Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I woke up this morning with an old Artillery cadence running through my head. Shoot, Move, and Communicate! (Yes I know I am a dork) I think there are some life lessons we can learn when we consider those three actions as a plan for success in any endeavor. BUT first we have to flip the script.
1) Communicate – don’t assume someone else knows your intentions, your goals, or your passions. Always keep an open dialogue with others. Remember to listen more than you talk.
2) Move – continually get yourself in position to win. The people you hang around, the choices you make, the books you read, the TV shows you watch all have an impact on you. Move into position to win by choosing what you let influence you.
3) Shoot – take action! Nothing will be accomplished until you get up off it and get on with it. Sometimes you will miss the mark, but keep on shooting and ultimately you will be successful in hitting your targets on a consistent basis.
Communicate, Move, Shoot – not as snazzy in a running cadence but is a better approach to the challenges in your life.
Friday, April 6, 2012
When I woke up this morning, the word encourage popped into my head. According to Webster, encourage means to “inspire with courage, spirit, or hope”. So I think we should inspire one another at every opportunity. But the key is to do it with courage. Don’t let your insecurities stop you from inspiring someone else. Everyone has something to offer so be courageous! Also encourage with a genuine spirit. People can quickly see when you are just blowing smoke or tooting your own horn. Focus on the other person and not yourself and be genuine. Lastly reinforce the hope of a brighter future and better things to come. FDR said “when you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”.
Inspire with courage, spirit, AND hope!