I recently hiked in Arches National Park in Utah. It was 102-degree Fahrenheit with only 7% humidity. An energy sucking, dry heat unlike what many people are used to experiencing.
One highlight of this trip was the climb to Utah’s iconic Delicate Arch.
As the sun pounded down it drained both energy and spirits. Having visited the Arch before, the vision of arriving at that magnificent mark fueled my trek. My Brazilian friend, Pacall, was visiting the National Park for the first time. He’d seen pictures of the Arch and wanted to see it in person.
Arriving at the top of the trail and beholding the beautiful Delicate Arch made the journal worth it – both in seeing the massive Arch and in defeating the brutal conditions required to do so.
Success in our personal lives and careers also takes a vision of what the “Top” of the journal will look like and a passion for getting there. While challenges and obstacles may line our path – an eye single to reaching the top will drive our ability to overcome.
Close your eyes – envision YOU succeeding and reaching the top.
Now open your eyes and take the first steps forward to making it happen!
(In full disclose – this is a picture of me and Pacall, but at another arch, not Delicate Arch. But I think it’s a cool pic. Haha)
Let it be known that I’m a fan of checklists. There’s a certain excitement felt by checking off items as they’re completed.
Recently I met with several managers in the company regarding a specific project. Each of them, myself included, owned a portion of the project. One by one they told me they had completed their portion. Each person truly had checked off their assigned task.
However, the overall project wasn’t progressing.
Too much focus had been placed on the tasks – and not the overall goal of the project. Each step was being done but without a visual of what needed to be achieved.
Communication, coordination and a drive for project success (not just completion) were lacking.
Look at your to-do list this week – which tasks are achieving higher, overarching company goals?
I’m reviewing my checklist, updating my priorities, and emphasizing success that exceeds my individual tasks. We’ll see what improvements this makes over the next few weeks.
In 2015, I heard Jeffrey Hazlet speak at a breakout session during Hubspot’s Inbound conference. He discussed the concepts from his book Think Big, Act Bigger.
Admittedly, it took me several months to purchase the book and several more to start reading it.
Mr. Hazlet is opinionated. That bold stubbornness makes the book interesting and more valuable.
My Top Takeaways:
Thinking and acting big feels risky. Not thinking and acting big far riskier.
- The idea of acting big, pushing boundaries and stepping out of your own comfort zones feels dangerous. As business accelerates so quickly, we need to be thinking about how to go BIG, what ELSE can we do, where can we PUSH the envelope. That gives us the best chance of success.
Always be evolving.
- In a world where “change” is the new status quo, your ability to adapt and change may be the most important indication of your ability to succeed.
This is one of the better books I’ve read this year. And it’s not too lengthy. – so, you can read it over just a few days. The book gives great, real-world examples that make the concepts tangible.
Get it. Read it. Make your team read it. And re-read it often.
If you’ve read it share your thoughts?
What book(s) have you read this year that was valuable?
The world is full of challenges. So is your company and your job. The news is laden with ten negative stories to every one positive story.
One of my favorite affirmation from Huffington Post’s 35 life-changing affirmations is:
I am superior to negative thoughts
Read all 35 affirmations here.
Entertaining the negativity only fuels gloomy and despair.
Positivity can also spread like wildfire – if someone just creates that first spark though.
So TODAY, let’s go be:
Lukas Graham says it best in his song 7 Years
I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure
‘Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major
Have a good, great, terrific, outstanding, and amazing day!
The daily choices we make are what add up to a lifetime of true joy and happiness.
“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” – Henri Nouwen
Wishing you a successful, prosperous, and joy-filled day!
Ask anyone in your organization to create a list of company problems and you will find many willing participants, and a list of problems a million miles long. Identifying problems is an easy skill; one that far too many people spend far too much time perfecting.
Ask people to come up with one or two solutions to company problems and nothing but silence may follow.
Anyone can tell you the problems.
The best people, the most valuable people, are those who offer solutions.
You want to be more valuable to your organization – be a “Soltion’ist”!
Don’t be a problem taker (or maker).
My theme for 2017 is Fitness, Fun, & Family. Not necessarily in that order.
- Track my workout routine for 60 days
- Complete three 100 Pushup Challenges
- 100 pushups in 24 hours
- 100 pushups in 5 minutes
- 100 straight pushups
- Bench Press 225 lbs.
- No soda for 60 days
- Family trip to Hawaii
- Attend Las Vegas 7’s Rugby Tournament
- Go skiing or snowboarding
- Go golfing
- Go clay pigeon shotgun shooting
- Go stand-up paddle boarding
- Go camping with the family
- Go snorkeling
- Hike Timpanogos Cave
- Attend a cultural festival
- Coach a youth sports team
- Visit an Aquarium
- Attend a professional work conference
- Attend a trade show
- “Read” 8 books
- Start a Travel site
- Write 30 articles / posts
- Reach 1,000 Twitter followers
- Reach 300 Instagram followers
- Spend 1v1 time with each kid, each quarter
- Go on a weekly date with Melissa
- Take a trip with Melissa
- Go on a mini-getaway with Melissa
- Visit somewhere new
- Help Melissa compete in a triathlon
- Help someone achieve their goal or Bucket List item
- Attend a play, musical, or concert
- Attend a Real Salt Lake soccer game
- Attend BYU football games
- Visit each of my siblings:
- Brother in Northern Utah
- Brother in Southern Utah
- Sisters in Arizona
- Try 12 foods from different cultures:
- American BBQ
- Brazilian Churrascaria
- El Salvadorian pupusas
- Food Truck!
- Sushi / Japanese
- Italian (non-chain restaurant)
- Something else?
- Do something spontaneous
- Go to bed earlier to get more sleep
Bonus Item: Take a trip to Brazil