Today is the day for this……..

Dan MillerFinding Passion, No More Mondays, Personal Development0 Comments

Today, November 14th, is a big day for me!  It’s 48 Days until the New Year rolls in.  And as such I always have my goals clearly laid out for the coming year.  So I’ve already decided what I’m going to accomplish next year. Management guru Peter Drucker always recommended that you examine every part of your business regularly to determine if there is anything you are doing now that you wouldn’t do again if you could start over. What if you did this Zero-Based planning for your LIFE?  If you could wipe the slate clean and look at your life … Read More

Why 48 Days?

Dan MillerFinancial Freedom, Finding Passion, Job Search2 Comments

I am frequently asked, “Why does all your material talk about 48 Days?”  And of course I explain that we did a complex mathematical calculation, with scientific evidence based on the rotation of the earth for the ability of humans to redirect their behavior.   No, it’s not quite that profound.  But in working with people over the years, I found that many had some vague goals.  And yet I would meet them again 3 years later and they were doing exactly the same things.  Nothing had changed.  I became convinced that we had to have a specific time frame … Read More

Please interrupt me

Dan MillerFailure, Homepage, No More Mondays, Wisdom meets Passion12 Comments

At this time of year I love setting goals and encourage everyone I meet to do the same.  Most every notable accomplishment I’ve experienced I can track back to having a clear goal.  The books I’ve written, trips to places like Africa, selecting the cars I drive, having a Sanctuary on our property, developing a beautiful hosta garden, and learning Spanish all began as a written goal.  However, I know that some of you just resist the process, believing that setting goals takes the spontaneity out of life.  That you will never again be allowed to impulsively go to the … Read More

All Beginnings are Hopeful

Dan MillerPersonal Development, Wisdom meets Passion8 Comments

Creating a new beginning can spark hope, enthusiasm and confidence! “All beginnings are hopeful” is actually a quote from the president of Oxford University, spoken to the entering freshman in 1944, in the midst of a world war.  Not exactly a hopeful or optimistic time and yet he recognized the power of seeing a new beginning. This is a concept that we’ve seen confirmed throughout history.  In working with people going through change, I am often struck by the discouragement, frustration, and frequent anger and resentment.  I have come to recognize however, that those feelings always tell me that the … Read More

A New Year’s Beginning

Dan MillerFinding Passion, Uncategorized6 Comments

“A Morning Wish”. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W.R. Hunt “The sun is just rising on the morning of another day, the first day of the new year. What can I wish that this day, that this year, may bring to me? Nothing that shall make the world of others poorer, nothing at the expense of others; but just those few things which in their coming do not stop with me but touch me rather, as they pass and gather … Read More

Give thanks – now?

Dan MillerWisdom meets Passion0 Comments

I know that with continuing world wars, company downsizing, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, uncertainty with recent elections, etc. it may appear to be a bleak holiday season.  In a workshop last week, a lady shared that she had been on the receiving end of a “cost containment exercise.”  Another related that she had been given the “grace of interruption” in her work life.  Whoa! – great sounding terms for unexpected change. This is a great time to be anticipating the beginning of a new year.  In 1937, Napoleon Hill wrote this in the original edition of “Think and Grow Rich:”  “The ‘depression’ was … Read More

“All beginnings are hopeful”

Dan MillerPersonal Development3 Comments

Creating a new beginning can spark hope, enthusiasm and confidence! “All beginnings are hopeful” is actually a quotation from the president of Oxford University, spoken to the entering freshman in 1944, in the midst of a world war.  It’s a concept we’ve seen confirmed throughout history.  In working with people going through change, I am often struck by the discouragement, frustration, and frequent anger and resentment they bring to the table.  I have come to recognize however, that those feelings always tell me that the person is looking backward, at something that has already occurred.  As soon as we are … Read More

If your life’s not working – try this….

Dan MillerJust a Job, No More Mondays, Personal Development7 Comments

Yesterday a magazine editor asked me: Dan, I’m looking for a checklist of sorts… once you’ve figured out that life isn’t working, what are the steps to reshaping your work, or creating a new opportunity. Sure – happy to pitch in. 85% of the process of having the confidence of an authentic “fit” in your career comes from looking inward first.  We get the cart before the horse by looking at who’s hiring or searching out the hottest business opportunities. Trust your passions.  Don’t be deterred because you’ve been told your idea is not “realistic” or “practical.”  Passion drives success … Read More

Stop doing that

Dan MillerUncategorized6 Comments

If there’s one reason I hear more than any other for failed New Year’s resolutions, it’s “I just didn’t have the time.”  Many times success in goals comes not by adding more to our busy lives, but by deciding what we’re going to STOP doing.  When I stopped serving on boards and going to civic and committee meetings it freed up significant time that I now spend writing – which I consider my #1 priority. What can you STOP doing to accomplish your goals? “Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per … Read More

Go Ahead — Eat that banana!

Dan MillerUncategorized16 Comments

Here’s a story from ThinkerToys by Michael Michalko. Imagine a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage there is a banana on a string. Before long a monkey walks over and reaches for the banana. As soon as he touches the banana, all the monkeys are sprayed with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt to grab the banana — with the same result. All the monkeys are instantly sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to reach for the banana, the other monkeys will try to stop him. Now forget the cold water. … Read More