The when, then trap

I will act now. Success will not wait. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person. Og Mandino 1923 – 1996 Have you ever been caught in the “when, then” trap? In case you’re not sure what I mean, let me give you an example from my experience coaching other professionals. I was working with a small business owner who was struggling to get things done. He was working way too many hours and generating mediocre results. I suggested that he might not be spending his time wisely. I went on to tell him how Sir Richard Branson, …
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Wants and needs

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth. George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950 I generally enjoy reading the daily comics in the newspaper. I usually find some humor, and occasionally I find a profound lesson. I’d like to share a story from The Family Circus that provided a great lesson we can all use. If you’re not familiar with The Family Circus, it’s a comic strip about a typical family: a couple with four young children, two dogs and a cat. In this particular strip, the first section showed the young boy standing next to the towel …
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Make plans, not schedules

Without a purpose, nothing should be done. Marcus Aurelius 121 – 180 My work involves helping people achieve their goals. I want to share an exercise I sometimes use with the people I coach: I simply ask them what they have planned the next day. Most of the time, this question catches them off balance. But some quickly recover and start outlining the tasks they’ll be engaged in the following day. Some time back, I presented this question to a young man I was helping. He was quiet a few minutes, then he outlined a fairly full schedule: arrive at …
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