You hear a great deal about goal setting. Write them down. Check. Make them SMART. Check. I speak to clients all the time about their goals. What are they? Specific?, Measurable?, Attainable?, Relevant?, Time-bound? Check check check check ..... check! Despite all of the best goal setting techniques, some important goals are just not achieved. In fact, the real purpose of setting goals is achieving them. Put another way, what is the point of setting a goal if you're not likely to actually reach the goal? Over the years, I've developed a three step process for helping clients reach t … [Read more...]
Is the glass half full or half empty?
It is an age-old question: Is the glass half full or is it half empty? I have heard many arguments over which, if either, is the correct answer. Does it depend on what state the glass started from (empty or full)? Would it be more precise to say that it is always full of both water (as in the picture) and air? All of these perspectives miss the point. Misses. The. Point. Entirely. It's not about the water. It's not even about the air. And it is most certainly not about the glass. The point made is about the attitude and point of view of the viewer. Optimists are people that look on the … [Read more...]
It’s halftime of the game called 2010!
Believe it or not, 2010 has reached halftime. Time for an analysis of the first half and assessment of your plan for July through December. Have a look at your wheel of life. What's that you say? "What is my wheel of life?" The wheel of life is a concept that helps us organize the various aspects of our existence and make independent plans and judgments about them. I was going to invent it years ago, but somebody beat me to it. So, I did not reinvent the wheel. ;-) Here are the spokes of my wheel, in no particular order: Faith Marriage Family Fitness Finances Personal Devel … [Read more...]
Channeling my inner Jeff Foxworthy …
I'm no comic, but I love to laugh. These were inspired by Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck" one liners: If you run out of week before you run out of work .... you might need a catalyst. If you're too busy cutting wood to sharpen the saw ... you might need a catalyst. If everyone you know has attended a "How to deal with difficult people" seminar ...you might need a catalyst. If the last time you hit the gym was during the Reagan Administration ... you might need a catalyst. If you call a 40 hour work week "Half time" ...you might need a catalyst. If you consider two … [Read more...]
The new www.thecatalystassociates.com is about to go live!
If you act quickly, you may be able to catch a final glimpse of version 2.0 of the Catalyst Associates website (www.thecatalystassociates.com). It served its purpose and is being put out "to stud". The new site, version 3.0, goes live shortly and is a major upgrade. The content is richer and deeper and the look and feel are precisely what I was looking for. Check it out and give us your thoughts and feelings. We thrive on feedback. I've also switched from blogger to Wordpress, so the blog gets a fresh new look as well. You're either growing or dying. I choose growth! … [Read more...]
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