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‘Goal Achievement’ Category

How to Add 2 More Hours to Your Day

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Great article with very useful tips to “create” more time with 5 Simple Steps.

The Most Powerful Incentive To Get a Team to Manage Their Time Is …

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

How can you get a team to manage its time more efficiently and productively? Give them a time-off goal.

That’s according to Harvard Business School Professor Leslie Perlow, who writes  … (read more here in full article, recommended)

Having a Sense of Purpose Adds Years to Your Life

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Having a sense of purpose may add years to your life, regardless of what the purpose is, research suggests.

Not only does it contribute to healthy aging, but it may also stave off early death, according to a study of 7,000 Americans.

The research, published in Psychological Science, applies across adult life, says a US-Canadian team.

It may be because purposeful people look after their health better and are physically fitter, they believe.

The study tracked the physical and mental health of more than 7,000 US adults aged 20 to 75 years.  READ MORE


Want to clarify your purpose, check out Life by Design.

My All Time Favorite

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

This is my all time favorite saying when it’s time to start a new endeavor. What’s your favorite?

Download sign to post here:

Get it Done Thought of the Day: Spring into Action

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

When my mother, Auschwitz survivor was up against adversity she would say, “It’s time to spring into action!”

That philosophy led to her and her sisters to escape a death march in January of 1945 and served her the rest of her life.

Read about her escape here:

Download the PDF sign here:




Get it Done Thought of the Day

Monday, January 6th, 2014

One of my favorite motivational signs.  “Perfection” is one of the five reasons people procrastinate.

Download the PDF here.


Manifesting Your Dreams by Clarifying Values

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

This time of year we tend to put our attention on manifesting the future. I have found the #1 reason people set goals and don’t achieve them is either they haven’t clarified values or don’t have a specific enough plan.

Here is a gift to you from the book Life by Design, (Brinkman & Kirschner, McGraw-Hill) and my audio Life by Design (Brinkman, CareerTrack), the chapters on clarifying values.

I would consider this the single most important thing you can do to create self motivation.

Download a compressed archive here:

To Do or Not to Do

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

I have some motivational signs posted in my office, mostly to do with focus and belief. I shared the Rule of Acquisition #173 in the last post. Here is another favorite of mine that most visitors to my office seem to gravitate to:




Rule of Acquisition #173

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
Rules of Acquisition prop

Rules of Acquisition prop

Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m a Star Trek fan. And of all series and generations. I appreciate a vision of an era where humans can get over their BS with each other and cooperate so that they can experience the same old BS with aliens.

For those of you who may not be fans, the Ferengi race is all about acquisition and profit. Their “bible” is the Rules of Acquisition.

There is one rule I have had tapped to my wall for sometime that relates to living a Life by Design. I share it with you to support your fulfillment of what is important to you.

Rule of Acquisition #173

– Dream

– Plan

– Believe

– Act

Go for your dreams. You can do it.