In a world of hustle and bustle, it is often easy to let things get in our way that slow us down…derail our plans…and steal our fire. Just this morning as I was driving to my office, what started as a great morning with coffee, breakfast and a beautiful scene of the Sierra mountains quickly eroded as another driver decided he wanted to only go 40 mph in a 65 mph zone. I will leave the rest of that story to your imagination because we have all been there. It’s so easy to let circumstances or outside variables gain control of our actions, thoughts and emotions. Even though there’s not much you can do about those outside circumstances, you do have a choice in how you respond and act. This applies not only to us as individuals, but also to organizations, as well.
My blog will strive to take unique situations and life experiences and translate them in a way to share a viewpoint on how we can all make a difference in our workplace and in our community. Whether you are a CEO of a major corporation, a struggling entrepreneur or an entry-level employee, how you choose to respond to those “slow drivers” can have a resounding impact, not only for you, but for others around you, as well.
Of course, we all want to be the very best at who we are and what we do; however, many of us venture through life just reacting to all of those random variables that come into our path. Through this blog I hope to encourage and challenge you to find your place…to make a positive difference…and to mark it with an ‘X‘. By doing this, you can eXcel in ways that will let you eXpress your thoughts and ideas while eXpanding your knowledge and eXceeding your own eXpectations. So, how do I find my ‘X’? Well, I am glad you asked. I believe you can find it by developing these 3 important traits: integrity, passion and commitment.
- Integrity – You must take personal responsibility to act in an ethical way in order to gain the trust of others. Be honest and do the right thing.
- Passion – Be passionate about what you do and do it with as much enthusiasm as you can muster. Before long, your energy will begin to infect others around you.
- Commitment – Be committed to doing the best you can in every aspect of your work life, your personal life and your public life. Follow through with your work and keep your word.
These 3 simple traits are the foundation for making your mark in this world. So, as you go about your daily activities don’t let those ‘slow drivers’ corrupt your integrity, steal your passion or derail your commitment. Remember…you are on a mission to mark your spot with an ‘X‘.