4 Ways to Stay Motivated Everyday

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Do you ever feel like a windup doll? That you have to wind yourself up every day? Well, you do! And if you don’t, who will? It takes discipline. Here are 4 tips for renewing your passion for your business:

1. Work up a sweat.

You know working out is good for you, but it’s also good for business. There is nothing like physical exercise to clear out the cobwebs, reduce stress, come up with a great idea and improve your morale. Do something every day, anything, that causes you to break a sweat. It could be as little as 10 minutes of running, brisk walking, climbing stairs, or a few sit-ups and planks in your office. When you most don’t feel like it…do it, because you will always be glad you did. You will never wish you hadn’t. […]

By |February 11th, 2014|Business Makeover, Employees, Making Sure, Running|1 Comment

How Inspiration Changed the Course of My Business

Plan… or be planned for. If you don’t craft your intention, you may fall into someone else’s plan. And what they have planned for you may not suit you. So consider what you want, and plan for it. Clarity simplifies your life and energizes your dreams. This is the basis of solid business – and life – planning.

That is what I believe. And I am a big on planning. I do it regularly, weekly, religiously.

So, how did I get so frustratingly busy? How come what I really really want is not on my calendar? Why am I dreading the New Year? How did I get…lost? […]

By |January 16th, 2013|Business Planning, Consulting, Making Sure, Running|1 Comment

5 Easy Ways to Rekindle the Passion for Your Business

Daylight Savings Time just ended. It’s 5 pm and dark outside.  All you want to do is go home and watch reruns of Modern Family.  I get it.  It takes energy and fizz and a sense of purpose to get up off the couch. It takes a passion for something bigger than eating mac ‘n cheese and searching for cat videos on YouTube.

Sometimes business sucks the life out of you.  You started a business because you have a passion for something.  Maybe its the day-to-day craft.  Maybe its the lifestyle that having your own business creates.  Regardless, life happens and your business may lose the luster it once had.  The passion that once drove you fades.  So how do you rekindle the fire?  STOP. Take a deep breath and try these 5 easy ways to re-energize your passion for your business. […]

By |November 6th, 2012|Making Sure, Running|7 Comments

7 Sports Philosophies Every Business Should Implement

I love sports.  I especially love the big games – the playoffs and the championship events.  How ‘bout them Redbirds!  The Yankees pulled it off after a season of dead heat with the Orioles.  More good games to come!  And, I love the “more to the story” details the sportscasters share.  I love hearing that something I just saw has never been done, or not since 1943.

I love to play games and I so appreciate when someone is on top of theirs.  If you have ever skied, you understand how amazing Lindsey Vonn is.  If you have ever played tennis, your job drops when Roger Federer hits a backhand shot.  It’s that swing, that turn, that arc, that moment of perfection…and time stands still.  Goosebumps.  Joy!  Every now and then you watch one, and it’s enough to keep you interested until the next one. […]

By |October 15th, 2012|Employees, Entertainment, Running|2 Comments

Even the Best Tools are Useless in Unskilled Hands

I started running when I was 13 years old and I’ve been running ever since.  Not continuously, mind you.  But every day or two I head out for a run.  The key to longevity as an athlete is staying healthy.  Interestingly, the standard advice for preventing injuries is, “Buy shoes with lots of cushioning and stability.”  Here’s my advice:  Use good form.  Pretend the shoe doesn’t exist.  Run light and aligned.  Run better.  Run in moccasins or barefoot when you can.  Cushy shoes actually harm you because they allow you to run poorly and not feel it.  In the long run, your poor technique will lead to an injury.

The shoe is a tool.  There are bad and good tools, but ultimately the skill of the person using the tool is what creates a functional, productive result.  Makes sense in construction, too, right?  Consider a hammer.  As a technician, you know that even the best tool is useless in unskilled hands. Once upon a time, you picked up a hammer for the first time.  I bet someone watched you whack it a few times and then, shaking his head, came to your rescue.  “You’ll wear yourself out holding it like that.  Here.  Hold it like this.  Swing from your elbow.  Let the momentum of the swing do the work.” […]

By |June 26th, 2012|Budgeting, Making Money, Running|0 Comments