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The Fabric of Your Life

Posted on September 15, 2017
The Fabric of Your Life

"Possibility, Freedom, and Choice are woven into the fabric of our lives."

-Carl Hicks

Mindset is everything.

Individuals with a fixed mindset struggle with trying to envision a situation different from that which they are in.  Too often they accept their circumstances, rejecting the belief that they can learn, change, or grow.  In short, they settle for what they have and where they are.

Conversely, individuals with a growth mindset believe they can change their circumstances, learn different approaches, and grow to be what they were destined to be.

They initiate actions to change their circumstances. They embrace the possibilities they can visualize.  They recognize their freedom to change, and they make choices that are beneficial to them.

They don't settle for the status quo.

How about you?  Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?

What is woven into the fabric of your life?


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The Power of Failure

Posted on August 17, 2017
The Power of Failure

I failed my way to success.”

-Thomas Edison


Thomas Edison has been hailed as America’s greatest inventor.  While he’s best known for inventing the electric light bulb, Edison also holds over one thousand US patents, and many more around the world.  His life’s work has had a profound effect on the world as we now know it.

For all his success, however, Edison knew what it was like to fail.  In fact, his failed attempts at the light bulb have become almost as legendary as his ultimate success. It took Edison 999 attempts before he got it right.

Edison learned from his failures and used each to move toward success. In other words, it wasn’t the 999 times that didn't work that defined his journey, but the one that finally did.

It is only when we use failure as a learning opportunity that we move one step closer toward success.  

Have you harnessed the power of failure? 


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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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