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“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)

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 …

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

The Excellence Experiment – Week 9 Update

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 …

“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?

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 …

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

Focus Enemy #2 – Electronic Distractions

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 …

"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 …