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What You Need to Finish Strong

Spring is here and the first quarter of the year is almost complete, which means, “how are you doing” in regards to reaching your goals.   For me, whether I am on target or not even close – it’s time to evaluate what changes I can apply for success.

What about You?

Recently, I was feeling discouraged and disappointment in my own progress towards reaching my goals, maybe like Wichita State’s loss to Kentucky in Sunday’s March Madness game.  Guess I won’t be the winner of Warren Buffet’s perfect bracket challenge.

Feel Stuck with Your Goals 

Instead of “feeling stuck” with how to accomplish my goals – I read the Stockdale Paradox, it’s the signature of all those who create greatness in leading their own lives or in leading others.

Get Unstuck 

Here’s this very important Stockdale Paradox lesson.

We will all experience disappointments and crushing events somewhere along the way, setbacks for which there is no “reason,” no one to blame.  What separates people, is not the presence or absence of difficulty, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of life.

In wrestling with life’s challenges, you must retain faith that you will prevail in the end, and you must also confront the most brutal facts of your current reality.  

So if you are feeling disappointment in your first quarter progress – apply this lesson, as it has proved powerful for coming back from difficulties not weakened, but stronger.   If your first strategy doesn’t work, what’s your plan B?  Identify a critical action you need to take to reach your goal.  Put it all together with an “if, then” plan – and never give up!

Finish Strong


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