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Pay Attention!!!!

Posted by John on March 23, 2010

Great marketing really comes from being open to the possibilities.  To do that requires paying attention.  How often do we dismiss an offhand comment and sarcastic remark as irrelevant?  Have you ever misjudged a person because of initial impressions or your own assumptions only to find out that they are a potentially valuable ally for the future?  I have done both.  My goal is to do less of that in the future because each incident offers an opportunity to change the future and improve me.

So what is the answer?

Consider the possibilities!

Before you dismiss anything or prejudge, take the time to listen and to think about it.  Too often we rush to judgment due to preconceptions or fears.  This attempt to deal with the urgent and feared issues often distracts us from the real important issues that can change our future.  So gift yourself some thinking time to really envision the future you can create.

Consider

  • Why are you fearful
  • Will my decision/indecision really come back to haunt me

or will it set me on a new exciting path?

  • You will learn, gain wisdom, and prove your abilities

Then experiment and take some risks.  We get up and head out every day.  We have opportunities open to us at every turn.

Finally, be a problem solver.  Find the needs in your sphere of influence, reach out, form teams and then get down to finding the solution.  It is too easy to complain or be the victim.  It is much harder but oh so much more rewarding to be the solution maker.

Go out there and have a fabulous day and week.  Find that problem and solve it.

Check back next week for another random thought.

Cheers!

John

P.S. – What song are you carrying inside you?  Let it out!!!

P.P.S – If you are wondering what that means, please go back and watch the attached video from March 16 blog.  Come on – you will really enjoy it and have some fun.  Share it with your team.

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What is your future picture?

Posted by John on January 18, 2010

Whether we are in personal or business life, we all have a “vision” of the ideal situation. But is it specific, measureable, attainable, realistic and timely? Will you be able to look back in 3, 6, 9, or 18 months and see that you have moved from point A to point B? Or will you be fretting that you have not attained the IDEAL?

Too often, we paint a future picture that uses superlatives and qualifiers that cannot be measured. When that is the case, a business or a person can either fool themselves into believing they have achieved or they will continue to strive while never celebrating that they have moved forward.

Small victories ARE victories! They help us make the mid-course corrections as we move toward the future.

What is your plan to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you? What are the ideals in your future picture that allow you to adjust to what life presents?

We are entering a time of great uncertainty and with great uncertainty comes great opportunity. To capture this, we will need to reach beyond our job, beyond what we are told to do, beyond what we think we should do.

So, can you paint a future picture that is like one of those “flip the pages” books? A new picture on each page, while static a picture, when looked at quickly in retrospect, will show motion and success.

You cannot wait until tomorrow to start. You have friends, network buddies, groups, co-workers who are willing to share in the process. However, you have to take hold of it for yourself and make your own pages.

When you start flipping those pages three, five, or seven years from now, what will your picture look like? Will you have grasped opportunity and the picture will be richer and brighter – or will you hunker down and it will look the same as today? You hold the paint brush.

Good Luck!!

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