Most everyone I know has at one time, or currently does use, at TO-DO list to boost productivity.  This list, often hastily constructed not well organized, can be a real albatross, a proverbial millstone around ones neck, if not used properly. How To Measure Productivity Janet Choi of iDoneThis cites the following TO-DO list statistics.. read more →

14 Jul 2014
July 14, 2014

Give The Gift Of Time

In her memoirs, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told of growing up in an African-American pastor’s family in Birmingham, Alabama.  Despite her parents’ busy schedules, they watched The Mickey Mouse Club with her every day.  One afternoon, an insurance agent came to visit.  “He was the only white man I can ever remember coming.. read more →

Not long ago, I heard Arianna Huffington on a TV commercial. She was asked, “Who do you most resent in life?” Arianna replied that she has no room in her life for resentment of toxic people. She then offered the following quote: “Resentment is the poison you drink, all the while thinking that the other person.. read more →

Keeping your commitments is a skill that, if perfected, will lead you to healthy and happy relationships in both business and personal lives. Here are some interesting facts concerning personal commitments: Most people don’t get enough exercise, but: The vast majority of people who join gyms never go there. Most exercise equipment purchased for in-home.. read more →

“A World of Happiness in an Ocean of Peace.” That slogan decorated hotels and restaurants across Hawaii in early December of 1941. The island of Oahu was considered remote, safe, and peaceful – a place where one could live close to the flowers and the warm surf of the Pacific. Most Honolulu residents had no.. read more →

Have you ever heard of the Creativity Paradox?  Many have not and, as a result, they continue to believe that getting organized and having some sort of activity management system ultimately stifles creativity. The simple truth is this: The paradox of creativity is that structure creates freedom. You must focus if you wish to flourish. Managing.. read more →

In 1944, Japanese Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda was assigned to the tiny Philippine island of Lubang to conduct guerilla warfare against the Americans during World War II.  Unfortunately, when the war ended in 1945, Lieutenant Onoda never got the word.  For 27 more years he continued his mission, living off the jungle, evading search parties who.. read more →

02 Jun 2014
June 2, 2014

Blessed To Be A Blessing

A grieving Canadian widower was dining alone in a restaurant for the first time since burying his wife of 43 years.  Seated nearby was a young couple who reminded him of the love he and his wife were blessed to share.  He quietly gave the restaurant money to cover the couple’s meal and wrote them.. read more →

local news article

Only a week remains before the Connecticut Business Expo on June 5 where Gary Smith, Owner of Optimum Performance Technologies (Optechs) in Southington, Conn. will be signing copies of his two published books. A local Patch News Website in Southington featured Smith in a local news article in early May discussing his plans for the.. read more →

26 May 2014
May 26, 2014

Reaching Your Highest Potential

One of my jobs as a business and personal coach is to equip people with the skills to reach their potential and set them firmly on the road to making their dreams come true.  As part of that journey, all of my coaching clients learn one very positive message and that is: Reaching your highest.. read more →

19 May 2014
May 19, 2014

Knowing & Walking

One of my favorite movies is The Matrix.  Near the end of the first movie, Morpheus tells Neo, “There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.” As a business and personal coach, I often encounter situations where this statement is extremely appropriate.  Many people know the path that they need to walk.. read more →

12 May 2014
May 12, 2014

Sacrifice

The word sacrifice means “the act of giving up something that you want to keep especially in order to get or do something else”. In my work as a business and personal coach, I often encounter situations where people do not understand the concept that one must give in order to get. As we reach.. read more →

We have become a society where fewer and fewer people take their commitments seriously.  In both personal and business coaching, I find that getting people to honor their commitments is often one of the keys to rather amazing success. Why is keeping your commitments and honoring your word so important?  Because it is a reflection.. read more →

28 Apr 2014
April 28, 2014

Reaching For The Top Shelf

One of the fun parts of being a business and personal coach is helping people see their lives from different perspectives.  Minor changes in your perspectives on yourself and your life can have a major impact on the decisions you make and the resulting direction you take. Let me give you some examples: When it.. read more →

21 Apr 2014
April 21, 2014

Being Willing To Change

One of the most challenging aspects of business and personal coaching is helping people develop the tools, skills, and drive to change.  One cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond his current circumstances unless he is willing to change. So what are some of the key aspects of learning to drive change in.. read more →

14 Apr 2014
April 14, 2014

The Importance Of Self-Education

One of my mentors, Jim Rohn, once said, “Formal education will make you a living.  Self education will make you a fortune.” Business Coaching & Personal Coaching Business coaching and personal coaching involves a great deal of networking, and one of my favorite online networking sites is LinkedIn.  As I browse through my connections and.. read more →

07 Apr 2014
April 7, 2014

Controlling Anger

Do you ever display an over the top anger at work or at home?  Do you let people or situations get the best of you?  If so, let me tell you a story. Cliff was always a nice, mild-mannered guy.  He was married and had two lovely children.  He was a good, solid citizen who.. read more →

31 Mar 2014
March 31, 2014

The Lion And The Gazelle

I heard an interesting story the other day, and it goes like this: In the jungle, the gazelle goes to bed every night knowing that, in the morning, he must run faster than the fastest lion in order to stay alive.  Meanwhile, the lion goes to bed at night know that, in the morning, if.. read more →

24 Mar 2014
March 24, 2014

The Importance Of Discipline

Let me make a very bold statement that everyone in pursuit of a dream should take to heart: Discipline is the bridge between having a dream and achieving it! One of the key responsibilities of every business and personal coach is teaching discipline.  Why?  Because lack of discipline is the root cause of more personal.. read more →

17 Mar 2014
March 17, 2014

Fairy Tales & Fear

Business and personal coaches often (pronounced “almost always”) face the challenges of helping people learn to deal with and overcome their fears.  Some times they are small, almost imperceptible fears – like picking up the telephone to call a prospect or deal with a personal conflict.  At other times, it’s dealing with major fears –.. read more →