Here’s a picture of Charity Island the morning of my swim.  Aug. 29th, 2013

I love swimming.  In fact, two years ago I clarified a major health win to swim 7 miles from Charity Island to the main land.  This major win caused me to set mini goals.  I took my swim-suit and goggles in my car everywhere I went.  Often, I would be driving, see a lake and make the decision to go swim across it if I had no more meetings that day.  I would swim Diamond Lake at midnight if I didn’t get my swim in earlier.  After months of focused swimming, a membership at Knollwood and many weekend swims at Silver Beach….I accomplished my WIN August 29th of 2013.  Here’s the crazy part.  I’ve only swam 5-6 times since I achieved my WIN last August.  My point, even though I still love swimming, there is no WIN attached to it.  Without a vision for it, I’ve thrown out my discipline and I no longer restrain my time for swimming.  I cancelled my gym membership and my swim gear is not in my car.  That might be okay for my side fitness hobby, but it’s not okay to lose that focus for my career. 

If you are going to move the needle in making your life more effective, you have to become extremely focused and have a clear picture to swim towards.  If you don’t, you will lack the focus and intensity desired.  John Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership."

Do you know what your three biggest WINS are at work?  Do you know what your three biggest WINS are at home?  My passion is to see you thrive in life.  It’s not a WIN for me if I’m only helping you WIN at work.  Your life has amazing potential and nothing would excite me more than to have helped you CLARIFY SOME BIG LIFE WINS at work and at home.  We only get one life.  I hope you take the time to CLARIFY YOUR WIN!  Let me know if I can be of help!

 “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”   - Michelangelo Buonarroti

REMEMBER:  “The very essence of leadership is [that] you have a vision.  It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion.  You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.”  - Theodore Hesburgh

 Want to learn more about the power of clarifying your wins?  Check these out:

 ·         A 5 Minute Ted Talk on the power of Focus:  http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-importance-of-focus-richard-st-john

·         A great blog on setting goals:  http://michaelhyatt.com/goal-setting.html

·         An in-depth look at Managing By Objectives (MBO) http://www.usfca.edu/fac-staff/weihrichh/docs/goals.pdf

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