Monthly Archives: August 2009


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If you want to stay motivated… then UP YOUR EFFORT! OK. Stop groaning!

When most people think of effort, they think of slogging through it, working one’s fingers to the bone, nose to the grindstone. I’m not talking about excessive physical and mental toil. I’m talking about using your physical and mental energy in ways that invigorate your game.

I first came across the idea of measuring effort when I read Pat Riley’s book years ago, on the Lakers’ breakthrough season, when they wonback-to-back basketball championships. I was impressed by how he could forecast a loss by how much effort players expended in their current game. He noticed that when they were scoring low on effort points, they were setting themselves up for losing. Coach Riley defined effort as going for the ball when it’s on its way out of bounds. It’s what you do when it looks impossible to score. It’s standing your ground in the midst of an offensive strike. It’s diving for loose balls. It may not look elegant, but it says you’re present and playing to win. read more


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This is one of my favorite topics. I write and speak about it because I’ve seen too many people settle for a life of complaining, instead of thinking through what they want and taking action. I’ve noticed when I’m in action there’s no room for complaints, and conversely when I’m complaining, I’m not in action.

Complaints replace action.

The problem is not that we have complaints; it’s what we do with them that either initiates action, or perpetuates disappointment. In my research and experience I find that fulfillment is tied to action, and complaining erodes it. read more


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According to the American Psychological Association in a survey released this year, nearly half of all Americans report that stress has a negative impact on both their personal and professional life.

Stress is a common experience that we can all relate to, yet it is often easier to see in others then to recognize the build up of stress in ourselves, until we are already overwhelmed. I’m finding that it’s important to notice when stress starts to build up, so you can do something about it before it spirals out of control. read more


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What do the Pope and recent graduates of Harvard’s MBA program have in common? Both have been quoted recently about the importance of making a shift from self-interest to mutual interest. I read recently that the Pope called for greater social responsibility. He said, “Once profit becomes the exclusive goal, if it is produced by improper means and without the common good as its ultimate end, it risks destroying wealth and creating poverty.” It brought to mind the story of Bernie Madoff, who not only created “poverty” for his shareholders; he created a poverty of spirit in himself. read more