Tell me this hasn’t happened to you: At the end of the year, you brainstorm several goals. You start the New Year full of determination and enthusiasm. But after several weeks, you get distracted and lose ground. Months later you realize you’ve made no real progress. You either feel lousy and quit, or feel lousy […]
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Many people fail because they are afraid to dream. Their thinking is too small. In this post I provide seven steps for becoming a big thinker.
It’s 2016! That means you’ve probably created some goals for the new year already or you’re in the process. But hang on. People have been making New Year’s resolutions since the time of the ancient Babylonians. I doubt they were much better at it than we are. Why? Simple. Most of us make the same […]
Steve Mura was a Triple-A baseball pitcher. He was starting one night in an away game, but he almost lost before leaving the dugout. Why? “I can never win on this mound,” he told his pitching coach and shook his head. For Mura, the game was already over, and he hadn’t even thrown the first […]
What does it take to accomplish your goals? Some people think it’s mostly about luck, smarts, good looks, and social connections. Nope. Researcher Angela Lee Duckworth studied West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee contestants, teachers in tough schools, and sales peoples, asking who would succeed and why. “In all those very different contexts one characteristic […]
Achieving our goals takes more than good intentions. You have to take action and then systematically measure your progress. There are numerous apps designed for just this purpose, but which one is right for you? Recently, I went on a search to find an app for my own use. I want to share with you […]
As I talk about setting goals for the New Year, I get a lot of questions like these: “How do I know if I’m being too aggressive with my goals? How do I know if my goals are realistic?” If you’re asking these questions, you’re already on the right track. Why? Because you’re already talking […]
When it comes to achieving our goals, the biggest challenge usually isn’t a lack of resources or time. It’s our own memory. It doesn’t matter how big or important a goal is, if we don’t review it, it’ll fade from memory. It’s almost as simple as the old saying: “Out of sight, out of mind.”
Except maybe the time around our birthday, no single period in the year can bring us to a place of deep reflection about the past and future like the days leading up to Christmas and New Year’s. It’s like hitting the pause button on life. Even if it’s only for a few hours, we can […]
Joy is one of hardest feelings to hold onto, isn’t it? Fear is always crouching nearby ready to snatch it from us. In Daring Greatly Brené Brown talks about “foreboding joy,” the idea that some sort of disaster looms just around the corner no matter how promising things look for the moment. Instead of experiencing […]
It doesn’t matter if it’s The Odyssey, The Hobbit, or Monty Python and the Holy Grail, every great story about a journey involves getting lost. Why? Because storytellers know even the wildest fantasy has to be grounded in reality. And we’re all familiar with feeling lost, sidetracked, and stalled out.
Most people I know have several significant dreams and aspirations. But some make much more progress than others. Why? When I was the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, I used to oversee the monthly business review. It was a time for our divisional leaders to report on their performance against monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial […]