Category Archives: Goal setting

How to make book reading a daily habit

I recently wrote about the importance of reading books (‘I cannot live without books’). In this follow-up post, I discuss how to make book reading a daily habit and how to get the most out of what you read. Most of … Continue reading

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‘I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in’

Before he became a country music star, Kenny Rogers recorded a song with the First Edition called “Just Dropped In.” It’s a relic from the counterculture ‘60s with lyrics that don’t make a lot of sense, but I’ve always liked the refrain: “I … Continue reading

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This New Year’s, resolve to be less busy and more productive

It’s the end of another year, a time for reflection, planning and goal setting. We get out our calendars, dust off our business plans and review our accomplishments over the past 12 months. We congratulate ourselves on achievements, note where … Continue reading

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10 ways to step out of your comfort zone

I read a LinkedIn post recently by Paul Lanigan on why it’s important to step out of your comfort zone if you want to be successful (“Are you smothering your own success?”). His piece had lots to say to me … Continue reading

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Eliminate the inessentials and focus on the essentials

Sitting in a client meeting this past week, I realized that so much of our success as managers and leaders lies in determining what we can realistically accomplish—and what we can’t. Like most successful organizations, this client has talented people, lots of ideas, … Continue reading

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Stop procrastinating and start hustling

I’ve been thinking about writing about procrastination for some time now, but I keep putting it off. Ha, ha, but it’s true. For some people, this post will seem foreign. You are the ones who tackle every project with gusto … Continue reading

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‘A great day lies ahead in the not-too-distant future’

I have a new Tuesday evening tradition. After my guitar lesson at Music & Arts, I head over to Panda Express for some stir-fry. This is a big change because I’ve always stopped off at Roy Rogers for the #1 … Continue reading

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Writer’s block? Try tying yourself to a chair

John McPhee tried tying himself to a chair so that he would stay focused on his writing. Victor Hugo had his servant take away his clothes each morning and remained in his room (supposedly naked) until he finished writing for the day. … Continue reading

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Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground

Years ago, when I was working at a DC trade association, the CEO stopped by my office one night before heading out the door. “Why do businesses fail?” he asked me. I could think of many reasons, but I knew … Continue reading

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