In the book Brave Enough, Cheryl Strayed says,

“It’s silly to measure your success in money or fame. Success is measure only by your ability to say yes to these two questions:

Did I do the work I needed to do?

Did I give it everything I had?”

City of Lethbridge

Thank you, City of Lethbridge. I have been blessed to speak at many different “City of’s” and am surprised at how often I speak to employees who say, “I am just a…” No matter what you do, you contribute to the running of your city. The City of Lethbridge promotes a culture of “One city” because, when citizens of Lethbridge think of their city, they don’t think of one individual department.

Be proud of what you do.

Today I am in Lethbridge at the “Greatness in Leadership Conference!”

Focusing on the 90% is how we become great leaders. We need to see our own job through our 90% lens in order for others to see it in the same way. We need to see our staff through a 90% lens and tell them that we appreciate them. I have a friend who worked for the same leader for over five years and she never once heard, “thank you.” What?! How sad is that? We also need to be leaders in our own communities by being walking billboards of positivity. And finally, we need to go home and be the same person—full of integrity—to our families at the end of our leadership days. It’s important to remember that everywhere we go, we are leaving an impression of who we are.

Make Yourself Happy

Go do something today from your list of what makes you happy.

Turn off the TV and your phone. Unplug and make time for something that brings a smile to your face.

“When you go to sleep tonight you will never regret a single moment of the time you spend with your family.” ~Anonymous

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Focus on the 90% is THE tool to help end racial discrimination. Seeing each other through a 90% lens is what unites us, what connects us, what makes us the same. It allows us to be compassionate, empathetic, and understanding human beings. Seeing others through a 10% judgmental, racist, and prejudice magnifying glass just adds to discrimination. Stop judging what you think you know and get curious about what you don’t. We need to look at our belief systems and contemplate why we discriminate. We must ask ourselves, “What am I doing today to end discrimination?”

Had a great time doing this interview with Global!

Author Darci Lang Talks About International Day of Happiness

Motivational speaker and author Darci Lang sat down with Candace Daniel to talk International Day Of Happiness and how people can focus on the 90% to improve their overall well-being.

Posted by Global Regina on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Earlybird price ends in one week

Edmonton “FOCUS ON THE 90%” WORKSHOP – save 25% until March 27.

Just wanted to remind all my friends in Edmonton that the Early bird ticket price for my workshop on May 2 ends on March 27. That’s a savings of 25% off of the regular ticket price!

Join me for either the morning or the afternoon session. We’ll get motivated to change our focus to the 90% that works in ourselves, our co-workers or staff, our clients and our families.

This is one tool you NEED in your personal development toolbox.

You can find all the details at or

What Makes You Happy?

March 2018 Attitude Booster

Do you ever stop and think about what makes you happy? Take this moment to create a list right now of what brings you joy. Now look at what you wrote down and ask yourself, “When is the last time I did something on this list?”

After 25 years of being on stage, I have learned that happiness can’t come from the outside; it has to come from within. You have to tap into what makes you truly happy and find more ways in your life to make time for those things. I know that we all have 10%s in our lives and some of your 10%s are truly affecting your happiness. Trust me, if you start doing some of the things that make you happy again, it will help you reset.

I wrote my list and there were 35 things on it. Here are some of them:

• Waking up at home (before everyone else) after being on the road for a couple of days

• Sipping a cup of good green tea

• Flipping through a fresh new decorating magazine

• Decorating with anything turquoise

• Spending time at home on Saturday preparing meals for the week

• Buying garden fresh food—I have paid $4.00 for an heirloom tomato at the Farmers’ Market

• Walking my rescue pup, Holly

• Meeting my friend (with Holly) for a walk around our amazing Wascana Lake

• An evening alone at home

• Having one of our teenagers say, “Do you want to do something together?” (It’s rare and I will drop anything to do it)

• Sitting at my desk, in my beautiful office, ready to start a work day

• Going on a date with Darren that usually involves eating sushi, checking out a big box renovation store and then watching a movie at home

• Enjoying epic summers in our back yard

• Having potlucks, games nights and great red wine and food with friends

Happy International Happiness Day.

Every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.

There is no use looking back at yesterday. I am no longer the person I was back then. Every morning when the sun rises, I am a changed person. Changed by the experiences I’ve had, the lessons I have learned, and the love I have received.

It’s time to move forward and embrace the life that I’ve been given, be grateful for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me, and start living a life of passion. There will always be ups and downs, good times and bad, losses and gains.

Life is about learning lessons, showing love in the process, and growing into the beautiful souls we are meant to become. Don’t let yesterday rob you of your happiness today. Every time the sun rises, it’s a new opportunity to make your life the best of your life. Enjoy every moment.

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You’ll have your heart broken and you’ll break others’ hearts. You’ll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you’ll cry because time is flying by. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you’ve never been hurt.

Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. you just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and tell someone off, speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone’s hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, be a flirt, and smile until your face hurts. Don’t be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.

Thank You

On our last holiday, we were sitting in the St. Augustine by the Sea church in Waikiki.

As the basket was being passed around for collection, Paul held it in front of each person as they placed their money inside. He smiled the warmest smile, looked them right in the eye, and said “Thank you” in the most genuine way.

How many times have we placed money in the hands of someone who did not say thank you?

“Thank you” is a simple but powerful phrase that can change how we feel, both as the person saying it and as the person hearing it.