Daily Dozen

Donuts

Twelve is a standard number in many instances. The standard number of packaged eggs is twelve. The standard number for a beautiful bouquet of roses is twelve. And last but definitely not least, the standard number for a delicious box of Krispy Kreme donuts is twelve!

Well twelve is also the standard for success habits. If you recall the video I shared in my last post (Click here if you haven’t seen it yet), Ray Lewis made a very powerful statement that is worth noting:

“Greatness is a lot of small things done well, day after day…”

Eggs

Leadership expert, John Maxwell, challenges people to identify and execute a daily dozen – twelve daily activities that push you one step closer to your dreams and goals every single day.

If you have goals for 2014 with no daily activity plan, you actually only have wishes for 2014. If you have a plan, but you don’t track and review the execution of your plan, you will have no progress. I strongly encourage you to narrow down your focus to twelve small and simple activities that align with your dreams and goals. Think of activities that cover the areas of spiritual growth, health and wellness, mental growth, and fun (yes, having fun should be a part of every single day).

Roses

Lastly, purchase a journal in which you can check off the completion of your daily dozen. You can also use the journal to record your daily activities (conversations, memorable moments, notes, etc) A journal is an incredible tool for accountability. And I promise you that you won’t taste victory without accountability. Before you go to bed each night, evaluate how well you did with the 86,400 seconds God blessed you with. Did you maximize it? Or did you squander it? If you did well, use the momentum of success to help you do it again the next day. If you didn’t do so hot, adjust and improve immediately.

That’s the beauty of focusing on the day. You don’t allow time to get away.

My friend, you were designed to win. My hope is that you will decide to win!

Love and blessings!

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Marketing

Marketing to Win

One of my mentors, John Maxwell, shared some great insight on marketing in this video. In an age where we seem to try to glamorize and dramatize everything, we must be careful not to fall into the trap of masking reality. Dressing up a problem still leaves a problem. Spraying cologne over body odor does not address the root of the issue.  In the same light, flashy marketing of a mediocre or poor product or service leaves a customer feeling disappointed at best.

Focus on becoming EXCELLENT at helping people fix a  problem, fill a gap, or ease a pain. Try to become so good at serving people that it becomes impossible for your advertising to display how good you truly are. Let your service, your smile, your style, your compassion, your integrity, your focus, and your character be the biggest component of your marketing strategy. When you do, people will market for you. And that is the greatest marketing you could ever get.

Choose to be excellent in whatever you do,  and success will find you.  Favor falls on those who faithfully commit themselves to the fight of daily improvement.

Connect

Connect!

Success will never visit you unless you learn the art of connecting with people.

Success is never a solo act; it takes advocates, supporters, fans, aids, and friends.

People follow people with whom they connect.

People back brands with which they connect.

Broken connections will lead to broken dreams.

Sure up and strengthen your relationships daily and watch what happens!

Which Are You?

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I read this poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox while reading John Maxwell’s book, “Winning with People.” I am learning that life is all about questions. The greatest people understand and leverage the power of questions. Questions should be used daily as a means to get answers, find needs, fix problems, and move forward. The ability to ask the right questions of others and oneself is paramount to moving from good to great. This poem asks a very poignant question that requires serious introspection; that’s why I love it!

Which are You?

There are two kinds of people on earth to-day;
Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.

Not the sinner and saint, for it’s well understood,
The good are half bad, and the bad are half good.

Not the rich and the poor, for to rate a man’s wealth,
You must first know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for in life’s little span,
Who puts on vain airs, is not counted a man.

Not the happy and sad, for the swift flying years
Bring each man his laughter and each man his tears.

No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean,
Are the people who lift, and the people who lean.

Wherever you go, you will find the earth’s masses,
Are always divided in just these two classes.

And oddly enough, you will find too, I ween,
There’s only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you? Are you easing the load,
Of overtaxed lifters, who toil down the road?

Or are you a leaner, who lets others share
Your portion of labor, and worry and care?

Ella Wheeler Wilcox