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Yard Work

Yard Work

"So if you think your life is complete confusion because your neighbors got it made, just remember that it's a grand illusion, and deep inside we're all the same" - lyrics from "The Grand Illusion" by Dennis DeYoung of Styx It sure is easy to look around and think to ourselves that life would be a whole lot beter for us if only we had... (fill in the blank) It's a challenge for sure in this Infomation Age, which was ushered in on the heels of the Sit-In-Front-of-the-TV-for-Eight-Hours-a-Day Age. I mean, if you live in America, you're [...]

You Are Here…Today

You Are Here…Today

I found myself quiet this morning...which isn't always an easy thing to pull off on a Thursday...and in that quiet and still place, I became lost in a thought.  The thought itself was simple enough; life is a gift.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I became inspired to reflect on an extraordinary benfit to this great gift from God.  And that is, the unique opportunity each of us has, every single day, and for as long as we draw breath, to invent and reinvent.  And really what I mean is, the chance to reinvent [...]

It’s Time to Travel Light

It’s Time to Travel Light

How's your stress level? If you're like the rest of us, you could probably afford to let go of some of the stress in your life. I've got a tip that I think will make all the difference in the world for you, but it's going to require you to change the way you think a little bit.  I know, changing anything doesn't really sound like much fun at first, but I assure you the payoff will be beyond fantastic.  Besides, if you keep doing what you're doing...you'll keep getting what you got. So are you ready to try to shake things up a bit [...]

You’re Still the One

You’re Still the One

Would you really like to stand out from the crowd?  As a business owner, as a professional, or even as a person? Then here's a solid suggestion that will allow you to separate yourself from the status quo or your competition, and put you on a path to achieving amazing results in your life.  Are you ready for it?  Here it is: Be yourself. As simple as that sounds, the truth is, being yourself is the one way you can truly stand out from the crowd.  You're a unique individual, and the best way to start to express that [...]

Sharp Axes

Sharp Axes

"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax" - Abraham Lincoln There's an analogy I love to use when I'm talking to people about continuously working on their craft, and why it's so important that they never stop.  And whether you're a salesperson, an actor, a business owner, a stay at home mom, or anything else, I hope you can learn from this one. Think about the World Series.  The match up between the two best baseball teams in all of the major leagues.  These are some of the absolute best [...]

Hey, Are You Alive?

Hey, Are You Alive?

"The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death"  Where are you living? No, I don't mean your address...I mean where are you really living your life?  In the past, in the present, or in the future? Truthfully, we tend to live in all three of those places, at least some of the time. For example, it's really easy to get caught up in memories, great ones or bad ones, and it's also easy to get stuck there.  Sort of like a brain freeze, just picturing the events that [...]

Due To Circumstances Beyond Your Control

Due To Circumstances Beyond Your Control

Bill Cosby is credited with saying, "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody". I think those are wise words, and should also serve as a bit of a warning for all of us. As strong as that desire may be within you to make everyone happy, or every situation harmonious, if you're measuring your ultimate success by the degree to which you accomplish this, you're in for a monumental letdown. No matter how awesome, cool, and wonderful you are, you can't make everyone happy.  And regardless of [...]

The Best Kind of Bold

The Best Kind of Bold

Sometimes it seems like arrogant people are more bold, doesn't it? And it sure feels like those conceited, ruthless, greedy people are a lot more powerful than the rest of us, right?  (I'm assuming of course you're not one of the conceited, ruthless or greedy people I'm referencing). Sure, they can be louder in social settings, and they are truly adept at putting other people down, often in front of their peers.  But the truth is that the loud, obnoxious, cocky, and entitled among us are really cowards. Weaklings cleverly disguised as [...]

Control Freak

Control Freak

You can react to any situation any way that you choose. You can cry at a wedding or laugh at a funeral.  It's  really up to you. Once you realize this and start to put it into practice, it will empower you beyond belief.  In fact, it may be the single most valuable life lesson that exists, if it were possible to rank such things. Not so you can start making scenes at memorial services, but so that you can demonstrate to yourself that outside circumstances and other people have no inherent right to dictate your mood, attitude, or to [...]

Do You Hear That?

Do You Hear That?

I wanted to share something really cool with you tonight. My son is featured in the new inspirational video by Dex Elliott Sanders, for his song, "Heard a Voice", and I'd love for you to check it out. Here's the video link: HEARD A VOICE Besides being proud of my son, I think it's really a great song and a powerful video.  I hope that you'll watch it and perhaps even leave a comment for Dex or show your support by "liking" it.  I really think it's important that we share the great work of others who are out there following their [...]

First Things First

First Things First

Okay, I want to jump right into this. I talked about posting daily questions or challenges or thoughts that we could all apply to our own lives in the hope that those things would lead us to a place where we are all living with passion and purpose, and following our hearts to the truest extent of those words.  Of course this was really inspired by listening to all of the tributes to Steve Jobs in light of his passing from this world the other day. If you didn't read the post I'm referring to, you can check it out here, so you'll know [...]

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