Inertia: The key to an outstanding 2011




  1. n. Physics. The tendency of a body to resist acceleration; the tendency of a body at rest to remain at rest or of a body in straight line motion to stay in motion in a straight line unless acted on by an outside force.
  2. Resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or change: the inertia of an entrenched bureaucracy.

Inertia will make all the difference to your next year: It will either Read More


The Road Less Travelled

Eric and Cats

Eric and Cats

I have been getting back into running. 

So today I headed up to Point Reyes to run in the forest. And it was incredible. I have been to over 40 countries, lived in a dozen or so cities so I can tell you with some certainty that I live in one of the most gorgeous places on Earth: Marin County, Northern California.

Anyway, I had originally intended to head out for a 3-4 mile run since it has been a while since I did any long distances. I arrived at the visitor center and saw, on the map, that the run I wanted to do (to see the ocean) was 8.2 miles. I considered this for a minute and decided that if I took it easy, I could make it work. And so I set off.

This is when I started to notice something that made me think about business and, more specifically, some of things I have been going through recently. You see, the trail starts off extremely wide and easy going. It is not the road less traveled at this point. And while not exactly crowded, there were many people on the trail. Read More


Taking action and the Action Matrix

How do you take action? Specifically, how do you decide to take action? How do you decide what to take action on?

The best way I have found to decide where to take action is described by Dr. Stephen Covey. Dr. Covey relates the use of a “quadrant system”. You see, every action in life can be classified by these two things: the level of importance, and the level of urgency. Read More


The link between the ‘feeling of success’ and the ‘attainment of our wants’

The story below is contained in “CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL, A Second Helping”. The author is unknown:

Three cowboys had been on the range since early in the morning. One of them was a member of the Navajo Nation. Being busy with herding stray cattle all day, there had been no time for the three of them to eat. Toward the end of the day, two of the cowboys started talking about how hungry there were and about the huge meals they were going to eat when they reached town. When one of the cowboys asked the Navajo if he was also hungry, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, “No”

Later that evening, after they had arrived in town, all three ordered large steak dinners. As the Navajo proceeded to eat everything in sight with great gusto, one of his friends reminded him that less than an hour earlier he had told them that he was not hungry. “Not wise to be hungry then,” he replied, “No Food.”

While this story may over simplify the issue of desire and need, it teaches us an important message. Years ago someone told me that to feel truly successful we need to do one of two things:
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Relationships and Communication

It could be said that communication is the single most important aspect of successful relationships. If it were said, I would agree with it. Unfortunately it is not said enough, probably because of ineffective communication.

Often in our relationships with our spouse, friends or business associates we are unclear in our communication, and in our listening. Read More


“Ask Not What You Can Expect of Life…”

In our jobs, relationships, friendships, and the rest of our lives, we often wonder what we are getting ‘out of them’.

John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”. This is an extremely powerful question. It can be used for any area of your life, and in fact it can be used with regard to your whole life. Victor Frankl said, “Ask not what you can expect of life – ask what life expects of you.”
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HeartMath – When you measure something, it tends to improve.

As you may remember from my April 27, 2009 article, “You Never Know”, I told you about how Elise and I met Howard Martin and Deborah Rozman, two of the founders and developers of HeartMath.

When Elise first mentioned HeartMath’s emWave Personal Stress Reliever®, I had no idea what she was talking about, and I assumed it was some new age gimmick or another. But when I met Howard and Deborah, that all changed – I was impressed and moved. Read More


HONESTY – Is your word your bond?

Have you ever heard someone say, “My word is my bond”? Did you believe them? Was it you? Did you believe you?

When asked, most people will tell you that honesty is ‘one of their highest’ values, but is it really? And if it is, are they living up to this value? There are two types of honesty; that which you have with others and, that which you have with yourself. Unfortunately if someone fails at the ‘self-honesty’ then they can hardly be honest with others. Read More


You Never Know

Out of the blue, Elise told me a few months ago that she wanted to learn more about “HearthMath” — I nodded agreement but had no idea what she was talking about. That was the end of the conversation for some time.

Three weeks later, in the middle of a conference we were attending in Vail, Colorado, we embarked upon a team-building activity — white-water rafting. We were both nervous and excited. As we strapped on our jackets and donned our helmets Read More


Running with Wayne Dyer

I have been listening to Wayne Dyer since my early 20’s when my good friend Trish introduced him to me by handing me a tape (yes, a while back now) with a recording of him speaking in Vancouver.

On that tape he talked about his love of running and joked that when he visited rainy Vancouver he would simply run in the hallways. I smirked at the site of him all kitted up in his running gear running past the maids in the halls.

Some years later I met Wayne in Dublin, Ireland and it was not too long after that he quite seriously helped turn my life around.

My business, based in England, was suffering. This meant, at that time in my life, that I was also suffering.

What Wayne reminded me of one morning, as I contemplated the stressful day I was about to have, was that I was not my business. In other words, Read More