Create the Habits Your Want to Create the Future You Want

I first heard the following words from the lips of Dr. Stephen Covey…. “First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” ― Rob Gilbert In pursing his mission to help the world learn, adopt and live the 7Habits Dr. Covey spent his life inviting others to adopt better habits, be better leaders and live better
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Our Greatest Need – A Mission We Can Accomplish

I’m a big fan of the late Dr. Covey and my life and work have been heavily influenced by his words and perhaps even more by his manner of teaching. In his groundbreaking work “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”  he thoughtfully laid out a path and plan whereby anyone who desired might learn, understand, practice and ultimately adopt
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Be Your Best Self on Hump Day

Have you ever heard, “Don’t just be yourself, be your best self.”  I have, and while I haven’t always appreciated the phrase… I do now.  I want to be my best and I think most healthy people do.  But being “Our Best selves” isn’t going to happen by accident… it’s going to take some intention and some resolve. First start
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Lessons From Geese Revisited – honk honk

Many years ago, I was given a copy of “Lessons from Geese” as part of an organizational leadership program I was enrolled in. To this day, it is still among my favorite leadership analogies. The story was written in 1972 by Dr. Robert McNeish, a science teacher from Baltimore, Maryland and has since been used as a study lesson by
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Forget Hind-sight, Try Mind-Sight

  Internet was down all morning… at first I was like “Bummer, now I can’t do these needful things.” Then I changed my mind-sight and took another view. Other possibilities soon opened up…including the playing of blocks with our 3 year old Joseph. My personal productivity may have gone down a bit, but creativity, relationships and fun went way up!  (Kind of embarrassed that playing with
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Not Until We Own It First

My wife shared this with me over the weekend, and I have been considering it ever since. She loved it because she sad it reminded her that she didn’t need to always be positive or happy and that nothing is wrong with having a bad or sad day.  Pretending it away is not only ineffective but intellectually and spiritually dishonest and
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Irritations as Invitations

  But what if they don’t stop? My wife Rebecca brought this one home from somewhere.  “Every irritation is an invitation to change.” Sometimes my kids irritate me….and sometimes they irritate each other.  And even though I may be tempted to believe that they are doing this intentionally…the truth is much more simple and revealing. In reality I believe it
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Focus, Distraction, and Significance an RV Adventure

Spring break last week with the kids was a blast.  Driving a large borrowed RV required tremendous focus for me to keep it between the lines. Especially during some of the high wind crossings from AZ to San Dieg0  and again while winding up from Flagstaff through the Grand Canyon, as well as portions of  the Escalante Grand Staircase.  Even without the wind blowing, the
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Happiness as a By-Product of….What?

Those who follow me on Instagram saw this earlier today… but I felt to share it to a broader audience, and would enjoy reading your responses if you feel to share them. Huxley suggests that, “Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness, it is generally the by-product of other activities.” Do you agree or disagree?  If you
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