One word not to avoid

April 8, 2009...

It's easy to slip.

At one moment, we can be pushing optimistically towards a goal like "the little engine that could" when all of a sudden we come to a screeching halt.

I hate that part.

The hill gets steeper and we get tired. We get news that disagrees with our goal intentions. We lose our edge and our drive. And then we quit.

And that's bad...really, really bad.

But there is one way to help assure that you won't quit. And this is good...really, really good.

Ready for it?  

The SUM of the "SOMES"

April 7, 2009...

We each are unbelievably unique. It's not cliche. No way.

Some of us are leaders. Some of us are encouragers, doers, and great at supporting others. Some of us love detail, while others love big picture thinking. Some are great in groups...and some are fantastic one-on-one. Some are great with numbers...and others with ideas. Some love helping and teaching...while others love building and creating. We have a whole bunch of "SOMES"...and we need them all.

Little Victories

April 6, 2009...

Sometimes, we get so caught up chasing our BIG goals that we fail to celebrate the awesome little victories that we may experience along the way. 

Let's remember NOT to do that.

When we take the time to cheer and clap for our small successes, we give ourselves the "juice" to keep pushing forward for the BIG ones. When we ignore the small triumphs, everything becomes just one gigantic "effort."  

And that's no fun at all.

50 Miles

April 5, 2009...

Yesterday, I pedaled 50 miles. Today, I am jazzed.

My bike ride on Saturday was a good push. I had nailed a couple of twenty mile rides on the three previous days and felt that it was time to take things up another notch...psychologically. Looking to pedal 65 miles a day for over sixty days in a row this summer, I wanted to start creating a mindset where I knew that I could handle that many miles. Physically, I am less concerned. Psychologically...well...that's the greater test.

The Fear of Uncertainty

April 4, 2009...

Fear. It drives so much of what we do.

We are afraid to search for new jobs in order to find something potentially more appealing and rewarding. We fear the consequences of starting a business. We are terrified to take the next step in the relationship. 

Unfortunately, fear often runs our life.

There is a general law of "Success Science" that basically tells us that we can't carry in our minds both a dominating fear that prevents us from taking action AND a passionate desire to do great things with our lives.

"Walking Unconsciousness"

April 3, 2009...

Achieving excellence in life requires awareness. Self-awareness.

Too often, too many of us simply go through the motions. We do the minimum to survive. We do only what it is necessary to "get by." Pushing forward is far less important than just maintaining.

Scratches and Crashes

April 2, 2009...

Yesterday, I crashed. On my bike.

For anybody who has ever taken a nose dive on a two-wheeler, it can hurt. In 4th grade, I took a dive so hard I chipped my front tooth, and have been the not-so-proud wearer of a crown ever since. You would think, though, at age 46 I am through with all my crashes.

But I'm not. Life just doesn't work that way.

To begin with, this was 100% my mistake. It was one of those momentary lapses in good judgment that ended up costing me. Let me give you a quick scenario:

"Deliver the Goods" Type People

April 1, 2009...

Some people in life really "deliver the goods."

My New Ordinary

March 31, 2009...

"Today has the potential to be extraordinary!"

It's a line from my daily affirmation. I usually read it twice. Both time out loud. And I believe it makes a difference.

What does reading it really do?

1. It makes me wonder about the day and what great opportunity, experience, moment or person awaits me.

2. It fills me with hope that today has the potential to be super special...maybe even spectacular.

3. It sets a positive mindset where I begin looking for "extraordinary" all day long.

A Cold, Hard Truth

March 30, 2009...

I had a conversation today with somebody regarding why people choose not to focus on personal development. In this conversation, we covered why people shy away from putting in the work necessary to really create the sort of life they desire.

Our conclusions were interesting.

Before I mention some of our conclusions (in brief), let me throw a few rhetorical questions out there:

1. True or false: Do most people desire to be happy?

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