Reach Higher

The year 2023 is over. Gone. Kaput. There is nothing we can do to go back and change our results. There were resolutions, goals, or objectives that we either hit or missed, quit or finished before we flipped the calendar and entered a new year.

“Never quit.  It’s the easiest cop-out in the world.  Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it.  When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it.  NEVER QUIT.”

Hit or missed. Did you quit or finish? Be honest with yourself. How did you do? Did your business end the year in a better place than it started? Did you meet your personal goals? Career goals? Financial goals? The key word here is YOU.

“Everything in your life gets better when you get better, and nothing is ever going to get better until you get better.”

Good. Better. Best. 

Never let it rest. 

Until your good is better

And your better is best.

Every year, typically at our H5H Honors event, we introduce a new theme for the year. Kind of our marching orders, our bring it back to center, our mantra, our focus. Well, rather than wait the 55 days until the event, this year we are doing that here. The 2024 theme is “Reach Higher”.

Reach a little higher than you did yesterday, last week, the previous year. Raise your expectations a little bit more. In fact, just think about the experience and knowledge that you gained in the last year. You have more facts, more information, more skills, more familiarity, and more practical repetitions about what you do every day than you have ever had in your life. Do not waste it. Put it to good use. “Reach Higher.”

Even if yesterday was a total disaster, you have at least learned something from it. And, if yesterday was filled with success, you have learned from that also. But do not rest. Don’t settle into mediocrity.  Do not let someone else outperform you, outmatch you, outshine you. “Reach Higher.”

Reach higher today than you did yesterday. Resolve each day to reach even higher tomorrow. That is how you continually grow and improve. That is how you attain more.  Put yourself in a position to win. If you are looking for an advantage, you must do the things you don’t want to do. Repeatedly. And then…. “Reach Higher.”

“You don’t need to be great to be consistent, but you need to be consistent to be great.”

I’ll leave you this month with five practical things that each of us can work on over the next 362 days. They don’t require any money, specialized skills, or resources. You can implement these improvements by choosing to do so, simply adjusting your attitude, your outlook, your mindset, your approach to life. You’ll reduce your level of stress and anxiety, increase your effectiveness and pave the way to becoming a better leader, running a better business and if all else fails, a better human being.

  1. Forgive ~ What’s happened has happened. Carrying a grudge will not make anything better, and it imposes a continuing burden on you. Forgiveness gets you past that. Forgiveness frees you to focus on positive possibilities for the future rather than on rehashing the pains and conflicts of the past. Forgiveness does not mean that what happened was okay. What forgiveness means is that you’re able to be bigger than someone else’s misdeed. You’re able to move forward without being weighed down by resentment.
  • Admit when you’re wrong ~ In fact, be thankful to those who point out your errors because when they do, it gives you a chance to make improvements. Everyone makes mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes. Position yourself to learn from the mistake, to grow stronger, more competent and better informed because of it.
  • Detach from the things that drain you. ~ From negative people, distracting environments, worries, and all sorts of other unfavorable influences. That doesn’t mean ignoring these things, rejecting them, or running away from them. What it means is, don’t let them get to you. However, the reality is that sometimes you must remove things (or people) if you want to achieve the next level.
  • Have a little patience. When there are actions you can take, by all means take them. Yet when there are factors beyond your control, exercise patience. Some of the best things in life take time. You may have to let life unfold at a pace that you can savor, and make sense of, and successfully deal with.
  • Let generosity be your guide. ~ The more you give to life, the better it will be. Look for ways, in every situation, in every relationship, in every encounter, to add value. Rather than obsessing over what will make you look good, consider what will genuinely improve the experience of others. Seek opportunities to be generous, to give your time, your companionship, your attention, and encouragement. Generosity is not a matter of spending a lot of money. Generosity is letting go of the demands of your ego, and doing whatever will truly make life better for everyone. Think of the most generous thing to do and do it.

Food for thought, fuel for conversation, sharing ideas … we all do better to consider the high calling of our daily work.

“Always take the High Road or the High 5”

Reach Higher