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High Anxiety

High Anxiety

I once heard a speaker making the distinction between the physiological reactions of two performers.  One was someone who was scared to death to go on stage and the other was a person who couldn't wait to get out there and be in front of the crowd. It was pretty fascinating stuff. The person with stage fright said that they could sense the fear as they were about to go out on stage because their heart started to race, their palms got real sweaty, there was a lump developing in their throat and they started to shake with nervousness all [...]

Presence and Presents

Presence and Presents

You know that feeling you get at Christmas time when, after spending way more money than you even thought you had on gifts for the kids, they're all sitting on the floor in plain site, playing with the boxes and the wrapping paper instead of the toys? Quite a feeling, isn't it? You think to yourself, "if I had only known they would get so much joy and have so much fun with the packaging, I would have skipped the toys and just given them ribbons and wrapping paper". There's just so much to be said about living in the moment, and [...]

Sensible Shoes

Sensible Shoes

"You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You're on your own, and you know what you know.  You are the guy who'll decide where to go" - Dr. Seuss Each of us was born with a built in system that can get us anywhere we want to go in our lives.  It is a system that is as perfect and works as well as anything else in all of life, and yet it is also one of those things that seems to rarely get used. Most of us have never tapped into the internal resources which [...]

Some Quick Dad Tips

Some Quick Dad Tips

Being a dad rules. I may not be an expert, but I sure feel like I've learned a lot in the nine years that it's been my major responsibility.  So, I figured I'd impart some words of wisdom and maybe help someone out there be even better than they already are. The truth is, all of our situations as dads are a little unique.  But there certainly are some things that we all have in common. By the way, any of you moms out there...I wish I could say, just take what I'm saying about dads and apply it and it will work for you, too...but we [...]

Be Exceptional

Be Exceptional

There are plenty of things that you can do on the job which will make you more successful.  One of the most valuable things you can ever do is make yourself indispensable. It sounds like a daunting task, I know. The truth is that you can begin to separate yourself from others within your business or organization by doing something real simple, but which can develop into long term habits of success, and you can start doing it right away. The first step is to make a minor shift in your mental outlook. You have to understand that [...]

Post #25

Post #25

At some point during the 30 Blogs in 30 Days Challenge you have to breathe a little.  Especially if you are attempting to post twenty-one times in two days in order to complete the competition. So, I'm coming up for a little air here. It has been a pretty incredible day.  I have managed to this point to have post twelve times to the blog, and after this little diddy, I will five more to go.  As I'm writing this, I have approximately one hour and thirty-seven minutes to accomplish this task.  I have to admit that when I started I was [...]

Sunday Blues

Sunday Blues

I'm sure you've had them.  Most of us have at one point or another in our lives.  In fact, unless you've never been part of the Monday through Friday, nine-to-five crowd, I guarantee you've felt their sting and waded through their murky waters. I'm talking about the Sunday Blues. They typically hit someone around four o'clock in the afternoon on any given Sunday and they can last all night unless the person experiencing them can manage to sneak in some shut eye.  That's not always the case.  The Sunday Blues have been known to claim [...]

Wake Up and Start Dreaming!

Wake Up and Start Dreaming!

"All men dream but not equally.  Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible" - T.E. Lawrence Follow your heart.  Chase your dreams.  Believe in yourself.  Become exceptional.  Live an extraordinary and abundant life. How about it?  How does it feel to think about doing all of the wonderful things you've ever dreamed about?  Wouldn't you like to accomplish [...]

Moving is Such Sweet Sorrow

Moving is Such Sweet Sorrow

(With apologies to William Shakespeare) Recently, I moved.  Again. I've moved quite a few times in my life.  It's not something I'm afraid to do.  I realize that it terrifies some people. I know some folks who have lived in the same house for more than twenty years, and I also know peeps who have moved to twenty different cities during their lives. I will say, quite definitively, after my years of experience seeing the country, that there really is no easy way to do it. I've loaded up a U Haul myself and headed out across [...]

For Medicinal Purposes

For Medicinal Purposes

Everyone is looking for the wonder drug.  The one that you can take at any time and in any situation and which will make things better almost instantly. Everyone...you're search is over! I know what the wonder drug is and I am pleased to announce that I will be sharing it with everyone at no charge.  Are you interested? It's actually been around for a while and has been dubbed "the best medicine" by many. You guessed it, it's laughter. No matter what is going on in your life right now, I would challenge you to break out into [...]

Burgers, Fries and Wide Eyes

Burgers, Fries and Wide Eyes

You know that I often write about my kids.  The reason I do so much is because they have become a constant source of inspiration for me to the many wonderful lessons of life that we miss if we only pay attention to the grown ups! I was having the dinner the other night with my family on Main Street in the quaint little city of Seal Beach, California.  We like quaint, we like beaches, and we like California...so it worked for us! Anyway, the kids were served their fabulous meals in cardboard cars that were doubling as platters.  My [...]

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