Victorious Insights For Living: November 2005

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Creative Age

This is a cool article on creativity and innovation:


It used to be viewed as a "side issue", but looks like it's transitioning to being a "mainline" issue.

If you look at Starbucks, they have been extremely innovative and it's paid off well for them. One of the things they do, as they view there employees, customers, and vendors they work with from more of a "win/win" partnership perspective. They've used "soft skills" to their advantage.

Here's another great link:

These days you got to think more and more "outside the box" to be "ahead of the curve". I guess, the "odd ball" won. :)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Big Hairy Audacious Goals

Jim Collins, in his book "Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies", states that one of the things that separates enduringly great companies from mediocre companies are "BHAG's". This is the acroynm for "Big Hairy Audacious Goals". As stated in the article, " "Set Yourself, Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals", some of the characteristics of a "BHAG" include:

"* BHAG's must be clear and compelling. There must be a clear target, so that everyone will know when it is reached. It has to be energizing and highly focused, so that it requires little or no explanation. People "get it" and it "clicks". For example, Henry Ford set the goal of democratizing the automobile - putting it within reach of the working man and woman.

* BHAG's must take people out of their normal comfort zone. They will thrive on the feeling that theirs is a heroic effort. BHAG's are like scaling a mighty mountain in faith. Only then will they inspire a degree of commitment. Queen Victoria once said, "We are not interested in the possibility of defeat." And neither are those who commit to BHAG's. "

* BHAG's reflect core values and purpose. For instance, Sony's BHAG to become "the company most known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products" was completely consistent with it's core values and purpose as a company: to elevate the nation and culture of Japan.

"When John F. Kennedy made a commitment that the United States would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade, he was setting a risky BHAG. "
Some other examples of famous BHAG's set by companies include:
  • Boeing, which bet its future on the 747 jetliner in the 1960s
  • IBM, which made a similarly sizable gamble on the 360 mainframe computer around the same time
  • Starbucks current BHAG to be the #1 Brand in the world.

These BHAG's were based on what these companies discovered to be their core area of greatness. Their BHAG's where based more on a honest, yet confident UNDERSTANDING of their core greatness, rather then BRAVADO. Their core area of greatness, called a "Hedge Hog Concept", included:

1) what they could be potentially the best in the world at,
2) what they were passionate about, and
3) what drove their economic engine.

A good BHAG rooted in their core area of greatness, would cause them to stretch in their pursuit of greatness.

Finding Your HedgeHog Concept
At a personal level, a "Hedgehog Concept", might be something you were born to do, something that you wake up excited about, and you're getting paid to do it ("you mean I get paid to do this?").

In terms of our own life, the concept of transitioning to your "core area of greatness" or finding you're personal 'Hedgehog Concept' is a big paradigm shift. So many people have settled for "core competence" rather then by faith going after their "core area of greatness". It is similar to "Michael Jordan playing baseball". Michael Jordan was at best "OK" at baseball, but he was the "best of all time" at basketball. Many people today, are living lives in the minor leagues of their "core competency", when they have "big league talent" in the area of their "core greatness".

I believe the Creator has given us all gifts, talents, abilities, and a unique calling. That calling and purpose is where we will find our core greatness. Steve Covey, in his recent book, "The 8th Habit" describes it as discovery your "Voice". As we align Big Hairy Audacious Goals to our area of core greatness, I believe it will positively effect not only our own lives but those around us.

We are all "geniuses at something". By finding your core greatness and then developing BHAG's around it, it not only unleashes your potential, but also inspires those around you to unleash their own. As Nelson Manedla read at his inaguration"

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Inaugural Speech-Nelson Mandela

Three questions you can ask yourself to help find your core greatness are:

  1. What am I deeply passionate about?
  2. What am I are genetically encoded for -- what activities do I feel I was just "made to do"? What activities stir up a sense of destiny in me?
  3. What makes economic sense -- what can I make a living at?

These three questions I believe will help get you on the path of finding your "Core Greatness". As you prayfully consider these questions, take notes and look for patterns and themes. I believe a story will begin to emerge. Certain things that come "naturally" to you and, at times, seem almost easy, for other people are extremely difficult. That's the quiet voice of your gifting speaking to you.

Be Focused, Yet Flexible
As you go through this process, I believe, it's also a good idea to be remain flexible, try out different things and be open to change - as your calling may require a diversity of skills and experiences. In other words, be "focused, yet flexible". Set powerful goals for yourself, but be flexible and enjoy the journey of your life. Like a 3M R & D lab, you may have to "try alot of things and see what works". As the late Edwin Louise Cole said:

"Life is lived on levels and arrived at in stages."

The discovery of one's destiny is a process. Enjoy the journey. For instance, even though Michael Jordan wasn't that great at baseball, I believe it served a purpose of stirring up a hunger in him to comeback to his true passion, basketball..."for the love of the game". :)

Go ahead and think it through (find your core area of greatness) and then follow through (develop personal 'BHAGs') and see what an impact it will make! "Write the vision" and aim high! Break your goals down into smaller components and celebrate as you make progress. Even if you have to take "baby steps", for awhile, take the first step. Enjoy the process and the journey. Life is to fun not to have any fun.

You truly are the best and deserve the best! :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Learned Optimism

"An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist a calamity in every opportunity."-- Winston Churchill

This is an interesting article called "Learned Optimism":

I have had a desire to be more of an optimists on a consistent basis.

The dictionary defines optimism as: "A tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation"

It also defines it as: "The belief that the universe is improving and that good will ultimately triumph over evil."

If you look in the bible most of the great biblical figures were 'eternal optimist'. The greatest optimist of all being Jesus Himself.

There were also those that started out with more of a pessimistic outlook, but over time God transformed them into eternal optimists. Moses was a prime example of that.

I believe that some people, because of their temperaments are more prone to optimism. However, the good news is it's a learned trait. It boils down to a habit, a daily choice, and an outlook.

If you struggle with pessimism here is a good scripture to meditate on:

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." Psalm 23:6

It helped me and I'm sure it will help you.

Embracing an "attitude of gratitude" also enhances an optimistic outlook. An attitude of gratitude will increase your altitude in life. Make everyday "thankgiving day". There is true power in 'counting your blessings'. What you focus on increase and expands.

Attitude is a small thing that has a huge impact in life. Chose to have a positive one.

You are the best.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Finding Your Niche

One of the common characteristics of millionaires, studied in "Millionaire Next Door" is they generally found a "niche" in a business they loved:

"The millionaires in his survey tend to have started businesses, and have built their wealth by finding a profitable niche. They tend to love what they do and are motivated by building the business, not by building wealth."

The word "niche" is defined in the dictionary as:

  1. A situation or activity specially suited to a person's interests, abilities, or nature.. (found her niche in life).
  2. A special area of demand for a product or service

When you put the two together you have the potential for a "profitable niche". Sometimes your gift or your product can create a 'demand.' As it says in the books of proverbs:

"A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. "
(Proverbs 18:16)

King Solomon also said:

"As goods increase, so do those who consume them. "
(Ecclesiastes 5:11)

Words to consider.

Time to find your "Core Greatness", whether on a job, business, investing, self-employement, etc. or a combination of a number of them. Don't be afraid to "market what you got".

"Somebody" wants what God put in you.

Actually 'alot of people' do...:)

Your are the best.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Overcoming "Self-Defeating" Behavior

This is an interesting article on "self-defeating" behavior.


An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist a calamity in every opportunity.-- Winston Churchill

When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us.-- Alexander Graham Bell

I make the most of all that comes, and the least of all that goes.-- Sara Teasdale

Enjoy and have a great day…

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Wisdom - The Key to Victory

This is a "victory pattern" I've found brings manifest victory and glory in one's life if applied. I got this pattern from man by the name of Edwin Louis Cole, who passed on a couple years ago. I was blessed by his messages and teaching. Though he has passed on, the victory pattern remains. Here it is:
  1. Wisdom
  2. Strategy
  3. Victory
  4. Glory

The pattern is: ask God for wisdom and He will give you a strategy. If you act on or "obey" the strategy then you will experience victory which will manifest in Glory. I believe this is part of how were are to go from one degree of "glory to the next degree of glory". I have followed this pattern of success and it really works.

I like what the Proverbs say:

"Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gains understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than rubies;
nothing can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor."
Proverbs 3: 13 - 16

Have a great, glorious day: flowing in wisdom, strategy, victory, and glory!

You are the best.