We all need a break at one time or another. Today I needed a break so badly I had to remove myself from any proximity to technology: computer was powered down, iPhone was turned off and left at home. And I couldn’t get into my little guacamole-colored Subaru fast enough. Thankfully I am mature enough to not screech out of the driveway, but the thought did cross my mind. It was as if I was escaping some terrible threat to my
In reality, I was maxed out. I had hit the wall. I needed quiet, space, food, and a break. This happens to all of us, but what do we do about it? I stumbled upon this great article that shows clearly the warning signs of someone who needs a break. On a scale of 1 – 10, I was approaching total insanity. How about you?
So, TAKE A BREAK and read through this great article from LifeHack. It’s about 10 WARNING Signs You Definitely Need A Break and it’s a wake up call from that much-needed nap you aren’t taking.
We all need a break at one point or another, but perhaps you need one NOW. You may say that you are absolutely too busy to take a break or there is no way that you can let go right at the moment. These are both signs that you need a break TODAY.
If you find yourself saying any of the following, it’s time to take a day off and turn off the computer and all of your notifications and get away.
1. There are Only 24 Hours in a Day
Are you one who says that there is never enough time in the day to get everything done? Are you running around somewhat like a chicken with its head cut off? If you continue at this pace, you will always be behind. You are putting tons of items on your plate and only a few items are getting completed.
2. Your Social Life is Non-Existent
If this phrase rings true, then you definitely need a break. It has been said that not spending enough time with friends and family is one of the top regrets of people on their deathbeds. Do you want that to be you?
If you are missing your children’s events, missing momentous occasions from your best friends, and your family has no idea where you are at, then a break is long overdue.
3. A Change Throws You for a Loop
Are you flexible? Do you hate change? Change is what should bring you opportunities and a chance to see life in a new perspective. However, if you are continually trying to be in charge of every single aspect of your life without allowing room for change and absolutely detest when someone asks to change a meeting time, then you definitely need to take a deep breathe and schedule a day off.
4. You Have Dinner at the Office
Does ordering in for dinner and having it delivered to the office ring a bell? Or what about eating in front of your computer telling yourself that this last deck must get out tonight? If you cannot take 30 minutes to de-stress and eat in a peaceful (note: mobile and work free) environment, then you must start to ask why and make yourself distance away from work. Lastly, schedule a day to disconnect. No email. No calls. No thinking about the to-do lists. A day to yourself.
5. The Gym Hasn’t Seen You in Months
You have not had any injuries. You used to be at the gym five out of the seven days a week, and now you are so busy working from sunrise to sunset. If anytime fitness was closer, then you would try to squeeze in a twenty minute workout, but it is a balancing act between sleep and working out.
6. Phone Calls Anger You
Hearing the ring of your telephone just sends an overall sense of more work. The words “it never ends” continues to go through your mind. Work is constantly calling or if it is your best friend that you have not talked to in months is calling, you sadly slide the notification to decline. Sighing and saying, “One day, it will be better.” I’m here to tell you that it’s time to take a break and realize that a phone call may just be what you need from your best friend.
7. What Used to Bring You Joy is Now A Hindrance
That hobby and job that you once loved seems more like an obligation than something that makes you smile. You regret every item that has to deal with the job. It feels as if you are chained to it and cannot escape. As my friend AJ Leon said so eloquently, “I have met many entrepreneurs that leave a job they feel is a prison, only to find that now the door is locked from the inside and they are holding the key.” No more smiles and happiness.
8. You Answer Emails as You Go To Bed and Right When You Wake-up
Are you answering work emails in your bed at night and then checking your email immediately upon waking? Taking work with you to bed is a recipe for a high stress lifestyle. Having it by your side 24/7 is a recipe for disaster. You are always thinking about work and adding it to your to-do list, which is not giving you any time to yourself. It’s time for a break.
9. You Have a Quad Americano Three Times a Day
Does your barista know your orders based on the look that is on your face when you walk? Do you have a morning, afternoon, and evening order all with at least four shots of espresso? Maybe it’s time to step back and realize that all the caffeine in the world is not going to make your work go away.
10. You Are Never Home
Your roommates don’t believe you exist. They get the rent check but never actually see you. Your house looks impeccable because you have not had enough time to spend there to make it dirty. You have just a couple of groceries in your pantry, and the refrigerator is empty with the exception of condiments that have a two year expiration date. You are literally home to sleep and wake up early to do it all over again. It’s an unsustainable lifestyle. You live and breathe work.
It’s time for a break if you can check off one of these items. It’s time for a week vacation if more than two apply to you. If you have all ten, then you need to take a break, go on vacation, and reexamine this lifestyle because you only have this one and is this how you want to live?
Want a break? Take one! I did, and I’m feeling better.
It is a quiet spring morning that began with a bowl of sugar frosted flakes. As I sat on the patio earlier today and enjoyed the fresh air, I was calm, mellow even. The day ahead loomed bright and productive. Nothing could break my positive mood.
Unless that nothing snuck up on my subconscience mind and caught me by surprise. My ohm moment was broken with a quiet whisper. There was a moment when the image of Tony the Tiger tickling my ear with his cold nose flashed across my mind, and then all I heard was a whisper in my head, “You are NOTHING without me.”
I set down the bowl of sugar frosted flakes. I checked behind me and carefully rubbed my forefinger along the curve of my ear, inspecting for the damp residue of a cold nose. Nothing.
“What?!?, ” I thought very loudly in my head.
A different whisper this time, “You should eat NOTHING but healthy food.”
This time I blinked, shook my head and glared at the bowl in front of me. It was me, talking to me.
Dammitohell. It’s April 1st! This is the day I am starting my healthy food and daily exercise lifestyle. How could I forget, especially with Tony the Tiger himself whispering sweet nothings inside my head.
I grabbed the bowl and downed the remaining sugary flakes, now a little soggy.
My own thoughts battled the whispers, “Fine. April Fools. The joke’s on you. I had sugar for breakfast. So there. What are you going to do about it?”
And then all I heard was the same whisper in my head, “You are NOTHING without me.”
My mind danced around that whisper for a full minute until it hit me: that wasn’t just me talking to me, that was a warning cry.
I am an addict. A sugar addict. It wasn’t Tony in my head, it was my own body reminding me that I had set a goal and was already failing. Day One. Hour One. The joke was on me.
I took a deep breath and refocused. I could already feel the sugar blues descending, but I jumped out of my chair, tossed the
evidence bowl and spoon in the dishwasher, and did a little jig… Happy April Fool’s, it’s still Day One, but it’s Hour Two and I am winning!
It’s important to set goals, build in self-monitoring reminders (I can’t guarantee Tony the Tiger in your head, but reciting positive affirmations, writing down your goals, setting small goals that will lead to the end goal, etc. will make a big difference), and never forget that small failures may happen along the way, but they are only speed bumps.
What I Learned Today (WILT): The important thing is to not let temporary setbacks knock you off your path to success. Shake it off, and move forward.
I’m a professional speaker. If I can do that, I can do this.
And even more to the point, I work with addicts and recovering addicts every day. If they can do that, I can do this.
There are so many things I’ve accomplished in my life that are so much more difficult that giving up sugar. Why is this so hard?
And then I remembered that whisper, “You are NOTHING without me.” Addiction sucks. And this is the message it delivers, every day, all day.
I am going to turn the joke around and stop listening.
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and this post is about the new year. Someone is late (imagine me pointing my finger at myself).
Life certainly can be entertaining, can’t it? 2014 ended and 2015 started and I am just catching up. I am too old for the hamster wheel I’ve been on for the past 90 days! I’m sure you are familiar with the phrase, STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF! Well, it’s been my personal motto since mid-October 2014.
But I’m over that, and it’s a new year, a new me, a new you, and a new chance to evaluate, improve and succeed. Now that’s a course I want to stay on!
It dawned on me recently that I’ve been speaking professionally for nearly 40 years. That’s a long time. And the kicker is – I’ve been getting paid for it! But as good as I’m told I am, I knew I had not honed my skills to the level I want to achieve. And I wanted to be better, to really earn the money I was being paid to train and inspire and motivate others.
So I did some exploring, talked to a few friends, including the amazing Devin Thorpe, and discovered the National Speakers Association. After researching their reputation, their services, and their requirements…I discovered that I qualified for membership, and I signed up!
Today I attended my first NSA conference, and WOW! I have a lot to learn, a lot to do, and a lot of new friends. This is a picture of me with an old/new friend, Karen Petersen.
We’ve known each other for a long time, we even talk every day, but we had not met until lunch this afternoon. You might know Karen too…she is the female Australian voice of Siri and most GPS systems. Who knew!? (I’ll never be able to get mad at her again!)
I guess the message I want to share today is simple. There are ups and downs in life, but they don’t matter unless you let the down times knock you off course. I’ve been otherwise engaged for a few months, but I’m back, and I’m better than ever before. I’m honing my skills, I’m broadening my network, I’m seeing a successful 2015 ahead.
Sure. You’re right. It’s the 38th day of the new year…but who cares? I’m celebrating like it’s the first day!
Happy New Year…and let’s make it our best year ever! (Siri’s response? “That may be beyond my abilities at the moment.”)
I guess Siri has down days too.
We’ve all been there. The dreaded company holiday party. Where Judy (think tailored beige suits and no makeup) suddenly transforms at the part-AY into Jud-AY in a very LBD (little black dress), 4 inch stilettos, 1-inch eyelashes, and sparkling foundation, and where Paul (think office nerd with horn-rimmed glasses) shows up in a beautifully tailored European suit with slicked back hair and dreamy eyes. Who knew!?
Don’t panic! There is a way to maneuver through the packed room of glitz and champagne without losing your sanity. And I couldn’t have said it better, so please enjoy this blog entry originally posted at hitchedmag.com. This blog post was written by Diane Gottsman, a nationally recognized etiquette expert.
10 Tips On Surviving the Office Holiday Party
Making conversation is the key to shining like a sparkly star at the office party. Chatting only with your spouse or your buddies from your department will earn you a lump of coal for a missed opportunity.
When you are stepping outside of your comfort zone and talking with people, you don’t see often or know very well, the art of conversation takes a little preparation. Here are a few tips to get ready for the office party or any other event where you’re mingling with a mixed crowd:
1. Show genuine interest. Make sure you’re paying attention to the other person by nodding your head, responding with related comments and asking questions. Don’t let them see that you are really studying how fast the buffet line is moving and counting the shrimp in the dwindling shrimp bowl.
2. Be aware of what your body language is saying. Face the person you’re talking to, slightly lean in and make eye contact. Use your facial expressions to show you are involved in the conversation. If your toes and hips are pointing away, it sends the message that you are planning your escape.
3. Do your homework. Good conversation requires a little forethought. Have a few topics up your sleeve, avoiding politics, religion, office gossip or anything depressing. Sports, movies, food and plans for the holidays are good alternatives. It’s easy to make conversation with people you see every day—your job is to mix and mingle with those whom you are less familiar.
4. Listen. If it were easy to follow this rule, we’d all be brilliant conversationalists. Many of us are so busy talking about ourselves—or thinking about what we’re going to say next while the other person is talking—that we fail to engage in real conversation. How many times have you been in a conversation where someone asked the same question that was just answered only minutes earlier? A good rule of thumb: Listen 60 percent of the time and ask questions the other 40 percent.
5. Ask questions. Being a great conversationalist is not all about spewing an endless stream of stories or witticisms to amuse an audience. A question shows the other person you are interested in what they have to say and, ideally, they will answer your question and then ask a question in return. This “discovery” phase will hopefully lead to a common area of interest for you both to explore further and voila, a bond is forged. If you know a little something about the person—for example, if they have kids—start there. “How old are they? How is school going for them? Are they in any sports or activities? What are the hot toys for Christmas this year?”
6. Team up with your spouse. While you shouldn’t stick to your spouse like glue, don’t abandon your spouse to fend for him or herself at the office party, especially if he or she doesn’t know anyone from your office very well. Work together. For example, if your husband is a football fan and you’re not, he can help break the ice with a fellow fan. Always introduce him to whomever you’re speaking with and include him in your conversation even if you have to bring him up to speed.
7. Practice the art of excusing yourself from a monologue. We all know people who spout off at length on random topics, ignoring all signs of discomfort in others. If you’ve been trapped in the corner for 10 minutes listening to a guest drone on and on, jump in when the rambler takes a breath, “Well, you certainly know a lot about the company’s servers” or, “Sounds like you’ve really turned a corner with that lactose intolerance issue;” immediately followed by, “If you’ll excuse me I think I need to freshen my drink… nice chatting with you. Enjoy the rest of the party!” After freshening your drink, head for the other side of the room and strike up a new conversation with someone else.
8. Do talk about the holidays. The fact that this is a holiday party lends itself to all kinds of discussion topics. “Are you traveling for the holidays?” “Have you done any holiday shopping/decorating yet?” “Do you know a good place to see Christmas lights this year?”
9. Don’t talk about work. This is not the venue to complete a project or plan a client meeting for the following week. It is okay to mention upbeat news briefly, “Hey, I heard we had record sales last month!” but the holiday party is not the time to try to analyze departmental efficiencies. It’s definitely not the time or place to gripe about anything or anyone from work.
10. Say thanks. Before leaving, be sure to thank both your boss and those who planned the party. And remember to thank your spouse for coming with you and being such a good sport throughout the evening.
Remember that the festive atmosphere of the holiday party creates a great environment to connect with coworkers you’d like to get to know better. The ability to engage in conversation with a wide variety of people is a skill that will serve you well not only at the office holiday party, but throughout your career.
Diane Gottsman, a nationally recognized etiquette expert, is the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in etiquette training for corporations, universities and individuals, striving to polish their interpersonal skills. You can reach Diane at 877-490-1077 or www.protocolschooloftexas.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @:www.twitter.com/DianeGottsman.
Life doesn’t always make us want to say “thank you.” We have ups and downs, successes and failures. And sometimes things happen that simply don’t make any sense at all. I’ve just experienced something like this. And after a week or so of shaking my head and wondering, as the transition plan from one assignment to another is in the works, as I’ve spent way too many hours contemplating how this change will effect me and others, I’ve finally taken a deep breath, regrouped, asked myself some serious questions, and now I have only one main thought:
- Thank you for forcing me to shift gears.
- Thank you for being the catalyst that made me reevaluate my priorities.
- Thank you for returning me to my family.
- Thank you for reminding me that every ending is a new beginning.
- Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with amazing people on amazing programs.
- Thank you for widening my eyes while broadening my experience.
- Thank you for sharing your passion with me.
- Thank you for all I’ve learned.
- Thank you for this new start.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Sometimes our initial reaction to change is knee-jerk, simply because it’s new, it’s foreign, it’s life-changing. Or sometimes, our initial reaction is because we aren’t prepared, we haven’t been paying attention.
Ask yourself, am I paying attention? If your career seems to be sliding into autopilot, if you’ve become satisfied with the status quo, I would suggest an attitude of gratitude is needed. Sit up straighter, write bolder, think broader, and be more grateful!
The right attitude can change your life in ways you never could have expected.
Ask yourself, what is my attitude saying to others and doing to me?
Today, my attitude is one of gratitude. I hope yours is too.
Now, ask yourself, what am I grateful for today?
Are you a manager or a leader? There are numerous articles to be found on this topic. One I liked (maybe because of the fun graphic) can be found here.
To me, it’s simple: Leaders serve. They are about mission, team, and shared collaborative success. Managers manage. They are about tasks, control, and results.
Read through the article, it will help you determine if you are a natural born leader or a task-oriented manager. Both are necessary!
I remember my mother telling me that I was a born leader. As the firstborn of three, I absolutely gained all the beneficial (and off-putting) traits of the oldest child. This 2013 article lists these enviable (?) traits very creatively. And all I can say is “Guilty as described”. Just ask my younger sis.
Leadership is more than being smarter, in charge, and entitled. And, no offense Mom, leadership isn’t in my DNA. I wasn’t born to lead. How about you? Do you feel that from the moment of your first breath, as you were being held upside down and struggled to look up, you were born to lead? Maybe you do.
Leaders are a unique brand of human. We are confident. We are good listeners. We are risk takers. And, yes, we are smart. But most important, we are willing to say “yes”. We are up to the task. There may be others around us who could do just as well (or better) than we can, but they didn’t raise their hand. We did.
In a recent Business Insider article, it’s stated this way, “Leadership isn’t a gift from birth. It’s the willingness to assume responsibility when others don’t.”
Leaders come in all shapes, sizes, and personality types. They may have been the firstborn, or not. They may be a redhead, blonde, or brunette. They may be male or female. They may tower above in height or intellect, or both. Or not. There is not a mold that leaders are made from. Every leader has their own unique qualities and perspective that are right for the situation at hand.
Being a leader at one moment, does not mean you’ll always be a leader. I’ve been a leader of organizations, groups, and clubs, but I’ve also learned from great leaders of organizations, groups, and clubs when I’ve recognized their strengths and chosen to follow. A successful leader never stops learning. It is critical that leaders continue to learn and grow.
Leaders cannot let egos or pride take over; they cannot stop listening to input from others. What they can do is learn to follow when a stronger leader appears, step up and make the final decision when they are the leader, and most important, they can empower and motivate others to follow their lead. Leaders are influencers. Their actions, words, and even thoughts, will influence others toward an identified goal. This is a great responsibility.
A true leader understands this. He owns it. He feels it in every fiber of his body.
Maybe leadership really is in your DNA after all?
I recently discovered this article on Forbes.com. It resonated with me and complemented my trademark presentation on the “12 Most Basic Keys to Success”. All credit for this blog post is due to the author Glenn Llopis. You can find many more articles by Glenn on Forbes.com.
From this specific article, I am listing the 15 things most successful leaders do everyday. Listen up and enjoy!
1. Make Others Feel Safe to Speak-Up
Many times leaders intimidate their colleagues with their title and power when they walk into a room. Successful leaders deflect attention away from themselves and encourage others to voice their opinions. They are experts at making others feel safe to speak-up and confidently share their perspectives and points of view. They use their executive presence to create an approachable environment.
2. Make Decisions
Successful leaders are expert decision makers. They either facilitate the dialogue to empower their colleagues to reach a strategic conclusion or they do it themselves. They focus on “making things happen” at all times – decision making activities that sustain progress. Successful leaders have mastered the art of politicking and thus don’t waste their time on issues that disrupt momentum. They know how to make 30 decisions in 30 minutes.
3. Communicate Expectations
Successful leaders are great communicators, and this is especially true when it comes to “performance expectations.” In doing so, they remind their colleagues of the organization’s core values and mission statement – ensuring that their vision is properly translated and actionable objectives are properly executed.
I had a boss that managed the team by reminding us of the expectations that she had of the group. She made it easy for the team to stay focused and on track. The protocol she implemented – by clearly communicating expectations – increased performance and helped to identify those on the team that could not keep up with the standards she expected from us.
4. Challenge People to Think
The most successful leaders understand their colleagues’ mindsets, capabilities and areas for improvement. They use this knowledge/insight to challenge their teams to think and stretch them to reach for more. These types of leaders excel in keeping their people on their toes, never allowing them to get comfortable and enabling them with the tools to grow.
If you are not thinking, you’re not learning new things. If you’re not learning, you’re not growing – and over time becoming irrelevant in your work.
5. Be Accountable to Others
Successful leaders allow their colleagues to manage them. This doesn’t mean they are allowing others to control them – but rather becoming accountable to assure they are being proactive to their colleagues needs.
Beyond just mentoring and sponsoring selected employees, being accountable to others is a sign that your leader is focused more on your success than just their own.
6. Lead by Example
Leading by example sounds easy, but few leaders are consistent with this one. Successful leaders practice what they preach and are mindful of their actions. They know everyone is watching them and therefore are incredibly intuitive about detecting those who are observing their every move, waiting to detect a performance shortfall.
7. Measure & Reward Performance
Great leaders always have a strong “pulse” on business performance and those people who are the performance champions. Not only do they review the numbers and measure performance ROI, they are active in acknowledging hard work and efforts (no matter the result). Successful leaders never take consistent performers for granted and are mindful of rewarding them.
8. Provide Continuous Feedback
Employees want their leaders to know that they are paying attention to them and they appreciate any insights along the way. Successful leaders always provide feedback and they welcome reciprocal feedback by creating trustworthy relationships with their colleagues.. They understand the power of perspective and have learned the importance of feedback early on in their career as it has served them to enable workplace advancement.
9. Properly Allocate and Deploy Talent
Successful leaders know their talent pool and how to use it. They are experts at activating the capabilities of their colleagues and knowing when to deploy their unique skill sets given the circumstances at hand.
10. Ask Questions, Seek Counsel
Successful leaders ask questions and seek counsel all the time. From the outside, they appear to know-it-all – yet on the inside, they have a deep thirst for knowledge and constantly are on the look-out to learn new things because of their commitment to making themselves better through the wisdom of others.
11. Problem Solve; Avoid Procrastination
Successful leaders tackle issues head-on and know how to discover the heart of the matter at hand. Theydon’t procrastinate and thus become incredibly proficient at problem solving; they learn from and don’t avoid uncomfortable circumstances (they welcome them).
Getting ahead in life is about doing the things that most people don’t like doing.
12. Positive Energy & Attitude
Successful leaders create a positive and inspiring workplace culture. They know how to set the tone and bring an attitude that motivates their colleagues to take action. As such, they are likeable, respected and strong willed. They don’t allow failures to disrupt momentum.
13. Be a Great Teacher
Many employees in the workplace will tell you that their leaders have stopped being teachers. Successful leaders never stop teaching because they are so self-motivated to learn themselves. They use teaching to keep their colleagues well-informed and knowledgeable through statistics, trends, and other newsworthy items.
Successful leaders take the time to mentor their colleagues and make the investment to sponsor those who have proven they are able and eager to advance.
14. Invest in Relationships
Successful leaders don’t focus on protecting their domain – instead they expand it by investing in mutually beneficial relationships. Successful leaders associate themselves with “lifters and other leaders” – the types of people that can broaden their sphere of influence. Not only for their own advancement, but that of others.
Leaders share the harvest of their success to help build momentum for those around them.
15. Genuinely Enjoy Responsibilities
Successful leaders love being leaders – not for the sake of power but for the meaningful and purposeful impact they can create. When you have reached a senior level of leadership – it’s about your ability to serve others and this can’t be accomplished unless you genuinely enjoy what you do.
Recently I’ve been on a speaking binge. I’m not sure why the flurry of activity, but within the past few months I’ve received invitations to speak at several national, state and local conferences and to a variety of nonprofit organizations. I’ve enjoyed each opportunity to share my thoughts and meet new friends. I’ve been especially grateful for the excellent references and reviews I’ve consistently received from the groups I’ve been speaking to. It’s been a confidence-inspiring whirlwind of activity.
Yesterday I failed. It was a comedy of errors from beginning to end, but it wasn’t really funny.
My presentation fell flat. It was disjointed and probably confusing to the audience. It’s a wonder they didn’t ask me what I was talking about. Following the presentation, I couldn’t remember anything I said.
This experience has taught me seven important lessons to remember if you find yourself speaking to a group:
- Arrive 30 minutes early.
- Preparation cannot be underestimated.
- Know your venue.
- Never assume.
- Anticipate what might go wrong.
- Punting is OK.
- Say “No” When Your Gut Tells You To
- Sleep the night before, no matter what.
I learned these seven important lessons the hard way. I failed on every one of them. Considering my speaking experience, there was and is no excuse for the comedy of errors, and more importantly, that I didn’t rebound well once they happened.
I learned these seven important lessons because I made these seven critical mistakes (and I knew better!):
- I arrived early, but not as early as I should have. A few extra minutes would have given me time to gather my thoughts, reorganize my notes and give a logical presentation.
- My preparation time was cut short. I managed a lot of non-essential tasks during the week prior to yesterday’s event: I should have spent that “free time” fine tuning my presentation and visiting the venue.
- I had not visited the venue prior to speaking: knowing the room set up helps prepare you to stand in front of your audience.
- I assumed there would be a podium – there was not. This was a first, but it’s now a question I will always ask: “Is there a podium?”
- And although I had asked for a projector and screen, I had not anticipated a lack of connection chords, the inability to connect to my MacBookPro, and I most certainly did not anticipate the sudden SNAP of the screen as it tore from the frame and flopped to the floor just before my presentation. I mean, who would EVER anticipate that? (The organizers actually tried to flop the screen over the top of the screen’s frame and for a few minutes my PowerPoint was beamed onto the flopping, buckled screen until my OCD took over and I asked them to turn it off).
- My presentation was tightly linked to the PowerPoint slides, and I attempted to give the same presentation without the slides…not smart. What I should have done was reorganized in my mind and hit the high points unscripted and without the crutch of slides. I probably could have done that if I had been better prepared.
- This was a very short notice request by someone I know and respect. I said “yes” when my gut was telling me to say “no”. I knew my time was tight and preparation would be tough.
- I only had 3 hours sleep the night before the presentation. I was exhausted, which undoubtedly added to my inability to rebound as I normally can.
Failure isn’t fun under any circumstances, but if we can learn from our mistakes, failure can become a springboard to greater success in the future. Remember the saying: When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I resembled that remark yesterday.