Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Are you among the select few who both make and keep new year's resolutions? Maybe you're not...

I have good news! You can change.

You can improve by taking two actions, now:

(1) Make one commitment only
75% of all failure begins with unrealistic commitments. Only if you have succeeded before, then you may increase the number of goals to two, or maybe even three. But again, that's only if you have succeeded with one goal in the past. Stay true to this focus and you'll find that this time it will actually happen. Believe me!

(2) Put your goal in writing
Where only 25% succeed in setting realistic goals, of these appx 80% fail by not writing them down and by doing it the wrong way. Your likelihood of success will increase dramatically if you carefully produce text to answer each of these four areas:

Discover MISSION (Is it important? Specify WHY you should.)

Kindle PASSION (Do I really want it? Specify WHAT you want.)

Make CONNECTION (To whom does it matter? Specify WHO.)

Use INTUITION (Do I know how? Specify HOW you will.)

Why you will succeed
If you're among the 5% who make it this far (actually it's only 4%) you'll be taking steps to actually having chosen your own direction in life. The "how to" might include small but important actions, such as:
  • Producing posters and reminders to keep your goals visible at all times
  • Keeping score and report daily and/or weekly
  • Splitting your goal into smaller commitments, either in time and/or parts
  • Deciding how you will celebrate victories
  • ...and more
Most importantly, realize that you can remake your commitment anytime (for instance I view every Sunday as a "new year" opportunity). Failure isn't failure unless you fail to try again. This time you will succeed, not because you're so much better, but because you decide to keep at it until you've conquered. Every failure only proves how important this is to you and can make you want it more than you did before. Every time you try you're a little closer to actually making that change or improvement! See failure as a step towards success. It's positive.

It's not hard to reach a goal. What's hard is to apply yourself to actually change. It's hard to keep it simple and apply yourself to this two-step process - 1) making a goal and 2) stick to it until you've done it (once it's written the right way, it becomes real, you'll see). Remember that goals are goals as long as you are determined to reach them. That's why we should use every failure to build, rather than destroy, our Mission, Passion, Connection and Intuition!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Odd Nordstoga Among My Favorites!

Like most people I too have had many favorite songs over the years. About three years ago I had a live concert experience with Odd Nordstoga singing his "Dagane" (eng: "The Days") which is still on top of my list.

The lyrics are about how a husband and wife continually need to reach for each other and how this is the main reason for a successful marriage. This makes it all the more appropriate for Odd Nordstoga to now perform this fanTAStic song as a duet with Sissel Kyrkjebø.

Here's a live performance of Dagane by Odd Nordstoga and Sissel Kyrkjebø as part of a Christmas concert. Remember to turn up the volume just a tiny bit ;-)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Google Task List in Google Calendar

YESSS! Finally Google put the task list in their calendar, too. By default it's up in the top left corner.

I'm just another happy user. This gives me the same feeling as that of a Christmas gift. And just maybe that's exactly what it is..? Thank you, Google! ;-)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Did You Play With Your Kids Today?

One of the first signs I frequently read as a six year old was the one sticker my dad placed on the rear window of our car. It posed a simple question:

"Did you play with your kids today?"

Now - when my own children ask me to play with them - this question always rings in the back of my head. It seems to have burned itself into my memory helping me to respond positively.

Family acrobatics with the youngest!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Magnus Carlsen World's Best Chess Player

Today our own Magnus Karlsen in all practicality became the youngest Chess player ever to hit the top of the official ranking list.

I've been following Magnus Karlsen out of pure interest for his amazing talent. Technically he hasn't made it to the top, yet. He's currently participating in tthe London Chess ClassicBut tomorrow, regardless of the outcome of the last game he will triumphantly pass Veselin Topalov.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Audi e-tron the Electrifying Force

Audi e-tron is an ELECTRIC car, quite literally.

OK. Like I said before, I'm not much into cars or boats, but design inspires me. I also especially like design that takes it one step further, but at the same time is able to stay true to its roots. Maybe most of all, design that underscores the basic features of a product: Audi e-tron is still a car!

Check out the spec of this car, which is not just a concept car. This one's going to hit the road for real. I'm impressed!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Living in Grenland

Today I was asked to comment on the brand new commercial "movie" about Grenland.

If you want to see my response at TV Telemark you should fastforward three minutes into the program.

The 5 minute clip at YouTube shows you what it's like to live where we live and what Grenland has to offer (...there's actually a brief showing of our offices in there, too). I'm thinking; why would anyone prefer e.g. Oslo to Grenland?! If you need more than one reason why you should check out Grenland, or at least visit, go see my post from last year on "Why we live in Skien".

My compliments to Vekst i Grenland and the people behind the production of this wonderful display of Grenland. Grenland deserves the attention. Don't let anyone tell you anything else!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Expressing Love and Appreciation...

Today one of our young one's entered the room early early morning and with emphatic exhuberance exclaimed as she entered the room:

"I love you, daddy!"

What a wonderful way to start the day ;-)

Take it from me. If we begin each day with the right slant it can make a tremendous difference! It did for me this day.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Network: Board Members in Norway

Just recently a group of key people in Norwegian business began building a network of Board members in Norway at LinkedIn. The group already counts more than 800 people.

This is a strictly Norwegian speaking forum. Interesting to witness the growth of this. Would it not be helpful to have a group of professionals to turn to for hard questions that a board frequently encounters?