Don’t be fooled

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Today’s thought is a simple quote spoken over 150 years ago. This quote is perhaps more true today than it was then.

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”  – Soren Kirkegaard 1813 – 1855

Believing that is not true is the classical way that individuals are fooled. There have always been individuals intent on selling us something that isn’t genuine, valid, or of value.  There are individuals that cheat.  There are liars.  There are hackers, scam artists, and deceivers that attempt to fool us with untruths.  However, the other way to be fooled is just as bad and as destructive.  Failing to believe what is clearly true is more discreet, but is also more personal.  When we know the truth or at least have access to the truth, yet ignore it, we are only deceiving ourselves.  Seeking the truth, no matter how painful or disappointing, is what an individual with character would do.

So, think about what situations you encounter or what you may face today. Is the real truth available or obvious, but you choose to not believe it?  Are you ignoring the truth because it makes things more difficult for you personally.  An individual with character always seeks the truth.

Thanks for all you do to make this a better world and better place. Have a fabulous day!

Why we still “Remember the Alamo”

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On March 6, 1836, the Mexican army of Santa Anna was finally able to overcome the brave and resilient army of 189 men of the Texas army at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas (see photo above). All of the men holed up in the Alamo died that day.  But, their 13-day fight against extreme odds was the source of the cry “Remember the Alamo” that spurred on the ultimate victory of the Texas army.

Why do we still “Remember the Alamo” today? There are several reasons historians say the Alamo still inspires individuals today.  Let’s look at these and consider how they might inspire us today:

The men of the Alamo are worth remembering because of their:

  1. Self-sacrifice – It is said that the men of the Alamo knew their situation was precarious. They knew defending the Alamo was a challenge and that the Mexican army of Santa Anna would likely have no trouble defeating them there. They knew that trying to stay and defend the Alamo and the land in Texas it represented would likely result in their death. Nonetheless, they loved their homeland and believe it was worth fighting to save. And, in staying to fight, they assumed they would die. Their sacrifice ultimately inspired victory by the Texas army and saved their homeland from falling to Santa Anna.
  2. Devotion – Many of the men defending the Alamo had families. Thus, they believed they were ultimately fighting for the sanctity of their own homeland for their children and grandchildren. They were devoted to Texas and believed it was worth dying to save.
  3. Bravery – The men of the Alamo were facing certain death. Yet, they faced it and their invaders bravely and with the courage of men expecting to win. None of us will likely ever be placed in a position in which we face death defending something we believe in. We are fortunate. However, the bravery of these men is an amazing example to us today and should inspire us to face the challenges that come our way.
  4. Honor – The men of the Alamo embody honor. They faced their fate solely to defend the sanctity and honor of their homeland. These men still deserve our honor today.

Yes, the values exhibited by these men deserve remembering. Similarly today, I believe those individuals that serve their country in the military or as police officers or as firemen or as first responders deserve a similar honor.  I personally try to thank these individuals for their service when I encounter one.  I believe that most of them also exhibit the values displayed by the men of the Alamo… self-sacrifice, devotion, bravery, and honor.  In a way, when we honor the those that died that day in the Alamo, we, in a small way, honor these heroes of today.

Yes, we need to “Remember the Alamo” and the values that made those individuals worth remembering and honoring today.

Thanks to any of you that has served in the military or in civilian service. And, thanks to any of you with family members serving in these ways.  You are true heroes to me!

Have a fabulous day! And, let’s face our own adversaries today with courage.

Your best moments

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Think of the best moments of your life, thus far. Do you think of the time you hit the game winning home run?  Or, when your first child was born?  Or, when you were married?  Or, when you bought your first house, first car, or first dog?  Or, was it possibly an occasion or award for you or one of  your children?  Or, when you had that last chemo treatment?  Was it a day you spent with a friend or your spouse?  Was your best moment spend on the beach or at the Eiffel Tower or Yellowstone National Park?  Was your best moment the time you first heard those special words from someone you love?

I would tend to bet that your best moments were spent with someone else. I recently ran across this quote that speaks to this topic:

“None of the best moments in your life will occur while you are looking at a screen.” – Bernard Marr

Despite what we might think, our best moments are not those times at work or looking at a phone/computer screen or a television. Our best moments are spent with others or in the beauty of nature.  So, this begs the question… how are you spending your time?  Are you even giving life a chance to gift you with a “best moment” today?  How many best moments have you already missed because you were consumed with that smartphone you carry?  So, today, just think about setting aside that phone or computer long enough to truly interact with someone else.  You never know when one of those “best moments” might come.

Have a wonderful day! It might be your very best yet!

 

Times when the end does NOT justify the means

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You have probably heard the statement, “The end justifies the means.” This essentially means that, though the process may not have gone as you might expect or hope, the end result was a good one.  You can imagine that you are on a long road trip and run into road construction that requires a detour.  Finally, you make it to your destination and can say, “it wasn’t exactly the route we hoped to take, but we made it here… the end of the journey was worth it, so the detour we took didn’t matter.” In other words, the end justified the means to get there.

However, there are times when you must say, “The end does NOT justify the means.” What are those times?  To me, there are two significant times when the end simply does not or cannot justify the means.  Let’s take a look at both:

The end does NOT justify the means when…..

You have to cheat to achieve the end result 

 

Yes, there are times when you think that cutting a corner or taking a shortcut makes the end result worth it. I disagree. When you have not earned it, the end result, even when favorable, is tainted. Let’s look at a few specific examples of cheating to achieve a tainted end result:

  • Deception or lying – When an individual cheats to pass a test or uses deception to realize gain, the result is not earned and cannot be justified.
  • Doing something illegal – Failing to pay your legally-required fair share of taxes is a form of cheating that cannot be justified. Likewise, in the pharmaceutical industry, failing to follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) means that the product is unacceptable even though it might fulfill product testing specifications. (GMP’s state that product is unacceptable even if it meets all final product specifications if you do not follow the specific “how to” requirements of the regulations, for example. See 21 CFR 210.1 (b) for more information on this.)
  • Failing to keep your commitments – When a contractor completes the job, but two months beyond the committed deadline, the end result is tainted. If you perform a task for another, but charge twice the agreed upon price, you have not fulfilled your end of the bargain and the end result is tainted.

You hurt someone else to achieve the end result 

A successful end result is also not achieved when you have hurt or injured another individual to realize that result. For example:

 

  • Not giving due credit to others – No “good” result is ever earned by an individual that did not actually do the work or that did not appropriately share credit for the work. Failing to give credit harms the other individual and is never justified.
  • Directly injuring another physically, emotionally, or by hampering their career – Any result attained by harming another individual physically, emotionally, or by any means that hampers their career is, in essence, ill-gotten gain. When you harm another individual, your “victory” is forfeited, at least in my book.
  • Abusing trust – Letting someone down to achieve your personal aspirations is not defined as success.

It is great to win! It is great to be successful!  It is great that you can overcome obstacles and still accomplish the ultimate goal!  But, let’s do it the right way.  Let’s earn it and let’s not walk over others to achieve it.

Thanks for all you do! Have one of those “top ten” days today!

 

Dealing with ambiguity… more or less

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Wouldn’t life be much more simple if everything was clear, everyone knew who was doing what, and no surprises ever occurred? No one has such a life, of course.  It seems there is always something happening to make the simple, more complex.  I kid my wife that no matter what project I try to do around the house, something always makes it harder than it seems, it takes longer than it should, and I never have the right tool to do it in the first place.

Projects in the workplace are much the same. Though we spend significant time upfront planning the many activities in finite detail, things happen that require mid-course corrections and skills we never knew we had to navigate the obstacles that arise.  There are also jobs that are hard to define.  Though you have a general outline of the job duties, it seems the actual duties and responsibilities change day-by-day and you never know what you’ll face when you walk into the office any day.  This is called ambiguity.

Ambiguity can be defined as:

“Not knowing the outcome. Having less information or less time than desired to make a decision.  Confusing information; lack of clarity; lack of precedent.”

Lominger (you can find more on Lominger competencies through Google) says of ambiguity:

According to studies, 90% of the problems of middle managers and above are ambiguous—it’s neither clear what the problem is nor what the solution is. The higher you go, the more ambiguous things get. Most people with a brain, given unlimited time and 100% of the information, could make accurate and good decisions. Most people, given access to how this specific problem has been solved hundreds of times before, could repeat the right decision. The real rewards go to those who can comfortably make more good decisions than bad with less than all of the information, in less time, with few or no precedents on how it was solved before.

So, what is the secret to dealing with ambiguity? Can you ever get comfortable operating in ambiguous situations?  Here are some helpful hints:

  1. Recognize that change is simply a part of life – Those that struggle the most with ambiguity are those that want everything in its place, on time, and on schedule. When you understand and accept that change is a natural part of life, you’ll be better able to deal with those times that things don’t stay the same.
  2. Get organized – One reason many struggle with ambiguity is because they themselves are not organized. When your own life is in chaos, the feeling of stress you feel is simply magnified when you have to deal with ambiguity in the workplace. Try creating a “to do” list that simply highlights the three most important things you need to accomplish each day. Focus on these three things. Getting them done with give you a sense of achievement and accomplishment that can override other ambiguity you face.
  3. Ask more questions – We often get the feeling of chaos or stress from ambiguity because we don’t have enough information. When you don’t know, ask questions. Make it a habit to ask more questions than you might feel are necessary. Each answer to a question should reveal more information and provide even more clarity.
  4. Stop striving for perfection – I have heard it said, “Perfection is the enemy of better.” You could also say, “Perfection is the friend of ambiguity.” When everything in your life must be just right, little things that do not go as you hope tend to stress you. Simply realizing that we cannot control everything and understanding that your primary focus should be on the “major things” can help you manage the ambiguity you often face.
  5. Be free about getting others involved – Don’t be afraid — or too proud — to ask for help. Allowing others to share the problem or collaborate in the issues you face can help balance your own sense of chaos… or control
  6. Be reasonable about success – You can’t control everything. And, everything you do will not be perfectly successful. Achieving a rational approach to success can help you realize that you relish the victories you do get and forget your defeats. Learning to balance these victories and defeats can help you see more clearly where you should focus your time, energy, and emotions.
  7. Just do something – Too often, individuals caught in the fog of ambiguity become paralyzed by too many choices. In many cases, the best approach is simply to “do something… anything.” Most decisions you make can be modified or corrected later. Understand the risks posed by a situation and charge forward. Doing nothing can be just as harmful and waiting, wondering, and watching.

Of course, there is no formula that can help us deal with everything that comes our way. But, being reasonable and calm can help clear the fog.

Have a splendid day! It could still be our very best yet!

 

Finding treasure from life’s storms

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My sister-in-law’s family (her husband, daughters, grandkids, etc.) had planned the trip for over a year. They would all carve out vacation time in October 2016, take the granddaughter out of school for a couple days, and take two cars to drive the 15 hour drive to the “world’s happiest place” — Disney World.  Everything seemed perfect… that is, until Hurricane Matthew messed up their plans.  Not knowing how accurate the forecasts were, they left on schedule, but as they neared Florida, the forecasts became more and more ominous.  Finally, after evacuation orders were made to Central Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, they made the gut-wrenching decision to cancel their vacation and return home.  My niece commented, “I just had my hardest parenting moment yet… telling my 8-year-old daughter that we were not going to the Magic Kingdom after all.  She just couldn’t understand how some wind and rain could ruin our plans for the most fun vacation ever!”

Life does have storms and disappointments. We recently heard from some very good friends that their son and his wife were separated.  It seems that almost daily now we hear of another public servant dying in the line of duty and their children wondering why Mommy or Daddy won’t be coming home.  We read often of companies closing businesses or plants and leaving hundreds of employees out of work.  Life’s storms reveal much about our own resilience and character.

Joel Ruth found some significant treasure after Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. In the aftermath of the hurricane, Ruth found 180 coins from a shipwreck that occurred in 1715.  It took the hurricane to reveal the treasure that Ruth was able to find.  Ruth was not a casual beachcomber, but he is an active and proactive treasure-hunter.  His find was intentional and lucrative.  Joel Ruth found treasure after a storm that caused devastation along the Florida coast.

There may be treasure in our own storms, as well. In my own case, I have uncovered invaluable treasure in the people in my life after storms.  I also found my way into the pharmaceutical industry after a personal storm.  I know many others that have discovered true treasure in their own storms.  The one common factor in all these “discoveries” has been that you have to be seeking this treasure.  You can’t just be a casual observer walking along the beach.  You need to be intentional and truly seek the treasure yet to be revealed.  Despite the devastation that can result from life’s storms, seeking those nuggets of gold to be uncovered in the aftermath can be life-changing.  So, if you are currently in one of those storms or whether that storm is hovering on the horizon, remember that it will reveal treasure… but, only if you seek it in the aftermath.  Plan now to seek and to recover that treasure when the next storm abates.

Have a fabulous day today! This could honestly be the day you have waited years to see.  And, who knows, you might just find the treasure of a lifetime today.

 

Who would you have dinner with?

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Several Aussie couples were recently asked who they would choose to have dinner with, dead or alive, if they could have dinner with anyone. Their children were then asked the same question.  See how it went at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wfbY3i4FY0

I have to admit, if I had to answer this question, I would probably choose my parents, both of whom have been gone for many years. Or, I might choose my wife’s natural mother who died before I even met my wife.  Watching this short video throws a whole new perspective on that question, though.

Sometimes we think we owe so much time to so many others. We cram our days with work, workouts, meetings, deadlines, pick-up/drop-off times, etc.  And, most homes have days when you just grab whatever you can for dinner.  I would offer a bet that if our own children or grandchildren were asked the same question, they would answer the same way the children in the video answered.  All kids primarily want out of us is our time.  They may have desires and wants, but when it comes down to crunch-time, we are the most important people in their lives.

So, in case you have forgotten, think about this today.  Making dinnertime together a priority was always important in our own home and many of our family’s favorite memories still revolve around those dinnertime discussions.  Just “food” for thought today.

Have a fabulous day! And, remember why you do what you do and who you do it for as you go about your daily activities today.

Career accelerators: advice from those that have actually been there… and won!

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Over the last several months, I have heard the career journeys for a couple dozen experienced and successful colleagues. Some have worked their entire careers at one company.  Others have changed jobs many times.  Most have relocated.  Many have faced challenges, layoffs, acquisitions, divestitures, disappointments, victories, and any kind of career event you can imagine.  All have had successful careers.  So, what is the best advice these individuals have offered?  What are those threads that are common to every successful individual?  Of course, there is much to be learned from others, but I have tried to capture those most critical elements they offer.  Below are seven items of advice I captured from the career journeys of others:

  1. You own your own career – You cannot expect anyone else to manage your career. Certainly, you can rely upon mentors, bosses, and others to advocate for you. You can utilize their advice. You can lean on others for guidance. But, you cannot take the attitude, “I’ll just do my best and trust that things will work out,” and expect great things to happen. You need to take initiative. You need to take the ball and run with it yourself. The best advice I could give would be to envision what role or what responsibilities do you hope to have in five years. Ask yourself, “Can I get there from here?” If the answer is “yes,” then develop a plan that would make you the obvious choice when that opportunity arises. If the answer is “no,” then develop a plan to either make a significant career shift or begin looking for that next opportunity elsewhere.
  2. Expect the unexpected – No individual has a career journey that did not involve an unexpected turn or two. You have to expect it… or at least not be surprised when it happens. In my own journey, I once was unexpectedly unemployed when my entire division was eliminated in one day. It was probably the best thing that ever happened in my career! It was that event that led me to the pharmaceutical industry… the best industry possible! So, it is good to have alternate pathways in mind. Make yourself indispensable in more than one area. Become an expert in something else.
  3. Some risks are necessary – It is almost inconceivable in this day to spend an entire career without being faced with “that risky decision.” Taking some risks is almost synonymous with success. You have to be willing to venture out of your comfort zone… out of that nice, easy rut that you find yourself in. You may have to move into a new functional area. You may have to relocate to a city where you know no one. You may have to take a temporary role. In hearing the career journeys of the individuals I mentioned, almost everyone mentioned a role they had where they knew very little about the job before taking it. Most said they had to sink or swim right away. And, most said those roles were amongst their most satisfying afterward. Don’t be afraid to try something entirely foreign to you! If you can make it with that kind of role, you can make it anywhere.
  4. Some sacrifices are required – Most individuals agree that sacrifices may be required to advance your career. For some, it means moving your family away from family, friends, and comfortable surroundings to a new area. For others, it means financial and time sacrifices to pursue additional degrees. For others, it means assuming roles you may not have chosen in order to learn something new. In every case, individuals were faced with those difficult decisions that involved tough choices. So, just be prepared… nearly everyone faces that fork in the career road that means making either a safe choice or one that involves personal sacrifice.
  5. Learn from both the good and the bad – Every individual experienced good situations in their successful careers. However, each also experienced a very difficult situation… a bad boss, bad company, difficult time, high stress, negative consequences, etc. The advice from these experienced individuals is that we must learn from every situation. With a bad boss, learn how to treat others. Learn what you will never do when you are in that role. In a stressful position, learn how to deal with the stress successfully. Learn about yourself. Learn how you thrive. Learn how to survive. Learn from both the good and the bad.
  6. Your network is critical – Every successful individual develops and nurtures a network of others. Most individuals experienced career advancement because of someone they previously worked with or worked for. Many had career surprises because of someone they met, someone that knew a friend, or someone that had something in common with them. You will be surprised how impactful a good and growing network can be to your career. Nurturing it is essential.
  7. Pay it forward – Every individual also stated that they eventually came to a point where their greatest career desire was to “pay it forward” — to give back to others in ways that others had benefited their own careers. Making a difference for someone else eventually became a key driver to each one. Giving someone else a hand in the same way they had benefited became a career driver. Service to others actually accelerated careers in some instances. When individuals stopped becoming focused only on their own success, they saw their careers advance faster and in ways they did not expect.

I would have cherished such advice early in my own career. Knowing what to expect and having a chance to formulate my own plans, expectations, and journey with this advice in mind could have saved significant indecision, anxiety, and second-guessing had someone shared it with me then.  So, hopefully, those of you in the first half of your career can learn and gain from the wisdom of others.  And, those of you in the second half can see what is actually happening to you now and it might allow you opportunities for mid-course corrections. Finally, I hope all of us see, no matter where we are in our career journey, that paying it forward — seeking to add value to the lives of others — brings satisfaction and fulfillment that cannot be attained in any other way.

Thanks to those of you that have shared your own career journey. Have a great day and I hope that this wisdom helps everyone take that next career step.

 

Leading with heart

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Have you ever noticed that the very best leaders — the ones you truly want to follow — are those that lead with heart? By heart, several attributes come to mind:

  1. Willingness to serve
  2. Thinking of others first
  3. Sharing their emotions without apology
  4. Transparency
  5. Doing what is right even in the face of opposition
  6. Truly caring about others
  7. Having an inner compass that always points north

Surely, there are some “leaders” that have obtained great success without exhibiting these attributes. But, those are the vast exceptions.  For most of us, give me a leader with heart and I’ll do everything I can to make that person successful.  Give me a leader without heart and I’ll grudgingly do only what is necessary.  Think about this and the quotes below on leading with heart.  Do you need to adjust your approach as a leader?

 

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  • “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”— John C. Maxwell

  • “True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.”— Sheri L Dew
  • “The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart.”— William Hazlitt
  • “Your heart is free, have the courage to follow it.”— Braveheart
  • “When your heart speaks, take good notes.”— Judith Campbell
  • “The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.”— Deepak Chopra
  • “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”— Confucius
  • “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.”— Lee Iacocca
  • “We see the world, not as it is, but as we are—or, as we are conditioned to see it.” — Steven R. Covey
  • “The mind forgets but the heart always remembers.”— Anonymous
  • “Great leadership usually starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference.”— Mac Anderson
  • “We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.”— Mary Kay Ash
  • “Try to help others. Consult their weaknesses, relieve their maladies; strive to raise them up, and by so doing you will most effectually raise yourself up also.”— Joseph Barber Lightfoot
  • “When people go to work, they shouldn’t have to leave their hearts at home.”— Betty Bender
  • “Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.”— Anthony J. D’Angelo
  • “You do not lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” — Bill Gates
  • “To help others develop, start with yourself.”— Marshal Goldsmith
  • “When we really connect to that place of wisdom and strength and understanding, everything becomes easier.”— Arianna Huffington
  • “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.”— Carl Jung
  • “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.”— Jesse Jackson
  • “Don’t believe everything you think.”— Byron Katie
  • “If your goals aren’t synced with the substance of your heart, then achieving them won’t matter much.”— Danielle LaPorte
  • “The heart is a muscle, and you strengthen muscles by using them. The more I lead with my heart, the stronger it gets.”— Mark Miller
  • “A person’s world is only as big as their heart.”— Tanya A. Moore
  • “If my heart could do my thinking, and my head begin to feel, I would look upon the world anew, and know what’s truly real.”— Van Morrison
  • “Civility doesn’t weaken a message. It helps others hear it.”— Kate Nasser
  • “Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”— Michelle Obama
  • “The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.”— Charles H. Perkhurst
  • “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”— Dolly Parton
  • “Only do what your heart tells you.”— Princess Diana
  • “One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment.”— Robert E. Quinn
  • “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”— Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Since in order to speak, one must first listen, learn to speak by listening.”— Rumi
  • “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”— Sheryl Sandberg
  • “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”— Swami Sivananda
  • “When pure sincerity forms within, it is outwardly realized in other people’s hearts.” — Lao Tzu
  • “Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.”— Unknown
  • “Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.”— Gary Vaynerchuck
  • “Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.”— George Van Valkenburg
  • “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.”— Sr. Thomas Watson
  • “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”— Marianne Williamson
  • “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.”— Malcolm X
  • “Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”— Zig Ziglar
  • “Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.”— Brené Brown
  • “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.”— Helen Keller
  • “Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.”— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”— Steve Jobs
  • “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”— Nelson Mandela
  • “If you wish others to believe in you, you must first convince them that you believe in them.”— Harvey Mackay

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Thanks for making this a terrific day! It could be our very best yet — there is still a chance!

 

 

The beginning… or the end?

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England suffered immeasurably during WWII. They were bombed repeatedly and the country suffered both physical and mental damage.  Sir Winston Churchill was their Prime Minister during the war and worked tirelessly to support the allied effort AND maintain the morale of his distressed countrymen.  During the height of the war in November 1942, Churchill gave a speech to his nation in which he sought to encourage them and motivate them to keep fighting and remain optimistic.  It was there he said:

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.  But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Sir Winston Churchill

Though already battle-fatigued, Churchill believed they would prevail in the end against the enemy and that his people, his team would win, but they needed to be resilient and optimistic, despite the challenge.

Churchill’s words are good for us to remember during challenging times we face. His words help us see that, though we may not yet be able to see the end, we can be certain that we are progressing toward the end.  We can know that every day we persevere is another day that brings us closer to our goals.  During the midst of wintertime, we often get a very nice, warm day with sunshine.  On those days, I often think that, though it may not signal the end of winter, it is one less day that we’ll have to endure cold and snow… each day brings us one day closer to the finish line.

So, for today, if you are facing a challenge, take heart in Churchill’s encouragement… though you may not know when this will end, you can be encouraged by the fact that you are marching toward the end. Each day brings you one step closer to victory.  In the end for England, Churchill did lead his people to a significant and victorious finish to the war.  It is said that his ability to keep his nation motivated played a huge role in the persistence and perseverance of the allied effort in Europe.

Take heart and stay encouraged. This really could be your best day yet!  Or, if not, it may bring you one day closer to that coming best day!