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Get Past The Emotions



Problems also involve emotions and frustration. To succeed, you have to get past the emotion to get to the solution. Chris discusses taking the right action to solve problems instead of getting bogged down and distracted by and with negative emotions.



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Don’t Rain on Your Own Parade

The 4th of July Holiday is now behind us. Did you have fun and celebrate your success? Did you put business aside and genuinely enjoy your time with your family and friends?

Some of us (more than you think or will admit to) like to downplay our success. You work hard; you save and you do the best you can to provide for your families well-being. There is no guilt in celebrating your success and having fun. You’ve earned the right to do so. There is also nothing wrong in investing in your family’s well-being. If you have your health and a lifestyle that meets your needs (and you are proud of it) then celebrate it. Look for every chance to celebrate the times you spend together – today and the many tomorrows that lie just over the horizon. Others may try to rain on your parade. Ignore them. But, don’t be guilty of raining on your own parade. Continue reading

Chris’ 4 Rules: They Can Work For You

Over the course of my corporate career (some 32+ years), I have followed what I refer to as “Chris’ 4 Rules”. These rules were created as a result of my experiences – the good ones and the bad ones – and yes, there were more bad ones than good ones (but that’s where I learned the most). Nonetheless, whether based on a good or bad experience, they worked whenever I followed them.

So, let me share them with you and feel free to use them. They’ve worked for me and I’m sure, they will work for you.

  • Rule #1 – Always play by the rules of the game you are in.
  • Rule #2 – If Rule #1 isn’t working, offer constructive changes to the rules to make them work better for the organization for which you are working.
  • Rule #3 – if Rules 1 and 2 are not working, then go around those rules until you get caught; then figure out a way not to get caught again. This rule is not for the faint of heart. If you have a little “James Bond” in you, you’ll be fine – for a while.
  • Rule #4 – If Rules 1, 2 and 3 don’t work for you then, guess what? It’s time that you found a new game with no rules.

Now Rules 1, 2 and 4 are pretty straight forward and don’t require any further explanation. Rule #3 on the other hand, does require some additional comments.

Now for the record, I’m not advocating anarchy or subversive activities. Rather what I have learned from my own experiences and the experiences of others I’ve respected is that successful people – people who Step Up and Play Big – know how to take the right risk now and then. They occasionally will break some rules, but they know which “rules” they need to break. They have used the trust and respect they have gained to help them decide the “right” rules to break.

So, what’s the lesson? To be successful and contribute to your organizations growth, you have to be willing to question the “status quo” when you know there is a better way to move forward. Don’t question it just for the heck of it. Rather, be able to back up your actions with the results you achieved. And, for you leaders out there, encourage your team members to raise questions with you about the status quo. If you do, they will grow and your organization will also.


The Biggest Threat to Your Success

No mystery or trick question here – you are the biggest threat to your success. I could stop right here, but a little more “explaining” would be helpful.

Many spend way too much time talking themselves out of the spotlight of success right into the grasp of failure and despair. By “too much time” I mean any amount of time more than 10 seconds.

When you talk yourself into inaction and fear as to what “might” happen, paralysis and stagnation are not that far behind, with your fear of failure becoming a reality – that you created in your mind first. All of this happens when you become obsessed – which goes way beyond focus – with all of the possible downsides that could occur from any decision you make or risk that you take. Continue reading