Advice is Worthless But This Is Priceless

Former Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations had a video that went viral of his commencement address, “Make Your Bed, Change the World.” He begins by saying “If you make your bed the first thing in the morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day, it will give […]

Three Ways Change Can Be Easier and Faster

What’s the number one thing we hear most about change? Here it is: “People hate change.” Yet, everywhere we turn people talk about how they want things to change. Sales leaders want more sales. Managers want their teams to pick up the pace and do better work. We want our significant relationships to grow instead […]

Elite Performers Aren’t Superhuman: Here’s What They Do

Most people see others who have achieved the “impossible” and wonder how they pulled it off. I have some insight into this from my former days as a psychotherapist and the past decade of being a coach in the corporate world and to private clients. I’ve been a therapist and now a coach to doctors, […]

Happiness Is A Damn Good Litmus Test

I define happiness as feeling positive about yourself and the progress you’re making in key areas of your life. Think about your work, your significant relationship, your goals, and even your big dream. These are all things that can and should contribute to our happiness and sense of well-being. But what is happiness, really? You’re […]

The Power of E + ER = D0 to Change Your Life

Jack Canfield either originated or popularized the formula E + R = O: Event + Response = Outcome. The problem is most people respond to a challenging event with an automatic, subconscious response: E + AR = O: Event + Automatic Response = Outcome. We could also call our Automatic Response a Conditioned Response. That explains […]

The Hardest Question in Life to Answer

  Years ago I had a friend who sold life insurance. He didn’t really like it and he only made enough money to pay his bills. I suggested he find another kind of sales job; one he was better suited for and one he enjoyed. He insisted he just needed to be more disciplined and focused—that, […]


Happiness—it’s such a broad topic and one we tend to make more difficult than necessary. At work and in life, your level of happiness couldn’t be more important. I was recently a guest on The Energy of Success Podcast, hosted by author, speaker, and trainer Marc Schwartz. Marc is an excellent interviewer and the topic […]

What’s Your Real Potential? (Video)

Last week I watched a video of women gymnastics, comparing Olympic gymnasts from the 1950’s and those currently competing. I’m sharing it to ask the question, “What is our real potential?” What have we learned since the 50’s in terms of the human body’s potential, mental potential and so on? Here’s the video–it’s the first […]

Why “Just Do It” Is Great For Nike But Not For You

When it comes to “motivating” others (and ourselves) there are three well-known phrases I see and hear a lot: “Just Do It!” “No excuses!” “No one owes you anything!” As a former psychotherapist and now as a coach for the past decade, I have spent thousands of hours with individuals and couples and also with […]

Go From “Here” to “There” Faster & Easier

In 2007 Ursula Burns became the president of Xerox Corporation. In 2009 she became the CEO and In 2010 she was also named chairman of Xerox. That’s quite a success story, but like all success stories, there is a beginning. For Ms. Burns, that beginning was as an intern for Xerox in 1980. If you […]