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Archive for April, 2011

It’s All About You

It’s All About You

"In the high school halls, in the shopping malls, be cool or be cast out, In the basement bars, in the backs of cars, conform or be cast out" - lyrics from "Subdivisions" by Rush The heavy burden to conform to the perceived  "norm" starts at a very early age for all of us. Groups of kids band together, forming cliques with those whom they share the most in common with, and often, the most special or gifted of these individuals ends up standing out as so completely different from their peers, that they naturally become the target [...]

It’s a Living…

It’s a Living…

If you're not living the life of your dreams right now, it's not because you don't know how. There's a good chance you know exactly what it is that you love to do.  It's that thing that feels totally natural.  The thing you do that you feel like you could do all day, every day and never get tired of.  When you do it, that's when your true talent and unique gifts are being used to their fullest. So why aren't you doing it every day? There's nothing or no one that can stop you from doing what you love.  Provided of course that it's [...]

Knowing You

Knowing You

One of the key elements to the successful process in any area of your life is a solid belief in yourself.  You have to believe that you are capable and worthy of whatever it is you desire.  If you do, then your potential to achieve is only limited by the roadblocks you create for yourself. In other words, like W. Clement Stone famously said, "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve". And in order to believe in yourself at the level necessary to start moving those proverbial mountains, you really have to get to [...]

Lighten Up!

Lighten Up!

How about a good laugh?  Seriously, when was the last time you really laughed?  When I say really laughed I mean cut loose like a little kid.  The kind of crazy, almost uncontrollable laughter that breaks down your inhibitions and transports you back to childhood.  It's the best. Not only do I highly recommend it, but I'm going to insist that you start doing it. I'm telling you, it's one of the greatest things you can do for yourself at any given moment of any given day.  Just let it go.  Not only does it feel good...it is good!  [...]

You’ll Love This

You’ll Love This

It's really all about love. I mean, when you break it all down and get to the core of what really makes life wonderful, creates joy in relationships, inspires people to become the greatest version of themselves, and brings out the very best in all of humanity, it's love. Love can soften the hardest heart, break through the toughest barrier, and cause the amazing to become reality. The best thing about love is that it's free...it's a gift.  A gift to be given and received.  And it's so easy to give this gift away.  You and I can [...]

You Will if You Have the Will

You Will if You Have the Will

What does it take to be successful? It takes clarity of purpose, absolute focus, faith in yourself, a belief in your dream, heart felt determination, and unwavering will. And what kind of will is unwavering, you ask? I would say the kind of will that refuses to stop until the goal has been achieved.  The kind of will that won't entertain the words of doubters or anyone else who seeks to knock you off your course.  The kind of will that sees obstacles as opportunities. That's the kind of will that allows you to achieve anything [...]

You Are Here

You Are Here

What if you're living your perfect life right now? It may not be the greatest version yet...but what if it is perfect, nonetheless? I really believe that we're always living our perfect life, in a very real sense.  We're just living it in different stages, and have our own unique opportunities for growth.  And I think all of us have the potential to accomplish amazing and miraculous things.  We can be whatever we want to be and have whatever we want to have, as long as we believe this, and take the cues from around us to pursue our [...]

Dream Big, Live Big

Dream Big, Live Big

If you believe in yourself and believe that you are worthy, whatever you focus on with all of your mind and pursue with all of your heart, you will achieve. I believe that to be the absolute truth. I think that you can be whatever you want to be in this life.  You can do whatever you want to do, and you can have whatever you want to have.  You just have to believe that and be willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. You've probably heard me write at least a few times about not quitting.  And that is my ultimate nutshell [...]

Standards and Procedures

Standards and Procedures

Okay, I'm going to assume that you have a desire to be as successful as possible in this life.  If so, I'm also going to assume that you have some goals for yourself.  However, I won't assume that you are absolutely committed to do whatever it takes to be successful and that you will not stop or waver until you have achieved your ultimate result. The reason I won't assume that, is because this is the place where most people slip.  They either quit at the first sign of adversity and challenge, or they get so far off track that they [...]

Confession of a Grateful Grandson

Confession of a Grateful Grandson

I have a confession to make.  And as a grown man, who is married and the father of two kids, this one is going to sound pretty sappy.  But, here it goes... I miss my grandma. Okay, I said it.  And I think I feel a little better getting it off my chest.  Now look, it's as honest a confession as could ever be uttered, but I also feel like I'm taking a big chance by throwing it out there, since you readers may start thinking that I'm a bit of a softy. That's a big risk for a guy who considers himself a man's man at the core! But, [...]

Think It Through

Think It Through

There is a poem that I have kept with me since I was a kid.  It has been a source of inspiration for years and I really wanted to share it with you tonight. When I mean that I've kept it, I mean that it has either been up on my office wall, or tucked in a notebook in my room, and it seems that I've always been able to access it when I have needed to for the last 30-some-odd years.  Of course, this is not hard now that we have the internet, and I'm pretty sure that I found the latest and greatest version that I have online. In any [...]

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