Don’t Fall for the Willpower Trap

Like almost everyone else, I had a list of goals I wanted to accomplish.

Here we are one month left in the year, and I’m wondering where has the time gone?

If you’re anything like me, it’s much easier to focus on what hasn’t been accomplished. What are the goals left undone? What were some of the things I’d do differently?

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Creativity Comes From Constraint

GoatI’m intrigued by the idea of creativity. Creative and innovation are the best and most widely available resources we have at our disposal. It’s free. It’s not limited in accessibility. It’s open 24 hours a day. I am constantly challenging myself and my students to look for creative solutions to problems.

And yet, one of the paradoxes of creativity and innovation is – it’s often best found in a setting of constraints.

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It’s Just a Little Bit Easier… Not To

Have you heard of the story of Weldon Long?

Weldon’s story is the archetypal rags-to-riches made-for-TV narrative of someone who has overcome unbelievable setbacks.

He was homeless. He was addicted to drugs. He was serving a 13+ year prison sentence. He had no hope for a future.

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What Can You Do In The Next 15 Minutes?

Have you ever felt like you didn’t have enough time?

I can ask that question to any of my audiences and the answer is almost always a resounding yes!

Even if you are a time management expert, most people are going to feel a slight pang of guilt because they feel like they could have done even more with that time.

We never have enough time.

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What Are Your Action Steps?

action stepsHow often do you get discouraged because you haven’t done anything yet?

What were your goals this past week? Any movement on those?

Don’t lose heart!  It’s ok to fall.  That’s part of learning how to walk.  We all fall, but it only becomes a permanent condition when we choose to not get back up.

When my sons were all learning how to walk, none of them did it right on the first try. My oldest son, Benjamin, was a late walker, he waited until 15 months to venture into biped mode.

Now he runs a mile in 7 minutes.

Why? Because he chose to get back up. He chose to try again.

Now is the time to get back up and focus on small doable action steps.

Want to hear mine?

1. Write 15 minutes every morning.  Yes, this means getting up 15-20  minutes earlier than I want to.  But isn’t your writing, business, vision worth the extra 15-20 minutes?  If it’s not, then you don’t have a big enough dream.

2. Write a blog post 2 times a week for the next 8 weeks while I’m in Rome (update: this was modified down to 1 blog post).

3. Start with 10 push-ups 3 times a week.  See the 100 push up challenge (

What are your action steps?