Would you choose to take one penny that doubled everyday for 31 Days or three million dollars in cash? If you know the story, the penny is the choice to make because on day 31, it reaches over $10 million dollars. However, most people choose the $3 million, because of the longevity to get to $10 million… For example, after 5 days, the penny is only 16 cents, and after 10 days a little over $5 dollars… even after 20 days (3 weeks) its just over $5,000 while the person that took the $3 million is sitting nice spot… Most people choose to quit when the going gets tough whether it’s in your job, or with your fitness or your finances, and even your relationships. Life is about choices and you can choose to have success or choose to fail. We can choose to procrastinate or choose to act, choose believe or doubt, succeed or fail!
Choose to TRY… So many people are afraid to fail. Many won’t attend a networking event or make a call for a sale, or try to build a relationship or pursue a new opportunity… Why not choose to try like Henry Ford who FAILED to leave off the reverse off his first auto, or Abraham Lincoln that FAILED several elections before becoming a historic president, or Babe Ruth who FAILED by striking out more times than anyone, but is known for being one for the greatest home run hitters of all time.
Choose to focus on the GOAL and not as much on the role… We all have roles to play in our business and in our personal life. When I was in high school, I practiced as the 3rd string quarterback to help our best defense get ready for the week. Yes, I wanted to be the starting quarterback that throws the game winning touchdown, but the goal was to win the district title, and my role was to help the team win. What’s your company goal? Maybe your role is in sales to be a revenue producer, or operations leader to manage expenses to increase profits, in HR to recruit talent, or rolling out new HR initiatives for the company… Whatever it is, focus on the goal for success.
Choose to be ACCOUNTABLE and to do the right thing… De La Salle High School, in Concord, California, was recently featured in the movie “When the Game Stands Tall” featuring head football coach Bob Ladouceur’s teams, which won 151 consecutive high school football games from 1992 to 2004—a winning streak that stands today. One of my favorite parts of the movie (and most impacting) is how the team prepared for the season. Each player wrote down his commitment for the week on a small index card and shared it with another player. The other player would say that he accepted the commitment and they’d shake hands. How can you be more accountable? Choose to be great by being an example for doing the right things and modeling accountability for your team!
Choose to CARE… In the book winning every day, Lou Holt’s asks 3 questions to know if you will be successful. Can I trust you? Are you committed to excellence? Do you care? Are you choosing to drive your career with trust, excellence, and caring spirit? Now is the time to look in the mirror and choose to care! Have a conversation with your team members and ask them how they are doing, what they are working on that they enjoy or that is challenging them to show them you care. Call your business partners and ask them about ideas to continue building a great partnership. John Maxwell says it best… “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Choose great HABITS for success… In Today Matters, John Maxwell gives us 12 daily habits to choose for success everyday… Make the choice to instill good habits for success!
- ATTITUDE…gives me possibilities.
- PRIORITIES…give me focus.
- HEALTH…gives me strength.
- FAMILY…gives me stability.
- THINKING…gives me an advantage.
- COMMITMENT…gives me tenacity.
- FINANCES…give me options.
- FAITH…gives me peace.
- RELATIONSHIPS…give me fulfillment.
- GENEROSITY…gives me significance.
- VALUES…give me direction.
- GROWTH…gives me potential.
Quote of the Week… “It is not all about talent. It’s about dependability, consistency, being coachable, and understanding what you need to do to improve.” (Bill Belichick)
Call to Action: What choices are you making? Choose to believe and start some dialogue with others in your network. This may be the start of greatness for you and your team!
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