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Are you prepared?

Posted on October 15, 2021
Are you prepared?

Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.”

 -Alan Armstrong


“Be Prepared” is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America.  It’s direct, clear, and concise. It’d be pretty hard to misunderstand its meaning.  


It raises a question, though: Be prepared for what?


Think about your own journey for a moment. How can you be prepared for whatever comes your way? By becoming more resilient. 


Consider these 4 ways you can boost your resilience when faced with daily demands - or the unexpected - of your job, career, or life:


1 Educate yourself. What will you need to know, understand, and apply to be effective in your job, career, or calling?  


2 Note needs. What will you need to know to be effective today as you go about meeting people, helping them understand your product or service, instructing them on how to use a computer, influencing them to consider your approach?  


3 Ask questions. What type of powerful questions do you need to utilize to encourage others to provide valuable information? 


4 Listen closely. What active listening skills do you need to develop, to hear what is really being said?


Being prepared can be hard work. Sometimes, it’s lonely work. Sometimes, it’s even boring work.  But it’s necessary work for success in work and in life. And, it’s work that requires careful planning.


To celebrate like a champion, you must prepare like a champion.


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Room for Growth

Posted on September 30, 2021
Room for Growth

“There is always room in your life for thinking bigger, pushing limits, and imagining the impossible.” -- Tony Robbins


Daily life is busy. Between the responsibilities of career and family, it can be a happy, chaotic blur of activity that makes constant demands of our time and energy.

And in this hectic, busy life, the idea of "thinking bigger and pushing limits" can seem almost absurd. Yet how often does a lack of time, money, or energy simply become an excuse to settle into a state of comfortable stagnation?

It’s a gift to be satisfied with the state of your life, content with job and family, but there's always room for growth. It may require some reorganization--maybe even a few sacrifices--to grow, to accomplish that something you've wanted to.

Perhaps it’s a dream not quite realized or a talent not yet honed. Maybe there are goals, either personal or professional, that you’ve yet to meet, but would very much like to. Or, perhaps you’ve been feeling a certain dissatisfaction with the life you're  living--a quiet, yet nagging sense of discontentment. Whatever the case, there's always room in your life for challenge and growth.  

It's only when you're willing to "think bigger, push limits and imagine the impossible" that you're able to become the truest, fullest, and best version of yourself--the person you were meant to be.  


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Unstrap That Burden

Posted on September 17, 2021
Unstrap That Burden

People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.”

~ George Bernard Shaw


Here’s a potential growth exercise for you to consider:

Locate a backpack, and fill it with a few books--about 5-10 lbs of books will do. Wear it for an entire day.  Oh, and be sure to put it on in the morning and remove it only after you get in bed at night.

Try this for an entire day, and you'll gain a remarkable insight into all the other “things” that you've made a conscious decision to carry around with you.

Now, let's apply this same exercise to all the emotional weights you may be carrying around with you every day.

For instance, are you burdening yourself down with fear, anxiety, or frustration?  Does carrying around one of these ‘weights’ every day slow you down? Just as you can choose to strap on that wrist or ankle weight, you can choose to strap on that burden of fear, anxiety, or frustration. And just as you can choose to unstrap that weight, you can 'unstrap' those burdens that make you less than your best 'you.'

It’s your choice. Choose wisely.


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What Lies Within

Posted on August 26, 2021
What Lies Within

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Life is often compared to a journey -- and for good reason.  Like a journey, life stretches behind and before us, a path full of twists, turns, mountains, valleys, rocky ground, and soft soil.

Too often we concern ourselves with the road that lies behind or ahead. That is, we focus on the past or the future.  Whether pleasant or painful, the road behind is just that, behind us.  While it informs our present, it does not define the present, and it surely doesn’t determine the future.  The road ahead -- the future -- is unseen, unknown, and waits to be explored. 

Your journey’s outcome depends on you.  The decisions you made, the paths you choose, the steps you take are determined by what lies within you, not what lies ahead or behind you.  

Grow from the journey.  Learn from the journey.  And above all enjoy the journey. Where it started and where it ends will never be as important as how it was made.

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