Machen MacDonald: Get back on track with LACK |

Machen MacDonald: Get back on track with LACK

From time to time we all hit certain barriers. When we come up against those barriers regardless of what they are, it can take the wind right out of our sails and we may feel like we are not enough or that we lack something. When you feel lack and want to get back on track it’s time to L.A.C.K.

Follow these four guiding principles to get back into action and regain your traction:

L — Learn something new that can improve the situation. Ask others, search the web, read a book or take a course. Often just embarking on learning something new reminds us of something we already knew. That can be just what’s needed to get unstuck.

A — Adopt a single new action, pattern, or process and make it part of your new way of being. There is a fine line between doing what is needed on a repetitive basis and doing the wrong thing over and over and expecting a different result. Let go of what’s not working to make room for doing what’s needed.

C — Condition a new desired behavior by committing to yourself and others and doing it over and over until it becomes a new habit. This is a continuation of adopting a single new action above. There are one-time actions that are helpful like buying new equipment, taking a class or opening a social media account for our business. There are other actions that we need to make our habit. Once you set up your social media account, you need to devote 15 minutes per day promoting your business.

K — Know it in your bones. It is one thing to understand something. It is quite another to know it. The best way to lock in the knowing of something is to repeat it and also to teach it to others. When we teach, we learn it twice as deep.

The next time you have the feeling you don’t have enough, know enough, or are doing enough remember to L.A.C.K. to get back on track.

What are you going to L.A.C.K. this week that will accelerate your trajectory to your desired success?

Make it up, make it fun, and get it done!

#1 bestselling author Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley, CA. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at and 530-273-8000.

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