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

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

By Susan Peck | January 27, 2019

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

By Susan Peck | January 6, 2019

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!

"Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead." - Nelson Mandela

Focusing on Success – A New Approach to the New Year

By Susan Peck | December 11, 2018

  I used to have very mixed emotions about the New Year. On the one hand, January 1st represented a chance to start over, reevaluate my life, and set new goals or resolutions to make the next year better. Thinking about how much progress I could make with 365 days in front of me fired…

"Life is like a highway, no matter what they say, the construction is never finished. There's always gonna be bumps in the road and detours every now and then." - Life Quotes

The Excellence Experiment: 11-Month Update

By Susan Peck | December 3, 2018

  Originally I planned to update my results after 10 months, but I just looked at the calendar and realized it’s already December, so… Sometimes life gets in the way of our best intentions, which is probably the biggest insight I’ve had since my last progress report. Well, maybe not that life can get in…

“Unwavering incremental change can create remarkable and monumental results.” ― Ryan Lilly

Kaizen and the Power of Momentum to Create Big Change

By Susan Peck | November 19, 2018

  Small steps. They just sound so slow and inefficient. I mean, when we decide we want something in our life to change, we want that change NOW! Big steps, giant leaps forward, right? Who has time to wait? We even make fun of the small steps approach. Remember the movie “What About Bob?” with…

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop." - Confucius

Overcoming Procrastination: Using Kaizen to Create Time Snowballs

By Susan Peck | October 22, 2018

  I used to think I needed to set aside large chunks of time to tackle big projects. If I was going to write, I needed an entire weekend free, or at least a full day. If I was going to reorganize my closet or clean my garage, I needed to do it all in…

"As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears." - Rumi

Getting Unstuck: Kaizen and the Magic Geranium

By Susan Peck | October 14, 2018

There’s a wonderful children’s story called “The Magic Geranium,” from a collection titled “Read Aloud Funny Stories” by Jane Thayer. If you haven’t heard of it before, it goes something like this: There’s a woman, Mrs. Smith, who lives in a drab, messy little house, but feels powerless to change anything. One day her friend…

“Whatever your Other Shore is, whatever you must do, whatever inspires you, you will find a way to get there.” - Diana Nyad

Profiles in Excellence: Diana Nyad

By Susan Peck | October 1, 2018

  Diana Nyad is best known for being the first person to swim non-stop from Cuba to Key West, Florida without a shark cage – 110.86 miles in 52 hours and 54 minutes (no sleep, no rest breaks). And she did it in 2013, when she was 64 years old. That alone qualifies her as…

"Practice the philosophy of continuous improvement. Get a little bit better every single day." - Brian Tracy

The Excellence Experiment: 8-Month Update

By Susan Peck | September 16, 2018

  In my 6-month update, I talked about how I was shifting my approach with my “Excellence Experiment” – from working with microresolutions to establish new habits, to using a kaizen-based strategy to integrate small improvements continuously. The way it works now, I sit down on Sunday evening and make a list of 1-2 things…

"Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success." - Robert Kiyosaki

Failure and the Common Cold

By Susan Peck | September 8, 2018

  Let’s be honest. Failing doesn’t feel good. In fact, it feels like crap. It can hit like a sharp stabbing pain, or a dull whole-body ache. It can give you a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. If it’s bad enough to drive you to tears, it gives you a stuffed up…