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,

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,

How to Win With Only “Weaknesses”

Don’t think you don’t have what it takes? Think again and listen up.

There was once a child with cerebral palsy who couldn’t use his arms or one leg. He entered a wheelchair race, but his one leg couldn’t more him forward. So he turned his wheelchair around and continued in the race backwards. He won the race even though he couldn’t even see the finish line.

That’s a lot like life. You often don’t know exactly where things will end up. So do what the Special Olympic gold medalist did: decide what you want, create the desire, and build on what works.


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,

Punctuate with Action

It is terrific to say wonderfully inspiring things, yet without the action to back it up – no one will take you seriously. This is true at work, in relationships of all kinds, and especially with children. So if you want your words to have a positive impact, punctuate them with deeds that show your commitment, courage, and character. Begin today.

Have a great day,

Beyond the Obvious

Nothing remarkable occurs when we default to the obvious – often what we have done before. Even if your previous answers were successful, going beyond this is actually necessary if you want to grow, advance, and do something remarkable.

So go a tiny bit farther than you have before.

Have a great day,

Impossible – Think Again!

I have a long-time friend who has been challenged in ways that would break the average person. My friend is certainly NOT average. That said, she was told by many people (including authorities on the subject) that her goal was impossible and her actions failed.

Moving ahead with this type of feedback is not for the faint of heart, yet my friend doubled her efforts in ways she could and didn’t give up.

Her results are extraordinary, inspiring, and make me want to push myself to the next level. The next time you are faced with an “impossible” situation, ask yourself what you can do to move ahead – even a little. Who knows, you could create a victory like my friend.

Thank you, my friend.

The Perspective Paradox

I work with a lot of people over the course of a year. It’s very interesting to see how two people in very similar circumstances can have very different networks, opportunities, and outcomes.

So what IS the difference? I have found that it has a lot to do with attitude, perspective, and most importantly, a sense of gratitude. Appreciation can positively change EVERYTHING for the better.