Feb 252013

The stories we tell can make or break our ability to see, and take advantage of, opportunities that present themselves every day.  Sometimes they’re the stories we tell others, and sometimes they’re the ones we replay in our heads.

Take leadership, for example.  There’s a leadership story in everyone’s life, often with many chapters.  Whether you have an official title or you’re leading your team of me, myself and I, that story plays every time you have the opportunity to step up.

That story tells you, and whoever you share it with, who you are as a leader and what got you to this state of mind.  Knowing your leadership story and sharing it with others strengthens the power it holds over you.

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Feb 072013

Have you ever walked through a mall or driven down a street when something caught your eye and pulled you off course?  The moral of the story is, “Feet (or cars) go where attention goes.”  Or, as some unknown person put it, “Energy flows where attention goes.”

Like birds, people are attracted to bright, shiny objects.  People with a strong entrepreneurial spirit are particularly vulnerable to their effect.

And, there’s an almost unlimited supply of shiny objects – information, technology, programs, organizations – all helping to generate more shiny objects – projects, publications, new programs and so on.  They certainly aren’t in short supply, and they lead you on a trail of unfinished or unfocused programs and projects.

Ultimately you  find yourself with stacks of unfinished or unfocused programs and projects.  Eventually the volume becomes overwhelming.  Your field of vision narrows.  Procrastination sets in.  You lose faith in yourself and your word, and your relationships start to suffer.

Don’t wallow.  Throw yourself a lifeline.

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