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Speak with Good Purpose

At every moment we have a choice to speak with good purpose. In every moment, we can use “advancing language” to ask for what  we want, as opposed to “whining” about what we don’t want.  In every moment, we can speak kindly about another, or make a suggestion to another, as opposed to speaking behind their backs or complaining.

So, choose always to speak with good purpose.

Happy for No Reason

Abraham Lincoln said: “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Well that’s interesting, but don’t we always seem to think that other people make us happy?

The reality is that they don’t—nor do promotions or more money. Outside things don’t make us happy. We choose to be happy with whatever we have.

It’s amazing how this works. Once we’re happy with what we have, we tend to create more of what we want. So, choose today to be happy for no reason.

Selfless and Purposeful

Phillip Brooks said: “Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”

High performers rarely complain about the duties they must perform to succeed. They put in the extra effort to support their team leads. Although it may take more work hours, they become selfless and purposeful when driven by love to create meaning and results.

Are you Making the Highest and Best Use of Time?

Peter Drucker said, “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient that which should not be done at all.”

How do you master what is your highest and best use of time? Alternatively, how do you get rid of those things that just aren’t worth your time?

For every one of us, there’s at least five to six times more productivity—five to six times more productivity—that’s available to us, regardless of where we’re at. This is available simply by choosing to figure out: What is the true purpose of my job? How do I tie to profit on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis? How do I get about doing those most important things in the best, most effective way?

Everything else is noise.

How to Make Better Decisions

Mahatma Gandhi said: “Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love.”

Every time we have a decision to make, we have two choices: We can either make the decision based out of fear or out of love. It’s an interesting concept that drives good decisions because pretty much any time that you make a decision out of fear, it ends up being a bad decision.

When instead you frame it as “how can I create more love” and “what is the right thing to do?”—that decision gets made easily and is almost always the very best decision you could have made. So, choose love over fear.