Take a stand.

When you take a stand for something, risk evaporates. The course of action is clear. All there is, is action. With action comes results. You cannot fail, unless you take no action at all. What are you standing for? Do you truly stand for that happening 24/7? Maybe you need to take a stand for…

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Be uncomfortable…really?

You’ve probably heard this one before: “To be outstanding, get comfortable being uncomfortable.” Huh? That’s like saying “Get happy being depressed.” Or, “Life is hard. Get used to suffering.” No thanks. I understand that significant performance jumps (breakthroughs) may come from doing things that are outside your so-called comfort zone, but do you really shine when you’re…

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What was the first promise you broke today?

Was it when the alarm clock went off? Wow. Starting the day with a broken promise. Nice. “What promise? I didn’t make a promise,” you retort. Sure you did. You set your alarm, making an agreement with yourself to get up at a certain time. Then the alarm goes off and the justifications and rationalizations…

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Perception is reality. I don't think so.

A friend and I recently met for a beer. I engaged him in a conversation we’d had before around my disdain for the phrase perception is reality. My rational mind – I am a trained scientist, after all – tells me that reality is constructed of concrete elements: data, facts, evidence, and the like, with a little…

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Stop Making Sense!

Stop Making Sense. You may think I’m referring to the Talking Heads’ concert film. I’m not. Consider this instead. When what you say about yourself and your business “makes sense” to others, you lack distinction. You are categorized. You are pigeonholed. You are commoditized, indistinguishable. That’s not what you want. That’s not who you are.…

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Count Your Lemons!

Recognize this? That’s right, it’s a lemon. But did you also know that it’s an insecticide, and a disinfectant, and a battery if you put electrodes in it? It’s also a source of revenue for farmers, pickers, packers, truckers, grocers, cashiers, and even for my 10-year-old son who likes to do lemonade stands. So, what…

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Don’t Mind the Noise

I was listening to an audio recording of a conference the other day and I heard the speaker pause. Apparently there was some kind of commotion going on in the hallway outside the conference room and apparently all the people in the audience were distracted by it and that’s what caused him to pause. He said,…

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Your State of Happiness.

Did you know that your level of happiness is determined 50% by your genetics? You’re born that way. What’s probably more surprising is that only 10% is determined by the circumstances and conditions of your life. But don’t we act like: when I get there…THEN I’ll be happy; when I get that promotion…THEN I’ll be happy;…

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What’s beyond your comfort zone?

It really takes something to be in business, and sometimes it takes a lot. At the very least it takes courage, confidence, persistence and focus, and I’m sure you’ve heard many times it often requires you to get outside your comfort zone. But what does that really mean? It can mean facing your fears, but…

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Make Sure the Good Wolf Wins

There’s an old Cherokee legend: a grandfather is speaking to his grandson, telling him about life and he says. “Grandson, inside me there’s a battle going on between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He represents regret, resentment and anger, The other wolf is good. He represents love and joy and contribution. And that battle is not only going…

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