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January 12, 2014

The Law of the Skyscraper

When builders begin building a skyscraper they don't start by building up. Instead they start by digging below the ground in order to create a foundation of stability. They have to go down deep and excavate soil, sand, clay, etc. to reach the bedrock so that they can build something that will reach incredible heights.

Our lives, careers and teams work the same way. If we want to build up we have to first dig deep and develop our foundation. It's not always easy to unearth the stuff below (the fears we have, the wounds we carry and the things that hold us back) but once we uncover them we can reach the core of our foundation and begin the building process to reach greater heights.

Today I want to encourage you to do some digging. Think about what's holding you and your team back. What needs to be unearthed and dealt with? I know it's easier not to address or confront it but remember the law of the skyscraper. If you don't dig you'll never be able to build the foundation you need to create the life and team that you want.

Once you dig down deep you'll find the core that you can build upon and then the next step is to build your foundation with principles and habits that will help you soar.

One of the ways I have built my foundation over the years is by choosing/receiving One Word for the year that is meant to shape and mold me to be my best. Four years ago my word was Purpose. Then it was Surrender, Serve and Pray. Looking back I realize that in choosing my word each year I was digging and building a foundation.

Interestingly enough my word is RISE for this year. I didn't choose it. It chose me. A song by Chris Tomlin, a visit with the Clemson football team and a book, titled Rise, given to me by Daniel Rodriquez as I was leaving made me realize I'm ready to RISE up and reach a new level of physical health, emotional peace, and spiritual joy. It's time to Rise!

This year I hope you will rise with me. Start digging, build your foundation, identify key principles and habits that will help you grow, choose a word that is meant for you and let's rise to greater heights together. We know that there's a limit to how high skyscrapers can physically be built but there's no limit to how high you can soar when you are willing to keep building your life, work and team.

- Jon

To help you choose a word watch Jon share tips on the Golf Channel. - Watch Here

Watch Jon's One Word co-authors Dan Britton and Jimmy Page on CBS News. - Watch Here


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Leaders in South East Asia had a celebration where they each discovered their One Word.

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