Archive For: Motivation

We All Fear Success, Here’s How To Overcome It

I admit it. I’m addicted. Addicted to checking things off a task list. I go to the gym four days each week. I can’t resist sugary treats. And, I seek comfort in my cat, Cleopatra… but don’t tell anyone else about how I can walk her on a leash. I think there are pictures and ... Read More
 

Balancing Ambition and Patience

Have you ever thought about how most of our lives seem to be focused on waiting? When we’re pre-teens, we can’t wait to get braces for that perfect smile. When we’re high school, we can’t wait to begin college to live on our own. When we enter the workforce, we can’t wait for the right ... Read More
 

How Coachable Are You?

I invest significant time each week deepening relationships with interesting people and opening my network to new people. Towards the end of a handful of these discussions, I’m asked to describe my ideal client. I appreciate this opportunity and can provide a reasonably specific avatar of the potential client’s functional expertise, industry experience, level of ... Read More
 

Bringing Organization Culture and Individual Motivation Together

In December 2009, Daniel Pink wrote Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, a book uncovering the human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world. Pink labeled those three motivations autonomy, mastery, and purpose. In writing the book, Pink wanted to ... Read More
 

Be The Person You Needed When You Were Younger

A few months back, I gave a talk about developing your personal branding to group of executives. A gentleman approached me after the talk and shared a few of his experiences conducting business internationally. After some great back and forth, he finally said, “You know what Michael, most of the executives I do business with… ... Read More
 

What Motivates You?

Eleanor Roosevelt once said “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” So I ask, what is your purpose? What truly motivates you? How do you define wealth? If you believe that financial wealth (as opposed to ... Read More
 

The Fear of Freedom

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates I recently wrapped up coaching a client on the development of her personal intention, ambition, and value proposition statements and a plan to make structural changes to her business. She has traveled the world, won multiple statewide awards, speaks a second language fluently, has a beautiful family, ... Read More
 

The Benefits of Hitting Rock Bottom

In September 2013, Emmanuel Saez from the University of California, Berkeley published research entitled Striking it Richer: The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States. The most important finding from his work was that, “… the top 1% (of income earners) captured 95% of the income gains in the first three years of the ... Read More
 

Finding Happiness

I was very fortunate to spend this past weekend in the Midwest working with students at a top-ranked business school. My talk was built upon the idea that students could connect the school’s personal code of conduct with a student’s previous experiences and vision for the future to develop guiding (Intention, Ambition, Value Proposition, and ... Read More
 

The Power of Synchronicity

As you navigate life, there are days or weeks where you begin to question the validity of your career decisions. Since starting my career advisement practice almost two years ago, I have gone through a series of personal and professional challenges that tested my mettle and made me a significantly better coach. Here is a ... Read More
 

Turn Off Your Television

I just checked three of Phoenix’s “most watched” news stations’ websites. What I found on the front pages were huge advertisements for the Billboard Music Awards, a story about a freeway being closed for a police situation, a story about two $1M Powerball tickets being sold in Arizona, a story about a person in his ... Read More
 

Creating Your Intention Statement

How many of you truly know and can articulate your life’s intent? And by intent, I mean your never changing purpose, the reason you exist or your personal mission statement. Ask yourself, how will you better those around you? Also, how will you not just better who you are, but what you can become? If ... Read More
 

Leadership and Career Development Advice from Twitter

Every week day, I try send out an inspirational, motivational or thought-provoking post to my Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ pages. Here are 75 of those posts, in 140 characters or less, that received positive feedback. If you’re not doing it wrong, you’re doing it wrong. Fail fast…learn, unlearn and relearn…make change. The secret to ... Read More
 

Make Quantum Leaps, Not Incremental Change

In my previous two blog posts about The Top 10 Factors Impacting Your Career Search (read one here and two here), I reviewed the political, economic, sociocultural and technology (P.E.S.T.) trends that will materially affect your ability to find a job that allows you to be your true self. The ten factors have significantly altered ... Read More
 

Be a “Go-Giver”

The day of the “go-getter” has passed. He has been supplanted by the “go-giver”. A “go-getter” may be described as the individual who is solely focused on the attainment of wealth through bottom line profit generation. A “go-giver” is the individual who out-behaves those around him in his drive to secure triple bottom line wealth; ... Read More
 

Achievement Over Accolades

David McCullough Jr.’s commencement address at Wellesley High School on June 1 has sent reverberations throughout the World Wide Web. Popular on YouTube (with more than 1 million views) because of its’ “you are not special” tilt, but it should be more popular for the more encouraging message somewhat hidden underneath. Watch the video here. ... Read More
 

From Success to Significance

Although the debate about the cause of The Great Recession rages on, you can’t help but recognize that life is being conducted differently. Large organizations continually push productivity measures and try to do more with fewer human resources. Individuals are spending more time at work constantly striving for the mythical place termed “work-life balance”. Constant ... Read More
 

Intrinsic Motivation Through Purpose

A recent study by global brand consultancy Calling Brands entitled “Crunch Time: The Power of Purpose” revealed that a dramatic shift is occurring in how employees view their work. The study found that corporate “purpose” is becoming a new driver of recruitment, employee retention, and productivity. In many cases employees are willing to work harder ... Read More
 

The Right Attitude

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, ... Read More
 

What Story Does Your Hyphen Tell?

I got to thinking about legacy the other day. What am I going to be remembered for? The end of a human’s physical existence on earth is often wrought with grief as friends and family pay their respects and come to grips with life without the departed. But, if you think two or more generations ... Read More
 

About Motivation

Mikhail Baryshinikov, arguably one of the great dancers of last century said “I try not to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” You may have heard similar quotes on your journey through life, but the message being sent is one of motivation. We are all motivated by different ... Read More