Have you ever heard of F.O.M. Out?

Have you ever heard of loss aversion?

These are newer terms that have been used to describe issues when it comes to the use of technology. For example, ‘F.O.M. Out’ means fear of missing out on something that is happening or being sent to you on your hand-held technology. Thus, people have ‘loss aversion’ which means that they are fearful of not being up to date on the ‘stuff’ sent to them by their so-called friends.

Can anyone explain to me what kind of life that must be?

Is it good for anyone to be living a life that they fear missing out of something as trivial as a message on an electronic device?

How busy are your days?

Do you think it is possible to find any more time in the day?

I recently watched a T.V. documentary on a family and their use of technology. They allowed a special tracking application to be put on their tablets or phones. What surprised me the most was how they blamed technology for interfering in their lives. They believed that the anxiety and distractions with technology were things that they could not avoid.

To give you an idea as to how bad it was in this house, I need to tell you about their 8-year-old son. At times he has his tablet on 11 hours a day. In fact, the bottom line for this young boy is that if he keeps on averaging between 9 and 11 hours per day he will have spent 11 years of his life looking at a screen.

A question; are you in this same boat?

Do you realize that you have choices on how much you use your own technology?

Your choices can determine how busy your days are, don’t they?

What is the future of your industry?

Do you think it is important to know this in relation to your organization?

It is my humble opinion that if a person doesn’t have their focus on the future, their present actions will do little to improve and grow their organization.

Does this make sense to you?

If you answered ‘yes’ you are on the way to bigger and better things, aren’t you?

If you answered ‘no’, you have started to destroy your organization, haven’t you?

Do you take on risks?

Do you fear failure at times?

Over the years I have found that many of the business leaders I’ve spoken to fear failure & do not take risks. While this may seem like the comfortable way to run an organization it only leads to one thing – complacency.

Complacency is contrary to being a leader. Complacency is contrary to being an organization that is interested in serving. Complacency is a death sentence for any person who wants to show others that they are alive and progressing.

What can you do today to take on more risks and not fear failure?

Are you prepared for the future?

Is your team prepared for the future?

The idea for this blog came from numerous interviews I had with some business leaders. They were all in the same industry and my question was ‘How do you sabotage yourself?’ The responses were fantastic because they was brutally honest. The response that has stuck with me was; “Growth exceeding team preparation.” What it meant was that they were growing very quick as an organization in terms of business and profit but their team was not prepared for it.

My questions for you are;

  • What can you do to help your entire organization be better prepared?
  • When would be a good time to start this preparation?

Have you always done ‘it’ this way?

Could there be other ways that ‘it’ could be done?

What does that say about you and your attitude when it comes to change or improvement?

Can I ask you a few favors?

  • When you put your socks on, start with the other foot, is it a bit of a challenge?
  • If you drive to work, why don’t you go a different route. The change of scenery may give you a different outlook on your drive, won’t it?

The whole idea of this blog is to get you to experience change and to get you to choose it.

What are some ways you can create more change in your life?

You don’t have to always do your activities the usual way, do you?

Are you consistent or erratic?

Let me phrase it differently; are reliable or unreliable?

To me reliability is next to godliness. By that I mean that if someone tells you that they are going to do something on particular time or day, you can count on them to fulfill their promise to you. I write that because when reliable people promise me something I relax because what they have said they will do has always been fulfilled to the best of their ability.

The question remains; are reliable or unreliable?

If you are not, what is one thing that you can do today to improve your own reliability factor?

What does it mean to be honorable?

Do you think honorable is when you are honored?

It is my understanding that being honorable is bringing or worthy of honor. In other words, you can bring honor to others and you can be worthy of being honored due to what you have done or been. I am going to avoid how we can bring honor to our selves, as us humans try to do that every moment of our days. But, how do you honor others?

  • Pay them a sincere compliment
  • Treat them with respect
  • Be patient  
  • Overlook the mistakes you think they’ve made
  • Forgive
  • Show genuine compassion
  • Celebrate their accomplishments

These seven examples are just a start.

What more can you do to be honorable to others?    

Does identity politics upset you?

Did you know that identity politics has made human beings with individual hopes and dreams into commodities?

I say that because when we let our politicians label us and pander to us on our very self-centered needs we all lose. Yes, I am talking about special interest groups and ‘their’ needs. When we buy in to having our very self-centered interests met we have bought into group think. Group think is the scenario when one person speaks for the interests of all of a particular group of people. Group think is the scenario when you only associate with people who are your kind of people. Group think is when you only share ideas with those who you know will agree with you.

We need to move away from identity politics and group think. We need to be people who understand that the needs of all are more important than the needs of a few. We need to understand what is good for all of us.

What can you do today that will move our society and our country to looking out for the needs of all people, not just those with special interests?

Is time a magical thing?

Does it heal wounds or transform us?

I bring this up due to an article in a magazine that proposed that time is magical and it heals wounds and transforms us. What utter nonsense!

Time is not magical, we all have 24 hours in a day and if we don’t use it to our advantage we’ve wasted it, we’ve lost the 24 hours that we’ve been blessed with and the opportunity that we could have used for the betterment of the society that we live in.

Time does not heal wounds, just ask the parent who had a child die. The hurt that is left in that parent is immense. Just think about the mother because they have carried that child inside themselves for 9 months and was part of every decision they made during that time.

Time does not transform us, we transform ourselves by the action we take to improve our lives. No, we can’t sit and wait for time to transform us, we are the only ones who can change our minds from a negative perspective and take action.

What will you do with the time you have today?

Will you use it to transform your life and the lives of those who are important to you?