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Align Your Daily Priorities to Your Monthly Outcomes




I don’t know about you, but I’m an “Oh look! A shiny thing!” “Oh look! A squirrel!” kind of person. I can get distracted VERY easily, but when I’m distracted, I’m not functioning at a high level. I understand that, in order to control myself, I need to align my daily activities to my monthly plan.

In other words, every month, I make a list of the most important things that I intend to accomplish for the month. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to do a hundred or five hundred additional things. It just means that on that list, I will make sure those things happen! AND that I’ve been thoughtful about the most important things. And every day, I look back at my monthly plan and I align to that plan.

So, take responsibility to align yourself daily to what MOST matters for the month and the quarter, and make sure that YOU are aligned to optimize your performance every day.

Demonstrate Commitment




If you look at the national research that Gallup does every year on disengaged employees, you’ll note that most people are disengaged from the workplace. Over 70 percent really are not committed to their organization and are not committed to great results.

Well, you have to ask yourself, “Why is that?” Is it because the employers are wrong? Or is it because the team members aren’t saying, “How do I make this great?” “How do I step in?” “How do I add value?”

You see, sometimes you can create in your life a commitment where, wherever you are, you love it! Everything you do is the best thing ever! Why? Because you are stepping all in!

You see, there are some people who kind of dabble. They have their toes kind of in the pool a little bit and there are some people that go right in the pool.

Are you on the playing field or are you watching the game?

Demonstrate commitment of what you do, and when your supervisors and your team members and your clientele sees the impact of you, you have an unstoppable future!

Re-invent Yourself



What if next quarter, you are 20 percent more effective than you are this quarter? And the quarter after that? 20 percent again. And the quarter after THAT? 20 percent again!

It’s possible! People do it every day! Not many people—but if some people can do it, YOU can do it!

You see, the reality is, everyone at the end of the year says, “Hey boss, I’d love a raise!” But the reality is, unless you’ve created better performance, there’s really no extra money created from what you’re doing for that to happen.

But you can create anything! You can create an opportunity to be in a different department, to move up within the organization, to learn new skill sets, and to master the skill sets that you have. All of that is a re-creation.

There’s only one person who really gets to decide who you’re going to create from YOUR world, and that’s you.

So, re-create yourself in the best possible way, and see what’s possible for you.

What’s Your Filter



Every person has a filter. The filter through which we take information in. It’s how we hear different things.

So, for instance, if a college professor gives back three papers and writes “interesting” on the top of those three papers, one student receives the paper and says, “Wow! He must love my paper!” Somebody else goes, “Interesting. What does that mean? I better explore that.” And someone else says, “Oh my gosh! I’m going to flunk! I knew he hated me!”

They received the same feedback, but there are three different interpretations.

What is your listening filter?

You see, if you have a healthy filter that says, “The world is supportive of me, and I’m going to inquire more when I don’t understand,” that’s a healthy filter.

If you have a worldview and a filter that basically thinks that the world is against you, nobody trusts you, nobody believes in you, nobody appreciates you, you will hear everything in that way! Wherever you go! At work, and at home.

So, be very conscious of your filter because your filter is basically how you take in information and if you have a filter that is not serving you well, you’re not going to be happy in any of your circumstances, and you won’t be successful in those circumstances.

So, clean your filter, and find new, productive ways to listen—assuming the best in others!

Venting is Gossip



What if someone said something bad about you to someone else, and they said: “Oh, it’s not gossip, I’m just venting”?

Well, see, here’s the problem: Venting is gossip. Just by saying something negative about somebody else to ANYBODY else, that’s gossip by definition!

If you have a problem with somebody, there’s only one person to talk to: THAT person. Directly. And form a request! And if they’re not responding to the request, then perhaps you go to the person that they report to, and make sure that they get some coaching from that person.

But venting is gossip. So, keep your heart and soul clean by making sure that you never participate in gossip.