This Ought To Do It

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I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want. – Mark Twain We often don’t have a clear, compelling, and commonly-understood (by all the people who matter) set of goals for our businesses or our lives. […]

Success Is a Way, Not a Goal

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The sages tell us to have goals but not attach to them. They warn us that having too much focus on our goals comes from some subtle belief that achieving goals is difficult or impossible. That subtle belief promotes a struggle-laced busyness which makes goals difficult or impossible to achieve. But what to do instead? People who are successful […]

Picking a Dream

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Achieving a dream requires that we first commit whole-heartedly to that dream. But–oh–we hesitate. We’re afraid that if we pick one dream we’ll either mess it up or miss out on other, better ones that we just don’t know about yet. Hesitation leads to lack of commitment which leads to dreams unfulfilled. Bleah! Here’s the solution: commit […]


Monumental Goals Only Look Scary

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Committing to a monumental goal is a fast route to success…if we can get past the fear. Monumental goals seem scary because we cannot see how to possibly achieve them. But that’s the point. If we can see how to get there, then it’s an incremental not a monumental goal. When we commit to something that is just […]

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What Sort of Goals are Best? Both!

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There are two types of goals: incremental goals and monumental goals. Incremental goals ask us to work a bit harder, to focus a bit more, to iron out inefficiencies. When we commit to monumental goals, we face things that seem nearly impossible. Incremental goals help us mine and perfect. Monumental goals help us reset and redefine. Think […]


How to Build a Truly Compelling Goal

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Success demands a clear, compelling, and commonly understood vision or goal. Such a goal answers the big question, “Why?” We can probably write a clear goal. And we can include whoever matters as we build it so that the goal is commonly understood. But to make it compelling our goal needs to satisfy these criteria: It comes […]


Feeling Rudderless?

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Achieving anything meaningful requires both a clear desire for something new and a complete acceptance of whatever is happening now. Anything else leaves us rudderless.   In your corner, Mike PS: “Complete acceptance” means we do not attack the situation or its proponents. No complaints, no defensiveness, no arguing, no fear, no dwelling. PPS: And can someone […]

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Come At Your Goals from Above

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If singers try to hit a very high note by reaching up with their voices, they will likely stretch, squeeze, and strain. They are afraid that they will not hit the note. If they hit it, it won’t be pretty or fun. Instead, singing coaches encourage singers to hit the highest notes by coming at the note […]

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Need I Ask Which Way?

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“This needs to happen so I am going to worry/push/avoid/hope/drive hard to make it happen. Then I’ll be safe/happy/connected/abundant/free.” Or… “I want a work- and home-life of safety, happiness, connection, abundance, and freedom. It feels pretty dang good to envision what that life is/will be like. Wow. Now I jump in and act as inspired.” […]


Your Secret Dream

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Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Sometimes, we avoid saying what we really want at work and in life because the dream is so precious. We try to protect it from the harshness of the world, we hold it close for fear we may fail and damage […]