10 Ways to Make Your Downtime More Effective

Downtime is just as important to success as working hard, but knowing how to use that downtime productively can make all the difference.

I talk a lot about what you need to do to make your life, your career or your business successful. A lot of that comes down to hard work, putting successful systems in place, and learning how to break through the obstacles in your way. There’s one thing that too many of us forget about…. Read more »

Set the Deadline to Achieve Your Goals

5 ways flipping the deadline switch on in your life could change your progress forever.

I know a woman who doesn’t believe in New Year’s resolutions; instead, she establishes a theme for the year instead. Each year, the theme is something she has been wishing or hoping for, but has never made happen. She started doing this because she realized as soon as she set the deadline, everything started to… Read more »

3 Dangers of Failing to Finish

Why Quitting is Almost Always a Bad Idea

One thing coaches are constantly emphasizing is the importance of finishing. They know how important it is for you to keep your focus and intensity up all the way through the finish line. They want to save you from even thinking about quitting, and you need to understand why. Usually, quitting is a bad idea. A… Read more »

4 Strategies on How to Finish What You Start

Remember: "Almost finished" gets you almost nothing.

Everyone who’s ever started something knows what it’s like to never finish something. Many of us are pretty good at completing most of our tasks and undertakings, but few of us finish all of them all the time. In an assessment my team and I recently conducted about what it takes to succeed, 70% of… Read more »

3 Questions to Ask Before You Quit

And 2 simple things you can do to regain control.

When I was building my business, I considered quitting a lot. It was a rough few years. I wasn’t making enough to support my family. My team missed goal after goal. Our growth was snail-paced. I was even labeled “Turkey of the Month” in a nationwide newsletter. Entrepreneurs face similar circumstances all the time. It’s… Read more »

5 Early Actions for Successful Project Planning

Project planning tips for successful launches and bigger wins!

I compare every project to a space shuttle mission. It may seem a bit of a stretch, but the same laws of physics apply. The shuttle used 2 million pounds of solid fuel and 500,000 gallons of liquid fuel in less than 9 minutes to reach orbit. Guess how much it used for the rest… Read more »

How to Make the Most of the Rest of Your Year

5 Tactics for Making Big Progress on Your Goals, Despite the Holiday Hoopla

Please don’t collapse when you read this: We have three weeks left in 2015. You might be saying, Where did the year go? You might be looking back, kicking yourself for not accomplishing some of your goals. In fact, more than 70% of people who have taken the Serial Winner assessment said they have left projects… Read more »

5 Signs You’ve Got IT

Check your ability to commit, finish, and succeed.

You can call it what you like—and most researchers do—but what all the words in the title above mean is the ability to navigate rough waters, stay the course, and achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Mental toughness (my favorite) is the key to happiness, success, and fulfillment in life and at work. Most people… Read more »

Why Did John Fox Get Fired?

Once you see and understand the gap between good and great, you find it impossible to settle for second best. It took John Elway 16 years as a professional to find out the difference between Super Bowl winning teams and Super Bowl losing teams. Now, as the General Manager of the Denver Broncos, he finds… Read more »