"Walking Unconsciousness"

April 3, 2009...

Achieving excellence in life requires awareness. Self-awareness.

Too often, too many of us simply go through the motions. We do the minimum to survive. We do only what it is necessary to "get by." Pushing forward is far less important than just maintaining.

Scratches and Crashes

April 2, 2009...

Yesterday, I crashed. On my bike.

For anybody who has ever taken a nose dive on a two-wheeler, it can hurt. In 4th grade, I took a dive so hard I chipped my front tooth, and have been the not-so-proud wearer of a crown ever since. You would think, though, at age 46 I am through with all my crashes.

But I'm not. Life just doesn't work that way.

To begin with, this was 100% my mistake. It was one of those momentary lapses in good judgment that ended up costing me. Let me give you a quick scenario:

"Deliver the Goods" Type People

April 1, 2009...

Some people in life really "deliver the goods."

My New Ordinary

March 31, 2009...

"Today has the potential to be extraordinary!"

It's a line from my daily affirmation. I usually read it twice. Both time out loud. And I believe it makes a difference.

What does reading it really do?

1. It makes me wonder about the day and what great opportunity, experience, moment or person awaits me.

2. It fills me with hope that today has the potential to be super special...maybe even spectacular.

3. It sets a positive mindset where I begin looking for "extraordinary" all day long.

A Cold, Hard Truth

March 30, 2009...

I had a conversation today with somebody regarding why people choose not to focus on personal development. In this conversation, we covered why people shy away from putting in the work necessary to really create the sort of life they desire.

Our conclusions were interesting.

Before I mention some of our conclusions (in brief), let me throw a few rhetorical questions out there:

1. True or false: Do most people desire to be happy?

A Transformational Recipe

March 29, 2009...

To be "inspired." To be "motivated." To be "transformed."

Inspiration. Motivation. Transformation.

I believe when true change reaches an individual, these three words work together in perfect sequence. One doesn't guarantee the other...but the goal is that one will follow the other.

The Easy Road

March 28, 2009...

"I'll do it tomorrow." I've said it in my life a lot.

"I'm can wait." Yeah...I've liked that one a few times, too.

"Oh...what's one more day?" That's a good one, too, isn't it?


They makes us feel better for a moment, but get to used to using them and they can wage war on your goals and success.


March 27, 2009...

When I was growing up, one of my jobs was to build the evening fire. I learned to space two larger pieces of wood on each side of the fireplace grate, and in between these two pieces of wood, I would loosely crumple up old newspaper. On top of the paper, I would add smaller pieces of splintered kindling. I would then light the paper with a match.

"What is a Battery Charger of the Human Spirit?"

March 26, 2009...

Someone wrote and asked me today, "What is a Battery Charger of the Human Spirit? I've never heard that before."

So in my best "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" type response, here was my answer:

Dear friend, 

That Little Voice...

March 25, 2009...

Physically, my body feels pretty wiped out. I've started a two-exercise-a-day-training regimen in order to prepare for a big endurance challenge I will be beginning in a few months. Soon, I will be pedaling a bike 60+ miles a day...every day...for about 60-70 days. And for age 46...that's a pretty lofty goal. 

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