Carl's Coaching Tips

Dreaming and Doing

Posted on June 4, 2015

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
-Walt Disney

Most of us have been encouraged to “dream big” or to believe that we can “become what we dream about.”  But, how many of us understand that dreams are accomplished only by taking intentional action?  

Dreams are the thoughts and pictures we have in our minds.  Doing is what moves these thoughts and pictures into the real world. I can dream all I want about learning to ride a horse.  But, the dream can only become a reality when I get on the horse.

We have more impact on the doing than we might know.  Try giving yourself permission to see what you are truly capable of doing.

What you visualize, you can realize—if you move from dreaming to doing!


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Release the Brake

Posted on April 30, 2015

People have more greatness than they know.”
    -Bill Hoogterp, co-founder of Own the Room

Do you ever feel you are driving a racecar with the hand brake on?  Are you reluctant to realize your greatness?  Do you withhold permission from yourself to be brilliant?  Are you scared of success?  Do you fear unleashing your full potential?

If you responded with a “yes” to any of these questions you might benefit from a “perspective” check-up.  It might just be time to adjust your perspective, to move from a scarcity viewpoint to an abundance viewpoint.

People with an abundance perspective are confident, sure of their skills, and positive.  People with a scarcity perspective are fearful, negative and worried about taking responsibility.

Are you ready to “release the brake” and cross your success finish line?


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Maintaining a Proper Perspective

Posted on March 30, 2015

Leadership is bringing out the best in others while helping them to understand, embrace, pursue and achieve worthwhile objectives.”

- Carl Hicks


Using this definition of leadership, two perspectives emerge.

First, “bringing out the best in others” seems to acknowledge that the leader must earn the right to lead from the followers.  The true test of the leader is the presence of willing followers.  Followers who believe that by granting the leader the right to lead them, they, in turn, will be able to realize their personal and professional goals faster and more successfully than going it alone.

The second perspective is the acceptance of the obligation to “achieve worthwhile objectives” with and through others.  This obligation is owed to the person and organization that has granted the leadership title.  

This two-fold perspective suggests that to fulfill one’s leadership imperative, the process of “bringing out the best in others” must be channeled toward the “achievement of worthwhile objectives.”  To complete the process, these objectives must be deemed worthwhile by the leader, the followers and the organization.




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Things To Do

Posted on February 27, 2015


Action is the foundational key to all success.”

- Pablo Picasso



Confused about how to prioritize your long list of “Things To Do?”  

Try this.

Take a moment at the beginning of the day to reflect on this question: at the end of today, what one task, if completed, would make me feel the best about myself?

Then do it!








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