62 Ways to Brighten the New Year

January 7, 2010

Hello, Magnificent Coaches!

Here’s Robin’s list for your review. What are my favorites? Well, let’s see…#3, #5, #7, #8….#14 and #15…and certainly, #16 gave me the opportunity to sit down, and reflect. Always a good thing at this time of year!

Be sure to read Robin’s Bio at the close of this post, and drop by his Web site for more inspiration.

And, as always, I hope you take the time to leave a comment – with YOUR favorites in the list.

Love and Great Joy,


62 Ways To Make 2010 Your Best New Year Yet
By Robin Sharma, January 3rd, 2010

1. Remember that leadership isn’t about your position. It’s about your influence.

2. Get fit like a pro athlete

3. Lift people up versus tearing people down

4. Protect your good name. An impeccable reputation takes a lifetime to build. And 60 seconds to lose

5. Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence

6. Remember that even a 1% daily innovation rate amounts to at least a 100% rate of innovation in 100 days

7. Believe in your dreams (even when others laugh at them)

8. Measure your success, not by your net worth but by your self worth (and how happy you feel)

9. Take an intelligent risk every 24 hours. No Try-No Win.

10. Read “Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist”

11. Watch “Man on Wire”

12. Regardless of your title at work, be a team builder.

13. Remember that business is all about relationships and human connections

14. Say “please” more

15. Say “thank you” more

16. Know your Big 5: the five things that need to happen by the end of this year for you to feel it’s been your best year yet

17. Read your Big 5 every morning while the rest of the world is asleep

18. Read “As You Think”. At least twice this year.

19. Be willing to fail. It’s the price of greatness

20. Focus less on making money and more on creating value

21. Spend less, save more

22. Leave everything you touch better than you found it

23. Be the most positive person in every room you’re in

24. Run your own race

24. Stay true to your deepest values and best ideals

25. Write a handwritten thank you note to a customer/friend/loved one every day

26. When you travel, send love letters to your kids on hotel stationary. In time, they’ll have a rich collection to remember your travels by

27. Read “Atlas Shrugged”

28. Be a problem solver versus a trouble maker

29. Rather than doing many things at mediocrity do just a few things-but at mastery

30. Honor your parents

31. Commit to doing great work-whether anyone notices it or not. It’s one of life’s best sources of happiness.

32. Give more than you receive (another of the truths of happiness)

33. Have your 1/3/5/10/25 years goals recorded on paper and review them weekly

34. Be patient. Slow and steady wins the race. The only reason businesses that went from zero to a billion in a year or two get featured in magazines is because 99% of businesses require a lot more time to win

34. Underpromise and then overdeliver

35. See part of your job as “a developer of people” (whether you work in the boardroom or the mailroom)

36. Wear your heart on your sleeve. When people see you’re real, they’ll fall in love with you

37. Be authentic versus plastic

38. Read “The Alchemist”

39. Remember that life wants you to win. So get out of your own way

40. Consider that behind every fear lives your next level of growth (and power)

41. Eat less food

42. Drink more water

43. Rest when you need to

44. Read “SUCCESS” magazine

45. Write your eulogy and them live your life backwards

46. Demand the best from yourself

47. Remember that the more you go to your limits, the more your limits will expand

48. See everything that happens to you as an opportunity to grow (and therefore, as a precious gift)

49. Be obsessed with learning and self-development

50. Become comfortable alone (you are the only person you get to be with your whole life)

51. Smile. It’s a stunningly effective way to win in business and life

52. Reflect on the shortness of life

53. Be bold when it comes to your dreams but gentle with those you love

54. Remember that success is dangerous because it can kill drive/innovation/passion and going the extra mile. Be successful yet stay hungry

55. Read “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin”

56. Be of deep value to this world

57. Own beautiful things but don’t let them own you

58. Use excellent words.

59. Laugh more.

60. Don’t complain, gossip or be negative.

61. Plan as if you’ll live forever but live as if you’ll die tomorrow.

62. Feel free to pass these lessons on to those you want to help.

Robin Sharma is a world-renown leader and coach in the personal development world and is the CEO of Sharma Leadership International, which helps organizations develop world-class leaders. He’s also the author of 10 books, including 5 #1 bestsellers, such as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. And on top of coaching and writing, Robin is a highly sought-after speaker and consultant to organizations all over the world like Microsoft, Nike, FedEx, NASA, KPMG, IBM and The  Young Presidents Organization. Visit his Web site at: http://www.robinsharma.com/.

It’s All in Our Perception

December 18, 2009

This was shared with me recently…and at this time of the year, when we’re (maybe) moving too fast…slowing down, and really SEEING what beauty surrounds us…let’ make a commitment to one another to do that more.  I received a thotspot email today that focused on the same thing:

Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look
around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Matthew Broderick

So, here’s the story….


Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:

the violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:

A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:

A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:

The musician played continuously.  Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace.  The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour:

He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities. The questions raised: in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:  If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made…. How many other things are we missing?


As always, I welcome your comments!

Love and Great Joy,

One of My Favorite Stories…

December 7, 2009
During my coaching career, I’ve done many presentations at the Canyon Ranch Spa, here in Tucson. Many of you are aware of how much I love public speaking – and the story I’m sharing with you today is one of the most well received at these events. I hope you find it as inspiring as I do!

The lessons within this tale are many. But, for me, the most profound lesson is that each and every one of us a teacher. When we embrace those around us, recognize their brilliance, and acknowledge the fundamental truth that they have within them something to teach us; we open ourselves up for abundance, and joy. Without further ado, here’s the story I told so many audiences at Canyon Ranch…

At a fund-raising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

‘When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?’

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued.

‘I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.’

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, ‘Do you think they’ll let me play?’

I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, ‘We’re losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.’

Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again.

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat. At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat.

Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay’s life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher. The game would now be over…

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman’s head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, ‘Shay, run to first! Run to first!’

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, ‘Run to second, run to second!’

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher’s intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman’s head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, ‘Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay!’ Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, ‘Run to third! Shay, run to third!’

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, ‘Shay, run home! Run home!’

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team.

‘That day’, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, ‘the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world’.

Shay didn’t make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

You may have heard, or read that story before. It circles the globe as part of email forwards every year, so chances are you’re already aware of this tale of love. But…I’ll tell you something. I can read this story every single day, and find tears welling in my eyes, and often running down my cheeks – simply because it is so full of love, in all its forms.
Feel free to leave your comments – our community would so enjoy hearing your voice, and learning from you, dear teacher.
Love and Great Joy,

All You Need to Know About Love!

October 23, 2009
Hello, Magnificent Coach,

We’ve got another ‘spot’ of inspiration for you, this time
from Lisa Bloom, of  Story-Coach, Inc. She’s created a
YouTube video, and  I think it’s a wonderfully
joyful presentation. It’s less than five minutes long…and worth
every single second! Truly story-telling at its best!

You can view it now by clicking on the image below:

I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all those who wrote in
to share their delight at the first message of the Be
Inspired Now
series. We so look forward to bringing you
more inspiration throughout the coming months!

An inspired coach takes inspired actions….

Love and Great Joy,


The Essential Key to Success…

October 23, 2009
Hello, Magnificent Coach!

We’re doing something a bit different here at Karen Cappello

Perhaps it the change of the seasons; perhaps it’s just the desire
to “mix-it up;” but whatever it is, the intention to support you in
taking inspired actions in your business and personal lives is

It’s long been my belief that the essential key to professional success
and financial abundance is inspiration: staying aligned to your source,
and expressing that alignment through inspired action.

The K-Casts were one way to support and inspire you, and now we’re
trying another: bi-weekly messages with links to exceptionally-
inspirational (and perhaps motivational) resources. We’re calling
them the “Be Inspired Now” series – and we hope you enjoy
reading them.

The first is a prose selection, You are Deeply Loved. We’ve made it the
first post as a reminder of an essential truth.

You are Deeply Loved

It is not necessary to know all the answers. It is not even necessary
to know all the questions you might ask.  All that is required is that
you know that you are not alone, that you are surrounded by the
hosts of heaven, by angels and spirits, by love unbounded, by
caring and attention.  Know that you are deeply loved.

Go ahead, walk your life.  Walk it as a man or woman walks, solid
and centered, true to his or her own truth.  Walk it making choices
and decisions, being as brave as you can be, opening doors and
saying yes, trying new things, being open to the newness that
flows uninvited from the world.  Hold your head high and do
your very best to shine out unafraid as you travel the path that
is laid out in front of you.

And as you walk, be certain of this one thing:  you are surrounded
by love, by help and guidance.  At any moment, you can take a
deep breath and ask:  What shall I do now?  How shall I handle
this situation?  How shall I face what I fear is behind that door?

And in that moment, an answer will come.  Not an explanation,
not a way to set your mind at ease with formulas and processes,
not a map for all the steps to take.  But an answer, an answer that
says:  Right now, in this moment, do this.  And that is answer

For in this moment, things are as they are.  It does not matter
what happened to make them as they are.  Right now, things are
as they are.  This is not a statement of despair or resignation.
This is a statement of truth, of wisdom.  Things are as they are.

And the blessing is that there is always a response to things as
they are, even if that response is to sit quietly and wait for the sun
to rise another day, for the earth to take another turn, for the moon
to pull the tides toward a strong and brilliant new day.

Have faith in yourself and in the help that is there for you.  Trust
that in its great mystery, the universe knows all and that this

knowledge that contains all that is and is likely to be, is conveyed
to you when you ask your simple question.

All the wisdom in the world is contained in a single drop of water
as it falls from the heavens.  Hold out your hand and catch it.  Watch
it spread and fill your palm, then your heart, then your life.  Gaze
into the deep waters of grace and know that the answer is there.

And what is that answer?  You are loved, you are deeply loved.

Be sure to check out Carrie Hart, and the Web site, www.quado.com.
Or visit:


for insight into Quado, the channeled energy. There are many resources
there, including powerful meditations to quiet your mind and pull you
deeply into the moment.

Should you have feedback for us on this new bi-weekly message;
or perhaps know of a resource you’d like to share, please send your
emails to: info@karencappello.com.

Love and Great Joy,