Walk the Talk 1 Leadership Principles

Walk the Talk

1.       Productive Failure vs. Unproductive Success - Uncommon Sense says that a productive failure is better than a non productive success. A productive failure is a failure that, upon analysis, teaches us something that can lead to future success. Non-productive success is success that we achieve but don't know how we achieved it, and therefore we can't readily replicate it. We learn little or nothing from non-productive successes.

2.       INVESTMENT - From the ages of twenty to seventy-five, you have more than 480,000 hours to spend. You can't deposit them and expect them to draw interest. And you won't get them back. What will you do to make them yield the greatest return on your investment?

3.       Isn't it ironic that some people protect their money and possessions with their lives, yet let their energy and time slip away with little thought? They don't seem to realize that time is their most valuable possession - the only part of their inventory that can never be replaced.

4.       Let your deliberately chosen priorities dictate the way you spend your precious time and the way you manage your purpose-driven life. When you learn to plan your life around priorities, you will find yourself moving effectively towards your desired future. And you'll get the epitaph you want.

5.       Of all the things you can do, the quality of your thinking has the greatest consequences of all. The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your choices and decisions. Your choices and decisions determine the actions you take. And the actions you take determine the quality and quantity of your results.

6.       In life and work, results are everything. In the final analysis, you will be judged by the results you accomplish, for yourself and others. And the quality of your results will largely be determined by the quality of the thinking that preceded the actions you take.

7.       The words "I am responsible" are great neutralizers. Just like when you pull the lamp cord out of the socket the lamp goes out, when you say "I am responsible," your negative emotions switch off and go out instantly.

8.       "No one ever attains success by simply doing what is required of him." - Charles Kendall Adams

9.       The journey of happiness is mapped by your brain, but it's directed by you. As you recognize indivisible or default modes and shift to intentional thinking, you are already clearing your path to success.

10.   The brain maps familiar thoughts and actions with ever-increasing efficiency. For better or worse, these maps make it easy to see and do things the way we have in the past. We become blind to these assumptions: they become automatic. Changing them takes work and repetition. So even small changes can start out slowly.

11.   To reduce resistance, work with your brain. Associate new patterns with familiar actions. This helps your brain build new actions on existing maps. Slip your phone into your pocket as you walk towards the coffee shop. Remind yourself to say good morning before you place your order. Watch what happens.

12.   Practice acceptance. Each person has a deep need to be unconditionally accepted by the other people in their lives. When you satisfy this need by practicing acceptance with each person you meet, you improve their self-image, self-esteem, make them feel better about themselves, and cause them to like and respect you more. How do you express acceptance? Simple - Just smileI don't know who needs to hear this today, but ....

13.   Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful.

14.   Our brains are like closets. Overtime they are filled with things that we no longer use, things that don't fit. Every once in awhile they need to be cleaned out. A big part of the change process is to be able to walk away from outdated beliefs and practices. But as we all know, old habits can die hard.

Regardless of our good intentions, we're all susceptible to flawed thinking that eventually leads to flawed results. But if we dump this data from our memory banks, we free up space for more productive alternatives ... we make room for the good stuff ... the right stuff.

15.   "How simple it is to see that all the worry in the world cannot control the future. How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now. And that there will never be a time that it is not now." - Gerald Jampolsky

16.   Minimize urgent tasks by spotting problems while they're still minor and easily remedied and take care of them at once. If you keep in perspective what's really important, you won't spend all your time doing what seems urgent.

17.   "Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves." Helen Keller

18.   Success is focused on tasks, even goals. Significance focuses on purpose. When you set your sights on living a life of significance, you use your talents to make this world a better place and work to plant seeds of greatness in the lives of those around you.

19.   Begin telling yourself you cannot fail; you can only learn & grow. Keep repeating these words to yourself at every opportunity for the next 30 days, and see what happens. You will create a new world-class belief that may transform your life.

20.   Since 95% of what you do, positive or negative, is determined by your habits, the secret to creating a wonderful future for yourself is to develop new habits that are consistent with the person you want to be and the things you want to accomplish. The truth is that bad habits are easy to form but hard to live with. Good habits are hard to form, but easy to live with.

21.   "Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy."- Normal Vincent Peale

22.   Stop grumbling. Accept this reality. Let go of the past. Start fresh. Look for opportunity. Find solutions. Move forward. Reevaluate priorities Take care of yourself. Make your own happiness. 

23.  Keep your lenses clear. Successful people perceive the world neither through pink lenses nor gray ones. They prefer clear lenses that portray the world as it is because that's the world they must deal with. If you're looking at a gray reality, don't despair. Just shift your attention to another part of the picture. There's a bright side to almost every situation.

24.  RESPECT ... You Have to Give it to Get it!

25.  Recognize the inherent worth of all human beings.
Eliminate derogatory words or phrases from your vocabulary.
Speak with people - not at them or about them.
Practice empathy. Walk awhile in other's shoes.
Earn the respect of your co-workers through your behavior.
Consider other's feelings before speaking and acting.
Treat everyone with dignity and courtesy. 

26.  Amid all of the noise and confusion in the world, there is a place you can always go to find genuine support, encouragement, peace, and solace. This place is within you, where the voice of wisdom speaks. This voice will offer you positive alternatives and real guidance to help you discover a different and richer way of life. If it has been a little while since you last listened closely to it, it may be a little hard to hear. But if you give it a chance, it will reward you with all of the wisdom, guidance, and inspiration you require.

27.  To get unstuck, and gain momentum, stay centered in your heart, and you will soon find support showing up in the forms of suggestions, people, and opportunities. All you have to do is have the willingness to listen and the courage to act on them.

28.  You have been created as one of a kind. On the plant Earth, there has never been one like you ... and there never will be again. Your spirit, your thoughts and feelings, your ability to reason and can all exist in no one else. The rarities that make you special are not mere accident or quirk of fate. You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have the power to change the world.

29.  The future is a place you've never been before, and many people are a little nervous about entering it. They prefer the safe, familiar circumstances of the past. But if you are trying to constantly relive the familiar past, you'll never enjoy the rewarding future.

The way to keep from reliving the past is to take that irrevocable step. Cut yourself off from past circumstances so that your only choice is to move ahead."Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness."Scottish mountaineer and writer William Hutchinson Murray said that in the last century. And that belief never becomes antiquated. You will find all kinds of ways to make the dream you created come true.                                                                                      The only path open is the one ahead. It focuses your energy and resources and multiplies your chances of success.

      30. The key to uncomplicating things in your life lies in increasing your ability to simplify and focus. A first step toward simplifying and getting focused is to make a "let it go" list. Here are a few things to add to your list:

Let go of ...

·         waiting for someone else to fix it

·         worrying about things over which I have no control

·         trying to make something work that's never going to

·         wasting time with negative people

·         hoping that the person causing a problem will somehow miraculously change

·         putting off the decision I know I should make right now

·         dwelling on what's wrong rather than making it right

So, what do you need to let go of? Make a list, take action and clear space for you to get focused on what is truly important in your life.