Draw Your Dreams Into Reality

“A picture can create movements.” –Patti Dobrowolski

Draw Your Dreams

Research shows that out of ten people who set goals, nine never actually make any real changes. So how do you become the one that does? Business consultant Patti Dobrowolski says achieving goals is all about tricking the brain.

Her suggested method for change is simple: see it, believe it and then your brain will help you execute it.

It sounds so simple that most people, I bet, won’t actually do it.


“See it, believe it, act on it.” –Patti Dobrowolski


Visualize Your Future State

Draw yourself in your current state and then in your desired new reality, where you want to be. Drawing a visual has a powerful effect on the brain. Fill in the picture with tons of color; channel your inner kid and draw the most daring picture you can. Soak in the picture of your future. Dobrowolski says the brain emits serotonin when you draw, leaving you feeling creative and happy.


“A solitary fantasy can transform a million realities.” –Maya Angelou


Become the 1 out of 10 to Change

Your brain will actually guess what steps it needs to take to get you from your current state to your desired reality. Then act on it, do one small thing each day that will get you closer to your dream. Draw out your dream and become that one person out of ten to make a change.


Research: The odds against you making a change in your life are 9:1.

25 Quotes to Build a Winning Team

Winning Teams

You Win in the Locker Room First

A few months ago, I read Jon Gordon and Mike Smith’s book, You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C’s to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life.

9781119157854The former NFL head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, Mike Smith, teamed up with one of my favorite authors, Jon Gordon, to explore seven principles that teams use to reinvigorate and reinvent their future.

I’m not sure how you read, but the more I like a book, the more underlines, highlights, and dog-eared pages appear. Long ago, I developed the habit of doing this because I want the wisdom of the authors to penetrate my thick skull and make an impact. When I read this book, there were so many quotes that stuck with me.

So, instead of an author interview, I wanted to share the top 25 Quotes from this book on team building that stuck with me. I hope you find them helpful as you build a great team of your own. Because, as the title of this book reminds us, winning starts long before you actually take the field.


25 Quotes to Build a Winning Team

“Culture is defined and created from the top down, but it comes to life from the bottom up.” –Mike Smith


“Culture drives expectations and beliefs. Expectations and beliefs drive behaviors. Behaviors drive habits and habits create the future.” –Jon Gordon


“Winning doesn’t begin just in the locker room; it also begins in the mind.” –Jon Gordon


“You win in the mind first and then you win on the field or court.” –Jon Gordon


“Leadership is a transfer of belief.” –Jon Gordon


“The leaders of the team or organization set the tone and attitude.” –Mike Smith


“What we think matters. Our words are powerful.” –Mike Smith


“If you are complaining, you are not leading. If you are leading, you are not complaining.” –Mike Smith


“Great leaders are positively contagious.” –Mike Smith


“The character you possess during the drought is what your team will remember during the harvest.” –Mike Smith


“To build a winning team, you want to be consistent in your attitude, effort, and actions.” –Jon Gordon

Don’t Listen to the Dream Killers

Dream Killers

Don’t Listen

You have a burning desire to be something, to do something. You want to make a mark on the world.

Maybe it’s to start a business or get a promotion. Perhaps your dream is to write a book or finally lose weight.

All around you are the voices of discouragement. No sooner do you announce your dream than you hear them drowning out your inner voice.


“What makes you think you can do that?”

“Really? Are you qualified?”


Some of them mean well.

Others only feel insecure, threatened that your dream will shift your current status and usher in unknown change.

They criticize you. Tell you that you can’t do it. They want you to give up. They want to keep you where you are.

Too many people seem to revel in killing dreams. Whether you let them or not is up to you.


“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” –Harriet Tubman


Stay the Course

There’s art inside of you. It builds up like a pressure valve. Letting it out is the only relief, the only way to release the tension.

Don’t listen. Change the channel. Walk away.

That inner voice inside of you is speaking potential. That vision of yours is dimmed only by allowing the dream killers to steal your hope.

Don’t listen to the dream killers.

You have the ability. You have the potential. Your dream is within your grasp.


“Do not let dream killers dim your vision and steal your joy.” –Skip Prichard


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Everything You Need to Know About Executive Coaching

Many business leaders find it invaluable to have an executive coach. Coaches help with a wide-ranging list of skills and often provide insight that helps change behavior. My friend Joe Scherrer of The Leadership Crucible created this infographic to help you understand the field of executive coaching.