The Fuel in Challenge

It’s an interesting thing about challenge. It can be the source of tremendous angst or the inspiration to help you achieve your big dreams.

So what creates the difference? A wise friend once told me the variation is not in the circumstances, but in the perspective you bring to it.

Consider this. Do you see the potential negative consequences of things not going the way you hoped and planned? Or, are you even a little intrigued, excited, and hopeful.  In the first situation you will be crushed by situation. In the second, you will crush the circumstances and win.

The choice is in your hands.

Enjoy your day,

Neutralizing Your Achilles Heel

I find it fascinating how easy is it to be swayed by people and circumstances – those seemingly negative things we experience. When it happens to me (and those around me), it is not a big surprise.

What I didn’t really pay attention to until a few years ago is how distracting a win, success, or victory can be. It’s actually part of the “one hit wonder” phenomenon. What’s so important is that as you have a success, you (of course) celebrate and then plan your next goal. Otherwise, the headiness of the win could make you complacent and when you don’t continue to advance, you are retreating.

Pay attention to any discouraging challenges or impasses AND the things that might make you pause too long. Both can sway you – don’t let them.

Have a great day,

The Challenge Change Power Couple

Challenges, in the form of obstacles, doubt, and more can be scary, frustrating, and intimidating. Yet they are precisely the raw material needed for advancement, developing new capabilities, and expanding your opportunities.

In important ways, challenge and change are a power couple that provide the motivation, tenacity, and resilience you need to achieve your goals and dreams.

So what challenge in front of you today is your ticket to greater success and happiness?

Have a great day,

Are You Ready For Your Big Break?

I find so many people are looking for their big break – their time in the winner’s circle. This focus can actually create insecurity with a focus on an uncertain future while disregarding both the past and the present (that can provide a solid foundation of strengths and confidence).

So I suggest approaching the search for your big break a different way:

  1. Realize you can have multiple times in the winner’s circle if you understand what success and happiness mean to you.
  2. Acknowledge and feel gratitude for all of the things you have now and from the past. COUNT EVERYTHING.
  3. Reach out to the people who have helped you and say “thank you”. Your success and happiness will grow when you have active supporters who trust and value.

Enjoy the ride and celebrate along the way.


Divisiveness Starts From Within

I hear again and again: that the world is divisive. Some people believe that this serious discord is caused by our institutions and if only they would change, the world would be better. At some level, those individuals are right – and it’s far from the whole story.

Organizations are made up of people, so what if each of us looks at any “disunity” inside our own heart? I have seen when the change emanates from within, the environment changes for the better.

Do it as an experiment.


Step Up: The World is Waiting

I often chat with people who aren’t sure they have enough of one thing or another to really add major value to the world. Once and for all, this just isn’t so. Each of us has many things that at least one other person needs to hear, learn from, and take action on.

So before you negate your next idea, product, or project – STOP! You could be the perfect person to do what is noodling around in your head. So do it and remember, you don’t have to do everything yourself. You can build a team to support your efforts.

Have a great day,