Imagine that the date is December 31, 2013

December 30, 2012

You are reflecting on the events of the past year. Assuming that the year went perfectly, finish these sentences.


You did…

You got…

You received…

You helped…

You won…


You achieved…

You created…

You built…

You enjoyed…

You completed…


You resolved…

You fixed…

You cleaned up…

You started…

You organized…



Spend some time thinking about each of those sentences. You might have more than one ending for each.


After you’ve done that answer the following question for each outcome:


What did you do to make that happen?


19 Tips for Success in Your Life

December 26, 2012

Powerful tips here. I’m not sure of the source. I like these tips and will expand on each in the new year. Happy New Year to you.


A long time friend emailed me these little instructions for life. Since it nicely wraps together thoughts on influence, I thought you’d appreciate it. Urban myth cites the author as the Dalai Lama. However, from what I could determine the list is actually extracted from a much larger one featured in Life’s Little Instructions Book by Jackson Brown and H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Enjoy!


  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s: Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

The Mayan Calendar Ends on December 21

December 17, 2012

Mayan calander Of course it’s only a calendar. Every calendar ends. Then we get a new calendar for the next year or term.

The calendar year 2012 is ending soon. It’s a good time to review the past year in terms of your actions and success. The two are intimately connected.

Here are some questions that you might ask yourself about the past year to help you prepare your actions and success for the next calendar year.

List your successes – big and small.

What did you do to encourage those successes?

What factors outside your control contributed to those successes?

What did you learn?

List your failures – big and small.

What did you neglect to do that contributed to those failures?

What were the factors that were beyond your control?

What did you learn?