Day 757 – Thankful for Aspirations, Motivation, and Clarity from Chaos

Our annual Express Employment Professionals Simulcast was today and we had the opportunity to hear from three incredible speakers.  In each of their presentations I was able to pull some great ideas and see things a little differently.

Mark King, CEO of Adidas spun a wonderful tale of how he and his executives at TaylorMade started with a very grand vision of where they wanted to go.  They mapped out their aspirations of future greatness and then used that to lead them in the right direction.  As he spoke my mind ignited with an idea that I had never quite put together in my brain.  There’s this huge crazy view of where I think we can take our business, how we can have an incredible impact on so many, and it’s not actually that totally crazy.  It’s just this side of do-able.  While Mark continued to speak I shut off my ears and started sketching out my vision before it slipped away.  Now as I’ve had some time to think through it more I’ve found that this idea will be a great place to start our planning process for 2019 and I can’t wait to finish it!

Josh Sundquist is an incredibly inspirational speaker who I’ve had the privilege of experiencing once before.  At age 9 he lost his leg due to cancer and has been a poster child of gratitude, grit, and dreaming big ever since.  In his speech he shared the story of how he was attempting to play baseball at a church function after losing his leg and struggled mightily.  Each swing and a miss sent him falling to the ground.  After seven strikes he was ready to quit, but his dad talked him into continuing to try…  “Just keep swinging.”  Finally, after 13 strikes and spills to the ground he made contact!  Later in life he continued to use that mindset and focused on the mantra 1MT1MT…  One More Thing, One More Time.  What a powerful statement that is.  We are capable of accomplishing anything, when we first fail we need to follow that mindset…  One More Thing, One More Time.  To say that I was motivated to take on anything (including the crazy big vision I’d started to write down during Mark’s presentation).

Later in the day I was able to let several thoughts and ideas gel into one solid and concise whole.  Lately I’ve wanted to be in multiple places doing multiple things all at the same time.  While I haven’t found a way to do One More Thing One More Time to master the space time continuum, I was able to find a way to bend it a little today.  Using several ideas from some teammates I was able to formulate a way to accomplish about four different days with four different tasks with about eight teammates all at once and in a more impactful way than had I split into several directions.  To say I’m giddy about the solution would be an understatement!  I’m so thankful for all of those thoughts and ideas swirling in the chaos of my brain colliding into one wonderfully holistic answer.

So many things to be thankful for today…  Yet again my mind is blown with all I’ve been blessed with…  Family around me, my health and ability to run and be physically active, my friends, wonderful teammates, great mentors, inspirational stories, the ability to positively impact others, huge and awesome dreams, and the beautiful natural world around me.  I am so grateful for each of these things and so much more.


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