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Life Transition (Dec 2014)

What if most think leadership is just paying lip service?

Kindle book excerpt from Spotting the Sacred

 

(photo: Excerpt from Spotting the Sacred, a forgotten Kindle download from long ago… began reading on flight yesterday)

When we hold on to cultural norms, what are we really holding on to?

Tradition? Values?

Comfort? Consistency?

A recent blog post from a famous company suggests we be bold.

Bold can get you in trouble.

It can also change things.

Everything.

And bold can become a competitive advantage.

For example, bold can be retiring early and launching something the world needs but has given up on.

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Being Brave

How brave are you?

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Instinct is just that, instinct. Trust your gut. Instinct is deeply embedded survival DNA.

 

How brave are you?

The typical corporate meeting were leadership isn’t viewed as effective. Survey results prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt.

So the leadership goes on a retreat, comes back all fired up, and empowers people to be brave and bold.

Seriously?

Just like that?

Flip a switch and trust is commonplace?

Guess again.

No?

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Here’s Why I’m Right

The title here will ruffle some feathers and simultaneously, get others to cheer.  Why?  Because, as the 1960’s psychedelic rock band The Doors summed up in one of their songs, “People are strange.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  You get the point.

So how does working seven days a week lend itself to balance?

First, the big picture intent is to NOT work seven days a week.  When the early pioneering Americans had a vison to become farmers, they spent countless hours clearing the land.  We can’t even comprehend the hardships they endured.

Every time I fly and look out the window, I imagine America, long before it was tamed – covered with trees and forests for as far as the eye can see.

What I’m doing now, working seven days a week is this:

  • Working to become a world-class professional speaker
  • Establishing processes to teach our son “life’s big four”
  • Preparing a metaphorical “hurricane disaster plan”
  • Preparing for the responsibility that comes with aging parents
  • Figuring out how to become a speaker, author, mentor of choice
  • Working to hear, “Well done”

The reason some succeed over others, is that successful people outwork the others.  This shouldn’t surprise anyone.  It’s a basic survival of the fittest, of the smartest, of the most creative, etc.

So, in summary, I’m clearing a hostile land, cutting down trees, digging up roots, making piles to burn, removing boulders, caring for sick animals, hunting for food, building shelter from the seasonally harsh climate, dealing with the emotional loss of my home state or mother country, protecting my family from wild animals and unknown diseases.

So really, if you don’t come from a lineage of hand-me-down success or riches, you have got to out work the competition.

Don’t beleive me?  Try and do it any other way.

Wasn’t Looking for This

Writing five blogs every day has wonderful, and may I audaciously say, transformational benefits.  Far beyond what was ever thought possible.  And yet….

What comes along with the good – and everyone knows this as a “truth” – is the bad.  The bad in this case is writers block.  My first little bout came and went a few days ago.  It lasted a couple days.  Triggered mostly by time pressures, not lack of desire.

Anyway, following a daily routine of scanning Facebook, Twitter, LnkedIn, blogs, etc, I stumbled upon a LinkedIn status update.

Susan Harrow’s article, Changing Your Body Changes Your Self, is definitely worth a quick read.  Why?  Because she speaks about what is common knowledge, but not common practice.

One of the best ways to change our bodies is to use common sense. One of the best ways to use common sense is to focus on it every day. Ya with me?  Every single day.  Period.  Carpe diem.

Wait, There’s More

My friend, a true Disney fan, even went as far as suggesting, “You really need to be an expert before people will follow you”.

And I thought out loud, “Really”?

So this led to a decent discussion about:

  • How do you become an expert?  It certainly isn’t overnight
  • How do you develop a following?  It too, isn’t overnight.

I boldly, but with unseen humility, stated that I’m a wellness expert.   What makes me a  “wellness expert”?

Mind.  Body.  Spirit.  Money.

Expert?  Really now?

The ability to deliver great results.  That’s what makes you an expert.

When you can make common sense, common practice.

Bold?  Absolutely.

Boastful?  Depends on the strength of the person doing the “judging”.  A small mind will probably say, “Boastful”.  A humble mind, “Not boastful at all”.

It’s a test we’d all like to pass, but few have the courage to take.

Being fanatical about quality and practicing what’s preached, I take the test daily.

Carpe diem, jeff noel, honor student.  🙂