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,


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,

What is an Effective Goal?

You have likely created many goals in your life. The question is really how can you develop an effective goal where others will be open to supporting you to achieve it?

There are a few things to keep in mind  – like that your goal is clear, concrete, and measurable – so that you will know when you accomplished it. Another important aspect is that you know why achieving this goal is important to you. This often is pivotal to success or failure. Yet, since we can’t achieve most goals without the support of others, your goal must be understandable to individuals from whom you need and want insights, guidance, and advocacy.

So ask yourself: is this goal specific, important to me, and understandable to others. If “yes”, it’s time to move ahead.

Have a great day,

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,

How Are You “Asking” to Be Treated?

Your behavior often “dictates” how individuals around you treat you.

Ask yourself: do you approach others from a sense of confidence or doubt?

If it is the latter, find ways to boost your sense of self worth and you may just see that others “upgraded” you with greater respect, trust, and positive acknowledgement.

Have a great day,

Sharpen Your Goal

Last week, I was teaching a class to new MBA students (by the way, an amazing group of people). One of the things we discussed, was how to craft a powerful goal.

While you likely know all about making it concrete, specific, and measurable, that isn’t quite enough. What is absolutely crucial is that your goal is understandable to others – not that you hope it is, but that it actually is. When you do, others can help you accomplish your goal – faster, better, and with greater success.

Enjoy your day,

Reasonable Actions Create Greater Success

A lot of people believe that big actions yield big results – and this is true IF you are able to take so large steps.

Yet, if you can’t, won’t, and/or aren’t making progress – reasonable actions are SO much better. You score the win, feel accomplished, and increase your courage, confidence, and commitment. What’s more, you could get to your goal even faster than you even expect.

While reasonable it’s flashy, it is effective.

Thanks for the tip, Mary!

Enjoy your day,

The Power of Keeping Commitments

It’s so interesting about what can move your life ahead. One of the powerful things is also the simplest (although not easy). It is keeping your commitments.

This means doing what you say you are going to do, when you say you will do it. It requires many things, but two big ones come to mind:

  • Say “yes” to things you will actually do and “no” to things you might want to or feel pressured to do and will NEVER do.
  • Take doable and progressive action to keep your promise – and if something looks like it will prevent you from keeping your commitment, let the other person know as soon as you can.

When you keep your commitments, you establish greater consistency, credibility, and trust – which do a whole host of positive things for you, your relationships, and life as a whole.

Enjoy your day,

Turning Stagnation into Greater Success

It’s a funny thing about stagnation. It doesn’t wave its hands, jump up and down, and let you know what’s happening. Lack of progress just creeps up on you in tiny and then bigger ways. It can show up as a lack of energy, lower commitment to whatever you are doing, and even complaining.

So what is a person to do? There are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Zero in on something that increases your energy when you do it. Align it to how and where you spend you time.
  • Decide if your goals are still meaningful to you. Do you still want to achieve them?
  • If you notice yourself complaining about others (or even yourself), STOP!. Then find one thing you value about yourself, the other person, and/or your current circumstances and act on it.

This can reverse a downward trend and help you create positive momentum.

Have a good day,

How Valuable Are You?

If someone asked you the question,”How valuable are you?” – what would you say? Would you list off your degrees, jobs, and accomplishments?

While these have their place, there is something more. Your worth is a combination of things you can easily measure (like your compensation) AND your attitude and behavior. In today’s world, opportunities are given to those who display both competence and warmth. Competence will open a door and warmth make others want you to stay.

How do you show competence and warmth in your life?

Have a wonderful weekend,