December 20, 2017


Happy Holidays, Daniel!

I’ve had a hell of a year -- but finding at the end of 2017, I’m raring to go!

Life is about gratitude and lessons learned, and I’ve got plenty on both lists. How about you? Let me know. What was your year like, and what are you looking forward to in the next 365?

Wishing you a warm, wonderful end of year ... and a 2018 that’s crazy amazeballs.  



Danny Ceballos 


You need to have your BEST YEAR EVER in 2018.  And I know how you can do it ...

New Year's’ resolutions are doomed. Only 8% of folks actually keep their resolutions. So why bother?

Success comes from focus. In his book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results,  Gary Keller explains that to focus on one thing -- the thing that will move the needle forward most, right now -- is what makes successful people so successful ... NOT resolutions!

So, instead of 2018 resolutions, I want you to consider instead, your one incredible 2018 THEME. Yes, your THEME. What are the 1 or 2 words that can resonate for you and keep you moving towards your best year ever?  Wait -- don’t answer yet ...

I took this idea to heart last year. My 2017 theme was DISCIPLINE. In 2017 I built my business by 100%, I went to the gym all the time, read/listened to 17 incredible books, lost 20 pounds, lost 4% body fat, and meditated more than I ever had in my life. I took my theme seriously and it paid off. Going through a painful divorce, I can honestly say that the work I had done to make my theme a reality, supported and rescued me to weather my own painful personal storm -- to thrive in my new challenges ... and be confident and powerful in my new reality.

In 2018, my theme will be “RADITUDE.” It’s a melding of “radical” and “gratitude.” Why those two words?  Well, the research is clear, actively pursuing and articulating gratitude in every part of one’s life leads to increased optimism, happiness, better health, and contributes to boosting peak performance. I want to push myself to experience gratitude all the time.

It’s complicated ... it’s personal ... and it’s the right theme for me.

Like my theme of RADITUDE, your own personal 2018 theme will guide you as your comforting north star. It doesn’t have the slippery slope and sharp judgment that a new year’s resolution has. Instead it is your gentle compass, always moving you forward to the person you want to be, and the life you want to have.

But don’t decide yet what your theme is. Instead, allow yourself some time and space to let it find you.

Here is my 4-step process for identifying your own 2018 THEME:

Step 1: Complete a Goals Grid. Take some time to inventory words and phrases that are important to you as you think about a successful 2018. The Goals Grid simply asks you to consider two questions: “Do you have it?” And “Do you want it?” From those two questions come four categories of goals, objectives, feelings and activities that you either want to ACHIEVE, RETAIN, AVOID, or ELIMINATE in 2018.

Step 2: Consider doing a simple mind map to further inventory what your 2018 can look like -- your own BEST YEAR EVER. Start with a center circle that simply says [Your Name's] 2018. Then from that, start to brainstorm and free associate what’s important to you. Go crazy -- make the mind map as simple or complex as feels right to you. I suggest doing it free hand, but this free online tool is terrific.

Step 3: Sleep on it. Look over your Goals Grid and your mind map, see what theme possibilities suggest themselves, then give yourself 24 hours to land on the one that really speaks to you. Don’t rush this step. You’ll see what I mean -- makes a huge difference in identifying the really powerful theme that will truly support you in 2018.

Step 4:  Then when you have your own personal, powerful 2018 theme, write it down everywhere you can. Put it in your calendar so it pops up every day. Put it on post-its that you stick on your bedroom and bathroom mirrors. TELL ME what your theme is and let me help you reinforce your commitment. Tell the world -- post it on your favorite social media channel. The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) did a study on accountability and found that you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone. And if you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed, you will increase your chance of success by up to 95%.

A personal 2018 theme is so much smarter and more effective than your typical “new year’s resolution.”  I hope you try it!

AND -- I’d love to help you make 2018 your BEST YEAR EVER. If you’re interested in my new unlimited sessions, on-demand coaching program, called YOUR BEST YEAR EVER -- let me know! I only have five slots available -- can I hold one for you? I can give you the support, direction, tools, and coaching you need to have YOUR BEST YEAR EVER! Check out the details here.

See you next year!



Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History  by Larry Brilliant, is worth adding to your “must read” list. A fascinating and inspiring story of an MD on his spiritual and professional journey -- bringing together his best and authentic self to change the world ... a true BEST BOSS journey. My dad gifted a copy to me, and I loved it. I’m recommending it to clients and friends -- anyone I thinks appreciates thoughtful, profound lessons in life and integrity. You’ll love it -- trust me! Let me know what you think.



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With over 20 years experience in training and leadership development  - and holding an MBA and an MA in Organizational Development - Danny Ceballos has worked with organizations across the country to strengthen their effectiveness in leading and managing others through supervision+motivation best practices and strategies.


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