A '59 Seconds' Exercise in Motivation and a 2010 Resolution

For a couple of weeks in 2008, during the peak of training for the Chicago Marathon, I was at my target weight: 165 pounds. Given the aftermath of all the running I did in 2008, 2009 was not a great year for running. I'm back on track now, though, and eagerly looking forward to the NYRR Manhattan half-marathon in a couple of weeks.

I'm recommitting myself to achieving my target weight, and I'm using the steps outlined in the Motivation chapter of 59 Seconds: Think A Little, Change A Lot to focus my efforts. It's a fun book that I highly recommend.

The key steps include:

1. Identify the overall goal
2. Create a step by step plan to achieve the goal (including specifics on how each step will be achieved and how you will reward yourself as each step is achieved.
3. Specifically identify the benefits of achieving the goal.
4. Tell lots of people about your goal. That's what's happening here, by the way.....

For more background, check out this post on Wiseman's blog: How to keep your New Year’s resolution

Funny Story From The Sandwich Fish Hatchery

Trout Eating A Fish Pellet

A couple of days ago we had a fun visit to the state fish hatchery in Sandwich, MA. It's a fun excursion if you are in the area. My friend Phyllis sent me a story from the Cape Cod newspaper about a seal who (happily) found the hatchery last January.

Seal Finds Trout Buffet at Sandwich Hatchery

And here's a video of the story:

Can you help? Need a name for a chocolate lab......

Exciting news - we'll be adding a new family member in a few weeks - a chocolate lab. Lots of discussion about potential names, so I figured I'd get some input from all of you. Please vote on your favorite name, and let me know via the comments if you have any other suggestions.

Sarah Sk8s

There's a Sk8 park here in Chatham. Here's a short video of Sarah mastering the craft.....

A Time of Wonder - A Story by SAW

Sarah has written another story..... As with Good and Bad Cats, A Story By SAW, I encourage you to use the full screen view to best enjoy the story.

Good And Bad Cats - A Story By SAW

Sarah wrote this terrific story about our family's two cats and I wanted to share it with all of you. I encourage you to use the full screen view so you can fully appreciate Sarah's work.


ILVTOFU - Naughty or Nice?

It's much better with the picture I saw this morning on CNN, but here's a funny story about a Colorado woman's attempt to get a vanity license plate....

Colorado Nixes Woman's ILVTOFU Vanity Plate

NYT: Can You Pass a C.E.O. Test?

From Corner Office - Can You Pass a C.E.O. Test?, featuring a Q & A with Greg Brenneman. Lots of interesting management/leadership insights which resonated for me, but I especially liked this perspective:

"it’s important to talk to people about how we’re in a fundamentally different world. Ask the question, “If compensation isn’t going to be the same for a while, where do you get your fulfillment in life?” Certainly, work is a big piece of that and work is rewarding well beyond compensation. But faith, family, friends and hobbies create real balance. The conversation I’ve had with a lot of people, both in large groups and small, is make sure you have balance in your life and make sure that all your fulfillment doesn’t come out of economic gain.

I’ve talked to a lot of people on Wall Street where their entire fulfillment came from the answer to, “Is my bonus bigger this year than last year?” Or, “If I worked 100 hours a week this year, can I work 101 next year?” It’s actually a great time for us as leaders to help people to step back and ask the question: “Where do I get the fulfillment in my life? And how do I make sure my job is a big piece of that?” I’ve found that employees who are fulfilled on a much broader basis in their lives usually do a much better job of work than those that are completely, single-mindedly focused on and get all their value out of"

See also my earlier post: Maintaining Perspective

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