Compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, humans are not particularly strong or fast. But as you know, our ability to think logically and strategically catapulted our species to the top of the food chain. However, what we lack in strength, aggression and quickness, we made up for with endurance. We have the ability to maintain a slow and steady walk for hours and even days. Our ancestors knew this and used it to their advantage to survive. Meaning, early humans would literally walk their prey to death. We still carry with us this persistence. This endurance. Most of the time, you’re not going to be the fastest or strongest. Statistics tell us this. But what can set you apart is not the flare. It’s the grind. The grit. The determination required to win the long race. So stop thinking in present terms. Stop thinking in immediate gratification. Start thinking steps and miles ahead. Pace yourself and build that endurance. And one day you may surprise yourself with how far you’ve gone.
If you dwell in the past, you fail at giving the present the true attention it deserves and the positivity the future needs.
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.
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.
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.