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Feeling Lucky?

Feeling Lucky?

Have you stopped to consider how lucky you are? Now look, "luck" can be defined a few different ways, and because of that, it's usually a pretty subjective term.  Typically, I like to say that luck is that thing that happens when preparation meets opportunity...but I also reference it quite often by saying that I am lucky and blessed in many ways.  When I say it like that, I think of  it more in terms of good fortune, and that thing that makes me feel grateful. For the purposes of this post making any sense, let's talk about [...]

The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence

If you're a parent, you have no doubt experienced a moment or two when you wonder if you're doing the best job you possibly can.  I actually believe that's a good thing, because, the way I see it, if you're actually concerned about the job you're doing, that means you care.  And if you care, that's a great place to start. I think the best parents are just like the best people in any other endeavor in life.  Always searching for new and better ways to do things, reading up on tips, asking questions, setting goals.  A serious and [...]

Your True Best Friend, Within

Your True Best Friend, Within

How much quality time do you spend with yourself each day? Think about it before you answer. I mean, look, you're always there for you.  I just can't help but wonder if you're really take advantage of that. Everywhere you go, you're right there with yourself...everything you think about, you're thinking about, it too.  You follow you around like a shadow, waiting to help, whenever you give you the chance. Do you trust yourself?  Would you go to yourself for advice?  Do you love yourself?  Do you respect yourself? Your life [...]

Life’s a Beach

Life’s a Beach

I've found that life is significantly more fun, when I'm doing fun fun stuff.  That's not a very deep thought, I know, but I was reminded of this simple truth this weekend. The family decided that we were going to take off down the coast, hit the beach for an entire day, have a great meal together and then shack up in a hotel somewhere instead of driving home. So, we took off.  We left laptops, video games, and cell phones behind (well, okay, the cell phone were in the car) and headed for the Pacific Ocean. Now, the funny thing is, [...]

The Law of Distraction

The Law of Distraction

Is the law of attraction real?  Absolutely. Do I believe in it?  I sure do. Has it worked its "magic" in my life?  Yup. Am I consumed by it?  Not a chance. You may be wondering why I would say that.  Allow me to explain myself... I honestly believe that the majority of the people who can't seem to get in the groove with the law of attraction make a huge mistake when they become totally consumed by the law itself.  Or the idea of the law.  They completely obsess over it.  LOA becomes all-encompassing, and nothing else [...]

Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance

Here's one for the parents. As I was writing for my blog this evening, I was outside enjoying a beautiful southern California evening, and watching the kids play in the pool.  I am always moved when I hear my kids laughing and enjoying themselves.  They are real characters, too.  I consider myself lucky to be able to share in their lives, and I take the responsibility of being dad as serious as a big kid at heart can possibly take it. Inevitably, and no matter how hard I try not to be sappy, I always end up waxing sentimental when I [...]

The Will to Win

The Will to Win

Are you willing to be extraordinary? Sounds like a loaded question, doesn't it?  Well, it's not. It's actually a question that you need to ask yourself and answer, if you have any desire to become the greatest, happiest, and most successful version of YOU that's possible. Your willingness and your will power both have a whole lot to do with it. Perseverance, determination, guts, resolution, tenacity, desire and will power are the fuels that run the engine which will power you to accomplish anything you can imagine.  Without [...]

Travel Plans

Travel Plans

It's all about the journey, right? That is such an easy thing to say and such a seemingly tough one to actually live. But hey, at the end of the day, it's the truth. We'll never be perfect.  In fact, if we ever get to that point where we think we've arrived, we are destined to stop learning and growing.  And you know what that means... (see "If you're not growing, you're dying") So, in spite of the ups and the downs, I believe it serves all of our best interest to buy into this idea that life is truly all about the [...]

A Subtle Shift in Power

A Subtle Shift in Power

Have you ever noticed how resilient you become when you absolutely have to do something? Think about it. When you don't have any other choice but to get it done...you become one seriously persistent chick or dude!  And, as a result of this, it gets done. Whatever it is that you decide has to be done will ultimately get done.  And the reason is because you just don't stop until you've achieved your goal.  It could be fixing the leak in your water main, finding that special pair of earrings, climbing to the top of a mountain, getting [...]

Some Words for Life

Some Words for Life

Every so often I like to share an inspirational or motivational poem that I come across, hoping that you will find it to be both timely and purposeful.  I know for me, a great quote or a moving poem really motivates me to reflect on my life and look inside myself for the opportunity to learn and grow. Sometimes the words can be somewhat trivial, but even so, there is often a hidden gem in the midst of them which can, if applied, become the catalyst for amazing transformation.  It sounds a little kooky, I know, but words [...]

Quality Control

Quality Control

The quality of your thoughts will determine the quality of your life. Sounds reasonable enough, right? So what are your predominant thoughts?  And how's the quality? I guess the best way any of us can answer that question is by looking around and assessing the quality of our lives.  The place we find ourselves in physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially.  Where do you live? Is it where you want to live?  How much jack do you have sitting in the ol' bank account?  Is it as much as you want?  How's your health?  [...]

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