People and organizations are often driven to do their best work during times of challenge.

How can that be?  Don’t we do our best when we’re relaxed and comfortable?

The truth is, some people work at optimal levels only when faced with a looming deadline.

Think about a time you were preparing to leave on vacation.  Wasn’t your last day in the office the most productive day you had in months?  Did you marvel at the vast array of completed tasks or how easily you managed to identify and discard the unnecessary jobs that had been hanging out on your to-do list for weeks?

According to Robin Sharma: “If you’re not a little scared each day, you’re not making much progress.”

Push yourself.  Find a goal that excites you.  Set a crazy expectation and then work like hell to make it a reality.

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