30 April 2018
Happiness. You decide about happiness. We are reading more stories than ever of people who have been forced by circumstances to completely change their vocation and their habits. In many of these cases we are witnessing a significant drop in income and a major increase in happiness. It is obvious that the level of stress and the level of happiness are linked. Even more significant is doing what you love to do and getting pleasure from whatever that happens to be. Take stock of your unique abilities and ensure you do what makes you happy. Even in these times have fun!
23 April 2018
Habits. We all have heard the saying – “you cannot teach an old dog new tricks!” This is a way of saying that we cannot change our habits. Our habits are one way that we bring a rhythm to our lives through repetition. So many things we seem to do automatically and without really thinking about them. However, if you want to change the results you are getting you must change certain of your habits to effect this change. A habit can be changed if we do a new activity to replace it for twenty-one days. The key to getting the results you want is to develop a better set of habits in how you approach your work and your life. So make a list of the habits you wish to change and get started. Remember though not to try to change too many things at once, taking things one step at a time will ensure continual progress towards your goals.
16 April 2018
The three P's. As someone who wants to make a difference in your business or in your life there are steps you take to achieve your goals. Your initial thoughts identify the promise of things to create or accomplish, the next step is to define your purpose and what you want to do which will lead you to develop an action plan towards a defined set of goals. The third, and most important, is to develop a passion about what you are doing. This passion comes from your personal commitment to what it is you are trying to do and keeps you fully engaged and motivating others to assist you along the way. This process also leads to less stress and even greater effort on your part. Working together using these tools we can all make a difference.
9 April 2018
Today. We can often forget just how important today is. We may talk about yesterday and plan for tomorrow but what about today? Each of us is given just so many days to experience our lives. I look around at work or at play and wonder who are the people that are really making use of today. If you are a planner you had made plans for today and I would expect that you would do what you thought you would do. For those who are not what will you do to make use of today? We not only want to enjoy each day but be thankful at the end of each day for the chance to experience new things, help others, and make a contribution in some manner. Make a point to enjoy today!
26 March 2018
Wind. How do you take advantage of the wind at your back. We all know that a tailwind can drive an airplane forward faster than if it is fighting a headwind. That is what sometimes gets us to our destination faster. What is the tailwind that you use to propel yourself forward at a fast rate to reach your destination (your goals!)? I might suggest that it is your education, your experience, and your willingness to put your own back into the tasks at hand in order to get to where you want to go. If you put the "tailwind" you have created to work you will be surprised at the heights you will be able to attain! So focus on those characteristics this week.
19 March 2018
Action. Life always seems to throw challenges at all of us and at the times we least expect them. Responding to what are often significant change to your life, your business or to your loved ones provides one of the greatest tests any of us will ever face. In such circumstances it is very important to attempt to keep perspective – but this is tough when you are in the middle of some form of crisis! What we all need to do is do the necessary research on the speedbumps you now face, then focus your efforts on determining the options available to create a new course of action, and then develop a plan that you can now put into action. This is not an easy process but to change results you must change your actions.
12 February 2018
Forward. Most of us never take sufficient time to look forward and to assess the opportunities that, in all likelihood, lay ahead of us. If you manage your goals in this manner you will undoubtedly wake up one day to realize that you have made very little progress! Realizing your goals and building your future is a conscious effort of planning and execution. The challenge that most people and many businesses face is that they create too large a set of goals that immediately appear to discourage them from putting in the effort to make these happen. I would suggest that you develop a list of short term goals that are easily measured and managed and set to work in making those happen. Get successes and then develop additional plans to build on that foundation! What you want to be able to do is move into the future, look back, and go – yeah! – look at what I have done to be more successful.
29 January 2018
Experts. When we are faced with certain challenges in our lives and in our businesses we need to look outside ourselves and identify experts in their fields who can provide the advice, information, and clarity that we feel we need in order to move ahead. These people can be in our community or in some far off place but the technologies and systems we use today allow us to access these opportunities. It is always said that the "shortest distance between two points is a straight line!" People who are experts in their field can help you find this straight line and save a great deal of time, money, and effort for you to invest in other ways in your life or business. Take stock this week and identify one area where this kind of help would give you a real competitive advantage. Find your shortest distance!
18 December 2017
Family. At this time of year we need to sit back and remember why we set goals, why we build businesses, and why we work hard over the course of each year. The most important things in our lives are our family and our close friends. These are the folks who we love and who stand by us and help us in those times when we are challenged in any manner. They also share in our successes and provide encouragement and advice that is invaluable. Over the next couple of weeks take the time to tell these folks just how much you appreciate and respect their support. Make the most of Christmas and when you say Merry Christmas – it is from your heart!
20 November 2017
Disruption. We often hear that we live in an “Age of Disruption”. Events that occur that are of such significance that they challenge us to modify our strategies and action plans. In the last year or so what with major hurricanes destroying vast areas of land, major wildfires in the US and Canada, and, yes, even political change can make it seem that we are in the midst of a much larger “storm” than usual. History shows that us that such events always occur and when we least expect them (wars, revolutions, historic political change, etc.) so we should not be surprised when these occur. The key is how we react to such events and whether or not we learn new ways to adapt to these challenges in the future. Take some time and assess how prepared are you and your business for such events!
14 November 2017
Opportunities. If you look forward with optimism then you will always identify great opportunities. The future is always ahead of you and what you do with that is up to each one of us. I always recall the story that back about 1900 the head of the US Patent Office felt they should close the office as nothing more could be invented. Would he not be astounded at what has happened in the world from then to now - that was a future! We have to keep in mind that our futures are going to be a result of the generations that follow us. This is one reason that the education of our youth is so important. They help determine our futures! So look forward and create your future plan. You will be then be part of the solution and our future growth.