Category Archives: success

Why over 80% fail: Sound Familiar?

New Year’s resolutions often never materialize…

According to a U.S. News report, approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.  Have you ever wondered why?

habits 2Personally, I believe this to be a direct result of people not setting and sticking with simple daily disciplines.  It’s the little choices, when compounded over time, that either get us closer to our goals or pull us further away from them.  The impact of those choices, for better or for worse, determine our path and ultimately the end results.

“The things you do every single day – the things that don’t look dramatic – that don’t even look like they matter, do matter. They not only make a difference – they make all the difference.” – Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge

Jeff Olson’s assertion makes perfect, logical sense; that simple daily productive actions make the difference between failure and success.  It’s like a bank account where every little daily choice is either a deposit or a withdrawal. For example, want to lose weight?  Commit to just 5 sit-ups and 5 push-ups each morning just before hopping in the shower.  Want to learn more and expand your expertise?  Rather than waking up and watching the news or checking social media, read just 5 pages of a book – on professional development.)

You might be asking yourself, “Could such little actions like reading 5 pages and/or doing 5 push-ups each morning make such a massive impact on my life?”  I am here to tell you -YES!  I know this to be true because it has made a lasting difference in my own life.  When facing long terms goals, approach them with simple daily activities.  Create these little daily disciplines and you will ultimately reach those year-end resolutions!

Ask yourself, “What would my life be like today if last January I had changed just one simple thing?”  The choice is yours!

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Is it a good day to have a good day?

It all depends…on the lens through which you view things.

today-is-a-good-day-cardOnce upon a time a shoe company sent two salesmen to Africa to determine market potential.  The one reported back to home office, “No one wears any shoes, there is no potential here for us.”  The other salesmen sent word back, “No one here wears any shoes, there is a huge market here for us, send inventory fast!”

The point of this story is that our perspective influences our beliefs, which in turn influences our behavior.  And guess what behavior influences?  Our results!

Let’s dive a little deeper here.  What we expect out of each day manifests itself in the words we use, and those words can have a powerful effect.  For example, rather than view a difficult conversation with a customer as “I have to…” see it as, “I get to…”  Replace “I have to deal with an angry customer” with “I get an opportunity to win back a customer.”

Choose to be the type of person who sees opportunity where others do not.  Your daily outcomes depend on how you define each moment.  Choose the right perspective, encourage the right beliefs, demonstrate the right behavior; and positive results will follow.

Every day is a good day to have a good day!

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