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Are You Stuck In Reverse?

Posted on February 17, 2016









"Don’t dwell on what went wrong.  Instead, focus on what to do next.  Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer."


- Denis Waitley




On any given day, we may feel that things are not going well for us.  We have too many uncontrollable demands on our time and resources.  We feel overwhelmed.  This often leads to us not getting tasks done and to frustration, the feeling that we are being blocked from achieving our goals.  


Being overwhelmed and frustrated is like your DVD player stuck in reverse: it will not get you to the end of your movie.


At this point, consider pressing the “pause” button and take a moment to focus.  Clarify the tasks or initiatives you want to accomplish.  Prioritize your “to do” list.


Now, press the “play” button.  You’re moving forward once again, putting your planning into action. You're able to accomplish your initiatives.  


When things are moving, growing, flourishing, you’ve hit the “fast-forward” button, the feeling of being overwhelmed and frustrated is far behind you.  You are in your zone and in control of your life! 


© 2016 The Growth Group, LLC - All rights reserved.


Posted on January 15, 2016

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”



Eleanor Roosevelt





I always enjoy watching the conclusion of a graduation commencement service when the graduates toss their caps into the air.  You can almost hear a collective sigh of relief.  “Now, finally, this experience is over.  We made it through those four years!”


Yet, for those of us who have been through a commencement celebration, we know that it is really just the beginning


In a sense, each new year, each new day, is a commencement, a beginning.  What will you choose to do with that new beginning?  What opportunities will open up to you because you are alert to them?


Will you embrace the opportunity to bring happiness into the life of someone who very much needs it?  Will you accept the challenge of learning something new that might come in handy in the future?


Will you make the decision to progress further on your Greatness Journey?  And, make the conscious effort to enjoy each step of the way?


It's a new year . . . what better time to "commence" the rest of your life.







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Give Me Patience - NOW!

Posted on December 14, 2015
Give Me Patience - NOW!

“Have patience with all things, but, first of all, with yourself."

- St. Francis de Sales


The “Give me patience - now!” placard has always amused me.  It is also revealing and so true for many of us.  

Patience can help us.  It can fuel our sense of tenacity.   It can help us persevere in the face of obstacles and stay focused on our tasks.

Impatience, however, can be a symptom of other behaviors, some of which have negative impacts on ourselves and others.  If you are impatient, is it because you want to control people, things, and situations?  Is it because you are domineering and always want to have things your way?  Is it because you are self-centered?  What are the root causes of controlling, domineering, or self-centered behaviors?  

Let these questions marinate for a while before answering.  Take your time with them . . . be patient.  

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A Work In Progress

Posted on November 14, 2015
A Work In Progress

Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.”
    -Bruce Lee


The young child was wearing a t-shirt that was stained with her entire day’s activities.  Beneath the food and other stains were the words, “Be patient with me, I’m still a work in progress!”

As a “grown-up,” it’s important to remember we are also still a work in progress. We are continuously growing, learning, changing.  Progress does not end at a certain age, level of educational attainment, or series of life experiences.  Our growth is on-going; it happens every day we are alive.  It’s happening at this very moment.

The question then is . . . what are you becoming?

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