Plan B

June 10, 2009...

I was reminded today that when we create a Plan B before Plan A is evengiven a chance to breathe, we set ourselves up for failure.

It's true.

Napoleon Bonaparte once had his troops burn their own ships as they entered a new battle. He was said to have told his men that if they were to ever return home, they would have to go back in the enemy's ships.

The Story of TWO People

June 9, 2009...

Person #1: Throws out 5-6 resumes a week hoping to land a job. No interviews.

"It's too discouraging to keep applying. I need to wait 'till people start hiring."

Person #2: Submits 20-25 resumes a week. Almost all come back with the same answer: "We're sorry..."  An interview here and there pokes up.

"Sure the 'Not Interested' responses sting...but I have to keep giving someone a chance to say 'Yes!'...right?"

Surprise Magic

June 8, 2009...

Don't you love surprises?

I sure do.

I especially love them during those times when wheels are spinning fast, but no traction is being gained. It's the piece of good news that finally arrives. It's the new door opening. It's the phone call that you were just hoping would come.

Surprises can come in all sorts of forms, but they always add positive energy to a day and a week. They are almost magical in their power to give us renewed life.

The Success Chain

June 7, 2009...

Self-talk is pretty darn important.

In fact, how we talk to ourselves sets a very important chain in motion. It's a chain that determines how much...or how little...success we will experience.

Throwing in the Towel

June 6, 2009...

It's easy to want to do at times.

To throw in the towel.

In the Blink of an Eye

June 5, 2009...


It's an interesting concept.

What do you tell yourself?

June 4, 2009...

I've always felt that communication...speaking and writing... is the one acquired skill that could move us ahead in life faster than any other. Solid communication skills shown in both our professional and personal lives can do wonders for how life treats us.

Maybe you've noticed, too.


June 3, 2009...

"Problems" versus "possibilities."

Where's your focus and with whom do you more readily identify?

The Highlight of the Day

June 2, 2009...

Do you have one? Do you have a "highlight of the day"?

At the end of each matter how successful or unsuccessful the day seemed...I always look for a highlight. Some days my brain might not want to pull one out...but that's when I just have to dig a bit deeper. The highlight is there. It always is.

Except YOU

June 1, 2009...

No one is in charge of your success.

Except YOU.

No one is in charge of your happiness.

Except YOU.

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