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Success from the Inside Out

Success from the Inside Out


How does the world, your contemporaries, your competitors, or others define success in life or in business?

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Is it fame, notoriety, wealth, popularity, power? Is it a certain amount of profit, income, or market share?

Who cares?

Success, true success should be defined on your own terms and in the context of what you can influence and control in your own life and business.

William Faulkner said “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” It may not be your definition of “success” but it’s a pretty darn good example of succeeding, in my opinion. Read the full blog…

The Road Half Taken

The Road Half Taken

There is a beautiful and profound poem by Robert Frost called “The Road Not Taken” http://www.bartleby.com/119/1.html).

It’s a wonderful ode on why it is sometimes better (sometimes not) to go the way less traveled but either way to follow your instincts, your heart, and the path of your own soul and that in itself makes all the difference.

The path that you take, to me is less important than engaging whichever path you choose with a full commitment –in business, life, or relationships. Too often, we begin a journey with great hope and expectation but with less than a full-out commitment. Taking a path, beginning a journey, or making a decision with a half-hearted commitment is the truest course to mediocrity at best and stagnation and a direct road to regret at worst.

Think of the most successful people you know of or know in business. Read the full blog…

Visions of What’s Possible

Visions of What’s Possible

Everything begins with a vision of what’s possible. The questions for the world and for our surroundings of “Why”, “Why Not”, “What if” and “What else is possible” are the foundation of all creation, creativity, and change.

The key that unlocks our personal potential is asking those same questions of ourselves and for ourselves.

There’s a proverb that says “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. In my humble opinion, it goes even deeper than that. Where there is no vision, our individuality, our purpose, and our passion perish.

The beginning of all change, of all progress, and all possibility begins with a vision that something else is possible. Better health? A more fulfilling relationship? A business with greater rewards? A career with greater recognition and satisfaction? More prosperity and an improved financial condition? Greater contribution to ourselves, our family, our community, the world we live in? It all begins with imagination, foresight, and healthy unwillingness to settle for less than what’s possible. Read the full blog…

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Annie Lamont said “Forgiveness is letting go of all hope of a better past.”

To forgive is a blessing you can bestow upon yourself, at the time of your choosing. You need not deprive yourself of the blessing any longer.

Forgiveness is not a validation of another party, the other person, the external entity that you hold to blame for a “wrong” heaped upon you or done to you. Forgiveness is simply a realization and willingness to recognize that your happiness, well-being, and constructive present and future are far more important than reliving the past and continuing to give that someone else the power to make us angry, to feel hurt, or to see ourselves as victims of a wrong.

You want to get back at your “doer of wrong”? Remove the power you give/gave them to make you hold onto the past, the dirty deed, the ill-intent, the evil, or stupidity they thrust upon us. Read the full blog…

Consciously Creating Your Future

Consciously Creating Your Future

Often my clients, subscribers, friends, colleagues, and participants in my programs ask me to offer summaries of my workshops, teleconferences, and seminars. Occasionally I do; usually I don’t.

I’ve always had a bit of a crisis of conscience in gifting something for free that others have paid good money to benefit from. Today is one of those rare occasions where I will.

Did I change my ethics? No. I reached a compromise.

Below is the summary notes of group teleconference I conducted for about 1800 people in a mentoring program I conduct with Jay Abraham. Read the full blog…