The Power of Building Rich Habits and Keeping Them Part of Your Routine

"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude." -Colin Powell

We all dream of success to one degree or another. The simple fact that you’re reading this right now tells me that you want to live a more successful life. Many find it difficult to achieve the success they desire and instead of addressing their habits and routines, they continue asking themselves, “Why can’t I… Read more »

How to Set Goals in Life for Doing Great Things

Move from simple goal setting to tapping the full power of your internal drives

Last week, I was looking through old family photos. I discovered a classic: me at about eight on Christmas, dressed in my new cowboy hat and holster, holding a drum, surrounded by gifts that visiting family members had brought from America. My father was stationed in Germany at the time. It might be hard to believe,… Read more »

How to Become More Productive: The First Thing Winners Do

This 5,000-year-old tool is the key to everything you want in life.

To get the things you want in life, it’s not good enough to be well-educated, to be talented, to be connected. You’ve got to be able to get things done. The most productive people in life make the most money. They get the promotions. They’re the reliable friends, the role models. It’s no wonder many of us… Read more »

Focus on What You Want. Why Waste Time on Anything Else?

How to fight the pressure to be more, do more, learn more and free yourself up to get more of what you want

I have studied the guitar for most of my life. After almost 5 decades, I’m a pretty good player. I’ve studied classical guitar techniques, fingering techniques, jazz progressions, and every chord imaginable. I’ve learned how to play the banjo, drums, and bass. I collect acoustic guitars (at one point, I owned about 100). One of the best… Read more »

Achieve Your Life Goals & Ignite Your Passion

If you're making slow or no progress on your life goals, maybe it's time to reassess.

Most people think of January as the Make Progress on Your Life Goals month, but March is when we should really be talking about it. Why? Because it’s the month our progress usually hits a serious slump. Don’t let this happen to you. There are lots of reasons we start to back off our goals… Read more »

Control Your Time Like a Chess Grand Master

4 ways to dodge problems that can kill your progress

The grand masters of chess aren’t obsessing about their next move and the exact problem it presents. They’re thinking 5, 10 and sometimes 20 moves ahead. They keep their eye out for potential danger on the horizon and constantly maneuver to avoid it. You can dramatically increase your chances of success by doing the same… Read more »

How to Make Your 90-Day Blitz a Success

Race toward a goal and generate long-term success.

Did you know that 90 days—or 45 or even 30—can make a lifetime of difference? They can. Let me introduce you to the 90-Day Blitz. What is it?  A blitz is a period of intense, focused effort designed to compress time frames and accelerate progress toward a goal. Picture it as a race, a ten-minute… Read more »

Calling a Time Out, the Right Way

How to make sure your vacation delivers the recharge you need!

We’re in the last two weeks of the year, and you’re probably planning a break. So here is something to consider as you prepare for your time out. Our time is precious and limited. If we don’t set priorities for how we use it, we won’t move toward what we want or need. Here are… Read more »

The Critical Ingredient to a Great Week, Month, or Year

5 Techniques for Winning Focus

Have you ever considered our air traffic control system? It is an unbelievably complex system responsible for the safety of hundreds of thousands of people every day! To make it work, thousands of controllers are operating across the country, and each one has a single point of focus. The ground controller manages all planes currently… Read more »

How to Predict Your Future, Part 1

Start by measuring these two things today.

I know a guy who is a fitness fanatic. He lifts weights every day for more than an hour, does sprints for twenty minutes, is a serious downhill skier and golfer, and has maintained roughly the same weight for about 6 decades. That’s right. He’s 85. (He also happens to be at the top of… Read more »

Put Your Strengths to Work

Nobody has time to fix all their weaknesses. Focus on your strengths!

Demands never end. There is never going to be an end to the demands in our time. Getting one thing done usually is followed behind by a dozen more jumping in line. Every now and then we catch up and have a chance to breathe—until we realize there are more things we would like to do. The… Read more »