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A time to step back...

May 4, 2010...

Today, I had to take a breath. A big one.

Probably like you, I have a lot of things on my plate right now. The accumulation of those things is pretty heavy at times, and I'm not immune to stress leaking through the cracks in my armor.

The armor part I am kidding about. The stress I am not.

A sponsor says "no." The call you were waiting for doesn't come. The deadline is coming at you like a locomotive with no brakes.

You know all the stress things. They are universal.

Energy Givers...Energy Stealers

May 3, 2010...

In all of our conversations...at all times...we are either "giving energy" or "stealing energy."

Which do you do?

Think for a moment how you interact with others...friends, family, your boss, co-workers, the postman, the grocery clerk...strangers.

What's your tone?

What's your body language?

Are you confrontational or encouraging?

Are you positive or negative?

Rejection: A Touchy Topic

May 2, 2010...

Rejection.

Yuck.

Undoubtedly, this is not a subject high on many people's favorite discussion topics. Talking about our rejections and failures takes us to a place...well...it just doesn't feel very good to go there, does it?

But the "rejection" topic is super important as we move forward in life...and frankly...we need to not only get used to it, but use it to motivate us further.

Rejection comes with living.

Rejection comes with setting goals.

The magic "26"...

May 1, 2010...

"The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."

This short, little sentence actually contains every one of the 26 letters of the alphabet. (Go ahead...look! The "q"...the "x"...the "z"...yep! They're all there!)

The BIG and the small...

April 30, 2010...

We've all heard the expression "Dream BIG!" Somewhere along our life journey, those two words have been whispered into our spirit.

"Dream BIG!"

And why not?

Life is absolutely too short not to shoot as far and high as we can. Dreaming BIG adds purpose...it makes life exciting...and it allows us to make a difference with our lives.

And if we succeed in accomplishing the "BIG"?

Well...wow!

Invest in YOU!

April 29, 2010...

Investing.

It's on a lot of people's minds.

Should I...or shouldn't I?

Should I invest in the Stock Market? Should I invest in buying a home?

Answers to these questions, I don't even begin to know. Let those who are far more knowledgeable provide direction. However, there is one question regarding the topic of "investing" for which I do know the answer.

Invest in yourself.

Now.

Later.

All the time.

Which comes first?

April 28, 2010...

To the ancient baffler:

"The chicken or the egg...which came first?"

I wouldn't even begin to pretend to know the answer.

To a more relevant-to-my-life dilemma:

"A positive attitude or success...which comes first?"

I stand up with a much more firm voice: "A positive attitude always comes first."

Something worth passing on...

April 27, 2010...

I was reminded today of one of the great bonuses that come with choosing a self-improvement path.

When we strive to become our very best "self," everything around us starts to improve. It's NOT just change in our internal world...but also change in our external world. Besides the steady, quality of life improvements that begin to take root in our own lives...often...we begin to see positive change all around us.

With people.

Time Flies...

April 26, 2010...

Life goes fast. Have you noticed?

Actually, I think as you get older, life flies by even faster. Silly, but it seems like it's true.

I'm in my late 40's. My mother is approaching 70. My grandmother is in her mid 80's. Perhaps you're like me and think, "Wow! Where did time go!"

But this is a good thing.

Except YOU!

April 25, 2010...

No one is in charge of your success.

Except YOU.

No one is in charge of your happiness.

Except YOU.

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