Category Archives: Goals

How to network if you hate networking

How To Network If You Hate Networking

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If you avoid going to networking events even though you know they are good for your business, this article is for you.

Here’s a secret, I had a big problem as a self employed business owner who gets 100% of his new clients through word of mouth and referrals…I hated networking. I felt like a fraud; going to chamber of commerce mixers, rotary club meetings or other business networking events. The last thing I wanted to do was make small talk as I passed my business card out to a dozen people, hoping that they would hire me or send me business. Read More

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How to Go From Manager to Leader

Do Less, Lead More: How To Go From Manager To Leader

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This article is for managers, or people who want to be in management.

When I start coaching a manager, I ask them what a really good manager does. They inevitably tell me that good managers put out fires, answer questions, and remove obstacles that get in their employees way. “WRONG!” I tell them. Great coaching huh? Read More

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Why You Need Painful Consequences

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As children, immediate consequences were a regular part of our lives. Step out of line at school and get detention. Step out of line at home, maybe you got grounded, maybe you got a smack. When I got busted, grounding was my typical punishment….although, my mom did introduce my butt to the wooden spoon a time or two when I got really out of hand.

It was the immediate, and sometimes painful feedback of those consequences that taught us what the rules were and made us take them seriously. And for the most part they worked.

But that’s not how it is as adults. Read More

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3 Reasons Why You Need An Accountabilibuddy

By | Accountability, Clarity, Goals, Personal Development | One Comment

Who holds you accountable? If you’re like most people, the answer is nobody. Correct that, most people hold themselves accountable, which is just another way of saying nobody.

After seven years of leadership coaching, and 41 years of living, I’ve learned that human beings are very bad at holding themselves accountable to accomplishing long-term goals.

Here’s why: Read More

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Set goals instead of resolutions

Why New Year’s Resolutions Suck – Set Goals Instead

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Every December, millions of well intended people set New Year’s resolutions and then, every January, they promptly give up. According to Forbes only 8% of people actually accomplish one of their New Year’s resolutions. By the time this article was published, in the second week of January, over half of people have already quit. Read More

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How To Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs

By | Clarity, Goals, Inspiration, Personal Development | 2 Comments

I used to be really bad at remembering names. Now I’m not.

I used to hate being in cold water and being cold in general. Now I don’t.

I used to be physically inflexible, I couldn’t even sit cross-legged. Now I can.

I used to be unable to have faith in a God I couldn’t see. Now I do.

If you had asked me about any of these problems back then, I would have told you “that’s just the way I am” or “that’s just how I am wired.” I thought these things were out of my control; that there was nothing I could do to change them. Then, a few years ago, I learned that I was wrong. Read More

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The Three Root Causes of Failure

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Failure comes in all shapes and sizes.

There are small failures, like the time in college when I had my new girlfriend over for dinner and served her a homemade strawberry milkshake that included chopped up bits of wooden spoon that I accidently blended in. I told her those bits were just strawberry seeds.

And there are big failures, like when I was the President of a mortgage company and lead it into bankruptcy, letting a lot of people down along the way.

But no matter the specifics or scope, all failures are the result of three root causes: lack of strategy, lack of effort, and lack of courage.

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