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This Positive Shit

This Positive Shit

I can still remember the conversation. My wife and I were talking about some of the good things that were happening in our lives, which hadn't been the case for quite a while. We had, for what seemed like a very long time, been powering through some pretty difficult and trying times, and there now seemed to be a little bit of positivity seeping into our otherwise rocky set of life events. To the best of our knowledge, the only thing we had consciously done differently during this particular series of hardships was change our way of [...]

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 [...]

Comfortably Numb

Comfortably Numb

Aristotle said, "we are what we repeatedly do".  He said a lot of stuff, but you know, that was one of his more famous quotes. I totally agree with him, but I think he could have added "or don't do" to the end of that statement. Maybe it wouldn't have sounded quite as profound or meaningful if he had added my little addendum, but I think I'm right.  As much as our lives are the result of the great habits that we have, we are also subject to suffering through the consequences of the bad ones. Indeed, we are also what we repeatedly [...]

Potentially Amazing

Potentially Amazing

How far do you think you can go in life?  What awesome thing do you think you can achieve?  What is your true potential? I read a quote today attributed to Zig Ziglar and it said this, "You are the only person on earth who can use your ability". Did you get that?  YOU are the only person who can use YOUR ability!  It's a great quote, and I'm tucking it in my mental file somewhere between "Use it or lose it" and "No one else is going to do it for you". It also got me to thinking about how each one of us, as individuals, are really [...]

Optimize Your World

Optimize Your World

One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Anne Frank.  She said, "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart". Considering what she went through in her life, it is a remarkable statement to say the least.  It speaks to the resiliency of the human spirit, and the unquenchable optimism that can take hold of a person, which is more powerful than just about anything else in the entire world. It is also probably one of my favorites because my wife and I were both in the play, The Diary of Anne Frank, [...]

Take a Second to Become the Best

Take a Second to Become the Best

The idea of being the best at something will no doubt stir all of us in some way. Try this little exercise – think about the concept of being the best for a moment - what feelings comes over you or what pictures pop into your head? I imagine when most people think about being the best, thoughts of Michael Jordan or Oprah Winfrey or Robert DeNiro immediately manifest in their minds and they think something like, “I could never be like them. Well, I could, but only if…(fill in one of 1,001 excuses here).” It feels pretty [...]