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Make it a game

We often know what we should do. But sometimes we are challenged to get ourselves to do as well as we know. Simple solution: Make it a game. Throughout my life, this motivation technique has…

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Everywhere you go, there you are.

“Everywhere you go, there you are” means to me that change must ultimately come from within. I used to think that if I changed my…

“I Intend To…”

Effective delegation, levels of empowerment, the limits of authority. All topics worthy of entire books, much less a single blog. So I’m just going to…

Memorial Day: Are We Worthy?

On this Memorial Day, it behooves us to remember the long line of men and women who have died that we may live in freedom…

Beware “Competitive Arousal”

For a staid business publication, the phrase sounds much too…exotic? But there it was, competitive arousal, in the first paragraph of a May 2008 Harvard…

If you squeeze an orange, you don’t get lemon juice

Crisis does not so much create character as it reveals character. Under stress our facade often cracks and our true selves are revealed. Such moments…

The Secret of Success is No Secret

Toyota recently surpassed General Motors in the number of cars sold in the United States. Toyota enjoys a hard-won and long-held reputation as an innovative…

Personal Mission Statement

“Happy talk, keep talking happy talk, Talk about things you’d like to do, You gotta have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, How…

What do you do when you do nothing?

The question is for real. It is not intended to be a koan.* “What do you do when you do nothing?” asks what do you…

Go with your strengths, Backstop your weaknesses

None of us are perfect nor, in spite of our best efforts, will we ever be perfect. We all have weaknesses. We need to be…

You can’t get enough of what you don’t need

“You can’t get enough of what you don’t need.” You may think you need it, but do you really? Is it what you really are…

Celebrating Everyday Heroes

You see them every day. You may not realize it, or stop to think about it, or pause to appreciate them, but you do see…

Don’t Believe Everything They Tell You: The Fuzzy Numbers Behind the Numbers

I love my country. I don’t always trust my government. Take the CPI, the Consumer Price Index: First, there is the current self-serving focus on…

Pack your own weight

The phrase “pack your own weight” comes from trail hiking and means that each person is responsible for carrying her own food, tent, sleeping bag,…

All actions teach the belief system that motivates them

All actions teach the belief system that motivates them. So what did you teach today? I find this question a powerful behavior modifier. I take…

You cannot talk your way out of what you have behaved yourself into

Actually, you could possibly talk your way out a few times, particularly if you can spin a good story and vary the details and the…

Plans are useless, but planning is invaluable

I have a button that says “Spending my life in Plan B.” I think most of us have spent a lot of our lives in…

Becoming Your Own Best Friend

A long time ago I decided that ordinary wasn’t good enough. I wanted to do something extraordinary with my life. I was familiar with Emerson’s…

What you Focus on Expands!

The human mind is an incredible, powerful thing. If you focus your thoughts on your goals, your energy flows that way. If you make a…

A Story to Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Today’s blog is a short article from the sports page of the April 30, 2008 New York Times that tells such a wonderful story I…

We all go the same distance in life…

We all go the same distance in life, it’s just that some of us go in circles. And if circles is what you want, that’s…