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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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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Are You Tapping the Fear or the Spark?

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There is a fear within each of us. Tap it and you’ll get hurried, harried, and short-lived results. Further attempts to mine this source become ever more costly, unpredictable, and ultimately doomed.

There is a spark within each of us. Tap it and you’ll get long-lasting, wonderful results.

Of course, mining sparks is not a panacea. It requires hard work. We must throw out all the leadership tools used to tap fear. In their place we need a compelling clarity of purpose, a commitment to win-win collaboration with all involved, high-buzz thinking, and systems and approaches that support us delivering together that purpose well.

Worth it.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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The Greatest Source of Failure

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The greatest source of failure is not a lack of talent, capital, or ideas. And it’s not politics or the lack of opportunities. The source is the bad-feeling, low-buzz, and usually habitual thoughts we have about the world and ourselves in the world.

To succeed more, we need first to catch ourselves feeling bad. This is the key; most of us don’t do this very well. We don’t need to know the exact thoughts that feel bad. Just knowing that we are focused in the wrong direction will serve is very well. Then we are free to replace whatever are our bad-feeling thoughts with higher-buzz thoughts that feel better and point us toward success again.

 

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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all of us

What is The Secret of Successful People?

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What is the secret of successful people? They succeed by making other people successful. They understand and live by “win-win.”

We cannot and will not be successful for very long if any of the people who matter to us are not winning, too. Our freedom, happiness, and growth demand other people’s freedom, happiness, and growth.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PPS: As we get this right, we will see more people who matter to us.

 

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Has Something Gone Wrong?

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It’s easy think that something has gone wrong. Given all the horrible news we hear every day, we’d be forgiven for believing that the rules of the game have changed for the worse.

But, no. I checked. The Golden Rule, with all of its benefits, is still very much in force. Going for win-win-or-let’s-not-play is still profoundly more effective than  “I win-you lose” or “you win-I lose.”

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Sometimes, the hardest part is remembering to do it. Just know what you want (high-level, not the details or the “how”), learn what they want, then collaborate to find better solutions than either of you could have thought up alone.

PPS: Works everywhere. We can start today with the people closest to us.

 

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source

You Won’t Find Success Where You’ve Been Looking

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Where does success come from? Is it the right education, career choices, and work ethic? Is it who we know? Is it blessings and opportunities?

We usually act as if success is something out there that we must achieve. We think that some arbiter decides whether we have done the right things, worked hard enough, met the secret criteria to belong to the club, or are just one of the lucky ones.

No, no, nope, no.

We are our own sources of success.

Sure, we each have different backgrounds, different life stories that got us to this point. Maybe the story contains advantages or disadvantages.  Maybe it’s full of dreams and drama. Or deplete of them. It doesn’t matter.  What matters is the story we tell today about from now on.

Such a story feels good to tell,  is free of “yeah, buts,” and has no excuses to make.

So, what’s your story?

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: If the statement, “I am the source of my success,” sounds too egotistical, try something like, “My connection with [your favorite name for the divine] is the source of my success,” or “My deepest [or highest] self is the source of my success.”

PPS: If any part of the story feels bad, flip it.

PPPS: One tough part about this perspective is accepting a new level of responsibility. If we are the source of our success, then we must be responsible for past and future successes and failures. We can no longer say it was someone else’s fault. On the other hand, we are free to start telling and living our great-feeling story of success. So we got that going for us.

PPPPS: Which is nice.

 

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Success and What We Really May Believe

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In daily life, we assume as certain many things which, on closer scrutiny, are found to be so full of apparent contradictions that only a great amount of thought enables us to know what it is that we really may believe.

– Bertrand Russell

Bertie is both right and wrong, I think. It’s true that our lives are built upon a foundation of unexplored beliefs. But we can understand, evolve, and profit from those beliefs without, necessarily, “a great amount of thought.”

The flow of our lives shows us what we believe. That’s because the world has that odd way of reflecting our thoughts. To the extent we believe anything, we will tend to see evidence of it all around.

To evolve and profit from our beliefs, we use our feelings. When we feel bad, we are thinking thoughts (and beliefs are just habitual thoughts) counter to our success. When we feel good, our beliefs are supporting our success. We can use these tools to evolve our thinking and feel good.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: What does this have to do with business, leadership, sales, or career success? Pretty much everything, I’d say.

 

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How Fast or Slow is Success?

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Steve Martin, describing his success as a stand-up comedian, says, “The course was more plodding than heroic; I…took incremental steps studded with a few intuitive leaps.” If we believe we have to work hard, prove ourselves, do the right things in the right order, or pay our dues, then success will wait until we have done so. If we desperately seek success now yet secretly think–for whatever reason–that we can’t have it, then success will stay away for a long while.

But if we know clearly what success looks like for us, we feel good about it all, we seek wins for others as well as for ourselves, and we consistently choose and do the most compelling tasks from everything we could do, then success can happen at any time.

You see, success isn’t fast or slow. Success follows our lead.

 

In your corner,

Mike

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