Get Motivated Highlights

On Monday the SOS Leadership team attended the Get Motivated seminar in Austin. Speakers included Mary Lou Retton, Bill Cosby, Howard Putnam, General Colin Powell, Rudy Guiliani, Krish Dhanam, Lou Holtz, and General Stanley McChrystal. Having these folks under one roof in my hometown was pretty awesome. In this blog post, I’ll share with you a selection of the most thought-provoking quotes from the seminar. Since I’m a thinker, I’ll also share with you the questions that each quote generated for my personal year-end reflection. Here we go:

  • “Information without implementation is useless.” What information have I gained this year that I haven’t put into practice?
  • “If you’re happy, tell your face.” Does my face reflect the happiness I feel? Do I look approachable?
  • “Growth is uncomfortable.” Do I recognize the growth opportunities that are in front of me? Am I willing to go outside of my comfort zone to become a better version of myself?
  • “Before you speed up, you need to slow down.” When can I find time to slow down to reflect on my goals and how I am going to grow in the year to come?
  • “Hope without gratitude is hopelessness.” Am I combining my gratitude with genuine hope for my future?
  • “Give more than you have. Leave more than you take.” How am I giving back to my community? Am I actively focused on leaving a legacy?
  • “Work is a privilege.” Even when my schedule is crazy, do I recognize what a privilege it is to work doing something I love?
  • “A true leader knows that there is no unimportant person in an organization.” Do I value each and every person I encounter? What can I do to make someone feel important today?
  • “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” How open am I to learning? Will I be able to see the teacher when the time comes?
  • “Leaders don’t fear change. They embrace it.” Am I ready to embrace the changes that will come in 2012?
The new year will be here in 31 days. Let’s get motivated together!

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