Cheetah Learning Reveals the Secret for Success in 2012 – ‘The Power of One’

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Nearly half of Americans set goals for the New Year. Less than 10 percent will reach them. That’s what the Opinion Corp. of Princeton says. The Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning ( want to change that – which is why they are sharing “The Power of One.”

“Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right,” so says Oprah Winfrey. But the facts speak otherwise. Here’s what the Opinion Corp. of Princeton, NJ, learned: On average, about 45 percent of Americans set New Year’s Resolutions; about 8 percent accomplish them.

With that in mind, the Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning ( have a suggestion: Why not try something different this year?

“Instead of a long list of resolutions that get tucked away in a filing cabinet or eaten by the dog, how about focusing on just one?” recommends Michelle LaBrosse, CEO and founder of Cheetah Learning, thus emphasizing, “The one resolution that can make the biggest difference in your life and have the most impact.”

LaBrosse admits that she looks at New Year’s resolutions with her Project Management hat on, an understandable approach, given that the Project Management Institute (PMI) selected her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the World and honored her company, Cheetah Learning, as Professional Development Provider of the Year in 2008.

“Think of your one resolution as a project,” LaBrosse says, “and treat it like one throughout the year.”

Here are some tips from LaBrosse:

Make Your Resolution Actionable – “Many people make their goals and resolutions too broad. Every good project manager knows that plans need milestones, and they need to be measurable. Break your resolution down into the 12 months of the year, and develop a milestone for each month.”

Inspire Yourself – “What inspires you? Some people like motivational quotes and others like photos or images that remind them of their goal. Use whatever inspires you, and make sure that you can tap into that inspiration every day.”

Aim High – “Little goals can be accomplished in a day. It’s the big ones that take not only our perseverance, but also our passion. The Power of One gives you the room and permission to choose a large goal that’s going to have a lot of impact.”

Cultivate an Attitude of Success – “In any biography that you read of someone successful, you will always find that one consistent thread: They believed in themselves and had an attitude of success.”

Practice Random Acts of Kindness – “It’s easy in a high-tech world to feel disconnected and to feel like everything is too big for one person to have an impact. If there’s ever a moment when your goal feels too big or you feel too small, just do one simple act of kindness, and you will quickly be reminded of The Power of One.”

Here’s a quote from Mother Teresa that LaBrosse offers as inspiration: “If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

LaBrosse and the PMPs at Cheetah have put together a variety of useful Tips, Tools and Deals that can be accessed by filling out the online form at They include the PMP Exam Prep SmartStart Guide, PMP Practice Exam, 2 PDU Skills Assessment Course, and the Getting Started with PM Guide, along with “great deals” on Professional Development Units (PDUs).

Other resources include:

The books “Cheetah Negotiations,” “Cheetah Project Management” and “Cheetah Know How” at

Insights regarding “The Cheetah Way,” Project Management done correctly, at – a compilation of “Know How Network” columns.

LaBrosse also regularly shares her thoughts at

For more information about Cheetah Learning, call toll free in the U.S. at (888) 659-2013. Outside the U.S., call (602) 220-1263.

Cheetah Learning is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider and is International Association of Continuing Education and Training Certified. Cheetah was awarded the Project Management Institute Professional Development Provider of the Year for 2008 for the significant contribution it made to the field of project management with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management.

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