There is a subtle mindset in the marketplace today. The only way to explain it to you is to describe each ‘direction’ of thinking. So here goes:


  • Save money.
  • Spend less.
  • Make things last longer.
  • Don’t take chances. Be safe.
  • Stay with old behaviors and practices.
  • Worry and plan for bad things to happen.


  • Invest to grow.
  • Spend more.
  • Use items until they aren’t useful and purchase new ones.
  • Take chances. Be a maverick.
  • Innovate new ways of doing things.
  • Be scared and plan for the future.

Neither is bad, neither is good. They just ARE. And I agree there are times when every one of us has had to either power up or down.

But there are situations when you have to pick the right one:

  1. When you hate your job or your clients suck.
  2. When you need to grow your business or get that promotion.
  3. When things are just not working right.


Powering down just won’t get you there. 

Why? Because what you have been doing will not deliver NEW opportunities. You need to change the dynamic and venture outside of your comfort sphere.

Take chances. Meet new people. Spend more time, money, and effort to grow your career and business.

Many big businesses are powering down. They are stocking money away, firing people, not investing in their infrastructure, stay with the same behaviors, and worry about the future. And they wonder why they can’t effectively compete.

Here’s where everyone fails — when they try to Power Up and Down at the same time. Guess what? It’s a recipe for failure.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of people trying to do it everyday. Let me give you an example:

Typical family . . . powers down . . . they don’t take chances and stay with old behaviors and practices . . . and they worry and plan for bad things to happen.

But . . . they spend the same amount of money (or more) . . . they take chances.

Guess what? They power down their income-making capabilities but they power up their spending. What do you think is going to ultimately happen? Bankruptcy.

And it’s happening all around us. 

So what is your plan? Powering UP? Or powering DOWN? It’s your choice.


P.S. Are you in this situation? Do you find yourself powering down when you really need to power up your life? Let’s talk. I’ve worked with a number of clients on this specific topic — and we developed a successful strategy to reverse course and turn things around. If you’re not a client . . . pick up the phone and call me — I have one complimentary session left this month. It will probably disappear by next week.