Monday, December 29, 2008

2009 - The New Year

New Year's Traditions

Where did they come from?

The image of the old year is represented by Father Time, known in Greek mythology as the god Chronus, and depicted as an elderly, bearded man, dressed in a robe, carrying an hourglass representing time's constant movement. He also carried a scythe, linking time's passage with the inevitability of death.

The symbol of the New Year is often depicted as a baby, and this custom has it's own interesting history. The ancient Greeks paraded a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of Dionysus, the God of wine, as the spirit of fertility.

The custom of sharing a kiss at midnight comes from ancient masked balls. The mask symbolized the evil spirits of the old year, and the kiss the purification into the new year.

The song we sing comes from a poem written in the 1700s by a Scottish poet Robert Burns. "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago."

Well I declare! Now you know.

May your 2009 be the best ever.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Survival of the Fittest

Managing your career in an unstable economy requires most of the same strategies you need during a strong economy. The working smarter strategy will go a long way in helping insure you will keep your job during these troubled economic times. Here is a list of important ways to work smarter shared by “Mind Tools”.

1. Connect your work with the bottom line.
2. Be flexible with your priorities.
3. Stand out from your co-workers.
4. Be visible.
5. Promote yourself.
6. Build interpersonal skills.
7. Keep track of what you do.
8. Maintain a clean work area.
9. Control costs.
10. Keep working positively.

Survival action.

Copy this list. Then begin the next 30 days by reviewing the list and selecting at least one item each day to work on. Keep a journal of your actions.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Why is fire engine red??

Interesting factoid...
My dad was a Chief in the Newport News Fire Department. He spent 30 years as a professional fire fighter. He never told me why the Fire Engine was red, but if he were alive, I am sure he'd chuckle at the reason stated below.

The fire engine has a ladder...
Ladder has steps.
Steps are a foot and is measured by a ruler.
A ruler can be a King or queen.
Elizabeth was a queen of England.
Elizabeth was also name of the ship.
Ship floats on water.
Water has fish.Fishes have fins.
Fins are people of Finland.
The national flag of Finland is red,
so fire engine is red.

Ho Ho Ho. Happy Holidays.
Peggy and I are looking forward to Santa's visit and welcoming in 2009.
Our best wishes to you.
"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
Napoleon Hill

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Getting ready for 2009.

Don't whine in 2009 and you will shine.

Are you preparing for the New Year?

Some thoughts:

1. As usual you will have to deal with a lot nonsense. Check out some advice from my good friend James McIntosh at -

2. Goals for 2009 are important. Need some help in writing goals that are SMART. Go to

"Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination."Fitzhugh Dodson

3. Give yourself a Christmas Gift.

You won't regret it. "Getting Things Done" - David Allen ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1229276128&sr=1-1

4. Bribe Santa with candy...

Go for it!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Improve your ROE - top 10

Improve your Personal ROE? (Return On Energy)

I posted this list on October 11, 2008.
In subsequent postings I gave some details on each item.
Now, review the list and select one you want to improve.
Write a goal and just do it!
After 30 days pick another item.
Keep it up until you have completed the list.

Here are my top 10 little things you can do.

____10. Every day do something nice for somebody.
____9. Think positive thoughts about yourself.
____8. Accept that life isn’t always fair.
____7. Stop blaming other people.
____6. Work smarter not harder.
____5. Listen more talk less.
____4. Don’t make excuses.
____3. Say thank you.
____2. Be on time.
____1. Smile.

The best way to predict 2009 is to plan it!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Improve your ROE - Smile

Number 1 on my list.


It will make you feel good.

I said smile darn it!

An exercise to use while you fake it til you make it.
Say out loud EASY CHEESE and hold it for the count of 10.
Are you ready? Here we go ---



That was great. Now do this at least 3 times a day for the next week until you get the feel of what a big smile is all about.

Research indicates that when you smile it increases your Sertonin. That's the stuff in your brain that make you feel good. By just smiling some people have actually been able to stop taken their daily dose of Prozac.

Here's are 10 reasons to Smile by Dr. Mark Stibich, Ph.D.,
1. Smiling makes us attractive.We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away -- but a smile draws them in.
2. Smiling Changes Our Mood. Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There's a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.
3. Smiling is Contagious. When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.
4. Smiling Relieves Stress. Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you'll be better able to take action.
5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System. Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.
6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure. When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?
7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin. Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.
8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger. The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don't go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day -- you'll look younger and feel better.
9. Smiling Makes You Seem Successful. Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.
10. Smiling Helps You Stay Positive. Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It's hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that "Life is Good!"

Just do it!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Planning for success in 2009

You can't hit a target you can't see.
What targets do you want to hit in 2009?
It's that time again to get ready to go for the gold in 2009.

Here are some steps to take to help you insure hitting your targets in the New Year.

1. Develop your Goals, directly aligned with your Mission.
2. Make realistic Plans to support each goal.
3. Have an Attitude that is positive and enthusiastic.
4. Maintain a focus on your Priorities and have the physcial Energy to
    take the Action necessary to produce exceptional results.

Want some help?
I can help you with this process! My focus at Wilson Motivational is to help you increase your personal and business productivity.

My record of success helping others to improve their personal discipline, leadership, communication and motivation skills is outstanding. Just call or email and let's set up a time at a Panera's so we can get together and talk about how I can help you.

The Real JimWilson

Click -- Here's Brian Tracy with a powerful thought on goal setting.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Improve your ROE - Time

Here's number 2 on my list.

2. Be on Time.

"I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!" -The white rabbit.

My mother use to say, "you can never be on time - you are either early or late, so just be early and you will be on time."

I believe most people are much more irritated by lateness than they show or will admit; it can dampen everything from promotions and raises to friendships. Late people crowd you, physically and mentally. When people show up late, it undoes your schedule and disrupts your day. Showing up late or sending something in late -- no matter how well done -- still means a black mark against you.

Yogi Berra on time," I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early."

Just remember, if you are early you will always be on time.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Yogi Berra "Pair up in threes"

Yogi Berra's baseball career record:
15 All-Star Game appearances
10 World Championships, and
three MVP honors


But, Yogi is probably remembered most by his famous phrases. Berra's hilarious and insightful malaprops have become ingrained in everyday language.

Here's a collection of some of his most (given credit for) famous phrases.

Read and enjoy the fun contained within...


"Pair up in threes"
"It ain't over 'til it's over"
"It's deja vu all over again"
"When you come to a fork in the road ... take it"
"I usually take a two hour nap from one to four"
"Never answer an anonymous letter"
"I didn't really say everything I said"
"I want to thank you for making this day necessary"
"We made too many wrong mistakes"
"You can observe a lot by watching"
"The future ain't what it used to be"
"It gets late early out here"
"If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be"
"If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them"
"Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel"

My favorite - "It's deja vu all over again."

What's your favorite? The Wit and Wisdom of Yogi Berra

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving before Expectations

My professorial looking friend James Henry McIntosh, consultant, speaker, coach and writer, has allowed me to post the following article during this Thanksgiving week. (A thanks gift.)
Look further at his volume of outstanding work at

Thanksgiving before expectations.

This week we enter the period of gratitude and then we jump straight into the period of great expectations.

Actually, this is the correct order of things. Gratitude first, then expectation.

A common mistake we make is to withhold gratitude until we have received. In other words, until we can judge whether what we have received is worthy of our gratitude.

Imagine being served by a waitress who treats you poorly because she doesn’t know whether your gratuity will be worthy of better service. Or by a salesman who is aloof because he does not yet know how much you plan to spend.

Successful businesses don’t treat customers that way. They do two things differently. They are pleased to serve you before they expect you to reach for your wallet.

And their understanding of the word ‘expectation’ is different. They ‘look forward to’ you reaching for your wallet; they don’t act as if ‘it is their due’.

Copyright: 2008 James Henry McIntosh

Improve your ROE

Here is number 3 on my list.

3. Say Thank You

Hello! How will this increase my ROE?

Here's a just do it and find out exercise:
  1. Tomorrow count the number of times you say "thank you".

  2. The next day double the number times you say "thank you" from the day before.

  3. The next day double the number of times you say thank you" from the day before.

  4. By the fourth day you will be a NICER different person.

The people around you will notice a more pleasant you but won't know why.

Research shows that, people who are encouraged to express gratitude report feeling happier, more excited and joyful, and even have fewer headaches and colds.
—"Counting blessings vs. burdens: Experimental studies of gratitude and subjective wellbeing in daily life," by R.A. Emmons and M.E. McCullough (2003).

Thank you for reading this blog.

ROE = Return On Energy

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A metaphor for success.

At 211 degrees, water is hot.
At 212 degrees, it boils.
And with boiling water,comes steam.
And with steam, you can power a train.

One degree more =Exponential results.

What a great metaphor for success. Operate at 212 degrees in all you do and steam your way to the top.

Watch the 3-minute video.
Written and directed by Sam Parker

Friday, November 21, 2008

Economy in Turmoil

Go for it!

Go for the opportunities.

In an article written by Gayle Turner, a consultant with Catch Your Limit Consulting, points out...
"The Chinese symbol for crisis contains the symbols for danger and opportunity. With the global economy in turmoil most people are sitting around holding their breath; hoping and praying they will be able to survive the threat. There’s no question this time of change is threatening. But, this is also a period of great opportunity; one of which is the opportunity to get to know your customers better and to strengthen your relationship with them."
Go for the opportunities.

You have just gotta check out ... Lots of ideas available to help you "Catch Your Limit" in these Down Times.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Improve your ROE

Here's number 4 on my list.

4. Don’t make excuses.

Don't make excuses. Make things happen. Make changes. Then make history.
Doug Hall
The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.
Jules Renard
Don't make excuses - make good.
Elbert Hubbard
He who excuses himself accuses himself.
Gabriel Meurier
Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there's no escape, there's no excuse, so just suck it up and be nice.
Ani Difranco
How strange to use "You only live once" as an excuse to throw it away.
Bill Copeland
No one ever excused his way to success.
Dave Del Dotto

ROE= Return On Energy

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Improve your ROE

Here's number 5 on my list.

5. Listen more talk less.

God gave you two ears and one mouth. Why not use them in that proportion.

Ask lots of questions and actively listen to the response. Active listening goes like this:

1. Look at the person, and suspend other things you are doing.
2. Listen not merely to the words, but the feeling content.
3. Be sincerely interested in what the other person is talking about.
4. Restate what the person said.
5. Ask clarification questions once in a while.
6. Be aware of your own feelings and strong opinions.
7. If you have to state your views, say them only after you have listened.

These steps, quoted from The Self Transformation Series, Issue no. 13, are simple; however, becoming skilled in active listening requires considerable practice.

So practice, practice, practice and become a "Magician in listening".

ROE=Return On Energy

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Be a kind boss.

It's just common sense - Right?

Kind bosses inspire greater effort and loyalty from their employees, according to a study completed by the American Management Association.

Of people who described their boss as kind, 84% reported that they planned to stay in their jobs. Of people who described their boss as a "bully," only 47% planned to stay in their jobs.Click here to learn more about kindness in management.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Improve your ROE

Here’s number 6 on my list.
6. Work smarter not harder.

So how can you start to work smarter? Well, its very simple. If you just step back and analyzed everything you did during the day you could probably see a better way to do many of the things you did. Just by making a few small changes you can make things work out better.

ROE = Return On Energy

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Good times ahead.

Do you see problems or possibilities?

Stay Positive and Thrive in Any Economy!

Action plan...
Reframe your thinking. See difficulties not as problems, but as possibilities.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.

Consider the lesson you'll find in meeting each new challenge.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Improve your ROE.

Here’s number 7 on my list.

7. Stop blaming other people.

Everyone blames someone else at one time or another. Nobody's perfect. And you may even be thinking, "But it WAS my spouse's/parent's/boss' fault that I missed my plane/don't trust others/don't make enough money."

And it very well may be, but the key to living a long and happy life is knowing how to accept personal responsibility and not blame others -- even when it may be their fault. This does not mean you have to go through life letting others walk all over you. On the contrary, accepting personal responsibility means you have to take the high road and be the bigger person, even when it's hard.

ROE = Return On Energy

Monday, November 10, 2008

Personal earnings. What do you think?

It's up to you. Don't believe everything you read.

According to recent article about birth order on CNN, your unique position in your family may have helped to determine your career... and your earning potential.

Research shows that firstborn children - as well as only children - are most likely to earn $100,000 or more a year. Middle children are the least likely to earn big bucks, while youngest children are the most likely to work in sales, advertising, and the arts.

While it may be fun to trace the influence of factors like birth order, keep in mind that your own determination to succeed also has a tremendous effect on your career.

Most of the time all it takes is a little coaching to get more of what you want out of life.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A new President

Congratulations to our newly elected President Obama.

I have lots of questions about his readiness and qualifications to be the President but only his performance will deliver the answers.

I will trust in God.

Incidently, there was a rumor that our new Dollar Coin did not have "In God We Trust." It was incorrect. Here's the real story:

According to the U.S. Mint, an unknown number of new one-dollar George Washington coins (at least 50,000 of them, by one estimate) were erroneously struck without the motto "In God We Trust" and found their way into the batch of 300 million issued on February 15, 2007. A rumor began circulating soon afterward to the effect that the religious slogan, which has been a standard inscription on U.S. coins since 1938 and the national motto since 1956, was intentionally omitted from the entire run of one-dollar coins. The rumor is false, though it remains unclear whether it was inspired by the minting error or the fact that the newly designed coin, properly manufactured, bears the inscription "In God We Trust" on its outer edge instead of its face, per the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Improve your ROE

Here's number 8 on my list.

8. Accept that life isn’t always fair.

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.

Check it out.

Improve your ROE

Number 9 on my list --

9. Think good thoughts about yourself.

Check the voice in your head. As a little person you were conditioned to say more negative things than positive things about yourself. Now that you are grown up you can change the ratio to more good than bad words during the day.

Here is some nonsense that works.

Start the morning by looking in the mirror and saying out-loud, while smiling...
I like myself
I like myself
I like myself
I like myself
I like myself

Periodically through out the day stop and say inside your head...
I like myself
I like myself
I like myself
I like myself
I like myself

Do this for two weeks and you will be well on your way to thinking more good thoughts about yourself.

Thoughts create feelings, so guess what? Good thoughts create good feelings.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Are you a Leader?

The Top 10
statements that help you identify if you are a Leader.
It has been said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Unfortunately we are often too busy to take the time for self-examination. As a result we sometimes don't realize that we are still acting as managers and not leaders in this fast changing world of work.

Where are you in relation to this Top 10 list of statements regarding a leader?

You are a Leader if:

1. You visit your Chiropractor once month to keep your spine flexible.
2. You treat everyone as a winner knowing some folks need more help at winning than others.
3. You predict the future by designing it.
4. You assign your good people to the opportunities and not the problems.
5. You don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, you jog down there and turn it on.
6. You dig a well before you are thirsty.
7. You believe that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
8. You don't let yesterday use up too much of today because if you do, your tomorrow will be lousy.
9. You would rather be a Coach than a BOSS.
10. You get the job done through people and in the process develop them.

How did you do?

Waiting to get lucky?

Successful people don’t wait for luck,
they design luck through careful preparation, dogged persistence, and an eye on opportunity. It has often been said that fate helps those who help themselves. The best way to predict success in any endeavor is to design it. Here are some tips to help you design your own personal luck.

1. Know what you want. Sit down and write out your personal mission statement. Then, design goals to be accomplished to fulfill your mission. (Break down each goal into time frames ---yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily.) Every little daily action will move you closer to being the best you can be. Remember, you got what you currently have - good or bad - as a result of time and practice that turned into habit. Being successful requires use of personally focused energy. Get with it.

2. Make your presence known. Everyone you meet is a potentially valuable source to helping you accomplish your personal mission. Hand out your business card and collect others. Offer to help associates meet their goals and be ready for them to help you meet yours.

3. You can’t stop adversity - expect it! When it hits, double your efforts to achieve your goals. Reflect on the last time adversity struck and remember "this too will pass." Depression and negativity will get results, but they are the wrong results.

4. Work smarter. Soak up information. Knowledge is the source to greater confidence in yourself. Plan time each day to read the newspaper and search the web for material pertaining to your business. Go to the bookstore and get the latest information on how to succeed in your field.

5. Expect the best. Invest in motivational material. Train yourself to think for the best. Learn to manage your moods and show a positive attitude to those around you. Smile - an attitude of gratitude will work wonders. Luck is never expected by true winners. They don’t need horseshoes, four leaf clovers or rabbit feet - they make their own luck.

Start designing more luck in your life. Go back to tip #1 and begin the process of greater success. Take more control of your life. You’re a winner!

This little poem says it all:
Good, Better, Best,
Never let it rest,
'til your Good is Better, and,
Your Better is Best.

Coaching available -

Improve your ROE

Number 10 on my list --

10. Do something nice for somebody every day.

When you do this you increase your seratonin. It's just like taking Prozac.

In fact giving of yourself can be really good for you.

Research shows that people who volunteer just two hours a week enjoy better mental and physical health, according to a report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Specifically, benefits include:
greater longevity
higher functional ability
lower rates of depression
less incidence of heart disease

Click to read the entire report.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Left and Right Brain

Results of my Left and Right Brain Test.

We all use both hemispheres of our brains to some degree
but in most people one side dominates. Check your score.
Site listed below.

My Brain Usage Profile:

Auditory : 30% Visual : 69%

Left : 50%Right : 50%

Jim you exhibit an even balance between left- and right- hemisphere dominance and a slight preference for visual over auditory processing. With a score this balanced, it is likely that you would have slightly different results each time you complete this self-assessment quiz.

You are a well-rounded person, distinctly individualistic and artistic, an active and multidimensional learner. At the same time, you are logical and disciplined, can operate well within an organization, and are sensitive towards others without losing objectivity. You are organized and goal-directed. Although a "thinking" individual, you "take in" entire situations readily and can act on intuition. You sometimes tend to vacillate in your learning styles.

Learning might take you longer than someone of equal intellect, but you will tend to be more thorough and retain the material longer than those other individuals. You will alternate between logic and impulse. This vacillation will not normally be intentional or deliberate, so you may experience anxiety in situations where you are not certain which aspect of yourself will be called on.

With a slight preference for visual processing, you tend to be encompassing in your perceptions, process along multidimensional paths and be active in your attacking of situations or learning.
Overall, you should feel content with your life and yourself. You are, perhaps, a little too critical of yourself -- and of others -- while maintaining an "openness" which tempers that tendency.

Indecisiveness is a problem and your creativity may not be in keeping with your potential. Being a pragmatist, you downplay this aspect of yourself and focus on the more immediate, obvious and the more functional.

Take the test for yourself...

Click here: Brainworks Left Brain Right Brain Test

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Managing Time

Do you want to be more time productive?
An Idea For Action...

Do You Think Before You React?

Don't just react automatically to the urgent. If you take the time to choose how and where to spend your time, you will become infinitely more productive.

Take the time to review your prioritized list before you divert your attention to a less important, more urgent task.

Questions to ponder…
  • If you had last week to do over, how and where would you spend your time differently?

  • Can you really afford NOT to consider all the alternatives and consequences before you respond?

  • How can you respond best to the next person who requires an immediate reply?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Time - What model do you choose?

Jay Wilson writes after reading earlier posts on Time Management.

"I especially liked the quotes on Time. I am quite fascinated with time and have many web sites on my favorite places to read about it. It could be argued that there is no time as such only and everlasting present moment. Ponder that one. It could also be argued that there was a beginning to time when the universe was created namely by God and there will be no end to time or that the universe has always existed therefore time has always existed, eternally and infinitely.

What model do you choose?

I'm not positive which model I choose but lean toward the idea that God was the creator of it and there was a beginning to time and space because if there were infinite space and infinite time nothing would or could exist. Infinite space and time are a logical impossibility. If time and space went infinitely in the past and into the future nothing would or could exist."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Executive Coaches

Global FTSE chief executives use personal coaches.

"Around 40% of FTSE chief executives have used a personal coach. (“It is extraordinary to think you can be excellent at something without a coach. The notion that Roger Federer would not have several coaches is ridiculous. One of the best things that happened to me was to get a coach,” says Richard Baker, a former boss of Alliance Boots, a pharmacy.)

Typically, these coaches are mentors, but some bosses have sought other varieties of personal training. One (unnamed) FTSE chief executive told Messrs Cave and Tappin that he used an actress once a month to teach him how to act out the chief-executive role. “I am a very shy individual,” he reveals. “I would not naturally engage with people. It’s just a management style I have developed over the years. We all put on a show. We are all actors and I have learnt to act. The actress comes in and coaches me in body language, presentation style, and public speaking. I am an introvert and introverts get drawn in. I don’t need to have a high regard for friendships or closeness. I can retain my intellectual distance with people who work for me.”

Source: According to “The Secrets of CEOs”, a new book by Steve Tappin and Andrew Cave based on interviews with over 150 current and former chief executives from around the world.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Personal Development and Business Coaching

Are you ready to move to the next level of performance?

Not satisfied with your rate of change to meet the demands of today's world?

I can help! The focus of Wilson Motivational is to help you increase your personal and business productivity.
My record of success helping others to improve their personal discipline, leadership, communication and motivation skills is outstanding. Call and let’s talk about how I can help you and/or your company move from good to GREAT.

The Real JimWilson

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Coaching assignments at Wilson Motivational.

“Jim will help you get your life and work objectives out of your head, on the calendar, and right down to the bottom line. Jim helped me get more done, focus my business, then helped me sell it for a win-win. Jim's got years of top level mgmt experience, can help you navigate the politics, and cut through the noise, and also knows the personal make-better-habits side. Plus, he knows everybody, so when you need a resource, he'll have one or more.”
Top qualities: Great Results , Good Value , Creative.
Daniel O. Bryant hired Jim as a Coach.

“Jim thinks outside of conventional thinking and has helped me improve my life both personally and professionally. I am grateful for Jim's wisdom that has greatly reduced my learning curve. Evan Fabricant
Top qualities: Great Results , Expert , Creative.
Evan Fabricant hired Jim as a Coach.

“Jim is an excellent coach. With years of wisdom & amp; experience, he helps you identify the root of your challenge and guides you in discovering sound solutions. He is motivating and builds a relationship by getting to know YOU and how you "tick" by asking the right questions. He knows so much more about me than I do him because he is focused on helping YOU. Enthusiastically, Nhat Pham”.
Nhat Pham , Consultant/Trainer/Speaker , Wireless Warrior was with another company when working with Jim at Wilson Motivational Enterprises.

“Jim has worked with me for over a year and has been a tremendous asset! He's able to provide invaluable advice and insight to help keep me organized, on target, and motivated. I highly recommend his services to any business owner or director.”
Top qualities: Great Results , Personable , Creative.
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“Jim helped me prioritize my goals and to focus on actually achieving them within my stated time frame. Focus and accountability are essential keys to success and Jim is excellent at providing both.” tim thompson was Jim's client.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Coaching - How I work.

Jim Wilson, Personal Development and Business Coach.

The top 10 things
clients need to understand
about my coaching.

1. I am completely confidential - I don't talk about my client's issues to anyone.

2. I work on a Monthly basis - I believe in an ongoing, nurturing and developing relationship. I usually offer 2 to 4 sessions a month.

3. Coaching, not therapy - Professional Coaches work only with clients who can use us well. I am not a therapist, parent, caretaker, or financial planner. I refer clients to the best available professionals for their psychological, health and financial concerns. I help clients reach goals.

4. I'm paid in advance - I'm paid monthly, in advance, for individual coaching. I don't bill for each session.

5. My job is to share what I see and sense - I don't solve my client's problems. My clients have the answers within themselves. I share wisdom, steps, solutions and advice, but will not create a dependency.

6. I coach each client differently - It's up to my client to ask me to coach them differently, if needed. There are many personality styles of coaching and the client needs to suggest style changes to the coach.

7. I ask for more - My job is to ask for more than my clients can reasonably do. I may ask for the moon and settle for the stars. My clients can always decline or negotiate.

8. I am your success partner - I choose not to be your cattle prod or accountability service. I want to support you to take actions. My best coaching occurs when my client is self-generative Vs being pushed.

9. I work with you as a person - I need to help my clients reach their goals and solve problems, but I also want to know who my client is, where he/she comes from, where he/she is at, how he/she thinks, assumptions he/she has made, what motivates him/her, etc.

10. I strive for the Ah-Ahs - The value of coaching isn't based on how much time is spent coaching. Great coaching can occur in 60 seconds - when the right thing is said in the right way, my client leaps forward.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Improve your ROE

Want to improve your ROE?
(Return On Energy)
Here are my top 10 little things you can do.

____10. Every day do something nice for somebody.
____9. Think positive thoughts about yourself.
____8. Accept that life isn’t always fair.
____7. Stop blaming other people.
____6. Work smarter not harder.
____5. Listen more talk less.
____4. Don’t make excuses.
____3. Say thank you.
____2. Be on time.
____1. Smile.

Select one from above and make a goal to improve your personal energy level.

Friday, October 10, 2008

More Time Quotes

********TIME FOCUSED ***********
The only reason for time is so that
everything doesn't happen at once.
-Albert Einstein
Time is like a handful of sand-
the tighter you grasp it,
the faster it runs through
your fingers.
You can't change the past, but
you can ruin the present by
worrying about the future
Yesterday is a canceled check;
tomorrow is a promissory note;
today is the only cash you have -
so spend it wisely.
-Kay Lyons
We all have our time machines.
Some take us back, they are called
memories. Some take us forward,
they are called dreams.
-Jeremy Irons
Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't
own it, but you can use it. You can't keep
it, but you can spend it, Once you've lost it
you can never get it back.
-Harvey MacKay
Don't count every hour in the day,
make every hour in the day count.
You may delay, but time will not.
-Benjamin Franklin
To achieve great things, two things are
needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
-Leonard Bernstein
Better late than never,
but never late is better.
Do you have some quotes to add? Go for it.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Time quotes

Is this all there is?

********TIME FOCUSED ***********
All time management begins with
- Tom Greening
The bad news is time flies.
The good news is you're the pilot.
- Michael Althsuler
Never begin the day until it is
finished on paper.
- Jim Rohn
Learn how to separate the majors
and the minors. A lot of people
don't do well simply because they
major in minor things.
- Jim Rohn
Someone will master and someone
will serve. Either you run the day or
the day runs you; either you run the
business or the business runs you.
- Jim Rohn
Never let yesterday use up today.
- Richard H. Nelson
Sometimes you need to
stay in touch but be out of reach.
- Jim Rohn
Time is at once the most valuable
and the most perishable of all
our possessions.
- John Randolph
You will never find time for anything.
If you want time, you must make it.
- Charles Bixton
I knew I was going to take the
wrong train, so I left early.
-Yogi Berra

Got some quotes to add - Just post them.