Detours Are OK

Having a well thought out plan can make work and life a little easier to manage. A step-by-step account of everything you have to do, all laid out in a nice, neat package. However, rarely do plans stay in place. AND THAT’S OK! You’re ability to adapt to new situations and bumps in the road is a key component to a happy and healthy career, marriage or everyday living. When detours in your life arrive, take the opportunity to explore new challenges, and learn to adapt more quickly by being open and honest with yourself and the possibilities ahead of you.

Be Honest With Those You Lead

Having the trust and loyalty of a team comes with sacrifice and accountability as a leader. Own up to mistakes you’ve made and learn from them. Those who follow you respect honesty. Poor leaders will deflect in times of famine and take credit in times of feast. Own your team’s performance during good times and in bad, and your team will respect you for it. So today, own your team. Show them you have their back even when numbers are down. Show them that you’re their real leader.

Get Your Hands Dirty

Being a manager means getting your hands dirty. We would all love the ability to sit back and watch the world turn, sometimes pointing and giving orders. But in reality, our employees are smart. They recognize laziness and won’t tolerate it. So today, be a hands on manager. Get in the weeds and make something happen. In the end, your employees will follow your example and respect the fact that you realize what they go through. Get your hands dirty. Stand beside them.

Let’s Just Be Grateful

Remember the feeling of wanting something you now have? When you start to feel imprisoned by material possessions like the newest and greatest gadget or you start to feel envious of some one else’s new car or house, stop to look around. Be grateful for how far you’ve come and remember when you weren’t very far at all. #family #grateful

Make Things Happen!

Try this. Instead of waking up thinking, “I have so much to do at work today.” Wake up and say, “Let’s make something happen today.” Make a difference. Make THE difference. Successful people don’t wait for something to happen. They find the difference to make and find a way to make it happen. Why be complacent?

What Makes A Great Leader?

Possessing a leadership role is a privilege, honor and fiduciary responsibility. Don’t ever take for granted your ability to motivate or demotivate those you lead. Anyone can motivate a team, and the ability to recognize low morale and a demotivated team is a necessary characteristic of a good leader. HOWEVER, the ability to reverse that downfall and maintain consistent, positive motivation is a key characteristic and sign of a GREAT leader.

Strive To Be Humble

Try to find more humility this week. I constantly find myself using first person pronouns way too often during my daily conversations. Join me in making a more conscious effort to ask genuine questions about others and those you meet, rather than telling others about yourself. Listen more intently. Everyone deserves a chance to be heard. Try and learn something from everyone you interact with.

Never Settle For Just Getting By

Be an over achiever. I’ve never understood the mindset of those who are content with doing the bare minimum to get by. You only get one shot at making your mark on this world. Take every opportunity that comes your way and give it everything you have. There is absolutely no point or reasoning behind “just getting by.” Don’t waste your time here on Earth, and certainly don’t waste anyone else’s time by dragging your feet. Be confident. Be motivated. Strive to over achieve.

Soylent Challenge: The Final Days

Here we are, people! I did it. It’s done. I made it through this weird diet journey, and I have to say, I have never felt better. Back on day 3, I said the ultimate goal for me was to allow my body to “reset.” To flush my body of processed foods and MSG. I didn’t fully understand at the time how that goal would end up playing out. I’m here to say that it’s played out beautifully. Read More