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Are You Ready for Your Gift of Time?

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

You are soon to be gifted with a New Year, all the time in the world. The end of the year is bittersweet. Time is up before the “To Dos” are done. That list you carefully wrote out in January of this year, of all you would accomplish, may require little editing to become your 2017 list just a few days from now. Frustrating, isn’t it?

Mary Ellen & BrianBrian Tracy has been a mentor of mine for many years, and is a recognized authority on achievement. He recommends this time of year that you list the reasons why you didn’t fully achieve the results you intended for each of the things on your list. In taking responsibility for the outcome, the culprit cited, more often than not, is Time.

Yes, you’ve heard we all have the same amount of time, but why do we think it’s never enough? The answer is in the way you think about time. To get you started with some more effective thinking, just in time for 2017, Brian Tracy is sharing the first chapter from this latest book, “Master Your Time, Master Your Life.”

You can get it here now.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a totally new list and look forward to accomplishing it all in the New Year? Don’t waste another minute. Be the Master of your time. You’ll be glad you did.

Make a Decision

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Decision. The word itself is strong. An incision, cutting through excuses and doubts, to get to the heart of necessary action. Decision is a powerful place to be.

Before you commit to a decision, the lingering of indecision keeps you mired and weak against the what-ifs and suppositions that cloud the questioning mind. You spend sleepless nights. Bite your nails. You're out of sorts with the world because you don't know what to do.

How do you decide?

A popular tool to organize your thoughts is the yellow legal pad divided vertically in half. At the top of the page, Pro and Con head up the list of possible actions and corresponding outcomes. Objective and helpful. Yet after this simple vetting exercise, when one column is obviously longer than the other, are you still hesitant to commit to that decision?

Objectivity may be great for official's calls on the sports playing field. But when it comes to your life, how much is really black and white? There are other considerations, extenuating circumstances. It's not that easy.

It's not that easy when you are looking outside of yourself for clues about how to proceed. Looking at what others have done in similar situations may give you some insight about how their decision worked out for them. As in the often heard disclaimer, results may not be typical. The difference between their outcomes and your own lies in one word.


Your values are the significant areas of your life that are of prime importance to you. Values may include integrity, honesty, creativity, tranquility, family, autonomy, freedom. The list of values is limitless and unique, just like we as individuals are similar yet different.

Determine your top three values that stand for who you are. No matter what goes before you, these three values describe your core. You do not compromise on your top values without feeling untrue to yourself. Once you settle on your personal values, the decision making process becomes easy.

If the results from your Pro and Con list, no matter how objectively accurate, do not align with your true values, that is causing  your hesitancy to decide. Following along with the same decision someone else made, may work out for you, but how does it measure up against your values?

Facts are black and white. Values are all about feelings. Weigh your decision with your values and it's a perfect alignment.

Now decide and move forward. You've made the right decision.


"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst you can do is nothing. " Teddy Roosevelt

The Choice Is Up to You

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Have you chosen the life you're living?  "Of course," is your immediate response. Yet how often have you admitted, as I have, that  "Life is what happens when you're making other plans."

Sure we have all made important decisions that shaped our lives.

The source of our education.

Selecting a spouse.

Applying for a job.

Determining where we live.

Yet one decision often leads to the next. You went to a school, where you met your spouse, and your job took you to the place where you live.

What if you said no to any of those decisions, or shuffled the order of your choices, would the outcome be similar? One step leads to another.

What if you made every choice on purpose? Decided what your ideal life would look like and base your choices on that outcome? It's possible.

Scary to be in so much control of your life. Powerful. So start small to get used to it.

Where do you want to have lunch? Doesn't matter. Yes, it does. Make a purposeful choice that feels best to you.

Buying a new jacket? Pick the easy choice, basic black. Or select the radiant red because you felt happy when you tried it on.

Choices get easier when they take you toward a life you design for yourself.

You are responsible for your own happiness. It starts with deciding to be.


"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved."
William Jennings Bryan

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