Laser Focused

One of the exercises I do during a leadership workshop is to have participants identify their Top 20-25 dreams, then prioritize the Top Five. THEN we talk about why they should stop any activities NOT in support of their Top Five. It’s an idea and exercise I got from business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Warren Buffet.

I remember one participant immediately cancelled her plans for the weekend. But most of us struggle to separate the “should” obligations from the “I must do this or die” passions that point to our purpose.

So what we have to remember is that plans and people are either propelling us toward or preventing us from achieving our envisioned future. And prioritize accordingly…

Inhale Priorities, Exhale Shoulds…
Inhale Pertinence, Exhale Irrelevance…
Inhale Precedence, Exhale Unfocused…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#Focus

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OBE

A question, a plan, an issue is Overcome by Events (OBE), when things happen that answer the question, void the plan or make the issue irrelevant. An example is the question reporter Bill Simons posed to tennis G.O.A.T. Serena Williams during a post-French Open-match press conference.

After stating that Donald Trump suggested after the 2004 Wimbledon final (won by Maria Sharapova) “that you were intimidated by her supermodel good looks” he asked Williams “Have you ever been intimidated by anyone on a tennis court, and what are you thoughts about that occurrence?”

Fourteen years and 19 wins against this “rival” not to mention her record breaking 23 Grand Slam titles, most in the Open Era…this question was OBE. The premise for it was racist and ridiculous and Williams had already answered it…on the court. I guess he wasn’t paying attention.

Inhale Present, Exhale Past…
Inhale Awareness, Exhale Oblivion…
Inhale Relevance, Exhale Irrelevance…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

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