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Posted on August 16, 2016

I like to just think of myself as a normal person who just has a passion, has a goal and a dream and goes out and does it. And that's really how I've always lived my life.”


- Michael Phelps



Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history.  Over the course of his swimming career, he has participated in five Olympics, winning a total of 28 medals, 23 of them gold.  No other Olympian has come close to this feat. 

And yet, regardless of his spectacular accomplishments, Michael Phelps considers himself a “normal” person.  Most, however, would disagree with this humble self-assessment. His talent and drive are anything but ordinary. 

But talent and drive are only part of the force behind his achievement. The rest is passion.

Passion breathes life into natural talent, giving it purpose and meaning.  Passion gives a sense of excitement and joy to the hard work of cultivating that talent.  Passion inspires dreams and provides the desire to meet them.

Passion makes the ordinary extraordinary.

Don’t settle for ordinary.  Unleash your passion . . . and prepare for extraordinary.




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Getting Started

Posted on July 22, 2016
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, and 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 and headed for the laundry room where he knew 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 beginningDon't let a few 'creaks' and 'groans' become major distractions. After all, you can't complete what you never start.





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String of Days

Posted on June 15, 2016
String of Days

Each day is a mini lifetime.”


When you wake up in the morning, do you ever think that it is the first day of the rest of your life?

And when you go to bed at night, do you reflect back on the day and realize that it is gone forever?

Did you make the day what you wanted it to be? What was your legacy for that day?

Life is a string of days—a series of mini-lifetimes. Each day brings with it a new beginning and ends with a legacy of some kind.

Are you beginning each day with the determination to make it great? Are you ending each day satisfied with its results?

You can only live one day at a time; live each with purpose.

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Be Like the Rain

Posted on April 18, 2016
Be Like the Rain


"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
~William James

The rain was falling gently and cooling off the hot summer day.  I was thankful for its presence, and the trees, flowers and other plants were benefiting from its nourishing effect.

This gentle rain was a giver. It asked nothing in return.  Yet everything growing in the soil would flourish because of its nourishing power.

It made me wonder . . .

Do I have a nourishing impact on those I come into contact with?

Do I freely share my gifts to help others flourish?

Do I do so with no expectations of a return?

How can I become like the rain?  How can I provide a gentle, nourishing strength?
Take the time to be like the rain . . . a gentle, yet nourishing presence in the lives of others.

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