Category Archives: Personal Impact

The right things

You have to believe that if you keep doing the right things then good things will happen.

The challenge is to notice when the world moves on and the right things are no longer right.


New Year’s Resolution

Why not give yourself a chance with your New Year’s Resolution this year?

Select a simple, easily achievable goal. Choose something that you have to do, but you’ve been putting off.

Once you’ve accomplished it, select another one.

Build some momentum… get on a roll…  see where it takes you.

Head in the sand

The problem with the “head in the sand” approach to problem resolution is that, even for the most expert protagonists, the problem generally tends to still be there when normal business resumes.

Ignoring problems may seem like an attractive way of avoiding having to deal with them but at best it’s only effective as a delaying tactic.  Often the delay achieves little more than to magnify the problem and increase the potential consequences.

However much we’d like to be able to wave a magic wand and make problems disappear, the only effective way of dealing with them is by dealing with them… worth remembering the next time you are tempted to look around for somewhere to hide.

Poor judgement

Anyone can experience bad luck. It happens.  Fault for the associated impact is quickly forgiven.

Mistakes resulting from invalid assumptions are easily explained too.  A good decision, a valid thought process, but founded on invalid information.

We accept that accidents happen too.  They are no-one’s fault.  Often unavoidable, nobody is to blame.

We can accept these misdemeanours because they are all one-offs.  The culprit will be more knowledgeable as a result of their experience.  We wouldn’t expect the same issue to occur again.

However, poor judgement is a genuine cause for concern.  Judgement is a more fundamental trait.  Poor judgement erodes confidence.

When valid information is used as a basis to reach a poor conclusion the issue occurs solely because of a poor judgement.  The more basic the decision, the bigger the concern.

When poor judgement is the cause, there is little to provide comfort that the mistake won’t be repeated.  Experience is a factor, but once lost, trust is hard to regain.

If you’re personally guilty of poor judgement all you can do is accept full responsibility. The last thing you want to do is compound the issue by refusing to accept your role.  Learn what you can, and move on.


Some people are more sensitive to their surroundings than others.  Hyper-sensitivity can put them on edge, creating a ticking time-bomb waiting to explode.  Whether its sensitivity to noise, odours or temperature, what’s acceptable to most people may be too much for them to bear.

It’s worth taking a little time to understand the people around you so you can tailor your behaviour accordingly, or at least to increase awareness of potential consequences.  It may not result in a positive impact, after all it’s difficult to notice someone not doing something, but at least it can help avoid an unnecessary meltdown!

The same… but different?

You are required to do the same thing over and over again… but is your goal to make each iteration exactly the same, or to continuously improve, making small changes to achieve a better result?

There’s no right answer.  A repetitive task doesn’t have to always have to have the same outcome, but it’s critical that you understand what you’re trying to accomplish and how your performance will be measured.

A gift is not enough

You’re gifted, blessed with talent.  You’re fortunate to have it but it’s not enough.  It’s not an exclusive gift, others have it too.  There are no guarantees.

You’ve been given a head-start, but what next?  What are you going to do with it?  Milk it?  Take it for as much as you can?  Or will you work, develop your talent, try to create something special, something truly to be admired.

It’s easy to take it for granted, after all you’ve known nothing else.  However, before you know it you’ve missed your window of opportunity, all you are left with is regrets, dreams of what might have been.

Talent is a gift, but in itself it’s not enough.