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Will You Find A Way?

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Do more, dig deep, find a way to stay positive and focused. Do these thoughts ever cross your mind?

Beautiful thoughtful business woman

Finding a way to set free and peacefully reflect on past accomplishments or shortcomings and then create a plan complete with goals and objectives for your future is not only smart, but it helps keep you focused.

I’m convinced that what makes the difference for most people is their hunger (metaphorically) and their decisions. Yes, with accumulative shortcomings, let downs, and break downs anyone can get driven to believe that it just isn’t in the cards for them.

For most people though, it is something not so dramatic, something that they stop short of on their own and something that they give up on.

What about you, will you find a way to improve, a way to achieve more?

What we call life.

Life will test your will, your strength, and your balance. Some believe that achieving more is impossible. Others will find a way.

Some will make excuses, blame someone else, and express envy for those who appear more fortunate. Others will continue to seek positive change.

Are you currently thinking about your future, your goals, your past successes and failures? Perhaps you are rethinking decisions that you have made, paths that led to dead end roads, or how unfair life sometimes seems to be?

Your opportunity is now.

You have an opportunity right now to do something different.

Here are a few things to consider.

  1. Become more aware. As you plan your future, go back to the basics, consider what has worked and what hasn’t and plan to do more of what has worked. It is important that no matter how small they might appear, you focus on decisions, turning points, or unexpected results that are evidence of something that has worked in the past. Get to the root of those. Plan to do more of them.
  2. New choice, new opportunity. Decisions and choices are always the correct one at the exact moment you made it, but life always throws in the unexpected. If you’re dwelling on a past choice, let it go, it does you no additional amount of good to live in the past. Make a new choice, choose a different direction, and don’t stay stuck.
  3. Choose a path. Every path is not the right path, but if you don’t choose a direction and you remain undecided you’ll never leave the spot where you currently find yourself. Worse, the spot where you are currently will also change, it’s a guarantee. You’re much better off to be in control of your life rather than life being in control of you. 

Have exceptional hunger.

Change is never easy, and sometimes you won’t like it but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t necessary, important, or simply the right thing to do.

If you are thinking about your personal future, about your professional growth, or how to make a difference for your business you’re going to have to be exceptionally hungry and have unwavering focus.

That doesn’t mean that your plan won’t change, it most likely will. You’ll find scenarios that didn’t completely fit, plans of attack that didn’t work, and changes outside of the realm of your control that you must adjust to. A change in plans doesn’t have to mean a change in focus, but it might. Both are possible and both can be acceptable.

You’re going to have to remain committed. A lack of commitment means a lack of focus, and a lack of focus will mean a lack of results.

Stay focused, be hungry for more.

If you aren’t hungry, you’ll stop eating.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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3 Lessons From The Intern

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Comedy about business has had its share of success. We can consider the wildly popular television series, The Office, and depending on your taste the 2013 movie, The Wolf of Wall Street. Today, perhaps different from any other time in modern history, we have five generations active in our workforce and it is great timing for the business oriented comedy, The Intern.

TheIntern

Life is full of lessons, and for some humor may provide the thread for the needle to sew up some of life’s best. I watched The Intern this past weekend and here are three of many lessons I patched together:

Sometimes your future is not as important as the right now. Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is interviewed by a millennial human resources manager and is asked about where he sees himself in ten years. Ben, a seventy year old internship candidate doesn’t understand why where he sees himself when he is eighty years old really matters. Good point.

Often we frame our thoughts to position us at a better place in the future. We imagine ourselves becoming more accomplished, successful, and valuable, but the other side of this thinking is that right now may be the most important time of all.

Patience is just as important as speed. We live in a fast-paced, stopping for nothing world, and there is no denying the value of speed. Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) is a fast-tracker millennial whose startup e-commerce business is growing at an almost out of control pace. Her meetings are scheduled in five minute intervals, she rides a bike around the office to save time, and her family life is desperately being challenged by all of the pace and pressure.

Sometimes though not everything is about speed, it may also be about patience. Practicing patience is a relationship and team building skill. People, teams, and businesses who make the time to embrace a core value of patience will often have more stamina to get through the rough spots. Take nothing for granted, especially your time—have patience. 

Never forget where you came from. We’ve probably all either heard this or have said it. This insightful mantra is often used to cause reflection on remembering those persons or situations from which you came. The idea is to remember that while you may now be more successful or more accomplished than in the past, don’t forget those people or circumstances associated with where you’ve come from. Great point to remember.

There is another side to this though, sometimes we forgot about our accomplishments and we live feverishly chasing the next sale, opportunity, or job promotion forgetting all that is good about what we’ve already accomplished. In the movie, Ben invites Jules to remember that she is the person who created this thriving business as she struggles with a tough decision about hiring a CEO. Remember who built you (you did), always count the successes (focus on successes, not on short-comings) no matter how small.

A comedy may not be your favorite genre but if you are interested in taking a break from the intensity of navigating the five generations active in our workforce today you can find some valuable lessons through humor by watching The Intern.

– DEG

Photo Credit: Image from YouTube Official Trailer.

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Bike’s Lessons

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Many people know how to ride a bicycle, and they are taught at a very young age. People ride bikes for pleasure, exercise, or transportation. They are economical, long lasting, and low maintenance. You can ride it, carry it, or stow it on the back of your car. The cost of entry is typically low, but elegance or high performance costs more.

Old School Vintage Bike

The lessons about bikes are many and not just brought to life by their value, appeal, or popularity. When we ride a bike we learn about efficiency, energy, and momentum. We learn about rest, maintenance, and safety. We learn about judgment, respect, and sharing.

We learn that stopping and starting is harder than staying at a study pace. We learn that there are different ways to get to the same destination, and the fastest way may not be the most economical or the most enjoyable. We learn that if we don’t know when to stop we may get out of control. We learn that balance requires movement and that sitting still for too long will cause you to fall. We learn that you can coast downhill, but if you’re looking to go up, you have to use more energy and pedal harder.

Did you ever think you could learn so much from a bike?

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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