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"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 an…

"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 nose…

"In order to make visualization a reality in the world form, you must be willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen." - Wayne Dyer

Make Visualization More Powerful the Scientific Way

By Susan Peck | August 29, 2018

I remember the first time I heard about visualization. I was in college, and I had stumbled upon the book “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain. I read and reread that book cover to cover. It seemed to provide an easy solution to all of the problems in my life. Simply visualize myself living the life…

"A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work." - John Lubbock

Clearing Mental Clutter: Kicking Worry to the Curb

By Susan Peck | August 15, 2018

I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised when I suffered from a touch of insomnia right as I started working on this post. I mean, what’s more fitting than staying up all night worrying about writing an article on worry? As I tossed back and forth (earning an annoyed glance from my cat each time…

"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I'm like, 'My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don't have it. I just want to chill.' We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it." - Kobe Bryant

Clearing Mental Clutter: Overcoming Self Doubt

By Susan Peck | August 8, 2018

I’m a world-class procrastinator. No kidding. If they ever make procrastination an Olympic event, I could be on the podium. Maybe not gold, but at least silver or bronze. I’m that good. Unfortunately, there’s not much of a demand for world-class procrastinators, so I’ve been trying to kick the habit. When I started to analyze…

"Progress equals happiness." - Tony Robbins

The Excellence Experiment: 6 Month Update

By Susan Peck | August 1, 2018

As I pass the half-year mark with my experiment, it seems like a good time to take stock of where I’m at and what I’ve accomplished since January, and evaluate whether I need to make any adjustments. If you’re just joining, you can read my original post on the set-up and design of my experiment…

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

5 Steps to Clean Up Your Calendar and Reclaim Your Time (Clutter Part 3)

By Susan Peck | July 23, 2018

Time is arguably our most valuable commodity. Although it may take effort, there are always ways to replace money we’ve lost or squandered unwisely, but time wasted is gone forever. So it only makes sense that if we want to live our best life, we need to carefully budget how we spend our time, plan…

"Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions." - Unknown

7 Tips for Reducing the Physical Clutter in Your Home and Office (Clutter Part 2)

By Susan Peck | July 5, 2018

In Part 1 of this series we talked about the 3 main types of clutter – physical, time, and mental – and how each type of clutter distracts us, keeping us from being able to fully focus our energy on our real priorities. In this post, we’re going to tackle the physical clutter. Because it’s…