I have reinforced many things I already know through the news this week by paying attention to the headlines.
Big Brown was a shoe in to win the Triple Crown. Didn’t happen.
A few months ago Hillary Clinton was a shoe in to win the Democratic convention. Didn’t happen.
Donald Trump expected Casinos to fatten his fortune. Didn’t happen.
Winning takes focus, discipline, flexibility, self-awareness and more to gain the success you want and deserve.
From Big Winners and Big Losers by Alfred A. Marcus
The big winners:
1. Occupied sweet spots – they found their niche. Think about your job. Are you in your sweet spot? If not, why not?
2. Possessed the ability to move into these spots. Evaluate your skills. Do your talents match what is necessary to excel? If not, get the skills or find a new “spot.”
3. Disciplined themselves to defend their spots. Be able to keep the focus and get rid of the distractions and diversions of life. Learn how to keep your eye on the target.
4. Exploited and extended their positions. Network, and build successful alliances. Exploit is not a bad word.
The reports revealed big losers:
1. Occupied sour spots. Didn’t take the time to really figure out what is needed.
2. Were rigid. Not flexibility is a killer. The “My way or the highway” attitude doesn’t work, especially with people in the Generation Y category.
3. Could not defend their positions. Haven’t given much thought to the “why” behind their position.
4. Could not take advantage of their positions.
Learn to successfully manage the tensions between agility, discipline, and focus. Go to the library; check out a book, buy a book or two so you and your company don’t become one of the negative headlines.
Comments welcome – so please post! Thanks, Marsha