A Bigger Hammer?

When you've tried everything else, it's time to find a better tool.

It’s not the arrow it’s the Indian. Have you heard that one? Another version of the same thing is…”it’s a bad workman that blames his tools”. I’m sure that’s true most of the time, but not always. Sometimes it’s the tool. If you’re working as hard as you can and not getting the progress you… Read more »

Indecision Is Like Living in a Holding Pattern

But be sure to get all the facts before you decide.

Any expert will tell you, “Deal with things once.” Force yourself to make a decision. Be efficient. Stay ahead of the details. Don’t let them build up. It sounds so simple. When you try it, you find it’s half-baked advice. Life isn’t so simple. You may be able to handle a lot of things once,… Read more »

Checklist for When You Don’t Know What to Do

8 Steps for Moving Forward

No matter what path you’re on, totally unexpected things will happen somewhere along the way. Sometimes, the surprise is minor. It’s not something you expected, but it’s something you’ve seen before. Maybe it happened to a friend or a colleague, and you remember how they handled it. You make some quick adjustments, and you’re back… Read more »

Even Hollywood Makes Excuses

But living in denial only makes things worse.

With some recent expensive blockbusters like Will Smith’s After Earth, Johnny Depp’s The Lone Ranger, Jeff Bridges in R.I.P.D. and Jamie Foxx’s White House Down bombing horribly on their opening weekends, the movie industry was reeling from the sudden, shocking news. It meant the studios and investors could lose over a hundred million dollars on each… Read more »

How to Stay on Track After a Tragedy

It’s the same thing you do when coming off of a big success.

Regardless of whether they’re good or bad, happy or sad, major events have the same effect: they disrupt your life. They create an overwhelming, all consuming, temporary, urgent issue for you to think about. Sometimes these are tragedies. We’ve all heard the phrase “into every life a little rain must fall.” We know that when a hurricane, a… Read more »

How to Handle Problems Like a Pro

Use the 90/10 Rule to manage stress and keep moving.

Since nothing is perfect in life, it helps to have a philosophy about how to look at problems. You aren’t going to be able to get away from them, so why not adopt a philosophy that allows you to keep moving and stay in a happy, balanced and positive frame of mind. Let’s analyze the issue. Perspective:… Read more »