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Leadership and the Power of Your Voice

Feb 19, 2020

“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth.  Each of you is an original.  Each of you has a distinctive voice.  When you find it, your story will be told.  You will be heard.”

                                                                                           

                                                                                                            - John Grisham

 

As human beings, I believe one of the most amazing...

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The "4 C's" to Creating a Masterpiece Day

Feb 08, 2020

“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”

 

                                                                               - John Wooden, coaching legend

 

Legendary basketball coach, John Wooden is famously quoted for saying – “Make each day your masterpiece.” 

 

Coach Wooden retired in 1975 as the winning-est coach in college basketball history, leading his UCLA Bruins clubs to an unprecedented ten NCAA college basketball national championships. 

 

Although his official title was “coach”, Wooden referred to himself as a “teacher”, not only of basketball, but of life. 

 

The...

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Great Leaders Ask "How Do I Do It? vs. "Can I Do It?"

Feb 03, 2020

“(A) process orientation (versus outcome orientation) . . . asks ‘How do I do it?’ instead of ‘Can I do it?’ and this directs attention toward defining the steps that are necessary on the way. This orientation can be characterized in terms of the guiding principle that there are no failures, only ineffective solutions.”

                                                                                   - Ellen Langer, Mindfulness

 

Think of the last time you faced a major challenge in your life. 

 

You may be at that place right now as you read this.  How many times are we caught up in the mind game of whether we can successfully tackle a challenging situation?  Our minds can go in all types of crazy directions that...

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Great Leaders Transform "Have To's" into "Get To's"

Jan 28, 2020

“The smallest change in perspective can transform a life.  What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?”

                                                                                                  - Oprah Winfrey

I continue to be amazed how simple shifts in consciousness can have such a profound impact on our lives.  Despite the label we put on our current conditions or the fear of what is up ahead, our worry and displeasure can simply evaporate when we choose to change our perspective and the see the positives of a given situation. 

 

Several years ago, I found myself in a position I never dreamed I would encounter – divorced and playing the role of a single dad.  After a...

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Leadership as a Foot Soldier: The Story of an American Treasure

Jan 21, 2020

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

                                                                                             - Mahatma Gandhi

 

In January of 2018, while conducting my Discover Your Breakthrough You board breaking experience workshop here in Denver, I had the honor of meeting an American treasure, the Reverend Harold Middlebrook of Memphis, TN. 

 

Rev. Middlebrook was a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of the organizers of the March on Washington in 1963 where Dr. King delivered his I Have a Dream speech, organized voter registration in Selma, AL following the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and was with Dr. King when he was...

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Great Leaders Know, If You Make a Mistake, Make it Full Speed

Jan 14, 2020

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.”

                                                                                           - Neil Gaiman

 

Every six months, I receive a new group of Black Belt Candidates from our martial arts organization to train in preparation for their upcoming Black Belt Testing with me. 

 

Since most of these candidates are my student’s students, this is the first time many of them have trained with me.  As you might imagine,...

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5 Habits to Make 2020 Your Best Year Yet

Jan 06, 2020

 

"Making a choice that is one percent better or one percent worse seems insignificant in the moment, but over the span of moments that make up a lifetime these choices determine between who you are and who you could be.  Success is a product of daily habits - not once-in-a-lifetime transformations."

                                                                                            - James Clear, author, Atomic Habits

 

It is once again the beginning of a new year, and many of us have great aspirations for making monumental improvements in various aspects of our lives.  This is usually the time of year when we set intentions for improving our health (usually in the way of releasing weight or improving our diets and/or...

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4 Keys to Dreaming B.I.G So You Can Create What You Want in 2020

Dec 24, 2019

Most dying people regret not the things they did but the things they didn’t do.”

                                                                                           – Olga Rickards

If you are like me, the end of the year is a time of reflection of what was completed and experienced over the past 12 months and what is to be pursued and created in the upcoming year.

 

Many times, the pursuits we are inspired to embark upon in the new year get quickly put to rest by our fear of possible failure.  This is especially true when we have the “evidence” of our past to rationalize our not taking risks.  It is then easier to accept playing small, because although it is uncomfortable, it is safe. 

 

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How Leaders Transform Vulnerability into Strength

Dec 15, 2019

“No one can do it for you, but you can’t do it alone.”

                                                            – People’s House – Denver, Colorado’s Motto

 

The quote above has its origins in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation world.  As an adult child of an alcoholic, this statement has particular resonance for me.  However, regardless if addiction has impacted our lives (and for most of us, it has), this adage holds just as true as a profound lesson in life.

 

We all encounter challenges in our lives.  Although some of these trials may seem to come “out of the blue” to impact us, upon reflection we find most of the experiences which test us are of our own making; either through our own actions, thoughts and/or beliefs. 

 

As much as we might...

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How to Move from "Good Enough" to Excellence in 3 Easy Steps

Dec 09, 2019

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it’s a prevailing attitude.”

                                                                                            - General Colin Powell

 

Each martial arts class I teach ends with the same question posed to my students, “What’s our goal?”

 

With enthusiasm they respond in unison, “Black Belt Excellence, sir!”

 

In the martial arts, the concept of excellence is a reminder that our intention is to always do our best and to show up as the highest expression of ourselves in attitude, focus and action in everything we do.  We know when we do this, more times...

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