2017 Year of Motivation

  Aspiring to be inspired?  When the inspiration is failing to materialize, starting with a little elbow grease, a little sweat, might bridge the gap. If we just keep moving through what feels like a plateau, a lull in motivation, then the inspiration may come back.   Edison said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”   A great Inc article highlighted their TOP 5 tips to inspire your team, and while they certainly apply to any team, we think they can also apply to the one-man/woman show too. Our favorite key takeaway:   ROLL UP...

Last month at Omni our theme was endurance, but for some of our crew (i.e. me) it felt more like a month of survival mode. When the unpredictable hits and priorities have to shift, when goals are delayed or projects necessarily neglected, how do the productivity focused minds avoid discouragement? Can we THRIVE in survival mode? It sure doesn’t sound easy, or even possible.    According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the definition of THRIVE is: TO GROW VIGOROUSLY And the definition of SURVIVE is: TO CONTINUE TO FUNCTION OR PROSPER DESPITE   So, despite our circumstances,...

This modern life is no easy thing. It requires endurance of all varieties. William Barclay put it like this, “endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” Now, this “hard thing” more overtly applies to significant life struggles and pivotal moments of pain or loss or change. But, endurance is required for all of the other, smaller moments of trying to keep up and adapt. Workforce retraining, continuing education, certificate programs, consulting firms and so much more, all exist because the...

Dogged determination is a virtue we so praise in this American life. Not unique to the U.S. but it's certainly a characteristic we laud in nearly every aspect of society - the underdog, the startup, the inventor, the aspiring writer, actor, entrepreneur or overall, self-starter. These are the people we watch movies about and the stories we follow online. We worship a stellar comeback. Our culture’s favorite characters of fiction and of history are full of grit, passion and determination. We adore the “work-hard, play-hard” motto even if play is...

That was brilliant. She’s brilliant. I envy his brilliance. We say these phrases and label people, experiences, businesses and products as brilliant. But, what is brilliance? Can anyone be brilliant? How do companies achieve brilliance?   Webster’s Dictionary outlines two main definitions for brilliant:   1) very bright… a glittering light.   2) striking, distinctive...

Let's collaborate! In our last post we talked about branding, its importance, and some of the top tips for making businesses visible online. This week, we’d like to drill down on one of those tips: collaboration. Most successful people often share that success is not achieved alone but with the timely, strategic help of others. “None of us, acting alone, can achieve success.” Nelson Mandela Whether help comes from friends, family, co-workers, expert advisors, industry leaders or some combination, success’ formula requires both seeking help and offering help to others. Best-selling author Malcom Gladwell writes in his...

Transitioning from old to new is never simple. It is an "in-between" stage that seems unsteady, is full of unknowns, and feels a lot like limbo. A transition is a pivotal time when our progress and momentum are tested. It can be all too easy to suddenly see transitioning as too risky. We can revert back to what we have known or what is more comfortable. Whether we are trying to redirect our business priorities, implement new tools, or expand services, there are many goals we set that can become hung up, or...

After all those New Year’s resolutions and new goals have been set, we sit wondering how to take the first step. It’s always one of the hardest, well, that one and the step somewhere in the middle when we feel like quitting but must power through. The middle might be just as challenging as the beginning. But, it is the early stage when our ideas seem the most fragile yet brimming with potential. This is when summoning a little courage goes a long way. No part of executing our goals is ever easy...