I hope you’re doing great. In addition to my Weekly Inspirational Quotes (if you don’t receive them and want to, just let me know), I hope this will provide some action-taking inspiration for you. This is an important message for clients of my programs, subscribers of my newsletters, and any others who are Businesspreneurs. If you’re a service professional, sales specialist, consultant, own a business – whether brick and mortar or on-line – you’ll want to read this brief message and take action. If you’re employed by an organization but are wise enough to realize that you are still “self-employed” – meaning you recognize that you are the CEO of YOU, Inc. and are responsible for making sure you get Continue reading
Have you noticed, or been frustrated by, the fact that there’s something you believe you need to do that would make a big positive difference in your business or your life, yet you just don’t seem to be able to get to it? Or there’s never enough time to start it? Or it “probably wouldn’t work anyway?” Most likely the things you think are getting in your way are not even close to being the real reasons. If you would like some suggestions or help, please PM me and I’ll be glad to make some suggestions
(As told by Thomas S. Monson)
It was a special time in his life which took place when he served as a United States Merchant Marine. On Christmas Eve in 1944, Lee was on a ship traveling from the Mediterranean approaching the Straits of Gibraltar on its way to the North Atlantic. Following months — even years — of service in the war, the men on board were happily bound for the East Coast of the United States and home. It was a stormy night, and Lee was once again on watch at the bow of the ship. …
“The past few days had been unremarkable, and the sights, sounds and smell of the ocean lulled Lee into a sense of well-being. The events which transpired next seemed to happen in an instant. Lee saw the plume of a periscope appear off the port side of his ship. He knew that it couldn’t be more than 100 yards away. Others had seen the plume, for the ship was suddenly alive with alarms and shouts of men scurrying to their battle stations.
“There was no time to ready themselves for a fight or to protect themselves in any way. The submarine was already on them, rising up out of that choppy sea. The enemy had them, without question. They awaited their doom.“
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It’s the holiday season and that itself – the speason, the kindness, thespirit of it all – is something I love. It seems no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, and although too often not what we maydesire, we’re still able to find things to be grateful for.
I want to express my gratitude for your willingness to be a part of this Winner’s Edge Community and let you know how thankful I am for your trust and your desires to be better, do better, and make a difference in your own life and that of others. As promised when you originally joined our community, I’ve attempted to not bombard you with emails and a barrage of irrelevant messages.long times without you hearing from me. Just knowing you’re here is great, but just “leaving” you here for prolonged periods has apparently left some feeling under-served or without the help and. motivation to accelerate their success as much as they’d like. I. appreciatethat and apologize for it.
To thank you, and to serve you better, I plan on providing more periodic T.I.P.S. (Tools, Insights, Principles and Strategies) to help you accelerate your success. These will be based on my experiences working with clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 Executives, as well as sharing some of the best ideas from my own colleaguesand mentors, who are some of the top success experts in the world. As a further gift of thanks, starting next week I’ll make available a moment of Weekly Inspiration intended to shift your thinking, provide new insights, motivate you to realize more of your own potential, and most importantly – to take action. These should only take about 90 seconds to read and may give you just the lift and direction you need. I hope you’ll enjoy them, but mostly hope you’ll be creative in using them. Let me know if you want to receive them.
This next year I’m on a mission to help more people succeed – more quickly, with more confidence and more certainty as to their results. I want you to be one of them. If you’d like some personal help or direction, please feel free to visit more of this the website (where many people have picked up some ideas) or join in the dicussion by visiting and “liking” our page at
Facebook.com/AdvancedCoachingSolutions. Or just contact me. But for now – today – I express my sincere and warmest thanks for who you are and for your being here.
May you and your loved ones enjoy a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving mholiday, finding unexpected blessings to count as your own!
Larry H. Gassin, CPA, CCHt
If that sounds crazy, or a little harsh, read on because it’s true.
Hoping, wishing, dreaming, planning and acting – while extremely important – aren’t lasting or of sufficient force themselves to gain your greatest desires.
Haven’t you known talented and capable people who want great things but just always seem to have “bad luck” or negative experiences, such as: being left out; getting fired; forgetting something important; they “goofed up” when they knew there was a lot riding on it; have an argument when they need to have some peace; give up, again; have some major problem; be turned down; get picked last on a team; not get asked to dance; pick the one piece of chocolate out of the box that they desperately wanted to avoid?
On the other hand, haven’t you known equally talented people who always seem to have things go their way: they find a parking space up front; cashiers seem to open a new line for them; they have a great interview; get a great bonus; have that special person go on a date with them; get that new client; land that opportunity; win an award?
What’s the major difference between these two groups of people? Surprisingly, it’s almost always Continue reading
One of the great things about this time of year are the many heart-warming stories we can hear – some current events and some just good stories with a heart-filled message. While this one may be a bit long, it’s an easy and great read, and regardless of our personal beliefs it’s a message that all can appreciate. Thanks to my friend Johnny Smith for sharing it. With gratitude for your participation in our Winner’s Edge community, my best and warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a great new year! May your gifts be many, and may you #sharethegift.
Christmas at a Gas Station
The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn’t been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. It was just another day to him. He didn’t hate Christmas, just couldn’t find a reason to celebrate. He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been falling for the last hour and wondering what it was all about when the door opened and a homeless man stepped through.
Instead of throwing the man out, Old George as he was known by his customers, told the man to come and sit by the heater and warm up. “Thank you, but I don’t mean to intrude,” said the stranger. “I see you’re busy, I’ll just go.”
“Not without something hot in your belly.” George said.
He turned and opened a wide mouth Thermos and handed it to the stranger. “It ain’t much, but it’s hot and tasty. Stew … Made it myself. When you’re done, there’s coffee and it’s fresh.”
Just at that moment he heard the “ding” of the driveway bell. “Excuse me, be right back,” George said. There in the driveway was an old ’53 Chevy. Steam was rolling out of the front.. The driver was panicked. “Mister can you help me!” said the driver, with a deep Spanish accent. “My wife is with child and my car is broken.” George opened the hood. It was bad. The block looked cracked from the cold, the car was dead.
“You ain’t going in this thing,” George said as he turned away.
“But Mister, please help …” The door of the office closed behind George as he went inside. He went Continue reading
I have a special desire today to pause and give both, acknowledgement
and thanks, to the legions of unsung heroes of our lives. In the crazy busyness of life, of trying to “find our way” and achieve all those things we’re told and conditioned to believe are essential if we’re going to matter and “be somebody” and “have it all,” and the many on-line and media “resources and tools” to which we’re directed as having answers to our needs and short-cuts to this process, it can be observed there is one increasingly overlooked resource which is too-often given decreasing significance – the heart, example and role of fathers.
It is with great disappointment that I view so much media marginalizing the role and need for fathers and holding up “specimens” of diminishing worth and ability – even bastions of buffoonery and incompetence – as examples of manhood and fatherhood. Why? I’m not sure, but I am sure that neither political agendas nor desires to socially engineer societal norms and standards can change the truth. Not even an outright rejection of truth can change it. There it is and there it boldly stands – unfettered, unchanged and even if unrecognized – it remains immovable – truth. There are too many studies to ignore revealing the long-term impact and power of fathers to positively affect the lives of children in ways they need and for good of themselves and those they will impact as they grow and mature. Too many studies to ignore also reveal the negative impact of not having a father in the home and the long-term negative impact of that.
Without question, not everyone has been blessed with an “ideal” father or home and sometimes that has unfortunately repeated through generations. My hat’s off and my heart goes out to those who have struggled to break that cycle and become the kind of father they wished they had and know their children need.
It’s been said that the true strength of a man is in his capacity to love and to give….to carry others’ hopes and dreams as his own. I believe that for the most part fathers labor tirelessly and selflessly for their families, sacrificing many of their own interests and desires and quietly bearing the weight and burden of responsibilities they’ve gladly accepted, and silently carrying loads often unknown to others. I know of and admire many fathers who understand and seek to live by two declarations they hold sacred as great truths: “No success in life can compensate for failure in the home” and that “the greatest work they shall ever do will be within the walls of their own home.” They feel a need to matter for their children and families because their children and families matter, and mean everything, to them.
Fathers work hard to give their families the world because they are the world to him. Sure, they do their best to provide the material necessities and opportunities for their family, but more importantly they strive to provide teaching, encouragement, hope, self-confidence and faith in the future. Fathers strive to mold their own character so they can better help their children build theirs, understanding the development of character will bless their family long after their immediate presence and let their children yet feel the blessing of his influence and love.
It is noteworthy, as if to make sure the importance, significance and nobility of this great stewardship might not be lost on a busy world, and to provide the ultimate example, that God Himself desires and invites his children to call upon Him as “Father”.
To all those men who are so laboring, serving and loving – today and everyday – for their own families or as surrogate fathers to others – I acknowledge you and thank you for your great and life-changing examples. What you do absolutely matters. Like a pebble dropped into a pond, you will never know the extent and reach of the ripples of influence you cause for good. And to my own family, words cannot express the privilege, honor, blessings and joy I experience as my journey with you causes me to continually stretch because you deserve the very best I can become and offer.
Happy Father’s Day!
In the common “success” vernacular of our day, the phrase “Set Your Goals!” is much overused and abused. Too often it’s treated as if the “setting” of goals is the goal itself – like set and it’s done. Setting your goals is important, but it’s GETTING YOUR GOALS that changes everything and makes all the difference – in your business, relationships and personal life. Setting your goals is like a dream. But getting your goals is the dream come true. Although it can be as elaborate and complex of a process as people can make it, there are a few steps to simply the process, gain perspective, and put yourself in a ready-set-go-get-it mode.
While I’ve developed what’s proven for clients to be a very effective and powerful “Set and Get Your Goals” system, here are four simple keys to helping you achieve your goals:
- Classify – is it truly important? If it’s not, or if it’s not YOUR goal for yourself, you’ll find any reason necessary to justify not working on it and to justify why you don’t, continuing to give it an artificial sense of meaning and letting it continue to be a burden, distraction, and possible cause of a sense of failure. If it’s not important to you, why put yourself through this? Get off the merry-go-round of the unimportant!
- Clarify – get absolutely crystal clear and specific about exactly what the goal is. It’s impossible to hit a target if you don’t know what or where it is. It’s sad to work with clients and see their frustration and pain to trying to achieve “something important” only to find down the road they’ve already achieved it but didn’t realize it, because they hadn’t clearly defined what “it” is when they started.
- Connect – with your goal emotionally. In addition to clarifying “what” it is, grab hold of a BIG reason “why” you need to achieve this. As #Stephen Covey taught, if you have a bigger “YES” burning inside of you, it will be much easier to say “NO” to those things that will distract and discourage you.
- Commit – this is where a lot of people fail. They fall down, which is fine, but don’t get up. They essentially give up. You’ve got to decide if this is just a wavering wish, or a real, committed decision. If it is the latter, then you’ve got to treat it that way. Cut off all means of retreat, backing out, or wiggle room. By all means, don’t ever tell yourself you’ll “try” to do it. By definition, “TRYING IS NOT DOING”. Trying is inseparably connected with loopholes and a mandate to fail. If you don’t succeed, you don’t have to feel like you failed, because you really didn’t expect to do it, but only to try – even try your best. I’m reminded of the inspiring words of Winston Churchill that helped save his nation when England was being battered by Germany during World War II. He said, “sometimes your best isn’t good enough. Sometimes you must do whatever is necessary!” Are you truly committed, because if you really are, pity the person who gets in your way!
What are some of your thoughts, experiences, challenges and successes in your Goal-Getting efforts? It would be great to share here and I’m looking forward to your insights.
In the mean time, here’s to your increasing success!