A client recently said to me, “I am not done yet!” This client is beginning to think about and plan for retirement. So, what she meant is, while she is looking forward to retirement, she feels that she still has things to do, she still has much to contribute, but she just could not see how or how to plan for a life that wasn’t dominated by her job. This is not unusual, especially for Baby Boomers. I hear this or something similar from many of my clients. While my clients a
I was reading an article written by one of my mentors, Paul Martinelli, where he suggested that “we get what we believe.” I thought that was interesting and wanted to know more. He talked about how we can have goals, we can know why we should pursue these goals, we can know precisely how to achieve these goals, we may have all the resources needed to achieve the goals, and yet we don’t. This is so true, and I can point to so many times this has happened to me over the years.
If you want to consistently improve yourself, you’ll often have to change your behaviors. Sometimes, it is easy. You simply decide what you want to alter, and do so. But more often than not, it is not so straight forward, even though you may know the change is for the best. So what can you do to make permanent changes in your behavior when you’re struggling to stick to new ways of doing things? How do you go about establishing a new habit so that it becomes something you do a
Companies and organizations have mission statements. A mission statement communicates to the staff of that organization and to the world what that company stands for, and what their values are. It helps them to stay focused. Do you have a mission statement for your life? What is your purpose? Most of us don’t have a personal mission statement but perhaps we should. Without a personal mission statement, it can be challenging to come up with the best plans and decisions. Co
There are many people who are superb when it comes to visualizing, setting goals, making plans, and creating contingency plans for every obstacle that might occur on the way to accomplishing a goal. Yet they never take the first step in the real world. Their activity takes place only between their ears. It is true having clear intentions and plans are crucial initial steps, but nothing concrete happens until action is taken. People who take action might make some mistakes and
The old adage “slow and steady wins the race” is almost always true. The tortoise, in the story of the hare and the tortoise, won the race not because he was the smartest, smallest, or wittiest, but rather because he was unshakably determined, and kept laser-focus on the end result: the finish line. If you struggle to maintain momentum and motivation in your quest to achieve a goal, you’re not alone! Plateaus, setbacks, and relapses are normal when it comes to life-changing g
What is intention? The dictionary offers the following definitions: The determination to act in a certain way A concept considered as a product of attention directed to an object of knowledge. “Determination to act” and “the product of attention” – this resonates with me. It speaks to the fact that intentions are more than wishes, they require considerable attention and a level of determination to act, or to move beyond mere thought or idea. The power of intention has the abi