"Status quo, you know, is Latin for 'the mess we're in'."-Ronald Reagan, 40th American President What does it take to succeed? To achieve your goals? To create positive change that sticks?It requires the willingness and courage to shake things up. You also must endure the discomfort that comes from disrupting the status quo, that comfortable but unsatisfying state you currently … Continue reading Success Is Like Making An Omelet.
"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)
"Not always sunny, but always in a sunny state of mind."-Lilly Pulitzer, entrepreneur, fashion designer, American socialite (Read Part 1 here) To succeed and be happy, you must first define what these concepts mean to you. Differentiate your ideas from others. Make it personal. If you don't, uncertainty and vagueness will erode your motivation. However, even with crystal clear … Continue reading Success And Happiness; A State Of Mind, Not A Destination. (Part 2)
"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)
In the fast-paced and dynamic nature of business, it can be a real challenge to stay focused and keep up. Our schedule and priorities are constantly changing as we scramble to stay nimble and ahead of the curve. How do our emotional struggles, which can range from a nagging fear of rejection or failure, anxiousness … Continue reading How to Stay Flexible at Work
Are you a people pleaser? What is people-pleasing? Is it helping others? If it was, wouldn’t that be called people helping not people-pleasing? To please is to give someone happiness or satisfaction. There is no helping in that definition. To help is to give assistance or support-not to deliver an outcome. People-pleasing is a focus … Continue reading The People Pleasing Habit
Who do you compete against? Other people or yourself? Whatever your answer, how can you use this to help you achieve more of what you want? For some, competing in business or sports is a thrilling game played with formidable opponents. It reflects a combination of strategy and skill. For others, competition is about being … Continue reading The Games We Play
The status quo, as it applies to our lives, is the result of our habits. Challenging the status quo is challenging our habitual way of seeing and doing.
Respect is admiration or reverence for someone or something. I noticed some time ago that out of efficiency, I was semi-consciously breezing through tasks, conversations and decisions in order to “get to the good stuff” or what I assumed was of a higher priority.