This more than anything determines your joy

Summer is finally here! I had to get that out of the way.

I hope this post finds you energetic, joyful, hopeful, and passionate. Either way read on…

“What determines your joy more than anything else?” It is a question for the ages. I am sure there are a lot of answers to this question. I humbly offer my opinion.

I believe how you feel about yourself determines your joy more than anything else. Some would call it self esteem. Self esteem is a complicated term that is easily lost in “translation”. So I prefer to state it “how you feel about yourself”

Without getting into what determines how you feel about yourself (that’s a topic worth a book), I believe it is the single most important determinant for the following two primary reasons. Continue reading


When at work, work

Short post for today.

Brian Tracy says, “When at work, work”. My response was, of course! Not so fast.

It is very easy to waste time and get distracted when at work, in your business, or when working on a house project. At the end of the day you wonder, “What did I really accomplish today?”

Recently I have been working on a self imposed policy – “everything is due today!” Everything, even long-term projects like process improvement projects that have a tendency to linger beyond “long-term” into “never-term”.

The reward of the “everything is due today” policy is incredible!  Try it. After sometime, you begin to feel like everything on your to do list is behind you instead of feeling like everything is lurking in your future waiting by your bedside when you wake up.

Pretty soon you will find yourself scrambling to make up stuff to do because you have already done everything! Not quite, but kind off.

Try it, but don’t forget to rest and rejuvenate (a little coffee and tea helps).

Stay Inspired.


If you could change one thing…..

If you could change one thing that could have the most positive impact in your life what would it be?

That is a loaded question, but one worth engaging.

Here is why you should engage this loaded question. It can change your life. Apologies for the simplicity of that answer, but it is true.

Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living”. It is quite obvious why we avoid examining our lives – it can be emotionally draining and exhausting, even discouraging. It does not have to be. If you do it right, it will empower you tremendously.

Why the digression into examining your life? To gain valuable insight on what you need to change in your life, it is important to examine your past. If you do not change, then your next 5 years will be just about like the last 5 years.

A few hints to help you determine the one thing to change: Continue reading

Reach out to someone..

I was listening to NPR, which I love (radio channel 90.9 in Boston), when I heard this amazing story of “Unlikely brothers”. I have posted an excerpt and a link below.

Zig Ziglar, one of my favorite motivational speakers, says “when you encourage, you are encouraged”. It is worth reading that statement over to get its meaning. Each one of us can use some encouragement in our lives. One of the surest ways to get it is to encourage someone else.

The story below, about the “Unlikely Brothers”, is about mentoring. Mentoring in simple terms is making a commitment to be an encourager to someone through a long-term relationship.

Do you need encouragement? Find someone to encourage. Better yet, find someone to mentor. You will be encouraged.

One of the interesting things about John in the story below is that he was a “sad person” or “depressed” at the time he decided to become a big brother to Michael. Continue reading