Today there are exactly 100 days left in 2014.
Soon you will be singing with John Lennon, “Another year over and what have you done?”
But today friends it’s not too late for your 2014 to be awesome. You can change the course of your history today.
Let’s not lose focus- let’s stay the course- and be incredible.
Focus on: THE PROCESS.
Fill out the right paper work, double check your work. Focus on the details.
We call it “best practices” for a reason. Trust your TEAM. Trust the PROCESS and do it. Part of our core values: DEVELOPMENT, WINNING ATTITUDE, COMMUNICATION, ACCOUNTABILITY, TEAM WORK and RESPECT are all about the PROCESS.
FOCUS ON: THE CUSTOMER (both internal and external).
Sometimes your customer is internal…it is the person sitting next to you helping you do your work.
Do not take them for granted. Tell them thank you. Take a moment with them. Listen. Care about their needs.
FOCUS ON: THE SALE.
For you that are in sales: Your quote bins are full, jobs are in process, 100 days until the “finish line” of 2014.
In 100 days… there will be time for distractions, there will be time for looking into new products, worrying if the person doing your orders uses the right cologne, wondering it’s only your orders that get delivered to the wrong spot, wondering if the vendor we buy from actually screws up your order on purpose
… you can fix all this during a five degree day with blowing winds, low daylight and 12″ of snow to plow. That is not today. Today go sell something!
If you want to dig further in the rabbit’s hole…this is from Jon Gordon.
Sea Turtles… and Distractions that
Lead Us in the Wrong Direction
As I ran on the beach the other day I noticed that certain areas were closed off by fences and signs that said “Sea Turtle Eggs.”
I remembered reading that female sea turtles swim to shore between May and August to dig nests in the sand and lay their eggs. Months later, the eggs hatch and the baby turtles follow the pure light of the moon back to the surf.
In a perfect world, the pure light of the moon guides every turtle back safely to the ocean.
However, as we know, we don’t live in a perfect world.
Sea Turtle hatchlings instinctively crawl toward the brightest light. On an undeveloped beach, the brightest light is the moon. On a developed beach, the brightest light can be an artificial light source emanating from restaurants, homes and condominiums along the coast.
Unfortunately, these powerful artificial sources of light often attract the hatchlings and cause them to move in the wrong direction when they are born.
Rather than follow the pure light of the moon to the ocean the sea turtles follow the wrong light to a disastrous outcome.
It occurred to me that we humans face a similar challenge.
Rather than follow the path we were meant to follow, unfortunately we too often are distracted by things that move us in the wrong direction.
Technology, online games, too much time on social media, bad habits, addictions, stress, busyness and meaningless distractions lead us astray.
Instead of following the pure light of perfection we allow bright and shiny artificial things to sabotage our journey.
So, what about you?
Are you following your priorities and pure light to the right destination or are you allowing artificial distractions to lead you in the wrong direction?
Are you following the path you were meant to follow or are you letting meaningless things keep you from being your best?
The great news is that unlike sea turtles we have the ability to think, adapt and change direction when we realize we are following the wrong path.
We can tune out the distractions and focus on our priorities and let the pure light lead us to an ocean of possibilities and a great future.
– Joel Fleischman. Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply. (drexelteam). You can follow him on twitter: @JoelmFleischman. He has provided solutions for builders and their clients since 1996 and a whole bunch of other stuff that you probably don’t care about.