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Why do we make excuses for our inability to achieve our goals?  It is time to get real with yourself.  If you are not achieving your goals, it is because you are not trying.  A half ass attempt won’t work either.  Excuses get in the way of your success!  You develop the reasons in your brain that hinder you from moving forward.  You use excuses as a crutch.  When you can remove excuses and own the situation, you can begin to understand what is standing in your way and what you need to do differently to achieve your goals.


It is time to take ownership over your decisions.  If you are only doing the basics, you will not achieve the results you want.  It w ill not happen – Period!  Take away the excuses and take action.  Get real with yourself!

Taking action does not have to be overwhelming.  Again, another excuse.  Clearly identify your goal and get to work.  The point is, take action!  I know this sounds easy…. because it is.  Set small goals for yourself that will lead to your ultimate goal.

The key is to hold yourself accountable.  A good way to keep yourself accountable is to tell someone what you are trying to accomplish.  That person can check in with you every once in a while to make sure you are still on point.  How embarrassing would it be to tell that person you are not taking the action you explained to them?  Ah… that is where all the excuses will creep in. Stop making excuses!  It seems absolutely crazy you would make up excuses when you want something so badly.    You need to ask yourself how bad do you really want it.  If the answer is an emphatic…Really Bad, nothing should stand in your way.  So, why do so many people do the basics and expect greatness? Excuses

People do not reach greatness because they are not willing to put in what it takes,  They don’t take action and they come up with excuses.  They want a reason why they can’t take action.  The reality is you only need to accomplish one small goal each day.  Your excitement will grow and your daily goals will get bigger.  Before you know it, you will be so far down the road and your ultimate goal will be in reach.  Remember, one small goal each day.  Schedule it in your day.  Give yourself a reminder.  Wake up early so time doesn’t become an excuse.  Take action and lose the excuses for heaven sakes!


September 16, 2018 0 comment
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what is the best way to start your day

People who want to be more successful want to know what is the best way to start your day.  Simple: wake up early.  Early can be relative but I’m talking about earlier than everyone  else.  If you are not a morning person, you need to train your mind and body to wake up before 6am.  You can train yourself by setting your alarm earlier and earlier.  Mel Robbins talks about the 5 sec rule.  Don’t keep hitting snooze, count backwards 5-4-3-2-1 and jump out of bed.  Don’t linger around in your comfy bed, it will be that much harder to jump out of bed the next time your alarm rings for the 2nd time.

what is the best way to start your day

Use this extra time in the morning to get a head start on your day.  This is quiet time you need to use to accomplish tasks that get you closer to your goal.  I find when I wake up in the morning, I am the most creative.  I like to spend the early morning hours blogging or reading.  It fuels my brain and gives me energy.  The coffee helps too!

Enjoy the peace around you.  Soon you will be hustling kids to school, fighting major traffic jams, dealing with all kinds of issues at work.  You deserve this time just for you.  I only wish I had more of it.  The mornings and the weekends I find extremely valuable for things I want to accomplish for myself.  The better part of the day seems to be for everyone else around me.

My challenge to you is to take the remaining days of this week and wake up an additional 45 minutes before your regular time.  Do things you normally can’t get to because of your hectic days.  Do things for you.  If you don’t find it useful, you can go back to your normal ways.  I have a feeling something will ignite in you and using this time in the morning will make you a more productive person.

Rise and Shine!


August 22, 2017 1 comment
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how do you challenge yourself

If you read my post from yesterday, you know what I’m about to ask.  Do you want to know how to challenge yourself on weekends?  Did you jump on tasks to get closer to your goals or did you use the weekend as an excuse not to take action?  Congratulations to those who decided there is nothing that will stand in their way, challenged themselves, and made a decision to take action.  For those of you who came up with excuses, you still have today.

I don’t know what the weather is like in your area, but where I am from, its’s raining.  Instead of using this as a lazy day, I’m going to leverage this day and spend time working on my Ebook.  There is nothing better than sitting by the window, with a cup of coffee and my computer, and glancing at rain in between hammering out a few paragraphs. Accept the challenge right now?  What do you want to accomplish today?


Set your goals for the day and go.  Make the decision to take action.  Set big goals but don’t overwhelm yourself.  If you feel overwhelmed, you will become indecisive.  Don’t become paralyzed this weekend.  If you attain a few goals today, you will be that more excited to wake up Monday morning and start again.  You will feel accomplished.

If you take a break on the weekends, you will lose momentum.  Momentum is everything.  When you have momentum you will have natural energy that comes over you.  You will be in the right mindset, you will be organized, and extremely focused.  Your Monday mornings will change and you will feel more energized than ever before.  You won’t ever have the Monday morning blues again.  Mondays will now be welcomed and will become the most important day of the week.  You can use Monday’s as a benchmark.  Every Monday morning, review the previous week and celebrate all your accomplishments.

Challenge Yourself!

August 20, 2017 2 comments
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How to Take Action by Taking The First Step Forward

Today, I want you to make the decision to get control and take “Action”  To accomplish your goals and truly be successful, you have to do something about it.  No one else is going to do it for you.  Many of us sit around wish, pray, and hope for something amazing to occur but it never does.  Does it?  We think how great it would be if…  If I had millions of dollars in the bank, if I had the freedom to travel the world, if I were the CEO of the company, if I started the non-profit that I know would make a differnce, if I accomplished the goals I set out for myself; but we are not willing to take that first step.


The reality is there is such a small percentage of us that will actually do something about it and take action.  Are you one of them?  You have big dreams but you are not willing to do what it takes.  You are paralyzed by the thought of taking a step forward.  You don’t know where to start so you make a decision not to start.  You have just made your goal beyond reach.

If you just take that first step, you can accomplish remarkable things.  Take action today.  Don’t wait until tomorrow or when the time is right.

Start right now!  Just one first step and move forward.  No matter how small the step is, just take it!

August 16, 2017 4 comments
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If you are like me, you are always exploring ways to better yourself.  Recently I discovered if I just get up an additional 20 minutes earlier, I can spend time reading.  I found that reading gets my brain active, I start to explore new things, and I am more prepared to start my day.  I get up before anyone in the house and I have an additional 20 minutes just for myself.

Reading helps me establish my short term goals and drives me closer to my long term goals.  Once I am finished with my early morning reading, I spend a few minutes running through my long term goals.  I have 4 major goals that I work towards every single day.  My creativity starts to bubble.  Fresh ideas flow through my mind and I am amped.  I know what I want to accomplish and I am ready to make it happen.

My suggestion is to find that early morning ritual that gets your mind and blood stirring.  It is a time you will look forward to every morning and it will be difficult not to start your day out on the right note.  This is time you must take advantage of.   I only wish I discovered this sooner but I am thankful I have it in my life now.  Do this for YOU!



August 3, 2017 2 comments
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There is a certain time in your life, for some midlife, when you suddenly realize you haven’t accomplished all the things you set out to do. Why haven’t I accomplished my goals?  You have to get real with yourself.  You begin to evaluate your life and question decisions you have made (or not made) that have resulted in you not achieving your dreams. Panic may set in and self-doubt. You wonder why the person who manifested these goals in their early 20s fell short. Why was the 20-something year old version of me so much more assured?

You look around and see all these wildly successful people and wonder how they did it. Most of them have the same challenges you face with everyday life, full time career, and raising a family. Somehow they were able to forge forward and accomplish remarkable things and sometimes 2 or 3 incredible things. I’m always in aww when I read about people’s success and what it took to get them there. At the same time, I think I have just as much stamina and self-discipline but my outcomes are not fully coming to fruition. I have the will power and the drive so what am I not doing that these other extremely successful people doing?

By most accounts, I have done very well in my career but I’ve always had bigger aspirations. I set very high goals for myself and have been very diligent with my steps to accomplish these goals. I wake most mornings with a plan and a positive attitude. Just ask my kids..I drive them crazy with my cheerful self in the morning. I get my coffee and have my plan of attack. Although I am the type of person who can’t enjoy a lot of down time, I wonder every day if I am doing the right things to get closer to my life-long goals or am I making wrong moves throughout the day that are preventing me to move forward. What are other people doing that I am not doing?

Then self-doubt will set in. Maybe I am not strong enough, fast enough, smart enough to make it happen. I’m a fairly confident person but these thoughts do sneak in every once in a while. I feel I am doing what I should be doing and the results have not formalized. Maybe I’m not doing the right things! Then I have to regroup and dust myself off. I tell myself not to let the negative thoughts control my behavior. If negativity creeps in I know my goals will never be obtained.

I venture to believe many people go through the same thoughts as they near midlife. You look at your current situation and decide if you are happy with where you are or do you have more to give. If you have more to give, you panic with the amount of time you have to make it happen. You hear all the uplifting advice including, remove all obstacles, never give up, stay focused, and I can and I will. If it was that easy, my aspirations would have been accomplished years ago.

I believe you have to take a step back and reevaluate your approach if you are not getting the results you desire. You don’t have to change your goals but you do have to do things differently. What do you really want to focus on? Sometimes we go in way too broad when we would have better results if we narrowed our focus. Another words get laser focused. Try not to pay any mind to your age or how long results are taking (easy for me to say) because if you get laser focused and you don’t give up, it will happen. I am a big believer in things happen when they should. You are setting things up so that when the time is right… BOOM!

March 22, 2017 9 comments
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Handle Change

People Deal With Change Differently

Recently, I found out my company merged with another company. Scary, right? Not for me! This is the second time this happened within the last two years. What does this mean for everyone? CHANGE! In my role, I get a lot of feedback from my co-workers and I have realized people handle change differently. Some people adjust easily, while others really struggle with any kind if disruption.

How you approach, change will determine how successful you will be with the transformation. Every organization must evolve or they will not be effective. Granted you can measure change on different magnitudes but change is significant for success. Are you adaptable? If you are, you will see the positive side of change and will be at a definite advantage over your colleagues. Your personality will shine and people will take notice. Your encouraging outlook will help guide you through the change and make the transition more enjoyable. Having the right attitude is key!

If you are not adaptable, you will certainly struggle. You may be seen as inflexible or not a team player. Change can bring on unwanted anxiety and affect your performance. Your fear of the unknown can be emotionally paralyzing. So what do you do if you are the type of person that has a tough time handling change? First and foremost, accept what is beyond your control. By accepting you are not in control of the outcome, will free you from the fear of the unknown. The only reason to control the situation is that you think you know what outcome is best for you. Is that true? Do you always know what is best for you? Of course not! You do not even know all the possible endings.

If you want to be seen in a positive light, do not focus on the negative. Accept it and take positive action. Said Dr. Stephen R. Covey, “We control our actions, but the consequences that flow from those actions are controlled by principles.” It is okay to analyze the situation but know that the outcome is out of your control. Do not go into this blindly, be educated, but have an open mind for what awaits you at the end. Change can provide you better skills, larger responsibilities, greater insight, and more knowledge. Change can also lead you to new people, healthier lifestyle, and new opportunities.

Do not shut down when you hear the word “Change.” Do not run for the hills and hide under a rock hoping change will not touch you. Grab change by the horns and own it. Know confidently that no matter what happens you will be okay. In fact, you may actually gain something and grow as a person. If you shy away from change, you do not know all the possibilities that lie ahead for you. You are born with the will to survive and the need to thrive. Be convinced that change can only help you achieve your goals and then change will not be that scary. Do not fear change, embrace it!

February 7, 2017 1 comment
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