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Are You Being a Victim or an Owner?

Mar 04, 2024

“Today is a new day. Don't let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. You have the power and the time to shape your life. Break free from the poisonous victim mentality and embrace the truth of your greatness. You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!”

                                                                                       - Steve Maraboli

 

 Are you being a victim or are you an owner?  

 

I first heard this question posed several years ago by super coach, Steve Chandler when I was attending one of his great seminars.  

 

The concept is really quite...

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4 Questions to Ask to Yourself to Create Powerful Goals

Feb 23, 2024

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, or hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.”

                                                                                             - Albert Einstein

 

There is a classic story of Beatles legend, John Lennon as a young school-boy.  His teacher had assigned the class an assignment to answer the simple question,

 

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

 

As expected, as his classmates shared their answers, typical careers emerged from the imaginations of young primary schoolers of that time, policeman, nurse, teacher, fireman, etc.

 

It then came time for young John to share, and the teacher asked, “John, what do you...

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What are the People Like in YOUR Town?

Feb 16, 2024

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

                                                                                  - Mahatma Ghandi

 

Today, many would say that we are living in a deeply divided society. 

 

The anger, irritation and resentment that comes from others not seeing the world the way we see it, can permeate our everyday life and is fueled by the constant images and reports we see on news and social medias.

 

So much of our frustrations come from wanting others to act, speak or think like we do.  If not in the absolute, at least in a willingness to listen to us and consider our point of view in a civil and empathetic way. 

 

But what about us?  Are we willing to do the same? 

 

 

This reminds...

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Leadership and the Power of Your Voice

Feb 10, 2024

“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 04, 2024

“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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"How Do I Do It?" vs. "Can I Do It?"

Jan 27, 2024

“(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...

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

Jan 19, 2024

“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. 

 

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

Jan 13, 2024

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

                                                                                             - Mahatma Gandhi

 

Several years ago, 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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Problem or Project? The Choice is Yours

Jan 06, 2024

“In the study of truth, we talk often about the power of words.  It is important to put into words only the verbal statements you want to see manifest in your life.  For instance, the word ‘problem’.  You say, ‘I have a problem.’ A much better word to employ when referring to some sort of challenge is ‘project’.  Note what happens when you say, ‘I have this project.’  It makes all the difference in the world.  The word project suggests a positive endeavor of development…..We tackle a project with vigor and imagination and with the conviction that it will be done.”

                                                                                             ...

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New Year - New H.O.P.E.

Dec 30, 2023

“Hope is a start.  But…hope needs action to win victories.”

                                                                      - David J. Schwartz

 

A new year is upon us.  I don’t know about you, but I am very happy that 2024 has arrived. 

 

Recently, I was speaking to one of my friends and shared with him that I am usually not overly excited about the beginning of a new year, but this year I certainly am.

 

It is an understatement to say that 2023, for many of us, has been a difficult year for all of us, and I am personally filled with hope for what lies ahead for the upcoming year.

 

Hope can serve as an incredibly powerful force in getting us moving and breaking through the barriers we face in difficult times.  It is also...

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