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7 Tips to Always Be on Time!

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Be on Time!

Are you on time? 20% of people are chronically late. And the other 80% are impacted by them!

On this episode of Coffee with Colleen, I offered you seven tips to always be on time!

Do you know people who are chronically late? I do. The people you always know are going to be late. The ones who you tell you’re leaving at 3 pm, when in reality you plan to leave at 4 pm?
20 percent of people are late and 80 are impacted
Most chronically late people don’t do it on purpose. Most of them don’t enjoy being late. Very rarely do people think, “Yeah, I’m going to be late on purpose so I can make an entrance!”

If that’s the case, then there are other issues going on with them!

Experts say that being consistently late sends a message to your friends, your family, your co-workers, the people you’re trying to impress that you are:

  1. Easily distracted
  2. Disorganized
  3. Egotistical
  4. Inconsiderate

My dad raised us, God rest his soul, to always be 15 minutes early.

Does that mean you show up and knock on someone’s door 15 minutes early?


You plan to arrive 15 minutes early in case there’s traffic. In case you have a flat tire. In case you hit every red light along the way.
vince lombardi time be 15 minutes early
And if you do get there 15 minutes early, guess what? You can sit down the block, or in the parking lot, and do some meditation. Answer some e-mail. Check your Facebook. Do whatever other little things need to be done.

Dad raised us to show consideration for other people by always being there when you say you’re going to be there.

To help you do that, here are seven tips to always be on time.

Number 1: Admit it if you tend to run late.

It’s frustrating when some people won’t accept the responsibility that they tend to run late. They’ll blame circumstances — like their children or the traffic.

If you’re occasionally late — and, of course, if it’s true — you can use those excuses.

But consider this: when’s the last time you were on time? Are you “on time” only half the time?

If you’re not sure, ask family and friends, “Hey, am I late? Or am I on time?”

They’ll tell you if they love you.

Number two: Determine “why” you’re late.

Find out why you’re chronically missing the time-slot!being late Disorganized Egotistical Inconsiderate disorganized

Some people are adrenaline junkies. They get high on all that racing around or running around from event to event on their calendar.

They get a rush from rushing around!

It may also be your temperament. So check out The Four Temperaments course. 

Find out your temperament!

Other times, people use their time as a power play. That’s just about being egotistical. These people think, “I am so important that other people will wait for me.” So they will be late on purpose.

Sometimes you’re late because you’re chronically overbooked. You have too much on your calendar so you can’t get from one event to the next without being late because you have too much going on.

Or it may be bad time management. There’s also my course, Putting Your Day on Autopilot

That course is currently closed. But I teach how to have most of your day “done for you” by developing routines.

Number three. Stop poly-tasking!

You’ve heard of multitasking? There’s really no such thing. It’s Poly-Tasking! It’s more than doing two or three things at the same time — we’re trying to do 18 things at the same time!

You’re trying to do way too many things. So the first step is to learn to say “No.”

So people who multitask, or poly-task, are usually the ones that are late.

Some people say, “Yes, but I can multitask!”

We’re fooling ourselves. Because your brain cannot think of two things at the exact same time.
20 minutes to regain peak focus
It’s like saying you’re going to look at one wall on your right, and at the same time that you’re looking at the wall on the opposite side of the room.

You can glace back and forth between the two walls rapidly in a millisecond. But you can not focus on two walls at the same time.

It’s the same thing with your brain. Your brain can’t focus on two things at the same time.

Some studies say that once you’re focused on something and you’re distracted, it takes up to 20 minutes for your brain to get to peak focus again on that same topic.

Put down your electrical devices and prioritize! Put “being on time” in your “Urgent and important” quadrant (which we talk about in the Auto Pilot course). Make being on time urgent and important.

Number four. Preparation. Routines. Rituals. Habits.

Prepare to be on time, put it on your list, and make it a priority. Set a timer.

There are so many different apps — whether it be your maps app on your phone, or the Waze app — that if you put in your address and the time you want to be there, the Waze app will tell you when to leave.everything has a place and everything in its place

Use electronics to help you to be on time. 

Prepare. Make sure that you’re not running around like a chicken with your head cut off, as grandma used to say, at the last minute looking for your keys.

Everything has a place, and everything needs to be put back in its place.

Put your keys, your wallet, or your purse in the same spot. Decide what you’re going to wear the night before.

Number five. Murphy’s Law.

You know Murphy’s Law: if something could go wrong, it will. Prepare for running into traffic. That there may be an accident. That you will hit all the red lights along the way.

If you prepare for that ahead of time, you’ll know that you need to leave early and prepare it.

Plan on being there 15-minutes early so that you can sit in the driveway (or sit down the road) and answer email.

Number Six. No “magical thinking”.

Some people are very optimistic (some say “unrealistic”) and that’s why they’re late.

They’re overbooked, and still say, “Oh, I can do it!” beware of magical thinking and add 20 percent

The truth is, they lack time management. They’re adrenaline junkies run around a lot at the last minute but still say, “No problem. I can be there.”

Even if it’s an hour away, they may say they’ll be there in 20 minutes.

Be careful of this “magical thinking” and instead assume things are going to take you 20% longer to accomplish.

This also means deadlines: like a writer’s deadline, or a deadline for a project at work.

Like this scene from Star Trek:


Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Yeah, well, I told the Captain I’d have this analysis done in an hour.

Scotty: How long will it really take?

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: An hour!

Scotty: Oh, you didn’t tell him how long it would *really* take, did ya?

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Well, of course I did.

Scotty: Oh, laddie. You’ve got a lot to learn if you want people to think of you as a miracle worker.

Researchers call it “planning fallacy”.  People tend to underestimate how long a task is going to take them. Probably because we have “magical thinking” — optimistic thinking that we can get it done if nothing goes wrong.

For example. This morning I knew that in normal circumstances, I can get ready for this show in 20 minutes. But this morning, since it’s been a month since I’ve done the show, I planned a full hour! And it’s a good thing I did, too, because many things went wrong.

So if you think something’s going to take you 30-minutes, give an extra 20 percent and plan 36 to 40 minutes.

Number seven. It’s OK to be early.

Usually, that’s the first thing that somebody says to me: “Yeah, but if I plan to be there 15-minutes early, isn’t that rude?”

Well, yes — If you went into their house!

Being early doesn’t mean going in. You can sit in the parking lot. You can call your mother. Or send your mom a text. (I’m sure she’d appreciate that!) Or do some self-care by setting your timer and doing some meditation. Sit in the car and meditate instead of playing video games on your phone!

It could be time for you just to sit, take some deep breaths, and relax.

What do you do to help you be on time?

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5 Tips to Develop More Gratitude

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We all know about gratitude. How important it is to be grateful, and we do try to be, don’t we?! So on this show, we’ll cover 5 Ways to be More Grateful!!!

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About Colleen

Colleen Hammond mentors people who are ready to transform their digital image, personal image, or business image for success. In 30 days or less, Colleen teaches women how to take the “guessing out of dressing” so that they will look incredible and feel confident every day of their life.

The founder of the Total Image Institute, Colleen is a former on-camera meteorologist for the Weather Channel turned Executive Image Consultant and Personal Brand strategist, coach, and mentor. She helps women craft their personal brand through their clothing choices, manners, and poise to build self-confidence and empower success — because people WILL judge you in less than 7 seconds based solely on what they see!

Clothing choices — What clothing choices are best for your body type, personal coloring, personal style, and the message you want to send? Because different colors, different prints, different patterns, and even pointy-toed shoes all send a specific message.

Body Language skills — learned from an FBI profiler.

Writing and Book publishing — as a best-selling author, Colleen also teaches writing and book publishing.

In front of a camera for over 40 years — first as a model, as Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager, an On-Camera Meteorologist at the Weather Channel, and as an anchor and a reporter. Colleen coaches people on being in front of the camera, and how to produce profession LIVE programming here:



How to Have More Energy Part 1

How to Increase Your Energy Levels! (Part 1)

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How to Increase Your Energy Levels!

Do you have energy in the morning? What’s your wake-up routine? How do you wake up? How do you increase your energy? Do you require food, a shower, an energy drink and/or coffee first?

What about when you were a child? Did you spring out of bed immediately, excited for the day? What morning routines, rituals, and habits do you have now?

Do you need More Will Power? (Free eBook: “How To Increase Your Willpower and Make Better Decisions“)




What is energy?

Dictionary: the capacity for vigorous activity; available power.
Science: capacity or power to do work. Moving mass using force.

Work = Force x Distance, which then breaks down to joules.

4.18 joules =1 calorie. Calories are the energy value of FOOD.

Body: calories are needed to make the body work. Too much “energy IN” and not enough energy OUT and you’ll gain weight.

We are talking about our zest—about our vitality. Zest. Joy of life!


How do you FEEL about your State in Life? Your job?

Gallup survey indicates that 70 percent of working Americans are either unengaged or actively disengaged with their jobs.

What can we learn from the 30 percent who really WANT to go to work in the mornings?


No matter what else you do, no matter your diet, your exercise, or your psychological framework, you cannot power through lack of sleep. Lack of sleep has a strong impact on your body and your mind, and it will catch up with you. Research shows that lack of sleep negatively affects the brain and leads to long-term neurological damage.


D-Ribose: I personally take 5g, 3-times a day. (NOT MEDICAL ADVICE! Consult your health professional)

Book: “From Fatigued to Fantastic

Book: “The Power of Slow


Start today!

Pick a “word of the day” for today!

Coming up in Part 2: SLEEP!

10 Things You Can’t Change

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10 Things You Can’t Change — So Stop Trying!


  1. You’re always going to be accountable to someone. Somone is always watching, and that won’t change in the near future. Sooner or later, someone will find out. Live your life accordingly!
  1. You’re gonna die, so take care of yourself now and love those around you today! On your deathbed, will you regret not spending time with loved ones? People don’t wish they’d spent more time working.
  1. You can’t please everyone all the time, and it’s soul-sucking to try. Stick with your values and ethics, focus on doing what you know is right, and realize that there will always be people who aren’t happy.
  1. Stop comparing yourself to others, because life is NOT a competition! Compare yourself to the person in the mirror. Period.
  1. Holding a grudge is heavy, weighs you down, and doesn’t accomplish anything positive! Let. It. Go.
  1. You can’t control what someone else thinks. You can’t force someone to accept your apology, to forgive you, or to like you.
  1. Stop dwelling on the past. Yesterday is over, so live & learn and move along.
  1. You can’t change what happens across the pond. We can impact the world close to home — what’s happening in our homes, family, community, etc…
  1. Your Family of Origin. It is what it is, so will it make you bitter or better?
  1. Nothing is private anymore. Learn how to keep yourself secure.
  1. You can’t get back what you’ve lost. You can repair the damage and make it better, but don’t expect things to be the same.

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Be a Better “You”: Taking a Self-Inventory!

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Be a Better “You”: Taking a Self-Inventory! (Think and Grow Rich Version)

Where were you a year ago? Becoming a “better you” starts with a personal, self-inventory.

Here are the 28 personal inventory/ self-examination questions from Think and Grow Rich:


  1. Have I attained the goal which I established as my objective for this year? (You should work with a definite yearly objective to be attained as a part of your major life objective).
  2. Have I delivered service of the best possible QUALITY of which I was capable, or could I have improved any part of this service?
  3. Have I delivered service in the greatest possible QUANTITY of which I was capable?
  4. Has the spirit of my conduct been harmonious and cooperative at all times?
  5. Have I permitted the habit of PROCRASTINATION to decrease my efficiency, and if so, to what extent?
  6. Have I improved my PERSONALITY, and if so, in what ways?
  7. Have I been PERSISTENT in following my plans through to completion?
  8. Have I reached DECISIONS PROMPTLY AND DEFINITELY on all occasions?
  9. Have I permitted any one or more of the six basic fears to decrease my efficiency?
    • Named in the order of their most common appearance, they are:—
      The fear of POVERTY
      The fear of CRITICISM
      The fear of ILL HEALTH
    • These top three are at the bottom of most of one’s worries … and then…
      The fear of LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE
      The fear of OLD AGE
      The fear of DEATH
  10. Have I been either “over-cautious,” or “under-cautious?”
  11. Has my relationship with my associates in work been pleasant, or unpleasant? If it has been unpleasant, has the fault been partly, or wholly mine?
  12. Have I dissipated any of my energy through lack of CONCENTRATION of effort?
  13. Have I been open-minded and tolerant in connection with all subjects?
  14. In what way have I improved my ability to render service?
  15. Have I been intemperate in any of my habits?
  16. Have I expressed, either openly or secretly, any form of EGOTISM?
  17. Has my conduct toward my associates been such that it has induced them to RESPECT me?
  18. Have my opinions and DECISIONS been based upon guesswork, or accuracy of analysis and THOUGHT?
  19. Have I followed the habit of budgeting my time, my expenses, and my income, and have I been conservative in these budgets?
  20. How much time have I devoted to UNPROFITABLE effort which I might have used to better advantage?
  21. How may I RE-BUDGET my time, and change my habits so I will be more efficient during the coming year?
  22. Have I been guilty of any conduct which was not approved by my conscience?
  23. In what ways have I rendered MORE SERVICE AND BETTER SERVICE than I was paid to render?
  24. Have I been unfair to anyone, and if so, in what way?
  25. If I had been the purchaser of my own services for the year, would I be satisfied with my purchase?
  26. Am I in the right vocation, and if not, why not?
  27. Has the purchaser of my services been satisfied with the service I have rendered, and if not, why not?
  28. What is my present rating on the fundamental principles of success? (Make this rating fairly, and frankly, and have it checked by someone who is courageous enough to do it accurately).


About Colleen

Colleen Hammond mentors people who are ready to transform their digital image, personal image, or business image for success.

Colleen is the founder of the Total Image Institute, and is a former on-camera meteorologist for the Weather Channel turned Executive Image Consultant and Personal Brand strategist, coach, and mentor.

She helps women craft their personal brand through their clothing choices, manners, and poise to build self-confidence and empower success — because people WILL judge you in less than 7 seconds based solely on what they see!

Clothing choices — What clothing choices are best for your body type, personal coloring, personal style, and the message you want to send? Because different colors, different prints, different patterns, and even pointy-toed shoes all send a specific message.

Body Language skills — learned from an FBI profiler and passed along to you. Are people lying to you? Is your body language pushing people away before they even speak to you?

Writing and Book publishing — as a best selling author, Colleen also teaches writing and book publishing.

Having been in been in front of a camera for over 40 years — first as a model, then as Miss Michigan National Teen-Ager, On-Camera Meteorologist at the Weather Channel, and was an anchor and a reporter — Colleen coaches people on being in front of the camera, too. One of the courses can be found here:

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3 Things to STOP Feeling Guilty About!

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Stop Feeling Guilty!

Feeling “guilty” is only good if you use it as a trigger to highlight something you NEED to change that violates your moral, ethical, or personal standard of conduct…and then CHANGING it!

The definition of guilt is, “a cognitive or emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not—that he or she has compromised his or her own standards of conduct or has violated a moral standard and bears significant responsibility for that violation.”

Don’t be a slave to guilt! Furthermore, I give you permission to drop any bad feelings associated with these things if you’d like to get them out of your life.

Here are 3 things (and a bonus!) that I detail and break down in the video.

1. Not checking your Social Media (or email or text) multiple times a day.

2. Self-Care, or “indulging” yourself.

3. Ending a relationship

BONUS (4): Your good fortune

Stop feeling guilty! This is the healthy kind of “selfish because it is beneficial to you and not harmful to anyone else.


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5 Steps to a Perfect Morning Routine!

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The Perfect Morning

How you start your morning will impact the rest of your day — either positively or negatively!

On this morning’s Coffee with Colleen, I listed five tips to help launch your day in a positive manner, because each day ought to be your best!

  1. Positive self-talk
  2. Start day with Meditation.
    1. Mind: increases gray matter, willpower, concentration, cognitive function
    2. Body: Decreases pain, boost immune system, lowers blood pressure, ease inflammation, reduce heart risk
    3. Spirit: increases compassion, empathy, overall satisfaction, self-knowledge.
    4. Overall: reduces loneliness, cuts emotional reactivity, fosters a healthy body image, eases anxiety, and helps sleep.
  3. Exercise. Endorphins improve mood, energy, and health.
    1. Before there were washing machines, cars, and electricity we did it all by hand!
    2. Body was made to WORK
  4. Body language.
    1. Power Pose: 20 percent increase in testosterone 
    2. 25 percent decrease in the stress hormone cortisol.
  5. Music
    1. Stimulates more parts of the brain than ANYTHING
    2. Can relax OR motivate.
    3. NOT minor keys or syncopated which irritate the brain

Yes, I have Breast Cancer.

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I am Beating Breast Cancer!

Have you seen the GoFundMe page? Many people think I’m being hacked, but I haven’t been.  It’s all true. I have breast cancer.

The past three months have been VERY busy with getting the treatments my doctor and I have selected to deal with my breast cancer.

One of my main challenges has been finances, as our insurance company doesn’t pay for the holistic methods we have chosen — and these methods are successfully eradicating  the breast cancer!

I still have at least three more months of treatments that we can’t afford to pay for.

For me to beat cancer, I need to continue to get these treatments!  I’m very grateful to the anonymous ladies who have set up this GoFundMe page. 

And whether or not you can give $5, $50, or $500 I ask that you pray, share the GoFundMe page campaign, and donate what little you can!

Sharing this campaign could lead to someone else giving, and more people praying! 

A special thanks to Louie at AKA Catholic and St. Thomas Moore Academy for sharing the GoFundMe page!

Here’s an update video I did last week:


2016 started with my mother being diagnosed with cancer:

And then mom’s subsequent surgery:

Followed by my breast cancer diagnosis (that I kept out of the public eye, but told the ladies in my private Facebook group):

Then (maybe due to all the secret keeping?), I a heart attack (A-fib that went into Congestive Heart Failure):

And last month, my father-in-law died suddenly:

And to top it off, I got a staph infection in my eyes!!!

What prompted the ladies to start the GoFundMe page was this post in my private Facebook group in the prayer request thread:

Please share. Please give. Please pray! It all helps!!!

We would be ETERNALLY grateful if you could give $1, $5, $10, or $20. Whatever tiny bit you can donate helps — some supplements only cost a few dollars!

I know that times are tough for most of us these days, and if you don’t have money to donate, sharing this campaign could lead to someone else giving, and more people praying.

FYI, 100% of the funds raised (less the fees GoFundMe charges) will go directly to pay for my Cancer treatments.

Thank you all!!!!

The Power of “NOT YET”

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Brain scans of fixed mindset and power growth mindset students

Fixed mindset students (L) run from the error. Growth mindset students (R) engage deeply, learn, and adapt.

The Power of NOT YET

Helping People Believe They Can Improve

This is a very powerful ten-minute video that shows the most recent studies in the failing ‘self-esteem’ movement. You know the one: “There are no losers, only second winners”, and, “Congratulations! You’re the last winner!”

Now, don’t get me wrong. I feel very strongly about raising children with strong morals, virtues, and table manners.

But new studies have shown that–no surprise–the self-esteem movement isn’t doing our children any favors. They end up being “gripped in the tyranny of now” and they will “probably cheat the next time instead of studying more”.

Children have become obsessed with getting A’s and have developed a need for constant pats on the back and awards. My husband Dennis and I were talking last night about this new generation of workers that want praise, applause, and kudos for just doing what they’re being paid to do.

So how do we raise a generation of self-starters who have personal dignity, are hardy, and resilient?

By rewarding the “not yet”. By praising wisely–not their God-given intelligence or talent, but recognizing and appreciating their effort, strategies, focus, perseverance, and improvement. In other words, praise their process. Their striving. Their determination.

Studies have also show that even the words “yet” or “not yet” give children not only hope and a feeling of power, but generate greater confidence. Applying effort  and overcoming difficulty caused the neurons in their brains form new, stronger connections and over time they were smarter.

I’m not recommending tossing the A, B, C system of grading in the trash. Rather, as a parent, I’m going to focus on rewarding our children’s sincere effort, stick-to-itiveness, and their improvement. When presented with a challenge, I want our children to embrace it hopefully with an attitude of, “I love a challenge,” or, “You know, I was hoping this would be informative.” That, to me, is true personal power.

After decades of my life, I have learned one thing for sure: It’s not talent that wins out in the end, but perseverance.

What are your thoughts about focusing on children’s efforts instead of their grades? Please share in the comments section below!

The Power of Believing You Can Improve (Prof Carol Dweck)

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