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Saturday, April 20, 2013

AOG Mindset- Stay Focused/Stay Positive

As my teammate David Rutherford reminded us this morning on his show, Self Confidence Mission 1- Have a positive attitude one of the foundations of self confidence is maintaining a positive attitude.  This can also be one of the most challenging things to do as our lives are often filled with stress, unexpected demands, competing and disparate priorities and a level of chaos in the workplace, and even our personal lives that is unprecedented.

How do you maintain a positive mindset throughout any circumstance?  This is a fundamental question that we all face.  Here are a few easy steps that work for me:

HAVE MISSION FOCUS- Accept that your personal and professional challenges are missions to be accomplished.  Learn to think about missions in the same way that a Special Forces or SEAL team does.  Elite teams have multiple levels of mission focus that must be considered at all times.  In simple terms, big to small.  There is the strategic mission, (the overall national objective), the unit mission (your team's specific task) and your individual mission (your role within your team).  Our personal and professional challenges are no different.  At work, consider your company's overall mission or "reason for being".  You've accepted or agreed to uphold that mission, at least for the time, so embrace it and live it.  Below the company mission is your team's mission that fits in with the overall strategy and ensures company success or failure.  Below the team mission is your individual mission, the personal satisfaction you feel from doing a good job, being a productive member of society, supporting your family or achieving professional goals.  Keep your focus on these three levels of mission mindset at all times and you will find it much easier to maintain the positive mindset.

LEARN WHAT IT TAKES TO ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION-  At all levels there are principles that must be followed in order to achieve mission success at the strategic, team and individual levels.  Professional advancement, promotion and corporate leadership all require loyalty and demonstrated actions that support the strategic objective, or in other words, you have to "drink the cool aid" from your organization at times.  The trick is knowing what cool aid, and in what amounts to drink.  Being a successful and contributing member of a team also requires following certain principle and practices.  Attending the occasional after hours work function, or "mandatory fun", speaking up and contributing at meetings and not whining (as Dave explained perfectly) are necessary in order to help your team achieve it's mission.  Finally, you have to maintain focus on achieving your personal mission which may require taking deliberate steps to increase your chance for promotion, strike a better work/life balance, having the courage to seek new challenges or responsibilities or begin a serious exercise program.  Keep a focus on the specific things necessary to achieve mission success at all three levels and constantly think 2 or 3 steps ahead. 

IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES-  Here is the bottom line, improving yourself is YOUR responsibility.  Most organizations and companies simply do not have the budget, time or ability to train you to "exceed the standard".  You have to take responsibility for your improvement and seek out training opportunities.  Be creative and think boldly when identifying what you need to work on.  Strive to acquire skills and capabilities that are readily available in all circumstances, are transferable and increase your self confidence.  Set aggressive goals, and do NOT focus on what you can't do, focus on what you can do.  "Anchor you heart to your mind" (David Rutherford)


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Sunday, April 14, 2013

AOG Journal- SOLO Mission

Check out this quick SOLO Mission recap from AOG Teammate Sean in the Southeastern AOR.

Late on a Saturday afternoon, it took just 15 minutes to pack up the KLR with the gear I needed to spend the night, or several, outside in the mountains of upstate SC.  With most of it ready to go in a bin on the shelf, I just had to grab some food, fill the water bag and strap everything down on the bike.  I mentally checked off the list that I was indeed prepared; to include the small first aid/survival kit that accompanies all my trips no matter the length.  Following the old travel light philosophy has served me well over the years as I have found that simple essentials combined with just enough comfort items are all that one needs to move fast and enjoy the experience.

After calls to my wife and a good friend to give them my itinerary and location in case of an emergency, I was quickly heading west to a place I had scouted on a day trip last fall.  When I reached a perfect spot at the end of a gravel road, I was greeted by some guys wrapping up their day on the river as they loaded their canoe.  We exchanged some stories about past experiences that each of us had in the area.  They were a little surprised by what seemed to them was a late arrival for me to hike in and set up camp.

The fact is, that regardless of the time of day or night, I am comfortable moving through the woods and doing whatever is needed.  It was actually the golden hour when I reached a good spot to pitch the tent and I had time to prep for a fire.  Once lit and fully stoked, I fixed dinner and cracked one of the cold beverages given to me from the fellow travelers I just met.  Then I watched last light reflecting off of the river and considered the blessings that allowed me to once again take time to recharge.

The night crept from cool to cold and the liner from my motorcycle jacket was just right to fend off the chill around 3:00 AM.  A restful sleep was followed by a beautiful morning with nuts, raisins, juice and coffee to fuel my hike out and ride back home.

As I enjoyed riding the twisties back down the mountain, I took the time to pull off to scout another area in preparation for a future adventure.  Once home, everything was aired out, organized and placed back on the shelf where it is ready to go in the event of an emergency, or the next adventure.  This simple outing once again revealed that preparation combined with action teach us new things about ourselves that are significant if we just take some time to gain the experience.