Some folks say,
“If you choose an occupation based on your passion, you will
never work a day in your life!”
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”
Let’s look at
these examples of successful people.
Before every golf
round in tournament play, Tiger Woods is on the practice tee or
putting green working on his putting or his swing. He always
envisions himself winning every tournament and receiving the
daily radio broadcast, Rush Limbaugh reviewed volumes of
information on politics, economics, and government prior to sharing
his views on the radio. He envisioned himself impacting millions
daily during his 3 hour radio broadcasts.
sermon or bible crusade, Billy Graham would restudy the stories and
messages in the Bible in order to relate them to modern day events
for his audiences. He envisioned thousands coming forward to accept
Christ at each event.
One very visible
trait in these three was their passion to be the best and to
perform their best. They displayed their passion consistently.
Coupled with that passion was their commitment to prepare to be the
best: planning! Anything less was
both passion and planning are required to succeed. Where do
you start? Your passion creates for you a clear vision of what you
want to accomplish. You must set an unwavering goal to achieve your
vision. Your success journey starts with your decision to
reach that goal. Then, DECIDE!
Once you decide,
now you need a plan! You must set specific targets to achieve
enroute to your ultimate goal. What will you need to learn?
Who will you need to help you? What tools will be
required? Set these targets, so that, having achieved them, you
will stay motivated to continue your success toward your
By helping others
achieve their goals, they will help you accelerate your own
progress. Also, be prepared to pivot slightly to take advantage of
achieving your vision, continue your success journey using both
passion and planning. What got you to the top…will keep you at the
top. Using the discipline you learned, continue to improve your
skills while helping others achieve theirs. Top performers not only
want personal success. They want others to succeed as
Passion, Planning, and Discipline are required to achieve your
ultimate goal…your personal vision of success!
That is today’s
MORNING MINUTE: 6/02/23
“What is Your Moment of Truth?”
During a rocket countdown, the moment of truth occurs
when the engine ignites with no way to abort the
In war, the moment of truth occurs when the soldier
must either kill or be killed by the enemy.
These are two extreme moments of
A moment of truth is any situation that tests someone
or something and will have a definite future effect. It can be
major like a rocket launch, or less catastrophic like making a good
As leaders, we encounter many moments of truth.
Here’s some examples…
hire a new employee. This person will make an impression on the
other team members. They will judge him/her and judge you based on
your selection. Additionally, your onboarding process will make a
lasting impression on the new person. These are moments of
team member has been trained, had the process shared and
demonstrated, but still cannot do the job properly. You must either
retrain, transfer, or terminate this person. Your decision, and how
you communicate it to everyone, will affect everyone on the team.
This is a moment of truth.
customer comes to your business expecting what they saw online. The
price of the product is less online than what they encounter in
your store. This is a moment of truth.
During any day there are numerous moments of truth,
both at or away from work. The best results occur by visualizing
these moments of truth ahead of time. Then we can
anticipate what will happen, examine the possible solutions, and
install processes to either prevent the moment of
truth, or pre-determine a solution. That is how great
processes are formulated and put in practice.
A young boy, with his mother in the grocery store, wanted some
candy. She said, “No.” When she wasn’t looking, he stuffed
some candy in his pockets. At home, she found the candy, asking him
where he got it. He said, “At the store." This was a
moment of truth. She took him back to the store, made
him apologize to the manager, made him pay for the candy, and left
the candy there.
Think about a moment of truth that occurs at work or
at home. Determine who it will affect. Then put a process in place
to either prevent the moment of truth, or handle it in a way that
creates your desired results.
Please share your Moment of Truth by replying back to
That is today’s Morning Minute!