Don’t Live a Ground-Hog Day Life

(Quick disclaimer – I actually enjoy what I do for a living – which makes this realization much more profound for me)

This morning I awakened to that feeling of work-week deja vu. Getting up at the same time, fixing the same morning coffee, and anticipating another day I expected to be the mirror image of yesterday and the day before. Worse yet, acknowledging that I have two more of these ‘repeater days’ left before I’m free (on the weekend).

Life’s meant to be lived, celebrated and most of all savored and enjoyed. I reminded myself of that, and purposed myself to make today memorable.

I thought I’d share this thought for any of you who may find yourself in a “groundhog day” groove as well.

Go do something exceptional today. Make today memorable.

By |November 20th, 2013|Blog, Mindsets|0 Comments

Let go of yesterday. Don’t be distracted by tomorrow. Focus on making today right.

By |November 17th, 2013|Blog, Quickies|0 Comments

The Important Counter-Balance to Goal Setting

The pursuit of goalS, without the proper understandings and counter-balances, is purely reckless.

This article does a great job explaining why!

“In some ways both Santa Clause and The Secret have done us a disservice. Both focused on wishing something would happen and either through the process of writing it down and/or visualization, it is supposed to magically appear. Many management and self-help gurus cite research, reportedly done at Harvard or Yale universities, which describes why only 3% of Harvard MBAs make 10 times as much money as the other 97%–because they write down their goals. The problem with this claim is that no such research study exists.”




By |November 16th, 2013|Blog, Business, Mindsets|0 Comments

Don’t resign yourself to accepting eventualities.

Almost every event in life contains an opportunity within it.

By |November 13th, 2013|Blog, Quickies|0 Comments

(Almost) Everything in Life is Negotiable

On a particular Friday I awakened feeling stressed. And a little bit grumpy.  I had two looming deadlines ahead, and it meant I would spend the weekend in front of my computer working. Not relaxing, not playing. Working.


It’s not like me to miss a deadline (let alone two), but having spent the month of October traveling to India, Canada and Ohio I simply had no time to work on these projects until the final days before they were due.

Rather than grumpily trudging through the weekend, I made two phone calls. I explained my situation and asked for help and understanding.

Both calls resulted in me being  given 30 day’s extensions. There wasn’t even a problem, the extra time was given gladly.

Had I not tried, I would have lost the weekend. More importantly I would have resented having lost this time.

Life is short. Time is not meant to be resented – but celebrated.

I was reminded that most things in life aren’t pre-destined. They’re negotiable.

Rather than seeing the eventualities I learned (again) to look for the possibilities.



By |November 11th, 2013|Blog, Business, Mindsets|0 Comments

Miss A Workout? Get Back in the Game

If you’re like me, when you begin a program such as Tapout XT or XT 2 you do so intending to follow it. To complete each day’s workout as it appears on the calendar.

But then…kids, work, illness, injury. What now?

Too many times we view things as all -or-nothing. Take diets for instance. We start a strict diet, but as soon as we break it we fall off completely – telling ourself that we’ll start again soon but sometimes never doing so.

Inertia builds behind both action and stagnation. If you miss a day, two days or a week of your workout don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t stop.

Get back in the game. Pick up where you left off.

By |July 24th, 2013|Blog, Tapout XT/ Xtreme Exercise|2 Comments

XT 2 – Week One Review

Aggressive. Heart-Pounding. Serious. Sweat-Inducing. Brutal. Fantastic. Addictive. Fun. Rewarding. Life-Changing.

What more need be said.

By |July 16th, 2013|Blog, Tapout XT/ Xtreme Exercise|2 Comments

Reinvention at the Community Level – Chicago and Sao Paolo

Whether related to personal, professional, global or community challenges – the answer to them is always the same. Constant reinvention.

Excerpt from the article (link below) – “If there’s a “secret sauce” to the world’s most successful cities and region, it is that they are constantly reinventing themselves, adapting not only to new economic realities but also to people’s changing lifestyle and career preferences. Good, inclusive planning – or the “art of what’s possible,” which is what MPC works on each day – is integral.”

By |July 16th, 2013|Blog, Starters® Stories|0 Comments

5 Must Stopover Locations in Quebec – Guest Post by Janet Becker

5 Must Stopover Locations in Quebec

Quebec is probably Canada`s most favourite and visited province. If you plan on getting the most out of your trip, you should know that Quebec is the biggest province that Canada has to offer. This means that you should plan your trip in advance so you can enjoy all the wonderful things that this region has to offer.

Before booking in advance any type of accommodation or renting a car, you should take care of your passport application. Canada has some rules for foreign visitors and you should go to the Canadian visa office first if you want to find out what additional forms or papers you need to fill out.

After your forms have been approved you can start planning your trip and if you don`t know which places you should visit, here are some locations that are a must if you want to grab the essence of Quebec.

Outaouais is a destination preferred by many people that want to escape the big city, the traffic jams, and the noise. If you are a culture lover, this location is the perfect place for you since you can visit many great museums that will expand your knowledge. Outdoor lovers think Outaouais to be one of Quebec`s major highlights since this location is overwhelmed by forests, mountains; the Ottawa River runs through here, too. If you plan on hiking, sightseeing or taking incredible photos of the Canadian landscapes, prepare for spending some quality time here.

If you want diversity, Montreal should be the next stop in your journey. Montreal is one of the top 5 favourite destinations in Quebec and you can easily understand why. This metropolis is filled with a splendid architecture, from the […]

By |July 16th, 2013|Blog, Lifestyles/ Travel|0 Comments

Tina Brown – Master of Re-Invention

I couldn’t have said it any better. Thank you Tina Brown for the inspiration!

Successful reinvention is “all about continuing to ask yourself what you’re best at, and what you want, and then going for that,” she said in a phone interview Monday afternoon from her office at The Daily Beast. “It’s about not being distracted from it, or fearful of it. It has to go with some instinct you’ve not gratified at other times in your life, and it has to come from really deep inside.”

Read more:Tina Brown dives into deep conversation on reinvention, biz, tech – The Denver Post
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By |July 15th, 2013|Blog, Mindsets, Starters® Stories|0 Comments