Your Most Important Work

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The signs pointing the way to happiness (and success) at work and in life are right here, in plain sight. So why do we all seem to struggle?

Though we all have seen these signs time and again (e.g. “do what you love,” “go for win-win,” or “set a compelling purpose”), we can only understand and apply them when we are feeling good, buzzing high. This is true for us as individuals and in our companies. It turns out, then, that our most important work is to raise our buzz and help others do the same.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Can Our Problems Ever Go Away?

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Nope. We will always have problems.

But we can forever change how they affect us.

When we’re feeling good, plugged in, and buzzing high, problems still arise but we see them differently than before. They shift from being things to tolerate, solve, or fight to being  opportunities to make things even better.

It’s all in how we look at it.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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This Changes Everything

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Two simple thoughts cause most of the pain and dysfunction we see around us. They are, “We are separate,” and, “There is not enough.”

Consider what would happen if people started believing the opposite: “We are one,” and, “There is more than enough.” How would our own lives change? How would all the nasty, divisive, and fearful politics change? What would become of all the injustices? How much better would our companies and institutions run?  What about rage, war, hunger, poverty, and violence?

Would everyone believing in our unity and abundance solve all the problems? Is it even true that we are one and abundant? Perhaps not. But which is more likely to solve our problems, big and small: believing in our isolation and lack or believing in our unity and abundance?

Right. Good. Off you go. Be this change.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Make no mistake: I advocate no political perspectives. To date, all political approaches have spawned from the thoughts of separation and lack. Just read headlines and history to see it.

 

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That Successful 

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Measuring up, beating the other guy, and doing what we’re supposed to do are sad substitutes for success. What really gets us there are creativity, win-win, and doing what we are.

Our world desperately needs you to be that successful.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Chasing

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Hyper, unexamined, superhuman, the need to keep up, and racing to it. Not the product of a strategic decision but an unexamined ramping up of idiocy. This is what many of us mistake for success.

Success really is loving and spending time and attention on what we love.

What do you love?

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: It’s fine if what you love is what you had been chasing. Just ease back to loving it and watch it come closer of its own accord. Never a need to chase.

 

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Success Is a Way, Not a Goal

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The sages tell us to have goals but not attach to them. They warn us that having too much focus on our goals comes from some subtle belief that achieving goals is difficult or impossible. That subtle belief promotes a struggle-laced busyness which makes goals difficult or impossible to achieve. But what to do instead?

People who are successful have learned that success is a way, not a goal. They achieve goals by being successful. That is they set clear and compelling goals, they choose to go win-win-or-don’t-play with everyone, they maintain a high-buzz attitude, and they deftly select the best things to get done. They don’t stress or struggle. And their goals mostly come to fruition.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: If you catch yourself thinking something like, “When I have this, then I’ll be successful” or “I need that to be successful, happy, free, etc.,” think again.

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When We do the Opposite of What We Really Need to Do

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Wherever we see troubles we can usually find a hidden assumption about scarcity lurking about. Out of a fear of lack or a fear for survival, we do the opposite of what we really need to do: we defend our turf or attack others. This may lead to short-lived gains but will leave us still in fear. Instead, if we collaborate, we generate better ideas that disprove the lack and create sustained security, profit, and joy.

We leaders can apply this insight in business, at home, and around the world. As soon a we see winning as “I win and you win,” or “We win and they win,” everything changes.

In your corner,

Mike

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When C.J. Fudwarg Comes for a Visit

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C.J. Fudwarg feels so at home that we often forget: C.J. is a most unwelcome guest. Whenever C.J. arrives for a visit, people’s lives take a turn for the worse. All the complaint, judgment, fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry, anger, regret, and guilt make quite a mess of things. As leaders, our job is to send C.J. Fudwarg packing.

The easiest way to do this is to raise our own buzz. This invites others to raise theirs. Unable to stomach a high buzz for very long, C.J. Fudwarg soon decamps.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Complex Brew

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Our businesses are complex brews of people, product, and process. Yet there are only four points of failure, ultimately, in any venture. They are 1) the lack of a clear, compelling, and commonly-comprehended goal, 2) the lack of a clear win for any and all involved, 3) poor systems for getting the right stuff done well, and 4) a lack of constructive, positive thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes.

If your company is brewing any of these, stop and reverse them.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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