Remind me to…….

Last week I wrote a post on acting on our dreams.  Some readers commented that it’s easy to get distracted or forget about our goals – even after we’ve made the effort to create them. I know how easily we can get caught up in just keeping up.  But writing down our goals is the first step to taking action.  Then you must keep those goals in front of you.  During my toughest times – and still today – I post my goals on the bathroom mirror, the refrigerator and the sun visor in my car.  I have found that with those … Read More

Stop doing that

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

Dreading the Future?

In last Sunday’s Pickles cartoon, the old lady says:  “This year I’ve resolved to stop regretting the past andstart dreading the future instead.” Fortunately we know there are better options.  If you regret the past, or feel like you haven’t lived up to your potential, then you can plan now for the future you want.  None of us needs to dread the future – we can make decisions to create the future we want. Use our free worksheet – The Power of Goals – to decide now what 2011 will look like for you. Don’t wait to see what “happens.”  If you … Read More

Make sure your goals are your own

Many people are already failing in their New Year’s resolutions – losing weight and reading the Bible from cover to cover seem to be neck and neck as failed goals.  For most, it’s because those were not authentic personal goals but simply something they thought they “should” do or something that would fulfill others expectations. If you don’t know why you failed, you are no wiser than when you began.

Just a “simple” man

Being “simple” can override the best  intelligence and education. It’s been my habit for many years to read the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the day of the month.  This week in Proverbs 7:7 I read, “I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.” Another translation says, “void of understanding.” I have read this hundreds of times and have always assumed that “simple” actually meant a guy who just wasn’t too bright – maybe a little slow – you know, one wheel in the sand.  However, this morning I was sitting … Read More

Ikigai — It’s not a fish

People living on the islands of Okinawa and Sardinia are more likely to reach 100 years of age than people living anywhere on earth.  These people attribute their long lives not to healthy eating, leisure living, or great genes, but to a term they love to use — ikigai which in essence means “sense of purpose.” To expand it a little, ikigai is related to positive life-satisfaction, self-esteem, morale and a sense of having meaning in one’s life.  So people who possess ikigai have defined “that which makes one’s life worth living.”  Unfortunately there is not really an American English … Read More

“Right” turns only

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could avoid wrong turns in your life?  If you could predict in advance the “right” job, investment or business?  I laughed recently when I read that UPS drivers are instructed to make as many right turns as possible – avoiding the waiting that making left turns often requires.  In fact, efficiency is so much a part of the UPS culture that 90% of their turns are to the right, as opposed to the left.  UPS trucks drove 2.5 billion miles last year, but they estimate that by turning right whenever possible they saved over … Read More

Start 2008 With A Clean Slate

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 on January 1st, and look at your life in this way, what would you change?  The real hallmark of truly successful people is not that they do more but that they can decide what they are going to stop doing.  What are you going to Stop Doing on … Read More