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Hard Work Alone is Never Enough

Much has been made of the theory that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. The idea was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell…

Thought-Watching

The steady stream of thoughts in our head, our self-talk, is so constant that we lose awareness of their impact. Yet thoughts are things and…

You Will NEVER Get it ALL Done

Face it, Live with it, Deal with it: You will never get it ALL done. And if you think you have, it’s an illusion. And…

How Strong is a Chain with a Broken Link?

Q: How strong is a chain with a broken link? A: Not strong at all. The same holds true in large measure for any service…

Train It, Trust It

“Train it, then trust it” is a mantra for athletes about releasing worries in the moment of performance and having faith in the depth of…

How Strong is your Mind Moat?

We all know what a moat is, a protective ditch that surrounds valuable real estate. Moats are usually wide and deep and down here in…

Leaders that Don’t

To be effective, a leader must be comfortable being in charge, at ease with being in command. They must give direction with the calm confidence…

Something Stands in the Way

There is always something in the way of anything meaningful, anything of significance you wish to be or accomplish. If there weren’t, you’d already have…

Seven Habits that Drain Your Energy

Taking it personally: It’s rarely about you. Really. Lugging the Past into the Present: The Past should be a place of Reference, not Residence. Junk/Fast…

Nudge Yourself Forward

Please pass on grand, sweeping, “overhaul”-style New Year’s resolutions. Instead, resolve to simply nudge yourself forward, bit by comfortable bit, to being your best self…

Reading the Newspaper in the Morning

If there is one thing I know how to do, it is how to be mega productive, how to hyper focus, how to laser in…

How Strong is a Chain with a Broken Link?

“How Strong is a Chain with a Broken Link?” is a rhetorical question if ever there was one: a broken link = a broken chain.…

Playing the Insurance Game

In the context of business, what I call ‘”Playing the Insurance Game” is when someone, particularly one in a position of responsibility or authority, does…

The Power of Upstream Thinking

You are walking by the side of a river when you hear screams of distress: a child is drowning. You plunge into the water and…

Separating Fear Management from Danger Management

“Fear is an emotion induced by perceived danger or threat… Fear in human beings may occur in response to a certain stimulus occurring in the…

THE SECRET OF YOUR FUTURE IS HIDDEN IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine. Think about it. What future are you creating when you are not thinking about…

Night Guy v. Morning Guy

Night Guy v. Morning Guy by Jerry Seinfield I never get enough sleep. I stay up late at night, ’cause I’m Night Guy. Night Guy…

The Five Deadly Traps of Mediocrity

Mediocre performers: Sap managers’ energy so they have less time for top performers Reduce quality of group discussions, lowering teams overall IQ Force others to…

Two Things Hyper Successful People do Regularly

1. Successful People are Voracious Seekers of Knowledge “It’s hard for me to understand why [getting an MBA] is a better use of time and…

Two Beliefs That Make All the Difference

Thoughts are Things/Words Have Power Your-self talk is incredibly powerful; it shapes and molds your self-concept and thus the opinions of others, for the world…

The Big Secret Theory of Life

Many subscribe to some version of the “Big Secret” theory of life. The big secret theory is that there are short cuts, bags of tricks,…

Time is the Precious Coin of Your Life

We all have the same 24/7; it is what we do with them that differ. Organization: Plan your days, think through your week, know your month,…

An Often-Neglected Duty Leaders Owe Others

When a leader dodges the tough conversations, when they lack the courage to hold people accountable or the internal fortitude and strength of will to…

A Vital Key to Success That You’ve Been Taught Not To Do

From birth most of us have been taught to avoid confrontation, whether to be nice or to be liked or get along or just to…

Identity as Destiny

Who are you? How do you define yourself? What do you think you are capable of? What can you do, what do you think you…

Good Judgment

Good judgment is the ability to combine knowledge and wisdom to make good decisions. Good judgment requires that we accumulate enough knowledge before making decisions,…

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