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Getting Started

Posted on November 10, 2021
Getting Started

"The secret of getting ahead is getting started." ~ Mark Twain ~


Raymond wanted more than anything to write a mystery novel. He’d been thinking about it for years, researching, plotting, outlining. He knew his novel may never be published, let alone even read by anyone, but it was something important to him -- something he knew would bring him a profound sense of accomplishment. Raymond had sat in front of the glowing, blank screen of his laptop countless times to begin his labor of love; however, he just couldn’t seem to find the right words.

Today would be different, Raymond thought as he opened his computer.

When he shifted his weight, the creak and groan of his desk chair made him frown. It obviously needed lubrication. Knowing he wouldn’t be able to concentrate with the constant noise, he got up to head for the laundry room he had a can of WD-40 in his toolbox. Passing through the kitchen, he stopped for a cup of coffee. He also grabbed a sandwich. As he ate, he sorted through a stack of mail on the kitchen table, which reminded him that he needed to pay a few bills.

That done, he headed to the laundry room for the can of WD-40. The hall light was out, so he changed the bulb. He also changed three others he’d noticed were out. When Raymond finally pulled out his toolbox, the disarray of it made him cringe. It took him over an hour to clean it out and organize its contents. Can of WD-40 in hand, Raymond then proceeded to oil every hinge in the house. He also fixed a leaky faucet, patched a hole in a wall, fixed a broken ceiling fan, and cleaned out the garage. He even power washed the deck furniture.

What Raymond did not do, however, was start writing

It's not enough to simply have a dream, a goal, or even a plan: there must be a beginning.

Don't let a few 'creaks' and 'groans' become major distractions. Remember, you can't complete what you never start.


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What Are You Passionate About?

Posted on October 27, 2021
What Are You Passionate About?

“Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up.  It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.  Every morning a lion wakes up.  It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.  It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle—when the sun comes up, you’d better be running." -- Unknown



What gets you up in the morning? What makes you jump out of bed? What makes you eager to get to the office, to start constructing a building, to lead a meeting, to teach a class, to sell a product, to perform a service, to bring joy to others? 


Whatever your answer, I hope it has you running as fast as you can. I hope it lights your fire, fuels your energy, and propels you into your zone of greatness -- the place where your passion meets your unique talents. It's the intersection where the activities you love to do meet the activities you do very well.


We've all experienced this place. It has many names: the zone, the element, the flow, to name a few. Regardless of its label, it's a place where we're fulfilled, where we become all we're capable of becoming, where we self-actualize, where we're the happiest. 


It's the place we willingly run to—as quickly as we can.


It's the place we willingly run to—as often as we can.


It's the place we willingly run to—to be our best.


It's the place we willingly run to—to be our true self.


Are you running as fast as you can toward your happiness?



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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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