Get better!!!

I have been listening, for over a month, to the c.d. version of Stephen M R Covey’s excellent book, Speed of Trust.

Without going into a prolix exposition of the work (I could not possibly do justice to it in a single blog post), I wanted to touch on one of the 13 behaviours, “Get Better”, that Mr Covey refers to when talking about the second wave of trust, namely “relationship trust”.

Do you remember when your *inner fire* was burning strongest?

At that stage, you were on a roll, and nothing seemed out of reach – learning many new things went with the territory: a new skill set, a new language, building meaningful relationships and just living life to the MAX.

Where are you know?

Do you still feel that burning desire to better to yourself?

Or have you been ground down by the dire economic situation or the uncertainty over your future?

Or, frankly, are you just plain stuck?

In any relationship, we are always looking for a level of comfort where both parties are comfortable within their skin, but, be honest, does this lead to complacency?

Getting better is not easy. It requires (as a minimum):

  • Vision
  • Passion
  • Determination.
  • And, sometimes, blood, sweat and tears.

But surely the prowess of or the satisfaction of knowing that you have strived to reach the very maximum that you can and to keep reaching is so much more empowering than only to remember how things were in the past.

10 responses to “Get better!!!”

  1. Hi Julian,

    Things just keep getting better. The moment I’m awake in the morning, I marvel at just that – the miracle of life. Another best ever moment unfolding in another best ever day. It’s a decision to step forward and respond to the world – to life – the precious gift.

    Some days have headwinds, some days have tailwinds – but I’m always burning ever brighter! Just turn the sails to catch the changing winds and charge on forth in the leader-ship.

    Thanks for the jolt of joy, Julian.

    Robin :)

  2. Hi Julian,

    Things just keep getting better. The moment I’m awake in the morning, I marvel at just that – the miracle of life. Another best ever moment unfolding in another best ever day. It’s a decision to step forward and respond to the world – to life – the precious gift.

    Some days have headwinds, some days have tailwinds – but I’m always burning ever brighter! Just turn the sails to catch the changing winds and charge on forth in the leader-ship.

    Thanks for the jolt of joy, Julian.

    Robin :)

  3. I’m with Robin. Great analogy too Robin – “turn the sails to catch the changing winds and charge on forth in the leader-ship”

    Julian, you’re spot on with the 4 takeaways. One of my favourite quotes is relevant here. Years ago on a client visit I noticed this quote hanging on their boardroom wall for all to see and be inspired:

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence
    Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
    Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
    Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
    Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
    The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
    Calvin Coolidge 1872-1933 (30th US President

    Thanks for sharing Julian!
    Tony

  4. I’m with Robin. Great analogy too Robin – “turn the sails to catch the changing winds and charge on forth in the leader-ship”

    Julian, you’re spot on with the 4 takeaways. One of my favourite quotes is relevant here. Years ago on a client visit I noticed this quote hanging on their boardroom wall for all to see and be inspired:

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence
    Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
    Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
    Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
    Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
    The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
    Calvin Coolidge 1872-1933 (30th US President

    Thanks for sharing Julian!
    Tony

  5. Hi Deidre. Thank you for your comments; really very much appreciated. I am not sure if you have read Stephen M R Covey’s work but it is VERY POWERFUL. My issue is that how many of us are pushing the enevelope all the time? Don’t we just settle for a level of comfort that is below our Best? I’ll check out Mike’s site. LOL J.

  6. Hi Deidre. Thank you for your comments; really very much appreciated. I am not sure if you have read Stephen M R Covey’s work but it is VERY POWERFUL. My issue is that how many of us are pushing the enevelope all the time? Don’t we just settle for a level of comfort that is below our Best? I’ll check out Mike’s site. LOL J.

  7. Love the Calvin Coolidge quote. thanks for jumping in Tony.

  8. Love the Calvin Coolidge quote. thanks for jumping in Tony.

  9. Robin

    I think your words are incredibly powerful and I just wish that more people were or are inspired to reach their full potential. Thanks Robin.

  10. Robin

    I think your words are incredibly powerful and I just wish that more people were or are inspired to reach their full potential. Thanks Robin.

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