Lily Tomlin on Slowing Down

September 17, 2014

For fast-acting relief, try slowing down – Lily Tomlin

Such an excellent reminder not to be so harried!

We all know that person who exudes a sense of calm, that grace under pressure. And we all like to be around that person!

From a professional standpoint, executive presence requires that you don’t rush around. To be at your best, also requires regular rest, enough sleep, and actually taking your vacation. You need space to be creative. And, yes, you can take time off and not fall completely behind in your work.

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George Carlin on Guilt

September 10, 2014

Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is – George Carlin

Are you picking Should’s over Dreams? Do you feel guilty that your ideal day is doing nothing, that your next career move doesn’t mean a raise, that you prefer a leisurely job over training for marathons?

Make choices about your goals based on your values, interests and needs right now. Don’t let someone else guilt you into poor choices.

From a professional standpoint, don’t assume your true passions are impractical. You can translate your interests, whatever they are, to a viable career option.

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Joan Rivers on Persistence

September 6, 2014

If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door – or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present. – Joan Rivers Are you feeling stuck on a particular goal? Are you only trying one door? What are 5 other doors to entry? If you […]

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Will Ferrell on Compensation

September 3, 2014

Aren’t we all striving to be overpaid for what we do? – Will Ferrell Do you begrudge a colleague for being overpaid? Are you afraid to ask for more for fear of seeming greedy? It’s better for everyone when you are paid for your value.  You don’t get resentful at doing the work, and your […]

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Brian Tracy on Desire v. Fear

August 6, 2014

The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear. – Brian Tracy Is your goal attracting you to a better possibility or helping you avoid something? Do you visualize the most positive outcome or focus on how to manage the downside? There is definitely a place […]

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Tony Robbins on Decisions

July 30, 2014

A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided – Tony Robbins What is one step you mean to take, or a change you mean to make, but haven’t? Is this a goal that really doesn’t matter? Have you changed your mind, […]

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CS Lewis on Laziness

July 23, 2014

Laziness means more work in the long run. – CS Lewis Have you ever neglected to do a small amount of maintenance, only to have an urgent emergency to attend to later on that cost a lot more money, time and grief? This might be taking an extra half hour with your direct report to […]

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Bob Hope on Enthusiasm

July 17, 2014

I put enthusiasm at the top of the list, because without it, nothing else means very much. – Bob Hope What are you enthusiastic, passionate, excited about? (Not just what do you like, or worse, tolerate?) How can you prioritize enthusiasm in your work and inspire enthusiasm from your team and colleagues? What can you […]

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Milton Glaser on Enough

July 9, 2014

Less isn’t more; just enough is more – Milton Glaser  Most people do, have and say too much. Schedules are too crowded, and vacations go unused. Closets are bursting, and items spill out into all corners of the house. Emails are lengthy, and conversations ramble. Doing less, having less, and saying less is generally good […]

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Albert Camus on Money and Happiness

July 2, 2014

It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money – Albert Camus  Money plays a significant role in pursuing your goals and dreams. You need money to invest in supplies, training, and other support for your pursuit. You need money to live your day-to-day. You need money to […]

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