Move Forward—Get Over Being a Sugar Cookie

Move Forward—It's Never Good Enough

Several times a week, the instructors would line up the class and do a uniform inspection.  It was exceptionally thorough. Your hat had to be perfectly starched, your uniform immaculately pressed and your belt buckle shiny and void of any smudges. But it seemed no matter how much effort you put into starching your hat, or pressing your uniform or polishing your belt buckle—it just wasn’t good enough. The instructors would find “something” wrong. o you had to just move forward and get on with it.

 It's Just The Way Life is Sometimes

For failing the uniform inspection, the student had to run, fully clothed into the surf zone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand. The effect was known as a “sugar cookie.” You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day—cold, wet and sandy. There were many a student who just couldn’t accept the fact that all their effort was in vain.  That no matter how hard they tried to get the uniform right—it was unappreciated. Those students didn’t make it through training. Those students didn’t understand the purpose of the drill. You were never going to succeed.  You were never going to have a perfect uniform. Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar cookie. It’s just the way life is sometimes.

If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.

These remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations, are a perfect reminder for anyone who wants to lead a successful, happy, purposeful life. Because, no matter how much we prepare for a meeting, a presentation or a quarterly review, we may still end up as a sugar cookie. The key to real success in the business world is, ‘How fast can you shake off the sand and get on with the job?’ It’s all a matter of attitude my friend attitude, attitude, attitude.

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About the Author

Sarah’s latest book published by McGraw-Hill is titled Business Improv. It includes 75 activities on all aspect of business from Leadership skills to Emotional Intelligence. Sarah’s Business Improvisation based approach to learning has transformed work environments, changed lives and moved organisations forward. Her experience with the challenges leaders face allows her to help develop strategies and implementation plans that transform leaders into storytellers that move people to action. Her work with front line employees helps them communicate in a way that builds trust and collaboration. Sarah has taught Business Leadership to Executive MBA students at UCLA Anderson School of Management, Duke University Fuqua School of Business, Columbia University and the American University Cairo.

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