January 22nd, 2012 11:49 EST
Make This Moment Count!
Welcome to the New Normal! This is the moment when you will stand up on your own two feet and make something happen. No one is going to hold your hand, babysit, and listen to lame excuses about why you can`t grow the economy of your mind. This is the moment when you will have to kick out the mental tenant of wait-and-see, and invite in the new tenant, "Go and Get it". This is the moment when you send an internal IM (instant message) to your central nervous system "I AM GOING TO MAKE THIS MOMENT COUNT!"
Dr. Daniel Kahneman (Professor Emeritus at Princeton University), Nobel Prize Laureate in his ground breaking research discovered that there are 20,000 moments in a day. When I first came across this brilliant factoid, a voice within me said that a moment creates momentum and momentum creates monumental results. However, being the quick study that you are, you realize that the root word for momentum is "moment." If you don`t make your moments then someone else will make them for you. How so? If you don`t have a vision, you will ultimately live out the vision of someone else.
As the most important occupant of your future who is full of energy and vitality, grab hold to the steering wheel of your today and drive into the future at your own pace. Do not be rushed or pushed by the federal government, Wall Street, Hollywood, Madison Avenue or 10 Downing Street. You cannot afford to let anyone or anything occupy your life unless it is making a direct contribution to your growth and development.
Here are several new mental tenants that need to occupy your moment...
Become the Czar of PR (Personal Responsibility) - A Czar is a person exercising great authority or power in a particular field or industry. Study your industry inside and out and decide how you intend to own it, refine it, and leave your imprint. As a professional you need to become known as the `go to` person who will not only get it done, but is also advancing the thinking in your field.
Become a Business Environmentalist - As you know, an environmentalist works to protect the air, water, animals, plants, and natural resources from pollution. I know that you can almost sense the metaphorical application. Challenge those who feel the need to release negative toxins of thinking and energy into the atmosphere. How? Say to them "when you said XYZ, it made me think that you were negative. Is that the way you want me to think about you in this place of business?" Notice you didn`t tell them that they were negative, you were just inviting them to take a look in the mirror.
Become Project-Based Minded - Mostly recently, I spoke at the SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) annual meeting with 15,000 HR professionals from 72 countries. They are predicting that within the next 3-5 years a Project-Based economy will be the order of the day. Simply put, a person will go to work as an independent contractor to work on an assignment with a team of similar individuals. They will work on the project and be paid accordingly. As the project winds down, the independent contractors will be dispersed, given a United States Internal Revenue Service #1099 tax statement, and may or may not be invited to the next project.
Become an online learning addict - In the new normal, there is no excuse why a person shouldn`t know something or possess a particular skill. That excuse is lame, tired, and just plain ole outdated. There is a plethora of e-learning classes, webinars, and digital platforms to learn and discover. Eric Hoffer, a brilliant philosopher, says that "in times of change the learners will inherit the earth while the learned will be forced to live in a world that no longer exists." Get a learning fix at least once a week.
Become a Weed Whacker - That`s right you heard me. As you seek to grow the garden of your life and business, there are weeds that will grow up right alongside your dream and your team. If you don`t whack the weeds, you won`t save the seeds. Okay, I know that sounded so much like a motivational clichÃ©. That`s the way it flowed out of me. I was channeling my inner LL Cool J...six pack and all! It`s time to whack the weeds of wasting time, unproductive work, shallow conversations, energy leaks, meaningless meetings, and calculating so-called friends who use you to get what they want.
Repeat after me...
This is my moment. Power and potential are in it. I accept it and won`t deny it. I will welcome it and celebrate it no matter what`s in it. I will make my moment count because today might just be the moment that I have been waiting for. Sometimes I will like it and sometimes I won`t, but it`s still my moment and I chose to occupy it.
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