Learning

I am going to start a journal at the end of the day to ask myself- What did I learn today?  Should help me be proactive about gaining wisdom each day.

Jim Rohn said, “Get from the day, not just get go through the day.”

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Reacting

“Reacting in anger or annoyance will advance one’s ability to persuade,” Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Always looking for ways to not be my own worst enemy. In most cases, I need to be aware of my negative feelings and give my response enough time so it doesn’t come across as negative. Best medicine for anger is delay.

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Trust

I am reading Daring to Lead by Brene Brown and this caught my attention about trust- “It turns out trust is in fact earned in the smallest of moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.”

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Pain to Grow

I forgot who said this, but here you go, “The distance you go in life comes down to the amount of pain you are willing to endure to grow there.”

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Bad Habits

It is easy to remove a small tree from the ground. Much easier to remove a small seedling. However, taking down a mighty oak will take a tremendous amount of work. Don’t allow your bad habits to grow into a mighty oak. Nip them in the bud!

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Mirror

The bad behaviors and traits I despise in others may be just a reflection on my negative traits. I need to keep looking in the mirror every day before judging others. People who get on my nerves are usually my greatest teachers.

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Not Aiming High Enough

Michelangelo, “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.”?

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Key to Winning

Comes down to doing all the small stuff on a consistent basis. This is most difficult after achieving success or a win in life. Need to stay humble and keep doing the hard work that made the win possible. Most people can win in the short term, but are not consistent enough to win in the long term. This is my window of opportunity.

Also, winning margins are very small. Michael Phelps shared the story of just keeping his head down in final push, which allowed him to win the gold medal by the smallest of margins. The other competitor lifted his head up which gave Michael the edge.

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Resting Face

Be mindful of your resting face when communicating. You may be sending negative signals. Get objective feedback on how you look during meetings and conversations. This will help you make the necessary changes to your demeanor. Quick Remedy- Smile More!

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Work Toward Change, Not Being Liked

I was listening to one of my mentors, Darren Hardy, and he mentioned that most people are not pushing change hard enough and therefore not as successful as they could be. I need to quit worrying about being liked and move toward pushing the envelope and developing & nurturing respect with those around me. Most people don’t like change, but it is the only way progress can be achieved.

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