Thursday, April 17, 2014

E-Myth Mastermind Group

I apologize for the redirect. We sent out the wrong link in the announcement this morning. 

You can find the mastermind information at

Danny L. Smith

"Continuously successful people build themselves ahead of their business."

Friday, April 11, 2014

Staying on Purpose (a past post that still applies)

Do you think back? Here's a post from July, 2010, I wrote in a non-public blog. It still applies

Staying on purpose is hard to do in this age of emails, blogs, Google and Wikipedia. I remember when the fax machine relieved stress, but now, we all want what we want and we want it....NOW.

I'm working in the box and not trying to be everything to everybody, but just doing what I can with what I have to work with. We can only do what we can do, pray like it depends on God, and work like it depends on Him also. Trying to work outside that box is more like a pipe-dream, a wishing well.

Looking back over my shoulder, reviewing the days events....I didn't get some things accomplished I intended, yet, I worked with what I had to work with and succeeded to the best of my abilities.

It was a good day. Challenging, but a good day.

Thank you Lord.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Critical Choice #5

You've got to choose to have the right accountability
- Critical Choice #5

Accountability is a strange discipline. Having the RIGHT accountability is a matter of respect and trust in the accountability "role." The role is held by someone that cares for you and is truly interested in helping you raise your lid.

People I'm accountable to at work aren't the same people I'm willing to be accountable to in my personal life. A coach I pay to hold me accountable in areas of personal development and growth is different than a person I'm accountable to for spiritual matters.

I'm accountable to my wife Cathy in many ways, but that accountability doesn't work for's a long way from everything! Ha! And she doesn't want to hold me accountable for everything!....thank goodness.

Only allow people to hold you accountable that are "right." 

A side note....don't tell just anyone your goals and dreams. Share them only with people that care about you (even if they're paid to care) and can energize you towards achieving those goals and dreams.

Work through this, practice thinking into the results you want around your accountability.

To that's a choice.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Critical Choice #4

You've got to choose to have a Robust Evaluation and Correction System
- Critical Choice #4

Every morning, this is the robust part (every morning), I spend 2-5 minutes looking back through yesterday's emails, phone history, calendar and 6 thing list (part of the system). The purpose is to think about what I did, didn't do and the results.

I always intend this to be a quick and painless process, but it's not always.

Sometimes the process, that's what it is - a process, leads me to a better understanding (part of Choice #1 that just starts happening!) of what I got done, or didn't get done, or could have done better..........and what the cause, good or bad, was.

My journal and calendar/6 things list is always open while I'm doing this. Thus, I can write my thoughts, ink in appointments and move my "things" around to the appropriate days.

To aid in ALL of this, I work through the following

Time, Attitude, Skill, Knowledge and Style.

I/we get things done, or not, based upon those 5 factors.


We either put in the Time, or not; had the right Attitude, or not; had the Skill, or not; had the Knowledge, or not; had the right Style, or not.

If I did, it helps to understand I did; to recognize it. If not, then put the time in, fake/change the attitude, develop the skill, learn the knowledge, change my style.

To that end..........It's a choice.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Seize the DAY! Go-get-it. PERIOD

You might never fail on the scale I did, but some level of failure is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failure unless you live so cautiously that you might not have lived at all. It which case you've failed by default.

- Best selling author of "Harry Potter" Mrs. J.K. Rowling

...what is most important is that you have to dig deep down, deep deep down, and decide who you want to be. Not what, but WHO.

- Arnold Schwarzenegger

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Margins for problems

Margins are the space needed to stay sane.

Sometimes it's not enough to just not add something else to your plate. Sometimes what's already there grows and you have to stop doing something you're already doing.

Confusion, frustration and quit will set in otherwise. Margins. Evaluation. Correction.

I was asked recently, what law of leadership is most important to me financially, and how? Instantly I thought of my current favorite (besides the other 20) - The Law of the Lid. 

How? Right out of the book -
  • People Skills
  • Planning and Strategic Thinking
  • Vision
  • Results
Plus - margins. Margins in the day for unexpected problems that must be dealt with, time to pause and reflect, evaluate and correct, time to just pay attention.

It's been formulating for a few weeks, but around midnight last night I realized that I need more margins early in the day. No commitments except to myself and God to come to my desk and pay attention.

I love what and how questions.

To that end..........

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Regurgitation is still good

This is a re-post from 2012. A few bumps in the road lately and it does me good to to reflect on past problems and they're eventually triumphs...........

Sometimes you just can't be original, and that's OK. Today, I'm hung up in Swindol's commentary on Nehemiah, Hand Me Another Brick and Maxwell's Law of Navigation.

Same subject. Recognition of a problem, praying, reflecting, planning, re-purposing, pursuing.

There are some problems we just FIDO (forget it drive on). Other problems seem too familiar and we know we've been here before. These are times we don't need to waste the struggle.

Instead, don't just sail the ship....chart a better course.

To that end.......

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Do I know why I want to do what I want to do?

Do you know why you want to do what you would like to do?
This is the motives question - John C. Maxwell in
The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

I enjoy repeating some things. A good book is one of them. A discussion about a good book is like adding a creamy frosting to an already delicious cake. A discussion with a really engaging individual is like adding Blue Bell Moolinium ice cream.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Coming back to clutter

Maybe I'm moving from discliplines to habits?

I've been moving pretty fast and hard the past few weeks and this morning I noticed that I'm much more organized! Meaning, there's less clutter all around me.

That's much better than back in 2012 when I wrote the following post -