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The writing on the wall – Do you see it?

June 13, 2012 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Personal Growth, Successful Living

A couple months ago, I started working with JetBlue as a consultant/business partner in a Project Management position. On the first day I stepped through the door, the first thing that greeted me in the reception area was a wall of art with several words written on it. This same identical wall was also visible all throughout the building. By the end of the day, I realized that the five words on all of those walls are the same.  Those simple but meaningful words beautifully painted on the wall are: Safety, Caring, Integrity, Fun and Passion.

When I asked about the walls, I was told that they are the JetBlue values that everyone strive to live by as a JetBlue Crewmember. These values also drive many initiatives within the company from which the first project I worked on, a Reward and Recognition system, was birthed.

That same day it hit also me. Why don't most people define the values they want to live by and filter their decisions and actions through them?  Most of us have some fuzzy idea of what our values are and want them to be but we never really take the time get any clarity on them. Though I've thought of mine before, I've never really taken the time to write them down.  On that same day, I resolved to set some time the next morning to reflect on and clarify my values.

Now why is this exercise important?

Over the years, my values have led me to initiate several projects and allowed me to make many of my major decisions without any regret. Today, they serve as a filter and a guide when deciding what to invest my time in.  Since I know what values I want to live by I understand my priorities better and feel better making my decisions.

Do I falter and miss the mark some times? You bet!  But I strive every day to live by those values. In Michael Hyatt's article "12 Ways to Know you're a Leader", one of the characteristics he covered is "You Walk your talk [as a leader] - not perfectly but sincerely and intentionally". That's what I strive to do and I hope you join me in doing the same.

The writing on your wall cannot be fuzzy and unclear if you want to live and lead with intention. So today I ask you: What is the "writing on your wall"?
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I'm sure you're wondering what mines are.  I have four major ones. I want to keep it simple; so it's not a long list.
1. Integrity - Trust and Character
2. Continuous Growth and Improvement - Growing myself & others.
3. Passion - Enjoying what I do and why I do it.
4. Positivity - Keeping a healthy attitude in everything I do and all of my interactions.

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Commitments: They make or break you … What are you committed to?

December 13, 2011 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

"Success may mean many things, but it will never be an accident."

This is the third and last part of the series "Gifts, Choices and Commitments" - a speech that I made at a Toastmasters meeting last month expanded for this blog. This post is about how commitments can make or break you, their importance and how they can impact your life's journey. Mine certainly have shaped my life.

Commitments are major intentional decisions that we make at specific times in our lives that, if managed on a daily basis, help us to stay on a specific desired path.

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Choices in Life… Could you live the life you want?

November 26, 2011 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it's a matter of choice" ~ William Brian

As I mentioned in last week's post, I view my life in three categories - the first one I shared with you was some of the gifts in my life that I so thankful to have received.

This week, I'm sharing with you the second category that I believe have largely change the trajectory of my life. Having the gifts is one thing. But the choices that you make after having received those gifts are another. I recognized this fact many years ago and since then I have paid more attention to the impact of my choices on my life.

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10 Questions for Courageous Decision Making – Lessons I learned from Dr. John C. Maxwell

July 29, 2011 in Business, Leadership, Personal Growth, Successful Living

I have been a student of John Maxwell's leadership materials for a number of years now.  One of the most useful lessons I learned from him is the thought process behind making good decisions.  In this post, my goal is to share with you 10 questions that will sharpen your decision-making skills and help to guide you through the difficult moments of making courageous decisions.

When faced with a situation that requires you to make a decision, addressing the questions below in context will guarantee you a greater chance of making the best possible decision.  You may not have all the facts, as usually is the case, but you will have considered enough of the data or facts as well as options to allow you to make a good decision. Just remember, you have to make a decision.  You can't stay on the fence or let analysis paralysis and the fear of the unknown stop you.

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30 days to live – Taking actions on things that matter, Part 3

June 10, 2011 in Business, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

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What will you be remembered for?

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Leave a legacy!

This is the last article in the series “30 days to live”. Over the past two weeks we’ve explored the different areas of your life that you might want to focus on if you only had 30 days to live. In Part 1 and Part 2, I asked that you take a look at your life and see what you would change if you only had known your “death date”. Looking at life from this perspective, we emphasized on the urgency of taking actions now as opposed to later.

As we conclude the series and knowing how limited our life on earth really is, my last questions to you:

What would you want people to say about you at your funeral?

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