S:1163 Distinction: Open vs. Skeptical

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   Skepticism doesn’t help you see. Or hear. Or feel. It does have its uses, but is best served in small portions. To be open can be hard. If you’re not careful you might get hurt, taken…Continue Reading →

S:1162 Great Question: Change?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “Who am I trying to change?”   Coaching Point: If your answer to this Great Question is anyone other than yourself, you may want to reconsider. Believing your happiness is dependent on the behavior of others leaves you vulnerable. “But wait,” you may say,…Continue Reading →

S:1161 Quote: It’s Personal

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)   “All business is personal. It goes where invited. And stays where valued.” Steve Jolly (Marketing wizard)   Coaching Point: This brings to mind several questions: – Are you making your business personal? – Are you giving people the opportunity to invite you in? – Are you…Continue Reading →

S:1160 Principle: Fire

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   Trees have many threats. Among them are invasive insects, damaging diseases, and drought. Their greatest threat is fire. Whether caused by ignorance, apathy, psychopathy, or nature, a forest fire can be all-consuming (word choice intended). Studies show one…Continue Reading →

S:1159 Principle: Progress

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   Perfection. Have you ever delayed a decision, a diet, or a delivery because it was not yet perfect? Well I have. And I’ve missed a lot of good I might have gained because of it. Perfection has a…Continue Reading →

S:1158 Distinction: Responsive vs. Right

(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)   A request or question comes up and you respond. If you respond quickly, you are said to be responsive. An attractive trait. If you’re in a business and have a reputation for being responsive, that’s a…Continue Reading →

S:1157 Principle: Ends

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   An end always knows its beginning. That’s true for any end, all ends, even the ‘end’ you’re having right now (otherwise known as the ‘present’). When you see the arc from beginning to end, it teaches.   Coaching…Continue Reading →

S:1156 Great Question: Happy?

(Great questions lead to great answers; weak questions, weak ones.)   “As I look back over the past year, of what am I happiest?”   Coaching Point: Sure, your year wasn’t all rainbows and unicorn sightings, there was probably pain and upset, maybe some of it tough sledding. This Great Question isn’t about that. It’s…Continue Reading →

S:1155 Principle: Stuck

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   Stuck sucks. That may sound harsh, crude even, but it’s a truth. Stuck has several attributes, none attractive. When you’re stuck, options narrow. With fewer options you are less free. Free is good. Stuck isn’t. When you’re stuck,…Continue Reading →

S:1154 Principle: The Smart Guy Inside

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)   At the gym the other day a young man I’ve grown to know and like popped out with an attention-getting phrase. When talking about mistakes he had made in his somewhat rough past and that he was making…Continue Reading →

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