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Moving Forward

May 21, 2007

A man constantly complained about his job – it was dirty; it was smelly and it was hard.  “What do you do?” I asked.  “I walk behind the elephants in the circus and I clean up after them.”  So I asked him why he didn’t quit and he answered me with pride and indignation, “What?  And give up show business?”

In some ways, it’s the same for most of us (well – maybe not show biz).  We have to clean up one thing before we can get the next thing done.  There are different phases to almost any job – certainly, to any business.  Inevitably we love the show business, but there are always parts that are dirty and smelly.  Or simply something we don’t like to do. 

Invariably, this explains the dreadful statistics on failure – 95% of new businesses fail within a year and 95% of the remaining ones don’t make it past 5 years… because we hate cleaning up after ourselves or some phase of the game that we don’t like. 

One thing we can do is spend one hour every week working on our business, instead of just working.  If we spend one hour on cleaning up one week, we could figure out how to make it less onerous.  If you lay out all the different jobs you have in your business and spend one hour a week on one of them – then in 10-12 weeks you will have covered all of them – and then you start over.

Oh?  Was I talking about business?  Maybe I’m talking about life.  Your life has dirty, smelly, uncomfortable parts, too.  If you could spend an hour a week on each of those parts, your life will change dramatically.

Useful Quotes

 When I let go of what I am, I become what I can be.
Lao Tzu

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
Anais Nin

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.

Brian Tracy

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The Truth

April 23, 2007

The future is never new until it has a somewhat unfamiliar feel to it.  But what’s the way to do it?  How can you validly change course or set a fresh course? Great athletes go into training.  But what muscle can you train to create new futures?  I suggest we have a significant muscle to strengthen – start with telling the truth about where you are.  No one is giving you marks.  Nobody is judging and evaluating.  There is nothing wrong.  The truth part is all happening in your mind or where you write it down.  And there are lots of ways that you can organize the writing down.   Different contexts can give rise to different flavors of the truth. Okay, let’s say you’ve told the truth.  Now what?  Well, Mr. Scrooge didn’t have to do anything.  The truth was enough to allow a new future to come about.  Can we have the same great fortune?  I don’t know.  I do know that telling the truth will let you know how you can get the debris off the road. So we begin – Please – explore the site.  What I’ll be doing is putting this on its own page. It will be interesting – different and familiar.I’ll be writing New Futures less frequently – The Blog will still be weekly because I’ll also be writing an Ezine from, which is still coming together. 

Useful Quotes  How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.Anne Frank 

Progress in every age results only from the fact that there are some men and women who refuse to believe that what they know to be right cannot be done. Russell W. Davenport We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heartBlaise Pascal  Chase after the truth like all hell and you’ll free yourself, even though you never touch its coattails.Clarence Darrow 

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true

Creative Corner 

The Anchor 

We sail our ships in novel ways.
Whenever something new occurs,
we drop an anchor
to get our ship aright
and then we sail along
some more
Until the anchors left behind
Begin to slow us down
And we move more
slow ly
few chure.
The chainsaw of the truth
can free us for sailing.

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