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Measure Leading and Lagging Indicator


Have you notice you can’t do a thing about history? History’s over, but you do have the potential to manage your future.

Many people look at their… what I’ll call lagging indicators. What just happened? What numbers did I just hit? As opposed to the precursor indicators that will move the needles so that you have good lagging indicators.

I need you to think about your job. What are your leading indicators and what are your lagging indicators? Your leading indicators are what are the things that you do that create these numbers that most matter that show success in your job? Because by managing both of those, you now will transform your performance, because when your focus is on both of those numbers and how to move those, you’re going to not only have a great now, but you’ll have a great future as well.

Focus in on leading and lagging and decide to stay focused to what matters.

Create Your Future


Thank God it’s Monday, because you an opportunity to create a great Monday and a great week. You see, this week isn’t just going to happen to you. You can get to create that week if you choose to. Most people aren’t conscious of this. They think life occurs to them, and they don’t realize that they create a life.

For instance, if you want to have a great day, you’re going to go about it differently, won’t you? You’re going to be happier. You’re going to look for great things to happen around you. You’re going to be more disciplined in creating great things. You’re going to improve your relationships, and as a result, you’ll create a great Monday. Then, why not take it into the rest of the week? You see, creating a great life is just about having great choices and being committed to creating a possibility that you had never even dreamed possible.

No Sometimes Means Not Now


I’ll never forget being on a bus in Turkey and this man was trying to sell me some scarves and he was very, very pushy. And my son at the time was ten years old he turned to the guy and he says, when my mom says no, she means no. I’ll never forget that story cause the entire bus broke into laughter. But, the reality is no doesn’t always mean no. I’m glad my son thought it at the time however. No can sometimes mean not now. It just means it wasn’t presented in the optimal way. So, whenever you receive a no, ask yourself how can you get the person enrolled in a better understanding and what did you miss on your side of the conversation that would help them better understand to get to a result that optimizes the situation. So, no doesn’t always mean no.

Take Care of Your Brain


How’s your brain doing today? No, seriously, how’s your brain doing today? You see, your brain and how it functions doesn’t just happen one way. It operates differently based on the fact that you’re taking care of it. Exercise and good positive thinking and good healthy eating habits all impact the fact that you can think more clearly when you’re at work.

The reality is when we’re eating fried foods and eating burgers, we’re changing our brain chemistry in a way that doesn’t serve our ability to focus. If you’re having a difficult time focusing, you’re probably ingesting some things you shouldn’t be and not getting the exercise that you need.

If you want success in your life, and also health in your life, you’ll need to be considering a little bit about how will you be taking care of your brain and getting your omegas, your rest, your sleep and eating the kind of food that keeps you optimizing your results because you matter. Taking care of you is probably the most important job you have.

One and Dones


Have you ever gone to your supervisor and say, “Boss I have this great idea”? Well that’s an okay thing to do but when you only have the one idea as opposed to, “Hey boss, there’s a new outcome we’re trying to create”, there’s three different possibilities here. “I’ve looked at all three and I’ve determined that the things that are most important happen to be a and b. When I compared the three of them together, narrowed it down to these two. This one has this option and this one does not have this option.

Based upon that, I’m going to recommend option b”. You see when you give options, you have the ability for someone to be able to say, “Sounds great”. When you come with a one and done as opposed here’s the one thing, the first thing they’ll do is send you back out the door to go do your research. Don’t walk in with any one and dones, be prepared with having done the critical thinking so that when you present that you can get a decision and know it’s a good decision.