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Today’s Quote: “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare

Today’s Question: Are you living up to your full potential?


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Today’s Quote: “The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.” – Saki

Today’s Question: Do you remember things as they actually happened?

Today’s Quote: “If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?” – Scott Adams

Today’s Question: Are you afraid to ask the right questions?

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Nothing is better than hearing a ‘Good job’ encouragement from co-workers when you are struggling through a troubled project. Gaining a sense of admiration from those whom you slug it out with in the trenches daily is often all the motivation you need to convince yourself all the trouble you are going through will actually be worth the painful amount of effort you have put into your project.

Noting is worse than giving a co-worker a ‘Good job’ encouragement that frankly isn’t doing a good job. You end up doing the same thing that people who keep giving their dogs treats after they keep peeing on the carpet do—giving positive reinforcement to negative behavior.

Motivation though positive reinforcement is awesome, but make sure you’re not motivating someone to continue to do something you rather have them change. If a subordinate is doing a horrible job producing after-action reports, don’t give him kudos for at least getting the report turned in on time. If your teammate is bringing down your department with sarcasm, don’t encourage him by telling him his jokes are consistently funny.

You do want to raise the spirits of the long suffering and struggling employee. You just don’t want to raise their hopes beyond a level of reality. Do not give positive reinforcements that would suggest a negative action is acceptable, especially if it is just to raise up a person’s spirits.

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Today’s Quote: “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” – Malcolm X

Today’s Question: Can you distinguish between right and wrong with unfiltered eyes?

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In celebration for reaching his 3,000th blog post, Seth Godin asked his readers to either start a blog or post something really interesting today.

Since I’ve already overdone the former, I’m stuck with the latter. But frankly, I haven’t been feeling all that interesting lately. Hence my lack of posting to the blog, working on the business, and connecting with the outside world.

It’s more than just writer block, or lack of time because of deadlines at the day job, or lack of progress in the side gig, or even the burden of the combination of all three put together. But there is not real word or explanation for it.

But there is a simple fix: momentum.

I am at the point of completion to a few products that have the potential to catch on and grow. I have plenty of new ideas I just need a little time and a lot more resources to flesh out and make good. I have a lot of one-foot-after-the-other plans that are ready for that first step to get the plan in motion. But sometimes, when you are at a complete stop, the hardest thing to do is to stand up and take that first step. But once you do, its makes it much easier to take the next step, and the next step, and then to pick up the pace to a fast walk, jog, run…that is momentum.

What do you do to keep your momentum going? What do you do once your momentum is broken?

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Today’s Quote: “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Today’s Question: How solid is your faith?

Today’s Quote: “I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.” – Michael J. Fox

Today’s Question: Are you a perfectionist?

Today’s Quote: “It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.” – Sam Ewing

Today’s Question: What can you do to make efforts immediately smarter?

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Today’s Quote: “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.” – George Best

Today’s Question: What activities are you wasting your time with? Why?