14% of 2017 is Gone Forever

3 Easy Habits to Still Achieve All Your Goals

I’m traveling this week. When I return, the first two months of the year will be history. I’m not where I need to be on some of my goals for the year, but I’m not panicking. I’ve recently read some great research on breaking bad habits, establishing good habits, and staying on track related to your goals.

Here are 3 easy habits to help you pick up the pace, punch procrastination in the face, and get back on track.

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4 Strategies to Reclaim Your Time and Smile More

When you work on your priority, you’re proud of yourself… and you should be!

Last week I sat down at my computer to return a few emails. One of them caused me to look at my calendar, where I noticed that an event had populated on the wrong date.  So, I fixed the date and sent a quick email for clarification. Then I noticed that I needed to add an important meeting that I committed to at work. I entered that on the schedule (and made a quick note about the report I’ll need for the meeting). Now that my calendar was up to date, I returned to email to see an urgent one had just come through. I dealt with that and I was ready to go. But what was I working on? Oh yeah, I needed to return to those couple of emails. But looked at the time—I needed to go. I’d have to deal with those later…

Has that ever happened to you? You say “no” because you are a model of laser-like focus that doesn’t get distracted.

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What It Really Takes To Be Happier

My favorite research study of all time.

Last week this blog focused on my favorite TED talk of all time. Shawn Achor referenced some research that I have been studying for more than a decade. I originally became interested in the research after hearing Chuck Colson speak. Yeah, the same Chuck Colson that was President Nixon’s hatchet man. This is the same Chuck Colson who went to jail for his role in Watergate (younger readers, look it up!). Chuck was referencing a “recent” study noting that “while no one knows what makes people happy,” the researchers discovered that happy people all have one thing in common: they are thankful!

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Show this Video at Your Thanksgiving Gathering

It’s my favorite TED Talk in the world . . .

I’ve done a ton of research in the areas of happiness, gratitude, attitude and forming positive habits. When you and I serve on a great team of people who love each other and bring their best to work . . . there is nothing like it!

Don’t you love to be around thankful people? Wouldn’t you love to become a more thankful person? Both are possible. Here are two verified results: you’ll be happier and more productive.

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Harvard Business Review Takes on the “F” Word–Forgiveness

Can life be lived without a trace of bitterness?

Last week I was at Pebble Beach for John Maxwell’s annual fundraiser, the Leadership Open. I know, I know, I have it rough—I feel sorry for me too. I have a very generous best friend that loves golf and leadership, so off we went. I spent the week hanging around with a bunch of wealthy folks. If I had to describe them in one word, it would be (drumroll please)… humble!

Granted, this was primarily a faith-based crowd, but deeper conversations led to some very meaningful discoveries. I realized that my friends at Pebble (and the many new people I met) had been through major personal failures and disappointments. They had the same hurts and scars and regrets that I have (that all of us have). But they had moved on, gotten up, and moved forward—all without getting bitter. They had learned the leaders’ secret to long term health: forgiveness.

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