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

The Excellence Experiment – Week 6 Update

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 …

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

Focus Enemy #1: Multitasking

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 …

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

Focus: Being Fully Present in the Moment

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, …

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

The Excellence Experiment – Week 3 Update

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 …

What are you willing to do - Tom Brady quote

4 Steps to Making Time for Your Dream

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 …

Tony Robbins Quote - Focus

Focus: Following Your North Star

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, …

Deepak Chopra quote "Pursue excellence, ignore success"

The Excellence Experiment Begins…

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 …

Microresolutions: Change Your Life One Small Habit at a Time

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… …

John Wooden quote on daily improvement

Using Kaizen to Sneak Past Your Brain’s Fear Radar

    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, …