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Do you see the world as easy or hard?


Do you see the world as easy or hard? It’s going to make a difference in your results. You see, I grew up on a dairy farm. We milked cows. We came home from school and had chores that would go until late evening. We worked all through the summers, through the heat. It was hard, hard, hard work. So now, when I’m working in an office and somebody asks me to do something, I think, “That’ll be easy,” because in contrast, I haven’t worked a day in my life since I got off the dairy farm. You see, it’s how you perceive the world, whether it’s hard or easy, that will make it either hard or easy. Our worldview shapes our results.

So I’ll never forget a time when a friend of mine taught me this. She said, “Every time someone asks you to do something, ask yourself this, What would I do after I hit the easy button?” Brilliant! You see, all of us can ask ourselves, “Instead of complicating this in my head and instead of feeling burdened by something, what if I interpreted this as being in the flow, and creating the results, and making it happen?”

How to create healthy distance in your workplace


Do you have healthy distance in the workplace? What is healthy distance?

It means that you get to disagree in a productive way. Some of the best organizations I’ve always worked with, the executives will always say to me — “It’s almost like a bloodbath when we come in and we discuss an idea; but when we walk out, we are holding hands and singing kumbaya. We make it safe to disagree, and nobody does the pouting or complaining or your are not listening to me or play any of the mind games”.

Instead, they stay in the game and attack problems and never people, and no one gets to play the victim.

Are you someone who is bringing healthy dissidence to the game? Both in challenging ideas, not people and allowing yourself to be challenged in a way that you are productively making it safe for that to happen. By doing that, you will create much better ideas, and much better results.

Enjoy the path to healthy distance.

Are you breathing life into life?


In life, I find people are either breathing life into life or they’re sucking it out, and at every moment of every day, you’re that person. You’re never creating a neutral experience. So when you’re given the chance to deal with something, realize that no matter how bad it is, you could be approaching it in a way where you’re breathing life into life, and saying, “Okay, that happened. Not so good. We’ve got to recover on this one. What are we going to do?”

Notice how different that is compared to, “Oh, my gosh. Nobody told me this. This is never going to work. Nobody ever cares about me.” Hear the difference? Be the person who has a spirit that conquers all and is bringing positive energy to the team as being the person they can count on to always bring a good and happy, unconquerable attitude to work every day.

Do you always hit your outcomes and deadlines?


Do you always hit your outcomes and deadlines? It’s hard to do, but the reality is, people judge your trustworthiness based upon the fact that they’re counting on you to do all of your job, on time, with the right result. Sometimes, life puts a barrier in the way, but it cannot happen too often. But those few times when it does, where you know of no possible way to overcome the situation, you need to renegotiate before you miss the outcome. That’s right, because if you talk about it afterwards and say, “Hey, we didn’t get this result,” now you’ve really disappointed some people and created a mess. And your integrity is viewed differently.

Alternatively, when you know you’re in trouble, speak up fast and early. Say, “Hey, guys. I promised to do this. This came up. I’m not an excuse person. I’m not going to give you excuses, but I need to go get this result. I’m letting you know that I might be missing this mark and I’m going to be a puppy dog with a sock in my mouth to go get that result, but I want you to be aware that I may need to renegotiate the time, because I don’t want to surprise you.”
Make sure that you’re letting people know that a situation is potentially at risk. The worst thing you want to do is surprise people by not hitting a deadline. Don’t be that guy. Be the person who alternatively is the human that can be counted on and, if you have a roadblock that’s insurmountable, that you’ve negotiated in advance, to keep your integrity.

Why some people run twice as fast as others


Why is it that some people can run twice as fast as another person? You know, there’s a couple things there. It’s a mindset issue and it’s a skill set issue. You see, fast runners weren’t born knowing how to run fast. They figured it out. They practiced. They studied. They learned, but they also had an impenetrable mindset that said, “I’m going to learn how to do that better.” What if you brought that mentality to your job and you asked yourself, “How can I run twice as fast? How can I get twice the performance? How can I hit my deadlines in half of the time? How can I be the kind of person that creates results where I say, ‘Wow’,” because it’s nice to hear your teammates and your supervisors say, “Wow,” but the ultimate wow is the one you give yourself.

You’re the one that you want to please. When you walk out that door at night, make sure that as you walk out, you’re saying, “Wow. I kicked butt and took some names today and it was fun.” Create massive results. There’s nothing more fun than creating and being the kind of person that you are when you live with power.