Article By Dee DeWitt


Generally speaking, I believe the tendency for most of us is to say “yes” to most of the things coming into our lives.  I know that’s the case for me.


Sometimes we’re too nice to say no.  Sometimes we’re afraid that if we say “no” others won’t like us.  Many times, we are overly optimistic about how much we can get done.  We don’t want to look bad by saying we can’t do something. Or we’re afraid to miss out on opportunities by saying no.


So we say “yes” to more than we can actually handle.  And we become overwhelmed, stressed … and in the process … exhausted.  This seems to be especially the case over the holidays. Read More »

Posted on 30 December, 2009 in Balance, Goals
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Article By Dee DeWitt


Are You Average?  Is your company average?  Are you an average person doing an above-average job for an average company selling an average product to the average consumer?


Average made America great. Average was the mass market, the sweet spot, the high-volume, high-profit, churn-’em-out-and-move-on middle.


Unfortunately … average does not exist anymore in America.  America’s best-selling beer isn’t Budweiser or Miller. It’s “other.”  Salsa now outsells ketchup.  There are so many alternatives, so many distribution channels, so many choices and so many different kinds of consumers that average just isn’t interesting anymore.


Change is our new normal … our new “average.” Read More »

Posted on 10 December, 2009 in Goals, Motivation
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Article By Dee DeWitt


Many times, we get stuck in inaction … myself included.  We have doubts, worry about being perfect, and become distracted through too much planning.  And the result: we’re stopped from moving forward.


I don’t propose that we should all be a buzz of activity every day, week in and week out.  However … I do believe it’s easy get lost in the distractions of the world and lose sight of what’s important, and how to actually accomplish our goals and dreams.


With this in mind, here are some rules of action — just some small reminders, things I’ve found useful but by no means invented, common-sense stuff that is often not common enough: Read More »

Posted on 9 December, 2009 in Goals, Motivation
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Article by Dee DeWitt


For all the tips and advice on being productive, it’s all ineffectual if we can’t focus on what we’re doing.  We need to work as efficiently and in as stress-free a way as possible to be productive. 


Yet we can’t do any of that if our mind keeps flicking to other things every two minutes.  Having had my own struggles with focus recently, here are some tips to get back on track when focus is lost:


Finish Work
A sure way to lose focus is to have too many things going on.  At the moment, my wife and I are working on repairing a bathroom wall and decorating the bedroom.  The challenge is that I keep starting new projects without finishing these old ones.  With my attention spread all over the place, it’s hard to focus. 


So my goal is to keep the number of incomplete tasks to a minimum.  The same can work for you. Read More »

Posted on 17 November, 2009 in Goals, Productivity
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Article by Dee DeWitt

Do you feel guilty because you’re not doing enough?  I’m the first to admit that I don’t always remain calm when I don’t get everything done that I planned. Sometimes I get distracted; sometimes unforeseen events happen which get in the way of my ambitions; sometimes I simply tried to take on too much at once.


And sometimes I have a hard time not caring about unimportant things. I want the dishes to be clean and the carpets vacuumed … everything neat and tidy.  The problem is things don’t usually work like this.  In fact, they almost never work like this … meaning if I don’t relax I will always be frustrated.


The point is there’s always something to be done, always something else that needs to be finished, always some goal needing accomplished … and then we can feel happy (or so we think).  Right?  Of course, there’s only one problem.  Nothing is ever complete.  Not for long, at least.  Soon we remember another task, and the cycle starts all over again.


So if that time and place is impossible to reach, we have to stop caring about unimportant things. Read More »

Posted on 29 October, 2009 in Balance, Goals, Simplify
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