And, why Leveraging Awareness is so Important to Goal Achievement

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If you went shopping for advice on how to increase awareness, you might find threads on gratitude, learning new skills (language, musical instrument), mindfulness, keeping a journal, revisiting a childhood game, and, perhaps even doing it with your children. It's good stuff. I recommend all of it. I’ve even used many of those techniques in my career to increase team bonding and awareness.

When we set out on a goal path, we naturally increase our awareness. …


The difference between success and failure

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We all have this story. Still, I’m sharing to further my observation. I get that a topic on commitment likely sounds like a relationship post. It’s not. Briefly, the benefits include improved resilience, focus, determination, and energy brought to any task. That’s a small sampling.

As Dr. Michael Merzenich details in his book, Soft-Wired, your brain will aid goal achievement under the right circumstances, meaning when you are clear, alert, and motivated your brain will hone in on its target and clear obstacles. Commitment is key.

Bigger Picture: I outline six steps of any…


Notes on my Entrepreneurial Journey. Influences on the work.

A Brain Image made up of clocks.
A Brain Image made up of clocks.
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My focus is divided between two competing and interconnected businesses. The membership site ties directly to my course called Imagine Action. The video training course is complete and I’m about to launch it. Three elements contain the core of the product, but the video course occupies the center.

The speaking business is different by context, as it focuses on team performance and uses historical and cultural references, like the Beatles Hamburg residency, as an object lesson. I am dividing my time in a way that I would likely tell someone else…


The Beatles arrived in Hamburg on August 17, 1960 — over 60 Years ago to an incredible apprenticeship

Famous photo of the Beatles in Hamburg as 5 member band with Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe in add to John, Paul, George.
Famous photo of the Beatles in Hamburg as 5 member band with Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe in add to John, Paul, George.
Astrid Kirchherr Photo in Hamburg

Sixty years ago, just beyond their formative years as the Quarrymen, and the skiffle craze in Britain, the Beatles entered the Hamburg nightclub scene as five lads from Liverpool. The core of the group, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison adopted Stuart Sutcliffe as the bassist and Pete Best, as their new drummer. …


Failure is often the starting point for real change

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I left a cliffhanger at the end of the prior post about the Company Weight Loss Bet. Mark Two, you may remember, lost the bet. He really succumbed as he hit the first hint of wind resistance when it arrived in late October, the first month of the bet. The holidays were upon us. Halloween candy wafted in the air, Thanksgiving Feasts loomed, and Christmas and other festivities posed too great a collection of traditional temptations to resist.

Two months after Mark Two handed me his cash at the end of…


New Years is right around the corner

Image of Weight Scale from above
Image of Weight Scale from above
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Nearly twenty years ago two work buddies and I created a bet that taught all of us how to sustain our desired changes. Ironically, the loser later became a winner because of his experience with the process.

It was nearly a week after the devastation wrought by September 11, 2001. On that day, we all watched the horror of the moment in a rec room, outfitted with television monitors on the 6th floor of our newly renovated Service Center in downtown Indianapolis. The center housed over three hundred associates. A large group of people were stunned into silence after witnessing…


A Brief Tribute to a childhood hero, Muhammad Ali

Iconic photo by Neil Leifer of Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in Ali Liston II
Iconic photo by Neil Leifer of Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in Ali Liston II
Neil Leifer, Sports Illustrated 1965

I remember as a child thinking that Muhammad Ali was the greatest athlete in the world. I thought the U.S. President, at the time, Richard Nixon, must be the greatest person simply by virtue of his position and title. I was profoundly wrong about the latter, but you can still make a serious case for the former. I was young.

Of course, this recognition came from Ali’s own pronouncement of his greatness. We all know that Ali was one of the most talented showmen boxing and sport have ever known. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”’ I’m the…


If you study high performance, this date marks the beginning of greatness

Nine Facts You didn't know about this Formative Period

Beatles in Hamburg Pete Best, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Stuart Sutcliffe
Beatles in Hamburg Pete Best, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Stuart Sutcliffe
Astrid Kirchherr via Govinda Gallery

August 17, 2020 marked the 60th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in Hamburg Germany to begin, what would become, a roughly two-year stretch playing clubs around the city, including at The Indra, Kaiserkeller, Star and Top Ten. The two-year residency lasted from August 17th, 1960 to December 31, 1962 and alternated between performances in Hamburg, Germany and Liverpool, England.

This period proved pivotal to their musical development. The Beatles arrived early morning August 17th, 1960 with a formative, loosely…


He was the hardest worker I have ever Met

Joseph Rupp

Greasy Mechanic Hand holding a wrench
Greasy Mechanic Hand holding a wrench
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Luis arrived sweaty, pudgy, his tight short-sleeved maintenance uniform, soaked. He was out of breath. He removed his dark handkerchief from his front right pants pocket, paused as if about to perform a magic trick and snapped it open with his right wrist. He palmed it, wiped his brow and then patted down either side of his glistening face. Then he speedily wiped the back of his neck, tilting his head down momentarily, revealing thin threads of premature grey in his dark hair.

He carried the tools of his…


There is nothing quite like it when it comes to instilling confidence

Arnold Schwarzenegger Bicep Curls with Arm Blaster
Arnold Schwarzenegger Bicep Curls with Arm Blaster
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When I was 13, my best friend, Andy Provenzano, and I started working out together. We were both athletic. I had played on multiple sports teams from football to baseball since the age of 5 in leagues around the San Fernando Valley. Andy had too.

But I had really been intrigued by lifting weights for years.

My father had a rudimentary weight bench set, weights, bar and, importantly, a hand stapled manual of exercises, complete with old school illustrations for everything from bicep curls, bench press, upright rows…

Joseph Rupp

I focus on how to effectively imagine, create and sustain individual and team transformation.

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