Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Personal Job One

A key concept explored and developed in Get Beyond Your Troubled Past is something I refer to as Personal Job One.

The purpose of the book is to help background challenged people succeed in the Marketplace. In this context, the phrase refers to specific underlying issues that must be addressed before any real career success can be attained. For example, staying clean and sober is the Personal Job One for someone in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. 

As big and obvious as these issues can be, I'm amazed at how invisible they can become. Like the proverbial White Elephant, they're present and known, yet all too frequently compartmentalized - as if getting a job was a magic fix that would spread the medicine up, down, and all around. 

Not so. 

But the idea of a Personal Job One is applicable to all of us. It's planning season after all and lots of time and energy are being expended on creating goals and targets for the coming year. 

Before getting too far down the planning road, stop. Reel it in. Ask yourself what's the one underlying issue you must address? What's the White Elephant in the room that's being ignored?

If you're a brave soul, check with someone you trust. Ask them, what's the one big thing you personally need to address that will pave the way for you to achieve your 2015 goals?  

Fact is, we all have an elephant buddy. Don't pretend that planning, goal setting, and resolutions will do the trick just because you write them down.

Travel Well.

John Jeffrey Lundell

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What's Your PSP?

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My what?

Your Personal Starting Point or PSP is the spot, place, or point where you actually begin. 

Begin what?

Begin the work of achieving whatever it is you set out to achieve. 

PSP is something I discuss in Chapter Five of Get Beyond Your Troubled Past. It refers to someone's true and authentic starting point. Is has to do with awakening to the importance of aligning yourself with how things really are and not how you think they are.

But this hardly applies only to background challenged individuals getting their game together. Yesterday, friend and colleague Dana Earhart Litif brought up the fact that 25% of new year's resolutions are broken in the first week and less than half remain after six months. 

How come?

One reason ... a faulty PSP. There's little chance of achieving your desired outcome if you don't start from where you really are, your true and authentic starting point. Getting your head around this requires acceptance of a few things, for starters, you are where you are and things are as they are. 

Like the ancient Chinese proverb says, how can you expect to get where you're going if you don't know where you start?  

It was true then and it's true now.

Travel Well.

John Jeffrey Lundell