Listen Loud

Ever feel that people don’t really listen? You are not alone. Many people feel that way.

Want to show that you are listening? Think of someone who has shared a goal, dream, or challenge with you. Send him or her a card, note, or electronic greeting. In doing so, you will give this individual hope, inspiration, or even a one-person “standing” ovation.



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,

The Generosity Bonus

Generosity is a wonderful thing. You can do it anywhere and anytime, using lots of money or none at all. The key is what is in your heart – giving without expecting anything in return. When you do, things you never thought possible can show up when you least expect them – and that’s half the fun, right?

So be generous – early and often. In the process, you will expand your opportunities, capacity, and many, many, other terrific things.

Have a great day,

What Does Your Work Say About You?

Whether you work inside the home, outside the home, or both, what you do is a reflection of who you are at your core.

So what kind of statement does your work say about you? Commitment? Care? Creativity?

You will want to know so you can keep doing what you are doing the way you are doing it – or make changes – big or small.

Have a great day,

Challenge and Positive Change

Challenge is a word that can be exhilarating and yet a little scary. What achievement has ever been accomplished without challenges of one kind or another. So if you aren’t advancing the way you would like to, where can you create a challenge to help you step up, move forward, and realize a goal or dream that has appeared out of reach? Take one babystep today. Then throw up your hands and shout “Ta Dah!”.

Have a great day,

Do You Prefer Success or Defeat?

On the surface, this could seem like a silly question. Who wouldn’t prefer success? Yet there are people (myself included at times) who create an environment that doesn’t support victories in one or more areas of life. This can include:

  • Not setting concrete goals or having actions accessible, doable, and repeatable – given the reality of your life.
  • Having the people closest to us bringing out your weakness rather than your strengths.

So, first decide if you want to succeed and if you do, dig down to know why.

From there, set supportive goals, create actions under your control, and develop relationships that benefit you and the other person.

Have a great day,

Elevate to Excel

Did you achieve what you wanted to in the last 12 months?

I suspect that the answer is “yes” and “no”.

Celebrate the successes – big and small. Also, look at the misses and see what babysteps you can take – that are interesting, absolutely accessible, and elevate your confidence, capacity, and courage – to help you bridge the gaps.

Then – go for it.


Take Courageous Action

I was chatting with a group of friends and the more I listened (to myself and others), the clearer it became that we needed to jump and take courageous action. While it’s scary to step out beyond what is comfortable, courageous action can be small – one tiny step toward your goals and dreams can create just the breakthrough you need. Once you take that first step, the next one can be a bit bolder. And so it goes.

Enjoy the ride,

Balanced Boldness

I see people at two ends of the spectrum – those who want to be bold – first, last, and in the middle and those who want everything even keel (at all times). Clearly, neither extreme works. For the “Boldies”, a pause to renew, refresh, and chill is a good idea. For the “Even Keelers”, it’s not really possible to be in that stay and, at the same time, more forward.

So my suggestion is be bold so that you stretch yourself with periodic timeouts (the good kind) to check in, catch your breath, and be ready to move ahead again – often at an accelerated pace.

Have a good day,

The Power of Active Gratitude

I was meeting with someone today and the topic of gratitude came up.

My friend believes that gratitude is an active endeavor – that it’s all about searching for things to appreciate about others and not just a response to something that another person did for you.

Way to go, Ken!

Have a great day,