to quit.
Not dead, won’t quit.
Success or significance?
When you focus on significance, you’re drawn toward success, and move closer to your dreams. Get the sequence right.
When you make a difference for others, you make a difference for yourself.
The fastest way to succeed is to help others succeed.
What’s more important?
Being right? Or finding the truth?
Ego sidetracks careers, destroys relationships, and compromises achievement.
Think twice the next time you feel the urge to prove you’re right. Being right is not the same as doing the right thing.
What is your fatal flaw?
Aristotle paraphrased: “A man doesn’t become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.”
Every hero has a tragic weakness, a fatal flaw. Too often it’s wrapped in pride – powered by ego.
Know the flaw that can bring you down. Fix it. Learn from mistakes.
Errors in judgment, repeated day after day, and exacerbated by pride, ego and the need to be right bears the fruit of tragedy.
It’s either change, or create a better lie.
The problem with lying is that one lie becomes more lies, and truth becomes an illusion. In the end, the only one who believes the lie is the liar.
It’s easier to just change.
Not dead, can’t quit. – Richard Machowicz, former Navy SEAL
Suffering is the best teacher. In good times, we fail to fully register the value of what we go through when we’re in the less than good times.
Follow your bliss. Move through the pain. Embrace the suck. What turns you on, what you really want, is your true north.
“Now here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” – The Queen, from Alice in Wonderland
Ever feel that way? Running faster and faster and staying in the same spot? It’s how too many live their lives.
Moving ahead is difficult. It means taking deliberate effort to acquire new knowledge and skills. It means choosing which tasks matter.
The hectic churn of hours is not the lever to moving ahead. Moving ahead is about choosing what to do today that will matter in five years.
Lose the fear
Of being wrong. Of making mistakes. Of getting criticized, scorned or rejected.
Look in the mirror – fearlessly. If there’s something not quite right, figure it out and fix it. Not driven by fear, but pulled by love.
Fear cannot thrive in the presence of love.
Opinion not required
We always have the power to hold no opinion.
Too often we create an unneeded urgency. Too often we react when no reaction is required. Too often we waste energy cultivating opinions that serve no benefit to ourselves or our world.
We have the power to hold no opinion; at least until it’s the right time to have an opinion.