Archive for the ‘Self-Growth’ Category

Show Appreciation This Thanksgiving Week

Monday, November 25th, 2013

It’s Thanksgiving week—a week where we show appreciation. And it’s a good time to remember that the people we work with are not perfect.

Our bosses? Not perfect. Our companies? Not perfect.

But, what an opportunity to appreciate the perfection within them, the wonderful things they do, and the caring they give.

Let me ask you this—if you were to sit down and ask yourself every morning, “What are three things I’m really appreciative of?” I suspect that you’ll find—if you force yourself to say something new every day—that the list would be UNLIMITED.

So today, go around to the people you appreciate, thank them for what they do. Thank your boss for the fact that you have a job. Thank your company for making sure you get a pay check every week. And be in that gracious spirit because the spirit of Thanksgiving is alive and well.

Don’t Hang With Quitters

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

One of the things I remember my mother drumming into my head is the importance of choosing my friends wisely. Nothing has a greater influence on the person you’ll become, she said. I’m sure I rolled my eyes at the time. But over the years, I’ve come to realize that it’s the single best piece of wisdom she ever gave me.

We’ve all had the experience of reflecting the people around us. If you are surrounded by grousers and whiners, you naturally feel yourself falling into a pattern of grousing and whining, partly because the grousing whiners will reward you for being like them. So how could you not? (more…)

Studies Show That Money Does Not Buy Happiness

Sunday, March 4th, 2012
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HAPPINESS BUYS MONEY

More than 200 studies show that money does not make people happy. But hang on—research does show a connection between success and happiness, but it flows the other way. People who are happy earn up to $750,000 more in a lifetime than unhappy folks.

So maybe money doesn’t buy happiness…but happiness apparently buys money!

People in a positive mood talk to others more readily, resolve conflicts more effectively, collaborate more willingly, help others, think creatively, and perform complex tasks better than people who are stressed and unhappy. And all THOSE things add up to greater success.

So how can you inject more happiness into your life? Interestingly, it’s by doing the very things that come easier to happy people. Get out of your cube and interact with others. Help someone else resolve a conflict. Get creative. These things make us happy, which makes it easier to do those things, which…now see the crazy, happy little wheel you’re in?

By seizing these opportunities to make ourselves and those around us happy and content, we put our eventual success a heck of a lot closer. (more…)

Get Inspired for 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The year 2010 has come and gone, and what do you have to show for it? A renewed passion for your job? A workplace free of every dysfunction you can think of? How about a less-stressed, more relaxed, you?
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Become Who You Can Be Without Losing Who You ARE

Friday, October 15th, 2010

One of my favorite movie lines of all time is from The Greatest Game Ever Played, a golf drama based on the true story of the 1913 US Open. Twenty-year-old Francis Ouimet was challenging his idol, Englishman Harry Vardon, who had won the Open in 1900. When Harry’s wealthy sponsor said Francis could not possibly win because he was not from the upper class and therefore would fold under the pressure, Harry responded, “If Mr. Ouimet wins tomorrow, it’s because he’s the best, because of who he is. Not who his father was, not how much money he’s got—because of WHO HE IS!”

And so it is with business.

It has little to do with the economy, the market, the competition. It has much more to do with self-improvement—with who you have become as a leader and who your team has developed to be.

The great competition isn’t “out there.” The great competition is always between the ears—in the mind and the character of a leader.

Weak leaders don’t understand that, of course, because they are at the mercy of the external.

People forget that this is how it is with everything—we get our results because of who we are. A millionaire can lose all his money and recoup it in weeks because of who he had to become to grow and keep a million in the first place.

Make a list of five commitments for a breakthrough this year. Be specific. Then become the person who could accomplish those five with ease, and they are as good as complete.