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Personal Development is a widely used term by thousands of bloggers. Some are wide-ranging articles about the body, mind, spirit and soul. Others are focused on life coaching, personal success and lifestyle. It’s a bit of a potpourri here, too, but you will find practical strategies, tips and tools that can make a difference in your life.

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Happy Birthday, Winston | How Did You Get It All Done?

Today, November 30, is the birthday of Winston Churchill.

H e was born 136 years ago in 1874 … and died 50 years ago in 1965 … yet his talent and prodigious output remains striking to this day.


Winston Churchill has always been one of my favorite historical characters … and for many reasons. His oratorical wit, style and passion was without peer.

An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity, a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity. ~Winston Churchill

He had a spine of steel … with discipline and resilience to match, albeit the certainty of his convictions often triggered an abject stubbornness that wasn’t always welcome. It also created no small amount of turmoil.

I suppose some of these attributes can be found among many of us, so by themselves, they may not be so distinctive.

Prime Minister during WWII is only part of his record

To believe is to be strong … Doubt cramps energy … Belief is power. ~Winston Churchill

For me, his greatest distinction is the enormity of his accomplishments.

In most lifetimes, we’d be fortunate to accomplish a fraction of what Churchill got done.

Most notably, he served as the Prime Minister for Great Britain (and for 40+ years in the House of Commons, holding many other cabinet-level positions previously), leading the Allies to victory against the Axis forces during World War II … by most standards, enough to earn eternal praise and approbation.

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The Nobel Prize for Literature

Yet, who else in that same lifetime wrote 43 book-length works in 72 volumes?

Keep reading to learn of Churchill’s extraordinary accomplishments


The Power of Self-Reliance | Who’s the Boss of You?

Resourcefulness has nothing to do with access to resources.

W e have more resources than ever before. That’s not what makes us resourceful.


Early this morning, I headed to a favorite place just down the street to bring home a couple of lattes for my wife and I.

I think Jefferson or Franklin or another of our forefathers was looking down at that moment, shaking his head in wonder. He looked a little disgusted at our lack of self-sufficiency.

Would You Work This Hard for a Cup of Coffee?

Our ancestors would have awakened in woolen underwear, stepped onto a cold wooden or dirt floor, and would have gone outside to chop some wood to start a fire in the cook stove or set a campfire with a few nearby rocks.

Don’t mistake resources for resourcefulness. Keep reading ….


Be Grateful for All of Your Blessings

Be sure to take time to enjoy the blessings in your life on this Thanksgiving holiday.

T  he world will keep spinning without our business devotion, so invest your day with friends and family.


Take a moment this Thanksgiving holiday to leave your trials and tribulations behind and reflect upon all of your blessings. We have a lot to be thankful for living in the greatest country on earth, with all of its blemishes, and for our families and friends who nourish our lives.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. ~ Cicero

Enjoy each others’ company … catch a little Detroit Lions football (a feature of my childhood Thanksgivings in Michigan) … or watch Santa arrive in the Macy’s day parade. But don’t let the moment pass by without loving the ones you love and who love you and enjoying and embracing the blessings that fulfill our lives.

Continue reading ….


How to Dropkick Uncertainty | 5 Techniques to Master Your Domain

As leaders, we continually encounter issues over which we have no control.

U ncertainty hovers over our plans. We can do something about it by focusing only on what WE can control.


Did you know there is an Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale (IUS)?

It was developed in 1994 by a team of researchers in Quebec. The scale assesses how much people desire and seek out predictability, and how they react in ambiguous situations. A higher level of intolerance of uncertainty, or IU, is a “cognitive vulnerability,” according to Michel Dugas, a professor of psychology at the University of Quebec in Outaouais, and one of the architects of the IUS.

Here is one of the most important findings and research about uncertainty:

As a rule, humans prefer certainty to uncertainty. Studies have shown that people would rather definitely get an electric shock now than maybe be shocked later, and show greater nervous-system activation when waiting for an unpredictable shock (or other unpleasant stimulus) than an expected one. Where people differ is in the degree to which uncertainty bothers them.

Keep reading to learn the 4 Techniques to Gain Control …


Do you want to Be Legendary? Here’s some inspiration to get you started.

We think musicians, actors, athletes and other artists are uniquely able to Be Legendary.

I t only seems that way because they’re in the public eye, but you, too, can Be Legendary.


Imagine you are so remarkable that all the world stands in your honor, swinging and singing, tiny flashlights dancing across the ceiling, oblivious to the world around them?

How do we become legendary?

How do we achieve such an astounding level of recognition and praise for our talents and accomplishments?

I may be a living legend, but that sure don’t help when I’ve got to change a flat tire. ~Roy Orbison

What does it take to Be Legendary

Read more about how to Be Legendary


Multitasking: The Nightmare of a Cluttered Mind

Multitasking is our answer to getting more done.

U nfortunately, the research is incontrovertible. That technique means we get even less done. I’ve got one idea you should consider.


It’s not the clutter of the desktop or inbox … but the clutter of the mind that scuttles our personal productivity plans and leads us into unproductive habits and wasted time.

Yes, I know, our inbox is spawning new life forms, ending the paper flood has been about as successful as ending world hunger and our mobility means that we have to juggle all of this like we’re riding a unicycle.

We’re all too often infected with the attention span of a mosquito.

We’re moving fast … but we aren’t getting anywhere.

Keep reading for a solution to the multitasking illusion


If your thinking is limited to today’s lunch, next year they’ll be eating your lunch!

There’s nothing more important … or more challenging … than the need to balance short-term results with long-range plans.

H ow is your organization focused? Are you encouraging long-range thinking or only what happens this week?


Do you have the Attention Span of a Mosquito?

How many times have we asked Are Distractions Destroying Your Brain?

Whatever happened to that blank sheet of paper you were going to use to THINK, you know, that old-fashioned approach to problem solving and the creative process?

Do you agree that Google is making us stupid?

These are but variations on a theme … our increasingly short-term focus.

Keep reading to make sure you have a longer term perspective


Leadership & Productivity | 4 Ways to Create More Time for Actual Thinking

If you don’t take time to think, someone else will do the thinking for you … maybe your competitors.

L ike every Effective Leader, you need to make time to do the things ONLY YOU can do.


Protect the Castle from the Intruders

From the unusual amount of email I received following It isn’t Technology Creating all the Distractions. It’s us., I realize we share a universal revulsion for the distractions that confound our days.

You’ve taken the first step to taming the behemoth by trying to understand these forces and how they derail our focus and productivity.

Leadership & Productivity are Sleeping Together

Keep reading to learn the 4 Defenses You Need to Get Time to Think


It isn’t Technology Creating all the Distractions. It’s us.

We’d like to think that technology has become our enemy and is the cause of the distractions that keep us from getting things done.

N ice try, but this is an age-old problem that’s on us, not on the technology that surrounds us. Screaming about distractions and the lack of productivity didn’t help them in ancient Rome, either.


I’m really trying hard to do only one thing at a time, like writing this blog post. I’m trying hard not to glance at the red icon that announces that new e-mail has arrived and how much has arrived since the last time I checked.

In fact, I’m closing down e-mail right now. I’m ignoring all of my social media connections, putting on a little Norman Brown and Ahmad Jamal jazz in the background, a fresh cup of Philz’ Jacob’s Wonderbar dark roast coffee. Life is good … isn’t it?

If I could only focus ….

Oh, if it were only that simple, and I could keep blocking out all those pesky little distractions.

Keep reading to learn about Hamlet’s Blackberry…


7 Deadly Sins | Are Pride & Envy Destroying Your Business?

Man’s shortcomings have been catalogued since the Garden of Eden, and ever after, philosophers and kings have attempted a definitive list of those iniquities.

Pride is often considered the mother of all sins and the one from which all others emanate, so it’s at the top of the list. It’s also at the top of the list of reasons our businesses get in trouble.


Pride is the Mother of all Sins

Pope Gregory in the 6th century reduced the list of wicked human passions to seven, which we generally know as the 7 Deadly Sins.

You’ve seen it often accompanied by various artist renderings illustrating the specific punishments that might accrue to the hapless offender.

What is Pride?

Monsieur Webster defines pride as a …

lofty and often arrogant assumption of superiority in some respect.

Interestingly, Pope Gregory consolidated the word with its kissing cousin, vainglory that implies …

an inordinate and therefore empty or unjustified pride.

It’s no surprise, then, that the punishment associated with pride is being broken on the wheel.

Keep reading to see the difference between Pride &Proud …