Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

Staying Connected, Staying Motivated

It’s been just about seven years since I decided to leave my job and start my own business. I had no idea at the time what I was getting myself into. Quite possibly the most difficult aspect of starting a business and keeping it going, day after day, has been learning to motivate myself. I’ve […]

Selling When You’re in a Bad Mood

I’ll admit it. Recently, there have been some ups and downs in my personal life that I have not been eager to talk about publicly. 2013 has been a breakthrough year for me, both personally and in business. I have experienced a greater degree of business growth in the last few months than ever before. […]

The Big Why—and an Entrepreneur’s Resume

I’ve taken a lot of criticism in the last few years for having too much going on at one time. People have often told me that I need to pick one thing and be really good at it. I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out what that one thing is. Recently, […]

You Already Know How to Do It

The “it” in that sentence is different for everyone. Maybe you want a better job. Maybe you are looking to grow your business. Maybe you want to improve your marriage. Whatever “it” is, knowledge is not the problem. I’m not saying that you necessarily have all of the knowledge you will ever need to complete […]

Why I’m Not Making New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

In 1998, I signed up for my first gym membership. I went to the gym religiously—five days a week (sometimes seven). It lasted less than three months. At first, I just started going a little less frequently, but my gym attendance took a nosedive from there. One day, I just stopped going. I was locked […]

The Myth of “No Time to Write”

Ever since deciding to set my daily minimum word output to 400, my experience of time has started to shift slightly. I am starting to notice how, instead of saying, “I don’t have time to write today,” my thought shifts to “I’m running out of time. I need to get my 400 words done.” The […]

Hope vs. Hopium

It is said that the last thing to emerge from Pandora’s Box was hope. I’ve heard two different interpretations of this story. One interpretation is that hope was the only good thing in the box; a weapon that could be used to combat all of the evils which had just escaped. Another interpretation is the […]

The Psychology of Blogging

When I first started blogging in 2007, my goal was to post something once a week. It sounded reasonable enough, and it wasn’t particularly hard to do. However, I didn’t plan ahead. If I blogged on Tuesday, I wouldn’t give the blog another thought until the following Tuesday when it was time to post again. […]

Reasons for Writing Ahead

I participated in NaNoWriMo during 2010 and 2011. In 2010, I crashed at burned at 38,000 words and change. In 2011, I crossed the finish line at just over 50,000 words (the standard benchmark). In both cases, I ended up with a horrendously disorganized collection of material, nowhere near ready for publication. What I learned […]

Complaining at Work Should Be a Firing Offense

Complaining at Work Should Be a Firing Offense I’m not joking here, nor am I using the least bit of hyperbole. Complaining utterly ruins companies. It rots organizations to the core. It drives top performers to leave, and it creates the kind of environment where everyone dreads coming to work. What would your workplace be […]