Giving Thanks

November 30, 2008

It has been said many times – the more you give thanks, the more you will have to be thankful for. Very appropriate thoughts at this time of year, I think.

You can make yourself nuts reading the papers or watching the news. All the doom and gloom, fear and frenzy could completely derail you from your plans. The focus is on what isn’t working, on what’s going wrong, and on the impact of prior decisions and actions. Which seems to lead to more of the same.

So, you could pay attention to what past actions produced, or you can give yourself a moment to review, refocus and correct and adjust your plan.

I have noticed that people with a plan are rarely swayed by the current circumstances. They aren’t even paying much attention to the circumstances. There are always circumstances. Successful people know that there is power in action, and so they keep their focus on the results they are committed to producing and the actions they are planning to take.

It is up to you. You can focus on the doom and gloom, or you can focus on the opportunities in front of you. I know which things I am paying attention to.

You get what you focus on…

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Do you have a book in you?

November 15, 2008

A client connected me with Mark Amtower of Amtower & Company  this week. One of the first things he asked me was “Have you written any books?” I told him that was definitely in my plan but not yet reflected in action. And I thought I might be ready for one next year sometime.

Then he said something that completely turned my thinking on its head. He pointed out that if I had given two, three or four presentations, I most likely already had enough material to create a book – and have it done fast! To illustrate, he gave me a copy of his book “Why Epiphanies Never Occur to Couch Potatos” which was based on a 20 minute presentation he had made.

Well, I  have done several presentations. And, I have conducted 8 workshops and a teleseminar, all on a particular topic and recorded all of them. So – now I am getting the transcription of all those recordings done, and am already working on the book.

Do you have a book in you? More importantly, do you think it might already be done (except for final polishing)?


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