Thriving in the right climate

King George II of Great Britain (Portrait by Thomas Hudson)

Today marks the anniversary of when Georgia ratified the US Constitution in 1788, becoming the 4th state to do so. Named as a tribute to King George II of Great Britain, Georgia was established as an agrarian society envisioned by its founder James Edward Oglethorpe.

Since then, Georgia has grown and developed into an economic and cultural powerhouse due in part to the climate. And I’m not just speaking of temperatures.

A quick internet search of Georgia’s climate shows a “humid subtropical climate with most of the state having short, mild winters and long, hot summers.” (Wikipedia)

While weather has been favorable, a lot of Georgia’s success can be attributed to Oglethorpe and his plan which included a vision of social equity and civic virtue. The layout of Savannah is heralded today almost 300 years later as one of the finest diagrams for city organization and growth.

How is the climate for your plans? Do you have a vision like that of Oglethorpe? You should be able to see your vision and keep that in perspective as you work toward making it a reality.

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Make your income certain

George Washington – by Gilbert Stuart (Library of Congress)

We often resolve this time of year to make a change in something. But are we depending on the change to make us happy?

How about we resolve to be happy in our current surroundings? Not with, but in.

“Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind than on the externals of the world.”

George Washington

This was written in a letter from George to his mother Mary Ball Washington. After complaining that her children weren’t properly caring for her, George encouraged her to move in with one of her three children or “make your income certain” by renting out her land. It was a practical approach aimed at helping make choices to ease ourselves of “care and concern”.

If you resolve to make a change, I hope it involves happiness.

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The end of an era

“There’s no magic to my formula. I just make what I like — good, human stories in which you can get with people and which prove that the better things of life can be as interesting as the sordid things.” Walt Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966)

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From dreams to goals

“What is the purpose of pursuing goals if they are not your own?”

This was a line from one of the speeches during Ben’s graduation.

Do you have dreams? Wonder how to turn them into goals?

The key to transform your dreams into concrete goals is first to write them down. From there you can break them into doable steps.

What is stopping you?

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Are you Tigger or Eeyore?

There is a quote that says something like “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.”

Well, let’s just say it’s been a rough three years and I’ve been more Eeyore than Tigger, needing to be cheered rather than being the cheerleader.

As a leader or manager or supervisor (whatever your title) there is a responsibility that comes with the title. The French call it “noblesse oblige” – roughly translated “with privilege comes duty.” It is a privilege when we have the opportunity to lead a team of people but it comes with great responsibilities.

Being more of a Tigger will have a positive effect on your team and their productivity. Time to get bouncing!

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