For all intents and purposes, 2019 is half over. I am taking time to pause and reflect; How am I progressing on accomplishing my goals for the year? How are you doing on fulfilling your goals for 2019?
In my opinion and from experience, I believe it is important to Pause before you Reset and move forward with renewed focus and energy to finish the year strong. In this newsletter we will discuss what it means to Reset your Productivity Mindset.
In the past, a pause would mean taking about 5-10 minutes…. thinking through the 3 major objectives I laid out …. doing a mental checklist of good work here, more work to do there, and, oh cripes… I really got off track on that last one. Then I would refocus and gear-up to launch into the 2nd half of the year.
In the last 5 years I have learned a lot about what a comprehensive assessment really entails. I have also learned a lot about myself and...
May 20, 2019
Have you ever had a day or an experience where you just wanted to stop time or slow time – bottle the full experience – and savor the moment, the feelings and people, even the sights and sounds?
The 2nd week of May I was looking ahead to a series of small celebrations and I “just happened” to have a session titled “Slow Time”, Session 12 in Declarations, which is the third in a series of courses offered as part of our Certified High Performance Coaching™ Program. In my mind, there are no coincidences.
I set my intention to be fully present in the celebratory events coming later that week. What did I do to prepare myself to be even more mindful and to Slow Time?”
First, I started with asking myself questions, which are included in our “Slow It Down” Worksheet for Session #12 in the CHPC Declarations course. For example:
April 30, 2019
After my webinar a couple of weeks ago, several people suggested that one habit, Raise Necessity, could use more explanation. It can seem somewhat amorphous. It is complex.
As Brendon Burchard explains in “High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way,” (page 130):
“When you have high necessity, you strongly agree with this statement: ‘I feel a deep emotional drive and commitment to succeeding, and it consistently forces me to work hard, stay disciplined, and push myself.’”
There are both internal forces, such a commitment to high standards of excellence, as well as external forces, such as a sense of duty and purpose, at play. For myself, two of my early role models played a huge influence in shaping my values. My Dad taught me to always do my very best – in sports and in Life. It was not about winning and money – it was about doing your very...
April 15, 2019
Try something new. This week I learned a lot when I tried something new.
I did a 1-Hour webinar on "6 Secrets of the World’s Most Successful People", in my makeshift studio in my office, a Loft with an amazing view overlooking Lake Erie. I learned a lot about accepting myself, just as I am. I learned a lot about measuring success – not by the numbers, but rather by my effort of giving it my all.
While I really want to share more about my new webinar with you, I do not want this Blog to be only about me. Before I get into the webinar, an overview of my high performance coaching program, let’s talk about Mindset. What is your Mindset for trying something new? What is your Mindset around learning and change and challenges?
The definitive book on Mindset was written by Carol S. Dweck, PhD., Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, How We Can learn to Fulfill Our Potential, first...
March 15, 2019
This week I took a moment to celebrate a small win. When I paused, it suddenly occurred to me, I had not taken the time over the past six months working on this project, to celebrate the series of small wins which brought me to this place.
We can be our own toughest critics. I know that has often been the case for me.
One of the ways I chose to celebrate what I had accomplished this week was to sit in my Loft and read out loud, “Only One Rule”, one of my...
Facing Fear, Finding Your Courage
February 26, 2019
I have been doing a lot of reflection on Courage, these past few weeks. Finding Your Courage is inspired by family, friends, colleagues and clients in their everyday acts of courage. I want to honor their struggle – our collective struggle.
Change is a constant. Sometimes change happens to us. Sometimes we make change happen. Either way, change can evoke fear or courage, or both. Courage really starts with being aware of what we fear – and taking action anyway.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the resistance to fear and the mastery of fear, as Mark Twain so pungently observes.
So let’s get practical now. We all want to be courageous. We have role models for courage in films and books and cartoons. And what does everyday courage really mean? What does everyday courage really look like?
Recently, I came across an article by Melanie Greenberg which helps us think...
The Conundrum: Balancing Family, Work, and Play Time
January 16, 2019
Like many of us I have long puzzled over the conundrum: “Is it possible to find a comfortable balance between family, work and play time ?”
At one point in my search, I concluded the answer was No!
I did not think it was possible to find an easy answer – much less any answer – to this question.
You know… there are just too many challenges:
I don’t see these as excuses. I see these things as reality.
There are only 168 hours in a week. There is no magic potion that can create time. There is no amount of money that will allow us to buy more time. For each of us, there are only 168 hours in a week.
At one point...
What Do You Want in 2019?
January 2, 2019
I know people talk about New Year's Resolutions. Others focus on setting Goals and Action Plans. I like to ask myself -- what is my Dream for this New Year? One of the reasons I prefer the word "dream" is because it gives me the freedom to step outside of the "normal" boundaries -- and imagine the possibilities.
Very simply -- What Do You Want in 2019?
As one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho, says:
When you want something,
all the universe conspires
in helping you achieve it.
If you are in search of an inspiring novel with deep wisdom, consider reading "The Alchemist" -- it is all about following your dreams and listening to your heart.
As we start 2019, I want to wish everyone my very best for health and abundance in 2019.
I invite you to set your intention for 2019 and follow your dreams. If you have already done that, terrific! If you have written it down in your Journal --...
Energy and Enthusiasm
November 8, 2018
I am excited! I am enthusiastic! I am energized!
Paulo Coelho, a personal favorite of mine for creative energy and inspiration, writes:
“When you are enthusiastic about what you do,
you feel this positive energy.
It is that simple.”
We have devoted the past month to energy – how we create energy to live our lives with passion and purpose and enthusiasm.
Now, let’s tie it all together with a simple, practical exercise: Let us write 25, positive, I AM… affirmations focused on energy.
Here is the exercise: Complete the sentence “I AM…” or “I AM more…” and fill in the word or action statement that affirms your stepping into or doing more to raise your energy level -- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually....
Energy to Finish 2018 Strong
October 9, 2018
We are in the 4th and final quarter of 2018. Let us create the ENERGY to Finish Strong!
No matter whether you set goals for this year, or not. No matter where you are on accomplishing those goals, or not. The most important thing, right now, is to do yourself the favor of bringing all your enthusiasm and energy to your life to finish this year strong.
I love this metaphor from one of my mentors, Brendon Burchard:
“The power plant does not have the energy. It generates it.”
Energy is my favorite high performance habit because it flows through and enhances and accelerates performance on all levels – physically, mentally and emotionally. (For easy reference, the 6 High Performance Habits, are: clarity, energy, necessity, productivity, influence and courage.¹)
So, today as we step up to the challenge of how to generate energy, I will offer 6 tips. The first 3 tips are all tactical and start...