Most everyone born in the later half of the 20th Century is familiar with the 1981 Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire (Best Picture, Best Original Music Score, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design + 3 additional nominations), featuring the story of runner Eric Liddell. The Olympic gold medal recipient has influenced many following his days on the track, leaving various quotes and statements in his interviews while also demonstrating them in his life of service. One such statement has proven to be a North Star, of sorts, for me, and the longer I work with industry professionals it proves itself over and over. Liddell said, “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run I feel his pleasure.”
I find it interesting how we often set our sights on the accomplishments of others to serve as targets for our own personal goals. Recently, I was having a discussion with a budding screenplay writer who listed some names and awards of seasoned writers he wants to emulate, noting their resulting fame and fortune. In the discussion, the question arose as to what the appropriate goals for a creative professional should be. How does one actually achieve his or her best?
Honestly, I think that we often short ourselves by seeking to merely follow in the footsteps of others.
Imagine arriving at the coffee pot to pour your morning coffee when, rather than receiving the traditional greeting, you are backed against the wall by some HDIs (highly disgruntled individuals) because you made a really unpopular decision, and now you’ve got to dig your way out… As executives and managers, and simply even spouses and parents, many find themselves in this very position at seemingly the most inopportune times, attempting to dodge the questions, stares, and proverbial knives in the back from once-trusting followers and supporters. Through it all, there’s a felt urgency to secure mutual understanding from sound reasoning.
Let me introduce you to one method (of many!) that Jesus incorporated
A bad night’s rest at our coastal resort found us starting our day off on the wrong foot, but when my wife Tricia and I ventured down Daytona’s South Atlantic Avenue and found our breakfast stop – The Cracked Egg Diner – things began looking much, much brighter. The contrast from where we had come from to where we were totally made my day, and it helped to reinforce fundamental business principles in a very real way. Here’s what I found…
Hey, you, sitting there wanting to trade your halo for some devilish horns, have you ever wanted to choke progress, maim effectiveness, and kill morale in a group or business meeting? If you have, this list is for you! …
If you are like most people who are interested in progress, you may simply be doing these things without noticing it, and through a few simple changes you can help your organization to move forward by demonstrating a positive & interested spirit. Believe it or not, your revealed interest can have a big impact on budget and planning dollars, along with project success.
So often we trudge through each day handling our tasks, only to complete everything (or add some to the next day’s list) and then do the same the next day. Honestly, such an existence is mundane, boring, and an absolute waste! Yet, it’s so funny how we all fall into that repetitive trap.
Just this morning, a beautiful thought radiated into my mind
It’s so funny how businesses can possess all the necessary elements to meet consumer needs, but they fail to look desirable to their markets. I became quite aware of this just recently while on a quick family trip out-of-town.