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"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…

Tony Robbins Quote - Focus

Focus: Following Your North Star

By Susan Peck | January 15, 2018

I once read that part of the reason people get lost in the woods is because we have a natural tendency to veer ever so slightly to the right or left when we walk. It’s so slight we don’t notice it, and we think we’re walking in a straight line, but we’re not. And this…

Deepak Chopra quote "Pursue excellence, ignore success"

The Excellence Experiment Begins…

By Susan Peck | January 10, 2018

Experiment (noun): a test, trial, or tentative procedure; an act or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown or of testing a principle, supposition, etc… Hypothesis: Focusing on the pursuit of excellence, through a process of continuous gradual improvement, will enable an individual to become their best self, tap fully into their potential, lead…

Microresolutions: Change Your Life One Small Habit at a Time

By Susan Peck | January 7, 2018

When I started playing around with the idea of an Excellence Experiment last year, my first idea was to immediately start approaching my entire life with a spirit of excellence, giving 100% to everything I tackled. My new business… my old business… friendships… groups I belonged to… exercise… eating healthy… the way I dressed… the…

John Wooden quote on daily improvement

Using Kaizen to Sneak Past Your Brain’s Fear Radar

By Susan Peck | January 2, 2018

    I used to spend a lot of time on my couch. Deep down, I really wanted to get into better shape. I secretly envied the buff, toned models in fitness magazines, and wished I could be more like the disciplined, athletic people I knew. You know, those people, the ones who get up…

Cheers to the new year_Oprah

New Year’s Resolutions and Why They Fail

By Susan Peck | December 22, 2017

As I was decluttering earlier this year, I rediscovered my lists of New Year’s resolutions from 2014, 2015, and 2016. They were almost identical. That was eye opening. The reason my resolutions were almost the same was because I’d made little or no progress on many of the goals from one year to the next.…

Aspire Greatly, by Brian Tracy - Call To Excellence Life Coaching

Who Am I To Be Writing About Excellence?

By Susan Peck | December 18, 2017

Many years ago when I was in graduate school, someone I respected told me that my big challenge in life, if I ever wanted to be happy, was to accept that I was mediocre, because I didn’t have the right stuff to be anything more. Hmmm… I’ll bet that’s not how you were expecting me…