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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 →

Keep your eyes on the prize – “Be Great, Powerful Beyond Measure”

October 1, 2011 in Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

You were made great!  So, don't give up on yourself and your Grand Overall Designer (God). Keep your eyes on the prize and manifest your greatness!

Hold your image of what it is you want to create.
 
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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 →

The Attitude Shift – BlogTalkRadio’s Interview with my friend Paul Martinelli

July 18, 2011 in Business, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

This is a great interview with Paul Martinelli that will add great value to your life.  Please take some time to listen and reap the gems. Paul is a great and insightful teacher and trainer. I'm delighted to be associated with him as a founding member of the John Maxwell Team of Coaches, Trainers and Speakers.

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About Paul Martinelli:
From humbled beginnings, today Paul is traveling the globe and spreading the word about unleashing one’s true potential and the power of what the mind can truly accomplish. Paul’s plain spoken wisdom immediately connects with individuals and groups from all backgrounds. He is also a master at training others on how to become skilled personal development coaches and platform speakers and offers customized programs in these areas.

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 →

30 days to live – Taking actions on things that matter, Part 3

June 10, 2011 in Business, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

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What will you be remembered for?

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Leave a legacy!

This is the last article in the series “30 days to live”. Over the past two weeks we’ve explored the different areas of your life that you might want to focus on if you only had 30 days to live. In Part 1 and Part 2, I asked that you take a look at your life and see what you would change if you only had known your “death date”. Looking at life from this perspective, we emphasized on the urgency of taking actions now as opposed to later.

As we conclude the series and knowing how limited our life on earth really is, my last questions to you:

What would you want people to say about you at your funeral?

You may find it a strange question. But imagine that you are standing in the back of the room at your funeral listening everyone coming on stage to say a few words about you. What would
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30 days to live – Taking actions on things that matter, Part 2

June 4, 2011 in Business, Communication, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

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Focus on Relationship: Making things right

In part one of the series we explored some of the things that one might consider and action steps to take given only 30 days to live. We posed the question: How would your life be different had you only 30 days to live? We covered how we usually talk about the past and the future while forgetting to live today the best we can. The tendency that we have of exaggerating yesterday, overestimating tomorrow and underestimating today gives us a false perspective on how to best live life. What I urged is that you should start now, turn your intentions into actions and make today tomorrow’s ‘good old days’.

In part 2 of the series, we focus more on Read the rest of this entry →

30 days to live – Taking actions on things that matter, Part 1

May 23, 2011 in Communication, Motivation, Personal Growth, Successful Living

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"Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever."
Mahatma Gandhi

If you only had 30 days to live, would you continue doing the same things that you are doing now?

How would your life be different?

What would become a priority for you?

As you think about these questions, you will realize that there are adjustments you would want to make in your life. Being faced with death has a way of Read the rest of this entry →

Do you respond or react to your situations? Lessons I learned from Bob Burg

May 19, 2011 in Communication, Personal Growth, Successful Living


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Often you find someone ruining an important relationship because of his actions.  When you ask why he acted as he did, he says "I had to... because...".  That 'because' is usually followed by an explanation of someone else's action being the trigger for his reaction.  Between the trigger or stimuli (the other person's action) and his reaction is 'that moment' - a split second of opportunity to exert some control over the outcome of his situation. 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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