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PROGRESS COMES FROM BEING CLEAR. But of course it’s real easy to say that, right?

The problem is that it’s real easy to let the urgent overtake the important.  Constantly.

Here’s a simple example.  It seems like in between my meetings today, that I’ve been beating my email inbox back.  Right now it has 29 messages in it, but every time a new one comes in I have to pay attention.

Just in case it’s something urgent.

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YOU’RE SCARED TO TAKE the next step.

And it’s not even a bet-the-farm situation, where you have to put everything on the line.  This is actually a reasonable decision, but you’re stuck on tradeoffs between different requirements and points of view.

There’s a way to break out of this paralysis.

Scientific researchers run experiments, and huge progress is made.  So let’s do the same thing here.

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vision boardSTARTING UP A BUSINESS can be a real challenge.

Let me revise that.

For most people, we struggle with what it takes.  But I met a guy this week who’s started up so many ventures that it boggles the mind.  And many, if not most, were quite successful.

He’s that “serial entrepreneur” that we tend to laud and admire.

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morris-johnJOHN MORRIS HAS AN AMAZING STORY.

After a devastating snowboarding accident in 2005, John went through all kinds of turmoil.  He’ll be incapacitated for the rest of his life.

But that propels him into making an amazing contribution to the disabled community.  Read the rest of this entry »

THIS WEEK I WAS CHALLENGED Red_and_blue_pill 2by a speaker named Todd Musselman to think about the concept of making choices.  One of his key messages? “At every moment in time, you’re doing exactly what is most important to you.”

I have a resistance to this, as you might as well.  It feels like an incredible amount of my time is spent on extraneous stuff, trivialities, and annoyances.

Yet, this is absolutely true.

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THERE’S A WELL WORN STATISTIC below-257882_640which states that 95% of businesses fail in five years.  Or something like that.

I’m not even going to bother looking it up, because it doesn’t matter.

This is just a way to discourage people, to make me somehow feel better than you because I was able to land a real job while you’re … frittering your life away trying to do that “start your own business thing.”

It’s not real.

And it doesn’t matter.

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THERE IS A POPULAR PHRASE, Alligator“You are what you eat.”  If you’re unfamiliar with it, the idea is that you should be careful about what you put in your body – because it is the foundation for what your body becomes.

This is a powerful concept that can be applied to other domains as well.

A number of years ago, I started noticing that my state of mind reflected what I was watching, listening to, and reading at the time.  Read the rest of this entry »

BILL TRACK 50 bill track 50 logois a great little company focused on helping people to be better integrated with what’s going on in our government.

It’s a straightforward idea:  There’s loads of public information about what’s going on in legislative action, and people need to have a simple way to track it, pull information together, and use it for their own decision making.

Wait a sec:  All this information is publicly available, right?  Why would anybody pay to get it?

That’s a darned good question.

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I‘VE It takes a villageCOME TO REALIZE just how much I rely on others for my business success.

It’s not that I’ve structured things in a particularly complex manner: I’m a part of a small group of coaches operating under a single brand. I’m responsible for finding my own clients and delivering services to them.

That group is vitally important to my focus and motivation. Read the rest of this entry »

YOU WhitewaterHAVE A POWERFUL VISION:  You’re going to save the natural river with your ice cream business.  You’re putting together your plan, things are pulling together, but then you have a nagging feeling.

You’re losing sight of your vision.

Sure, the passion’s still there, but you’ve realized that you’re spending the bulk of your time just doing all the logistical stuff.  Health department requirements, suppliers, inventory, opening a new location, advertising … it’s pretty overwhelming.

How are you ever going to have time to save the river?

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