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"Just as atoms are the building blocks of molecules, atomic habits are the building blocks of remarkable results." - James Clear

Library of Excellence: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear rocketed to the New York Times bestseller list when it was released, and for good reason – it’s one of the best, most practical books on the topic of creating positive personal changes that produce real results. Clear begins with the basic premise that when …

Guest Post: “7 Steps to Help You Achieve More by Doing Less” by Captain Orjiugo

“I don’t have time”. This is one of the most commonly used (and misused) expressions of all time. As a matter of fact; apart from “I love you”, it is the most abused expression I’ve heard. There are several things wrong with that mentality. First, it presents time as though …

Believing in Yourself and Your Dream When No One Else Does: Part 3 – A Kaizen Approach to Building Self-Confidence

Let’s face it – there are going to be times in your life when you’re going to have to carry the weight of your dream or goal by yourself. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a circle of enthusiastic supporters, when it comes to doing the work to turn …

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." - Willie Nelson

Believing in Yourself and Your Dream When No One Else Does: Part 2 – Combatting Negative Self-Talk

Have you ever eavesdropped on the conversations that go on in your head? They can be pretty brutal. According to a widely referenced article published by the National Science Foundation, the average person has somewhere between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, and 80% of them are negative. Read that …

"When you believe in yourself, you have 100% of the people you need on your side." - Anima Vitam

Believing in Yourself and Your Dream When No One Else Does – Part 1: Protecting Yourself from the Dream Crushers

Have you ever had a dream or an idea that lit you up inside? Something that caused excitement to bubble up inside you like a spring of clear, fresh water? Something that brought a smile to your face and gave you the warm fuzzies? Something that made you feel like …

"What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?" - Tony Robbins

Excellence Experiment 2.0 (A Year of Kaizen) – 3 Month Update

For my 2019 experiment with the pursuit of excellence, I decided to put the principle of kaizen (continuous incremental improvement) to the test. Businesses and factories have successfully been using kaizen for nearly a century, with well documented results. But the concept of continuous small improvements can be applied to …

“Winning the world title validated this truth: If you want something badly enough – if the desire dwells deep in your bones, and you are committed to facing any obstacle with tenacity, and courage – you will prevail. I am living proof of this beautiful, abiding truth.” - Siri Lindley

Profiles in Excellence: Siri Lindley

I first learned about Siri Lindley when she was interviewed by Tony Robbins on his podcast. To be a featured guest on his show tells you this woman must be exceptional in some way, and she doesn’t disappoint.   Lindley is a former professional triathlete with an impressive list of accomplishments: …

"We do not learn from experience... We learn from reflecting on experience" - John Dewey

It’s a Wrap! Year One of the Excellence Experiment

A year-end recap and reflections on my first “Excellence Experiment” – what happened when I spent a year pursuing excellence.

"You cannot open a book without learning something." - Confucius

Library of Excellence: My 2018 Top 5 Books on Achievement and Personal Development

These are my 5 favorite books that I added to my library in 2018, not necessarily published in 2018. These are all classics that will move you along the road to personal and professional excellence – well worth reading!