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Looking for a Sign

Thursday June 12, 2014 #635

“Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.” ~Oprah Winfrey


We all fail.  In little ways and in big ways.  The question is never, “will I fail?”  Of course I will.  The question is “what will I do when I fail?”  Reflection is always the important first step. Did I fail because I haven’t yet found the way through an obstacle, and therefore must keep trying different ways?  Or because I need to move in a different direction altogether?  The reflection will help determine the next action to take.

What failure is not, is a sign to give up on a worthy goal.  It may, however, be a sign to rethink whether your goal is indeed worthy.  If it is, don’t let anything stop you from taking actions, even when most fail.


June 13, 2014 Posted by | Goal Setting, problem solving, Take Action | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Overcoming Challenges

Tuesday May 27, 2014 #630

The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success comes only later.” ~William Jennings Bryan


People often operate with a “lottery” mentality, meaning that they focus solely on the success they desire – financial, relationship, possessions, etc., without focusing on overcoming the challenges to reach those desires.  It is as though they should be able to get what they want with little or no effort, like buying a $1 lottery ticket expecting to win millions.  No, the people who actually achieve their desired success are those who not only have a vision of what they want, they carefully determine what they must overcome to achieve – learning, training, practice, building relationships, making smart investments in time and money, and more.

What is it you want?  What stands in your way?  What actions are you taking to overcome these obstacles?

May 31, 2014 Posted by | achievement, learning, problem solving, Success, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Facing Challenges

Thursday May 8, 2014 #625

 “Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~James Baldwin


Whether it is a challenged relationship, your lack of fitness, an uninspiring job, or a problem in your community, you must face it and do something about it if you want it to change.  There are no guarantees that your efforts will achieve the change you are after, but inactivity assures the status quo.  This is not to say that you must attempt to change everything that bothers you.  But complaining and doing nothing is counterproductive and lazy.  You have two choices when confronted with a problem:  attempt to change it or accept it and move on.

May 11, 2014 Posted by | change, problem solving | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Enthusiasm & Perseverance

Tuesday April 22, 2014 #620

“In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world all rests on perseverance.”


 There are two modes of thought that must be employed intentionally and at the right moment to achieve success and worthy goals:  enthusiasm and perseverance.  To make a good decision and/or determine what you want to achieve, you need ideas – lots of them.  Ideas come from brainstorming, reading, observing, and asking questions.  You must approach these activities with enthusiasm in order to generate the ideas you need to decide on what you want to achieve and a viable course of action to get you there.  Without enthusiasm, you will likely miss out on generating the ideas you need.

Now it is time to do the hard, serious work necessary to achieve you goals.  Enthusiasm will help, but it alone will not get you there.  The tool you need now is perseverance.  Perseverance gives you the strength to push through fear and the inevitable failures and obstacles you will find between you and any worthy goal.

Enthusiasm + Perseverance = likely success.

May 3, 2014 Posted by | achievement, Goal Setting, problem solving, Success, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Choosing What Goes Into Your Mind

Tuesday August 20, 2013 #551

“You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.”

 ~Zig Ziglar

feed your mind

I’m thinking a lot about our ability to train our minds to help us stay focused on continuous improvement in our ability to be the best person we can be in any given moment.  I know I am at my best for both my own good and those around me when I am positive, focused, and energized by hope and possibilities.  I am in this state because of what I am taking in:  positive reading and media, associating with high-energy, positive and inspiring individuals, helping others grow and develop, and giving my time and talent to those who need it.

I am not always successful, but when I find myself in a down state, I know how to return to being the best me:  take one action after another in the areas listed above until the weight of the positive inputs allows me to not only offset the negative feelings but to solve or navigate the challenges that caused the negative state initially.  This is my choice and I make it.  You have the power to do the same.  Choose to exercise your power.

August 31, 2013 Posted by | change, inspiration, problem solving, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I believe it can be done

Thursday May 30, 2013 #528


“While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.” 


~Helen Keller


The hallways of our organizations and the thousands of conversations on social media are full of complainers and nay-sayers.  Fight the urge to join the crowd of negative banter.  Rise above it and be the voice that says, “I believe it can be done.”  Because if not you, I assure you that someone will.  And while the negative crowd murmurs and groans, you (or someone else) will take action, solve the problem and make things happen.  The wins always go to those who say “what else can I do?” – and then go do it!

June 9, 2013 Posted by | achievement, problem solving, Take Action | , , , | Leave a comment

Obstacle illusions

Tuesday April 23, 2013 #517


“Life is full of obstacle illusions.”


~Grant Frazier


Most of the times when things go wrong people use one of several defensive techniques such as blaming others, making excuses, or justifying their actions – anything to remove any ownership for the problem.  A few have the courage to see the reality of the situation for what it is:  a speed bump on their rode to achievement.  If the goal is worth achieving, they own their role in resolving it, determine a path forward, and take action.  The next time something goes wrong, and it will, what will you do?

May 4, 2013 Posted by | achievement, courage, Goal Setting, problem solving, Take Action | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Endless possibilities

Thursday April 4, 2013 #512


“Now is the time. Needs are great, but your possibilities are greater.”


~Bill Blackman


The challenges of our time are numerous.  The challenges in your own life are no doubt significant as well.  The good news?  You, and our society, have everything needed to win against these challenges.  The decision to win is all that is lacking.  We must stop our negative thinking and our mentality of scarcity, and replace these with belief in our potential, in abundance, and the endless possibilities for positive change.  If each of us can make the decision to win, the multiplier effect from your influence will make positive changes in your sphere of influence, and that of the people in your circle.  Decide now.

April 6, 2013 Posted by | achievement, Possibility, problem solving | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Stop thinking and start doing

Tuesday February 12, 2013 #497


“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”


~Edmund Burke


Poverty, depression, hunger, violence, suffering….  These exist – nearby and far away.  If you could make a difference to those in such circumstances, you would, wouldn’t you?  It can all be so overwhelming.  You can feel powerless in the face of the enormity of the challenges.  But you can do something and the power really lies in the smallest of actions.  A smile, a few coins, a word of gratitude, demonstrating kindness instead of anger, noticing someone who needs help.  All of these can have massive impact individually and definitely in aggregate. 

Stop thinking about what you can do, and start doing.

March 1, 2013 Posted by | problem solving, Take Action | , , , | Leave a comment