Has anyone come to you and say how lucky you were? All those trips that you take, the glamorous hotels you stay at and you get to eat out every night. For those of us that have or are living that lifestyle will tell you is there are many adjectives to describe their working lives. However, “lucky” is not one of them.
Everyone that has followed me, either through my blogs, Podcasts, or, even YouTube, have heard me talk about ‘walking your talk.’ People have asked me if that only applies while being involved in their business world. Of course not! ‘Walking your talk’ is your ‘integrity’ and is what you are.
What is integrity? The dictionary defines it as ‘the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.’ Synonyms include; virtue, decency, fairness, sincerity, truthfulness, and morality.’
One of the major complaints that I get from clients is: “There is just not enough time in a day to do everything that I have to do.” Which causes me to ask: “Why?” “I’m too busy to get what needs to be done.” Is the usual reply. For those that have followed my blog, you will in all likelihood know my answer: “You do realize that ‘busy’ is just another word for unproductive.”
This past week I was honored to meet individuals from all over the world during the 86th Annual Toastmasters International Convention in my home city of Vancouver. Not only that, I was the volunteer coordinator chair and was responsible for 246 volunteers. I am not stating this for accolades nor praise, but rather to give back to an organization that has not only helped me in that I do have clients that are Toastmasters but also have sharpened my presentation skills. How are you giving back to those that have helped you? Why should you give back?
Recently someone said to me: “Your tips and lessons on your blogs, podcasts and videos seem so simple and are just common sense.” Well, I thanked them for the compliment of course and asked: “Why do I feel there is a but coming?” There was. They replied: “I am trying to put them into action, but I am not getting the results that you talk and write about.” My reply, as I have had this question, in one form or another asked, was: “It doesn’t surprise me at all.” All I got was a confused, befuddled and questioning stare.
“To grow, you must be willing to let your present and future be totally unlike your past. Your history is not your destiny.” So said author Alan Cohen. This passage is about the flexibility of not only mindset but also willingness to embrace ‘change.’ After all, change is the price of learning. However, change is also resisted quite vigorously by not only leaders but also by their followers.