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The Power of Perseverance

Posted on July 14, 2017
The Power of Perseverance

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.” 

–Winston Churchill

Sergio Garcia’s journey to victory began in 1999, when he first captivated golf fans at the PGA Championship.  For eighteen years, however, he encountered one disappointment after another, coming close to a win but never quite realizing the dream. He didn’t give up.  On Sunday, April 9, 2017, on his 74th attempt at a major golf title, Sergio Garcia won the Masters.

Sergio was, of course, elated with his win, as were his fellow golfers and devoted fans.  Everyone was happy for him.  Not just for the win, but for his sheer determination to accomplish his goal.

Perseverance: to steadfastly stay the course in the pursuit of a goal, task, dream, or journey, regardless of the difficulties, distractions, or obstacles faced, or the frustration and discouragement experienced.

Garcia persevered through hardship and frustration, loss and disappointment.  He never stopped trying. Sergio Garcia is a true champion, not because he won the Masters, but because he never gave up on his dream. 

Do you have the perseverance of a champion?

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Internal Obstacles

Posted on June 20, 2017
Internal Obstacles

“Begin with the end in mind.”
— Stephen Covey

According to Bain & Company Consultants, only about 10% of firms that set 2x revenue goals and 4x profit goals over a three-year period actually achieve them.  When questioned about the failure to meet these goals, 85% of the reasons given are attributed to "internal" issues such as unclear goals, lack of clarity around primary roles and responsibilities, confusion with priorities, no sense of urgency, scattered focus, and so on.
Here are some suggestions individuals and firms can use to overcome some of these internal obstacles.
1.  Crystalize your thinking about your really important growth goals and write five reasons each goal is important to you.  These powerful "reasons" will help you get through difficult times.
2.  Clarify where you are right now.  What are the driving forces propelling you towards your goals and what are the restraining forces hindering your forward movement?  
3.  Construct a blueprint for continued success.  Prioritize the actions you want to take to enhance your driving forces and to reduce or eliminate the restraining forces.  Then execute on your plan.
4.  Commit to getting help in your journey.  Consider retaining a coach, mentor or accountability partner to walk with you on your success journey.  Sometimes a second set of eyes can "see" opportunities and obstacles before we do.
Using these simple but effective steps will help avoid common internal obstacles that sabotage goals and limit growth.  Crystalize, Clarify, Construct, and Commit and success is not only achievable, but inevitable.


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Wake Up!

Posted on May 18, 2017
Wake Up!

Wake Up, Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up, Never Give Up.


Want to jump start your day?  Your career?  Your life?  Try these simple steps.

Wake up.  Get Up.

Early birds seem to have a slight advantage over night owls.  Study after study indicate that early risers are more productive. They tend to be more organized, focused, and goal-oriented, often incorporating planning and preparation time for the day into their morning routine.  Getting an early start to the day can even have an impact on mood; many early risers report feeling a greater sense of optimism, attentiveness, and general sense of well-being.

Wake up and get moving.  It will not only have a greater impact on your daily routine, your mood, and productivity level, but it begins to cultivate an increased level of self-discipline, which translates into other areas of life.

Dress Up.

It’s important to “Dress for Success”; how you dress literally reflects how you feel about yourself and others. Your clothes visually communicate a lot to the world, and while the standards for “professional attire” evolve and change with the times, it is always important to dress with appropriate respect to the situation.

But are you “wearing” the right attitude?  Your worldview is often just as visible as the clothes you put on for the day.  Make sure you’re “dressing for success” by donning a confident, enthusiastic perspective.  It will have an enormously positive impact on your life, as well as those around you.

Show Up.

You can’t expect to do well in any pursuit – personal or professional- if you don’t show up.  It is only when you are fully present and actively engaged that you can be successful, and more importantly, find meaning and purpose in your life.  

Never Give Up.

Be persistent in your work, in your goals, in your life.  Be determined to achieve your desired results and do not quit until you have succeeded.  You will experience setbacks.  You will experience difficulties.  At times, you may need to take a detour.  But keep going.  Keep moving forward.

Wake up, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up . . . and watch your life transform. 

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Don't Just Try. Do.

Posted on April 18, 2017
Don't Just Try.  Do.


Nike ads used to shout “just do it!” not "just try it!"

The words we select to describe our goals, needs, and plans are important.  Are they active words that focus on action and results?  Or are they merely tentative words, hopeful but not confident?

A “try” statement is only a partial promise.  An "I will” statement is a full promise.

Here’s an example:

“I will try to lose ten pounds in two months.” 

Compare that to: 

“I will lose ten pounds in two months.”

A “try” statement sounds a lot like a “hedge” promise.  It contains a safety net in case things don’t work out like we’d hoped.

Our lives are full of promises we make to ourselves and to others.  How often we keep our promises may depend upon the words we choose. 

Will you just try, or will you actually do?

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