Where Change is Possible

The present is the place where change is possible. But it’s tempting to peek to the future or look over your shoulder to review the past. Yet to do so, could likely make you less effective overall and dissatisfied with whatever you are doing right now no matter how terrific it is.

So practice staying in the present for at least 5 minutes each day. The potential rewards are enormous, so stay here long enough to receive them.

Have a great weekend,


An Unbeatable Combination

Are you an analytical type? Can you crunch the numbers with the best of them?

That’s a terrific skill, but it’s only part of the equation.

Since you will never have perfect and complete data, jumping off and acting without incomplete information is an essential skill.

So today, do your homework and act. It’s an unbeatable combination.

Have a great day,

Imagine Success

What is planning?

For the strategy consultant, conducting studies to support whatever is undertaken must come first. To the financial analyst, “running the numbers” to ensure that the net present value of the project is greater than zero is a given. And for the product manager, analyzing the target audience for economic viability is of primary concern.

Yet without imagination, the excitement of possibilities that drive innovation and true success will die and planning will have no purpose.

The great news is that each of us has the capacity and opportunity to dream. So spend 15 minutes today as a “the chief visionary officer.”

Have a successful day,

Mind Wide Open

Ever form a plan to achieve a goal, with every step laid out, and then stick to the plan exactly as written?

While sometimes this can be a great thing, flexibility usually works better.

So as you proceed with your goals, keep your mind wide open. As you take the next steps, pay attention to new information that you discover along the way. It could help you refine your approach and advance more joyfully and successfully.

Have a great day,

A Wonderful Bridge

When I graduated from MBA school, the commencement speaker informed us that as we entered the business world we were starting all over. “Now that you know it all,” he said, “real learning can begin. Make it count.”

Learning is a wonderful bridge from the past, through the present, and into the future. Never stop learning.

How can you make your learning really count today?


Which Direction?

Are you achieving the goals that are important to you? If yes, congrats! Yet if you are not living your goals and dreams, pause for a moment and ask yourself “why?”

While there may be many “reasons”, one common one is having goals and dreams that are in conflict with one another.

So look at your goals and dreams, are any two sending you in opposite directions? If so, consider modifying the ones that create the conflict. Then you can proceed with focus, single-minded determination, and a sense of fun.

Have a great day,

Focus, Happiness, and Success

Ever forget something and then kick yourself? While self-flagellation is counterproductive, paying attention to things vital to you is essential for a happy and satisfying life.

So the next time you become preoccupied with slow traffic, full e-mail boxes, and other little distractions of life, stop for 60 seconds.

Ask yourself what’s really most important to you. Then make time to enjoy whatever you discover.

Thank you,

Take a Fresh Start

Ever have your day start with a frustrating event – the kind of thing that makes you want to go home and hide under the covers?

While those things need to be taken care of, often people also want a fresh start. So why not build them in?

Schedule an automatic “fresh start” into your calendar each day. At the scheduled time, close your eyes and recall your real purpose.

Then you can go back to work with the perspective of a new day.

Have a great day,

Too Simple for Success?

Ever hear of something that seemed too simple to work so you promptly reject it only to later realize that it was absolutely true?

People like to make things complicated and sometimes discard what could help them a lot.

So the next time you learn of something that seems too simple, before you reject it test it out. Then decide.

Have a great day,

Communicate Practical Optimism

Do you know anyone who is the first to point out what’s wrong and yet rarely offers any solutions? Maybe that person is even you.

It’s great to get “things out in the open.” However, this approach alone often is a drain. It can sap the energy, commitment, and confidence of everyone involved.

So the next time you want to point out the problems with your work, school, family, or relationships, figure out some solutions first. Then you’ll come armed with possible answers along with the questions.

Have a great day,