Bitter or Better, Determined or Discouraged

“The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.” ~Barbara Pletcher I remember many years ago talking to my then much younger son Jacob as he was having to deal with a difficult situation and needing to consider some courageous choices.  We spoke of adversity
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Knowing Why We Run

Two gas company servicemen, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee, were out checking meters in a suburban neighborhood. They parked their truck at the end of the alley and worked their way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watched the two men as they checked her gas meter. Finishing
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Slow Down to Live UP – The Appreciation Elevator

I was able to attend some great training and teaching over the weekend… it was simultaneously inspiring and humbling. Humbling because of the areas in my life that I saw more clearly I needed to work on and improve. Inspiring because, I was filled with a non-guilt driven desire to make the needed changes, and filled with the hope and confidence
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Fun With Failure on Fry Day

Let’s mix it up today with a little wisdom and an attempt at a little Friday Fun (a very little attempt). First a lovely quote from Dennis Waitley… that has helped me maintain or regain perspective more than once. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end.
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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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