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When Life Just isn’t Working

 

 

Okay, let’s face it. Life is not perfect. There are seven billion people on planet earth, and they’re all not waking up every day and saying how to take care of you. So sometimes you just get bummed. And you get into a funk. And you’re doing the same old thing and it’s not working. And you’re feeling sorry for yourself. Okay, welcome to planet earth. That’s happened to every one of us.

And you have a responsibility. The more you become self-consumed with “The world is not treating you well,” the more you can’t get yourself out of that. Next time you get into a funk, ask yourself one question. “How am I going to go create more value in the world? And how can I do it right now? How can I make my significant other happier? How can I do more for my children? How can I make a bigger impact at work? How can I help out my team members?”

When you’re about making an impact, you get yourself out of the funk. It’s a decision to start to add even more value. It’s also a decision to stop thinking those repetitive thoughts of, “I’m not happy,” and start thinking about how grateful you are for everything that you have. “I’m grateful I have a job, it pays the bills. I’m grateful I have team members around me, that we get to laugh together sometimes. I’m grateful that I have a supervisor that cares about me. I am grateful that I have opportunities. I’m grateful that I have legs that work and arms that work and that I get to breathe air every day.”

The more we give gratitude for the little things, the faster we get out of the funk. So I don’t know about you, I’m glad I get to take the next breath. What an opportunity.

Making Commitments that Work

 

 

Everyone’s been on a diet. I don’t know about you, but pretty much everybody that I know has told me that they’ve been on a diet. We now know from research that people actually gain weight after being on a diet, they’re actually in a worse position. The reality is diets don’t work, and neither do the principles that align with it, and that’s important to know.

In fact, what does work are commitments. Here’s an example. Let’s say that you’re eating lettuce, and kale, and all kinds of healthy things, and you’ve been on this very healthy diet for a period of time, and suddenly it’s your friend’s birthday and someone brings in a carrot cake, and you think, “Oh good, carrot cake is my favorite vegetable.” Suddenly, you eat the carrot cake, and you say, “Oh, I’m off the diet.”

See, that’s why diets don’t work. If instead you say, “I ate the carrot cake, and I have a commitment to being healthy, and I have a commitment to be my ideal weight,” what do you do then? Well then, you keep exercising, you keep eating healthy. Why? Because you have a commitment. Stop having funky little goals, instead have commitments, and when you go off course just reconnect with the commitment, and get back at it.

Know Your Boss’s Job

 

 

Would you like to advance in your organization? Well then, know your boss’s job, and help do your boss’s job. You see, the more you take off their plate, the more they see you as someone who can take their job, which means they can then move up to the next job. Then, what do you do? Well, you know their next job, and you start doing that job, which move them up to the next job. Then, you start doing that job, and guess what happens? You just keep moving.

So there’s the kind of people who basically do what they’re told to do, and there are those who walk into every situation and go, “How do I create more value?” Step into your job every day with a how do I create more value approach, and great possibilities are ahead for you.

Your Past Does Not Define Your Future

 

 

Your past does not define your future, only your commitments define your future, if you truly live into them. But many people act as though their past is what limits them today. Saying, “I never made much money. I came from poverty. I didn’t have a good education. My first boss wasn’t a good boss.” All of those are stories. They are not realities. The reality is that at every moment you have infinite potential to advance your career. You have infinite potential to improve your relationships. You have infinite possibilities in terms of creating better possibilities, but that comes from understanding clearly what you want to create, and then going after it like it matters, and living into the commitment. That’s the only thing that’s between you and having the kind of success that you determine is important to you. So, stop blaming the past, start living into your commitments.

Don’t Keep it to Yourself

 

 

We’ve all heard that person who holds their cards tight to their chest and says, “I’m not going to show anybody else how I do what I do. It’s called job security.” Well, that’s called job elimination, because if you’re not giving other people the ability to walk in tomorrow and do everything that you could do, you are not really a team player, and that means they probably need to get rid of you now.

Instead, be the person who has daily checklists, weekly checklists, quarterly checklists that all tie to the procedures of how you do your job so that if you get sick one hour from now, that anybody can step in, know exactly where you’re at, and know exactly how to do the job. That’s how you get promoted, that’s how you become seen as a team player, and that’s how you impact people in a positive way.

Stop holding the cards tight to your chest. I know you’ve heard it, but you’ve not heard it from someone who ever advances in the organization, and I promise you, people like that, your exec team is looking to find a way to release them, and quickly. So decide not to be that person. Instead, create the checklists and the procedures such that anybody can walk in and step into your job successfully.