Goodbye Dear Car…

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I replaced my 16-year-old car this weekend. It served me well and I was sad to see it leave.

In the process of trading in my four-wheeled friend, the salesperson asked, “Does your current vehicle have navigation?”

I answered, “Nope.”

A quick follow-up, “Does it have USB ports?”

Again, “Nope.”

This went on for a bit. He named features and I confirmed my old cars lack of technological prowess.

I then thought about the day some 16 years in the future when I will replace the car I was currently in the process of buying.

What will the future salesperson ask? “Do you have the self-driving feature?” or “How many ground miles does your car have? How about flying miles?”

Will there even be a salesperson to ask such questions? Will I even have the need to buy a car at all?

4 Keys to Winning When You’re an Underdog

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We have all had underdog moments. These are times when we feel lesser than, find ourselves ill prepared, or simply see a long uphill battle in front of us.

Perhaps you are experiencing an underdog moment right now.

Maybe you are:

  • trying to land a job against very tough odds
  • opening a business in the face of a strong headwind
  • looking to turnaround your performance when everything seems insurmountable
  • and the list goes on and on…

Whatever your situation, I invite you to watch this video to learn 4 keys to winning when you are an underdog.

Applying the underdog lessons

I invite you to take a few minutes to consider if the four keys outlined in the video are present in your life.

To help you assess your situation, think about a time when you found yourself as the underdog.

(Seriously, take a moment to do it.)

Now, consider these questions about how you approached being the underdog.

Key #1: Taking on the right mindset

  • What was your mindset?
  • How did you see yourself in the situation? Victim? Feisty upstart? Etc.?
  • Did you sport a large chip on your shoulder?
  • Did you quit in your mind before you even got started?

Key #2: Setting a clear goal

  • Did you take the time to set a clear goal, even in the face of serious adversity?
  • Was your goal specific or vague?
  • Did you share the goal with others to gain feedback on it? If so, what did you do with their comments?

Key #3: Doing the the hard work

  • Were you willing to do the hard work needed to persevere through the tough times?
  • Did you work in smart ways, asking for help as needed? Or, did you take everything on your shoulders and make things harder than needed?
  • Were you constantly working to acquire new skills to accelerate performance?
  • Did you work, while others rest?

Key #4: Having someone in your corner

  • When times are tough, you need someone in your corner. Who was rooting for you to win?
  • Were you willing to share your goals and progress with your cheerleaders so they know what to root for? Or, was your ego not allowing you to bring them into the discussion?
  • Did you take time to celebrate small victories with someone who was your advocate?

Being an underdog can be a tough and exhausting situation, but doing it well, can be the source of your greatest successes.

I wish you all the best as you strive to win in the face of adversity.

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(In case you are curious, the dog in the picture is my daughter’s maltese, Oliver. He is the littlest of the bunch, but sees himself as the feistiest of all.)

This Road Warrior Remembers True Warriors

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My plane pushed back from the gate at 6pm this past Thursday night – 4 1/2 hours of sitting on the tarmac it returned to the same gate at 10:30pm.

Nearly 24 hours later I finally made it home.

I then remembered it was Memorial Day Weekend and how quickly I forgot the lesson I learned just a couple of years ago. This post, from three years ago, will hopefully help all of us to keep things in perspective.

Original post follows…

October 2014

I just landed in Atlanta on an early morning cross-country flight. It’s been a long couple of weeks and, frankly, I’m tired. Admittedly, I have been feeling a bit sorry for myself. I’ve been on the road a lot this year – a lot! The last several days, I’ve worked in North Carolina, Washington DC, Michigan, and California and traveled on 14 different flights. To further add to my pity party, I was thinking about how the weekend was going to be cut short because I fly back out for work on Sunday.

Life was quickly put into perspective as the plane began its final approach. The flight attendant asked that everyone remain seated as a military escort, traveling with a fallen military member, disembark the aircraft.

 

My intent in sharing this is not to exploit the situation, but to remind all of us that we need to keep our lives and work in perspective.

As a former military member, I’m familiar with the sacrifices people make so I can travel on a plane, perform fulfilling work, raise a family, hang with friends, and occasionally feel inappropriately sorry for myself. I thought about not sharing; however, my hope is that others will benefit from putting things in perspective.

I’m going to make sure I do these 3 things this weekend. What will you do?

  1. Take the time to truly express thanks to my family for making my life a rich and enjoyable experience.
  2. Reconnect with my purpose and accomplish one thing this weekend that will make a difference.
  3. Reach out to someone who might benefit from some encouragement or support and offer to be there for him/her.