We’re getting close to that time of year when many of you begin to panic that time is running out.
Right after Labor Day, you realize that you still have a lot of things on your “to-do list” to accomplish before the end of the year. Some of the things on your list are valid and important while others can best be described as make work or busy work. Only you know the difference.
Your work habits go out the door, you enter crisis mode and forget about the importance of continuing to work on just the key tasks.
Here are several steps you can follow to make these next several months productive, setting you up for continued growth into 2020. Continue reading →
I sometimes hear people say, “Well, scratch that off my bucket list.”
From what I understand a “bucket list” is a list of those things one has not done before, but wants to do before dying.
I’ve wondered, what happens when your bucket is empty? Do you just collapse where you are and a “ready for pick-up” alert goes out via your iPhone to your funeral director of choice? Or, how do you pick something to go on your list; what’re the criteria you use? If you’ve done something that you’ve enjoyed, can you go back and do it again? Or is that a violation of bucket list rules (and who makes those rules) prohibiting you from any further selections? Continue reading →
The title as written is not a typo! It is meant to demonstrate that the word “try” can have two very different meanings and outcomes depending on how it is defined in your mind.
For example, on the “plus” side of the word try, is the recognition that to succeed at anything, one must take action towards a goal or outcome. Before we take the action, we go through a mental process evaluating what needs to be done and any risks associated with what we are planning to do. If it all makes sense, we start the process by “trying.” And this requires that we have a healthy mindset set evidenced by our courage and commitment to act. Also factored into this equation is our willingness to make a mistake and learn from it.
The other side of the word “try,” like Star Wars, has a “dark side.” Here, “try”… Continue reading →
I find it interesting when someone says that they “know what they need to do.” You can almost see them patting themselves on the back for having recognized their need to act. Unfortunately, their recognition never turns into action and they continue to struggle with making the same mistakes, never progressing beyond their own self-imposed status quo.
Taking “knowing what you need to do” and translating that into specific actions is where many stall and fail. Why? Because they don’t realize that the required actions have as their foundation the clarity on what needs to be done; the self-discipline to actually do it; the persistence to work at it until they’ve succeeded; and the resilience to push through any barriers or obstacles they encounter. In other words, they lack the mindset to be 100% All In.
This 100% All In mindset allows you to take full control of your life or as I say to Step Up and Play Big and be the master of your circumstances. Here’s what a 100% All In mindset looks like: Continue reading →
As some of you may know, back in 2014-2015 I hosted a weekly “live” Internet radio show on Voice America. What follows are some of the key learning highlights from these shows. The learnings then from my great guests are just as valuable now as they were then—read, learn and apply. Continue reading →
Our founding fathers said it best when they wrote:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed By their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
While the Declaration of Independence does not guarantee happiness, it makes it very clear that it is our job to pursue our happiness. Only we can make ourselves happy, and only we can see our dream and only we can live it.
We create our own competitive edge – each day – in the “7 inches between our ears,” i.e., our minds. It’s also the same place where we can derail our path to success. The mindset each of us brings to our work each day is a critical component of how our day goes.
One key aspect of our daily mindset is something I often refer to as “quiet confidence,”
Quiet confidence means that you believe in yourself 100% to the point where you know that success is the only option or outcome. In other words, you don’t talk about what you’re going to do, you let your actions and results speak for you. Individuals who possess quiet confidence know exactly what they have to do to achieve their goals.
It’s a fact that others are attracted to, want to be around, follow and buy from people who know “exactly what to do” to get the job done. Make no mistake, that’s a “competitive edge” for the person who possesses quiet confidence! Continue reading →
Now we all from time to time have heard people tell us to do our best. It is great advice to do your best, but rarely does anyone suggest that you should first prepare to do your best or explain how to do that.
The most successful athletes, business leaders, entertainers, and other professionals all have practiced or prepared to give their best, so why shouldn’t you? Why shouldn’t you want to do and be your best? So let’s talk about preparing to be your best: Continue reading →
One of the more interesting experiences I have had in my role as a coach/mentor is when I meet people who, when they learn what I do, want to challenge my knowledge to justify their position. Or in other words, engineer (try to take it over) the conversation to allow them to demonstrate to me just how smart they really are. You know, they have the answer to the question and are looking for a way to share it.
Of course, they don’t realize that I really don’t care how smart they may “think” they are. Continue reading →