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Perfection is the Enemy of Good … and of Done.

If you’re a recovering perfectionist like me, you may have learned by now that perfection can actually be the enemy of good.

It’s also the enemy of Done … if you’re letting your desire for perfection get in the way of getting something done NOW and continuing to improve it going forward.

The same approach applies to your goals for 2018. Don’t shoot for perfection.

Shoot for DONE and keep strengthening your goals over time.

{{ subscriber.first_name }}, do  you want to make that approach part of your 2018 plan?

If so, why don’t you join me for a free webinar with my colleague, Michael Hyatt, entitled Navigate Your Way to Success in 2018: 5 Blunders That Can Shipwreck Your Goals (And How to Avoid Them).

I’ll be right there with you, taking notes to do what I can to make 2018 the Best Year Ever.

I hope you’ll join me.

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Don’t Let This Be Your Fallback Plan in 2018

As you formulate your goals for 2018, don’t let this become your fallback plan.

Go for it. Aim at that Big Hairy Audacious Goal (“BHAG” in the parlance of Jim Collins of Good to Great fame).

What have you got to lose?

While you’re at it, don’t miss out on the free quiz to help you evaluate what you’d like to achieve in 2018 in all areas of your life. It expires on Tuesday.

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” ~Michelangelo

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The Two Principles You Need to Live a Life of Harmony

Does this get you thinking: Today is the Day that Tomorrow was Yesterday?

D o you live your life like Tomorrow Never Comes? If you don’t make the best of today, what else is left?

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It’s Time to Live a Life of Harmony

In addition to living life today and not waiting for the promises of tomorrow, I’m kicking the concept of a “balanced life” to the curb.

Instead, I’m looking for a Life of Harmony, which is a blend of two key principles:

  • A blend of work, home, friends and community, and
  • A commitment to live for today, not for the tomorrow that never comes.

As you prepare for your Best Year Ever in 2018, both of these principles must be present to achieve a Life of Harmony.

Principle 1: The Concept of a Balanced Life is Over

The concept of a balanced life is kaput because it’s based on the outdated assumption that there is a bright line between home and work.

But there really isn’t, is there?

With today’s technology … with both spouses working and sharing home and parenting duties … the line between work and home is fuzzy at best:

  • You have the capability to get work done when and where you want,
  • You don’t want to miss your kids’ soccer games or piano recitals,
  • You may prefer to put your kids to bed and work afterward, and
  • You want a life where all of your interests and needs are in “harmony”.

Once you embrace that concept, you can join me and kick that *balanced life* concept out the door.

Principle 2: Life is Short and Unpredictable

When death strikes close to home, this lesson rears its ugly head yet again.

Over the Christmas holidays several years ago, we lost my wife’s only and younger brother to a sudden and expected infection that even the greatest doctors at UCSF could not overcome.

Reflecting on that 19 day ordeal from his admission to the ICU until his Celebration of Life service, is a powerful lesson for all of us as we confront our mortality.

None of us had any idea this day was coming. He was relatively young at 65, healthy throughout his life and was planning to retire at the first of the year … with many plans that he never realized.

The acclaimed author, Sidney Sheldon, once wrote a book entitled, Tomorrow Never Comes.

It summarizes what we already know:

What was tomorrow only yesterday is now TODAY.

Continue reading for the inspiration to kickstart your life

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Monday Quote of the Week: Everything that counts can’t be counted

When you consider this simple but insightful quotation, pay close attention to how it applies to your business.

We often say, “whatever gets measured, gets done” … or words to that effect.

Everything you can count may not be worth counting

We can count pennies. But it takes a lot of them to amount to much.

We can count pencils in the supply room but their value is insignificant, say, when compared to counting computers.

Can you count Attitude or Culture?

Contrarily, a Positive Attitude is a common denominator in great employees.

But an engaging culture rousts your senses and forms the foundation of a powerful, motivated, can-do-anything team.

Neither of these characteristics is easy to measure … they aren’t easily counted but they count for a lot.

Focus only on what matters

Take Albert’s advice to heart … and whether you can count it or not, focus only on what really matters.

In simple terms?

Don’t major in the minors … whether you can count them or not!

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Mark Twain lived a life without regrets. How about you?

At a recent Leadercast event, Andy Stanley spoke about bravery and encouraged everyone to concentrate on the “WOW” of every idea, not the “HOW”.

Always asking “HOW” saps the energy from new ideas and grounds it in the impossible before it’s even born.

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Give it a chance. Don’t think “How will I ever do that?” … rather …

“Wow! That’s a cool idea. Let’s see if we can find a way to do that!”

Mark Twain said it well. Let’s see if we can DO IT well.

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