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Your Eulogy in Three Words

May 12, 2024

“If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.  There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

                                                                                   - Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood



Impact.  Whether we know it or not, each one of us has the ability to impact others in profound ways. 


This is usually recognized for those who positively affect the masses through speaking to large audiences, television appearances or internet posts that go viral. 


But most of the time it is done in ordinary ways, by ordinary people.  It comes in our...

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May Your Choices Reflect Your Hopes, Not Your Fears

May 03, 2024

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”

                                                                                      – Nelson Mandela


I recently watched, for the third or fourth time, the movie Invictus, starring Morgan Freeman and his amazing portrayal of Nelson Mandela. 


The movie chronicles Mandela’s journey after he had been released from a 27-year prison sentence and would then emerge to become president of South Africa, beginning the process of...

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Leaders Know the Power of Holding Others CAPABLE

Apr 27, 2024

“Don’t chase after success, chase after capability.  If you are capable of anything, then success will be chasing you.”

                                                                                                         - Meme


I love the distinction from my good friend, Kelly Anne Zielinski, CEO of Self Leadership Global, often shares, “It is much more effective to hold someone capable, than to hold them accountable.” 


In studying attributes of success in the world of leadership, the concept of accountability is often identified for its importance and effectiveness.  Taking personal accountability for the...

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Self-Care: The Often Forgotten Quality of Leadership

Apr 19, 2024

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

                                                                                     – Jean Shinoda Bolen


During many of these blog posts, I have discussed the importance of being of service to living an impactful and fulfilling life. 


Specifically, when one combines what they love doing, with what they are great at and with that, provide a high degree of service to others, a recipe for a truly Championship Life can be realized. 


However, while doing acts of service is an integral part of experiencing happiness and fulfillment in our lives, who is the one person we tend to take care...

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3 Strategies to Transform Boredom into Success

Apr 14, 2024

“The great threat to success is not failure, it’s boredom.”

                                                                                                         - James Clear


Throughout my over five decades as a martial arts instructor, I have had the honor of teach literally thousands of students.  During this time, approximately 1,800 students have earned their Black Belts. 


Of those students, I can think of only two students who when I first saw them, I knew they had everything it took to become a Black Belt and eventually did – only two. 


Many others had naturally physical, mental and emotional...

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The 3 Abilities of Leadership

Apr 05, 2024

“The moment you take responsibility for Everything in your life, is the moment you can change Anything in your life.”

                                                                                                                   - Hal Elrod


As a speaker, I am honored each year to share my Mind of a Champion message with wide variety of audiences.  Groups range from elementary school children all the way to corporate leaders. 


While it does take a diverse set of skills and strategies to be able to communicate with, and hold the attention of audiences of such a wide range, I believe that we are “all big kids anyway” and as a result the...

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Remember, rest is part of your training

Mar 30, 2024

“It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.”

                                                                                       - Thich Nhat Hanh


I am writing this blog for myself.  My logic in sharing this publicly with you, is I actually might listen to my own coaching (as well as help some others along the way).


Like all of us, I have been blessed with specific talents that have served me quite well.  However, I also have some very specific “areas of opportunity” that I could address to make myself...

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You're Never Too Old to Learn; And You're Never Too Young to Teach

Mar 24, 2024

"Commit yourself to life-long learning.  The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”

                                                                                                   - Brian Tracy


As I am writing this, I am reminded of a conference of entrepreneurial business leaders I attended in Dallas, several years ago. I was honored to be a keynote speaker at the event as well as share my corporate board breaking experience with those looking to “breakthrough” their fears and limiting beliefs and create the life and businesses they desire. 


I have attended several business events like this during time as a professional martial arts...

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You Can Come To Me With Any Problem, Just Always Come With A Solution

Mar 16, 2024

“Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.”

                                                                                            -  Anthony J. D’Angelo


Today, I was sitting and reflecting on the many people who have crossed my path who have made a positive impact on my life. 


Some of these people have been with me my entire life and other times for a relatively brief period of time. 


Interestingly enough, there is no correlation between time and the impact made.  Even those who are in our lives for brief periods can have lasting impact.


One such person for me was Frank Jeffrey. 


Immediately after graduating from college, I began my career...

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3 Visualization Strategies to Create Breakthrough Results

Mar 10, 2024

“I would visualize things coming to me. It would just make me feel better. Visualization works if you work hard. That’s the thing. You can’t just visualize and go eat a sandwich.”

                                                                                                         - Jim Carrey


Visualization combined with inspired action can be one of the most powerful tools in a leader’s toolbox for success. 


When you look at elite-level athletes, you will notice that the difference between them in athletic talent is oftentimes so minuscule it is almost non-existent.  It is the person who creates the trifecta of combining the power of their body, mind and spirit that...

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