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5 Steps to Transform Fear into Fruition in 2020 (and beyond)

Dec 02, 2019

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.”  

                                                                                                      - Joel A. Barker

I believe we are all born with a vision for what we want in our lives inside of us. 

 

Just think back to when you were child and the numerous visions you had for what you wanted to be in when you “grew up”.  Your imagination was boundless.  I personally wanted to be a cartoonist, a doctor, an astronaut and a super-hero (Actually, when I was 5-years old, I WAS Batman).

 

I believe these visions exist inside of us so we have a means to...

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Great Leaders Know Gratitude is NOT Just a Feeling, It’s a Practice

Nov 26, 2019

“People aren’t grateful because they are happy, they are happy because they are grateful.”

                                                                                                            - Anonymous

 

This coming Thursday, we will be joining our family and friends around the table to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. 

 

In addition to indulging in an array of traditional foods like turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, we will also pause to reflect on the many blessings in our lives and share our appreciation for family, friends and the many wonderful things our life provides us.

 

While taking a day to remember and express our gratitude is...

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The 100 Things I Love and Appreciate about Myself (and can use to serve others)

Nov 19, 2019

“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked.  Try appreciating yourself and see what happens.”

                                                                                                          - Louise L. Hay

 

Today marks the 100th consecutive week that I have published a Mind of a Champion Tip of the Week video and written blog. 

 

I want to thank all of my readers and viewers of this blog over the past two years who have supported me with your comments, “likes”, “shares” and words of encouragement and appreciation.  I am truly humbled to be able to share these messages with you.

 

I also want to acknowledge myself for...

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Leadership and the 3 Degrees of "What If" Questions

Nov 12, 2019

“Can you imagine a life with no fear?  What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?”

                                                                                                               - Max Lucado

Leadership during challenge is multi-faceted.  Leaders must first be adept at dealing with challenges in the present moment.  When problems arise, and they will, organizations look to those in leadership to help weather the storm. 

Additionally, leaders must understand the past.  They must have a keen understanding of what worked and what did not in previous events and be able to discern from that knowledge how to proceed in times of difficulty.

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Leadership is a Big Door that Swings on the Small Hinge of Character

Nov 05, 2019

 

“Leadership ………. is like a big door that swings.  But that big door of leadership swings on the small hinge of character.”

                                                                                          - Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.)

 

I was recently listening to an interview with Retired Admiral James Stavridis, who was out promoting his new book on leadership, Sailing True North: Ten Admirals and the Voyage of Character.   

 

I have to admit, I was half-listening to the interview while I was working out, when the admiral said something and made me immediately stop and go running for a pen and paper to write it down when he shared,

 

“Leadership is how we influence...

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Leadership Deja Vu vs. Vuja De

Oct 29, 2019

“Déjà vu is when you think you’re doing something you’ve done before; it happens because God thought it was so funny, He had to rewind it for his friends.”

                                                                                                         - Anonymous

Déjà vu, almost all of us has experienced it.  We are in the middle of doing something, and we get this overwhelming feeling that we have been at this same place doing this same thing before.  In French, this phrase is literally translated as “already seen”.  While some interpret this phenomenon as a paranormal premonition, mainstream science attributes déjà vu to...

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Lessons and Gifts I Received from my Dad

Oct 21, 2019

“Speak your truth with compassion and care.  Own your mistakes and weaknesses.  We all have them.  And it is far more honest to accept and face them then ignore or hide them.”

                                                                                                      - Anil Kumar Sinha

 

Several years ago, during the early stages of my speaking career, I was on the phone with my mom. 

 

Despite being well into my middle age, my mom is still someone I turn to in times of disappointment, struggle and frustration.  During this particular discussion, I was sharing my frustration with how my new speaking career was not taking off at the trajectory I had intended. 

 

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Leadership and the Compassionate Pharmacist

Oct 16, 2019

“Service helps not only the receiver, but the server.  Whoever offers service must improve himself in order to do what has to be done, must think about others rather than only himself.  He learns.  He finds value in what he does.  Thus, his self-esteem grows, and he is able to find meaning in his life.”

                                                                                                - Piero Ferrucci – The Power of Kindness

 

I am truly blessed.  As a professional speaker, I get to travel around the country and share my Mind of a Champion message with numerous groups each year and connect with scores of people I would never encounter if I was not doing this work.

What is so amazing is...

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6 Strategies Leaders Use To Access The Power of Presence

Oct 08, 2019

“A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention."

                                                                                                - Herbert Simon

 

Focused attention.  It is no secret that we live in an age where massive amounts of information are literally at our fingertips.  What used to take hours or even days or weeks to obtain, can now be found simply by tapping into the browser of our smartphones or laptop computers.  However, with this comes another challenge.  With so much information available to us, and importantly, coming at us, it can be extremely difficult for us to focus our attention.  This not only impacts our well-being and productivity; it can also have a dramatic impact...

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Great Leaders Know Feelings Follow Behavior

Oct 01, 2019

“Behavior wags the tail of feelings…..We do, then we feel.”

                                                                                - David Reynolds

 

How many times in your life have you said you will finally get to something that you have decided is important to complete when you “feel like it”?  I know I have. 

 

My weekly project list can be littered with things I have noted as important enough to have put my attention towards; but have remained incomplete.  While some of our mundane tasks do not bring with them a penalty for their incompletion, the problem I see is we often apply this way of thinking to the things we have identified as being the most important in our lives to complete. 

 

The phone call we...

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