FLASHPOINTS: Stop, Drop…and Reflect?

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When on fire, we know to stop, drop, and roll. In life, we must stop, drop, and reflect.

Reflection could be the most underrated resource in our lives, businesses, and projects. It may not take much time to “take five” to quiet our minds and unwind after a stressful day or interaction or to ask our clients and stakeholders how things are going, but it does take effort. It’s easy to postpone this critical task, instead focusing on the urgent matters that vie for our attention. Regular reflection and introspection, however, provides the opportunity to fine-tune our thoughts, communications, relationships, products and services, which leads to increased confidence that our efforts are bringing value to those we love and serve. The only thing worse than being misunderstood or missing the mark is not even knowing it. What project or area of your life requires additional reflection and introspection?

FLASHPOINTS: What The Antidote?

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It ain’t obstacles that stand in our way; it simply comes down to you and me.

Yes, the only thing standing between us and our goals is us, and it comes down to action. Sadly, knowing this and feeling inspired to take determined action can be miles apart. We can, however, start to bridge that gap by working a little smarter and contributing a little more to get things done. But sometimes, the extra pressure can bog us down, like we’ve been bitten by the paralysis bug. So, what’s the antidote? Flexibility. Reflect, reassess, and ask: Does it really need to be done now? What are the odds of actually getting it done now? What will the consequence or reward be as a result? And how can planning be improved next time? Which of your goals truly need more of you, and which just need revising?

FLASHPOINTS: Feel Like Talking Now?

When you really believe in your vision, you can’t stop talking about it.
So, if you’ve been quiet for a while, something’s up.

Have you been so busy it’s keeping you quiet…or is there some emotional, resource or financial barrier in your way?  I know, it’s hard to be honest with yourself when there’s so much at stake.  But, are you inspired by your life & business?  Yes?  Excellent! Go forth & share your story!  No?  Not to worry.  By cutting yourself some slack; hitting your emotional reset button; and redeploying your time, talents & resources; you can get back on track.  Now’s the time to reflect & redefine your goals so that you’re still invested in them.  Now’s the time to face your fears about being the Chief Evangelist Officer (CEO) of your brand.  Now’s the time to accept that you’re only as great as the actions you take.  Feel like talking now?