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succeed and win

“This is not the end, this is not even the beginning of the end, this is just perhaps the end of the beginning.”
― Winston S. Churchill

Do you feel that you are successful?

Are you winning the daily battles?

Are you winning in your version of life?

What does it mean to win?

How do you set and reset the bar of excellence in your life?

What kind of goals are you setting each day?

To win each day is to focus on noticing what is most important right now.  What is important now?  (WIN – what’s important now).

For many people doing what is not important now is consuming their time.  At work how many important things are left undone because the focus is on answering or reviewing emails, answering a text message or following a lonely path through Facebook.

To WIN means setting real and tangible goals that are important each day.  Just a few important things, the most important things, are to be the focal point of the day.

What am I doing that leads to greater satisfaction?

What am I doing that leads to greater productivity?

What am I doing that will make a lasting difference?

What motivates and inspires you?   Are you doing those things in some way each day?

Success is winning the day.  Winning the day means focusing on what is the most important to focus on right now.   Build in the opportunity to be successful each day.   Be the initiator of great work by doing what is most important now.

you have to be present to win

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”
― George Harrison


In life you have to be “present” to win.    It’s like a raffle ticket, you have to be there to collect the prize.  It’s the same with our life, we have to be there to win and so often we are somewhere else and we miss the opportunity to win the prize.

For many people their career is the target of most of their energy.   Sometimes so much energy is put into the career that there is nothing left for other things in life.   Vacations get put on hold because the work load increases so quickly that a vacation only means doing more work when you get back.

Living in a world of distractions means that being present to enjoy the moment or participate more fully in life is often pushed to the side.

What does it take to be present?

1. Know who you are?

2. Know where you are?

3. Know what you are doing?

It looks simple doesn’t it?   Do you really know who you are?   Many people really don’t know “who” they are.  They usually know what they aren’t though.   Do you know where you are?   If you have a plan you must be somewhere on that path to achieving your life’s goal.  Do you know where you are?   And, do you know what you are doing?  Are you asking for help when you want help.   Perhaps you don’t want help until you need it and if you wait that long you might be in place you really don’t want to be.  Ask for help and seek it before you need it.

Go out and be present in all that you do.

a plan for life

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”  Pablo Picasso

Who do some people succeed with great regularity and others seem to bump into the obstacles of life and define their life in terms of failure and underperforming their abilities?   One of the reasons that some people always seem to find success is that they have a plan, goals and vision for their life.   While having plans, goals and a vision doesn’t guarantee success it often brings you closer to achieving success and significance.

Darren Hardy the publisher of Success magazine writes articles about those who are always at or near the pinnacle of success.   What separates those few who do remarkable things from those who just talk about doing remarkable things?   Often it is an advisor, consultant or coach that helps the high performer find a path to success, to see those habits and attributes that hold them back from being their best.

The difference between the best and everyone else is small, often very small.

Why plan?   To enable and create a better future for yourself.  It is time to stop wandering and wondering what is next and create a solid plan that allows you to focus on a goal and work towards it.

What are you planning for?

1. What is your career plan?

2. What is your financial plan?

3. What is your relationship plan?

4. What is your retirement plan?

5. What is your personal development plan?

6. What is you physical health plan?

7. What is your recreation plan?

If you don’t have a plans for your life then life will happen.  The unintended consequences of living life without a plan are feeling disappointed, increased frustration, lower levels of success, poor physical fitness,  and more.   It doesn’t always mean that having a plan is going to result in superabundant success, it means that you are more likely to achieve the success and significance you desire.   Why?   Because you had a plan and you made it happen.

Do you have a plan?

stuck in a career with no place to go …

Are you stuck where you are?

“Organizations often spend too much time watching the scoreboard and not enough time watching the ball. Blanchard® research shows that 50% of organizations focus on dashboards and metrics when they should be focusing on creating and improving employee passion. A focus on numbers and productivity without a comparable focus on—and understanding of—what motivates each individual can undermine an organization’s efforts to boost employee productivity and employee work passion.

There are both distinct and subtle clues to understanding organizational productivity. Metrics such as sick days, decreased revenue, and defect rates are easily measured, but the subtleties of productivity can be harder to read. In organizations where employee work passion is high, people willingly exert discretionary effort. They talk positively about the organization to friends and family. They support their colleagues without it being a required part of their job. They are loyal. And they intend to stay with the organization, perform well, and inspire others.”    (from the Ken Blanchard Organization)

It is no wonder that so many people feel like the work they do doesn’t matter.  The effort and focus is on measuring things and leaving out the most important thing, people.   Of course there are organizational results that truly matter to the success of the business and those things shouldn’t be left to chance, but how often are those measures obscuring what really needs to be understood, how engaged are the employees in the work that they are doing?   Measuring productivity and orders and profits are  important, and so is the heartfelt engagement of each person.   Companies that want to improve bottom line results just need to care for their employees.   Now, some would say, “we do care”, we have benefits, they get a paycheck, they get a vacation, employees get all these things from us and what do they do, they don’t do their best.

There are many companies where manager’s are managing as if were 1920 and Frederick Taylor was designing the work day.   Extrinsic motivation which was the popular mode of squeezing more out of an employee is an outmoded form of management.  Not that it isn’t needed at all, it is just that it is needed far less than what it was.   The new leadership model includes intrinsic motivation and the prime method of encouraging employees.  Companies could benefit greatly, improve their bottom line, improve their competitiveness, and improve results by improving employee engagement.

What kind of company do you work for?  Is it encouraging you, empowering you, allowing you the autonomy you need to produce your best results?    When 84% of people surveyed believe they need to be doing something different then most people are not feeling empowered to make the difference they could make.

If your company is filled with people who are working at less than their potential then “coaching” is one tool that can improve the bottom line.  See if your company’s management would be open to improving their bottom line.

“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in when we feel we’d rather collapse and back away. They’re like messengers that show us, with terrifying clarity, exactly where we’re stuck. This very moment is the perfect teacher, and, lucky for us, it’s with us wherever we are.”  Pema Chödrön

balance … is it possible?

op-ti-mize:  (verb) – to make as effective, perfect, as useful as possible. 

Seeking balance and harmony is something many people desire especially in a world that is fast moving, complex and full.   Women especially seem to be mired deeply in the vortex of trying to balance work, family, children and their own personal desires and find it is difficult to find the right balance.

One lady that I talked to was trying to balance a busy work life, a three small boys, a business and a family and it made for a complex and busy day.   Much of the family raising rests on the women as caretaker, nurturer and family manager which leaves very little time to relax, and work on their own personal development goals.

In a sense we have moved beyond balance, there is only so much time in a day to get what “needs” to get done.   The next step is optimization of each day.   That means that we maximize the value of the time we have.   Balance implies that we can shift one thing to another in order to do something different and in many cases balance just isn’t possible, so optimization is what is needed.

 The list is growing longer.  It is all important and it needs to be done TODAY, or so it seems.   In that maelstrom of swirling thoughts less and less gets done and more and more pressure gets heaped on you.   You know these things have to get done but there isn’t any time.   And before long a thought creeps in,  a small one at first, a small voice that cries louder and louder.   How does everyone else do it … “I mean everyone else is able to do …..”, so “why am I such a failure?”.   

The assumption is that “everyone” else is able to do more and more with less time.  What if that assumption was wrong and that most people struggle to get everything they want to do in  day done.   What if more and more was left undone to focus on the critical few things that must be done.   What if each day was optimized and the focus was on is essential.  Optimize the day.

What can you do to focus on the few important things in your day?

What would help you optimize your day?


 “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” – Earl Nightingale

accountability matters

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.”  Niccolo Machiavelli   The Prince (1532)


Many people find themselves inspired after a fiery speech, a speech that drives right to the core of their emotional center.   With that new sense of spirit and energy of the event many people commit themselves to action, an action to change.   In a week after the luster of the energy has worn off and the daily routines take over the impetus for change becomes a distant memory.  That once powerful force for change lies dormant and quiet.   What happened?

One of the key factors in successful change is having an accountability partner, someone who is going to work to ensure that each committed goal is adhered to.   Research shows that without having some form of accountability over 90% of change efforts fail.    It is easy to see that change efforts fail.  Just take an inventory of the times you tried to change something, well intentioned, highly motivated and sincerely desiring change that never materialized to the degree you desired.  Just take a look at New Year’s resolutions or weight loss programs, how many people succeed in meeting their objectives, not many.   Those are the obvious change efforts that result in potentially expensive programs that yield little or no results.  Personal or professional change is hard to do and that is the reason that so many top performer’s hire coaches to move them to a higher zone of performance.

Motivation, desire, and accountability do result in lasting change.   Accountability is what is needed for change to take hold and become lasting.