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People Pleasers. Pay Attention.

Is this you?

Perhaps it’s all of us at one point or another, but it’s not on the path to the success we’d like to achieve.

It can also be linked to imposter syndrome, a condition, simply put, in which people feel their talents are inadequate to the goals they wish to achieve. From there, it’s easy to default to pleasing people instead.

Simple answer? Don’t go there!

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Remembering Our Fallen Heroes ….

Not for Fame or Reward
Not for Place or for Rank
Not Lured by Ambition
Not Goaded by Necessity
But in Simple Obedience to Duty
As They Understood It
These Men Suffered All
Sacrificed All
Dared All And Died

Today, we pay tribute to the young men and women who defend the freedom we hold so dearly.

It is never more poignant and meaningful than when our men and women are serving overseas in harm’s way.

For me, the quotation above from an Arlington National Cemetery memorial, states exactly why they deserve our respect, admiration and support.

Our soldiers don’t wonder “why”.

They “do their duty” and selflessly accept their mission to defend our freedom and the values we cherish.

Take a moment from your busy day . . . shed a few tears as I always do . . . and remember the sacrifices they have made through the years … and continue to make every day … at great risk … but with an unwavering dedication to the service of their country.

You will truly appreciate the sacrifice made by our valiant men and women in uniform when you watch The National Memorial Day Concert.

They are why we get to do what we do.

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The Ante is Simple. Action!

Andy Grove, the former CEO of Intel, wrote the book, Only the Paranoid Survive, a testament to his relentless drive and devotion.

Two of the quotes attributed to him are a good way focus your energy … and to be reminded: Don’t Let Hope Become an Embalming Agent … and make sure ACTION IS the cornerstone of your success.

“You have to pretend you’re 100 percent sure. You have to take action; you can’t hesitate or hedge your bets. Anything less will condemn your efforts to failure.”

Question: What’s keep you from taking action to move forward?

How would you answer that? Let me know and we’ll build on that to expand our discussion of these ideas and concepts. If you’re active there, you can connect with me on LinkedIn. You can also find me on our Building a Business page on Facebook or on Twitter.

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Making Mistakes Because You’re Pressed for Time?

Many years ago … and after coaching senior leaders for many years before that … it became clear … crystal … that the senior leaders I was coaching had never taken the time to develop a trusted productivity system to manage everything that had their attention across all phases of their lives.

Instead, they were dashing from pillar to post to keep up with the growing tsunami of information coming at them from all directions.

You need a trusted system.

It’s a rare leader … I’m struggling to name one … who hasn’t said something like,

Of course I need to improve my productivity. Probably dramatically … and as soon as I get some time ….

Not you, I’m sure, but you get the point.

If you don’t have a trusted system to manage everything you care about, you’ll always be in a rush … skip important steps because you either forgot or ran out of time … and you will NEVER have time to do it over.

You can start building it today

BUT … if you take time starting NOW to build that trusted system, you’ll soon see that the time you invested will pay great dividends … every hour and every day … far in excess of the time it took you to put it in place. Once you embrace that truth, you’ll find the fuel to get that trusted system in place.

Today’s quote clearly dramatizes this challenge. When you’re in a hurry and don’t have a trusted system to keep you on track, you make mistakes, miss deadlines and skimp on the important initiatives you swore would drive your organization.

Paste this quote somewhere to remind you that it’s worthwhile to take the time to do it right the first time.

In today’s world, there will never be time to do it over.

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