Take note when you find things that motivate you. Strategically place them in your daily stream of motion to ensure you get regular doses. You won’t regret it.
Popular opinion, or what is often presented as such :), can be misleading. Our inner-voice is powerful but can be overtaken by the amount of information that flows our way if we let it.
Raise your awareness, tune-in, and make conscious choices!
The good news is that unlike many other roles, this one does not require an application, election, appointment, or promotion. This role was given to you at birth. Accept, own it, and act on it.
Like the “intel inside” stickers on PCs, we each carry an invisible one that says “greatness inside.”
The only questions that remain are our willingness to tap into, cultivate, and use that greatness on purpose (with intent and alignment).
Take a moment today to pass this virtual sticker on to someone you care about!
The adoption of new things is often not easy. Thus, as a problem solver, it can take work to go from being viewed as “different” and “weird” to ”thought-leader” and “innovator.”
It stands to reason why Innovators are typically depicted as 2.5% of the population on the diffusion curve, followed by early adopters, another 13.5%.
Stay committed to the problem you are called to fix, find your early adopters, and the rest (early majority – 34%, late majority – 34%, and laggards -16%) will soon line up.
I struggled with the idea of failure for a long time. In my childhood years, in my mind, success led to validation, and failure meant that you were not going to get it. That translation can cause you to misinterpret and forsake opportunities.
A former manager once shared this story. He recalls skiing one weekend, and as he was going down the mountain, people were flying past him, some successfully, but many also falling here and there. However, he wasn’t falling at all. He was going nice, slow, and steady, controlling every movement carefully. His instructor finally said to him, “hey, you need to pick up the pace. Sure, you will fall now and then, but you’ll never learn additional techniques and grow muscle memory if you don’t challenge yourself.”
Fail fast, fail often, fail forward.
Take chances to explore growth and learn.
When you observe the best teams operate, the team members complement each other in good times and, more importantly, support each other through the tough times. Tough times are inevitable, and how we show up for our teammates can make the difference.