Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: April 21, 2014-Today’s focus, Action


Today’s focus, Action: It is more important to be decisive about action than a particular plan because you may have an idea or plan and as you pursue it, you find it is not valid or workable. This exercise and experience however may give you other ideas that will be workable. In fact, too much attachment to a specific plan can hold you back if you hold on to it too tightly and refuse to entertain alternatives. The important thing is the experience from action not a rigid plan.

Try a two-pronged approach to learning and growing:

    1. Read about how others have reinvented, transformed and triumphed. Find books and articles about people who persisted. Lincoln for example, he lost more elections than he won. He was viewed as klutzy, second rate and ill-equipped. But after he won the Presidency he cultivated a connection with people, even his enemies and from that place he transcended and changed the world.Or try Oprah. She regularly shares her story in service of others, “being your best self”— find out what drives her to continue to push, improve, create and contribute.
      If you discover a resonance or similarity with someone’s story use that to do something unique to only you. Such as: use your Oprah-like talent or quality to do something Oprah wouldn’t do. Create your own distinct contribution!
    2. Create stretch experiences for yourself: apply for jobs just out of your reach or the next level. The process and potential interview may teach you some things you never would have thought of. Also, study what is required to break into something new that gets you so excited you can’t contain yourself!I recently read a piece about Dale Carnegie’s journey. After college, he was in sales and hated it. He desperately wanted to go back to college—“the easy life where the plan and success of a degree is all laid out for you.” Dale Carnegie knew the hard road of real life is creating and implementing your own plan, the one that upwells naturally from your passion.
      Carnegie persevered. He quit sales and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and did some touring and performing. Recognizing his limited talent (and probably dissonance), he resigned. He then started teaching business people the skills of public speaking at night while working on building the Dale Carnegie courses by day. Each action created fruit of its own and directed Carnegie to eventually find connection.You can’t lose with this one. At the very least you will grow as an individual and learn more about yourself, what you’re passionate about, what drives you and where you create from. Craft your plan and allow the action to teach you and guide you to what’s next for you.

“If you are not in the process of becoming the person you want to be, you are automatically engaged in becoming the person you don’t want to be. ”
— Dale Carnegie