Archives for June 2011

Goals and Their Impact on Your Success

If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.  – Lou Holtz


If you don’t know who Lou Holtz is :: From wikipedia -Holtz is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. Holtz also coached the New York Jets of the NFL during the 1976 season.


What are your goals?

Reading over Jack Canfield‘s The Success Principles this morning and on page 56 there it was. . . this quote from Lou Holtz. I am no big  sports fan, but could absolutely appreciate the story of what changed his life.

In 1966, after a personal set back, Lou’s wife gave him a copy of The Magic of Thinking Big, by David Schwartz. In this book, David encourages you to write down all of the things you want to accomplish in your life. This simple act would change Lou’s life and help him make history. By owning his goals and having a daily reminder of what he wanted to do – Lou was able to achieve nearly all 107 goals he set for himself.

As I continued to read about Bruce Lee’s letter and Jim Carrey’s check, it was apparent that these success stories all had one thing in common. . . clearly defined goals.

Ask anyone who has achieved success (could be someone you know personally or admire) and they will tell you that having clear goals of what you want in your life is vital. Whether it is writing it in a letter, a journal or on note cards. . . write them down today!

You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming – Jim Rohn.

Do you have clear personal goals?

What goals do you have for your company or career?

How do you stay on track when you hit a roadblock?

Share your success story with us about a personal success you have achieved thanks to your goals.

Business Blogs: Inspiration to Grow Your Audience

After reading over Social Media Examiner’s post on the 10 Top Business Blogs and Why They Are Successful – it made me curious as to what business blogs the leaders in the Piedmont Triad enjoy and why you think they are successful.

We each have different needs as it relates to our professions – but we all have one thing in common when it comes to blogging . . . we want to provide relevant content for our readers and hope that they connect with us and continue to come back and comment.

Some of the best ways to learn how to improve your own business blog is to be a devoted reader of other blogs. It could be a plugin that you discover that could be the missing ingredient, a layout or theme that catches your eye or simply a style of writing that really inspires you.

Here are a few links for inspiration to grow your business blog awareness and your eventually your audience.

The 50 best business blogs – Times Online

Small Business Blogs – Best of the Web

Top 10 Business Blogs for Women | Little Pink Book

Top Business and Entrepreneurship Blogs

Top 10 Business Blogs to Bookmark


What are your favorite business blogs to read? Why?

Monday Morning Motivation: Communication

Monday Morning Motivation by David CottrellIf you haven’t picked up the book Monday Morning Motivation – Five Steps to Energize Your Team, Customers and Profits by David Cottrell – it is a must add to your business bookshelf.

Whether you are a small business owner, a mid level manager or a CEO – David will guide you to effectively motivate and energize the way you interact with your business. It takes commitment to become successful and making sure that everyone on your team has the same level of commitment as you is vital to your businesses bottom line.

In chapter 6 we learn that high level employee engagement has a measurable impact on the bottom line. Companies who have a strong internal communications programs are more successful than those who don’t.

Take a look at the top 50 most admired companies. How are they engaging with their own army of brand ambassadors? What are they doing to empower their top performers? How are they keeping their teams motivated and on task?

“The most important element of the communication conductor is to connect the corporate goals and objectives with the activities on your team.”- David Cottrell


This brings us to the Monday Morning Discussion questions from page 105 –

  • How often do you as you team for feedback and input? Do you receive it constructively and genuinely listen to the ideas?
  • Do you promote a culture of learning within your team? What additional information and knowledge can you share with team members so they will better understand the business of your business?
  • How can you tear down the walls and create better connections within your team? Between your team and others in the organization?

If you are interested in making your Monday morning meetings meaningful – take time to pick up Monday Morning Motivation, Monday Morning Mentoring and Monday Morning Choices by David Cottrell. His books will change the way you do business.


How does your company communicate?
Does your company ask for valuable feedback?


What company do you look toward for inspiration?





Mentors and the Success Principles

I am currently reading Jack Canfield‘s incredibly informative book The Success Principles. This morning I on principle #44: Find a Wing to Climb Under.

The chapter starts off with this quote relating to mentors. . .

“Study anyone who’s great and you’ll find that they apprenticed to a master, or several masters. Therefore if you want to achive greatness, renown, and superlative success, you must apprentice to a master.

Robert Allen, Self made multi-millionaire and coauthor of The One Minute Millionaire.

Here is some great info from Wikipedia on Mentors ::

Today mentors provide expertise to less experienced individuals to help them advance their careers, enhance their education, and build their networks. In many different arenas people have benefited from being part of a mentoring relationship, including:

Who was your mentor?

How did having a mentor shape/change your life and career?

Are you a mentor now?

Here are resources about mentoring in the Triad and North Carolina ::

North Carolina Mentoring Partnership

National Mentoring Partnership

SHIELD Mentor Program

UNCG Guarantee Mentor Program

Have additional resources for those interested in becoming a mentor or those in need of one? Please share in in the comments!

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