September brings back fond memories of pristine notebooks and fresh beginnings. I always loved the start of a new school year and eagerly anticipated exciting learning opportunities ahead. After following this routine for nearly two decades or longer depending on the degree, it should come as no surprise that September still signals the time for holistic renewal for many of us.

As you prepare for a new year of learning and growth, consider three key areas:

  1. Heart: What?beliefsdo you have to change about yourself and your place in the world What limiting ones need to go? What new ones must you elect and embrace?
  2. Mind: What changes and?decisionsDo you have to make? What perspectives do you need to consider?
  3. Body: What?behaviorsdo you need to alter? What actions, responses, or reactions must you modify so people perceive you differently? What habits no longer serve you?

Don’t leave any ‘parts’ behind. These things determine your destiny. The good news is it’s all about You no one and nothing else. And you are within your control. Recognize that and then determine what you’re going to do about it!


An Hour of Testing Saves You Ten

“Each year, I dedicate a portion of my work to pro bono. To that end, the Chief of Staff at Europe’s second largest hospital requested I work in Oncology with cancer patients. I was tasked with improving the mental “fitness” of outpatients during their visits to Day Hospital for chemotherapy.

In this role, I conducted a survey, one-on-one interviews, focus groups, which included hospital staff and the patients’ families. The data gathered was astounding: Contrary to hospital management’s beliefs, it was the families that required the extra care — not the patients!

The majority of patients, as a consequence of their malady, had developed a grander perspective that enabled them to embrace and appreciate even the smallest moments in life, resulting in deep-seated gratitude. It was family members that suffered most from their loved ones circumstances and had a harder time coping.

Instead of “training-the-trainers,” I trained the patients who, in turn, supported their loved ones with tools that alleviate stress and enhance mental and emotional well-being. In time, there was evidence in Day Hospital of fewer forlorn faces, wet eyes, and used Kleenex tissues.

We often make false assumptions, because we don’t see the world the way it is; we see it the world the way we are. As working with these courageous cancer patients and their families confirms, it’s important to make evidence-based decisionsbeforediving down the wrong rabbit hole. An hour of testing will save you ten.


If you could ask a question about what’s holding you back from catapulting your life forward, what would it be To ask yours, click on the link below.

Q. I joined a prestigious mastermind group with the expectation that my ROI would include the ability to learn from other high achievers accelerating self and business growth. Yet, all I hear is members donning achievements. How can I ask for help without losing their respect and get my money’s worth?

A. “As an Italian saying goes, “Success and sanctity, believe half of half.” Those truly thriving are honest, realistic, and pragmatic. They readily share shortfalls, since they have enough success and do not need to lie or hide behind victories.

Failure is an integral part of success. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying. Failing is part of the action you want to share as an expert because others can learn from it, too. At the next meeting, share your motives for joining this group. Then, state the specific help you seek. Identify which members have successfully overcome that type of challenge.

If your topic is of common interest, address it collectively. Otherwise, take it up later with the person that volunteers support. When done, ask who else has “unmet needs.” This way, your intervention is about “raising the bar” on performance, resulting in more productive meetings, greater ROI, and enhanced peer appreciation.

Send me your questions. Although I can’t promise to reply to each one individually, you may see yours featured here in an upcoming issue!

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November 10-11, 2012– Milan, Italy
Two days of intensive work to mine the bedrock of your leadership. This is the final program for 2012. Mega bonuses included. Hosted in my home, participation is limited to no more than 4 people. Enrollment is now open. Learn more 


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