The Western Burger

So I'm at the burger king treating my son and his date to a pre-movie meal.  
I see there's a new burger on the menu- something like a western burger.  So I cheerfully approach the gal behind the register.

Below is our short, yet revealing, exchange.

Me:  Hi! So how's the new burger? 
Her:  Um, what burger.
Me:  The new one. The one with "new" next to it...
Her:  Oh, the Western Burger.
Me:  Yep.
Her:  What again? 
Me:  How is it...the burger. 
Her:  I don't eat here. 
Me:  What? 
Her: I don't eat here. 
Me:  Okkaayyy.  Why? 
Her:  I'm a vegetarian. 
Me: (smirk) really? (pause) 
Me:  You do realize you work at Burger King.
I just had to tell this story at a workshop on leadership and team development I taught last week.  It was the perfect example of a person that was put in the "wrong seat of the bus"...and I would dare say she might have been on the wrong "bus" altogether!  It was a great reminder that for those we lead- and we all influence someone- will only be at their best if they are on the "right seat on the bus."  If their gifts/skills, knowledge, passion match the job they're given... it's a win-win.

I hope the gal at burger king finds her seat.



Beginning With the End

It's everything.  My Dad used to say "youth is wasted on the young." Now that I'm getting older, I'm starting to really get it.
Think about it. Time and experience give us perspective.  How many of us would do things a little differently if we could go back with the wisdom, self-confidence and hindsight we have now?

How are we doing with our clearer "perspective"?

Check out this quote by a well-known leader in the business world:
If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.  We may be very busy, we may be very efficient, but we will also be truly effective only when we begin with the end in mind.  How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most. 

I like that ladder analogy. It's our choice where to place our "ladder" in order to achieve the life we desire to live- mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and in our life pursuits.
Beginning (and living) with the end in mind.

The ultimate in perspective. When considering this in the big picture, it casts a whole new light on our lives, what we do with our time and our eternal future. The good news is that we can begin...every day.

Managing ourselves each day.

We might be great managers of other people, but lousy managers of ourselves. We have choices to make every day about our lives and how we live them in relation to ourselves and others.
Perspective.  Let's live well.



Up to My Waist- Experiments in Gratitude

When getting into a lake, some people like to dive in head first.

Not me.

I have this need to slowly torture myself by getting in a couple inches at a time. 

I am now 30 days into the "experiment" and am now up to my waist. When I finally accomplish waist level, I feel like I've overcome the hardest part. 
In reality, I dove in head first...but the discipline of the action can be very different from the emotional, mental and spiritual growth. Yes, I'm up to my waist.

It's not been easy. Any of you doing this with me know that to be true.
But I also know this: developing a new habit- a potentially life altering habit- is never easy. 

It takes intention.
It takes energy.
It takes commitment.
It takes a vision.

A few impressions in the past 30 days:
  • I am blessed. You are blessed.
  • When bad things happen, God is still good. Truly.
  • Doors are closed, but others eventually open. They usually have a different shape and color than we expect.
  • Peace in every circumstance is priceless.
  • Real life is generally difficult.  A person that says otherwise is a liar.
  • Real life is beautiful in simple ways. The trick is to look for the beauty- daily.
  • Keeping my mind on higher things is hard, but changing my perspective.

Don't give up!  Let's see where the next 30 days take us.  
With a 90 day challenge, who knows?  
By 60 days, I might just be up to my shoulders!