A New Day / A New New (a.k.a That Was Yesterday) by David Guerra

“But that was yesterday. I had the world in my hands but it’s not the end of my world. Just a slight change of plans. That was yesterday. But today life goes on. No more hiding in yesterday.  ‘Cause yesterday’s gone, ooooh!”
– Foreigner “That Was Yesterday”

So today is Sunday! For most places on the planet today is the first day of the week. It is the first day listed on the majority of the calendars I have seen in my limited travels around the planet. Sure there are unique and different calendars out there but none of them threaten the standard of Sunday being the first day of the week. With that being said let’s press on.

There is a song that I like a lot when it comes to addressing today and tomorrow and most importantly, in what place to put yesterday and the yesterdays before yesterday. If you have not guessed it by now (looking at the embedded video), it is “That Was Yesterday” by Foreigner. It was released in 1984 as I was starting my senior year of high school and challenges the future was about to bring me.

However. that was quite some time ago and yet, the song still reverberates as I like to go back to the music from time to time not to get stuck in the “days of old” but to remind myself that for as much as things have change they still remain the same.

Right now, another batch of high school seniors have graduated. They have fallen over the guard rail that was high school and are now falling head first beyond the precipice and into the future. The uncertain future. Sure some of them may know where they are going next such as College, University, Trade School, US Armed Forces, etc. but even then that is not a done deal. Yet, they, like I did so many years ago, moved into the future because there is no alternative to that option.

Moving forward can be a difficult thing or relatively easy.

It can be difficult for those that are stuck in their hay-day of high school. Almost all of us, know who I am talking about. That guy that is living his glory days of throwing the game winning touchdown or catching the game winning touchdown or that cheerleader who was the most popular for 4 years in her past. They are quick to let you know and don’t forget their cronies then, that for some weird reason are their cronies now. WHY?

Then there are those that have moved on. Sure we look back every once in a while. However, when looking back it helps to use that backward glance to adjust your course as you navigate into the future. Remember the old adages, “you can never go home, again” or “a ship in port is not doing its jobs.” All that means you have to keep moving and not resting because resting means too much time on your hands. Once you find yourself with too much time on your hands you start you remember. Unfortunately, when people reach that point they start to remember the good times. Of course, they also look at the bad times with such anger and ferocity that the reasons are obscured as to what cause the bad times. They start to look for causes and usually they neglect to see themselves as a possible cause. That’s when things start to go askew.

Things go sideways because they want answers they may never ever get because others have moved on. That’s when the past gets tangled up in their present. In mixing the past with the present they begin pushing the future to the side. Folks, when the past overtakes the future there is no room for growth. The past is like a pool of stagnant water. It sits there, going no where. It just sits there getting murky, stinking from the pond scum. Eventually the life that was in that stale, stagnant pool will die, think of a pond that has depleted its oxygen. Sure it might be nice to look at but eventually the fish and other life in it will die. Once the fish die they will float to the top and start to decay. What was once teaming with life becomes a ugly, muddy, dirty mess that no one will want to come close let alone even think about.

Yet, those stuck in the past will find themselves believing that others created the dead pool of water that is their past. Obviously, completely oblivious that no one would touch that swamp gas filled pool of ugliness with a 10 foot pole. Yet, they continue believing someone else (not them) is responsible for the mess that continues in their lives. Thus, the cycle of not moving forward continues.

Folks! Those living in the past included, remember that it is NOT too late to turn looking toward a brighter and better future by just cease letting the past become your focus. Turn to face the future. It is the future we can change with a word, an action. The past is like a library filled with the thoughts, actions, and deeds of a time gone by. We can check them out but like all libraries we have to return them by the due date. And if you don’t return it by the due date there will be a fine.

Imagine, how wonderful the future you make will be. And yes you can check out the past. Do not fear thinking about yesterday so long as you remember ‘yesterday is gone”.

by David G. Guerra, M.B.A.
Author of the “Walking Leader” and “Great To Follow”
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About Putting In The Weekend Work

As the sun rises (like it does every other day) it is your mission to meet the new day’s challenges and raise the stakes by overcoming those challenges then adding a few more before the day comes to an end.

Remember as a leader your job does NOT end Friday at 5PM and starts up on Monday at 8AM. If that is what you believe then you are NOT a leader. A Leader is ALWAYS ON! The only time a leader stops is when followers have lost confidence in your leadership ability.

Seriously, if you believe it stops on Friday and begins on Monday then please stop FOOLING yourself because you are NOT a leader, hell you are not even a manager. You are a follower, a “life-long follower”.

Why are you are follower? I say this because when the time comes you would rather head out to the club, sleep in, or better still IGNORE your own personal growth and development.

A true leader makes time to go out, enjoys sleeping in but most of all and above all else makes personal and professional growth and development a top priority. Believe It!

A real leader recognizes once Monday 8AM rolls around it is about the individual(s) he or she leads. It is about their time to grow (personally and professionally). It is about them shining because you are their leader and not the other way around, that’s a manager mindset.

Again, I challenge you to change my mind: If you do not believe that your duty is to ensure others are Learning, Growing, & Developing then you are NOT a leader.

Now get to work on making yourself better than yesterday. Be a better example today than you were yesterday and most of all you deserve to be considered a leader. Do what it takes to lead.

Have A Great Weekend.

David G. Guerra, MBA
Author of the Walking Leader and Great To Follow
twitter: @DaveGuerra
facebook: www.facebook.com/thedavidguerra
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Change (this parent’s view of it)

There is another opportunity for change just around the corner. See here at the Guerra home, the school year is rapidly coming to an end. My youngest is about to move into his last year of middle school and my first child is about to enter college as Freshman.

Of course, my family and I are not unique in this situation. There are countless other families all over the nation going the exact same thing. Kids are graduating high school and moving up and out. That’s what kids are supposed to do.

Now is the time to see what we, as parents, have done in raising our children. Are they ready to face the world or at least, are they ready for the next grade?

There are so very few times in our lives that we get to see the products of our labor (of love). Soon we will know if what we have been doing is going to take, going to work. It is like raising crops. The farmer is out there every day taking care of the soil, watering the plants, plucking the weeds, and if need be, throwing down a little pesticide to get rid of the vermin that tries to sneak in. Then in the end, your crop comes in and ready to be enjoyed by the world. Yes, I do believe it is a little like that.

You raise your kids, you put in the work and when they take that first step out into the world they will be ready.

But what if??

Done right there are NO but’s or what if’s.

But what if?

Done right you do not even have to ask the question.

But what if?

Seriously, if you have to ask then you have already failed them.

If what I just wrote sounds harsh then welcome to the real world. It is harsh. The real world is not all rainbows and butterflies. The real world is hard. It is difficult and most of all it is REAL! It is also full of change.

Ready or not, the world eagerly awaits the arrival of your children. Whether they succeed or fail it does not matter (they will success anyway). What does matter is that they get out there and try. Remember, it is all about change.

And when it comes to change, it’s in the trees, it’s coming.

by David G. Guerra, MBA
Author of the Walking Leader and Great To Follow
twitter: @DaveGuerra
facebook: www.facebook.com/thedavidguerra
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