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How WIll You Spend Tomorrow?

| | Inspiration

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My daughter posed a question to my husband and I over dinner one night:

“If you knew you were guaranteed to receive $86,400 a day, at 12:01 am every day for the rest of your life, how would you spend it?”

The only catch is that you must spend it.  You can’t save it in any form, and whatever you don’t spend is gone forever.

Would you spend it all each and every day?

What would drive your decision regarding how much to spend and on what?

We started talking about all the things we might do with that money each day, how it would change our lives and how we could use it to contribute to the lives of others.

The more we talked about it we actually could begin to see that it would take work to spend that kind of money in a day if we wanted to be thoughtful and not just squander it.  At some point we all began to realize the responsibility that would come along with such a gift. The following passage came to mind:

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48)

Then she went on to say…there are 86,400 seconds in a day. [click to continue...]

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The Path to High Performance

| | Personal Leadership

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If you want to get on a path to high performance, there is one thing you must first accept:

Whatever your current level of performance may be at this moment, if you aspire to something greater or to be better you have a performance gap.

Being honest with yourself about your gap is an important first step in closing it.

After all, how can you close your performance gap until can accept you have one and are willing to honestly explore it?

Yet for many that gap can be extremely hard to face.  Perhaps it’s because in facing the gap we must confront one of our greatest fears as human beings – that we are not enough.

The pursuit of truly high performance is an act of courage – the courage to stand for who you could become as you come face to face with who and what you are not right now.

To make things easier, whether as an individual or an organization, we often focus on making incremental improvement rather than taking bold leaps.

The strategy for making incremental improvement is to set stretch goals – ones we know we can make if we just work harder and smarter.  It’s not that an incremental improvement approach is a bad idea.  In fact, it is a valuable practice for ensuring you continue to make progress. [click to continue...]

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Are You Playing Enough?

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Following is a guest post from Rich Largman.  Rich is someone I have collaborated with for 15 years in working with clients.  He is also my personal coach and one of my dearest friends.  It is my pleasure to share his insight and writing with you here.  This topic is so perfect as a first post for him here because he brings the energy of curiosity and play to everything he does, especially his work.  His presence is a gift in every dimension of my life.

We’ve all heard the familiar scoldings growing up such as…

…Quit fooling around.
…Will you please grow up.
…When will you stop acting like a child?

Well if it were up to me, the answer to that last question would be NEVER!

In an effort to eliminate the childish qualities from our behavior as we race toward adulthood, our child-like qualities often become part of the collateral damage. And that is too bad. By losing our child-like qualities, we lose an immensely valuable resource – the ability to play. [click to continue...]

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