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It’s Thanksgiving Month: What are you grateful for?

November 18, 2011 in Leadership, Personal Growth, Successful Living

Last night (Thursday, 11/18/2011), I did my Ice Breaker speech to my local Toastmasters club. For those of you not familiar with Toastmasters, it's a place where people who are looking to improve their speaking and leadership skills come together to learn and practice those two arts. The Ice Breaker is the first speech that anyone who's joined Toastmasters has to make. In that speech, I covered some of the highlights of my life's journey which I put in three categories: Gifts, Choices and Commitments. For the next few weeks and months, I will share something about my life on each of those areas and would also love to hear about the gifts, choices and commitments that have changed the trajectory of your life. Read the rest of this entry →

Do you have a plan for growth?

September 28, 2011 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

Are you looking to grow?  Are you looking to be, do and have more in your life?  If so, below is a sample growth plan that my mentor and friend John Maxwell shared on his blog a couple years ago that I think you'll find valuable - especially for those of you who participate in my Mastermind Groups.

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Clipped from http://johnmaxwellonleadership.com/2010/02/08/do-you-have-a-personal-plan-for-growth/

On Twitter and Facebook on Sunday, I quoted my friend Paul Meyer, mentioning that he was the person who helped me create my first personal growth plan. In the hours afterward, I received dozens of requests, all asking the same thing: “How do you create a personal growth plan?”

The answer to that takes more than 140 characters, so I thought I’d post it here:

The key to a life of continual learning and improvement lies in developing a plan for growth and following through with it. Paul Meyer knew this. In fact, when I first met him and we had lunch, he asked me a question that changed my life: “Do you have a personal plan for growth?” Read the rest of this entry →

10 Questions for Courageous Decision Making – Lessons I learned from Dr. John C. Maxwell

July 29, 2011 in Business, Leadership, Personal Growth, Successful Living

I have been a student of John Maxwell's leadership materials for a number of years now.  One of the most useful lessons I learned from him is the thought process behind making good decisions.  In this post, my goal is to share with you 10 questions that will sharpen your decision-making skills and help to guide you through the difficult moments of making courageous decisions.

When faced with a situation that requires you to make a decision, addressing the questions below in context will guarantee you a greater chance of making the best possible decision.  You may not have all the facts, as usually is the case, but you will have considered enough of the data or facts as well as options to allow you to make a good decision. Just remember, you have to make a decision.  You can't stay on the fence or let analysis paralysis and the fear of the unknown stop you.

Below are the questions: Read the rest of this entry →

Freedom. It’s not what you think – wisdom from Scott Dinsmore

July 6, 2011 in Business, Communication, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

Freedom is not what you think

For all the talk of "freedom" and "independence" going on this week, many are still not free.  The reason...?  There is a lack of willingness to dream and make some sacrifice to relentlessly pursue that dream.  Think of all the courage, sacrifice and willingness it took the fathers of this nation (USA) to fight until they achieved their dreams of freedom and were able to declare independence and for us to have and boast about this week.  They did something that mattered.

Today you don't need to sacrifice as much as they.  And so my question for you:

Are you willing to do the same to better your life and that of your neighbor?  What does Read the rest of this entry →

4 Reasons You Should Strive to Be the Best at What You Do

June 21, 2011 in Business, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

Be your best!

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My friend and mentor John Maxwell usually says that people don’t pay for average.  His statement carries a lot more weight today than it did years ago.  The main reason is that people have a lot more choices today than any other time in history.  New advances in technology and the internet have allowed people to access better research data and connect to several individuals and businesses that provide the services they need.  Unless you’re one of the best in your field, it’s going to Read the rest of this entry →

Intentional Living – What is it all about?

May 7, 2011 in Book Reviews, Business, Communication, Leadership, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

I started this blog with the sole purpose of sharing with you one of my passions - leadership development and personal growth. This blog is called "Intentional Living" because not being intentional about our daily activities and thoughts mean that we are placing a lid on our potential. By being intentional we are putting ourselves on a path that will take us to Read the rest of this entry →

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