This life can throw us curve balls. Every day it gets harder to compete in the professional marketplace, the price of diapers is increasing, and we probably see our friends less than we would like. Jobs will come and go, our children will grow up quicker than we would like, and people we love will die. The task of braving each day can be daunting!
...and then we accept the challenge before us and strap on our boots!
If Not You Then Who?
Those who appear invincible will fail and those who have put up a facade are always exposed. When it is your turn to take the controls how will you command the ship?
Workforce management strategies are becoming more transparent eliminating silo-ed management politics. This is a good thing! Now, everyone will have a chance to lead without a title. Opportunities are everywhere and your ability to shine will be magnified based on your willingness to participate.
All You Have To Do Is: Show Up & Care!
As we revisit life's curve balls we understand that it can be difficult to get out of bed on certain days (let alone perform at the highest level). With this in mind, many people are reluctant to even try. Risk scares certain people, hard work is foreign to some, and others try but simply do not possess a differentiated skill set. This is a massive opportunity to get more out of life. You spend most of your waking hours at work....it is time for you to commit to maximizing your time on the clock!
"It's not how hard you hit, it's how hard you can get hit, and get back up"
- Rocky Balboa
In The Dip, Seth Godin explains that most people put most of the work in...and then give up. His studies prove that we get 90% of the way to results and then redirect our attention. This creates manic effort without substantial production. We run in circles without a sense of achievement. Life's unfair pomp and circumstance may actually be a result of our own imprecise strategy.
It is those who can stay the course that succeed. Endurance is more important than speed. Life is a marathon not a sprint.
Do you see opportunity in challenges or do you let obstacles cripple you?
Are you able to find little wins along the way or does the word "no" defeat you?
In this life, pats on the back may be few and far between. People are lined up to tell you that you can't do something (because they tried and quit).
There is no standard! You are empowered to create your future every single day!
All you have to do is show up every day and work your ass off! Assess what you have done right and do more of it. Assess what you have done wrong a do less of it. Allow no one to tell you, you can't. And, most importantly....
Never Give Up!
When a bully gets punched in the face for the first time; he falls hard. It is those of us who can take a beating and emerge stronger from it that end up with the trophy!
Don't Forget to Remember!