Archive for March, 2007

Perspectives – March 26th, 2007

March 26, 2007

                          Writing and Coaching 

One of the areas I deal with all the time is fitting it all in.  I used to

have the image of getting 36 pants around a 38+ waist.  And I

always had to strategize. 

Then I learned something simple and profound.  Of course, there

are many counterexamples to what I’m going to say, but if the pants

button, wear ‘em.  Imagine you are looking at an angle, say 75


That angle represents the size of the gap between where you are

and where you want to be. Now I make the following commitment –


“Every day I am going to improve my circumstances.”  And I see

that the measure of the angle diminishes every day.  I follow many

very related – and very distinct paths:  I coach.  I write:  I support the

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium.  I am on the Board of the

Global AbundanceAlliance. I have a large – and growing – family. 

And each of those statements has many components – Just like

yours do when you lay them all out.  Coaching seems to conflict

with writing seems to conflict with ….

The Gap will always exist, because my future is always brighter

than my present and my present is always brighter than my past. 

If my inbox were empty, I’d be confused; I’m always adding to it.

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committed to redesigned – Write me at

                   Useful Quotes

Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful.
Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening,
ever-ascending,ever-improving path. You know you will never
get to the end of the journey.
But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory
of the climb.
Winston Churchhill

If advertisers spent the same amount of money on improving
their products as they do on advertising then they wouldn’t
haveto advertise them.

Will Rogers

 Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is
best  to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your
other innovations.
Steve Jobs 

The market came with the dawn of civilization and it is not
an invention of capitalism. If it leads to improving the
well-being of the people there is no contradiction with
Mikhail Gorbachev 

                                     The Creative Corner

                                        Improving What I Write 
I suffer from an endless need to explain.
I know we never fully understand anybody or anything,
Yet, even while I’m certain that nobody hears what’s said;
that we don’t see what’s seen or read what’s read:
that we live in crowds in splendid social isolation;
yet even then, I am compelled
to embellish, to elaborate,
to simplify and clarify –
to try to make it plain 
Some of these are poems – brush strokes of life,
words flicked on paper,
Image smears. 
I cannot sustain my own attention
so poems are short,
just enough to tickle your ears.
Some – like this – are prose disguised,
an inquiry into humanity’s insanity
and greatness.
 Written in poetic form,
I write an idea as a chunk of words
to make it easier to see what I thunk
and think absurd.

Perspectives on a Fulfilled Life – March 19th, 2007

March 19, 2007

Major Mind Change 

Guerilla Business School was an extraordinary experience.  I was taught by the best in the business – and my definition of ‘the best’ is that I’ve learned a lot and that a lot of it is sticking – a lot.  I am busily reinventing my business and, in the process, myself.  I’ve never had to discard so many inherited misconceptions before.    Here’s one – and I expect you’ll find it useful, even though my face is red as I write it… 

The way I’ve always coached people (notice the past tense) is that, after we’ve gotten

comfortable with one another, I go through an exercise that allows clients to set goals for

themselves.  These then form the basis for the coaching.  And I’ve tracked clients’ progress

In meeting these goals. 

But I found out something that I already knew, but didn’t attach any importance to.  In a strong

way we’re conditioned to think of goals as ‘out there’ somewhere, as unattainable.  I’ve

written about how we’re conditioned to associate goals with failure (think New Year’s

resolutions) and how we’re conditioned to protect ourselves from goals – to think small.  When

we set ‘goals’ at work, we think ‘easily achievable.’  We’re happy to come close, to make

‘real progress.’ But that’s not what we want!  We want to set big goals and to achieve them. 

There is a clear relationship between achieving our objectives and our commitment to that. 

What can we do to maximize that commitment?  That will inherently improve our ability to

achieve the ‘goal.’ 

So, I’m adopting a new strategy – I won’t work to generate goals – I’ll ask you to promise to

achieve your objective.  Now I know there are issues of morality here – In a way, that’s my

point.  See, we’re buit to think we’re bad if we don’t keep our promise – but it’s okay if we

don’t make our goal.  Well, forget about the bad part, but keep the added ferocity of effort that

will  come along with promising.


When doctors ask patients to promise to take their medicine, they are significantly more

likely to take their medicine.  Let’s apply that to our own futures and go forward with that

energy. If you want to use this article (or any of my articles) in your Ezine, newsletter or website, you can – as long as you include this bio with it:  Michael Lipp, MS, coach and author provides innovative and profitable strategies to entrepreneurs, seniors, and people committed to sustainability and/or creativity.  My website is being redesigned – Write me at

            Useful Quotes

The most successful people are those who are good at plan B.
James Yorke 
Act as if it were impossible to fail.
Dorothy Brande Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.
Abraham Lincoln 

Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day
German Proverb  Better a broken promise than none at all.
Mark Twain 

                              The Creative Corner                                                                 The day holds promise                              
The sun is bright – forget the snow                             
All tomorrows are cloudless now
There was a time of gray,
When words,once spoken,  were uncertain
And yes –
I spoke and no one heard –                          
A curtain descended on the future,
Now newly parted by my voice –
The promise of the day is mine