A key to sustained success is perseverance.
Perseverance has less to do with skills and knowledge and more to do with a consistent commitment to that which matters most.
Perseverance draws meaning out of adversity.
Perseverance ends only when the task is done.
Perseverance is willing to wrestle with a lion until the lion gets tired.
Calvin Coolidge puts it this way, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
The power of generative thinking is seen when two or more join together to produce different combinations of ideas through thoughtful interactions.
Time is essential within this space made for reflection and deeper inquiry.
Are you a "space maker" for generative thinking?
This is an upstream concept.
Imagine your effectiveness when you take the time to engage in generative thinking before you consider strategy, process and execution.
According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern California the average person has about 48.6 thoughts per minute.
The average number of breaths per minute for an adult is 12-18.
Amazing to consider that every time you breathe you have potentially had three to four thoughts! It's no wonder that the concept of capturing thoughts appears overwhelming.
Three things may help:
Capturing your thoughts will not only impact your actions today but will open up possibilities that allow you to retain significant moments that will impact your future.
While there are obvious differences between someone born in the 1930’s and someone born in 2010, there are at least three things every generation has in common.
When seeking to be strategic, are we more effective when we in point out our differences or find ways to embrace our commonalities?
Excellence is not perfection but rather a continual striving to be better than what you define as best - today.
If you think that you are doing the best you can do, or being the best you can be, then you are headed for a decline. Imagining that you have reached your best prepares you for a journey toward mediocrity and possibly even stagnation.
Let's look for "better practice" rather than "best practice." Everyone involved will benefit.
Almost every running expert agrees that overstriding is not good for you.
The theory of overstriding is that when walking (or running), if you place your front foot too far in front of your center you slam your foot down, decreasing your efficiency and increasing your risk of injury.
In the same way, as you pursue your dream, speed is important and so is strategy.
Seek to understand risk as you thoughtfully consider the reach for your next forward step.
You open an invitation and read, “Your presence is requested…”
An intentional way not just of doing but of being so that when your presence is requested you are not only arriving with your physical body but your mind and your spirit.
When body, mind and spirit are all engaged then the significance of your presence goes far beyond the expectations of those who invited you to join them.