How Emptying Your Brain Can Make You More Productive

Recently, one of my online mentors, Kent Julian, wrote a blog post called “7 B’s – How to Lead Your Life From Quiet.” In it, he shares seven principles for starting your day effectively. I practice several of these principles and have become more productive as a result. I encourage you to read Kent’s post […]

3 Questions to Ask Before Giving Up on Your Goals

Setting out to become the first man to cross the Antarctic continent on foot, Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail from England in 1914. He came within one day’s sail of reaching his destination when his ship, the Endurance became stuck in pack ice just as the Antarctic winter set in. Shackleton and his crew were […]

“Perfect” is the Enemy of “Done”

Seth Godin says to “ship.” In his classic marketing book, “Linchpin,” Godin says that the key to getting anything done is to “ship.” What does it mean to “ship?” Leonardo DaVinci said it best: “Art is never finished. It is abandoned.” Do you ever wonder why some of my blog posts sound pretty good while […]

How Do You Create Margin in Your Daily Schedule?

Have you ever written a term paper? Of course you have…it’s impossible to escape from the modern American educational system without being coerced into writing at least one painful paper about something you couldn’t care less about. Always looking for ways to shorten the content while maintaining the required length, we usually play with ways […]

Practice Makes…Better

The old adage, “practice makes perfect” is broken. It is deceptive…misleading. It is responsible for too many people keeping their art to themselves instead of releasing it to the world. I am guilty of failing to publish blogs, keeping ideas to myself, and not sharing insights with others because I did not think that they […]

Today I Will Choose to be Happy

This morning, I woke up in an absolutely foul mood. I was grumpy, irritable, and unmotivated. As I reflected on why I felt so grouchy, I realized that it was because of a bad dream I had awakened from. As I stood in the shower, hot water cascading over my head, I prayed for release […]

My 5-Point Mission Statement for 2015

If you’re like me, you have sometimes drifted through life, uncertain where you are going or what you want to do next. Even if you are a focused person, it is good to step back and refocus periodically to make sure that you are purposefully living life in your intended direction. A clearly developed mission […]

Three Simple Tips for Personal Growth in 2015

Happy New Year! I know that many of you may have stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to celebrate the coming of a new year. Now it’s Thursday morning (or afternoon), January 1, 2015, and it’s time to look at what is ahead; 2014 is behind us…we can start afresh. I can’t […]