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Accessing the Power of Gratitude

Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. (Check out my article on changing one question to shift your energy out of lack and negativity.) And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored....

Desire or Passion: What You Need to Succeed

Passion Desire

It was a beautiful Friday morning last week here in Chicago. I took my cup of coffee and sat in my recliner looking out into the lush green yard. The squirrels were busy burying nuts for winter. A baby bunny scampered out from underneath the bushes to take in the warmth of the sun. And the birds were telling the neighborhood about the feast I have prepared for them around the house.

I picked up “Think And Grow Rich” and opened up to the chapter on desire. As I’ve mentioned before, Napoleon Hill’s classic is a book I make a point to read at least once every year. One of my early business mentors gave me a beautiful leather bound copy to encourage the practice. After all, more millionaires and billionaires have been created throughout the world from the principles in this book than from anything else.

As I picked up my cup to take a sip of coffee, a magnificent blue jay appeared on my feeder just outside the window. Mind you – blue jays are a rarity in my yard. In the 10 years I have lived here, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen a blue jay....

Prepare for 2017: Goal Setting for Winners

Goal setting

Welcome to the unofficial start of autumn! This is my favorite time of year – the beautiful colors in nature, cool crisp weather, and pumpkin bread! Although I’d rather be switching out my wardrobe to comfy sweaters and boots this week (except it’s near 90F in Chicago), I decided it was time to look ahead to 2017 and start with some business goal setting.

Being the logical and structured person I am, I opened up an Excel spreadsheet and started to put together some numbers. I took a realistic swipe at my intentions and was quite pleased with the results. The numbers worked out to support my business and personal goals. But the numbers alone didn’t feel right.

The standard wisdom for achieving any goals that they should be SMART: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time Driven. This framework is helpful in curing the common pitfalls of goal setting – irrelevance and ambiguity. However, this structure does nothing to capture motivation and vision.

Quite frankly, it feels clunky and as if something critical is missing.

When I work with clients, and on my own business, I utilize a slightly different approach to goal setting and execution. Vision and desire are equally important in growth and business building....

When Things Don’t Go As Planned – Change Happens!

Lucy Resting

We have all been there. Drift off to sleep at night with the next day all planned out. But then life happens. We get interrupted, and our plan goes out the window.  We are hit with change.

That’s what happened to me last week.

For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know that my best friend and co-pilot, Lucy (my beloved 12 ½ year old Korean Jindo pup) was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2015. At that time, her vet told me she had 3 to 6 months to live. The fact she is still with me and enjoying a high quality of life now, 15 months later, is nothing short of miraculous.

We have been very fortunate in managing her seizure activity. Crazy fortunate. In fact, Lucy has not had a seizure since October 2015. Until Tuesday morning.

At 4:15 am, I woke up to find her in a full-blown grand mal seizure. I thought, “It’s okay. I’ve got this.” I got down on the floor next to her and began to soothe her while I glanced at the clock. After our last episode, which landed her in the hospital for several days and over a week at home not eating, the vet gave me some additional “emergency” medicine....

Leverage Your Competitive Nature in Business

8-part Non-Woven Mural

This week wraps up the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. During my IndyCar days, I was fortunate to visit Rio multiple times and take in the beauty of the country. Although the racetrack was north of town (and no longer a racetrack but now facilities for the Olympics), we managed to stay near the ocean just south of Copacabana and Ipanema beaches.

Seeing Sugarloaf during coverage of the Olympics reminded me of the cable car ride I took to see the city from a new vantage point (and recall the scene from “Moonraker” with Roger Moore and Richard Kiel!). What a beautiful city!

The Olympics is all about competition. Sure there are amazing back-stories of the athletes, but at the end of the day, the competition is about winning medals. Athletes are competitive people. And at times, competitive people can get a bad reputation.

A competitive person is often seen as cutthroat, intimidating, arrogant, and selfish. Always focusing on winning tends to alienate people who shy away from competition. People believe that you can’t be competitive and relate well with people – especially in business.

But what if you looked at having a “competitive nature” from a new vantage point?

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Mastermind for Business Success

Mastermind

One of the secrets of my entrepreneurial success has been the fact I sought out a mentor and joined a business mastermind community. Just last week I spent 3 days in San Diego with my peeps to assess, adjust, and create new goals for my business.

Within the mastermind, I have developed business partnerships, life-long friendships, and accountability partners. They have helped me to see where I’m getting in my own way and supported me to push through obstacles.

In fact, that’s me discussing new ideas with my fellow mastermind entrepreneurs Amy Andrews of Feel Good Again HealthTeena Evert of Ignite Love Now, and Anne Dickenson of Eye On Your Business. If you are looking to improve your health, find true love, or make more money in your business you must check out their work.

Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich is chock full of wisdom for entrepreneurs and results-driven individuals. One of his critical points is that successful people are not going it alone. Using the collective mind of other success-minded individuals pushes you toward greatness. He calls it the “Master Mind.”

“Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definitive purpose.”  – Napoleon Hill

The concept of a mastermind is not new....

VIDEO: Using Speaking to Grow Your Business

Do you use speaking (or would like to start) to market your business but struggle to actually generate leads or sell anything?

I was recently interviewed by SeizeYourBusiness.com for their video podcast.  Jim Waszak and I had a great time talking about racing as well as how to leverage speaking to build and grow your business.  Find out how to structure an effective talk, where to speak, and understand the power of great storytelling.

Check it out here: (it’s less than 20 minutes)

What was your biggest takeaway from the interview?

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Passion Drives Success

Passion and Desire

Ever had one of those days….maybe weeks or months….where you just felt stuck? Frustrated at the lack of progress in your business. You try all sorts of things to gain traction only to end up spinning your wheels. And you keep trying. Nothing seems to work. Sure, you get new leads, but landing new clients just isn’t happening. At least not on the timeframe you want.  Your passion starts to wane.

I must admit. I’ve been feeling that way recently.

New campaigns. Different topics. Pilot programs. More networking and connecting. Speaking to different audiences. Doing all these great things to promote my services, but somehow struggling to get traction. Or should I say, struggling to achieve the results I want.

Entrepreneurship is hard. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. The benefits are amazing, but there is serious work to be done. There are no overnight success stories. No “get rich quick” schemes. And certainly no online businesses that generate 6-figures with no sweat equity regardless of what the “experts” or “gurus” tell you.

Building a successful business from scratch takes time, effort, passion, and determination.

That is the reality. But we so often try to compare ourselves to others to measure our progress....

Maintaining Momentum

Momentum

Maintaining momentum in your business can get difficult through the lazy, hazy days of summer. It can be all to easy stray off the path, slow down, and get stuck. Clients and customers may take vacations, shift priorities, or seem hard to find, but that doesn’t mean that your business needs to go stagnate.

Here are 3 quick tips to help you maintain momentum during the summer months:

Keep Your Routine

The first hour after you wake up in the morning is often referred to as the “Golden Hour.” According to this article by the National Institutes of Health, our brains are hard at work de-cluttering and detoxifying as we sleep. What does that mean? Our brains are super clean first thing in the morning. Successful people have long known that this “Golden Hour” is the best time to establish a routine to prepare for a highly productive day.

If you don’t have a morning ritual, it’s time to get one. Movement, mediation, journaling are all great ways to prepare mentally, emotionally, and physical for the hours ahead. This daily routine will keep you on track even in the most distracting times of the year.

Set a Short-term goal

It can be easy to lose focus during the summer months, particularly if you have been holed up inside all winter long....

Release What Is Holding You Back

Release What's Holding you back

Did you happen to catch the “Strawberry Moon” Monday night? Not only did we celebrate the Summer Solstice, but we also were witness to a full moon. It’s such a rare occurrence – the last time was 70 years ago!

Now, I’m not completely “woo-woo”, but you cannot deny the powerful energy of Monday night. I took full advantage of the longest day of the year to have a fire outside and absorb the serene sunset and magnificent full moon.

There is something about fires that I really love. Perhaps that’s why I really enjoy camping. I don’t need an excuse to have a fire in the morning, the afternoon, AND the evening. The crackling wood, the smoky smell, and the jumping flames mesmerize me. Relaxing by a fire helps me to unwind, let go of the thoughts running rampant through my mind, and instead get caught up in a mystery.

With the power of the full moon and summer solstice, I decided that it was a perfect night to “let go” of some things. I mean, why not? When you have that much universal energy supporting you, it felt like a perfect time to throw a few things into the fire....