Monday, June 19, 2006

Beginning the Week with the Right Mindset

It’s Monday, and quite a bit of work to do this week. From white paper writing and a large power point to develop for a client to brand development and collateral redesign, it will be week of strong fulfillment. Plus a couple of new business activities are coming to fruition.

As the new week begins, it seems there is always anticipation of what will happen. Perhaps this week a little more so, only because Friday marks the last day of the company’s second month. I know it will be good… whatever the actual results may be. How can I have such strong belief in this?

No matter what results occur, with the right attitude and commitment it can be turned into a positive. I remember seeing Mark Warner speak at TelecomHUB during his campaign for governor. He remarked that he had tried several start-ups that failed before successfully starting the entity that became Nextel. Mind you, this man may become our next president. Warner makes it apparent that even failure can be turned into something positive. Sometimes it takes reflection, review and change to turn the outcome into good, but with a continuing commitment to winning, success can be achieved.

Why is this important to note at the beginning? Because life continues to happen, good and bad. Mistakes will be made, the inevitable result of being human. But to venture forth with hesitation and trepidation of heart would only be to seed an enterprise within poor soil.

No, for me it’s best to move forward with the following seven components to any day, week, month, project or effort:

1) Full strength committed to the effort

2) Approach everything with an attitude of making the effort useful to the other people involved: How can this benefit them?

3) Know that the outcome will be positive

4) Expect hurdles

5) Ask others for their help and experiences

6) Willingness to acknowledge errors and change quickly

7) Turn experiences into assets that benefit the larger good

With this mindset at the beginning, I can allow myself the latitude to adapt and succeed. And so the new week begins, and it will be good.

I’m bullish on the future, so with my accountant’s blessing I have made some purchases for infrastructure. General liability insurance is done, and another computer and printer, too. Just getting ready, assuming growth is coming soon. And with that, it’s on into the week.

Here are some Monday quotes:

“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”
- Vince Lombardi

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans.”
-Peter Drucker

“Really skilful people never get out of time, and are always deliberate, and never appear busy.”


Blogger mlm said...

I love Miyamoto and that is a great quote. Thank you for that reminder of his wisdom. I am going to dust off my copy of The Book of Five Rings and reread it tonight...and, may you also find your way to nothingness, my friend.

6:55 PM  
Blogger mlm said...

Thank you for that quote by Miyamoto. I love him.

May you find your way to nothingness, my friend.

6:58 PM  

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