Power Pivots

I work with people, quite often, who to want to change everything in their careers – from a new industry to a new company to a new geography – all at once. What they describe as pivots are actually 180s – and can be intimidating, scary, and hard to pull off in one fell swoop. That said, pivots of any size that are progressive, can move you in the direction of the mega shifts.

So instead of thinking of ALL of the things you need to do to accomplish your big goal, take a step back and see what you can accomplish today – with the talents, resources, and time you have. Then you create a solid foundation of power pivots that help you create the future you want.


Keep Learning to Succeed

I am a BIG supporter of learning – now, tomorrow, and forever. This commitment is actually part of my personal purpose – “to learn and share what I learn with others to help them achieve their goals and dreams.” I would go so far as to say that when you stop learning, your opportunities will shrink or completely disappear. So keep learning!!!!

It’s really important to keep an open mind about what learning actually means and how to do it. Learning is everything from a graded academic class and a MOOC (Mass Open Online Class), to a podcast / TED talk and old school paper books.

Don’t worry about where you start and how much time you invest. Just choose something and go. My daily commitment to learning is 10 minutes a day. While it may seem small, the time adds up, creates momentum, and I learn a lot.

Go for it – and share what you learn to help others. Thanks for that!!!!

Enjoy the day,

Select for Success

I know I am afraid to make a decision when I search and search and search for the “right” answer. This is the point when my creativity kicks in (not in the most productive way) and I come up with possibility after possibility – which actually serves to reduce my certainty about any specific idea.

What I have come to realize is that sometimes I just need to select something – knowing that no answer is perfect. Yet a good idea or path that is acted on is WAY better than more hours, months, or years of brainstorming with no decision in sight.

Enjoy your day,

The Half-Step Blueprint

I have a friend who does just about anything she puts her mind to do. While she is amazing, she is just like you and me. There are two “secrets” to her enduring success. The first is that she looks for a  gap and decides how she could add value by filling the gap. The second (which I absolutely love), is she takes half-steps.

Her half-step blueprint makes it easy for her to take action because she doesn’t freak herself out with giant leaps and her half-steps reduce the risk to others who let her do things that others would even be so bold to ask for.

So half-step it. Start now.


What Does Your Work Say About You?

Whether you work inside the home, outside the home, or both, what you do is a reflection of who you are at your core.

So what kind of statement does your work say about you? Commitment? Care? Creativity?

You will want to know so you can keep doing what you are doing the way you are doing it – or make changes – big or small.

Have a great day,

Speak Up A Little, Succeed A Lot More

I was chatting with someone today is clearly competent, kind, and capable. Yet, often, people never get to see that in him. Instead, they see a quiet person without a ton of engagement. This is a loss for my new friend and many who would like to get to know him.

The good news is that he is open to stretching himself. Yay! Here is one thing that he is going to do that might work for you as well. Instead of agonizing about how to become a brilliant conversationalist, he has decided to ask thoughtful questions and then give the other person his rapt attention. It is a wonderful “secret” to greater success.

Enjoy your day,

Success Stretchers

It’s very interesting about the most powerful success stretchers. Much of the time, they are human beings. These people are often not the ones who cheer us on, think we are brilliant, and make us feel totally valued. While it’s essential and wonderful to have these kind of people in our lives, they can only take us so far.

The success stretchers I’m talking about are the individuals who often annoying, challenge everything we say, and share their negativity early, often, and without even being asked. I recently met with someone who meets all of the criteria. Wow – what a workout! Yet, I welcome the opportunity to work with this person as he makes me focus, be present with him (at all times), and forces me to bring my best self to every meeting we have.

I would go so far as to say “THANK YOU!!!” to this individual. I am better at what I do today because of him.

Have a great day,