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Celebrating October

Thursday October 2, 2008 #71

 “We should be taught NOT to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration.”  

~Frank Tibolt

Regular readers know that I don’t believe in annual resolutions.  Rather, I favor monthly celebrations of progress, reestablishing our goals and reinvigorating ourselves with hope and a sense of forward momentum.  It is the start of a new month and after the latest turmoil of the financial markets and the ongoing political intrigue of the American election cycle, it is good to turn the page and start anew. 

So go ahead, take a look at your goals and celebrate the actions you’ve taken and the progress you’ve made.  Challenge yourself to recommit to the goals that still excite and inspire you and to create new ones if needed to get you enthused for the coming winter months.  And, as always, the best way to start is to do SOMETHING.  Action does generate inspiration.


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National Mudpack Day

Tuesday September 30, 2008 #70

“If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.” 


As September ends and we reflect upon a complex political and financial world, it is good to take a break and look at a lighter subject.  It so happens that today is National Mudpack Day.  The entertaining website, www.holidayinsights.com, entertains us today with homage to a relaxation/beauty ritual.

National Mud Pack Day

When : September 30th

National Mud Pack Day is today. Pile on the facial. Ladies, this is your day. Guys, you can get a mud pack facial, too. Just don’t let your buddies know that you did!!

Mud packs were once the rage for facial treatments. It is still popular. But, the mud in facials has been replaced with a variety of other ingredients. It is supposed to keep the skin young, soft and supple. Does it work? Girls who use it, swear by it.

Celebrate today with a mud pack. Guys, make this a special day by buying a gift certificate for a facial for your special lady. Make sure to tell her its not that she needs it. Rather, it’s because it is comforting, and will make her feel good.

Tomorrow, you can return to the business of excelling in today’s complex world.  But today, enjoy a mudpack or any other enjoyable diversion. You deserve the break.

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Seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary

Thursday September 25, 2008 #69

 “Since most of us spend our lives doing ordinary tasks, the most important thing is to carry them out extraordinarily well.” 

~Henry David Thoreau

Today you will probably be faced with a number of mundane tasks.  For most people, our lives are made up of many ordinary, mundane activities.  Some will look at that reality with boredom or even despair, lamenting the lack of “meaning” and excitement.  But others will look at each of these seemingly ordinary, mundane activities as opportunities for greatness.  You see, the reality of our lives is that we have opportunities for greatness every day of our lives – simply by treating our everyday activities as opportunities to do those activities extraordinarily well.  And often, when you do ordinary tasks extraordinarily well, we will find incredible rewards will come your way.

Today’s assignment:  treat every activity as an opportunity for excellence and see what a difference this can make in your life!

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Risky Business

Tuesday September 23, 2008 #68

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” 

~Denis Waitley

True success can only come from taking action. And taking action will always involve some risk – sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.  The result of taking action might include failure, disappointment, mental or physical pain, monetary loss, and more.  But by not taking risks, you guarantee no victories, no excitement, no pleasure, no financial security, nothing.  

So keep taking risks and taking action.  Yes, sometimes you will fail.  But every time you will learn something that will make that next victory come sooner and stronger.

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Gratitude for life

Thursday September 18, 2008 #67

 “You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.” 

~Dr. James G. Bilkey

The next time you complain about the pressures in your life, the problems you face, the obstacles in your way, stop.  And thank them for existing.  It is only because of them and your eventual triumph over them, that you will grow and become the person who you were meant to be.

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Success with satisfaction

Tuesday September 16, 2008 #66

 “Success is not measured by what you accomplish but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.”

 ~Orison Swett Marden

I have found that successes that come too easily are a bit shallow and lack the satisfaction one expects from success.  It is only after beating back obstacles, facing up to demons, or overcoming long odds that the victory is truly satisfying and the moment remembered for years afterwards.  Have you found this to be true for you?

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Following the leader

Thursday September 11, 2008 #65

 What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.  

~John Ruskin

I learned early in my career as a leader that my teams were significantly impacted by my moods, my demeanor, and especially my actions.  I have always been an outwardly positive leader, a “cheerleader” – positive and passionate.  If I happened to come to work in a poor mood or just feeling under the weather, the impact on my team was immediate as they didn’t understand what was “wrong”.  I learned that I needed to be “on” each time I stepped onto the sales floor or went into a meeting.  If I was truly feeling lousy, I needed to be up front with my team so they wouldn’t waste time trying to determine what was wrong.

The message here is to ensure your actions are consistent with your words.  People count on consistency and predictability in their leaders.    

Believe in that which you speak and ensure your actions match your words.

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Reality without blame

Thursday August 28, 2008 #63

 “In any situation, the individual most able to describe reality without blame will emerge as the leader, whether designated or not.” 

~Edwin Friedman

Ask someone with responsibility why a good result happened and he’s likely to assign responsibility to himself.  Ask him why a poor result happened and he’s likely to assign blame to anything or anyone other than himself.  Why?  I think people are naturally inclined to describe reality with a causal factor – a blaming, if you will.  And yet, true leaders among us whether by title or not will describe negative reality as simply being true, rather than assigning blame.  And they’ll describe a positive reality with gratitude and as a result of another’s actions and/or a great team.

Don’t blame. Lead.

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Making Dreams Real

Tuesday August 26, 2008 #62

 “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”

 ~Douglas H. Everett

We tend to classify people as dreamers or realists as though these are mutually exclusive ideas:  Those who spend their time dreaming of a better reality and those that are hard pragmatists, accepting their lot in life as fated.  And yet when you think of people who are both successful and satisfied – truly happy – they are those who have mastered the art of taking their dreams and making them real. 
So, dream and do – dream a better reality and make it happen through action!

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Be the Star you are

Thursday August 21, 2008 #61

“Here are 3 sure-fire steps that will take you from wishing upon a star to being one:  Imagine your dreams as if they already exist.  Speak as if they already exist.  And act as if they already exist.”

 ~Mike Dooley

More and more evidence points to the ability we all have to make significant positive change in our lives through intentional thoughts and actions. The key is the “action” part.  The over-hyped book & video “The Secret” teaches that if we just imagine hard enough we will get everything we want.  So why doesn’t it work for everyone?  Because the hard part is actually taking the actions that precede results.  You can imagine all you want, but if you fail to take daily actions you can’t be surprised when nothing happens.

So imagine and imagine well.  Speak and speak well.  But act, and act well to truly achieve that which you imagine.

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