Without goals, you’re just floundering

Goals-Donna Cardillo

Thoughts, ideas, and dreams are great, but they don’t create action — and action is what gets things done. There’s no better way to create positive action in your life than by writing down your goals. Think of this: Most of us spend more time planning our vacations than we do planning our lives. Scary?… [Continue..]

Why take risks at all?

Risks-Donna Cardillo

Whether or not you consider yourself a risk taker, you take risks every day in the course of your life and work. There are risks associated with everything you do. You can’t avoid risks; you can only minimize them. How? By getting as much information as you can, talking to experienced, knowledgeable people, doing some… [Continue..]

7 Tips for Eating Healthy On a Budget

7 Tips for Eating Healthy-Donna Cardillo

I recently heard someone say that they can’t afford to eat healthy, a statement I have heard from others as well. When I asked this person to explain why she felt that way she gave me as an example the fact that a burger in a certain fast food restaurant cost a dollar while a… [Continue..]

Create a system of regular energy renewal to balance energy expenditure.

Energy Renewal-Donna Cardillo

The life force has a natural rhythm of intake and output. Just as the sun rises and sets, the ocean ebbs and flows, we breathe in and out, we sleep and wake-up–so too must you create a system of regular energy renewal to balance energy expenditure. It must become the rhythm of your existence to… [Continue..]

To Act or Not – It’s Your Decision

Decisions-Donna Cardillo

Anthony Robbins, the self-help guru, said, “I believe it’s our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.” That powerful statement implies that we each are more in control of our current and future situation than we might believe.  Decisions create action, and action creates results. Making decisions today will shape your… [Continue..]

Excuses, Excuses – Stop the cop-out cycle and take control of your life

Excuses-Donna Cardillo

Instead of making commitments, many of us make excuses — excuses for  why we supposedly can’t do the things we want to do in our lives and careers. In all the years I have been speaking and coaching, I have heard just about every imaginable excuse. But excuses are nothing more than self-created obstacles crafted… [Continue..]

Steer as best you can


I grew up watching the Little Rascal’s TV series – a classic show about a bunch of kids having all types of adventures and life experiences. In one episode, the gang is racing down a steep hill on a home-made fire truck long enough to hold about 12 kids one behind the other. At some… [Continue..]

Smile: It’s Good for You

Smile-Donna Cardillo

Smiling is something most of us do without giving it much thought. But research has shown that when we smile, even if we force it, it sets off a chemical and emotional chain reaction that can improve our health, our mood, our outlook … and even our job prospects! When you smile and the related… [Continue..]

Commit random acts of kindness

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

In case you didn’t read Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde or see the movie of the same name, the concept is simple: Commit random acts of kindness for others without wanting or expecting anything in exchange — and ask that person to do the same for another. In other words, rather than expect… [Continue..]

We Don’t Have To Make Perfect Decisions

Decisions-Donna Cardillo

Many of us sit on the fence about important decisions in our lives because we’re afraid of living with the consequences of making a wrong choice. We won’t make perfect decisions all the time, and we don’t have to. It’s been said that there are no wrong decisions, only different lessons to learn and different… [Continue..]