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Set Stretch Goals

Set the goal high enough that you have to stretch to reach it.

That creates growth. That creates momentum. That creates energy.

Great goals propel you forward.

What's your current stretch goal?

-- Doug Smith


Know What You Need

Do you ever confuse what you need with what you want?

It's so easy to focus on what we want first. When what we want is a noble goal or a focused vision, that helps. When what we want is to play when we should be working, or to eat when we should be exercising, or to gossip when we should be supporting, that can be a problem.

Sometimes what we want doesn't match what we need if we think what we need doesn't matter.

What we truly need does matter. Neglected, it matters even more.

Are you meeting your needs first?

-- Douglas Brent Smith


Show Faith in Others

What does faith mean to you?

Without getting into too deep of a philosophical discussion, I like to keep in mind that my faith has more to do with how others will perform than it does about my own performance. Sometimes we can get burned expecting people to do more than they do, but for the most part people's performance depends much on what our expectations are.

Faith is more about your hope for others than for yourself.

Your hope for yourself does include faith, and also hard work, constant learning, and openness to feedback.

Who are you showing faith in today? Do they know it?

-- Doug Smith


Notice the Brilliance Around You

Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by someone's brilliance?

They say something profound. They accomplish something amazing. They articulate a fabulous vision.

Isn't that worth paying close attention to? Isn't that worth stay open and attentive to? A key part of mindfulness is stay alert and aware to the what's wonderful around us.

Centered leaders follow their vision and stay open to the visions of others.

People can cause us problems AND they can sometimes brighten our days with their brilliance. Let their lights shine!

-- Douglas Brent Smith

What have you learned today?


Create a Better Future

Who is the future up to? Someone else? All of us?

Today, this moment, I want to think about some problem that I can help solve. Some person that I can comfort. Something outside of myself that will make a difference. How do you feel about that?

Solving problems is about creating a better future.

That's something each of us can do, and needs to do, to see that better future come.

What do you think?

-- Doug Smith

Solve One Problem At A Time

Are you ever over-whelmed by working on too many problems at once?

Jeekers, it can rock us right into standing still? And stasis is not for you. We mean well. We work to make a better world. But, oh there is so much to fix!

We can stop pretending we know how to fix the world once we start really solving one problem at a time.

Let's take it one problem at a time and put our creative problem solving skills to good use.

What do you say?