Recently, I was cleaning up some files and I found an essay from entrepreneur and writer Seth Godin that he wrote 9 years ago about the power of opportunity. At the time I originally read the article, we were in the development of Tignum so it really resonated with me. Interestingly enough, as so many people around the world are gazing at their 2012 planners and what they want to achieve, I think it resonates even more now.
Here is a short excerpt: “...stop thinking about how crazy the times are, and start thinking about what the crazy times demand. There has never been a worse time for business as usual. Business as usual is sure to fail, sure to disappoint, sure to numb our dreams. That’s why there has never been a better time for the new. Your competitors are too afraid to spend money on new productivity tools. Your bankers have no idea where they can safely invest. Your potential employees are desperately looking for something exciting, something they feel passionate about, something they can genuinely engage in and engage with. You get to make a choice. You can remake that choice every day, in fact. It’s never too late to choose optimism, to choose action, to choose excellence. The best thing is that it only takes a moment—just one second—to decide.”
As always, we understand that there is a huge gap between knowing and doing, so we asked several leaders to give us the behaviors they want to implement in 2012 to “create excellence”. We combined their thoughts with some of our own and created a top 10 To-Do list:
.01 Inject energy and fun.
.02 Care about what works.
.03 Say no to boring (meetings, people, and initiatives).
.04 Focus on what’s productive.
.05 Innovate yourself as you go (your resilience, stamina, brain agility)
.06 Don’t be afraid to fail - forget about perfection.
.07 Cut the crap (emails, meetings, projects, processes)
.08 Be prepared - always (travel, meetings, coming home).
.09 Create meaning
.10 Make your personal sustainable high human performance your default.
After working with over 8,000 high performing executives all over the world, one thing we have learned - the true Sustainable High Performers (Swimmers) don’t count on luck. They design every single day to make it happen. We hope this list provides you some inspiration. Print it. Copy/paste it. Share it. Live it. And let us know what you would add.
A happy and successful 2012 to you.
By Jogi Rippel
CEO // Founder