“The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you are finished.”
—Nelson DeMille, American author of thriller novels
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We all need a break from time to time to recharge, refresh, and simply stop the frenetic pace most of us keep.
A potential challenge to this usually well-deserved respite is to know, as today’s quote states, when we are finished.
Instead of an open-ended period of “do nothing,” please consider actually scheduling it in your calendar. When the time period is up, you can determine if it fits your recharging needs or not.
Consider learning about Dan Sullivan’s Strategic Coach Program, and his concept of Focus Days, Buffer Days, and Free Days.
“Fall in love with the problem, not the solution.”
—Kaaren Hanson, VP of Design /Innovations/ Intuit
Through the course of our lives, we have all developed strategies for success which we apply to the daily challenges we face in our professional and personal worlds.
As long as these default solutions work reasonably well, we rarely seek alternative solutions that may actually work far better.
When we embrace, and even fall in love with, the problems we face, we generate a higher ability for innovation and creativity, discovering possible solutions that were previously unrecognized.
How might falling in love with your problems help you release some of the “sacred cow solutions” you have used over the years? What new and potentially more successful solutions would be possible?
“Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, you can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.”
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At this time of year, the northern hemisphere is harvesting many crops. Due to advances in farming technology, our ability to grow food throughout the year has greatly expanded.
Today’s quote suggests that our minds are always very fertile. We can all do a better job selecting and planting only the most optimal and positive thoughts to help us harvest a healthy and abundant life.
Examine how much time you commit daily to your own growth and development. Be specific in minutes and hours. Examine, too, how much time you spend in the weeds of negative or toxic thinking, in your personal and professional worlds.
What actions can and will you take today to harvest far more flowers and considerably less weeds in your world?
“Don’t try to keep up with the leaders. Lap them.”
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Who are the leaders you most admire in your professional or personal lives? What makes them remarkable? What makes them stand out from the crowd?
These special people play an important role for many of us, in that they set the pace, or the bar, of achievement for those a bit further back in the pack. They can also set the proverbial “glass ceiling” for themselves, and those who almost never dare to look beyond.
What does “lapping the leaders” look like in your life?
What special talents and abilities can you tap into? How can you exceed your own expectations and set a new standard of excellence for what is possible for yourself?
“You can either throw in the towel, or use it to wipe your sweat.”
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When was the last time you had a really rigorous workout? You know, the kind that makes your muscles burn, makes you gasp for air, and drenches you in sweat?
Where do you, or have you, demonstrated similar efforts in your personal or professional life?
How often do you give things your all? With what frequency do you merely put in enough effort just to get by? How often do you throw in the towel and give up completely?
What are the key tasks or priorities in which you could dig deeper, make a stronger commitment, or break more of a sweat?
With whom can you partner to coach, encourage, and challenge you to give these goals your very best?
“Every wall is another fence that thins the herd.”
-Darren Hardy, Publisher of Success Magazine
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If you enjoy physical challenges, check out the NBC reality show, American Ninja Warrior.
Contestants drop like flies as they attempt to move through a series of challenging and sometimes diabolical physical tasks across a difficult obstacle course.
Many of the courses include a “Warped Wall,” a 14-foot high obstacle that is quite daunting, and quickly thins the herd.
Examine the professional and personal walls you face each day. Where can you develop additional strengths and capacities, scale more walls, and “thin the herd” in your favor?
“Speak in such a way that others love to listen to you. Listen in such a way that others love to speak to you.”
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One thing I know for sure is that quality relationships result when our focus is on others rather than ourselves.
Being interested rather than interesting will channel your listening and speaking skills, to help you successfully navigate your professional and personal worlds.
Choose your words today, so that they resonate at the frequency others hear and appreciate. How can you tune into the messages and signals of those around you, so that you fully honor and show how important they are to you?
“Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.”
—Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and the father of psychoanalysis
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Coaches are frequently asked, “What is the difference between coaching, counseling, and therapy?”
A thirty-second post would never do justice to this question. In today’s quote, Freud points to the value and usefulness of creating greater self-awareness, which is a component of each of the three supporting professions.
How would greater self-awareness and honesty serve you today?
“I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”
—Larry King, American television and radio host
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Have you ever considered why we have two ears and only one mouth? Why not one of each? Perhaps some higher power—not just Larry King—knew that listening is twice as valuable as speaking.
Practice using open-ended questions, including the all-powerful “What Else?” This follow-up & layering technique will help you speak less and learn more, at home and in your workplace.
“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”
-Harvey S. Firestone, American businessman, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
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Personal growth and development are among my top core values. Not so surprising is the fact that a very high percentage of people seeking the support of a coach share this commitment.
There is a magical power that reveals itself when we pursue our own personal growth, and support the growth of those around us.
What would be possible if each parent, teacher, and student would embrace and demonstrate these values?
How will you pursue your own development as a leader by supporting the growth and development of others today?