Tag Archive 'Gary Ryan Blair'

Be Happy

March 25th, 2014

Be HappyHappiness is an aphrodisiac; anyone who has experienced it will crave it again and again.

Happiness is a choice; it’s an emotion that can be found in any circumstance.

Aggressively Enforce Your Will

March 10th, 2014

Enforce Your WillThe very nature of a challenge sets an appropriate stage for practicing mental toughness, which by definition means a psychological edge that enables one to remain focused and confident during high-pressure situations to perform at one’s full   …continues

Elevation is Everything

March 6th, 2014

Elevation is EverythingELEVATE is a transitive verb which means to lift up and improve morally, intellectually, physically, relationally, financially, culturally….

In the spirit of making a significant and lasting improvement   …continues

Until the End…

December 30th, 2013

Until the EndIf your life and career plans include achieving some BIG GOALS, then you must decide that what you want is BIGGER and far more important than any fear which prevents you from achieving it. Fear is never a reason for quitting. It’s only an excuse for those unwilling to   …continues

What’s on Your Bucket List?

December 27th, 2013

Your Bucket ListAs you work to identify your Bucket List of goals, be sure to remember that there is no purer form of success, no more exact and demanding test of what you are capable of, then to set a challenging goal and find joy in the capacity to meet it.   …continues

If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You

December 12th, 2013

ALTTEXTThe human body serves as the perfect metaphor for understanding the importance of a challenge for the simple reason that the body is built to adapt and respond to demands that are placed upon it. The stronger the demand   …continues

How to Get the Monkey Off Your Back

December 9th, 2013

Get the Monkey Off Your BackIn my many years of coaching and consulting, I’ve found that, in virtually every case, the decision to rise to meet a challenge boils down to the desire for greater freedom in one’s life.   …continues

Never Give Up—Never Give In

December 8th, 2013

Never Give UpIt may lack the nobility of integrity, the charisma of enthusiasm, the grace of generosity, and the sparkle of excellence, but the beauty of perseverance is that, in time, it always makes up for that which it lacks.   …continues

Oozing Excellence

November 25th, 2013

Oozing ExcellenceExcellence begins as a decision — one where you look at your life, business, and relationships and decide that everything you touch is going to better, that the example you set is going to be inspiring   …continues

Action Plans or Random Plans?

November 24th, 2013

Action Plans or Random PlansEVERYONE has a favorite tool, strategy or tactic, something that they prefer among all others. For instance, golf professionals are adept at using every club in their bag, but there’s one in particular that   …continues

Perfection Has an Identity Crisis

November 23rd, 2013

Perfection's Identity CrisisAn identity crisis sounds like an awful experience, and that is precisely the position perfection finds itself in.   …continues

Laziness is Unworthy of Companionship

November 18th, 2013

Laziness Far too many people are inclined to laziness; they tend to crawl into the false sense of security promised by the comfort zone.

They hide behind excuses, habits, customs and the latest technology   …continues

Small is Beautiful

November 18th, 2013

Small is BeautifulMany artists have used pencils to create works of art – but Dalton Ghetti creates miniature masterpieces on the tips of pencils. Because in his eyes, small is beautiful   …continues

A Call for Vigilance

August 29th, 2013

Call for Vigilance Someone once said, “I’d rather be the man who bought the Brooklyn Bridge than the one who sold it”. In other words, it’s better to be a victim than a cheat.

Yet, despite the universal condemnation of cheating   …continues

Make Your Life a Masterpiece

August 29th, 2013

Make Your Life a MasterpieceYou’re about to learn an important insight, one that can and will make an immediate impact on the quality of your life and bottom-line results   …continues

Once Upon a Time…

July 8th, 2013

Once Upon a TimeNot too many years ago…

There was a young woman…

Who dreamed great dreams…

Who imagined a wonderful life…

But instead of taking action   …continues

Leadership Has an Image Problem

July 8th, 2013

Leadership Image ProblemThe world has an overabundance of people with important sounding titles such as President, Senator, Coach, Policeman, and Holy Father…but far too often these people prove to be nothing more than   …continues

Challenge Yourself

July 7th, 2013

Challenge YourselfThe benefits of being challenged physically, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and vocationally are in a word: ENORMOUS! It is only by being pushed, confronted, inspired, and CHALLENGED that YOU get to find out how   …continues

Turning Nothing into SOMETHING AMAZING!

July 7th, 2013

Turn Nothing into SomethingSir Fred Hoyle was one of Britain’s best-known mathematicians and astronomers in the last half of the 20th century. In his 1950 BBC radio program he coined the term “The Big Bang”   …continues

Why Freedom Isn’t Free

July 6th, 2013

Why Freedom Isn't FreeI recently came across an article that mentioned the first newspaper printing (dated July 6, 1776) of the Declaration of Independence will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Extreme Productivity Tips

July 6th, 2013

Extreme Productivity TipsI don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb when I say that one thing we all have in common is the NEED for more, better and faster results.

To help you achieve these objectives, I’ve put together THREE tips on how to   …continues

Keep It Simple (But Not Stupid)

June 21st, 2013

Remarkable or Irrelevant It’s a virtue worth striving for, but so often it seems all too hard, if indeed we have time to think about it at all. And that’s where the problem starts, for simplicity doesn’t just happen on it’s own.   …continues

Choose to Lose

June 21st, 2013

Choose to LoseBut we have entered a time where the rules have changed, where added value has been redefined, where it’s NO LONGER sufficient to only tell the world what you include and what you stand for.   …continues

Bigger. Better. Bolder.

June 16th, 2013

Bigger. Better. Bolder.I wanted to share a few thoughts that impact your results and shine a spotlight on your year-to-day performance.   …continues

Make Something Happen

June 5th, 2013

Make Something HappenToday, I want to share with you a simple, yet powerful idea that once implemented will make an immediate impact on the quality of your day and bottom-line results.   …continues

How to Create Something Exceptional

June 1st, 2013

ExceptionalIf you believe that you are too busy to focus on details, or that attending to the minutia of your business or life would make you less effective in delivering your services, then I encourage you to reexamine your thinking.   …continues

7 Maxims for Creating the Ideal Life!

June 1st, 2013

Creating the Ideal LifeA maxim is a principle that carries the greatest weight or authority, and because of its universal approval needs no proof or argument; as the mere statement of which gives it authority.   …continues

Passing or Failing?

May 31st, 2013

Passing or FailingEach day of your life, you can and should embrace the idea that there is something about you, your life, your business, or the way that you carry yourself that could stand to be improved.   …continues


May 23rd, 2013

Remarkable or Irrelevant We must remember that there are only:

and 26 LETTERS

What are you doing with them to make your life extraordinary?  …continues


May 23rd, 2013

Remarkable or IrrelevantIF. . . is a wonderful question and answer game that focuses on both reflection and imagination.

If related questions provide for a time of reflection on lessons learned, victories gained, and fruitful imagination for the future which is   …continues

Life is a Game…are you winning?

May 22nd, 2013

The Game of LifeLife is a game of choices and consequences…

If you do not choose to make it … Exciting, Adventurous,   …continues

The Discipline of Self-Discipline

May 22nd, 2013

Discipline of Self-DisciplineSearch wherever you will for a single sound argument against the discipline of self-discipline, and you will not find it, nor will you find a single instance of enduring success which was not attained in large part due its application.   …continues

The Difference Between THE and A

May 22nd, 2013

The Difference between THE and AMOST semantic disagreements are minor and not worth the effort – however, I want to focus on one such distinction that is guaranteed to create some valuable dialogue around your   …continues

Action Planning

May 10th, 2013

Action PlanningStrategic Action Planning then is a method used to ensure that you are utilizing your time and activities in a way that will return the greatest amount of energy, or life experience.   …continues

Are You Remarkable or Irrelevant?

May 4th, 2013

Remarkable or IrrelevantThe LAST player selected in the annual NFL Draft has acquired the nickname of “Mr. Irrelevant”.

The name evolved simply because the last pick in the draft was often irrelevant   …continues

Act As If Success is Inevitable

April 16th, 2013

Act As If...You’ve no doubt heard these three words before, maybe even took a crack at applying this strategy in your life. But have you ever really taken the time to ask, “what exactly does it mean to “act as if?”

Don’t Quit

April 10th, 2013

Don't QuitTo achieve any goal, you must choose the suffering that’s right for you, you must accept that reality, you must embrace that truth, and then you must live with it every day of your life. The moment you choose not to continue   …continues

Find Your Greatness

March 18th, 2013

Find Your GreatnessYou can’t lose 25 pounds before you lose five. You can’t run a marathon before you run a mile. You can’t achieve your goals and become great at anything before you choose to become great.   …continues

Procrastination…The Thief of Time

March 17th, 2013

Just Do It AlreadyIf you do not make it a priority to use your time wisely in the conscious pursuit of your goals and dreams, your future   …continues

Just do it…already!

March 17th, 2013

Just Do It AlreadySTOP
making excuses…
putting it off…
bitching and moaning…
crying over spilt milk…

Whatever It Takes…

March 17th, 2013

Whatever It TakesIt will hurt.
It will take time.
It will demand willpower.
It will require dedication.
It will scream for sacrifice.   …continues

One Bold Question

March 17th, 2013

One Bold QuestionBilly Joel held “An Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music” last month at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

During the session, student Michael Pollack, a Long Island native, asked   …continues

Excellence is a Choice

March 13th, 2013

Excellence is a Choice“A man’s reach,” wrote Robert Browning, “must exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”

This reaching, this searching for something better, for the realization   …continues

The Art of Exceeding Expectations

March 12th, 2013

Exceeding ExpectationsSearch wherever you will for a single sound argument against the principle of going the extra mile, and you will not find it, nor will you find a   …continues

Martin Luther King on Excellence

March 9th, 2013

Martin Luther King on ExcellenceBeing part of a qualitatively different world or environment where excellence is expected and practiced is the key to achieving excellence.   …continues

Where the Magic Happens

March 7th, 2013

Where the Magic HappensThe magic happens outside of your comfort zone. Always has, always will.

You must get used to the fact that success requires an enormous threshold of discomfort, fear and inconvenience.  …continues

A Steaming Pile of Nonsense

March 6th, 2013

Pile of NonsenseThere’s a very popular book series that has enjoyed a long life on the best seller list titled, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

It offers a philosophy that is immensely popular, but  …continues

Why Everything Counts

March 1st, 2013

Everything CountsEverything Counts! is an execution strategy for inspiring excellence and driving exceptional results. It offers a profoundly important message for running a great business and for enjoying a fulfilling quality of life.   …continues

How Habits Work

February 24th, 2013

How Habits WorkThe one true path to success and happiness in life is to change your behavior by replacing your bad habits with positive habits that that move you in the direction that you want. It’s easy for me to say   …continues

What is Your Achilles Heel?

February 20th, 2013

Pride, Hope and GloryThe powerful Greek warrior Achilles was mortally wounded from a heel wound. Superman was incapacitated by Kryptonite. Popeye just ain’t Popeye without Spinach.   …continues

Why You’re on the Payroll

February 15th, 2013

Why You're on the PayrollRegardless of your talents, experience, and responsibilities, this is why you are on the payroll and what you are REALLY hired to do. In today’s world, simply showing up, going through the motions, and only doing what’s on your written job description  …continues

Don’t Outsource Your Responsibilities

January 30th, 2013

Don't Outsorce ResponsibilitiesOur future lies in our own heads, hearts and hands…don’t outsource yours. This letter from Abe Lincoln to his son’s Head Master serves as a powerful reminder of the value of both a Parent and a Teacher has in shaping the lives of our children.   …continues

In the long run…

January 25th, 2013

In the Long RunIn the long run, we’re all fertilizer, that’s a guarantee. But what about the other long run effects? In the long run, we all learn that  …continues

The Rule of One

December 26th, 2012

Old FaithfulThe Rule of One is actually very simple: Instead of starting the New Year with a long list of resolutions which quickly fade from memory, why not focus on the one resolution that would make the greatest impact on your life?  …continues


December 16th, 2012

Unstopable Anthony RoblesWhat’s holding you back? What’s preventing you from becoming unstoppable? Too much competition. Too many demanding customers. Too much work and not enough time…Quit whining and start shining.   …continues

Old Faithful

November 30th, 2012

Old FaithfulBeing consistent and faithful in your efforts not only saves you time by helping to simplify and focus your efforts, but more importantly, it helps you to set and routinely meet the expectations you have of yourself, and that others have of you.   …continues

Finish It Out Strong!

November 9th, 2012

Finish it Out StrongYour bank balance and your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with it is more a reflection of how you invest your time than a reflection of anything else.

This is the more dominant factor in wealth or relative poverty, success or failure   …continues

Gandhi’s Way

November 7th, 2012

Gandhi's WayGandhi advocated a simple, humble and unassuming lifestyle. He had lived modestly, wore traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, and ate plain vegetarian food. He said it does not require money to be neat, clean, and dignified.   …continues

What’s the Mission?

November 7th, 2012

MissionPeople should be able to run their daily calendars against the mission statement and know — without a doubt — that their activities are supporting the mission. It either is or is not!   …continues

Every Vote Counts

October 24th, 2012

Every Vote CountsVoter ignorance potentially opens the door for both elite manipulation and gross policy errors caused by politicians’ need to appeal to an ignorant electorate in order to win office.   …continues

Radical Responsibility

October 17th, 2012

Radical ResponsibilityRadical responsibility changes everything. It means you own your thoughts, impulses, feelings and actions. You are accountable for the consequences they bring and the impact they have on others.   …continues

Up or Down?

September 21st, 2012

Up or DownEverything you think, say and do has a direction, which moves you one step closer to, or one step further from your goals.

There is no standing still.

There is no staying the same.   …continues

Are your HABITS helping or hurting?

September 20th, 2012

HabitsThe one true path to success and happiness in life is to change your behavior by replacing your bad habits with positive habits that that move you in the direction that you want.   …continues

Make Yourself Proud

July 24th, 2012

Make Yourself ProudTaking pride in one’s work, behavior and results is a personal commitment.

It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity and a powerful demonstration of self-respect.   …continues

The Joyful Life

July 23rd, 2012

The Joyful LifeContrary to popular opinion, it’s perfectly okay to have fun in everything you do.

It’s not selfish, insensitive, or self-centered. Wanting life to be joyful is perfectly natural, normal and healthy.   …continues

20 Seconds of Courage

July 23rd, 2012

20 Seconds of CourageThere will be days when you do not feel very courageous, that you will be fearful and uncomfortable in reaching out, speaking to others, or in dealing with a challenging issue. Yet over and over again you are reminded to “BE STRONG AND HAVE COURAGE.”   …continues

The Confidence Factor

June 19th, 2012

Confidence FactorHaving an indomitable spirit means that you have the type of spirit that is incapable of being overcome, subdued, or vanquished. In short it means that you are unconquerable.   …continues

The Last Ten Percent

June 17th, 2012

The Last Ten PercentThe last part of any project, the final ten percent is in many ways the most critical and also the most taxing.

The last ten percent thins the herd, and separates the great from the merely good.   …continues

The Unexamined Life

May 8th, 2012

The Unexamined LifeSocrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I’m in complete agreement, and the good news for you is that today is examination day!   …continues

Now or Later

April 27th, 2012

Now or LaterMolding desired behavior when children are young and receptive is far easier than the far more challenging work required to change behavior when they are older and perhaps… less receptive   …continues

Finding Your Moral Compass

April 17th, 2012

Moral CompassA person who wants to take moral leadership on national or international issues must take special responsibility for what’s going on inside his or her own self lest the act of leadership create more harm than good.  …continues

Refocusing Priorities

April 17th, 2012

Refocusing PrioritiesWhat is the most important thing in your life? I have found if you want to know what someone really values most, simply look at their calendar and their checkbook.   …continues

The Grant Study… and what it means to you!

April 17th, 2012

The Grant StudyResearchers at Harvard have been examining this question for 72 years by following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s. Their discoveries might surprise you.   …continues

Standing Out from the Crowd

April 11th, 2012

Standing OutWhen someone brings you a problem, bring them a solution that not only solves the problem, but also delivers an opportunity for them to capitalize on.   …continues

The Power of Affirmations

March 18th, 2012

Power of AffirmationWhen Ken Jennings was on the show he was Jeopardy’s whiz kid. He is the all-time leading money winner on American game shows having won $3,172,700. After 75 days   …continues

Balance is Bogus

March 6th, 2012

Balance is BogusIf you feel that your work-life balance is teetering on the edge and wondering if you’ll ever be able to satisfy the goal of being “more balanced”, then this is one message your going to want to read closely.   …continues

Someday Has Arrived

February 24th, 2012

Someday has ArrivedEvery moment, every situation, provides a new choice. At any moment of your life, you can choose to take initiative or to offer up an excuse to procrastinate. And in doing so, it gives you a   …continues

Situational Ethics

February 21st, 2012

Situational EthicsThere is no room for “situational ethics” in business or in any area of your life for that matter.

Something is either ethical or it isn’t.

The situation does not matter.   …continues

Got Stress?

February 21st, 2012

Got Stress?Everyone has a breaking point, turning point, stress point, life is permeated with it. Our bodies are designed to feel stress and react to it. It keeps us alert and ready to avoid danger. It is not always possible to avoid or change events that may cause stress.   …continues

Aristotle on Leadership Ethics

February 21st, 2012

Aristotle on Leadership EthicsAristotle says that virtue and wisdom will definitely elude leaders who fail to engage in ethical analysis of their actions.

He raises a set of ethical questions that are directly relevant to   …continues

It’s Never Too Late

February 11th, 2012

Never Too LateDreams deferred are dreams that die — a process that can take the dreamer along with them.

The good news is that it’s never too late to revisit, and relive, one’s deepest desires.   …continues

A Story of Pride, Hope and Glory

January 18th, 2012

Pride, Hope and GloryYou can’t reach your potential or live life to the fullest if you spend your days making excuses, having or accepting low standards, and doing just enough   …continues

Words of Wisdom

December 30th, 2011

Words of WisdomYour entire life is an accumulation of tiny details and small decisions . While we measure our lives in years, we live them in days, hours, minutes, and seconds.  …continues

Nitty-Gritty Details

December 28th, 2011

Nitty Gritty DetailsWhen every nitty-gritty detail is lovingly attended to, and each step in the process is given complete and careful attention, the result inevitably will be of the highest quality.   …continues

The Right Objectives

December 18th, 2011

The Right ObjectivesJust like any building needs a solid architectural design, every highly successful life must be purposely designed and built to achieve a specific set of appropriate objectives.   …continues

The Impossible Dream

December 18th, 2011

The Impossible DreamMan of La Mancha rocked Broadway in 1966 with its thundering theme song, THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM.

It opens in soft reflection, “To dream the impossible dream… To fight the unbeatable foe…” but then   …continues

Play Like a Champion Today

December 18th, 2011

Play Like a ChampionYour performance is representative of your practice, and your philosophy. It shows and it counts.

Every champion knows that everything they think, say and do counts.   …continues

The Big Question

December 18th, 2011

The Big QuestionSeriously consider this question as the answer will tell you a lot about your future. This question alone has allowed me to succeed and coach people to make monumental performance gains.   …continues

Change and Personal Mastery

December 10th, 2011

Change and Personal MasteryNo matter how good or bad your results have been in the past – you can always do better.

Yet, the single biggest key to improving both your performance and your results seems to go ignored by almost everybody.   …continues

Efficiency & Effectiveness

December 6th, 2011

EfficiencySuccess is the end result of doing the Right Things… the Right Way… at the Right Time… for the Right Reasons.

What more could be asked of you if you are consistently doing your 4 R’s?  …continues

The Broken Window Theory

December 6th, 2011

Broken Window TheorySweat the small stuff (graffiti, aggressive panhandling, petty crime) and you’ll stop problems before they grow bigger.   …continues

Flawless Perfection

December 6th, 2011

Flawless PerfectionWe each have our own idea of “as good as it gets”, and while perfection will never be obtained, our individual and collective goal is and should always be to perform as flawlessly as possible!   …continues

Life by Design

December 6th, 2011

Life By DesignJust like any building needs a solid architectural design, every highly successful life must be purposely designed and built to achieve a specific set of appropriate objectives.   …continues

Are You Expecting too Much?

December 5th, 2011

ExpectationsWhat does it mean to exceed expectations?

Expressing gratitude and appreciation raises our consciousness, recharges our energy, enhances our self-worth, and strengthens our spirit.   …continues

How to Show Appreciation (A-Z)

December 5th, 2011

Show AppreciationExpressing gratitude and appreciation raises our consciousness, recharges our energy, enhances our self-worth, and strengthens our spirit.   …continues

Give a Man a Fish

December 1st, 2011

Give a Man a FishIf all we do is help people and do things for them all the time, then they rely on us, which is not only unhealthy for their development of skills, it also makes them psychologically weak, confidence deprived, and quite literally puts their very future at risk.   …continues

Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

September 3rd, 2011

TrustYour ability to demonstrate this quality impacts every relationship, every communication, every work project, every business venture, every effort in which you’re engaged.  …continues

Look Deep Into the Mind’s Eye

September 3rd, 2011

Look DeepBecause you can only do what you have creatively imagined, the first step toward accomplishing a goal is to project it onto the visual sketchpad of your mind. You may have heard this referenced as “seeing it in your mind’s eye”  …continues

How to Build Self-Discipline

August 21st, 2011

Self DisciplineEvery goal you want to achieve requires the enforcement of self-discipline, self-control and self-awareness.

To build a solid reputation with yourself and others, to earn more money   …continues

Reality Check

August 21st, 2011

Reality CheckDeath and taxes are not the only guarantees in life: the truth counts as well, yet far too many people spend their lives denying the truth, avoiding reality, and playing the game of perception management.   …continues