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Leadership and the Power of Your Voice

Feb 18, 2023

“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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3 Visualization Strategies to Create Breakthrough Results

Feb 12, 2023

“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 the Champion’s toolbox for success and happiness. 


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 will...

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6 Winning Strategies to Create Masterful Days

Feb 05, 2023

"If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed."

                                                                                       - Admiral William H. McRaven (retired)


One of my favorite books that I read/listened to in the last few years, was Make Your Bed by retired 4-Star Admiral William H. McRaven. 


McRaven retired from the Navy in 2014 as the highest-ranking Navy Seal or “bullfrog” in the corps and was the commander in charge of the missions that felled both Osama bin Ladin and Saddam Hussein.


The book is based on his now famous commencement speech that he delivered to the graduating class at the University of Texas on how to change the world (check out an excerpt from the speech here, but...

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The Joy of Sacrifice

Jan 28, 2023

"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."


                                                                                            - Pele, Soccer Legend


Recently, I had an old friend, martial arts student and training partner ask me if I could use the platform of this weekly blog to comment on the concept of sacrifice


It seems to me, in our instant gratification society, which often times provides us the means of getting things the moment we desire it, that sacrifice has become a lost art. 


However, in my experience, the times when I really had to sacrifice my...

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Are You Too Busy?

Jan 22, 2023

“No matter how busy a man is, he is never too busy to stop and talk about how busy he is.”

                                                                                         - SearchQuotes.com




When you think about it, it has really become an obsession for us in our culture - a badge of honor, so to speak. 


The next time you are in a conversation with a friend or business associate, be aware of how many times the conversation begins or includes your expression of how busy you are.  


Busy-ness can become a driving force in our lives, particularly when we identify with it strongly or allow it to dictate how we show up in our professional and personal relationships.


Interestingly enough,...

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Problem or Project? The Choice is Yours

Jan 16, 2023

“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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Learning to Love the Watermelon Boy

Jan 07, 2023

You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” 

                                                                                    -  Amy Bloom


There are times in our early lives that can have a profound effect on us and continue to impact us into our adult years. 


One such instance happened to me when I was about nine years old and led me to create a self-image, I would carry with me for most of my life.  


I was at my cousin’s house playing with a group of six other kids.  We were being led in our play by my cousin’s neighbor, Johnny, who was a year or two older than me. 


Johnny was slender, with brownish-red hair and freckles.  He was also extremely...

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

Jan 02, 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 2023 has arrived. 


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 true that having a vision of hope for what we want to change, accomplish or experience in a new year ahead is not a new phenomenon. 


In fact, each year, millions of people across the globe will create New Year’s resolutions to make tangible and impactful changes in their lives,...

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4 Keys to Dreaming B.I.G. So You Can Create What You Want in 2023

Dec 25, 2022

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, particularly when we have experienced challenges like we have faced in the last couple of...

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5 Gifts to Give This Holiday Season That You Can't Buy on Amazon

Dec 17, 2022

"We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give."

                                                                                - Winston Churchill



The holidays are usually marked with hustle and bustle of year-end activities.  Our calendars fill up with events, parties and gift-giving functions, celebrating with family and friends. 


Some of us may struggle with how to get into the spirit of the holidays.  However, it is my experience that when we focus on the giving of "gifts" during this time of year, is where the magic happens.


With this in mind, here are five gifts we can give others and ourselves (that you can’t buy on Amazon or anywhere else) to make this unique holiday season joyous and one to...

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