Tag Archives: Goals

Quote of the week

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


10 remarkable quotes by Zig Ziglar

Zig ZiglarOn November 28th, the great Zig Ziglar died at the age of 86. For many years, he has been a great source of inspiration to me and to millions around the world.

So, my first idea was that this week’s “Quote of the week” would be dedicated to Zig. However, after a long time trying to decide which one out of his hundreds of awesome quotes I would post, I decided to turn this into a post from the “10 remarkable …” series.

10 remarkable quotes by Zig Ziglar.

1. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.

2. “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.

3. “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

4. “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.

5. “Timid salesmen have skinny kids.

6. “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.

7. “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

8. “A goal properly set is halfway reached.

9. “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.

10. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

RIP Zig Ziglar. Thank you for everyhting. You will be missed.

How to get what you want

In this remarkable TEDx Talk, Mel Robbins, a former criminal lawyer, turned one of the top career and relationship experts in America, shares everything she knows (in less than 18 minutes) about how to get what you want.


Mel Robbins – F— YOU – How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over


Related post:

1. Comfort vs. Achieving your full potential

This is what it takes to be the best

Commitment, consistency, focus, discipline, mental toughness, diligent work ethic, constant and never ending improvement. These are some of the key factors that make you “the best“.

George St-Pierre is the UFC‘s welterweight world champion, and he is considered by many as the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter in the world, and in these videos we get the opportunity to follow his preparation for the toughest fight of his career, when he faced another remarkable fighter named Jake Shields.

Now, you may be wondering: “how does this relate to me?” … “I am not a fighter?” … well, I don’t care what is it that you do, weather you are an entrepreneur, a banker, a nurse or a taxi driver; if you want to succeed, if you want to be the best … you need to embrace all the elements I have just mentioned at the beginning of this post.

I am sure that you do not need to be a fan of MMA or other martial arts to enjoy and get value from these videos.

Note: You can just watch one of the episodes to see what I am talking about. However I have included all three videos in case you really enjoyed them and end up wanting to watch the whole program (that was what actually happened to me. I watch the first-one and I simply could not stop. Now, I am definitely a big fan of George St-Pierre!)


Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Related posts:

1. How high are your standards?
2. How mentally tough are you?
3. The Pursuit of Mastery

Quote of the week

“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”.

Quote of the week

As a society, we are big on setting goals and making plans, but we are not so hot on tracking progress daily, understanding why we are getting off track, and making the course corrections needed to get back on the path we wanted to travel in the first place
Dave Navarro


Stop “being busy” and start focusing on accomplishment

I was talking the other day with a friend who mentioned that he was “tired of working long hours without getting much satisfaction out if it”. He also complained that his relationship with his wife and kids has suffered, due to the lack of time he has to be with them.

Unfortunately this is something very common. Many people are so busy that they are not able to take some time off or to focus on other important areas of their life, such as their health and fitness, their relationship with their family or their personal development.

There are different ways to address this issue, but today I want to touch on a very simple but powerful concept: Understanding the difference between activity and accomplishment.

As Mark Sanborn clearly puts it: “Activity is an input. Accomplishment is an output, a result”.

I am talking about knowing the difference between “being busy” doing all the tasks and activities in our “to-do lists” and learning to focus in the most valuable activities, which are the ones that give us the greatest accomplishment.

A great question you can ask yourself when you are “being busy”:

Is what I am doing right now getting me any closer to accomplish anything?

If the answer is no … well… Stop doing it! and move on to those high value activities that will help you achieve something.

Other very good questions that you can ask yourself at the end of the day are:

What have I really accomplished today?

From all what I have done today, what has any lasting value?

Once you start focusing on accomplishment, you will stop wasting precious time on low-value activities, which means you will have more time to focus on the really important things.

Your job satisfaction will improve, you will be able to work on those areas apart from work that are important for you to focus on, and as a result, your relationship with peers, colleagues, friends and family will also improve.

Take into consideration this great quote from Mark Sanborn: “Activity can be an anesthesia for lack of accomplishment”

So please, do not to use “being busy” as an excuse to not being able to improve your performance or to reach our goals. Do not focus on just “doing things“. Focus on accomplishment.