Are you on your journey to greatness?

Positive Quote: “You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.” – Les Brown

This quote spoke to me today. Perhaps it is because this is a new year, new goals, and the 2017 goals are reviewed and discussed in some type of performance appraisal conversation.

My mind moves to the next step, next page, and next item to tackle. It is easy to lose sight of the journey and ultimate destination when you are in the day to day. The work doesn’t go away and something new is always around the corner.

Some ways I use to keep focused is to have written down personal goals. These can be both professional and personal. Then about once a quarter, every three months, I pull them out and pick 1-2 action steps I can do to get closer to accomplishing them. This could be something like gaining more knowledge in xyz, attending a seminar, meeting someone in the industry/area I want to improve on, and many other similar type steps. I will say that some quarters I did not make as much progress as I wanted, yet others, I was more diligent in my focus.

You may ask yourself, where will I find the time for this? For me, I realized that I am a morning person and so I know that doing something in the morning will ‘stick’ more and I can take that step.

For me the journey is not just about the end goal destination. It is also about the journey itself. What did I learn reaching the destination? Am I enjoying the journey? If not, maybe I am on the wrong path.

What are some ways you stay focused on goals and the ultimate journey?

Have a great day.

Priscilla

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Making mistakes or asking the wrong questions?

Positive Quote: “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question.” – Peter Drucker

 

Mistakes, they happen to everyone. In my opinion it is what you do after a mistake that makes the most difference. Mistakes also don’t define you unless you let them.

 

I agree with this quote in that it is the type of questions one asks that is more critical. For example, if something goes wrong do you ask who caused it or why it happened? Do you seek to locate blame versus root cause? Are people comfortable bringing their mistakes to you?

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day,

Priscilla

 

“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” – Jim Rohn

Positive Quote: “You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” – Jim Rohn

 

This quote reminds me that dreams are like wisps in the wind, frail and can disappear when we take our attention away. Yet, by magnifying our skills we can solidify our dreams into goals and drive them to reality.

 

As it is the start of a new year, quite a few people make resolutions; i.e. goals. Have you ever noticed how most of these goals are out of sight and out of mind before springtime?

 

I too have a New Years goal, actually a joint one with my husband. Yet, we are doing something a little different… we have a chart on our refrigerator that tracks progress on this specific goal each month. So it is staring at us every day, reminding us of our goal and what we want to achieve. Also, we have quarterly touchpoint meetings to discuss not only this goal but other topics associated.

 

How do you keep a goal in focus to make it more real and less a dream?

 

Have a great day.

 

Priscilla

 

Being Aware of Others

Positive Quote: “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” – Jim Stovall

 

This quote has me looking ahead to the end of the year and upcoming performance appraisals at work.

 

Some people may view year end appraisals with anxiety. Too often surprises come out of these conversations.

 

For me, I work to avoid surprises. I firmly believe that as a manager, as a leader we should be having these conversations more often. There should be no surprises. We should look for ways to encourage, to acknowledge success, to provide support and guidance for our teams. Can your team tell you the last time you said something positive? What about something negative? If they remember the latter more easily….. then more acknowledgement should be sought and provided.

 

People want to know where they can improve … yet, also where they are doing well.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day,

Priscilla

 

Is your ship safe in a harbor or sailing the ocean blue?

Positive Quote: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John Shedd

 

Do you ever do your best to protect something and work to keep it safe and secure before you realize that it is not serving its purpose? This quote reminds me of my 19 year old teenage daughter. She moved from Illinois to North Carolina to go to college a couple of years ago. I am reminded of this quote each tie I talk to her or when she comes up for visits. I have realized that I cannot make decisions for her. That the choices she is making have to be her own choices. While I can provide guidance or be a sounding board, I have to step back and let her ship sail in an ocean that she doesn’t even realize how big it is and how many different ports there are. I have to trust in the fact that her ship, that she, that she knows how to come home. That I have raised her to be independent and that any missteps will make her a better person in the long run.

 

From a work perspective, this quote reinforces that when you delegate something to someone, you cannot hover. You have to let the person chart their own route to the final destination. Yes, it may take longer. Yes, it may not be how you would have done it. Yet, if it meets the deliverable criteria within the allocated timeframe, that is success. Plus, that person was able to grow and demonstrate skills they may not have known they had or have been comfortable with.

 

Stepping back a bit, I have to ask myself if I am currently in a harbor or am I sailing the ocean blue. I think this is something we should each ask ourselves from time to time to ensure we are continually growing, learning, becoming a better us.

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla

 

What is your personal credo?

Positive Quote: “This became a credo of mine; attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.” – Bette Davis

 

The impossible; that can be different for so many people. What is impossible for one is not for another and so on and so forth. I believe you need to know and understand yourself in order to know if you are pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and attempting the impossible.

 

It is one thing to dream and yet something totally different to set goals with milestones. If you don’t have milestones, how can one measure success?

 

In looking back, I have examples where I did attempt the impossible and examples where I let an opportunity pass. I am more thankful and appreciative of the times where I pushed myself than those where I didn’t, which could lead to ‘What Ifs’.

 

This quote also has me thinking about a personal credo, something that solidifies my personal drive.

 

Do you have a personal credo?

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day,

Priscilla

 

Doing and Thinking go hand in hand

Positive Quote: “Doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking. Learning naturally results.” – John Dewey

 

I agree with the concept of this quote, in that doing certain items forces the thought process and by default we learn.

 

Have you ever had one of those days, where you left work with a throbbing head because you had to think so much? For me, I try to build time into my schedule to take a few minutes to clear the thoughts and not drag them around with me as I work and meet on other topics. Shifting your mind from thinking about x then to think about y then to strategize on z can be demanding. While energizing, it can be mentally draining.

 

What this quote remind me is to know that thinking and learning go hand in hand.

 

Some of the techniques I use to help myself are…

– Immediately type up any notes to purge them onto ‘paper’

– Schedule time with myself and/or others for any action items that may have arose from a topic

– Seek to understand if there are industry resources or best practices that can help me with the topic

– Seek out experts to provide insight and who I can ask questions of to get a better understanding of scope/impact/etc…

– Set aside blocked time when I am at my most productive to think and plan around complex topics/items

– Prioritize what has to get done versus what I want to work on or what is easier

– Keep a visual track of progress and timelines for projects/items

 

What techniques do you use?

 

What do you think of this quote?

 

Have a great day.

Priscilla