Recent Posts

Posted in Monday Motivator

The Ultimate Success Metric

The Ultimate Success Metric may not be what we think it is. Each of us keeps a personal scorecard, with which we judge ourselves and those around us. We measure everything from financial wealth to educational attainment, from athletic achievement to career progression. If I had to pick just one metric to define a life well lived, it would be…

Continue Reading...
Seek First to Understand
Posted in The WestermaNation

Seeking first to Understand

In a world of instant Internet feedback, we have become addicted to approval. Beyond acceptance, appreciation and attention, one of an individual’s greatest desires is to be understood. Just as giving is a precursor to receiving, seeking first to understand is essential to being understood. And active listening is the key.

Continue Reading...
Win-Win
Posted in The WestermaNation

Monday Motivator: The Power of Win-Win

The Win-Win mentality mixes empathy, confidence, sensitivity and bravery to create what Franklin / Covey calls, “that balance between courage and consideration”.

Continue Reading...
Put First Things First - Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash
Posted in The WestermaNation

Monday Motivator: The Seven Habits – Put First Things First

Forward progress happens when we “put first things first”. Deciding what’s important and moving it to the top of your to-do list is the foundation of every productive day.

Continue Reading...
Begin with the end in mind.
Posted in The WestermaNation

Monday Motivator: The Seven Habits – Begin With The End In Mind

Those who have benefited from integrating “Beginning with the end in mind” into their daily routines will tell you that this is not an easy process. And it never ends. Like any worthwhile endeavor, it is a muscle that, when continually exercised, gets stronger.

Continue Reading...
Be Proactive
Posted in The WestermaNation

Monday Motivator: The Seven Habits – Be Proactive

Success habits are enduring ideas to be continually pondered, practiced and sculpted to fit our own unique definition of purpose and passion. And the first habit is this: Be Proactive.

Continue Reading...
Photo by Chris Hayashi on Unsplash
Posted in Monday Motivator

The Seeker and The Servant

“Becoming is a lifelong quest,” the leader said. “We are imperfect beings but the wisdom that is revealed in the very act of service can guide us toward life’s sunset, with great power in our hands and peace in our hearts. This is The Ultimate Truth.”

Continue Reading...
How to Complain
Posted in The WestermaNation

How to complain so the recipient will thank you

As human beings, we owe allegiance to those we choose to serve so long as it’s a mutually beneficial relationship. Part of that allegiance is being willing to share the feedback they need to hear, even if it’s uncomfortable, making sure they understand that it’s coming from a place of love and support. Feedback is the breakfast of champions. Sometimes it can taste bitter, but ideas on how to move forward can help the recipient quickly digest it and grow.

Continue Reading...
Staying Positive in a Negative World
Posted in Monday Motivator

Staying Positive in a Negative World

Our planet is populated with both bad and good people. Our job is to do what we can to bring those in darkness into the light. Ben Ferencz shows us that taking whatever action we can to alleviate suffering is the most powerful way to stay positive in a negative world.

Continue Reading...
Never stop doing what you did to win your soulmate in the first place
Posted in Sixty Second Life Hacks

Keep doing what you did to win your soulmate in the first place

It’s easy to stop doing the things you did to win your love in the first place. Don’t! This is what greeted me when I looked in the mirror this morning. Colleen was up early, working at Mayo Clinic today. I was up super late writing last night. Imagine what it felt like to find this note when I stumbled…

Continue Reading...