Energy Management

In his book Be Excellent at Anything, Tony Schwartz argues that energy management is at least as critical to success as time management: “The real issue is not the number of hours we sit behind a desk but the energy we bring to the work we do and the value we generate as a result,”…

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Paranoia Undoes Greatness

A lifetime of mediocrity is a high price to pay for safety! We can’t try a new process because it could fail. We can’t create a new service for our customers because it is unproven. We can’t hire him/ her because she is too young/ old. We can’t start a new business because we could…

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“The Art of Possibility”

As Benjamin and Rosamund Zander wrote in “The Art of Possibility” the frames of our mind create, define, and confine, what we perceive to be possible. Every problem, every dilemma, every dead end we face in life only appears unsolvable inside a particular frame or point of view. Enlarge the box, or create another frame…

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Wasted Energy- 66.6 Hours of It

Productivity blogger, Merlin Mann, calculated that on average we work an 8 hour day, 50 weeks per year, and check our email every 5 minutes- just to see if anything new is in there- we check our email 24,000 times a year. That isn’t responding to emails, that is only checking to see if we…

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Abandon Auto Pilot

I had a conversation with a client and it was fierce! Over lunch, my client told me that I wasn’t as good as a presenter as I was two years ago when she saw me present, “Smash the Box.” She said, “The keynote address you did lacked energy, audience interaction and the overall tone was…

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Rip Out the Rear View Mirror

It’s time to stop looking back, having regrets, and trying to change the past. This is time we will never get back and the more we focus on the past the less we are focused on the here and now. What is your biggest regret? What do you wish you could have over? Imagine how…

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Inspiration vs. Desperation?

The times I get the most done, cross things off my “To Do” list, come from inspiration, not desperation. Inspiration is what drives us, gives us energy. It is why we get up early in the morning and work out, arrive first to work, and focus our energies at the task on hand. Some say…

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Where your focus goes… Energy flows!

Where your focus goes… Energy flows*! What do you focus on during your day- work, “to do” lists, entertainment, news, politics, stock market or a combination of these? Most importantly, is what you are focusing on meaningful, impactful, and rewarding? Over the past two years I have tried to be laser focused on my businesses-…

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Labels- Holding us Captive

The words we use to describe ourselves is powerful and has a direct impact on our confidence, self-esteem and mindset. Many of us receive labels from our days in schools which could include: • Loser • Class Clown • Underachiever • Bully • Victim • Weak • Nerd The question we need to ask ourselves…

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Unbalance= Success

I had an “Unplanned Collaboration” with Ken Lazar (Principal) at Ability Professional Staffing and he said: “People who strive for balance in their lives are boring.” “Balance is over-rated.” “People who place total energies in either their work life or personal life for short periods of time do REMARKABLE things.” Balance is a powerful word…

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Contrarians “Smash the Box”

Contrarian thinkers question, debate, and challenge conventional wisdom. They have a greater chance of breaking free from the herd mentality by taking the opposite sides of issues, taking risks, and allowing him or herself to think and act different. Contrarian thinkers are trailblazers in business. They are the polarizing visionaries who are just as likely…

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Being in the “Box”= Comfort

I presented “Smash the Box” a couple of weeks ago and during the Q & A session a woman made the comment that being in the box is comfortable and safe for a lot of people and that isn’t a bad thing. And then a man in the group said, “But being in the box…

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