"The price of greatness is responsibility." - Winston Churchill With the new year around the corner, you may be thinking about how you want things to be different. At the same time, you might remember how, in the past, you started off the new year with the best intentions only to lose steam by February. Have … Continue reading How to take flight in 2021
“If I want to be great I have to win the victory over myself…self-discipline.” – Harry S. Truman The pandemic has thrown most of us into a tailspin. It has disrupted our comfortable and familiar routines. We have had to adapt to continually changing restrictions, conflicting news about the virus and economic volatility due to the … Continue reading To Thrive, Embrace Your Inner CEO
“Fighting the mind does not work. What works best is learning to focus it.”― W. Timothy Gallwey, The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance I believe my life, the lives of my loved ones, friends and clients will be better off due to the difficulties this year. I … Continue reading Rational Optimism in a Pessimistic World.
"Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is."-Jackson Pollock, American painterThe phone call informing me about my terminated position caught me off guard. My boss worked from an out of state office and couldn't meet in-person to deliver the news. As I listened to him describe the decision and its circumstances, my throat grew … Continue reading How To Artfully Receive Negative Feedback
"When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you."-lyrics from When You're Smiling, a popular song written in 1928 Bronnie Wrae made a living by comforting people in the last few weeks of their lives. As a palliative care nurse, she cared for patients who had gone home to die. Her book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying … Continue reading 5 Secrets For Better Working And Living.
"Attention must be paid."-Linda Loman, character in the play Death of a Salesman (This is the last of a three-part newsletter on creating success and happiness.) (Read Part 1) (Read Part 2) Your attention is valuable. It's so precious that advertisers are willing to pay over $5 million for a 30-second advertising spot during the Super … Continue reading Harness Your Attention With Purpose. (Part 3)
"I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter." -Walt DisneyWhat does success mean? If you ask ten people, you get ten different answers. How about happiness? Same thing. Success and happiness are ideas. Like all ideas, these definitions lie in the mind of the … Continue reading How to Realistically Succeed and Be Happy (Part 1)
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." -Henry David Thoreau We are living in difficult times. The amount of change and challenge is overwhelming. The pandemic is upending our lives and livelihoods. People are in a cultural war with each other. The news and social media sensationalize the negative. The day to day … Continue reading It’s Time To Believe In Yourself Again.
"Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet." - Rudyard Kipling (reprinted from Authentic Success Newsletter)If you want to excel at communicating, commit to inquire more and assume less. Unless highly aware, you will likely interpret the meaning of others' words and deeds through the filter of your experience and belief … Continue reading How Assumptions Block Authentic Communication
Portrait: US Army (USA) Brigadier General (BGEN) John H. StanfordWhat happens when we decide to be "all in"? Why does it feel good and why is it good for us? Recently, I had the good fortune to facilitate a board of directors retreat for a local chapter of a national charity. I was once again … Continue reading A Mindset of Commitment and Passion