When things get difficult, we tend to look at other people or other companies and assume that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. When viewed from a distance, their opportunities often look richer, their problems seem fewer, and success looks easier. The temptation is to run here and there looking for better, easier opportunities. We sometimes wistfully look at other companies or industries and wish things were that easy for us. But, it is often an illusion.
One of the saddest words in the English language is the word “almost.” I’m not speaking of someone who gives it their all but barely misses their goal. (That person is sure to double his or her efforts and demolish the goal the next time around.) I’m talking about the person who “almost” get’s started, or who “almost” sets a goal, or who “almost” gives it their best shot.
As we age, our eyes tend to lose their flexibility, making it more difficult to see up close. This presents an interesting challenge for those of us who already have trouble seeing far away objects.
When saturated with fresh ideas and stimulated by mental exercise, our minds become sharp and alert; we are able to more effectively analyze situations and invent solutions; our creativity soars; we are more interesting companions; our productivity improves; and, like my tree, we are able to thrive in spite of the challenges of life.
Learn the “New Rules of Engagement” for a new era of commerce for sustainable success that will guide you through the current economic and emotional time.
Everyone has dreams but few people make them come true. New Business Mentor, Leah Grant, outlines the typical excuses people make and how to defeat them so that you can make your dreams come true.
Recently I received an email from a college student asking for advice on starting a successful online business. Here are my top 5 keys to starting an online business:
This article focuses on three areas of self-assessment to determine why you avoid getting organized.
During periods of major loss, including severe economic changes, individuals (and businesses) must go through a number of stages in response to the loss or change. Each of the stages must be fully experienced in order to recover, and the speed at which you move through each of them will determine how soon and to what degree you recover.
An optimistic one-third of all Americans believe that they will one day become “rich,” but that’s about where they stop agreeing. Here’s a breakdown of several success strategies that Americans believe in, and how they stack up against the statistics.
Businesses and individuals are becoming overly dependent upon emails and text messaging, incorrectly replacing phone calls and personal visits with emails, texting and communications sent over the internet. Your reliance on electronic communication is killing your chance of creating success.
You will probably not win the lottery, create the next Google or be entitled to a significant inheritance. Most of us can not just go out into the marketplace and double our income overnight or find a million dollars. Whether a person builds substantial wealth in their lifetime is left up to the decisions they make and the actions they take. Anyone can achieve their financial goals if they have a plan, use discipline in executing that plan and take actions in accordance with a financial destination.
All of us focus on the bigger things — and well we should. But oftentimes, the small details do not get the attention they deserve. After all, bit things are nothing more than the accumulation of small things. It stands to reason, therefore, that small details make big things happen.
Success is not for the timid. It is for those who seek guidance, make decisions, and take decisive action. To achieve success you must take appropriate action, for wishing does not make it so. Proper programming, coupled with appropriate action, makes things happen.
“Where did you learn to do that so well?”
“You’re #1 this week.”
“I really appreciate the extra effort you put into that.”
We can learn an important lesson from boat racers. A professional racer came to a local boat club race. He practiced running at top speed from the starting point along the course.
There are only three types of employees in the workplace today, and with unemployment on the rise, two of these groups are at high risk of losing their jobs. If you don’t want to become one of the 27 million that are out of work, then you must get yourself into the third group.
Recently, I saw a sign while I was at an amusement park with my kids that made me think. It said simply, “please do not sit on the fence.” I thought, isn’t this the biggest problem we have in our business and personal lives? Wouldn’t it be great if we all took these instructions to heart? We are a society of fence sitters: we vacillate, we avoid commitment, we procrastinate, and we put off important decisions.
No one can give you success. No one can force you to achieve. No one can do the preparation, planning, and the work for you. If we are to achieve true excellence, we must take responsibility for our own success and do the work to make it happen. Here are four steps to help each of us in our quest for success: Plan, Prepare, Perform, Persist.
Think of something amazing that you have done. Perhaps you built a successful business or created a work of art
The world could learn a great deal from Santa about what it takes to be successful especially regarding how to work and sell your products and services. If you want to know what it will take to get the job done in 2010 then just do what Santa does every day, every week and year after year.
What does the word “discipline” mean? It means freedom! It’s not putting yourself in a box; it’s putting yourself on top of the box, giving yourself a structure that can support you. The box is not a trap, a confinement, or a prison cell. It’s a platform, a solid step that affords you a higher vantage point from which to view your possibilities.