The 50% Experiment

Are you so busy talking that you sometimes miss some of the really good stuff? As an experiment, talk 50% less than you normally do. Then notice what happens. You might just pick up some valuable knowledge, insights, and opportunities. There’s a side benefit. When you say less, others may listen more when you do speak up.

Have a wonderful day,


Action Speaks Volumes

What do you believe in? What values are most important to you? If your friends and colleagues were asked what you stand for, how would they reply?

You will likely be measured not by depth of your beliefs stated in words, but by the action you take because of them.

So today, what small step can you take that shows the world what you stand for? After you’ve thought about it, do it.

Thank you,

The Self-Help Convenience Store

Do you ever go to you local self-help convenience store? It’s the place where millions of people try to cram themselves into a theory, technique, or breakthrough method to help them instantly solve all of their problems, achieve all of their dreams, and become absolutely happy without actively deciding if it’s right for them.

So the next time you contemplate an approach that worked for somebody else, be a good consumer with your mind and heart. If it makes sense to you, test it out. Keep what works and modify what doesn’t to create your customized personal “success” program.

Have a great day,

The Possible Versus the “Impossible”

Make a list of the big and small things that are on your mind. Now break the list into #1 – those things you feel that you can do something about and #2 – those things you feel are out of your control.

For list #1, decide what you are willing to begin doing today.

For list #2, consult with a close friend, partner, or colleague and ask him or her what you might be able to do to advance those seemingly impossible goals. Ask for assistance in seeing what is can do starting now, given your current circumstances.

By focusing on what you can do, you will achieve success which you can build on from the present moment into the future.

Much success,

Strong as a Diamond

Do you want to achieve noteworthy success in your life? If so, be willing to stand apart from the crowd.

The minority, not majority, of people, achieves “Success on their own terms”. To advance today, expand the courage of your convictions by trusting your heart, acting on what you know to be true, and consistently deepening your faith.

Then at a crucial moment, you will be as strong as a diamond and others won’t be able to deter you from your personal mission.

Do it,

Are Your Opinions Open?

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. Bertrand Russell

Ever have such a strong opinion that no one, absolutely no one, was going to change your mind? So did the people who believed the world was flat, it was impossible to fly, and the earth was the center of the universe. In fact, throughout history, people have gone to war to prove that their opinions were correct, regardless of what the truth was.

So next time you decide that you are right in no uncertain terms, STOP! There are likely other valid opinions. So open up your ears, mind, and heart and really listen to what the other person has to say. In doing so, you might learn something and give the other person the opening to listen to you, too.

Have a great day,

Whistle While You Act

Some people grin and bear it; others smile and do it.  Anonymous

What separates the two groups? A lot of it has to do with what you believe about yourself.

Most people sit around, feel helpless, and do nothing. The less they do, the more helpless they feel. Yet those who believe that we are all connected and what we do or fail to do impacts us all, act regardless of the odds or what others think. And sometimes it is the most “unlikely” person who creates big, powerful, and positive change.

Remember the thirteen year old who couldn’t stand the fact that fisherman catching tuna were killing dolphins? He created such a grassroots movement that the fisherman began to use nets that wouldn’t kill dolphins. Adults told him to forget it and the 13 year old – he “forgot” what they told him he couldn’t do, went out and acted, and made a big difference, especially to those dolphins.

Have a great day,

Hiding Treasures? Don’t Do It!

Do you have an idea, concept, product, or service that has been floating around in your head, journal, or device and yet you haven’t taken the next step to actually share it with the world?

What if your idea could make even one person’s life better? What if a group of people is just waiting for your product or service to be available?

So today, choose one thing you’ve been working on or have been thinking about working on and take the next step. Share your idea with one other person in the next 24 hours. By the way, it doesn’t have to be perfect and neither do you.


Invite Help

Some people believe that if they don’t “discover” the solution all on their own, they are diminished and have failed. Not only is this attitude self-defeating, it’s actually arrogant. By not allowing others to help you, you cheat them of the good feelings they would receive from making a contribution.

So who would enjoy helping you today? Make the most of their assistance. And of course, show your appreciation with a kind word, hug, or even thank you gift. Choose whatever is appropriate for the situation and the relationship.

Have a great day,

An Unlikely Success Strategy

I was maid of honor in my sister’s wedding – and two days before the big event, I still didn’t have a dress to wear. When I got off the plane in Philadelphia, my parents, Aunt Syl, and myself dashed 60 miles to Atlantic City to purchase the perfect dress my mother had found.

We hit a torrential rainstorm complete with thunder and bright flashes of lightening. About 40 miles into the trip we came across a completely flooded out viaduct. All the cars, buses, and trucks were turning around, but not my Dad. All of the sudden, he made a sharp left hand turn onto a dirt road into a cornfield.

“Hey!” yelled my Mother, Aunt Syl, and me in whiny unison. “Where do you think you’re going?!?”

“Hold on,” yelled back Dad.

In about two minutes, we were around the cornfield and back on the road on the other side of the flooded area.

Well, the dress was perfect; my father won $1500 at the casino that night; and I learned an important lesson: No matter how things may look, there’s usually a “cornfield” around the corner and on the other side is exactly where you want to be.

So the next time you feel blocked by floods, other people, undesirable events, or yourself, look for your cornfield. When you find it, go for it. Then think of my Dad and say “Hooray for Harry!”

Have a great day,