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Maybe you’ve been discouraged because the better future you’ve been hoping for still doesn’t seem to be on the horizon.

At some point, though, you’re going to have to make it happen. It’s going to take focused, intentional effort. That’s what it means to be a leader.

I was thinking about this because of my recent health scare. Thankfully, I survived this time due to the talent of some great doctors. But it got me pondering the larger questions in my life.

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This landscape of values-based businesses can be quite confusing.

I had a chance to discuss this with a researcher in the field recently, and we started off with the term itself. Purpose-driven. Conscious. Values-based. Mission-driven.

Such a mishmash of buzzwords! But if you look underneath that, you see a common thread:

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Cleaning up after a meeting, I asked, “where’s your recycling?”

I wasn’t that surprised to find out they had no recycling bin in that office, so I simply took the can home with me. No big deal.

I wasn’t trying to be “that annoying guy with an agenda”, but trying to move the needle, even fractionally.

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It’s wonderful to be the boss, right? You get all the recognition and glory while your people do all the hard work.

Yeah, I don’t see that either.

The truth is that if you want to have time for your life, in any position at all, you have to create it.

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The work is never done. Ever.

It’s a fact of our modern life, really. And I’m sure you feel this in your business; there’s an infinite supply of stuff to be done and things to worry about.

The question is, though: What really matters?

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I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but for me this is a great time to avoid doing hard work. It’s cold. I just got back from vacation. Everybody’s out of the office.

Don’t get me wrong – we all need to have some relaxation and downtime.

But we know that most of these reasons are bogus excuses.

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WE SEEM TO HAVE a whole lot of things going on right now. Clients. Projects. Presentations. Prospects.

And, for whatever reason, I’m hearing similar things from a lot of other people as well.

This happens. But how do we keep from getting stressed out when things are super busy?

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REACHING THE TOP can be exciting … but it’s also a lonely place. I’ve actually found that the fear of reaching goals can hold people back.

Because when you reach the top, what’s next?

I happen to believe that it’s the business equivalent of the “mid life crisis.” Is this all there is? Wasn’t life supposed to be glorious by now?

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EVERY DAY IS A BALANCING ACT, constantly responding to the winds of change.

I get that.

But you have to remember where you’re going.  When people walk a tightrope, it’s not about focusing on the two feet around them and the infinite space below.

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ONE OF THE UNIVERSAL KEYS to getting stuff done is to focus.  Avoid distractions, concentrate on one thing, and you’ll actually move ahead faster.

I get that.  Especially in our highly distracted culture, you can spend your entire day just flitting from one shiny object to the next.

But there’s more to the story.

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