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Your Tendency Does Not Have To Be Your Destiny

Okay, I’ve got tendencies——ways I naturally flow, habits and inclinations and routines that have crept in over the years. Some of these serve me, others do not. It is easy to say “That’s just the…

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The Beginner’s Mind

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”   – Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher Shoshin is a concept…

Want Better Results? Take More Action!

Tony Robbins once told a story about someone who complimented him on his public speaking and wished she had his “innate” talent. Tony gave it…

Whatever it takes

What defines a successful organization? There are lots of answers to that query and bookshelves groan with treatises addressing the question. One solid reply is…

“Life is one indivisible whole”

While watching an NFL playoff post-game show, I saw footage of the losing team going through the tunnels underneath the stadium back to their locker…

You can have ANYTHING you want

You can have ANYTHING you want. You just can’t have EVERYTHING you want. Choices must be made, resources allocated. And if you want to be…

Updating Your Mental Anti-Virus Software

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with dirty feet.” — Mahatma Gandi Guard well the entrance to your mind; carefully screen what…

A Moment That Will Define a Generation

On January 20th, 2009, Barack Obama took the oath of office as the 44th President of these United States. I have excerpted several phrases from…

It isn’t always easy

Some of the many new books on how to go green: “Easy Ways to Protect Our Planet” “Simple Ways to Save The Earth” “10 Painless…

Accountability Checkpoint

“Do you have any plans?” “Oh, yeah! Tons of them! Big! Epic! Life changing! Plans!” “Any that have the slightest chance of actually happening?” “Not…

Context is Vital

During the recent Presidential campaign, there were vows to create 1 million new jobs, and post-election plans have been put forth to create 3 million…

Cool, Calm, and Collected

These are two of my personal affirmations: – I am cool, calm, and collected. – I radiate confidence and composure. Needless to say, given the…

The Difference is Small

What is the difference between greatness and mediocrity? “The difference between the two is very small. It’s less that one makes 90% good decisions and…

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

“Loss of Jobs Worst Since 1945,” The Wall Street Journal, Saturday, January 10, 2009 Sounds pretty bad, right? The United States economy shed more jobs…

In Praise of Fear, or Using the Shark!

(Blog #6 on Implementing Your Life Plan in the New Year) A while back we discussed how motivation breaks down into two basic types: “moving…

Success is Never Final

Success is never final. It repeatedly must be re-won. The minute you are finished, entropy sets in. The minute you are born, the process of…

Discipline = Freedom

I used to see discipline as: – an unwelcome constraint, – a negative, a drag, – the absence of freedom, – something to be fought,…

Success Defined

Got the question today via email: “What does success mean to me?” Two answers sprang to mind. One is general and philosophical, the other more…

The Magic of Special

Almost 15 years ago I rode a monorail at Disneyworld where the attendant invited me to sit up front with him for the ride. It…