Monthly Archives: May 2011

THE SIN OF ENTITLEMENT

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um-053111-emailI know. I know this doesn’t sound uplifting, but hang on and read on.

The root meaning of the word sin is to miss the mark. The word entitlement means the fact of having a right to something.

The sin of entitlement is the common notion or belief that someone is deserving of some particular reward or benefit without having earned it in a real or principled sense.

There are those individuals who take advantage of entitlement benefits that were put in place for those who need them by a principled legal authority and precedent, unfortunately leaving loopholes for the un-entitled to slip through. read more

THE KEY TO A GOOD RELATIONSHIP

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um-052411-emailI was reading a training manual for volunteers and one of the first sentences was that the key to a good relationship with volunteers is communication.

But as if neon lights were flashing around the words, I read: the key to a good relationship is communication. You can’t argue with that.

Misunderstandings are so easy because you have the ability to assign meaning to what people say. And if you ask too often, what did you mean by that, people may feel that they are on the spot to explain. And so what we’re left with is the idea that communication is essential to a good relationship, but how does that happen when you don’t ask, and no one wants to explain what they mean. read more

Keep Your Enthusiasm

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um-101111-emailWinston Churchill told us that life is just one damn thing after another.

The good news is that he also gave us the antidote: success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Therein lies a secret for happiness.

When it feels like it’s just one damn thing after another, keep your enthusiasm. Your enthusiasm inspires you to stay in the game, and keep playing to win.

Enthusiasm fuels your ability to deal with what shows up whether it’s failure, success, feedback, appreciation or criticism. read more

THE INTERSECTION OF DEADLINES AND DISCIPLINE

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um-051711-emailWithout a deadline nothing gets done!

Well, some things get done. I brush my teeth and I go for a run. That’s about it because I don’t want to lose my teeth and I was born to run!

Love and fear move us into action.

But without deadlines:

  • I wouldn’t train for half-marathons
  • I wouldn’t accomplish goals
  • I wouldn’t work with others to get things done

Without deadlines everything remains a good idea. Even when you break it down into doable chunks, without deadlines you’re left asking the question, where do we go from here?

Have you ever had a meeting to solve a problem and you all came up with possible solutions, and you’re thinking something will happen, but nothing happens except spending time in a meeting that doesn’t resolve the issue? read more

WHAT’S YOUR PERSONALITY?

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um-051011-emailIf you were to tell me just one word that describes your personality, what would it be?

I must admit. I’m bossy! I’ve tempered my natural bossiness by listening more, encouraging others to decide, and deepening my understanding of how different personalities think and express themselves.

In some situations I realized, being the smart person I am, bossy didn’t work to:

  • Influence outcomes,
  • Energize relationships, or
  • Solve problems

So I had to develop the ability to dance more effectively in conversations with different personalities in order to solve problems instead of causing problems! read more

7 STRENGTHS THAT MAKE A WINNER

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um-050311What makes a winner?

I speak to people everyday and among the crowd; I can clearly see the few I’d bet on to win. It’s not a winning smile, but it is a winning attitude that demonstrates the following 7 strengths.

  • Decision Strength—It takes a decision to pick a target, set a goal, and cut away any inessentials that will not help you get there. Inherent in the decision is the commitment to stay at it until you achieve the goal. Make the decision.
  • Effort Strength—Continuous effort produces endurance. If you make no effort to train whether it’s for a marathon or a personal best on the job, your endurance will suffer. Effort starts with eliminating what would stop you from getting started or continuing. That includes any excuses or limitations. You make effort points by going for the impossible shot in order to score. If you don’t go for it, you’ll never know what would have happened. Take the shot.
  • Heart Strength—No need to apologize for taking the time to do what you love to do. I love to work. I love to run. I love to write. When you bring the strength of a heartfelt love to what you’re doing you will have less stress and more joyful moments. The best part about loving work is not waiting for the weekend to be happy! Enjoy yourself.
  • Mental Strength—Celebrate challenges. Mental strength gives you the prowess to figure things out, solve problems, and look for what’s possible. A can do attitude is not stopped by challenges, but grows in determination and intelligence. You have what it takes, a powerful mind. Thought precedes action. Focus your thinking.
  • Creative Strength—Vision is your organizing principle. You dream it, see it, and make it. This is the realm of the possible. Play with people who are more skilled in generating possibilities than you, and watch your creative ability expand. Most people react to what’s happening. Instead, create what’s happening. Step into the possibilities. 
  • Fitness Strength—Keep your body strong. Walk, run, hike, dance, swim, do yoga, Pilates or some kind of working out! Your attitude about the power of committed action will naturally develop, as you get fit. There will be a noticeable change. You will get stronger. Find your fitness path. It is inside of your control. Get moving.
  • Finishing Strength—Winners finish. You know the difference between talking about your goals and finishing them. There is a satisfaction that comes with knowing you accomplished what you set out to do. You can appreciate the journey along the way, and also never give up on crossing the finish line. Go the extra mile.
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