Survival is an uninspiring goal.
It is a pre-requisite, obviously for everything else. Survival foundational to achieving the real goals of success: thriving and achieving.
A client once told me, “I didn’t go to college to learn how to survive. I want to thrive!!”
Of course if we don’t expect much in life and don’t get it, we aren’t as disappointed. Some people aim low–at surviving–with the confidence that at least they can achieve that.
During difficult times, both individuals and businesses are sometimes faced with survival as a primary goal. But like Robert Schuller says, “Tough times never last but tough people do.”
The danger is staying in survival mode longer than necessary. Anyone can become so accustomed to playing not to lose that they stop playing to win.
Have you dumbed down your aspirations? Have the challenges and obstacles slowly drained you of your aspiration to thrive? Does your team know what you’re trying to achieve, or only what you’re trying to avoid?
To change your future, change your present perspective.
You can do better than simply surviving. Determine to thrive and flourish.
Someone next to me on a recent flight was reading a book. The subtitle included “stop doubting your awesomeness.”
That made me wonder: is awesomeness automatic?
Is the real challenge doubting your awesomeness…or achieving it?
I believe anyone who chooses wisely and works hard enough and long enough can be awesome. We have the potential for greatness within us.
But it is harder than simply waking up, remembering or no longer doubting. We only experience awesomeness–at home, school, work, wherever–when we apply ourselves to expressing our potential.
It is a slippery slope from “you can choose to be awesome” to “you are automatically awesome.” Everyone has inherent value and worth but awesomeness is earned on the playing field of life, not in the recesses of the mind.
Don’t doubt your potential abilities. But keep going and do the work to develop them.
(For more insights about achieving your potential, visit www.theencoreeffect.com).
1. Start with certainty. Have your opening remarks prepared and memorized to be carefully delivered so you launch from a strong opening.
2. Make movement purposeful. Unnatural or nervous movement is off-putting to those listening and watching.
3. Provide evidence to prove the points you make. If you claim your staff is “awesome,” have a story to illustrate the point. Otherwise is sounds like exaggeration.
4. Be crystal clear on what you want listeners to do after they’ve heard you. A strong call to action is a powerful tool. What they should most remember after you finish is not what you said but what they should do.
5. End as definitively as you started. Don’t just run out of words and ideas. Have a strong statement prepared to conclude your remarks. Even mediocre speeches can be resurrected with a strong close.
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