“Faith is the state of mind which may be induced, or created, by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind.” – Napoleon Hill author of Think and Grow Rich (written in 1937) Now that we’ve talked about spirituality, let’s explore belief and faith in ideas and people. Before you get anxious though and want
I was struck last week by the enormous lost opportunity of people going through life without a commitment. Not to their work, not to their partner, not to their children, not to their fellow drivers. (They’re not paying attention to the road anyhow, right?) Not even to themselves. If this is you, please consider making
“Oh, life is bigger It’s bigger Than you and you are not me The lengths that I will go to The distance in your eyes Oh no, I’ve said too much I set it up That’s me in the corner That’s me in the spotlight Losing my religion…” Losing My Religion By R.E.M. What does
If you have traveled at all, you have most likely heard the flight attendant tell you in case of an emergency to place the oxygen mask on yourself first before anyone else. Why is that? It’s because the only way you can help care for someone else is if you’re able to breathe yourself. As
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Unknown How many times have you heard this quote? Do you believe it? It’s quite a convenient saying at the beginning of an inspirational talk to encourage you to make a change. And in many cases, it is
Several blogs I’ve written before this one point to self-awareness, so I thought I could expand upon it now. Have you ever thought about what that means? To be truly aware of your essence and what you bring to the table in any situation? Your qualities, your talents, and your way of being are needed.
Emotional intelligence is defined as the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. It’s the ability to get a good read on your feelings and the feelings of others. There are many ways to fine-tune your emotional intelligence or EI. Although, what I have
Let’s talk about honesty. Not cash register honesty where you pay a certain amount and the cashier does not pocket your change. That’s the type of honesty that is intended to denote morality in choosing not to lie, cheat, or steal in any way. Let’s all be honest in that way on a regular basis.
Does this title sound daunting? Don’t worry. In this context, you already are the hero….the leading man or lady of your own life. What’s more difficult are the steps that come next. In this post, we’ll take a look at approaching your goals through the lens of the hero journey. In Joseph Campbell’s book, “The
Most of us know that feedback is essential to growing personally and professionally. The problem is that the words that can most help you grow are often the hardest to hear. As a result, we all have moments when we avoid it like the plague. So how do we learn to tolerate, and even crave
On average, how do people respond when you ask them how they’re doing? Do they say they’re fine? A common acronym for fine is: F – F-ed up I – Insecure N – Neurotic E – Emotional Or how about some more answers to “how are you?”: busy, crazy, overwhelmed, and tired, perhaps? On top
Two words: Corporation wellness. This is a term you hear from your employer more and more. And it makes sense, though it may lack teeth right now. After all, we live in a PC universe where we ignore the reality that you can’t be in top mental condition if you’re physically unfit. But thankfully, I know
Let’s start with the now. The future will be great as long as you live this moment with intention. Creating your destiny is not always an end in and of itself. A lot of people say it’s about the journey. Winston Churchill once said, “It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one
At some point growing up, most of us were faced with the following scenario: We wrong our sister, brother, young neighbor or a classmate. Having been scolded by our parents for being rude or perhaps pulling their hair, the adult authorities gave us the following instructions. “Now you go over and apologize to your brother.”
Tiger Woods is among a group of elites who are considered some of the most successful golfers of all time. And yet, throughout his career he has had four swing coaches. Why is it that Michael Phelps trained under Bob Bowman as his swim coach since age eleven? Simply put: coaches help you achieve more
Some of us do it with the curtains closed. Others do it in front of the TV. You may be surprised, but I know what you did last night. You procrastinated. But that’s okay. We all do it. Yep, even a fancy business owner like me. How unacceptable, right? However, something strikes me as odd
I’m going to go against all writing convention and give you the point of this article right up front. But first, two questions: Does your company celebrate ‘high endurance leaders’? Are you itching to get on the High Endurance Leaders Exec Ed Program back at your alma mater? No. And no. But we all hope
I’m willing to bet my Aston Martin (OK, fine, I’ll bet both of them) that your mother or father once told you, “don’t worry about what the popular kids think about you.” Fast forward to this past week, and I was told the exact same message by so-many-I-lost-count “influencers” in my LinkedIn newsfeed. The past
Is life coming at you so fast that you feel like it’s passing you by? Is your life off balance? Do you catch yourself dwelling on negative thoughts? Are you too busy to pay attention to what’s happening around you? If any of these situations sounds all too familiar, you need to come to a
How many times do you look at the world around you and take up issue with what you see? Do you often feel that drive deep inside of you to make a real change? Good news. You can. Sounds oversimplified, right? But think about it; there are infinite possibilities for change when you take a
Soft. Talk about a loaded word. What do you think of first when you hear that something is “soft”? Marshmallows. A baby’s bottom. Squishy, right? None of these could even remotely be considered a descriptor you want in your HR file. “Well, she’s a little soft on the real issues.” Ouch. “His selling skills are
Do you ever get that sinking feeling that you’ve been here before? You can’t quite put a finger on what feels so familiar, but it’s definitely like a 2-star remake of Groundhog’s Day. There’s nothing more discouraging than that feeling deep down in your gut of knowing you’re fighting the same battle as yesterday. I
It’s that magical time of year when all the unprepared people of the world start losing their sh*t. Or as the French like to say, “ou est ma merde de Noël?” Actually they don’t say that, but it sounds more refined, so let’s stick with it. Yes, it’s the time of year to truly fake
Now, more than ever before, time and space are compressed. Workers sprint to complete projects on time. Entrepreneurs from Dubai to Sydney to Burlington, VT are searching for the next trend, hoping to find it before their competition does. Husbands and wives rally to schedule anniversary celebrations together let alone weekly date nights. At the
I don’t know what a participation trophy feels like. From a young age, I’ve been awarded prizes based on my performance in relation to others. Competition has been encouraged. I’m given a class ranking. My percentile is listed on my exam report. Has this been your experience too? You won the top revenue prize for
Is a warm, full-bodied cup of coffee the brain juice that good mornings are made of? I say yes. The muffled eruption of the ground roast in the percolator, the aroma of the beans, their fragrance blooming from Guatemala or Ethiopia; a piece of that far away land in your local coffee shop and brought
There are many famous images in the history of sports photography. Michael Jordan scoring the winning basket in the 1998 NBA finals, Willie Mays’ famous 1954 World Series basket catch, Mohammed Ali standing over the fallen Sonny Liston in 1965 all come to mind. Included in that distinguished collection must certainly be the iconic photo
On the morning of June 6th, 1944, General Theodore Roosevelt found himself in the English Channel heading for the beaches of Normandy. Before you think that I am confusing my American history here, let me point out that I am not referring to the famed Rough Rider and former President of the United States Teddy
Have you met Nisa Amoils? That’s her in the photo above. I know what you’re thinking, “Boyd, you get to chat with all the lawyers-turned-media-executives-turned-beauty-entrepreneurs-turned-venture-capitalists. It must be tough.” I’m here to set the record straight. Firstly, yes, I get to chat with some phenomenal men and women. But rarely do I talk about them
Cast your eyes up from the screen and look around. Do you feel overwhelmed by what you see? A messy desk? Amazon and Grubhub boxes piling up? Reminder Post-It notes on every piece of desk equipment you have? And how long have those cashews been sitting there? A general “too much” might be the reason.
Be honest with me. Does the title of this article send a shiver down your spine? When you think of Stoicism, what probably comes to mind is something dour, and perhaps a little rigid. But stoicism isn’t about my mother-in-law. No, no, no! Stoicism is actually quite the opposite of what you think it is.
It’s 11pm and you’re tired. Look at you: binge watching Netflix again while multi-tasking a mind-numbing scroll on social media. You silently take in Jason’s perfect family photos during his 18-day trip abroad. You then make your way through Sarah’s new album of her absolutely seamless, high-end party she recently threw for her boss’s best
How Wonder Woman navigated the Hollywood Boys club minefield and what every businesswoman can learn from that. 2017 is being heralded as The Year of the Woman in Hollywood and to a certain extent that is indeed the case. But look at the bar on which we are grading. The percentage of wide avail films directed or produced by women have historically been in the single digits so the fact that we are making any sort of progress in that field is admirable but it also brings to mind the phrase once you’re at the bottom the only way to go is up. And if you compare the film business with other industries you’ll see that women in film aren’t making the kind of inroads that other female executives are making.
The answer is yes. There’s nothing sexier than a cool, calm, low resting heart rate. Sexy indeed. But what do you envision when you picture a true Stoic? Go ahead…picture it. Well…? You pictured Angela Merkel, right? No, wait. Margaret Thatcher. Oh, I got it! Queen Elizabeth. For many people, the initial idea of Stoicism
I have four heroes Well, four groups of heroes to be more accurate. In no particular order, they are: Teachers, First Responders, The Benghazi soldiers (the real ones, not Jim from The Office – though I’d hang out and have a beer, for sure), and Seth Godin. Before you jump in and say, “hey, Seth
Hello, I’m Boyd Falconer. I’m pretty good at tackling issues like strategy, focus, leadership and purpose. In contrast, I suck at tackling Excel spreadsheets, supply chain, football, marketing, painting and golf. Let’s throw in singing too. So why listen to me? Because the world needs you! The effort and resources I put into this website
It’s 5:41 a.m. as I write this. But this isn’t to make you feel bad for not getting up early. It’s merely a statement of fact. You see, in my years on this planet to date, I’ve noticed one thing that often signals to me who “has their shit together” and who doesn’t. And it
I hear you. You want to make some changes. But you have some hesitancy. Hesitancy can be a killer. You even have some fear of the unknown – if you’re willing to admit it. So you stay quiet about your dreams and goals. What will people say about you? What will your friends think?