Details

As business professionals, we strive to add value to our clients’ each end every day. Something that is occasionally overlooked by the inexperienced is what’s most important: attention to detail. What we all should realize is that “when you pay attention to the details, the big picture will take care of itself.”

Be Like Gunner. One of his goals this year is to be more detail oriented. Here he is on our most recent hike leaving no stone unturned. By actively paying more attention, he’s noticed that “when you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.” When you ask the questions and are curious about your surroundings find out that “success leaves clues. All you have to do is look into the details.”

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“The difference between something good and something great is in the details.”

Have a good week.

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Relax

At a time where work has revved up let us not forget that in order to be the most productive, we sometimes need to take a step back and relax. Realize that it’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worry, it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.

Be Like Gunner. Here’s our pal relaxing, pondering the next step he’ll take in his journey. Over the years he’s learned that “a calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges and that sometimes the quickest way forward is to take a step back.” A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear.

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“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest.”

Use both and overlook neither.

Have a good week.

Being Unique

This week, let’s all celebrate ourselves and what makes us unique. As accountants, we tend see the world in debits and credits and that everything always has to balance, so from time to time we forget that each and every one of us are different. Often times we have to realize that “life if the most difficult exam. Many people fail because they try to copy others, not recognizing that everyone has a different question paper.” Never underestimate the importance of being yourself. After all, “an original is worth more than a copy.”

Be Like Gunner. This weekend he was getting in tune with himself by throwing it back to the 60’s. During this time he learned to appreciate what makes him unique. The 60’s were a time where inclusion and embracing oneself and each other was at a high. Whenever we engage with others who are different than ourselves, the more collectively intuitive we become. Leverage your strengths, “you do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.”

Gunner - TyDye

The world doesn’t need a bunch of people that are all the same.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Have a good week.

Reflection

Being that it’s is deadline day, I would like everyone to take the time to reflect on each completed task that brought you one step closer to the finish line. “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” Take this moment of reflection to see how much you’ve grown and apply that to as much of your life as possible. Whenever tasks are at hand, never stop moving toward the light at the end of the tunnel. Some tunnels happen to be longer than others, but each and every one has their own light.

Be like Gunner. Here he is on track reflecting on how far he’s come. Any time you see a new opportunity, do not think that winning and losing matter the most. Realize that taking a chance and seizing an opportunity is. “Whenever you’re making an effort to try something new, you are a winner.”

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Sometimes it’s all about finish lines; not finish times.

Finish strong.

Have a good week.

Chasing Dreams

As we’re closing in our 9/15 deadline, let us all take a step back and realize that the extra time working on x, y & z will bring you one step closer to catching your dreams. Regardless of your profession or goal, realize that “there’s no telling how many miles you’ll run chasing a dream.” Recognize that you’re not going to master the rest of your life in one day. Just relax, master the day, and then keep doing that every day.

Be Like Gunner. He’s always dreaming of the day he’ll catch his first trespasser (aka a rabbit). Here, he is practicing his skills, getting better one rabbit at a time. Over the past year he’s learned that “if you chase two rabbits, you will catch neither.” By narrowing your focus to one priority at a time, you can complete tasks more efficiently and effectively. “When you focus on one thing, you master it.”

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Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.

Choose wisely.

Have a good week.

Tuesday Thoughts

Due to Labor Day, this week’s Monday Motivation will be supplemented with an abridged Tuesday Thoughts. This week realized that “in the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”

Be Like Gunner. Here’s our pal standing by the window of opportunity. He learned a valuable lesson this weekend by missing the sunrise. He learned that “similarly to opportunities, if you wait too long for a sunrise, you miss them.” Fortunately for him, there’ll be one tomorrow. Realize that “failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time, more intelligently.”

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“Today is an opportunity to get better.”

Don’t waste it.

Have a good week.

Pace

As we begin to prepare for September and October deadlines, let us all take this “mini-busy season” as an opportunity to learn more about our own personal pace. Pacing yourself is key when it comes to workflow/time management during busy times. Let us all recognize that “trying to do too much, too fast or trying to keep up with others will only leave you exhausted and unable to give your best. Like a runner, you have to find your own pace.”

Be Like Gunner. In the most recent Backyard 500, Gunner learned a valuable lesson about individualized pacing. Out the gate he attempted to run a much more experienced pace, which left him with no energy to finish the race. The valuable lesson to learn here is to “always run your own race and stay in your own lane.”

Gunner Stride.

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

Which direction are you going?

Have a good week.