Paint yourself into a corner

Sam has a really cool product.   He plans on selling it via the Internet.  He has one big problem.  He keeps pushing his launch date. The Internet is virtual.  As much as we want it to be real, it is not.  We can't touch it.  We can't feel it.  We can't walk inside it's doors.  The virtuality of the Internet (and other technology related products) poses a problem.  Our brains don't respond to problems that they believe are imaginary.  This is why arbitrary deadlines can blow up in our faces. … [Read more...]

What do you think?

Steve Jobs influenced the world.  No doubt.  Time will tell the significance and meaning of that influence.  I did not know Steve Jobs to like or dislike him.  I can't comment on his character.  I never experienced it.  He said things that inspire me. Based on the number of reposts and tweets, he inspired others, too. Steve Jobs seemed to demonstrate a commitment to refuse compromise, an eye for beauty and the ability to drive relentless execution. We can learn from that.  His legacy can … [Read more...]

How much are you worth?

Money is expensive. That new job offer that pays alot... That new promotion and raise?   How much of you are they buying? There's nothing wrong with money (It's the love of it that throws us off).  That job you were offered might be a great opportunity. It could be all you've ever wanted.  Just don't chase the money.  And don't confuse money with success.  Money isn't success. Success is success.  Money is a tool that buys things. Money isn't free. You will pay for it in some way. Time … [Read more...]

Is it time for a little perspective?

The ladies read their visions to the person sitting next to them.  We talked about the visions they wrote and spoke.  One of the women said that she had a hard time believing that she could make her vision a reality.   I asked the group a question.  Who heard a vision that they think the person reading it could make happen?  Every hand shot up. They were all afraid.  They didn't think they could do what they dreamed. They were all confident that the person next to them could do it. What … [Read more...]

Do it right. Get it done.

Sometimes I get caught up in trying to making something be right. I'll look for the perfect image for a presentation. Or the ideal color for a header. It's easy to get sucked into details. The details could make something perfect if they were right. The value the perfection adds isn't worth the price of lost momentum. Nine times out of ten, I don't finish when I chase perfection. The habit of finishing creates momentum. The habit of perfection slows things down. One habit produces … [Read more...]

How do I find myself?

I looked at the clock. It was 12:13am. I'd been working for the last 11 hours without a break. I was building a website for a cause I believed in. I lost myself. Time evaporated. I was engaged in solving a problem. Progress was made. I felt good about how I spent my energy as time passed. There are other times I wonder whether I'm on the right path. I feel lost. I ask myself, "Am I living out my purpose? Maybe I need to spend time to find myself." There's two problems with … [Read more...]

The habit habit

I got out of the habit of good habits. My Mom visited me a few weeks ago.  The following week I celebrated a birthday over the course of a few days.   Then we welcomed a new nephew to our family.   We spent time in the hospital and visiting.   I loved seeing my Mom.  I had a great time for my birthday.  It was wonderful spending time with family to celebrate the nephew.   I changed my routine that week.  I adapted it to the circumstances. I had been working out 6 days/week.  I lost 10 lbs. … [Read more...]

What bed are you sleeping in?

I got an email from a friend a few weeks ago.  Leslie was looking for advice.  She was trying to make a decision.   The looming fear behind the decision was "What if it doesn't work or if I don't like it?"   She didn't want to make a bed or lay in one ... because it might be the right one. Goldie Locks broke into a bear's house and tried 3 different bowls of porridge, 3 different size chairs and 3 different beds before she found the ones that were just right for her. What are you willing … [Read more...]

Is it time for a new standard?

I screamed out of frustration.  I hit another ball into the net.  I was taking group lessons after not playing for 10 years.  I expected myself to be the second coming of Roger Federer.   The tennis coach came over.  He scolded me.  He said, "You don't have a right to get frustrated with how you're playing.   You haven't practiced enough to expect yourself to do consistently well." I expect more from myself than I rightfully should.  I'm not Wolfgang Puck.  I don't have an professional … [Read more...]

What if you don’t want to?

There will times that you don't want to work.  There will be times that you don't want to smile.  There are times you don't want to be friendly.  There will be times when you don't want to deliver. Do it anyway. It doesn't have to be perfect.  I just has to be done. … [Read more...]