Don’t get left behind

“Beware of your brittle dependence on safety.”

What seems safe today can be dangerous tomorrow.  Too often we plant ourselves in a virtual safe zone – our refuge from risk.  And too often that refuge starts to control our lives. It becomes a barrier to discovery and possibility. It becomes our self-designed prison cell.

Ultimately safety fails us.  Because the world keeps changing, keeps moving forward, and we get left behind.

Don’t get left behind. Is it time to take a risk?

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Raise the amplitude

“Boost your signal.”

You are a broadcaster.  You shape the views of others.  You fuel success.

So go viral:

  • Smile.
  • Start conversations in a positive way.
  • Share gratitude, and
  • Send a positive note or email.

Every day, engage. Spread the infection of your optimism.  Turn up the dial, raise the amplitude of your positivity, and make a decided difference in your world.

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Get coachable

“Get coachable.”

It matters what you practice. There is such a thing as mindless repetition. It leads nowhere special.

Pick a life strategy that rewards more than novelty, more than mindless repetition. Engage a process to continually build new skills, continually expand your capabilities.

Every skill you acquire doubles your chance of success. Know that your skills don’t have to be world-class, but they do need to be good. World-class is great, but even good puts you way ahead of the pack.

Get ahead of the pack. Get coachable.

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Finding the seed of benefit

“Everything you want out of life is in that bubbling vat of failure.” – Scott Adams

Because every failure carries within it the seed of benefit.  The trick is reach into that cauldron of chaos and get the good stuff out.

Life at a higher level means developing the discipline to assess where and why you went off course, without obsessing about the fact that you went off course.  It means seeking the good in the midst of disappointment, learning from it, finding a better way, and then setting out again – only smarter and better.

You either learn, and then change, because of failure, or keep repeating it.  Which will it be?

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Achievement, value and uncommon excellence

“The distance between winning and losing is minuscule.”

If you’re committed to win, you must decide whether you go big or go home.  Few remember who placed second.  Few will remember that you were within a hair’s breadth of hitting the finish line first.

Winning is about engineering luck – where preparation meets opportunity.  It’s about maintaining the focus and tireless effort in anticipation of seizing the opportunity, crossing the line first.  The world rewards full, unconditional execution.  

You don’t need to finish first every time, but you do need to finish first enough times. Enough to cultivate, in the process of preparation and effort,  the person you wish to become –  that person of achievement and value and uncommon excellence.

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What are you feeding your mind?

“Habits creep up slowly.”

They start slow, and gain momentum.  Soon they are an embedded part of your life.

Are they a garden overflowing with delightful blooms, or a spreading patch of weeds?

Your mind acts upon and expands the thought patterns and habits you choose – whether good or bad.   Your mind works with whatever you feed it.  It’s up to you to stay self-aware.  What are you feeding your mind today?

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It matters

“Winning matters.”

The beauty of winning is in its transience.  That while you celebrate today’s win, tomorrow will arrive with a new challenge, another opportunity to put your heart on the line and take responsibility for what shows up in your life.

Love the struggle.  Love finding what lies at the outer reaches of your abilities, and then push beyond those boundaries.  Embrace the disappointment of losing as not only the chance to learn and become better, but a necessary part of your journey to greatness.

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Work at the edge

“Work at the edge of your abilities.”

And then push out from that edge.  That’s how you learn, you  grow, you expand your capabilities, you expand your world.  That’s how you bring greater value to yourself and your world.

One of the remarkable things about you is that when you step over the edge, you don’t fall off the edge of the world.  When you step over the edge you discover just how resourceful you are.  You find you are capable of learning more, and becoming more – more than you thought possible.

Until you choose to work at the edge, you’ll never know just how remarkable you can become.

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Let it all go

“Unbecome what’s not you.”

Why carry the extra load?  All that stuff that isn’t you – those personas of pretense, of negativity you have allowed into your life; the burdens of others you have assumed.

Let it all go.  Let it go because under all of that stuff is the more remarkable you waiting to be revealed.

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Your only chance…

“Never assume you know the odds of things.”

Because you don’t.   Even the experts get it wrong.  There is no foolproof process or certainty of outcome in anything.  All of life encompasses risk, the possibility of failure, the eventual certainty of death.

You can be as careful and circumspect as possible, and still lose.  Why not be bold and confident, and feel better about yourself on life’s journey?  Why not take reasonable risks and go for what you really want?  Why not reject and move beyond the fear of failure that’s holding you back?

The elephant in the room is that you and I will eventually die – whether we try to painstakingly work the odds and attempt to stay safe, or we step fearlessly forward.

Step up to life.  Move ahead in spite of the odds.  This life is, after all, your only chance to be a badass.

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