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The Excellence Experiment: 8-Month Update

"Practice the philosophy of continuous improvement. Get a little bit better every single day." - Brian Tracy

  In my 6-month update, I talked about how I was shifting my approach with my “Excellence Experiment” – from working with microresolutions to establish new habits, to using a kaizen-based strategy to integrate small improvements continuously. The way it works now, I sit down on Sunday evening and make a list of 1-2 things…

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The Excellence Experiment: 4 Month Update

Strive for progress, not perfection.

My year-long experiment with excellence is continuing – I’ve had a bunch of insights along the way, and I may even be starting to seeing some hints of change. If you’re just joining, you can read my original post on the set-up and design of my experiment here, but basically, I’m devoting myself to developing…

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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… the way I dressed… the…

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Using Kaizen to Sneak Past Your Brain’s Fear Radar

John Wooden quote on daily improvement

    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…

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New Year’s Resolutions and Why They Fail

Cheers to the new year_Oprah

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.…

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