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“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” - Abraham Maslow

Excellence Experiment Update: Special Treetop Edition

By Susan Peck | March 27, 2018

I like the ground. More specifically, I like have my feet planted firmly on the ground. When you’re on the ground, there’s no chance of plummeting to your death. I’ve never quite understood adrenaline junkies who fling themselves out of perfectly good airplanes or jump off ledges attached to a giant rubber band. To my…

“Remember that stress doesn’t come from what’s going on in your life. It comes from your thoughts about what’s going on in your life.” – Andrew J. Bernstein

Focus Enemy #3: Overwhelm (and 4 Tips to Regain Control)

By Susan Peck | March 19, 2018

I’d been looking forward to this day for over a year. Last week, it finally arrived. I’d been trying to create some space in my schedule for large blocks of uninterrupted time to focus exclusively on the things I want and need to do to build my writing/coaching business. As I finished up one last medical writing assignment, I…

"Do one thing every day that scares you." - Eleanor Roosevelt

The Excellence Experiment – Week 9 Update

By Susan Peck | March 9, 2018

Just the Stats: Writing for 1 hour: 46/54 days Reading/studying for 1 hour: 39/54 days Shopping and other personal care stuff 1 afternoon each weekend: 5/9 Fitness: Up to 11 push-ups/day (from 3); Increased to 3 minutes/day of ab exercises (from 1 minute) Running: Still at 3.0 miles/run (up from 2.5 miles) at 11.5 min/mile…

“Success, meaningful success, begins when we take ownership and actively take responsibility for our part in the shortcomings of our life.” – Eric Thomas

The Limelight Effect: Are You the Captain of Your Fate? Or the Victim of Fate?

By Susan Peck | March 4, 2018

Have you ever had one of those moments when you read or heard something, and all of a sudden everything made sense? Like the mystery of the universe, or at least your universe, finally revealed itself? I had one of those moments recently when I was reading the book “Succeeding When You’re Supposed to Fail…

"You can't do big things if you are distracted by small things." - Unknown

Focus Enemy #2 – Electronic Distractions

By Susan Peck | February 22, 2018

Recently I was thinking back on how much simpler life was when I was growing up, before the days of personal computers much less smart phones. Maybe I’m just at that stage in life where you start to get nostalgic about the way things used to be, but it seems like it was a lot…

"Temporary setbacks are overshadowed by persistence." - Quentin L. Cook

The Excellence Experiment – Week 6 Update

By Susan Peck | February 15, 2018

Just the Stats: Writing for 1 hour: 31/36 days Reading/studying for 1 hour: 25/36 days Shopping and other personal care stuff 1 afternoon each weekend: 4/6 Fitness: Up to 9 push-ups/day (from 3); Increased to 2 minutes/day of ab exercises Running: Still at 3.0 miles/run (up from 2.5 miles) at 11.5 min/mile Cardio-Weights class 3-4…

"You can do two things at once, but you can't focus effectively on two things at once." - Gary Keller

Focus Enemy #1: Multitasking

By Susan Peck | February 8, 2018

When your to-do list is overflowing, the idea of knocking out several things at the same time sounds really appealing, right? It seems like it should be the most efficient way to use our limited time.  I know I fall for this argument regularly. In college I used to study while I was watching TV,…

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand - Alexander Graham Bell

Focus: Being Fully Present in the Moment

By Susan Peck | February 1, 2018

Most of the time, I’m about as focused as a squirrel-obsessed dog in the woods during nut-gathering season. I’m chasing one idea, but then another pops up and I follow it, until another thought distracts me again and I’m off in yet another direction. But every once in a while, I get into the “zone”.…

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone - Neale Donald Walsch

The Excellence Experiment – Week 3 Update

By Susan Peck | January 25, 2018

Just the Stats: Writing for 1 hour: 18/18 days Reading/studying for 1 hour: 14/18 days Shopping and other personal care stuff 1 afternoon each weekend: 3/3 3 successful shopping expeditions and 1 less-than-successful attempt to imitate a YouTube tutorial on how to curl hair Fitness: Up to 6 push-ups/day (from 3); 1 minute of ab…

What are you willing to do - Tom Brady quote

4 Steps to Making Time for Your Dream

By Susan Peck | January 22, 2018

I’ve had a lot of dreams in my life. Big dreams. Exciting dreams. Life changing dreams. Sadly, most of them never came to life – not because I didn’t have the ability or resources, but because I put them off for some mythical day in the future “when I have some extra time”. But there…