10 Things You Can Do To Make a Comeback In 2010

1) Forget the drama and the details and remember the lesson
Take all the emotion out of the heated conversation that you had with a coworker, business partner, or loved one and just make whatever adjustments that are necessary. Forget the minor details that didn’t matter and remember the major points that will help move things forward. There is no need to psychoanalyze your last failure, just make the needed changes. What was the lesson that you learned? Simply apply the lesson and move on.

2) Live in the moment
Dwelling on past failures is one of the biggest de-motivators that people encounter. Even dwelling on previous victories cannot help you much if you refuse to take action in the present moment. Decide to be done with the past and create something new by living fully in this moment.

3) Be patient
Rome was not conquered in a day and neither will your dreams be totally fulfilled or your goals accomplished right away. Be determined to take small steps everyday and don’t get frustrated with your progress. Be patient with the process. Beating up on yourself will not help anything. Encouraging yourself will help a lot. Patience is another word for persistence.

4) Be positive
Be an optimist. What do you have to lose? Being positive motivates. Being negative is like having a heavy weight on your back that hinders progress. Expect the best. Look for things to change for the better even if you don’t know how they will. Smile when you are tempted to frown and things will eventually come around!

5) Help someone else make a comeback
One of the greatest ways to pull yourself up is to help someone else up. What you make happen for someone else, you are also making happen for yourself. Helping others gets your focus off of your own challenges. When you help others you will also feel better. Helping others is a win-win situation.

6) Get a coach or a mentor
“There are two ways to learn, mistakes and mentors.” –Mike Murdock
A coach or a mentor will shorten the distance to any goal. When you talk to someone who has been where you are trying to go or knows more about an area in which you are struggling, your frustration factor will be significantly reduced. Your odds of being successful increase exponentially the moment you connect with a mentor.

7) Network
“Teamwork makes the dream work.” –John C. Maxwell
Some of the greatest businesses and products that were ever created took place because someone stepped out of their comfort zone and networked. Actively network with others in your field of interest. Make a practice of reaching outside of your circle whether in person or via social media. If you are the smartest person in your circle, than you are probably hindering your future growth.

8) Read
Leaders are readers. If you are going to get better at anything then you must expand your knowledge. Whether it is taking a class, reading a book, or doing on-line research recommit to being a lifelong learner. It will earn you residual benefits in the future.

9) Exercise and eat right
Commit to a consistent exercise program, even if you only walk for 30 minutes per day. The benefits of consistent exercise and proper nutrition are well documented. One of the benefits of exercise and nutrition is you will feel better. When you feel better you will want to achieve more of your goals and will have the energy to follow through.

10) Reposition yourself
Your identity is separate from your position or performance. You are not a failure just because you failed at something. You are not less of a human because you lost a contract or a job. You still have high value to offer to others. You can change your life or position or endeavor anytime you get ready. If one venture did not work out try something else. Have fun being creative with what you can be and do. Repositioning your life is simply a choice that you make. Sometimes failure is not so much about you as much as the methods that you were using. Change your methods and you can change your life.

Implement these 10 Keys and make your comeback in 2010.

Tell me your answer to the following question:
What do you think most often holds people back from achieving their goals?

Let me hear back from you.

2010 is the year for your comeback!

Craig L. Sanders

The Comeback Specialist


To retain Craig as your coach or to have him speak for your company or organization give Craig a call at (888) 333-5821 or visit his website: http://www.craiglsanders.com/

Copyright 2009 Craig Sanders Unlimited, LLC


Reposition Your Mission

As you prepare to move forward into 2010, take a close look at the results of 2009.
Look at what worked well.

Look at where you can improve.

Look at the mission statement for your business, organization, or life.

If you don’t have a mission statement, consider writing one now.

If you were pleased with your results for 2009, be grateful but don’t settle.

Figure out what you can do to take things to the next level.

If you are not pleased with your results for 2009, you may not need an entirely new mission but rather reposition the one that you currently have.

Companies and celebrities that do well over a sustained period of time have learned one major key.

That key is to stay relevant.

Figure out what your customers really want. Figure out what you really want and target that with your mission.

If you do this than your mission will effectively be repositioned.

Check your results over a period of time and then repeat this process as necessary.

Manifest Your Destiny in 2010!

Craig L. Sanders

The Comeback Specialist

Author, Speaker, Business/Personal Development Coach


Copyright 2009


You Are Priceless

Gratitude is one of the most powerful qualities that we can develop.

Gratitude increases your ability to be creative.

Gratitude fills you with excitement and energy.

Gratitude gives you leverage to reach to the next level.

When you search for things you can be grateful for on a daily basis you realize how wealthy you actually are.

Partly due to the hustle and bustle of life we are not always cognizant of the good things that we have.

If you are alive and breathing and your heart is still beating it’s a good day.

If you have the ability to think and the ability to act you have more than enough to be grateful for.

If you can think than you can get out of any “negative” predicament that you may find yourself in.

I encourage you to make a list of things that you can be grateful for. Don’t take anything for granted.

If you can move your fingers and wiggle your toes you are wealthy.

How much money could someone offer you for the ability you possess to see or use your use your hands?

If someone offered you any sum of money that you can imagine for your ability to think what would you give in exchange for it?

Whenever I ask a group of people this series of questions the answer is usually the same. There is no sum of money that could buy their ability to think and act. They would not give up their mental or physical capabilities for anything!

Instead of being discouraged over something that you “think” you don’t have just remember what you do have. The cost of your life and abilities is inestimable.

Be encouraged my friend, you are absolutely priceless.

Be grateful for what you have and go create what you want.

Your possibilities are limitless.

Turn your setbacks into accelerated comebacks!,
Craig L. Sanders


Copyright 2009


The Secret to Getting Unstuck

Everyone deals with it. Call it writers block. Label it, “I don’t know what to do.” Some may say, “I know what I want to do but I don’t know how to get it.”

Many of us have uncommon dreams, goals, and aspirations and a vast majority deal with the same problem. It is the uncomfortable feeling in your gut that sits like a knot of confusion, fear, or uncertainty. It’s the feeling you get when you feel stuck because you know what you want but you don’t know what to do to manifest your desire.

This problem is very common among achievers. Most achievers know what they want. However, the major struggle is figuring out how to bring what you see in your mind’s eye into your reality.

I may not be able to tell you in this writing exactly what to do. But I can tell you the most important thing you need to know.

The most important thing you need to know is: What to do next.

No matter what you are attempting, really all you need to know is, “What is the next step that will get me closer to my end goal?”

What’s interesting about answering this question of “What is the next step?” is that once you take one step it helps to facilitate and accelerate the other steps.

The secret to creating momentum is learning to take the first step.

It’s like sticking the key to your car into the ignition and starting the engine. Whether you know it or not, the courageous action of sticking the key into the ignition and firing the engine up sets off a series of powerful steps that are required to get you moving.

The same is true for whatever major or minor project you are working on whether it is growing your business, searching for a new job, or starting a new health and fitness program. All you need to know right now in this moment is, “What is the next step?”

Here are 5 keys to Getting Unstuck:

1) Ask yourself what is the next logical step?

Ask yourself this question and see what you come up with. Even if you have no clue, ask yourself, “If I did know exactly what needs to be done next, what is it that should be done?” This technique is useful in sparking creativity.

2) Ask an expert

Ask someone who knows more about the endeavor than you do.  Find a mentor or a coach to help you tap your inner resources.  “The shortest distance to any goal is a mentor.” –Mike Murdock

3) Seek Solitude

Get a pen and a pad and shut yourself off from the rest of the world for 10 minutes or 10 hours. Do whatever you need to do to get in a place where you can think and brain storm freely. Relentless focus on a single endeavor accelerates results like nothing else.

4) Find a Positive Distraction

Find a positive distraction for a period of time and come back to the project with fresh inspiration and ideas. Go for a walk, go for a drive, watch your favorite television program for a few moments, go exercise, or call a friend or family member that you enjoy talking to and then come back ready to create.

5) Take Action

After a certain period of time, the best thing is often to take what information you have compiled and just make a decision to act in a particular direction.  All things being equal, there will likely be "no harm and no foul" because if you strike down the wrong path you can always make a u-turn or recalculate like a GPS unit.  Always remember, it's easier to steer a car that is moving than one that is standing still.

Insert these keys to getting unstuck into your life and accelerate down your destiny path!

Craig L. Sanders

“The Comeback Specialist”

Author, Speaker, Business/Personal Development Coach

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Seeing Your Dream

Just because the nation is experiencing an economic downturn doesn’t mean you have to.

It’s time to shake yourself from the proverbial deep sleep that seems to encapsulate those around you.

Don’t look for encouragement from the media. You need to encourage yourself.

No one said that you had to stay where you are. If you are not happy with your current situation, your situation is just waiting for you to decide to change it.

If you are at a job or in a career that does not fulfill you than make plans right now to start moving towards your passion. If you have been displaced, downsized, right sized, or ostracized this is the perfect time to reposition yourself towards the direction that you really want to travel. If your business seems stagnant and static, it may be that you have not assessed the wonderful opportunities that this present economy is presenting to you. It’s time to dream. Reexamine your life, your career, and your customers. See what you’re not seeing. Make it a game and look for the hidden treasure. There is a space in the place that we call this present economy that is tailor made just for you.

Sharpen your vision. Refine your skills. Develop yourself and your business. Whatever you do, don’t stop dreaming. See your dream. Feel your dream. Work on your dream. Make your dream a magnificent obsession!

Your dream is worth the price of admission.

“Your imagination is the preview to your life’s coming attraction.” –Albert Einstein

What do you see?

Do you see lack or abundance, failure or success, opposition or opportunity?

What is your passion?

What is it that makes you come alive?

What do you think about all day?

When you are at work where would you rather be or what would you rather be doing?

Make plans right now to start moving towards your dream.

There are people that need the product that you have not created yet.

These customers are not moving towards you yet because you haven’t taken what you saw in your dream and put it on paper.

Begin the process of moving towards your true passion today.

Here are 7 Keys to Seeing Your Dream:

1) Decide what you want to create

2) Document your dream

3) Talk to yourself and everyone else about your dream everyday

4) Do one small thing every day that moves you closer to dream fulfillment

5) If the dream you just wrote down doesn’t excite you or make you uncomfortable scrap it and start a new dream

6) Place pictures of your dream all around you

7) Play music that motivates you towards your dream

Use these keys to Seeing Your Dream and enjoy the results!

Turn Your Setbacks into Accelerated Comebacks,

Craig L. Sanders

“The Comeback Specialist”

Author, Speaker, Business/Personal Development Coach

To sign up for Craig’s free e-newsletter, hire him as your coach, or to bring Craig in to speak for your company/organization visit:


Craig Sanders Unlimited, LLC Copyright 2009


6 Keys to Building Motivation

Your business, career, relationships, or dream is just like a human body. If you feed it nutritious food, exercise, and get proper rest it will be strong and healthy. If you feed it junk food, don’t drink enough water, or get enough exercise and rest it will operate at a diminished capacity. So it is with anything that pertains to you or your business. Your life, business, or career will be positively or negatively impacted by the input that you receive from those around you. More importantly, the inner circle that you establish can literally make or break you. Author and speaker Mike Murdock says, “The atmosphere you permit determines the product you will create.”

One of my favorite comeback keys is:

Reduce time with de-motivators, spend more time with the motivated, and productivity will increase.

One of the secrets to success that I have discovered is being careful who I listen to. Whether it is a book I’m reading, a motivational or inspirational CD I’m listening to, or a conversation on-line or in person, I guard my “motivation tank”. I don’t want any tainted fuel in my engine. My journey and your journey is too precious to allow anything but pure destiny petroleum to be poured into us.

If you have a strong inner circle via friendships, coaches, mentors, and advisors seek to strengthen them. If you have experienced a setback as a result of a series of de-motivators pouring junk into your “motivation tank” here are some steps you can take to make an accelerated comeback:

1) Build your personal library around your dream or passion.

If your dream is to open a restaurant or a catering business than I suggest a large portion of the books, CDs, and materials that you buy be focused on that subject.

2) Use down time to build your motivation and expertise.

Any time that you spend commuting or waiting can be learning time. I rarely listen to the radio when I travel in my car. Instead, I listen to CDs that nourish my passion for helping people to turn setbacks into accelerated comebacks. When I’m in a waiting room or in an airport I have a book handy or positive media playing in my ear.

3) Take inventory of your inner circle.

You don’t have to be rude or cut people off abruptly but you can decide to spend less time with those that do not add to your life. There are some relationships that you may not seemingly be able to avoid, i.e., family, etc. However there are optional relationships in your life, i.e., vendors, acquaintances, etc. If one of these individuals consistently leaves you feeling empty, discouraged, and depleted than you can put a plan in place to eliminate this undesirable outcome. You can decide to spend little or no time with those that bring you down and increase time with those that build you up. Remember, no one is making us suffer but ourselves.

4) Take inventory of your extracurricular activities.

There may be some activities you were involved in that were good for a season. The season for that activity may be over. Check your gut and see what season you are in. Stopping one or two activities may be the very thing that propels you forward. Some activities can become a liability instead of an asset if you are not careful.

5) Schedule regular meetings or phone calls with those that motivate you.

This key may sound simple but it is profound. After you determine who the motivators in your life and eliminated the de-motivation factors it’s time to create a plan. You can make a motivation plan that includes regularly scheduled meetings whether in person or using technology. This way positive intake is effectively systemized in order to maximize your success. Being intentional about positive intake can accelerate your success.

6) Record your favorite music or television shows.

If there are certain shows that positively stimulate you or certain music that helps you to reduce stress than put a system in place for experiencing it regularly. Download the music that gets you going on your MP3 player, make a special motivation music CD, or record your favorite TV show to view when you need to recharge. Personally, I like to by my favorite TV shows on DVD so I can watch them whenever I want. Use technology to your benefit and stay motivated through planning for it.

I encourage you to insert these comeback keys into your life, business, or career. They will help you build motivation and stay motivated for the completion of your dream or goal. Share them with your friends and let me hear back from you!

Turning Setbacks into Accelerated Comebacks!

Craig L. Sanders

“The Comeback Specialist”

Author, Speaker, Business/Personal Development Coach


Craig Sanders Unlimited, LLC Copyright 2009


7 Keys to Experiencing Total Transformation

There comes a time when trying is not enough and total transformation is the only solution. Some of the problems you face would evaporate with a committed decision to change. Whether it is making your business more relevant, starting a new project at work, or creating a new personal development habit, a committed decision to change will accelerate the process.

The following seven keys will help you to experience total transformation in any endeavor:

  1. Get Clear
    Make a list of pros and cons. See your end goal with total clarity. If you are clear on what you want and why you want it than your odds for success automatically increase.

  2. Get a Plan
    “If you fail to plan than you plan to fail.” –Unknown
    Write out the necessary steps that will bring about the desired change.

  3. Take Action
    “Change isn’t change until you change.” –Unknown
    Do not wait, start the process right now. Find a way to take action immediately, it will increase your confidence immensely and move you closer to your destination.

  4. Start Small
    “Small hinges swing open big doors.” – Mike Murdock
    Break your big project into small steps. It is easier to keep your balance and avoid falling when walking up a set of stairs one step at a time. It may take you a little longer than running up the stairs but you still get to the top floor without over exerting yourself.

  5. Bounce Back
    “It’s difficult to drive forward when you are looking through the rear view mirror.” –Anonymous
    Mistakes do happen. Learn the lesson and forget the drama. Pick up right where you left off and continue to press forward. Failure is nothing more than a chance to start over with a better strategy.

  6. Celebrate your Progress
    “Never feel bad about your progress no matter how slow or small. Only be wary of standing still.” – John L. Mason
    Acknowledging and rewarding small successes helps to build momentum for future battles.

  7. Continue the Win Streak
    Now that you have experienced total transformation in one area pick a new challenge to overcome. Your string of successes will make you absolutely unstoppable.

Implement these 7 keys and enjoy the turnarounds that you truly desire.

I welcome your feedback!

Turn Your Setbacks into Accelerated Comebacks!,

Craig L. Sanders
The Comeback Specialist

Copyright 2009