Showing posts from January, 2024

Perfect practice

  Several years ago, I had the great pleasure of inviting an Olympic athlete to speak at one of my advanced membership development and retention workshops. A parallel we discussed between professional new member sales and athletics is the fact that " practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. " As an athlete, he shared that he spent more than 1,000 hours in pre-competition practice for every one minute of competition. I encourage everyone to think about their "perfect practice time." If the 1,000-to-1 ratio sounds like a bit much, at least consider the words of Abraham Lincoln: "Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

Drawing Inspiration from Newton's Third Law for Life's Ups and Downs

In the midst of life's tumultuous journey, there are moments when we find solace in the most unexpected places. Take, for instance, Sir Isaac Newton's third law of physics, a principle that transcends the realms of science and extends its wisdom into the fabric of our daily lives. Newton's third law succinctly states, "To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Although initially formulated to describe the fundamental nature of forces in the physical world, this law's application is far-reaching, touching the very essence of our human experiences. Consider those days when everything seems to be going awry—when the challenges outnumber the victories, and the road ahead appears daunting. It is during these moments of adversity that Newton's third law can serve as a beacon of hope. Just as every action begets an equal and opposite reaction in the world of physics, so too does life offer the promise of a brighter day after the darkness. The wis

Food for thought: Give yourself a raise!

  If you are ready to be more aggressive with your time management, you can increase your productivity and income by more efficiently using only forty minutes a day - twenty minutes in the morning and twenty minutes in the afternoon. By focusing on just these two small chunks of time, you can . . . Add 200 minutes per week ( 3.33   hours per week); Add 860 minutes per month (14.33 hours =   1.79 days per month ); and Add 10,320 minutes per year (172 hours =   21.5 days per year   - a full working month)!

Habit Creep

Like two sides of a sharp blade, habit creep can work for you or against you; it can cut to make your position easier and nourish you - or make you bleed, with either happening so gradually that the effects are often overlooked and unrecognized, hence, habit creep.  One of the ways I demonstrate this natural phenomenon is by having folks watch a short video that beautifully exhibits the gradual effects of habit creep.