What does it mean to "Make It"?

We often talk about what it takes to "Make it". But what does that really mean? The answer begins with how you define "it". We may define success as a lifetime achievement, a promotion, a financial goal, retirement, etc. The challenge is, we may spend our entire lives working toward those pinnacle moments which may or may not become a reality.

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The Best Way To Beat Discouragement

We have all experienced the power of a word of encouragement. On good days and bad, someone taking the time to share how they appreciate you can make all the difference. Regardless of our circumstances, we all face life's challenges better when we feel appreciated. 

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What Qualities Are Influencing Your Leadership?

A question leaders often get asked is "Who has influenced your life the most?" At a recent speaking engagement, I heard the company president answer this question in a unique way. Instead of listing off people who had influenced his life, he share the qualities of people who shaped his leadership. 

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2 Words That Will Change Your Holiday Season

It's the busiest time of the year! On top of the year-end demands at work, you have family to see, gifts to buy, and events to attend. As you think about the rest of your year, you may be excited for this season, overwhelmed by your to-do list, or even disappointed with how your year has gone. Wherever you are in that spectrum, these two words will completely change your perspective.

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Stop Living for the 4th Quarter

In basketball, players don't work hard for three quarters so they can take it easy in the final quarter. Any player or loyal fan knows there is a lot of game left to play in that fourth quarter. Most of us hope to spend the final quarter of our life in retirement. But too often we spend the first three quarters of life working hard in the hopes that one day, we can relax and enjoy life.

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Is your to-do list killing your legacy?

It is easy to get caught up in our to-do list as we work hard to achieve the goals we have set. But have you ever stopped to evaluate how you are spending your time? Are you chasing the things that matter the most? As you reflect on how you spend your day, your week, your year, and ultimately, your life, what impact are you making on those in your life? 

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You Reap What You Sow

We are not surprised that the seeds a farmer plants will determine what grows, but how often do we think about the seeds we are planting in our own life? Today's actions and investments will produce a harvest for the future. The future you want is determined by the decisions you make today. 

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Are your expectations toxic?

Have you ever waited for something with excitement and anticipation that didn't happen? Maybe you were passed over for the promotion, the raise didn't come through, your friends or family let you down. As you think about your response to these unmet expectations, I challenge you to ask your self, 'Are my expectations toxic?' Toxic expectations can be detrimental to your goals, career, and relationships. Check out the video above to learn how to identify toxic expectations.

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You Will Never Make It On Your Own

Regardless of the industry you work in or the type of team you lead, you will never be successful if you are trying to do it on your own. You may often hear leaders compared to eagles who are always found soaring alone. The problem with this analogy is that great leaders don't fly solo. Leaders worth following are found right in the middle of the action, surrounded by others. Great leaders know, we are better together.

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Don't Let A Buzzer Beater Ruin Your Day

If you filled out a bracket for March Madness, there is a good chance your expectations were not met. A few buzzer beaters may have completely changed the outcomes you were expecting. Like basketball, life is filled with buzzer beater moments that completely change our plans. Regardless of how well we plan, unmet expectations are an inevitable part of life. And though life may seem out of control when our expectations are not met, the one thing we can control is our response.

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What are you doing to make 2018 a HAPPY New Year?

Every January 1st a new year begins. We spend a few days or even a week wishing each other a happy new year. Most of us are filled with optimism and excitement for a new year. However, too often February rolls around and we are not any closer to our goals and we are definitely not feeling happy. This could be the year that changes. Learn how you can make 2018 a HAPPY New Year.

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