1 WORD that can change your life!

Do you set goals for the New Year? Do you achieve them? OUCH.

I set goals every year (17 last year because I incorporate all 7 vital areas of my life – faith, fitness, family, friends, finances, firm and fun). But, having just evaluated my goals for 2014 I found that I hit some part way, fully reached other and missed some too.

The reality is that 50% of people fail on their yearly goals by the end of January and also 90% fail during the year.

So why is this? Well, I believe that many including me try to do too much and often too fast. So this year I am focusing on 1 WORD. That’s it. Oh, I’ll still have goals but I will focus on that 1 WORD.

In this video I’m going to sharing my 1 WORD challenge with you and I would like to invite you to write in your word in the comments area below.

Then, in the days to come I will give you more tools on how to live out that 1 WORD here in my blog.

Let’s see if we can see measurable and meaningful life change this year by focusing on that 1 attribute we would like to best reflect our lives this next year.

So, what is YOUR 1 WORD?

Economic or Character Crisis?

Stressed Over MoneyAre we facing MOSTLY an economic crisis or a character crisis right now? I wonder!

Undoubtedly the economy is a mess. But wasn’t it the greed, arrogance and self-absorption on wall street along with the get-rich-quick mindset, greed and selfishness on main street that got us here.

And, as people are responding now, don’t we see fundamentally a response that flows from character or lack of it?

Think about it… fear, blaming others, denial, worry, dishonesty, inappropriate anger (I think there is plenty of good anger needed right now)?

And the biggest issue to me.. how do we start to make adjustments based on good character.. taking responsibility, kicking in the work ethic, caring for others in need, being generous, providing positive solutions, etc.

What do you think?

The Secret to Living in Harmony – from the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow!

How is the harmony in your relationships – your family, colleagues, clients, others?

Well, most of us struggle with that.

My wife, Mary and I spent an incredible evening at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow hosted by a client who had us speaking at a large convention of about 12,000 business owners.

The night was magical, even though I’ve never been a ballet kind of guy.

The dancing was stunning, the artists impeccable, the venue supreme and the music breath taking.

It reminded me of George Bernard Shaws comment, “in the right key you can say anything; in the wrong key nothing. The only delicate part of life is establishing the key.”

So listening to the orchestra even while tuning up here’s what I learned. Take a look and see what you think.

  • You must listen to the people/instruments around you.
  • You need to constantly make adjustments.
  • It’s OK to get out of key but you need to quickly get back in.
  • You need to master your instrument – you listening and communication skills.
  • You need to submit to the maestro.
  • You need to practice, listen, adjust until you get in key and then work to stay in key.
  • We’re all different with differing gifts and abilities so celebrate your role and gifts and join the team in making beautiful music.

That’s my take on this. How about you?

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WHAT WILL MATTER…a perspective on 2011

I recently read a blog with piece from the Josephson Institute of Ethics on living for what counts. I like this. What would you add or change here?

Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.

Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.
So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.

The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built;
Not what you got, but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories,
but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.
Choose to live a life that matters.

“What Will Matter“. Michael Josephson, one of the nation’s leading ethicists, is the founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.

Elizabeth Edwards Lasting Legacy

By this time I’m sure you have heard that Elizabeth Edwards has passed away. After a life of great victories and some great challenges she leaves a lasting legacy of optimism, leadership, loyalty and living life at full tilt.

My friend Catherine passed on this quotation from Elizabeth that touched both of us. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”

These words remind me of Psalm 90 when we are told to “remember and number our days.”

So why don’t you take the rest of 2010 and imagine that you had ONLY 2011 left to live. Yes, on January 1, 2011 you are ought of here, gone, exist on this earth no more.

So, how will you live differently?  Answer these questions and let me know your thoughts?

1. How will you spend your time differently beginning to day?
2. What critical relationships will you concentrate on?
3. How will you spiritual life be affected?
4. What lasting legacy will you focus on in the last year of your life?