Invest in You

When you wisely invest in a building, business, or other venture, the value of that investment will likely go up. The same is true of you.

When was the last time you invested in you? Perhaps it was yesterday, last week, or even years ago. So how can you invest in yourself right now?

Just like that business or building, when you invest in yourself wisely your value will increase in ways that will pleasantly surprise you.

Have a great day,


Are You the Next Lego?

Do you ever get discouraged and consider giving up on something that you desire? Virtually every successful person has considered quitting at one point or another.

There’s a whole army of people, “the faultfinders,” who would love to see you give up. They may attempt to convince you that your goals aren’t worth the effort. They may push you to quit.

Your best defense is a clear understanding of why your goals and dreams are important to you. So if one of “the faultfinders” comes to your door, you’ll be prepared. Tell them to go away. As you close the door, let them know that Disney and Lego were considered foolish ventures doomed to failure.

Have a great day,

Your 4-Minute Mile

Once it was believed that no human being could run a 4-minute mile (let alone anything faster than that.) The barrier was broken decades ago by someone who didn’t believe in this arbitrary constraint.

So what is the “4-minute mile” in your life? Where have you placed limitations on your own potential? You, too, can break through the invisible barriers holding you back. What small step can you take today to begin “training”?

Have a wonderful 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,

Silence is Platinum

Really capable people who truly believe in themselves rarely boast about their achievements, although they definitely do not hide their greatness under a rock.

Whether you share your accomplishments is certainly a matter of choice, but before you do check your motivation. If it comes out of a desire to encourage others, then consider sharing your success. You will likely receive a positive response.

However, if you feel you must share your achievements to feel good, you are telling others that you are unsure of yourself. Best of all, show others what you can do while you are doing it. You will likely gain their respect and inspire them to achieve their own success.

Have a great day,

Meet Your Dreams!

I work with many people who are dissatisfied with their jobs and are unhappy about earlier decisions they made.

In our coaching sessions, I usually ask them the following: “Why do you want this job and how will it help you prepare for where you want to be in 10 years?” As they develop the answers to those questions, they are creating a vision of their future.

Instead of being stuck in the past or making a move out of boredom or frustration, their decisions are clear, strategic, and effective. So think about your future. Where do you want to be within the next 10 years – personally and professionally? What will you need to do to prepare? Take one small step today to begin or continue your “training”.

Enjoy your 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,

Are You Good Enough??? Yes!!!

This past week, someone asked me if she was good enough to reach a goal that is very important to her. While I took her question seriously, I was a stumped that she asked the question in the first place. She is very intelligent, talented, and personable. Yet, there are inklings of doubt in her mind that, if left unchecked,  could distort her perceptions, limit her choices, and diminish her success and happiness.

Don’t let that happen, my friend!  By the way, this applies to anyone reading this. You deserve the best.

Have a great day,

Valued, Respected, and Supported

I was working with someone yesterday and as I listened to him, it is clear that he is someone just about anyone would want to hire, work with, and help succeed. So why is this man valued, respected, and supported by the people on his team, his peers, and senior leadership?

For me, the answer is pretty obvious. This person:

Has high integrity;
Treats people with a deep sense of appreciation; and
Exceeds expectations with his performance, resourcefulness, and consistency.

What a powerful person – and with a quite presence that commands attention!

Way to go.


The Power of the Prize

I find it fascinating how many people set really big goals and “forget” the focus, determination, and work needed to win the prize. Some experts will even sell you the idea that anyone can do achieve the people with minimal effort.

Nothing is achieved without committed, consistent, and determined practice – and this is actually a good thing. “WHAT?” you may wonder. “Isn’t it good to get awesome stuff now without tons of action?”

I would say “No!” You, me, and the rest of the world needs trials, efforts, and resets to help us grow, advance, and be prepared for the successes that follow. Without the challenges, pivots, and enhanced courage, commitment, and confidence, each of us will likely end up bored, disenchanted, and disengaged.

I want you to be happy, contributing, and exciting about making a positive difference in your life and those around you. That’s the Power of the Prize. Go for it!

Enjoy your day,