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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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Progress Not Perfection

Posted on October 21, 2015
Progress Not Perfection

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

- Benjamin Franklin


Life-long learning is required to successfully travel on a Greatness Journey.  At various stages of our journey we may need to gain more insight, enhance our skill sets, or adjust our mindset to overcome obstacles.


Sometimes in our quest for success, however, a tendency toward perfection may creep in. This tendency can be an obstacle.
Striving for perfection can result in an overriding need to control people and situations.  This tendency can lead to anger and frustration when expectations aren't met.
People who strive to be perfect rarely experience a sense of fulfillment or contentment.  Progress, not perfection, is the key to successfully traveling along our Greatness Journey.
Finding a balance between what you are doing and how you go about doing it is key.

Are you making progress . . . or seeking perfection?


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The Purpose of Passion

Posted on September 17, 2015
The Purpose of Passion

It is your passion that empowers you to be able to do that thing you were created to do.”

- T. D. Jakes


The drowning person struggles to stay afloat, struggles for air.  During those moments, all other thoughts and concerns are irrelevant.  The drowning person is passionate about one thing: surviving the ordeal.

Every day we can encounter distractions, distractions that take our focus off of our most important tasks of the day.  Sure, we can make our "to do" list.  Sure, we can write our goals on our “vision board.”  Sure, we can list our reasons why on our “Magic Cards.”

But what’s missing?


It is the passion to live that propels the drowning person to tread water.  It is the passion to live that propels the drowning person to gasp for as much air as possible.

If we lack the passion to go somewhere, be someone, do something important, achieve a critical objective, to live the life we were meant to live, then we lack the fuel needed to fulfill our purpose

If there is no passion to live, the result is a lost life.  

Do you have the passion?

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