Commitment Chronicles: Unveiling Three Keys to Stay Committed

Commitment Chronicles: Unveiling Three Keys to Stay Committed

“Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.”

A poignant quote from an unknown author resonates deeply: “Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left you.”

Happy New Year, friends! How are those New Year’s resolutions shaping up? Last January, I shared on my podcast a unique way to kickstart the year—not with a resolution, but with a guiding word. This word becomes the beacon directing thoughts, decisions, and actions throughout the year. (more…)

Add the Merry to Your Merry Christmas

Add the Merry to Your Merry Christmas

“My idea of Christmas whether old fashioned or modern is very simple: loving others ”. Bob Hope

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”  Mark Twain

Ah, one holiday down one to go. Or two if you’re already looking ahead to New Years.  I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and that you’re not beating yourself up over the extra calories consumed while making those wonderful memories.  Speaking of those extra calories, I believe we added two new traditions at our household.  One is Panettone French toast.  Oh, so decadent and delicious.  Using Panettone bread for your base takes traditional French toast to a whole new level.  And the second is pumpkin gnocchi.  We found a recipe online by who else than the great Emeril Lagasse and it is a keeper.  Emeril would say “if you think big then it’s going to be big”.  His pumpkin gnocchi are a big deal at our house.  Moving on to Christmas, we must remember to add the merry to our Merry Christmas.

Holiday blues are natural

Holiday is a time of cheer, but if you are like many of us this holiday left us exhausted and maybe with a tinge of the blues.  That is natural.  The commercialized view of the holidays makes them seem flawless and filled with endless energy and cheer.  The reality for most of us returning to work after the holiday today is that we don’t feel refreshed and energized from the long weekend like we feel we should.  Rather we feel like we need a holiday from the holiday.  Realizing that the season has just begun has perhaps terrified you as much as the scale in your bathroom.

Here is the thing, and therefore why this is being discussed on a leadership podcast.  I have said many times before leadership is inspiring others’ actions through our own actions.  Speed of the leader; speed of the team.  Those that look to us for how they should feel every other time of the year are depending on us now during the holidays.  Does that mean you need an S on your chest and superhero powers?  Certainly not. But if you find a way to manage your stress and anxiety during this busy time you will help others manage theirs.


Add the Merry to Your Merry Christmas

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The Difference Between Meh or Magnificent

The Difference Between Meh or Magnificent

The Difference Between Meh or Magnificent

“Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss… But every once in a while, you find someone who’s iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.”
― Wendelin Van Draanen, Flipped

There is an employee engagement survey question “do you have a best friend at work?” Most of my former coworkers would agree we were family.  Our employer filed chapter 7 this year and I miss people the most.

Have you ever walked into a room and suddenly noticed someone who is the center of the room?  Similarly, a person walks into the room and the entire place brightens up?  This describes who I miss the most.  A great business partner with infectious energy. I’ve found it is impossible to not change your state when she is present. The root is simple.  She is passionate about what she does and; above all, she believes in her purpose. Her passion and belief fill her with energy which transfers to everyone in the room.

Enthusiasm is Key

For successful people, enthusiasm is a key driver of passion and achievement. It comes from within. Enthusiasm for a goal will produce energy driving you to do your best. The motivation generated will see the goal through to success.

As a leader, how can you expect your team to be excited about anything if you are not? Your enthusiasm towards the goal will inspire your team’s enthusiasm.  Leadership is a transfer of beliefs witnessed through the leader’s actions.

“Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without enthusiasm you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles. “ Og Mandino

Job Seekers Must Bring It

For job seekers out there, this is very important too.


My 16-year-old has been applying for his first job and the only advice I have given him is bring energy. (more…)

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