Motivation (2020)


So yeah 2020 has come in and hit hard. Pandemic leading to cancellation of all things. Motivation , fundamentals, words to live by have become even more important.

  1. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. 
    1. This will always be number one for me as it’s the primary approach I take in life. Rushing does not mean you are going to get done faster or maintain control.
  2. Every Voice Matters
    1. One of the 8 core values of the company I work for, the message I take from this is that solutions, knowledge, information can come from the weakest voice or the strongest mind. The responsibility we have with this is to always be willing to listen, to learn , to process and to move forward.
  3. We need Information To Make Informed Decisions
    1. Information or knowledge allows us to make decisions that make sense for whatever equation we are trying to solve. Expect information from those you are dealing with or working with but I don’t count on that information because while foundational knowledge is important, as we know, nothing is guaranteed in life.



New year and new thoughts that go to the motivation wall.

  1. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. 
    1. This will always be number one for me as it’s the primary approach I take in life. Rushing does not mean you are going to get done faster or maintain control.
  2. Get After It
    1. No one owes you anything or is going to give you anything in this life. It’s on you to figure out your targets and go after them as hard as you can. Doesn’t matter if it’s a short term target or something you have been working on for years, put your boots up and get after it.
  3. Standby To Get Some
    1. You know that whatever you are about to do is not going to be easy . You know it’s going to hurt you physically, mentally, emotionally, in whatever way but it’s something you have to do to get to your target and you don’t let that stop you.
  4. Discipline Equals Freedom
    1. Once you have your targets set you need the self control to achieve those targets. By controlling your choices then you control your options or possibilities.



In life there are a few key concepts that keep me going and moving forward. It’s a mixture of military concepts , things I have noticed or things I have heard at places like CLUS or other points in my life.

They might not work for everyone but they have always worked for me so here they are for anyone interested:

  1. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.
  2. You can’t always make the perfect decision but always try and make the right decision.
  3. People say “work smarter , not harder” and I 100% disagree because to be elite you need to work harder and smarter then everyone else.
  4. Develop, market and sell your own personal brand.
  5. “No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy.” No technical plan survives first contact with an unexpected problem.  “In planning for battle I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.” 
  6. Create multiple professional relationships as having access to the knowledge set of other professionals is one of your greatest tools.
  7. If you are confident and believe in yourself then redirect all praise to others while making sure to take as much blame away from everyone else.
  8. As the pressure mounts your individual focus needs to sharpen while your personal calmness needs to increase.
  9. Earn professional trust with repetition of words and acts.
  10. Do not complain unless you have a viable possible solution.
  11. Be passionate in whatever you are doing.
  12. Seeing friends or co-workers succeed is more rewarding then achieving individual success.
  13. Have fun , life is a beautiful thing and worth enjoying.

Some of those sound silly, some of those sound trite or forced but in reality they are , for me, words to live by. Last year someone heard me use one of them and they now believe in that same specific concept. The key thing, if none of these thoughts work for you on an individual level, create your own and let them direct you in life.

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