Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Something New To Be Afraid Of

We now have the swine flu epidemic. Before that it was the banking crisis. Before that it was the unemployment crisis. Before that it was the housing crisis. Before that it was the (insert crisis here) crisis. There is never a shortage of things to be afraid of in society. I am not making light of any of these. When someone is in the middle of any of these, then it is important to him or her. It is just that at some point we still have to live our lives, raise our families, do our jobs and be members of our communities.

At some point we have to reduce the input of bad news or it will keep us from doing what we should be doing. In the midst of all the bad, there is still good. There is still hope for a better future and there is still opportunity.

Last weekend we took our daughter to spend time with friends and she had a great time. Yesterday our son had baseball practice and it was a great evening. We should each spend some time every day thinking on the good, the pure, the hopeful and the opportunities. It will help keep us truly balanced.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Do It Now!

One of the greatest pieces of advice I have ever gotten was to get in the habit is doing something right now. I remember reading an article years ago about the concept of just doing something to get the ball rolling instead of over thinking or over analysing something. This is a concept I am working on in my work life.

Now I am planning the single most important task I have each day and deciding to get that task done before lunch. This task has to be something that moves me towards a big goal. Each quarter our management team sits down and reviews our previous quarters strategic goals and then sets goals for the coming quarter. Most days my top priority item is off of that list of goals.

It's not a huge deal to do something every day to move towards a larger goal, but it is amazing when at the end of a quarter or a year a person is able to look back and see everything that has been accomplished. A little move forward every day pays big dividends in the end.