Monday, May 21, 2012


Do you ever get that feeling of overload? You know, when you have loaded your calendar with more than you can do or at least think you can't? It can happen and there are many reasons why.
This is a good reason why you need time off sometimes. One needs to cleanse the mind and get organized. Make a list of what has to be done then chronicle it. One item at a time. Check off the completed task and move to the next one. Sometimes the act of crossing off tasks will give you that feeling of completion. Once you realize that you can do it continue to move forward.
Never take your eyes off your ultimate goal though. That place you are working to get too soon. Only time will repair this yet you can do it.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Change is such a big part of life. Most folks claim they embrace change yet when it comes down to making that change we become reluctant to do so.  There are numerous books written on this topic. The fact is we are not always as in favor of change as we say we are.

How do we change that? Sort of like turning an aircraft carrier, it does take a little time. It never happens as fast as we want, yet it still takes place. Think back on other events you wanted to happen, such as Christmas morning when you were six years old. It seemed it would never come yet low and behold it did and now you have many Christmas mornings that have come and gone.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Are you listening?

Sometimes it feels that many folks don't really know how to listen. I don't mean hear, but more emphatically hear. The art of listening is a skill that can be learned by us all. Most of us were never taught how to listen. As youngsters many of us were told to listen, OR ELSE. We knew what that meant.

Listening means totally listening and not preparing our next set of remarks, retorts or questions. It is truly listening to that other person, then gathering out thoughts and either giving back our best knowledge and many times just asking the next revealing question. Many times a good question can supplant our injection.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Summer is around the corner

Sometimes it seems it will never arrive for us in the Pacific Northwest. Yet sure as the sun rises every day Summer will arrive. You don't have to do a thing either.

Like Summer arriving so will your opportunities. A big difference though is you have to be doing work and making preparations so they will arrive to you. It isn't an automatic occurrence. Like most good projects there is some coordination, planning and execution that is important. Seek advice from your family and friends. You'll find very good feedback from others you meet along the way.

Never forget to be helping others as you move forward, it isn't about what is in it for you but more so how can you help others. You have plenty to offer.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Local networking events

Do you attend local networking events? Chambers of Commerce, Rotary, Optimists, Toastmasters, job fairs, Business trade shows, after hours mixers, lead groups, local philanthropic organizations and many more? If not you should, even when you get back to work. The game is to meet new people and have fun. Doing this will help you to keep yourself in the loop. Mixing with others is stimulating for your brain.

Many folks have reported back over the years suggesting they have learned they will NEVER not network again.