Wednesday Wisdom: Steadfastness

Keep on trucking…do you remember that 70’s saying? If not, that phrase was common then as a motivator to be steadfast in what you are pursuing.  Trucking on is as valuable today as it was then.  Steadfastness is a goal-maker.

“Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more. ” ~ Lou Vickery

Do a little bit more today. Serve your solid sense of responsibility. Take pride in both your work and your reputation for responsible, responsive action.  Make the effort to stretch your current boundaries; commit to delivering even more than is expected…keep trucking a little longer.

Steadfastness extends beyond merely meeting deadlines; rather, it is a dedication to reach a level not experienced before that gives you a glimpse of your inner strength and pure power.  You may choose to exercise five minutes more today. It may mean that you conclude a project not only before the deadline but that you expand the dimensions by going beyond what was expected. Steadfastness connotes delivery, taking concrete action to finish with flourish.

Steadfast behavior builds capacity. We all have the capacity to do more, go beyond your thought and action boundaries today-add one more step, reach beyond the goal post. See yourself expand…be steadfast and grow.

Keep on trucking, baby.


Speak with Power: 7 Power Tips


How did you learn to speak so well?

This is the question I get asked most after I finish a presentation. My answer is with power. Power is a verb. I gained public speaking power after I became a charter member of the Dawn-Breakers Toastmasters Club. Even though I had spoken in front of audiences before, very few people haven’t, I corralled my vocal power by taking this active step to learn the mechanics of better communication.

Speaking with power is earned. As a speaker, you must work to earn the power of the platform.

Here are seven public speaking power tips:

  1. Plan your presentation or speech. Know what you want to say. The best way to plan your speech is to write it down. Begin with a free-flow of what you want your audience to learn; diagram it out in a logical sequence. Once your thoughts are in order, write the entire presentation/speech down and then read it aloud.
  2. Practice, pay attention to your vocal delivery. At this point you are saying what you wrote out loud. Some practice in front of a mirror, I do not. Pay attention to your delivery – make a note to indicate where you are making a pause. Underline the points you want to emphasize. Listen to your voice tone. Underscore where you need to pace yourself.
  3. Presence, presence, presence. The time has arrived for you to speak to an audience. You have planned your presentation and practiced until you are dry-mouthed. Now, all you need to remember is to be present. Seriously. Presence, presence, presence is the mantra for public speaking power. This means that you are in the moment, present with your authentic presence. Be real, that’s what audiences adore. Even though you may be nervous, you can overcome that with a delightful, engaging presence. People are there to hear you, not judge you. Be yourself!
  4. Punch them.  Speaking is not a drab recitation of what you wrote. No one in the audience wants to see or hear you read from a paper. Instead, punch them with emotion, stories, gestures, antidotes, clean humor practical tips, and a call-to-action. Remember, you have practiced your speech enough at this point to talk from your soul – do that. Enliven what you have practiced, even if it is a technical talk, by adding audience punches which excite, engage and entertain them. Be at ease.
  5. Power your voice. Brevity is the voice of power. The main purpose of planning your speech is to say what you mean and mean what you say. Speak clearly, enunciate well, and talk in a loud enough conversational tone. Real speaking power is when you concisely say what you mean. Precision is endearing. Keep on point, talk precisely about what you want the audience to learn. Stick to the point and audiences will stick with you.
  6. Personalize the speech. Even if you do not know anyone in the audience, make what you are saying personal. One way to do that is to get to the room early and introduce yourself to people and then use their first name when you are making a point. Another way to personalize is to add tidbits about the company if it is a corporate presentation. Lastly, you personalize when you conclude smoothly and properly. Wrap up your presentation with an enthusiastic summary of your learning points and sit down.
  7. Write your introduction. Submit your introduction, which relates to your topic, in advance rather than rely on a person to fittingly set-up your speech for you.

Communicators relate to others. The essence of public speaking power is communicating and relating.

Check It Off

One way to measure your success steps is to check off every task, the reading and research done, each mentoring session, networking event, relationship, meeting, publicity effort, or social media entry you do. This way you not only have a visual progress report but the salient fact is that you are definite about what you want to achieve.

Definite purpose of achievement equals 75% achievement.  Behaviorists certify that if your actions are synchronized with your achievement goals, you will tend to stay on track. If not, there’s a disconnect from purpose and you are far more likely to lose focus and become distracted and thereby mismanage your achievement.

Be driven, but not myopic. Yes, have your checklist and check off each active effort but be mindful that you also need to stay open and expectant of opportunities you may have never dreamed off. There is no way you can think of or know everything, absolutely no way. But, with a mentor or by consulting with others about what you intend to achieve, you open to the universe of limitless options.

See yourself.  People who consistently win self-evaluate. They achieve based on fact or evidence and have limited space for denial, fantasy or fiction. Achievers, for the most part, are self-critical rather than delusional about their dream and they hold themselves to higher, realistic standards.  Outcome based people embrace the truth about themselves and about what they intend to achieve, since they recognize that nothing else will make their vision obtainable.

The other 25% in the success quotient is persistence. Diligence pays off. Success requires finish line management. Those who achieve, regardless of what it is they want to do, consistently manage their challenges according to the top priority. They commit to managing their first priority first rather than follow the shibboleth of reverse priority that oftentimes becomes a destructive distraction. Winners check off priority one.

“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” ~Thomas Edison

Perceived obstacles crumble against persistent desire. Do the work and not just appear busy checking off the small, less impact things on your priority checklist. Effective, efficient action is the best check it off success system you can have.


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Small gray pebbles covering the ground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus.

Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified.

Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its natural setting; just one more tiny bump on the pathway to life.” ~Cecilia Luce

Increase Power in Your Life

Life is the performance of function. The degree to which you strengthen and leverage your active functioning determines the level of power in your life.

Power is managed control of fear.

Two days ago I was kicked out of boot-camp because I had an episode of spiked high blood pressure which frightened the trainer but not me. My power reaction was to consent to him calling paramedics which confirmed my blood pressure was dangerously high; I felt real bad but I had no intention of stopping my goal of exercising to get fit and lose weight.

After a visit to my cardiologist, my next power move was to talk to another fitness camp trainer and enroll in a new program.   Monday is the new start date – that’s the exercise of power.

When you know your goal and why, and the reasons are compelling and felt from your soul, that is unstoppable power. Where is your power cord? What are you so determined to do that the achievement finish line is all you align your activity to match?

What is power to you?

Send in your answer to this question along with a dialogue about why staying in your power, in spite of obstacles, is important to you. Share your feelings and experiences so that we collectively learn how to increase power in all life situations.   As a reward, I will send you a FREE copy of my book, For the BEST of You, and post your comments on the blog. Let’s power light up the world by inspiring others to know their power and increase the wattage of why in their lives.

You are powerful!

All Year Resolutions

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All Year Resolutions have nothing to do with chronological time, but everything to do with living in the present.


Forget the calendar for a moment. Instead think with me about a span of time, that you get to choose, and make a strong resolution to change one thing in your life. You may decide that today, right now, is your best moment – and you are right! Or, you may select another time of the day or even another day – and you are right then too!  Whatever time you make a focused resolution to made a change in your life is the right time.

Oftentimes, especially at the close of one year and the beginning of the new year, frantic energy is concentrated upon making changes such as loosing weight, finding a new love, getting a better job, or acquiring material things. We design dream boards, make pledges, write new year resolutions, and join a gym and then by May guilt sets in because our resolve to complete the major resolutions faltered.

I suggest that you make all year resolutions which you set up with specific time frames and specific one goal focus. For example, you may decide on Ma 20th to begin reading one book on goal setting for one week. So, your resolution time frame for this goal is May 20-27th.

Next you may decide to exercise more. Thus, you may decide that your start date is April 21st, the start of a new season and you may choose to close out this goal on November 21st as another example. Your all year resolution in this case would be to start exercising more on April 21 through November 21.

You get the gist. The power point here is that you:
1. Control the time frame rather than be controlled by social standard
2. Fix a definite goal
3. Establish a defined time-line to begin and end your resolution
4. Begin and start your resolution activity as planned

A fifth power point is to write your goal and time frame down. Henriette Klausser in Write it Down and Make it Happen, posits that writing down your resolution goal and time frame is the single most important step to internalizing and achieving your goal.

Inculcate your resolution. Make it yours. Own it and the time frame in which you pledge to begin and stop that particular resolution and begin your all year resolutions any time you recognize its your time to change, do something different, and alter your attraction so that you complete in phased steps your intention.

Resolve. Realign. Respond. Rewrite. Results.

Build your success, one resolution – sorted out by you all year – at a time.



Clear Your Fear

Learn How to Face Your Fears (from the book Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits!)

This exercise is designed to give you pause time to stop and objectively evaluate your fears. Be honest, the outcome depends on it. Repeat often until it becomes a first response habit.


1.       Identify three of your greatest fears. Write them down

A.      ________________________________________


B.      ________________________________________


C.       ________________________________________


2.       Acknowledge each fear; say each one out loud using I am statements. (Example: I am afraid of ……….) For each fear write: Is it real or imagined. Be honest.


Fear A:     ___________________________


Fear B:    ___________________________


Fear C:    ___________________________


3.       Educate yourself about each one. Re-write your script using I statements. (Example: I will control my response to singing in public by taking voice lessons)








4.       Write three affirmations you will use to overcome fear













5.        Set a deadline to gradually eliminate/minimize each fear; i.e., public speaking, for example, until you conquer it.