Easy to do! Easy not to do!

Habits/Goals/ Behaviors seem hard to start and in too many cases hard to stop.


The following quote is from Jim Rohn (American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker) –

“We've all heard the expression, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.'  Well, I've got a good question for you:  What if it's true?  Wouldn't that be easy to do—to eat an apple a day?  Here's the problem:  It's also easy not to do.”


I have a belief, that we all can start a new habit/goal/behavior, and we can all set the process as easy as possible for achievement.  However, as Jim Rohn pointed out eating an apple a day is easy to do, easy to measure and easy to accomplish, but it's also easy not to do. 

Over the past years, I have posted thoughts about setting goals.  I try to help set a foundation for others to get in the goal setting habit.  Easy to do! Easy not to do!  Less than 5% of people actually set and write goals down. 

As a longtime member of Toastmasters, I remember a speech given about goals.  I can't recall the speaker’s name, but it did stick with me. 

The speaker said, start your habit/goal/behavior journey small.  Pick one item to accomplish over a period of time — make it a 12 month period.  Track your progress daily.  If you miss a day or two don’t worry just keep going.  I thought this was pretty simple basic — but, why not give it a try and get going.

At the time, I wanted to increase my daily reading habit.  I thought reading 10 pages per day was doable — hoping to read about 10 books that year.  It worked!  Today I have a sustained reading goal of 15 pages per day, I've read a lot of books over the years.  


“But as Jim Rohn would say, “What's simple to do is also simple not to do.” The magic is not in the complexity of the task; the magic is in the doing of simple things repeatedly and long enough to ignite the miracle of the Compound Effect.”


Begin now and have great satisfaction of accomplishment for 2020!

How is your time spent – sleep, ready, eat, commute, Leisure, Life Goals!

If you spend 8 hours working, you sleep 8 hours, work 8 hours and bathe, eat, and drive 3 hours — what do you do with the other 5 hours. 

Ready Eat Travel?

Bathe, eat, travel / commute — I call this time RETy (Ready, Eat, Travel time).  Most of us can quantify the travel time fairly closely. I typically spend 45 minutes in the car going to work and coming home.  For 2019 I want to maximize this time, as learning time.  If I go to work 5 days per week 50 weeks a year I have 1-1/2 hours / day x 5 days x 50 weeks = 375 hours that can be used for listening and learning.

Remaining daily 5 hours?

So, if you come close to this daily living model.  What do you do with the other 5 hours. 

Some people spend the time unwinding some people spend the time working toward life goals.  Some do both.  5 hours / day x 5 days x 50 weeks = 1,250 hours that can be used for leisure and life goals.

Think about it, that’s on week days, not even counting weekends.

How do you spend time?  Track it and see what you do with your time.  Then look at weekends — It adds up! 

Make 2019 your best year yet!


A mentor is an experienced and trusted advisor. Sometimes we have face-to-face mentors and mentoring. Sometimes we have indirect mentoring through reading books, watching videos, on-line, and possibly in passing with family and friends.

Not knowing it at the time, my dad was my first mentor in sales training. This is one of those things I realized later in life that the mentoring I received was tremendous. My sales career, once started, was greatly influenced by his methods and persistence in sales.

I read all kinds of books. Some novels for enjoyment. Self help books and many books related to sales, selling, running and operating a business.

However, I knew that there was a lot more to learn about sales and business operations. I studied and read many mentors. Zig Ziglar, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Jim Rohn, Earl Nightingale. Dr. Robert Schuller to name a just few. There are countless others in my library. I have had privilege to meet some of these people and have enjoyed reading and learning about their thoughts and ideas on life and business.

Do you have a mentoring program on-going for daily learning. There is so much material available today, it can be mind-boggling.

Start or really get going on a self-education program of your personal interests. I have created daily routines, daily rituals that ensure pathways for me to progress forward. I set goals and measure daily. You can too.  Find a mentor and never stop learning.

Let me know your thoughts.

Make 2018 your best year yet!



“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ― Harry Truman


Some years ago I was giving a toastmasters speech titled “All leaders are readers.” I felt something was missing from the title. This quote by Harry Truman sums it well.

I am an advocate of continuous reading. I started a reading program many years ago. As a slow reader, the idea of reading one book per week really was not viable in my life style. I decided to begin a practice of reading minimum 5 minutes per day. I read several books that first year and I tracked my reading habit. After several years I grew my goal to 20 minutes per day, and several years ago I switched to reading pages per day. This year 2017 I have a goal of reading minimum of 20 pages per day.  Does this mean I am diligent and read every day — No! But I do average 20 pages per day.

As I have discussed in the past I really look to Jim Rohn – Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker – as a mentor on business and living. He had a philosophy of reading that included all types of books. Get in the habit of reading for your profession, but also read books on opposite thinking and throw in a few good novels.

Harry Truman was right “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Do some “Internet” research and you will find most leaders are readers.

Think about reading for your 2017 goals. Begin a reading program and track it.

Make 2017 your best year yet!


After much reading, discussing and watching I am convinced that over 95% of people going into a new year don't have written measurable goals for the year.  Many of you have heard this bit of goal setting “Wisdom” and still don't have written goals.

If you are a sales person and say “Wow! I need more sales to make my year!” — you may be out of luck.  If your sales cycle takes longer than 9 weeks from start to close to shipment, you are out of time.

Now is the time to begin looking toward the New Year 2016.  Begin by setting an appointment with yourself for 30 – 60 minutes.  Get blank paper or a blank computer screen and begin writing your thoughts and ideas for accomplishment next year.  This first cut at goal setting doesn't have to be neat — just take time to think about and write your ideas and thoughts down.  My beginning session is usually quite messy and unorganized.

Put this information away in a place you absolutely won't forget where it is so that you can retrieve it next month early December.   Then set an appointment with yourself for 30 – 60 minutes early December and get your list out.

In December you will be amazed at the progress you will have already made toward thinking about and planning your goals for next year.  Your fist list may be messy, but you will be ready to define and refine the list.  You will be subtracting, adding and modifying the original set of goals.  Make the list a little neater and resolve to begin your goals and measure your goals.

Why do I believe in doing this?  It's because I use this method every year and then I set a tracking system and measure progress.  This works!

Try for yourself and get into the 5% group of people who actually write and strive to achieve their goals.  Remember a lot of “Luck” goes along with a lot of preparation.  Look out 2016 here we come! 


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Reading is Learning!

We are amazed to hear about statistics that there is a high number of people who do not read after graduation — High School, Undergraduate, and/or after completing Graduate studies.

I started tracking my reading beginning 2001. Since that time I have read in excess of 250 books. Many self-help books, Sales and Training Books, Business books and several fictional books per year.

When starting the program I tried to read and track by “Number of Books per year”. I found that if I got behind in reading catching up was a daunting and during some years an impossible task. A few years ago I switched strategy to read “Pages per day” as the goal.

This year the goal is to read 15 pages per day. Currently I am ahead of goal, actually at 21 pages per day. I believe I will make goal this year.

Do you have daily plans and methods to follow your “Goals”.

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Remember — the Gurus say – “Readers are Leaders”.