Those Aren't Good Warning Signs.

Life is full of warning signs. Slow down. Road work ahead. Low balance notification. Gas tank on empty. You get alerts when you need to exercise more, when there is a dangerous virus on your computer, and when you're running out of driving time to get to your next business meeting.

Those warning signs keep you safe.

They keep you scheduled. They protect you.

If you watch the warning signs, and make changes before you fall into danger, you can avoid the pitfalls that cripple others around you. You need to be looking for warning signs in your business, your family, your community -- in all the places and people you value.

Those warning signs protect your dreams.

They keep you alive and thriving.

But let's get one thing straight -- having to work hard and face tough times is no warning sign. That's just your primitive brain protecting you from getting hurt. You're going to have to work really, really, really hard if you want to achieve anything much of value.

That's non-negotiable.

That's what it takes to accomplish big dreams.

You have to work until you feel like you don't have enough energy to do one more thing -- and then you're going to have to do a whole bunch more. Having it tough isn't a warning sign that you're doing anything wrong. It just means you're doing something big.

You're doing something worthwhile.

When things get tough,  and you have to put in extra effort, you shouldn't be thinking that you're doing something wrong.

You shouldn't be thinking that if you were doing it right you wouldn't be working so hard or facing so much opposition. Having to work hard isn't a warning sign. Facing tough times isn't a warning sign. Perhaps the biggest warning sign of all is when you're not working hard and not facing tough times.

That's a guarantee that you're playing it safe.

You're not trying hard enough. You're not dreaming big enough.

Caution. Danger and unfulfillment is up ahead.

LeadershipStephen Palacino