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So You Blew It…Now What?

Shame needs three things to grow out of control in our lives: secrets, silence, and judgment. Guilt and shame are just permission to do the same things all over again.

So, when you’ve made a mistake and you’ve missed the target, simply say: “I blew it, and here are the things I’m going to do to recover. Here’s my massive corrective action plan.” Covering up when something didn’t go well is only going to get you into more trouble. Guilt and shame will just repeat a pattern.

Know that you’ll blow it, know you’ll make mistakes, and know that it’s okay. Nobody’s going to hold that against you. Instead, live with power, and whenever you make a mistake, own it, own up to it, and communicate it to others along with your massive corrective action plan.

To Activate Others, Bring the Energy!


To activate others to be enthusiastic, you must first become enthusiastic yourself.

We have an energy that transfers to others around us.

You know a person who walks into the workplace exhausted—they pull the energy out of everyone around them.

You’ve had your energy pulled from that person. Perhaps you’ve even been that person.

Alternatively, if you choose to come into the office with an enthusiastic mindset and belief system.

And you choose energy—even though you’re exhausted, even though you’ve been working hard—that, too, is contagious.

Are you the kind of person whom others want around to catch the energy that you have?

Ask yourself that every day and decide to bring the energy to the game.

Look at things as they can be


Look at things not as they are but as they can be.

A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. They are not stuck with the present but live in a world of possibility.

So, look around you today and see what is around you.

Then ask yourself: “What could be here? What could be created? What if we lived in a powerful way? What would we make happen?”

Then, from that vantage point, take action.

Be “At Cause”


John Lavelle said: “Ecstasy is a full deep involvement in life.”

What does that mean? Basically, what he’s saying is be “at cause.” Be the person who sees what needs to get done and then step in and make it happen.

Look at the person who supervises you. I bet they could use some help making things happen. Look at your customers. I bet they have other needs that aren’t being met. Look around everywhere around you. I bet you have coworkers who could really benefit by what you have to offer.

Be at cause so that you can experience the full deep involvement in life. You’re the one who steps in and makes great things happen.

“Go find work…”


People are too interested in job descriptions.

I don’t believe in job descriptions; I believe that your job is to see what isn’t there and make that thing happen.

Yes, there are certain things that are expected from you in terms of your key roles and responsibilities and your critical drivers, all of those things matter. Yet, there are so many other things that happen within the company.

If you’re waiting to be told or sitting there waiting for the direction to do something when you can see it needs to be done, that’s not what your team needs from you. W.R. Grace had a wonderful way of hiring people years ago.

After they would hire them they would say: “Okay, you are hired, go find work. We’re not going to spoon-feed you.”

So go into a meeting, discover what needs to be done, and say I’ll take that project.”

Go out and say: “I’ll move that ahead. You can count on me boss, this will come back as a completion.”

Your job is to see what isn’t there.

Bring it home, make it happen.

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