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An Odd but True Equation

Success, often an elusive, far off land for some of us, seems so far off sometimes that we just give up and stop our pursuit of the destination we once treasured. Thomas Edison once said, ” Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”, how very true! We often let visible and invisible barriers stand in our way and then just feel like we can’t go on. Today I want to share a little equation, that if used during our life journey, will help ensure success in most everything we do. The equation is a simple one, 1+1+1= SUCCESS. Here is how it works:

1 Goal- If you start of with one well-defined Goal no matter whether in your life or work landscape, you have something to aim for. You will need to make the Goal specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound for it to have any true results. (See previous Blogs on S.M.A.R.T. Goals) To be successful in life we must have a Goal or targeted direction we are moving towards. Without this, life just happens and nothing lasting and impactful for the good ever really occurs. Then we look back and wonder why things didn’t work out better for us. The answer is simple, often, we just never set a Goal and followed through on it.

1 Moment- We need to realize that every moment of our lives is valuable and the decisions we make in those moments pattern our life direction. If we have laid the Goal of our life down and used the S.M.A.R.T. process to do this, it becomes much easier for us to make good, productive and progressive decisions in the moments of our lives. We begin to look at each decision with the question of, “Is this in line with my Goal or life purpose?” if it is, we move forward, if it isn’t we must be very careful not to deviate from our preset Goal or direction. Yes, one moment can make a difference! Think how many lives have been changed by an action done in just a fleeting moment, both for the good and the bad.

1 Small Repeated Step- This is the part that snags some of the people who made it through the other steps. Often it is taking that first step that causes us to miss success. Many things hamper that first step: fear, procrastination, smaller things that get in the way and sometimes peer pressure will cause us to back down. However, if we will take that first positive step in moving towards our Goal, we will find that obstacles mentioned above begin to appear smaller than they once did. We have to remember that at the base of most reasons why we don’t take that first step sits some type of fear. Also remember that fear is: False Evidence Appearing Real! Never be afraid to take that first step, just kind in mind that after that follows the second step. If you continue, you WILL find success!

Until next time, keep adding up to success!


Making an Imprint

In the world we are living in today it is highly important that we do not forget in either our personal or our professional life that we need each other! It is tempting in the hurry up and get it done world we live in to often try to do it all on our own. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what we are doing, we forget about those around us. Often it is easy to forget to say the important things to those near us, such as a word of thanks or encouragement. In our personal lives we forget to say, “I love you!”, enough to those we most care about. We need to make sure those around us never live a day without know how valuable they are to our Team, or our personal lives. One of my thoughts each day is, “How can I make sure I reach out and have a positive impact on someone’s life today”?  

So what brings Rod down this sappy road today you might ask? I recently had the privilege of teaching some leadership principles to a group of slightly more than 50  seventh and eighth graders, and as I was talking with them and they were participating in our discussions, a thought from a book I read came flying back into my mind. In the book, “Win-Win Partnerships”, by Steven Stowell and Matt Starcevich they bring up the fact that in life we should be looking for opportunities to leave our imprint on the lives of those around us. Leaving our imprint is not changing them but leaving a little something with them so that they will always know you were there. This is true whether you are a Leader, Coach, Team Member, Parent, Friend, Sibling, Significant other, etc…. 

As I worked with these young people my mind went to how we were all connecting and sharing. It was with a warm heart I listened to them talk with each other about the topics we shared and how some related to a brief snapshot of my childhood story. Today, the President of Ascend and myself left some imprints on the lives of a group of young people. They will remember bits and pieces of what we said and the activities we shared. Maybe they will not remember everything but, they will remember the positive environment and encouragement we offered them. In reflection, could i be that leaving your positive imprint on someone’s life is what this life is supposed to be about???? Who have you left a positive imprint on today??? Remember, any successful Team or Partnership is all built around a trusting relationship. They don’t care how much you know, until they KNOW how much you care!!!

Until next time, keep leaving your positive imprint on people’s lives!!