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Hope is a Beggar

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 3, 2022

Jim Carrey I dont believe in Hope - Faith leaps over itHope is a beggar. Jim Carrey’s Quote is appropriate. It clarifies the difference between Hope and Faith. In the dictionary, Hope is the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best or a particular instance of this feeling.

Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing or belief that is not based on proof.

Hope is not a strategy.

Wanting something means you believe you don't have it.

Which you don't want to believe, or you may never get it.

That’s Hope!


What you and your team want to develop is a strategy based on faith.

This involves much more work.  it requires developing a plan to feed confidence. It means understanding your market, your customer, your strengths, your weaknesses, developing key differentiators to create a unique and valuable position involving a different set of activities. It means building a purpose-driven culture that thrives on accountability, led by managers who coach their team to make good decisions without requiring significant guidance.

Build Your Strategic Confidence 3HAG WAYOne of the reasons I added Metronomics to my coaching toolkit is its compatibility with Scaling Up. Metronomics expands Scaling Up strategy tools providing a differentiated position to occupy which you follow through the 3HAG Swimlanes. It’s methodical, and rhythmic, building confidence in you and your team as you add elements to your business’s development and structure.


Dont rise to level of Goals fall to systems Atomic Habits-2Winning teams gain confidence. All teams set goals, yet only the teams with the best systems achieve the results they set out to achieve! That’s why the Metronomics approach produces such great outcomes. As James Clear notes in Atomic Habits, “You do not rise to the levels of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.

You need a great system to raise your outcome.

To produce great outcomes you need to take the right actions

The 3HAG WAY, Metronomics provides the tools and actions to produce results significantly better than your current system.


In 2012 I faced an encounter with a relentless enemy. Cancer – Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Entering the hospital with 84% of my bone marrow cancerous, I eventually was faced with less than a 2% chance of survival.

cancercuredheadline-resized-600Of course, my goal was to beat AML. However, my focus was on a system I’d created following the principles I learned in Scaling Up with my customers and building my own coaching business. The activities and systems I followed, and those I created with the specific intention of beating cancer provided the confidence and faith required to win. I’m here today because of the habits I followed in my coaching practice.

You too can develop the habits to be resilient in the face of any obstacle, and to win in your personal and professional business Olympics each year!

Make the decision to improve your habits.

This year when you go into your Strategic Planning for 2023, start with the right tools that will give you and your team the confidence your actions/habits will produce the outcome you truly want.

To create an environment where everyone is inspired to give their best, contact Positioning Systems today to schedule a free exploratory meeting.

Growth demands Strategic Discipline.Work Rules Insights from Inside Google - Laszlo Bock

Google’s “Work Rules” are not for everyone, yet there’s a lot to learn and adapt to your practices based on their outcomes. Next Blog we’ll explore how Google acquires the best talent (even in their earliest days) and two rules they follow for hiring.

Building an enduring great organization requires disciplined people, disciplined thought, disciplined action, superior results, producing a distinctive impact on the world.

Discipline sustains momentum, over a long period of time, laying the foundations for lasting endurance.

4Dx Cadence of AccountabilityA winning habit starts with 3 Strategic DisciplinesPriorityMetrics, and Meeting Rhythms.   Forecasting, accountability, individual, and team performance improve dramatically.

Meeting Rhythms achieve a disciplined focus on performance metrics to drive growth.

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NEXT BLOG – Googles Work Rules - Hiring: the Single Most Important People Activity In Your OrganizationWork Rules -Googles work rules on Hiring

Topics: Strategic Planning, AML, Strategy - How, 3HAG WAY, Metronomics

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The Strategic Discipline Blog focuses on midsize business owners with a ravenous appetite to improve his or her leadership skills and business results.

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