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By Pat Hammond

Take the Next Step

Do you want to know the difference between being mediocre and being exceptional? I'll give you a hint, it's more about the mindset than the skill.

Anyone with skill can get the job done, but an exceptional person sees beyond the mundane and has the passion to pursue it.

They are the innovators, the people who cheerfully chase the quirky and impossible on a hunch with little concern for failure.

While they seem to fly without a net the rest of us follow familiar paths with goals that are measurable and achievable. We stick to the safe route because we know that careful planning and continuity will result in the regular income we need to pay pay the rent and put food on the table and we harbor a measure of resentment and envy towards those who don't.

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Believe to Achieve

This week's 1-Liner is simple and to the point. If you want to succeed you have to believe.

Believe in yourself. Believe in the possibilities. Embrace the idea of a power greater than yourself. Believe in someone or something. It doesn't have to be a God. It can be a feeling, a community or an ideal for a better world. When you believe that you can gain the skills, money or connections you need to bring your dream to fruition you will be motivated to do it.


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You've earned it!

We are officially half-way through December and whether you've accomplished all of this year's goals or are still struggling to check something off the to do list it is time for a break.

For some of us it may seem impossible, but even an hour or two of me-time between now and the end of the year can make the difference between facing the year-end challenges with a clear head and beating ourselves up for all the things we didn't do this year.


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Sometimes things aren't that obvious...

Do you know what is at the root of most problems? It's lack of communication.

We make assumptions based on our own internal monologue and get frustrated when the people around us don't get it.

Whether you're talking to a client, your partner or your 10-year old, save yourself some aggravation and make sure that you clearly articulate:

  • who you are
  • what you want to do (or expect from them)
  • how you're going to do it (or want it done)
  • how much it's going to cost (or how much you want to pay)
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By Pat Hammond

Sometimes things aren't that obvious...

Do you know what is at the root of most problems? It's lack of communication.

We make assumptions based on our own internal monologue and get frustrated when the people around us don't get it.

Whether you're talking to a client, your partner or your 10-year old, save yourself some aggravation and make sure that you clearly articulate:

  • who you are
  • what you want to do (or expect from them)
  • how you're going to do it (or want it done)
  • how much it's going to cost (or how much you want to pay)
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By Pat Hammond

Last Word (this year) On Planning...

We're officially into December which means that it's time for another discussion about planning. Don't worry, I'll keep it brief and to the point. :)

All a plan is needs to do is provide a general guide or roadmap to get your project from point A to point B.

It doesn't have to be super fancy or labor intensive. It doesn't have to have pages and pages of charts or statistics. It doesn't even have to be a formal document.

A good plan will help you anticipate and eliminate wrong turns and dead ends, it will make you think about the cost of production, deliver and marketing. A good plan will also help you identify your target market and how to reach them.

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By Pat Hammond

3 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Life

The closer we get to the end of the year the easier it gets to start losing control of your calendar. We lose track of time because it's dark when we go to work in the morning and dark when we go home at night. Then there are the year end chores, last minute client requests, holiday shopping and parties and a snowballing list of obligations.

I know it's hard, but this is the time of year when you have to remember that it's up to you to manage your time.

  1. keep your calendar current so you have a clear idea of your commitments
  2. honor self-care routines like exercise and meditation
  3. don't overbook → some things can wait until January

The holidays are already a time of stress, don't add to your burdens by double booking or taking on too many projects. Keep your calendar current and refer to it before taking on new commitments. It's perfectly fine to say no or even suggest a better time after the New Year. And most importantly, take care of yourself.


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By Pat Hammond

You'll never be an innovator following someone else's rules.

Think about it. How will you set yourself apart if you're doing the same exact thing as every other person in your industry? How will you create new products and services? How will you find better delivery methods? How will you reach new markets?

There's a huge difference between following a proven strategy and blindly replicating what someone else is doing.

Bend the Rules, Break the Rules, Make Your Own Rules!

Business rules are a man-made construct based on someone else's experience.

If you're offering the same products and services in the same way as everyone else in your industry you will never stand out.


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By Pat Hammond

You'll never be an innovator following someone else's rules.

Think about it. How will you set yourself apart if you're doing the same exact thing as every other person in your industry? How will you create new products and services? How will you find better delivery methods? How will you reach new markets?

There's a huge difference between following a proven strategy and blindly replicating what someone else is doing.

Bend the Rules, Break the Rules, Make Your Own Rules!

Business rules are a man-made construct based on someone else's experience.

If you're offering the same products and services in the same way as everyone else in your industry you will never stand out.


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By Pat Hammond

Do You Feel Lucky?

Did you ever meet someone who seemed incredibly lucky? They lose a job only to find a better one, their car is in the shop but they find a $100 bill on the walk home or the event center double booked the function room, they were moved to a smaller room but the hotel comped them for a hospitality suite.

Would you believe me if I told you that luck has more to do with an individual's personal outlook and preparedness than it does with happenstance?

It's true.

Like everything else in life, the idea of luck and being lucky seems to rely on your point of view.

For example, one person might say that an unlucky woman went swimming in the ocean and was bitten by a shark, but someone else would tell you that a lucky woman was bitten by a shark and survived. They're talking about the same woman and they are both right.

The point is that to feel lucky you need to be aware of your expectations and how you measure the results.

But it doesn't stop there

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