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We must begin with ourselves

Thursday March 28, 2013 #510


“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”




It is a level of maturity and wisdom that few reach:  the understanding that to change the world, our community, our workplace, or even our family dynamic, we must begin with ourselves.  If you find yourself frustrated by your inability to influence other’s behaviors or opinions, reflect inwardly and find those aspects of yourself that must first change to increase your ability to influence others.  Your beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors are the only ones that you truly have control over.


March 29, 2013 Posted by | change, Wisdom | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Becoming the person you desire to be

Tuesday March 26, 2013 #509


“Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.”


~Amy Cuddy


The message here is about how to behave, what attitude to animate, and what beliefs to internalize while on your journey to becoming the person you desire to be.  This is much deeper than “positive thinking” or affirmations.  The beginning is a firm vision of the desired outcome and confidently moving forward.  Even if not fully confident, you can begin taking actions and behaving as if you are confident.  The actions will build habits, which over time builds confidence.


As you near your destination, however, it won’t be enough to simply “make it”, to achieve the goal.  If you have internalized the image of what it means to be that person, as you reach your goal you will truly become it and be able to sustain this new you while envisioning the next level of becoming.

March 29, 2013 Posted by | achievement, intention, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Success explained

Thursday March 21, 2013 #508


“First, say to yourself what would you be; and then do what you have to do.”




2,000 years ago, Epictetus explained success.  Until you have a clear and worthy destination, you cannot find your way to reach it.  Are you clear with what you want from this moment, this year, this life?  Take the time to regularly reflect on the person you want to become personally and professionally.  And then?  Do what you have to do.

March 23, 2013 Posted by | achievement, Goal Setting, Success, Take Action | , | Leave a comment

The truth about procrastination

Tuesday March 19, 2013 #507


At the heart of procrastination often lies confusion about what you really want.”


~Michael Bungay Stanier


Do you find that too many days end without feeling you have accomplished anything of worth?  Do you recognize the level of procrastination that may be infecting your day? 

It is time to reflect on what you are working towards.  What are your most important goals for your personal and professional lives?  Are those goals in alignment with your core values and beliefs?  If so, how are you spending your days?  In activities moving you closer to or further away from these goals?


If you recognize procrastination for what it is – your subconscious fighting against activities out of alignment with your passions, you can make the adjustments to realign and focus on what is most important to you.

March 23, 2013 Posted by | Passion | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Preparing for the greater leap

Thursday March 14, 2013 #506


“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”


~David Lloyd George


In every moment lies the opportunity for a small action to move you forward toward achieving your goals and making a difference.  There are times however, which will require a greater leap.  By practicing small in-the-moment actions regularly you will grow your abilities and ready yourself for the larger actions sometimes necessary.  These require confidence, even courage.  Confidence comes from a belief in your abilities.  Keep pushing on the small actions to build that confidence so you are ready when the more challenging times present themselves.

March 17, 2013 Posted by | achievement, courage, problem solving, Take Action | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who you really are

Tuesday March 12, 2013 #505


“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”


~Thomas Jefferson


For those of you who are hoping to ‘find yourself’, improve yourself, or otherwise understand yourself better and how to be more effective, I want you to focus on actions.  You may be out there seeking knowledge through reading, listening, etc.  But there comes a time for the learning to pause, for reflection to end, and for actions to begin.  In those actions, you will begin to understand your strengths and how to leverage them for forward momentum. You will find who you really are.

March 17, 2013 Posted by | learning, listening, Take Action | , , , , | Leave a comment

Your life’s potential

Thursday March 7, 2013 #504


“Every great thing that’s happened in your life has happened because something changed.”


~Andy Andrews


It is always true that the most important times of growth, and our most treasured memories, stem from moments of significant, sometimes cathartic change.  We know this.  And yet, most people would rather stay in difficult relationships and situations rather than make a change.  This is human nature – to take comfort in the known and to fear the unknown.  But as human beings, we have the power to choose.  And we must choose to evolve and change along with the environment around us to achieve our potential, to experience the thrill of growth, and to feel real joy and happiness.


Embrace change – your life’s potential depends upon it.

March 10, 2013 Posted by | change, Happiness, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Perfectionism kills progress

Tuesday March 5, 2013 #503


“The person who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before making a decision, never makes a decision.”


~Joe Moore


Decisiveness is one of the most valued traits of successful leaders. So why do so many waffle on and on without making a decision and moving on to action?  Fear, insecurities, ineptitude, cowardice.  All these come into play.  But the most prevalent reason is the desire for perfect information and clarity before moving forward.  This perfectionism is a killer for progress.


What to do?  Have a clear vision of where you want to go.  Ensure you can confidently trust your sources of intelligence.  Gather enough data to be reasonably well informed.  If the decision involves significant investment in financial or human capital, your due diligence must be greater than less critical decisions.  But even these need not require perfect clarity.  Show your mettle as a leader:  Be confident, be consistent, be firm.  Decide and act.

March 10, 2013 Posted by | leadership, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Evolving our assumptions

Thursday February 28, 2013 #502


Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”


~Isaac Asimov


In the bustle of your day, you are able to navigate and make decisions based on the assumptions you have about people and situations.  This is usually a very good thing.  However, we must make time to pause and reflect on the actions we’re taking to ensure we haven’t missed critical information out of expediency. 


Schedule in reflection time in each day to review your decisions and actions and the assumptions you used.  Are some in need of revision?  People and situations evolve, so must your assumptions.

March 10, 2013 Posted by | Perspective, Take Action | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Embracing the richness of divergent thoughts

Tuesday February 26, 2013 #501


“Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.”


~James Harvey Robinson


Our human nature is to hold on to beliefs even in the face of overwhelming contrary evidence.  It is the strength of our humanity, however, which allows us to think intentionally about beliefs different than our own.  It is only with this intention that we can learn, reflect, and evolve our thinking.  This does not mean denying our core values, but rather accepting that the world evolves and so must our thinking.


Peace in your family, in your workplace, in your community, and in the world, depends on our ability to explore, accept, and embrace the richness of diversity in thought and ways of living of every individual and every culture.  But it is not just peace that comes from embracing diversity – it also drives innovation and breakthroughs.


Action point:  take the time today to read or listen to an opposing view or at least a variant from your own.

March 10, 2013 Posted by | Belief, intention, learning, Perspective | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment