Feb 072013

Have you ever walked through a mall or driven down a street when something caught your eye and pulled you off course?  The moral of the story is, “Feet (or cars) go where attention goes.”  Or, as some unknown person put it, “Energy flows where attention goes.”

Like birds, people are attracted to bright, shiny objects.  People with a strong entrepreneurial spirit are particularly vulnerable to their effect.

And, there’s an almost unlimited supply of shiny objects – information, technology, programs, organizations – all helping to generate more shiny objects – projects, publications, new programs and so on.  They certainly aren’t in short supply, and they lead you on a trail of unfinished or unfocused programs and projects.

Ultimately you  find yourself with stacks of unfinished or unfocused programs and projects.  Eventually the volume becomes overwhelming.  Your field of vision narrows.  Procrastination sets in.  You lose faith in yourself and your word, and your relationships start to suffer.

Don’t wallow.  Throw yourself a lifeline.

Read the full article in Leader Up! e-zine.  http://bit.ly/14G6aGX

Check Your Mirror before You Proceed

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Mar 152012

Sometimes, in our busyness, we focus on our lists of things to do and measure accomplishments by the number of items we check off. Just as business owners need to know what business they’re REALLY in, and not just the products and services they provide, on a personal level we need to do the same with our actions. The deeper knowledge will help us stay engaged in activities that bring more value into our lives.

For the full version of the article in this week’s “Leader Up!” e-zine, go to http://bit.ly/Ali5kq.

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The 24-7 Obligation

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Feb 062012

The first step is always the hardest.

In this case, it’s putting up my first real blog post. Ever.

Writing isn’t a difficult task. But sharing it? Well, that’s an entirely different story. Remember Indiana Jones, in the “Last Crusade”?  I’m thinking about his step over the edge of the cliff in faith, trusting that his next step would appear. You get the picture.

So often we get paralyzed by analyzing too many what ifs or trying to answer what’s next.  Sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith, to find that compelling reason and just step out.

We have one obligation to live up to, 24-7. That is to be the best we can be, our individual best.  Part of being the best is developing the right kinds of relationships – with others, of course, with your business or profession, and with yourself.

So, how are you getting along with yourself and the rest of the world today?

For the full article posted in the February 1, 2012 Info to Act on bi-weekly e-zine, go to http://bit.ly/zfbrI0.

Enjoy your day!