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Inspired by Change

Tuesday August 4, 2015 #746

“You can look for external sources of motivation and that can catalyze a change, but it won’t sustain one. It has to be from an internal desire.”

~Jillian Michaels


This week my family and I have made our move to Hawaii.  This has been a major change for me professionally and for me and my family personally.  We have loved Hong Kong so I found myself on a journey to become motivated about the move.  It was only when I stopped looking externally for motivation and spent time reflecting on the professional opportunity and the personal advantages that I finally got excited!  Luckily I have been in the “excited” phase for quite a while now so the move has been energizing and I am thrilled to launch this next chapter.  (You’re probably wondering how moving to Hawaii was ever not an exciting proposition – that story for another day!)

What changes are you facing?  Are you wasting your time looking outside for sources of motivation?  Try looking inside and find how you can make the decision to embrace the change and get inspired about it.


August 15, 2015 Posted by | change, inspiration, motivation | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Journey of Discovery

Thursday July 30, 2015 #745

“One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity.”

~Edward de Bono

Stop And Look

When you or a team you’re working with find yourself stuck trying to solve a problem or imagine new opportunities, it is often helpful to re-frame the problem/question.  Move beyond the obvious or your previous experience.  Look below the surface and try to find connections or factors that may be hidden by common beliefs.  It is in this journey of discovery that you will likely find your path forward as your creativity is unleashed.

August 7, 2015 Posted by | Creativity, motivation | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Thursday April 2, 2015 #713

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal which is worthwhile.”

~Vince Lombardi

Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi, 1961 NFL Championship

Yes, for some, leadership comes more naturally than others due to innate intelligence, charisma, and confidence.  However, sustainable success as a leader requires not only some level of these talents, but also the exceptional drive, motivation and perseverance required to push through inevitable challenges.  Even someone with limited charisma and confidence, and average intelligence, can rise to effective leadership success if they are willing and able to fight through obstacles and failures with determination and grit.  And highly intelligent and charismatic individuals often fail to lead due to laziness and hubris.  Regardless of your level of talent, if given the opportunity to lead, focus on your character and drive and you can be the leader you are capable of and that your people need.

April 4, 2015 Posted by | achievement, character, confidence, Goals, leadership, motivation, Perseverance, Success, Talent | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Commitment to Excellence

Tuesday November 18, 2014 #679

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

~Mario Andretti


Success begins with the desire to achieve a worthy goal or outcome, and I don’t know of a worthy goal that lacks significant obstacles requiring determination and persistence to overcome them.  So if you find yourself languishing in mediocrity, check first if you have the desire to achieve something great in the work or the environment you are in.  Without that desire, you’ll lack the motivation necessary to push through the inevitable challenges and achieve your worthy goal.

November 23, 2014 Posted by | achievement, excellence, Goal Setting, motivation | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Thursday August 28, 2014 #657

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

~Zig Zigler


You know and enjoy those times of inspiration and motivation when you listen to a gifted speaker, read a great book or article, experience a special moment, etc.  But that feeling often doesn’t last.  The key to maximizing our potential is to be in a highly motivated state as often as possible.  This is achieved through repeated activities that motivate us, and more importantly, to open ourselves to the potential for any moment to be inspiring.  Don’t wait for the big moments, and make no excuses.  Motivation lies within our recognition in the inspiring power of intentional daily activities.

August 31, 2014 Posted by | inspiration, intention, motivation | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Taking Chances

Thursday April 10, 2014 #617

“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”

~Mary Tyler Moore


Both effective leadership and personal growth require the courage to move forward and take risks, despite the chances of failure and pain. Fear can be debilitating or it can be a powerful motivator to practice courage and bravery. Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the ability to push through despite fear, leveraging the fear to motivate you and stimulate innovative solutions.

April 19, 2014 Posted by | courage, innovation, leadership, motivation | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making it Happen

Thursday January 30, 2014 #598


“If things are not going well with you, begin your effort at correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it.” 

~Roger Ward Babson

make it happen


Already one month through 2014!  How is your year progressing so far in terms of your personal and professional goals and aspirations?  Chances are, some area of your life is being neglected, or at least not attended to with the focus you intended.  Before you begin thinking about what external forces are conspiring against you, I suggest you begin your reflection by looking at how you are servicing your goals, and whether your spirit is really in it.  Don’t give up on what you deemed important on January 1st.  Rather, determine if these goals feed your most deeply held beliefs and aspirations.  If so, think how you can reenergize yourself and push on.  If not, cast aside those goals that do not serve you, and redouble your efforts on those that do.  In short, make it happen.

February 3, 2014 Posted by | Belief, Goal Setting, motivation | , , , , | Leave a comment

Creating a motivational environment

Tuesday July 2, 2013 #537


“What a thrill one gets when you can see a light brighten before you in the eyes of one that listens.”


~David K. Aaker


As leaders, we are called upon to motivate our teams.  However, it is clear that no one can be motivated unless they are open to it.  I have often counseled developing leaders to avoid frustration when their attempts at motivation don’t work.  Our job as leaders is not to motivate, but rather to create a motivational environment.  We do this through taking the time to understand each of our team member’s interests, strengths, ambitions, and challenges; building trust (by trusting them!), and providing an inspiring and hopeful vision of our purpose and where we are going.  Be intentional about creating your team’s motivational environment.

July 6, 2013 Posted by | inspiration, leadership, listening, motivation | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Choosing motivation vs. demotivation

Thursday May 2, 2013 #520


“Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual & regular top ups.”


~Peter Davies


For each of us motivation comes from different sources.  It might be a movie or book, or an inspiring speaker or boss, or a positive, high energy co-worker.  The key is to understand what motivates you, spend more time where those motivating factors exist, and never stop seeking more of it!  Few activities have zero impact on our motivation.  Almost all activities either add or subtract from our motivational state.  Why would you choose to spend time in demotivating activities?  And yet you most certainly do choose these activities occasionally or perhaps often. Stop!  Remove yourself from demotivating activities and habits, and replace these with motivating ones.


Take a few minutes and write down all your activities in the last 2-3 days.  Identify which were motivating and which were demotivating.  Determine right now how to remove as many of the demotivating activities going forward and how to increase the frequency of the motivating ones.  Repeat this exercise at least quarterly and see what a difference this has in your life!  It will take courage to do this.  Are you ready to try?

May 4, 2013 Posted by | courage, inspiration, intention, motivation | , , , , | 3 Comments

Your choice to be hopeful or hopeless

Thursday January 17, 2013 #490


“If you have hope in the future you will have power in the present!”


~Chris Voss


Hope is such a powerful asset.  With hope, we find the stamina to persevere through the challenges life naturally presents us.  Without hope we can become lost, depressed, frozen.  If you are feeling hopeless, the good news is that hope is just a thought away.  It is your choice to be hopeful or hopeless.  Each breath provides the proof that hope is possible. 

If you need to find motivation to be hopeful today, surround yourself with hopeful words, ideas, and people.  Hang out with a positive person, read inspirational writings, exercise, sing a hopeful song.  Take a hopeful action and teach your mind, body, and soul to be hopeful.

January 27, 2013 Posted by | inspiration, motivation, Take Action | , , , , , | Leave a comment