If you could commit to one word to improve your effectiveness, what would it be?

In December I shared my one-word resolution for 2017: ruthless (as in ruthless prioritization).

Over the past week, I’ve heard several stories in the news about how this is the time of year that people tend to veer from their resolutions. I’ve been surprised how intentional focus on just one word can make a significant impact. Happily I’ve been able to stick with this word, and it’s made a huge difference for me so far in 2017.   Continue reading

How ruthless can a learning and development professional be?


Happy New Year!

In my last post from 2016 I shared my one-word resolution that I’m hoping can center me as I try to make my work bigger and better in 2017: ruthless. As in: ruthless prioritization.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been asked to design several training programs in which the clients want big things achieved… and they’ve also given very limited time in which to achieve these things. My biggest challenge was to figure out how to deliver what the clients wanted while at the same time ensuring the training programs were what I’d consider to be fundamentally sound.   Continue reading

The One Word Resolution (2016 Edition)


For the past three years, I’ve set a resolution for the new year that has been defined by a single word.

In 2013 it was momentum. In 2014: possibility. This past year: execution.

It’s a small gesture, but these are words that have helped define my focus for an entire year. Over the past year, I have indeed had an opportunity to execute and drive initiatives and projects forward – on both personal and professional levels. It’s been helpful to have a mindset rallying around this word, “execute”, especially when I’m tired or when things just seem to be dragging on in a frustratingly interminable series of delays.

As I reflect on these experiences through the context of last year’s one word resolution, there was something missing.

In 2016, my new year’s resolution will be summed up with the following word: Continue reading

The One Word Resolution (2015 Edition)

For the past several years, I’ve foregone a traditional New Year’s Resolution for my professional development goals and instead have resolved to commit to one powerful word that can guide my focus for the upcoming year.

In 2013 it was “momentum“. In 2014 it was all about “possibility“.

As I look to 2015, my one word resolution shall be “execution”.

Not as in “Hey, let’s all go on down to the gallows and see this week’s execution,” but rather as in “Ok, I’ve surveyed what’s possible. It’s time to turn the dream of a world in which every presentation will be engaging and lead to change into a reality. Let’s move from talking and dreaming to the execution of this idea.”

Want to join me? Is there one word you can commit to over the next year to serve as your guide? Let’s hear about it in the comment section!

Whether you’re a regular subscriber or simply happened to stumble across this blog because you typed the wrong thing into Google and somehow you ended up on this page, I’d like to thank you for taking some time to read these posts. After 98 posts this year, it’s time for me to take a little break for the holidays.

I hope to see you back here on January 5th, when the wit and wisdom of the Train Like A Champion blog returns with all new posts on Mondays and Thursdays. For now, I’d like to say: Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

The One Word Resolution (2014 Edition)

About a year ago I forewent a lengthy New Year’s Resolution and committed to one word: momentum. Momentum is essential when it comes to determining whether or not training and professional development will “stick.” If you’ve read this blog over the past year, I’ve documented the momentum I’ve been able to generate over the past year – from the post in March where I described the building of training DNA in SMEs to the post in September where a guest blogger (and SME) described his evolution toward more instructionally-sound presentations.

Looking ahead to 2014, I resolve to keep my energy up as I work to continue building momentum. I’d also like to add another word to guide me over the coming year: possibility.

When training and development is done well, it opens a world of possibilities to anyone in attendance. And that’s what learning experiences should be about: what’s possible.

As I look ahead to what’s possible in 2014, I’ll be stepping away from new blog posts until January 6th. I’d like to thank you all for reading, I’d like to wish you all a very happy holiday season and I’m looking forward to sharing a world of possibilities through a host of amazing blog posts in the new year!

In the meantime, I’d like to hear from you – is there one word you can commit to over the coming year?

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