Habits in 21 days? Not good ones.

You’ve heard it before.  Do something for 21 days, and it will become a habit.  Have you ever developed a new, good habit in 21 days?  Didn’t think so.  It hasn’t worked for me and I suspect I’m very much like most people in this regard.   Continue reading


The Turning Point Myth

As a society, we love to talk about turning points.

TPoint_Stoonn2That single moment in time when the momentum changes.

There is no such thing.

The notion of a turning point, creates an unrealistic expectation that all we have to do is decide to make the change we want and then continue as we were.

Change doesn’t result from one decision to change.  It results from a continuous series of decisions and actions that confirm our commitment to the change. It doesn’t end. We decide, act, decide and act again.  And we have to decide and act in more ways that support the change than in ways that do not.

What do you want to change? Are you committed to making the necessary decisions, again and again and again?  And again?          And again?

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Week in Review

The past week’s Mike’s Musings:

Yahoo!’s New Rules 

Are You a Pro?

The River


Get Started.

Human inertia.  It’s that inner hesitation that stops me from pouncing on my latest idea and running with it.  It’s a mixed bag of fear, insecurity, awe, trepidation, ignorance, analysis and a multitude of other emotions and feelings which keep me from just jumping in and figuring it out.

I find it interesting because I know that this inertia sometimes holds me back from accomplishing big things and from experiencing great joy.  Yet, sometimes it wins, I never get started.

I know the most satisfying projects, events, moments in my life whether they be personal or business-related have come when I pushed through the human inertia, got out of my comfort zone and made myself figure it out – whatever “it” was.  It’s when I’ve been most creative, most excited, and most enthusiastic.  It’s also when I’ve been the most serious, most hard-nosed, and when I’ve been most committed to the task at hand.  And it’s also when I’ve felt the best.

Take this blog.  It was tough to get started.  There were so many questions – where does one get one of these blogs? What should it look like? What will I write about?  Who will read it?  Will it be any good?  What if no one is interested? What if I say something really stupid?  How often should I post? If I don’t post enough will that look bad? Finally, I just told myself to get started.

And here it is.  It’s not the best blog in the world, but it’s getting better. It’s not the prettiest blog, but I’m researching how to improve the look. I’ve changed the name once, and may do so again.  I still don’t think I’ve fully found my “voice” but it’s getting refined. The important thing is I got started, and now, I know lots about blogging.  I’ve learned a lot about myself and how I view things.  I’ve had almost 600 views and had some pretty nice compliments. I find now, I feel great when I’ve written something I like – regardless of how many views it gets.  I’m more confident, I’m having fun with it and I get great satisfaction from making each post.  I’m also keen to find new ideas and write about them.

How many situations in life are like this?  We know if we push ourselves that little bit to get past the human inertia, off we’ll go – we’ll learn something new, we’ll improve, we’ll find a way.  And the rewards will be great. We just need to trust ourselves, and get started.


What’s in a name?

So, I’ve done a few blogs now, and had some great fun watching my stats – I’m up to 92 views now!  Feedback has been pretty positive, but I’ve had some comments on the name – “Work Doesn’t Have to Suck”.  Some felt it was pejorative and doesn’t speak to the right audience.  Some background; the name came to me about a year ago in a moment of inspiration at the company I worked for. As a senior manager, I was trying to figure out how to improve our culture, thinking about our challenges, and the general mood around the office and the line just hit me.  I immediately wrote it on my whiteboard and it’s stuck with me ever since.  When I think about why I’m doing what I do now, I pretty much always come back to it. Instead of being pejorative, I think it’s optimistic.  As individuals we can decide to have an attitude of engagement and enjoy what we do.  As Executives and Managers, we have the ability and responsibility to create an environment that fosters engagement and makes people believe in the importance of the work they do.  And so, I like the title.  Maybe a bit edgy, but I think that’s okay too.

Besides, I think that there is a very large group of people out there, many of whom are quite successful, who can relate to to the sentiment on some level. Case in point, I sent an email to a friend from high school who owns an architecture firm in California. I hadn’t spoken to him in years but we connected on LinkedIn so I thought I’d let him know about the blog.  His reply,  “I will check out the blog.  Though I think I disagree with the thesis.  I look forward to being enlightened.”  Perfect.

Through this blogging journey I’m on, I hope to provide some unique insights based on my experiences and the frame through which I view them.  In addition, hopefully I can provide some practical tips, advice, and get the odd laugh.  Above all, if I provoke some thought about how to improve performance on an individual and organizational level; mission accomplished.

Through the comments section, let me know what you think – about the title or anything else.  I’ll post more links to other interesting, fun, or informative blogs or sites I come across.  Get on board, and let’s go for a ride!