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"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!

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

Focusing on Success – A New Approach to the New Year

  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 …

"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

  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 …

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

Kaizen and the Power of Momentum to Create Big Change

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 …

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

Overcoming Procrastination: Using Kaizen to Create Time Snowballs

  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 …

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

Getting Unstuck: Kaizen and the Magic Geranium

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 …