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What do you want to be when you grow up?

There was a time (long, long ago) when the decision to pursue a job or a career was a commitment for life.  The focus was to get a good position, work hard, save money, and retire; hopefully all within the same company.  Nowadays that is not the norm.  Today,  people typically change careers or jobs...
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Welcome Back

Welcome back to Surpass Your Goal.  You didn’t go anywhere . . . I did!  You may have noticed that it’s been two years since I’ve sent out an article or update.  Why, you ask?  I returned to school to complete my doctorate in human .  I have just one class remaining, on addictions, that...
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Three indicators that you are a strategic thinker

Now Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham is a great tool to help you identify your strengths, providing access to an assessment which determines your top strengths or “talent themes.” Using this book and the assessment, I learned that one of my top strengths is as a strategic thinker (in addition to learner and responsibility...
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Wish you could clone yourself?

Did you ever see the 1996 movie Multiplicity with Michael Keaton?  Click here to watch video. I was in graduate school then, wishing I could clone myself the same way his character did.  There would be one version of me to do the vocational work, one to have fun and be rebellious, and one to handle...
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Three signs you are a show-off

Do you remember Stuart from MAD TV? He was notorious for saying “Look what I can do!” Most of us have been taught Show Off! to be polite and not brag about ourselves. It’s a lesson we need to learn if we want to increase our likeability and connection with others. You know what I’m...
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Think and grow rich – literally!

I recently read Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, which was originally published in 1937.  It is fascinating that something written nearly a hundred years ago is still applicablrele today; it was that far ahead of its time.  The premise of the book is to detail the 13 steps to gaining riches. This is...
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There is a fine line between confidence and conceit; body language can highlight the difference

The distinction between confident and conceited is sometimes difficult to articulate.  We seem to know on a gut level when someone is arrogant, often leading to an unpleasant taste in our mouth.  On the other hand, when someone is confident, we are naturally more drawn to them.  This also happens on a gut level. I...
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Are you proud of yourself?

When is the last time you felt proud of yourself? This is a slippery slope! When I was in my early twenties, I remember telling a friend that I was Pride before the fall proud of myself. I don’t recall the exact details of the event that led to that feeling, I just know it...
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The secret to eliminating email miscommunication

I was recently compiling information for a time management webinar.  Obviously managing your email by keeping an organized and clean inbox is a key to effective time management, but the manner in which you compose and format your emails is also critical to maximizing your efficiency. If you send an email and it is interpreted...
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Are bad habits holding you back?

Have you ever considered what habits you’d like to change?  There are the typical ones, of course, related to smoking, drinking, exercise, eating, etc.  But what about the more subtle habits that you aren’t totally aware of?  For instance, if you could change two habits that would help you be more successful in your business,...
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Do you consider yourself successful?

What does success mean to you?  Everybody has a different notion and understanding of the word success.  For some, success means raising a happy and healthy family, while others view success as becoming a millionaire, and yet others have definitions that fall somewhere in the middle.  It’s really an interesting question.  So often, we have...
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I’m fine, really!

How are you? Such a simple question. We must ask a dozen people each day, and a dozen people ask us the same question.  The typical response is, “I’m fine.” I suppose it’s polite to make such pleasantries, but why the avoidance of what’s really going on?  Is it just a habit to say we’re...
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The 4 Most Annoying Love Themes

Annoying Love Themes Valentine’s Day is the time of year when husbands, fathers, and sons run ragged, scratching their heads trying to be romantic. It’s interesting how the onus is on the man to prove his love and devotion. Florists, jewelers, and bakers thrive at this time of the year. When men are trying to...
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Top 3 Reasons People Get Under Our Skin

Feeling trapped Did you know that we make an impression of someone within one tenth of a second! It usually takes a few seconds thereafter to become aware of the impression. In that short time frame we determine whether someone is attractive, trustworthy, and credible. We are constantly bombarded with an unending stream of cognitive...
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The unspoken truth about giving flowers for Valentine’s Day

Regardless of whether you give your valentine chocolate, diamonds, or flowers. Flowers on Valentine’s Day means roses. If you attempt to get any other flower, you are missing the boat. If you really want to be in the dog house, get carnations.or a romantic dinner, flowers are still a must. But there are a few...
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5 secrets to running your business like an Olympian

I have often wondered about the characteristics that lead to an Olympic attitude and the winning characteristics of professional athletes. I am even more surprised when I see one of these individuals succeed in a brand new environment. For instance, put a skating champion or a football star on Dancing with the Stars and they...
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Are your beliefs driving the bus in the wrong direction?

Most people aren’t aware of their underlying beliefs about themselves, their relationships, and their environment. In my experience, one of the best ways to predict whether someone will be successful is whether they believe they will be successful. That seems fairly straightforward, but underlying that statement is a host of other beliefs. Do you believe...
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Are you considered successful?

Are you considered successful? What does success mean to you? Everybody has a different notion and understanding of the word success. For some, success means raising a happy and healthy family, while others view success as becoming a millionaire, and yet others have definitions that fall somewhere in the middle. It’s really an interesting question....
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