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5 Benefits of Being Disciplined

The late Jim Rohn had the best definitions of failure and success I’ve ever heard. Jim said: “Failure is the result of a few errors in judgment – repeated every day – and success is the result of a few simple disciplines – practiced every day.” Makes sense, doesn’t it? We fail to achieve what […]

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What Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

A few years ago I came across a book by Amy Morin titled “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do.” I was intrigued by the title so I decided to find out what those thirteen things were. In doing so, I couldn’t help but draw the analogy between Amy’s list and what I would consider […]

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Develop The Power of Persistence

There’s a Japanese Proverb that says: “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” That wise saying underscores the importance of persistence as you strive for performance improvement. In fact, many would argue that persistence is the single most important attribute in the success mindset. Throughout history, we’ve been reminded of the value of sticking with […]

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Intentional Living

We are beginning 2018 with one major performance theme, and that theme in intentionality. Life is way too short to live any other way. We can do a better job of living intentionally by getting very clear on a few common behaviors. Here’s a short-list of positive behaviors that can keep you focused and intentional. […]

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Choose Excellence – Not Perfection

As we look back on 2017 and we look forward to the year ahead I want to offer two suggestions regarding what you might want to STOP doing and what you might want to START doing to make 2018 a year of strong performance, high productivity and real achievement. Here’s something to STOP doing this […]

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7 Ways to be Opportunistic

As we welcome in a new year let’s begin by seeing 2018 as a year of opportunity for us – personally and professionally. Opportunities are everywhere – if we look for them and…we absolutely have the ability to create opportunities – if we choose to. Here are a few suggestions on how you can make […]

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Peter Principle Pitfalls

Here’s an all too common problem in organizations today, promoting people to a management position – but not teaching them the skills they will need to manage effectively. We call this the Peter Principle, based on the book by the same name and the extensive research of the author of that book, Dr. Lawrence J. […]

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The Power of Persistence

Conventional wisdom says finishing is what really counts. But I have a different take. I’ve found the only way to finish is to just keep starting – over and over again. My philosophy on starting comes from years of running. Back in the day (don’t you just love it when somebody says that) when I […]

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You Are Your Own Product

Here’s a lesson that is seemingly being forgotten today; we get paid based on the value we bring to the marketplace. Our value in the marketplace is based on the contributions we make – not based on effort. Trying is good, but delivering the goods is what really counts. This is why personal development is […]

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Stop Fixing – Start Innovating

When it comes to dealing with problems, or to be politically correct, challenges, we’ve all heard the tired old motivational clichés like: “Turn your lemons into lemonade” or “You can’t unscramble eggs but you can make a terrific omelet.” Somehow those clichés don’t seem to get the job done when it comes to finding real […]

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