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What Is Your Tag

I missed my normal church service last week. I don't miss often however I had an event with my wonderful wife. Lucky for me the program was available on-line within a day or so. I set aside the time to listen and take notes. As my friend began to speak it reminded me of how important self talk really is to the outcome of our days. Richard talked about the false names we give ourselves. I sat and wonder ...

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Think Like An Inventory Manager

More than thirty years ago I worked and managed a number of discount department stores on the east coast. I was always amazed at when and how the inventory was ordered to stock the shelves for the holidays throughout the year. For example it is the first week of the new year. The holiday decorations are coming down. The stores are discounting all the remaining Christmas...

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Can We Fail Before We Start

I hear a lot of people talking about their new resolutions or New Years Resolutions this time of year. Here is what I believe when I think of the meaning of a resolution: Resolutions are always about choices. Resolutions are goals. Resolutions are sometimes dreams. Resolutions are sometimes desires. Most resolutions are not written down. Most resolutions are not defined. Most resolutions are not commitments. Let’s look...

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Being Deliberate

I enjoy social media. Every once in awhile a friend will post a great thought. Today is was scrolling through and I ran into a post by Damon Bird. The point of his post was to say he was going to live life deliberately. Here is his actual post. “Live life deliberately. All ambitions, choices, words, and passions need to be backed by deliberate thought and action in order...

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It Does Not Have To Be New Year

What is it about flipping the calendar one day that changes everything? On birthdays we hear, “how does it feel to be…”, and New Years Day we set all these new resolutions as if something big has changed. Do you feel different from one day to the next? Maybe not, although each new day could be a new beginning. I hope you welcomed in the...

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I’ll Write That Down Later

The biggest lie we ever tell ourselves, “I’ll write that down later”. Do you know the miserable feeling of having a million thoughts running through your mind as you try to sleep? This is when a good night’s sleep is hard to come by. It is time to take some action. Here is my recipe for calming my mind. First get a note pad of paper and pencil and...

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When Are You Most Happy In Life

What a great question, when are you most happy? Please take a few minutes before completing this blog and on a small piece of paper make a note of when you were most happy. I can only tell you about me. I hope you have taken a few minutes and given some thought to the question and made a note for yourself. As for me when...

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It Is Not About The Daily Results

I can remember when I first started my company retirement savings many years ago.  I had a small 401K and I watched it every day. It went up and down on a regular basis and was quite confusing for me at the time. The truth about me is that I am not a patient person. I wanted to see my money go up, never down....

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Are Your Goals Achievable

How do you feel about setting goals? I personally love setting goals and directing my future. For me setting goals is much like being a quartermaster on a submarine. Truth of the story is the path or journey is already set on paper months before most ship set sail. In the Navy the ships  journey is mapped out years in advance. The Quartermaster verifies the path is...

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How Much Control Do You Have Of Your Life

As I look around my office I see motivational books, posters, handouts, CD’s and it reminds me of who is in charge of my life. If I pause and think about my efforts I see even more motivation in things such as this blog, posted videos and books I have published. As you sit in your home or office what do you see? Are there any inspiring posters, pictures...

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Are You Proof-Reading Your Plan

If you have ever built a web-site or had one designed by a web-master you may have found it to be a long process. Maybe it is my personality, to me building a web-site is like watching paint dry. You can’t see the real color until the paint is completely dry. The web-site is much the same. For over a year we have put a one page...

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Who Is Your Accountability Partner

I had a great accountability check early this morning. I woke up about 4:30 a.m. reached for my phone to post my blog. It is a habit of mine. The post is scheduled to go live at 4 a.m. and I like to get it out early. I posted the blog to all the normal sites. While I still had my phone in my hand...

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How Quickly Things Change

During the winter months I love living in Dallas most of the season. I recall one Saturday afternoon out enjoying a walk with my good friend Stu Schlackman. We were comfortable in tee shirts and shorts with the temperature in the seventies. Little did we know how quickly the temperature would drop. In fact by the time the sunset the temperatures were dropping below thirty and by sunrise the...

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Communicating At A Higher Level

Having strong communication skills impact every area of our lives. How good are you at listening? Spend a few minutes and review in your mind your last conversation that went well. Were you squared up and eye to eye. Did you have your backs to each other? My guess is the best conversation we have is when you were eye to eye and could see...

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Courage And Moving Forward

Let’s define courage. The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines courage as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear or difficulty”. This definition followed by the following words: mettle, spirit, resolution, tenacity. Having courage is a BIG thing. And if facing fear is part of courage then we all must be courageous. Here is something you must understand. If you are not willing to...

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Character And Discipline

I was excited to listen to a speaker as he talked about character. During an hour long interview as he broke character down into three categories discipline, endurance and courage. Today let’s visit on discipline. Here are a few notes taken during the discussion. He talked about paying in advance the pain it takes to move forward. There is a pain in discipline either in the beginning or at...

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So Much To Communication

I think I have made a mistake! Halt the presses…. For the past year I have blogged without pictures or video (for the most part). This could be an error and could cause people to not visit or read my blog. I may have to change the way I have posted the last 300 blog posts. I heard a speaker this morning discuss being memorable....

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When Is The Last Time

We don’t always know when the last time is for many things in our lives. This could be good such as the last payment on your house, or it could really hurt like the last time you see a loved one. You don’t control everything and we have to accept that fact. Here is the question of the day, “When is the last time you looked...

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What Season Are You In

Wait, I am not talking about Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. I am talking about life. There are some parts of the world where the first third of your life was about an education and the next third family and the last third sharing your wisdom. Let’s look at a typical life cycle. You are born and you begin to learn at an alarming rate. You have tried...

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Where Do You Get Your Daily Inspiration?

As I prepare for my week there are times when I have to sit back and reflect in order to move forward. I love to set my week up by having my blog posts completed. At times I seem to struggle for content to write about.  Not saying there are things I could write about, I am saying my mind has not processed the information in...

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It Does Not Happen Overnight

I love to tell the story of the blog and how it started and how I have blogged over 250,00 words. As I think back to the beginning efforts the blog looked nothing like it does today. My first post was on a Google Blog Spot page. My effort began over a year earlier. The Blog started as a personal challenge to gain more education. My goal was to write...

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Fact Or Fiction The Albert Einstein Story

Sad to say you cannot believe everything you read on the internet. Here is an example of a story I want to believe. It is the story of Albert Einstein. The story starts with Albert coming home from elementary school with a letter he was told to give to his mother. As he hands her the letter he asks she read him the content. The mother...

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The Magic Of Thinking Big-Your Mind

David P Schwartz’s book “The Magic Of Thinking Big” dives deep into what you believe and how important the words we are telling ourselves. He talks about your mind as a “thought factory”. He contends that your mind is working hard to produce two kinds of thoughts. Thoughts of triumph, and one of defeat. He names them Mr. Triumph, Mr. Defeat. He continues to say that your...

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The Magic Of Thinking Big by David P Schwartz

I am reading a 50 year old book and the message was the same back then as it is today. The book starts by trying to define success. Ask about success means and it means many things to many people depending on who you are talking to at that moment in their life. It can change in a minute. It goes on to say success is winning, and we...

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How Do You Build A Dream

Don’t you love when you find yourself in the middle of a deep conversation and you remember where you came from, even more, you amaze yourself with what you have achieved. What is even better is to remember you are not done yet. I hope you are like me and get excited when you understand you can do more. As long as I wake up...

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It Is That Time Of Year! Not Talking About Christmas Either

Halloween has passed, the left overs are in the refrigerator, cold turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, and turkey stuffing for another few days. The Christmas boxes have all been retrieved from the attic and the Seasonal Music is in full swing. The Christmas Tree is up and the lights are all hung. The yard is filled with lights and 8′ tall inflatables. I love this time of...

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If I Am Wrong Educate Me, Don’t Belittle Me

Thirty years ago I was eager to try most any sport. I loved playing sports. I was directed by a friend to answer a call for individuals interested in playing Rugby. I had never heard of or seen a Rugby game, let alone play. But the invitation was enough for me to show up at the football field where they were holding try-outs. I watched for...

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Did You Meet The Simple Challenge

Happy Day After Thanksgiving. I challenged you yesterday to list one thing you were thankful for each hour yesterday. How did you do? A reminder of the rules: No repeating, look for truly meaningful things with a short reason why you are thankful. I told you I would post my 24 and here they are: I am thankful for my wife who comforts and supports and encourages...

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A Simple Challenge For You

Isn’t it great we have a day in the year set aside to be thankful and grateful for what we have in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving. Here is a challenge for you, there are 24 hours in the day find one thing to be thankful for each hour. No repeating, and look for truly meaningful things and a short reason why you are thankful. Tomorrow...

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What Are You Missing?

The easiest way to expand your knowledge is to read books. Books can take you anywhere, or teach you amazing things. If you can’t travel, read a book for adventure. You want to live in the past, read a book. You want to visit the future, you got it-read a book. Here are a few facts taken from a quick google search about reading books...

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Intelligence Versus Activity

Did you know we have had un-college educated Presidents in the past?  Nine to be exact Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Filmore, Jackson, Cleveland, McKinney and Truman. The leader of the strongest country in the world and no college to boost their intelligence. This may be even easier to digest, some of the greatest, wealthiest success stories in the past fifty years in which they...

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What Are You Planning For?

Such an important question to ask ourselves each day. “What am I planning for?” Let’s put first things first. Here are a couple key items you must have in place if you are serious about moving forward. You have a plan. You have your plan documented. Review your goals on a regular basis. You journal each day to see your progress so you can see your progress over time. You...

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You Are Talented Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

Working in the Auto Industry for the past thirty-years I have always found it funny that each dealership had a claim to fame, or a perceived identity.  Every single dealership wanted to be known as the best at something. These dealerships would measure themselves against anyone or anything in order to claim their high status as number one at anything. One dealership claimed to be the highest...

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Do you ever have those perfect days

Isn’t it funny we have some days the stars all seem to line up. You know what I am talking about, the perfect world for one day, everything just flows like you had planned. It excites you for the upcoming days. Other days you think to yourself how did I get in the middle of this mess? My question is what are we planning for? None of us...

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What Does It Take To Move A Mountain

So that I am clear my mountain or goal is to become a successful independent speaker, author, coach. I am going to talk about moving a mountain in relation to the work it will take. I believe moving a mountain would be easier at times then trying to reach my goal. Moving a mountain is simple, that by moving one rock at a time with enough persistence and...

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How Do We Get Un-Happy With Ourselves

I am always looking for the next blog, article or book to sink my brain into, information to make me better at something. It is a daily effort to move forward in small steps. There are times learning one new thing here or there is enough to satisfy my thirst. However there are times when normal actions are not enough to feed the desires inside of...

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What A Difference A Week Makes

It was a week ago the entire nation was stirring with thoughts of the upcoming election. We find ourselves today with a new president elect as designed. We also find riots, and even people questioning their own decision. What amazes me most is even after the votes have been counted and the final results posted there are people who do not accept the results. I have spent...

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And This Too Shall Pass

As I am preparing my week and writing this blog the Election Looms in the near future. I will schedule this post for Friday the 11th of November and we should have a new president in the United States. I can tell  you much like the Eboli Virus from a few years ago this crazy election will soon come to pass. If you remember eboli...

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“Note To Self”

Do you ever write a note to yourself, a reminder of something important? It does not have to be a big thing to be important. It may even be something you think about quite often. I travel and carry a Dry Erase Marker in my bag with my shampoo and shaving kit so I can write on the hotel mirror the key points of my...

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The Music Is In You-Go Preform

I have read stories of musicians that lose their prized instruments just before a big sold out show and must find a way to preform using borrowed instrument. Many of the stories describe these professionals as worried the music will not be as good on a different instrument only to find they out preform their own expectations and have the performance of their life. It happens to trainers...

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Authentic Power Makes You Happy To Be Alive

Finding Your True North by Anne Bruce talks about Authentic Power. The book says you have authentic power when your truest self and soul align. The book quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson, “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”.  Anne Bruce completes the thought with the following, ” I believe that what lies within us...

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What Are The Reasons For Seasons In Our Lives

I have read and written many times about having seasons in our lives. Seasons for relationships, spiritual journey, focus on work or promotion and so on. Recently I was reading the book called Finding Your True North by Anne Bruce. I was surprised when completing an exercise that was leading me down the road to answer question on how these seasons have shown up in...

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Have You Picked Up Your 2017 Calendar

You want the most out of next year then follow these few steps. Buy a calendar. Write in ink the vacations. Write in ink the holidays. Write in ink the personal commitments you know happen each year (Birthdays/Holidays). Write in ink some personal time off. There are more things you can write on your calendar such as your goals, or if you travel for work....

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Do You Have Process Evaporation

After spending many years in businesses around the country I have found this time of year perfect season for reviewing our daily processes. After all we are starting to think of the new year, with new budgets to hit. Chances are you have some valuable steps in your processes which has evaporated throughout the year. There are many reasons why we change our desired habits such as...

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Being A Champion Is A Choice

This is the final follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham. One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR history. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time....

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How Hard Do You Work When No One Is Watching

A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham. One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR history. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time. If success leaves...

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CHAMPIONS are always willing to do the little things – that’s the simple difference.

A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham. One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR history. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time. If success leaves...

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“The True Meaning Of Champion”, Number 8 Imperfections

A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham. One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR history. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time. If success leaves...

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“The True Meaning Of Champion”, Part Seven- CHAMPIONS Are Never Satisfied

A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham. One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR history. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time. If success leaves...

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“The True Meaning Of Champion”, Part Six-CHAMPIONS Are Driven

A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham. One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR history. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time. If success leaves...

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“The True Meaning Of Champion”, Number 5

A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham. One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR history. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time. If success...

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“The True Meaning Of Champion” Number 4-Learning

A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham. One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR history. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time. If success...

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Do You Have A Moment, Really

Recently I have been looking for lost time. Time that could be spent on something better or replacing time wasted with an activity sure to move me forward each day. After all we each have 24 hours in a day, how was I using my account? Reviewing my days I have extended my hours to include more of the important things early in the day, this is when my energy...

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How Much Do You Role Play

I really enjoy training with new hires. One of the most often used techniques used is Role-Playing. What we do is ask the trainees to act as if they were in a particular situation. We want them the know what it feels like so when they are with a customer they can preform properly. We have found when we role-play enough the anxiety and stress...

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Don’t Forget To Breathe

Have you ever been in a hurry and come across an important paper? Searching for a specific file in my desk I came across my goals for the year. I always take time to skim over the neatly printed document which reminded me of where I started this year and even more importantly what I had accomplished. This also gave me time to pause and think about the remaining...

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A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham #3

A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham. One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR history. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time. If success...

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A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham #2

A follow up to “The True Meaning Of Champion”, Ray Evernham. One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR history. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time. If success...

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Ray Evernham And The Meaning Of Champion

One of the greatest crew chiefs and most successful car owners in the history of NASCAR. That is how the first line in his resume reads. The accomplishments are broken down to specifics such as three time NASCAR Cup Champion, 51 wins in 216 races, voted “Greatest Crew Chief of All-Time. If success leaves a trail, I’m following this guy. He was speaking about and...

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One Thing

I read a book a few years ago called “The One Thing”, and as I walked this morning I was reminded of this book. I had really struggled for the past week, it seems I couldn’t get everything done. My thought was at some point to eliminate or change my Routine. To save time I would eliminate my walk in the morning. I could still...

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“I Like That ” Post

Today is one of those days, it is one of those days I am reading or hear something and think this would be a good blog. As I was scanning Facebook I see “11 Signs someone is a good friend…” This made me wonder, am I a good friend? Listed below are the 11 signs, how did you do? They are a good listener. They do not give unsolicited...

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Off My Game

Have you ever been off your game? I have, the question is how did I get there and how do I get back into my routines? When I get off my game it is normally because I am not prepared. If I am not prepared what ever the task it is going to be a struggle. As a matter of fact for me when I am...

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Are You Living a Life of Progress

I love my hometown. I visited mine last month. It is always such a great reminder of where we started and some of the struggles that we remember. Sometimes it is our friends that bring us back to reality because we forget. I always find it funny that each person has their own twist on the past stories. I have learned that is their reality,...

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What Is Spiritual Baggage

The past few days we have considered what personal, financial baggage looks like. Today let’s talk about spiritual baggage. I am careful to respect your beliefs and will talk about my experience and what I truly believe. Over the past fifty plus years I have navigated a couple of near death experiences. They challenged me to change my spiritual beliefs. One of these events was a bike...

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What Is Holding You Back Professionally

There have been so many examples in my life of work baggage getting in my way of a promotion or even a creating a comfortable working environment. Generally it was about me and my  mindset. As an example, this past year I was given an opportunity to expand my knowledge by changing departments. The majority of the past twenty some years had been spent training and...

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My Personal Debt, It Is Not Always About Money (2 of 4)

Come along with me on a journey to discuss personal debt and some of the many ill effects which stunted my growth for years. After all, life is about learning and moving forward. More than twenty years ago I was a young, single hard working professional. Looking from the outside I seemed to have my life all together. I had a nice home, friends, nice cars, great health and a pretty good life all...

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What Debt Am I Carrying – Financial (1 of 4)

Let me share my personal story of being in debt over $90,000 (not counting my mortgage or cars). We are going to start from my high school days and talk about what we know about money. I knew nothing. No where in school did they teach me how to handle money a checking account or a pay check. As the years past I learned from my mistakes about...

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What Is Debt?

How much in debt are you? When I think of debt there are many things coming to my mind. It is not all about money. There are all kinds of debt. Knowing this let us see what a dictionary says debt is: Something owed. Sin or Trespass. Obligation A state of owing. Over the next few days let’s dive deeper into finding out what debt...

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One Word

Last night I was having a discussion about a writing project with a friend of mine. Actually this friend is my editor, Lori Freeland. Not only does she edit my books we brainstorm for new ideas on how to move forward in our daily lives. We were talking about my next book project and where I hoped to focus my attention. Somehow during this discussion we came to...

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What Type Of A Listener Are You

Last night I had an opportunity to learn. I left the meeting frustrated and it was my fault. I attended a session on a topic hoping to be overwhelmed with great new information. When it didn’t happen is where I failed. I became anxious to get to something new. Somewhere along the way I lost my focus. When focus is lost you lose the opportunity to learn. Read...

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Are You Making Progress On Your Plan

I find myself very busy, getting up earlier and earlier to fit more tasks into each day. Alarm at 4 a.m. get a walk or workout, shake for breakfast, blog, emails, texts, read a motivational message and notes for the day and it is 7 a.m. Now behind schedule heading to the office for a non-stop day filled with questions, meetings, calls and people. Take a quick...

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Politics Makes Me Crazy

I have endured more than an hour of verbal nonsense, name calling, and grand standing ignoring the moderator to direct the conversation back to the topics of their choice. I am amazed how we can have these debates and never get real, truthful answers. Listening to the Presidential Debate, it reminds me of Jr High School with the body language, noises, and facial actions. These are...

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Is Accountability A Big Key

Yes it is! Let’s define what is accountability? As defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as an obligation or willingness to account for one’s actions. A few months ago I started focusing on accountability. I began to work with an individual and shortly after added work with a small hand picked group of professionals. I did it as a learning exercise and I could not be happier with the results....

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Define Happiness

Sitting on the tailgate of my truck with my wife eating an ice cream cone on a cool afternoon, ah true happiness. Then a loud obnoxious group of people park next to us with music up high, smoking, drinking with people arguing using slurs and racial conversation! Boy that changed  our moods quickly to not so happy. Is it safe to say that happiness is fleeting and can change...

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How Are You Challenging Yourself Each Day

Maybe I should have started with why do we challenge ourselves each day. I can only tell you from my point of view, and it is quite simple. I am not competing with anyone except the man in the mirror. As a fact, I can’t really compete with anyone because there is no equal. Sounds kind of egotistical? You can say the same thing. There...

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Daily Expectations

This morning, like most mornings, there are hundreds of thoughts running through my mind. I understand and except that my day will be full. Every second will be filled with some actions determined by the decisions I make. Those decisions will determine the outcome of my day. Multiplied over time will become my life. I feel like I am rushing through my days, and they are flying...

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Have You Ever Wanted To Be An Actor?

Come with me on an adventure to exotic places, with beautiful nature and wild animals. It is a place were dreams are made, and they come true too. Picture this, your heart races as you out run the lion after you have just saved the village from the beast. Then you end up at the most tranquil waterfall setting you have ever experienced in a small intimate lagoon...

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What Are You Going To Grow In 2017?

Remember the statement, “it is okay to live a life other’s do not understand,” it crosses my mind as thought go to the upcoming year. Yes, I know we are only in the September. I want to know what I am going to do to challenge myself next year. How am I going to grow if I don’t push myself to learn? It does take some...

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Is It Time For You To Start A New Run?

I was listening to a speaker yesterday while I was out walking. Mind you, it is 90 degrees outside and 75 percent humidity. Daren Hardy is talking about what it was like to be outside in fresh snow. He continues to talk about making a toboggan run. As he explains the issues you might get as you make that very first run down the hill in...

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What Happens When You Get Squeezed

A dumb question would be to ask what comes out of an orange when it is squeezed.  So let’s change the question. What happens when you are squeezed for time, energy, money or what ever emergency might slow you down? What comes out of you? The orange is easy, it is orange juice. When we talk about these what comes out is really what is inside of you....

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How Do You Build Accountability?

I sat at the table with three other professional, like minded men last week. We had started an accountability group. I opened the discussion with a few questions, I wanted to get each one of us on the same mind set. My initial thought of the group is we were all very much alike. We were all headed in the same direction with many of...

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There It Is Again

Some statements keep showing up! “We are where we are because of the choices we make.” I would love to argue this point to some degree. I did grow up in a difficult situation. We did not have the best of everything and my family struggled like many in the area where I grew up. When I was younger I made excuses for myself that...

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Small Things Matter The Most

The more I read and research successful people the more I hear the same chatter. I have read the “The most successful people in the world do the little things better than anyone else.” the Great Jim Rohn. It is about executing the small, seemingly insignificant daily tasks in order to succeed. Over and over it is about the small daily habits or disciplines. Here is...

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Asking The Hard Questions

Let’s be clear, “I am about making progress everyday!” If I did not scare you away let’s visit, just you and I. You say you want to make progress yet you struggle each day. Two questions for you: Where was my focus last week? Where is my focus for today? Being truly transparent with you I left a lot of time on the table. I...

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Are You Asking The Question Correctly

Do you ever want that expert advice, or you are trying hard to draw a line in the sand? You know what I mean, it’s when you talk to yourself. LOL We are all communicating with ourselves on a regular basis every day. After reading an article concerning how we open questions with “what” versus “why” find I have been asking the wrong questions for years....

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Is It Time For You To Draw A Line In The Sand?

Do you feel overwhelmed, defeated, run down at times? You are not alone, we all encounter those feelings from time to time. My question to you is, what do you do when you feel this way. Maybe it is time to draw your line in the sand. It is time to take a stand for what is most important to you. This brings to mind...

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Are you happy with your current situation?

During accountability group meetings we are free to dig as deep into an individuals situation as needed for them to see what could be holding them back from the success they desire. Most are professional individuals and have a track record of success. There are several reoccurring statements I hear time and again when talking about success: I already knew that. I have done that...

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Day Of Decoration, Decoration Day, Memorial Day

This article was not written by me although I wanted to share this information. This article was taken from http://www.usmemorialday.org/ a site dedicated to history. Having served in the Navy some years ago, I find the meaning of this day to be misunderstood. So here are the facts. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of...

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What Could Go Wrong

Do you ever ask yourself this question, what could go wrong? This is an important question to ask regardless of your attitude or state of mind. When you are a positive person people may believe you live your life looking through rose colored shades. The truth is bad things happen to positive people, it is the reaction determining what happens next. If you are a positive minded...

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Who Is On Your Board

I work for a large company and at times with some of the corporate level managers. I often hear them speak of “the board of directors.” From my trusty dictionary a board of directors is described as a group of people directing something. If it is a good idea to have a board directing a business worth billions of dollars, should I have a board directing my personal time?...

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Change Your World

Change your thinking and you can change your world. I love how simple this statement sounds. As with most statements this could work positive or negative. Think back and remember a time when you completed a seemingly easy task only to hear how difficult other people thought the task was. Did your thinking change? When I started riding bikes a few years ago I remember...

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What Is Your Motivation

Why did you get up and trudge off to work? Why do you put up with your boss and his demanding attitude? Why do you pack a lunch each day? Les Brown says if you want to live the easy life you must work hard, but we get it backwards sometimes. We want the easy life and we want to do the easy jobs. Life...

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The Painful Past

Recently, at the request of my wife I opened some boxes taking space in the garage. These boxes were my past. I was a little excited at first to be reminded of my youth. You know what I am talking about, hanging with friends and enjoying life. At first it was a little fun as some of the gentle reminders of my past came to...

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Living The Life Of Your Dreams

As I am reading another book I find the same focus again and again. The power of choice! I have read so many books and they keep reminding me that the happiness we all desire is available by making the right simple choices. There are some many opportunities every day to make the correct decisions yet we fail to take advantage of our power of...

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89 Years Old Today

89 Years Old Today

Happy Birthday to my Dad. My father was a hard working contractor for many years, but there is more. When I think of my Dad so many things come to mind. I think about the stories he has told me of growing up in a shack with a dirt floor in Arkansas. I loved his nick-name is Sonny, because he always smiled when he was young,...

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What Happened To My Self Esteem

As I am reading the book, “Finding Your True North” by Anne Bruce I find myself asking questions. Is she talking about me… She asks the question of why we accept less of ourselves, but expect and encourage more for others? Are we taught  to accept less, and believe it is all we deserve? Do we make statements such as, ” I don’t like to...

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Why Do We Compromise?

As I read the words from Anne Bruce’s’ book, Finding Your True North I want to share some of her ideals with you. The author begins by looking at how we do or don’t help to create an environment in which we can thrive. She says it is more an issue of self-esteem than an issue of compromise. She goes on to say that standing...

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Discover Your True North by Anne Bruce

What does it mean to compromise? I think of compromising as giving up something I want. It has a negative feeling. We do it all the time. Maybe with a meal, if I eat the salad I can have the chocolate cake, something like that. It could be with our effort. When faced with a difficult task do we compromise down. We take the easy...

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What Are The First Two Traits People See On First Impressions

Sharing a fact about first impressions and communications. According to Wikipedia Trustworthiness and Attractiveness were the two traits most quickly detected and evaluated in a study of human faces. Going another step further, more attractive individuals were also rated as more competent, sociable, intelligent, and healthy. Oh, and women tend to be better than men at judging nonverbal behavior. With out speaking a word people...

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Bald Is A Dominant Trait

Sharing a fact about first impressions and communications. Bald isn’t just beautiful; it’s powerful. A University of Pennsylvania study found that “men with shaved heads were rated as more dominant than similar men with full heads of hair,” and that “men whose hair was digitally removed were perceived as more dominant, taller, and stronger than their authentic selves.” So if it is starting to go,...

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Eye To Eye Communications And Intelligence

Sharing a fact about first impressions and communications. A 2007 study led by Loyola Marymount University professor Nora A Murphy found that looking your conversation partner in the eye was huge for your perceived smartness. “Looking while speaking was a key behavior,” she wrote. “It significantly correlated with IQ, was successfully manipulated by impression-managing targets, and contributed to  higher perceived intelligence ratings.” Wearing thick glasses...

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How Long Does It Take To Determine Trustworthiness

Sharing a fact about first impressions and communications. According to a Princeton research study people decide on your trustworthiness in a tenth of a second. Princeton researchers found this out by giving one group of students 100 milliseconds to rate attractiveness, competence, likeability, aggressiveness, and trustworthiness of actors’ faces. Members of another group were able to take as long as they wanted. While other traits...

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Facts About Communications-First Impressions

What facts do we know about first impressions? Let’s define what a first impression is according to Wikipedia. “First impression is the event one person first encounters another person and forms a mental image of that person.” Nowhere does it say first impressions  is about a conversation or an interaction, it could be line of sight. As I review this definition it reminds me that we listen more...

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What Are You Dreaming About

I have to admit when I was in school I was caught day dreaming more times than I would like to share. How about you. Have you ever day dreamed? If not you could be missing some really important thoughts. It may be holding you back from the success and happiness you long for. Did you know most CEO’s spend up to ninety minutes a...

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Understanding Pay It Forward And Science

I have searched the internet for numbers, percentages or scientific proof paying it forward impacts those that give and those that receive. I read several studies conducted at universities and their findings. Although most did not provide finite numbers from their results they all said the observations were the same. The evidence is clear paying it forward does change how we think and feel if...

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It Is Really This Simple

I remember standing at Dickie’s Barbecue at Dallas Love Field Airport early one morning. Before I order my two breakfast tacos I turn and motion for the next person in line to come up proclaiming it is a “pay it forward” moment. As I am motioning I see an airline Captain and he looks startled. “No thank you” was his reply, do it for someone that...

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There Seems To Be Rules For Everything

Are you ever rushed to get things done? Silly question right. I’m out of town on business and it is dinner time. I stop at a local fast food joint for a quick burger. Never looking back, I wait patiently in line for my turn. When I approach the cashier, order taker I motion the next person in line to come up to the cashier. As they approach...

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Giving Is Like A Drug

It is an early Monday morning as I rush to the airport. Behind schedule I pull into the parking garage. The minutes tick as I search for the right parking spot. Circling the garage for an open spot my anxiety rises. Ah, there is a spot. I rush with my bags toward the terminal and into the security line, once cleared I head to my gate. Running a few minutes behind...

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How Far Will You Go To Adjust Your Attitude?

I love this time of year. It is time for me to travel with my wife to San Diego and visit the Brian Buffini MasterMind. It is a conference and it is like may conferences out there. Great speakers, great content and charged up people just wanting to get better. I love the energy of the crowd. You can say they drink the Kool-Aide. What...

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How Strongly Do You Believe

I want to tell you that you have an amazing mind. What is so strange about the mind is we cannot think past where we are right now. Oh, we can make plans and direct our efforts, but your mind controls where you actually go and how you feel. You think bad thoughts, bad things happen. You walk around with a smile on your face...

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Were You Writing About Me

Every once in a while when I am sitting in church on Sunday morning listening to the sermon I would swear the Pastor is talking about me. It is amazing, it is like he is there, the details are so accurate. I sit on the edge of my seat wide eyed intensely focused on his every word never knowing the guy beside me is thinking the exact...

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Who’s Race Are You Running

I love those mornings when I am not traveling, the sun is shinning and I get to take a nice stroll with my wife around the park. For me it is a time to share some fun conversation, talk about upcoming plans, vacations or catch up. We are both overachievers, with a busy life. We do a lot with what God has given us to work with. We...

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Finish What You Started

Ask yourself the question, do I finish what I start? Or even better, ask your friends if you finish what you start. I can proudly say I have finished every triathlon, marathon or ultra-marathon I have ever started. The same can not be said for activities at work or in my personal life. There are times I struggle with eating the right foods, or even having a long enough...

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A Day With No Alarm Clock

Is the clock in your head hard wired for your days? I believe if I am working on a deadline my mind has it’s own alarms. It is amazing to me if I am flying out at 6 a.m. and my alarm is set for 4 a.m. I wake up fifteen minutes early every time. If my blog is not completed the night before my eyes mysteriously...

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Not As Easy As It Sounds

I was reading a book and came upon this story, it is not my story, but is a good one none the less. A young man was struggling to see clearly and decided it was time to go see the eye doctor. When he arrived the doctor greeted him and ask what he could do to assist. The young man said I am having problems...

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Show Stoppers – “What If” or “If Only”

You want to get better today than you were yesterday, correct! It could be as simple as removing a few choice words from your vocabulary. Remember your thoughts are basically conversations with yourself. Here are a couple examples of words you could lose and help you move closer to your goals. What if… If only… When… When you speak or think these words get a...

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Do You Ever Time Travel?

In my office I have two articles hanging. They show a clear difference of periods in my life and mindset. One frame contains a number of awards for competing in marathons, ultra-marathon and one hundred mile bike rides. When I think about those medals it reminds me of my way of thinking. Those races were all about me. I wanted people to know I was good and proudly displayed...

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Are Movies A Chance To Learn?

My wife and I were watching the movie “The Guardian” last week. The movie is about coming to terms in life with some difficult events that happened to a young high school swimmer and an old salty Coast Guard sailor. They are both at the Coast Guard Diver School, one a student and the other the senior instructor trying to come to terms with accidents in life that they...

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What Makes You So Great?

Flying home from a week in South Dakota some years ago I sat next to an older gentleman. We were both dressed with suit and ties sitting in the first row. As we were getting comfortable in our seats the normal airplane chatter began  We talked about our week and almost every conversation leads to the question, “so what is it that you do for a living?” I found out he...

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Les, Jim, Og, Darren, The best Of The Best

Today is about sharing some of the greats with you. I have heard the great Les Brown start meetings by asking this simple question, “are you the best you could be”. He is not finished as he dives deeper and ask is there a point in your life you made a decision because it was easier? I like the way he thinks, he just trapped...

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Why Are There So Many Choices

Don’t you find it funny that there are so many choices to so many things in life such as cars, clothing, religions, coffee or even ice cream just to mention a few. How do you decide which way to go? Let’s take an easy one, I love ice cream but when I go into one of those places that has ten, fifteen or twenty choices....

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It Always Comes Down To Your Decisions

Many of my days are started with motivational videos, blogs or posts from Facebook. It gets me started off on the right track. Most of the content is from Darren Hardy, he publishes Darren Daily each week day. I am drawn to his writing style because I believe it matches my own thinking. Like thinking and with an understanding of where thoughts are coming from and...

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Expectations For Today, Time To Clean The Garage?

I’m having a conversation yesterday with a friend of mine. They have a successful business of their own. It is a one-man show so the business lives and dies based on their actions each day, week or month. I ask a simple question, “what do you have going on today”? The conversation started with how my friend had been “off their game”, followed by a lengthy to-do...

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Who Moved My Cheese

I have been experiencing a change in job role for the past few months. Being transparent, I did not handle it as well as I would have liked. What a great opportunity it was to learn about growing and getting out of my own comfort zone. It had all the makings of changing companies and starting over at the bottom. I was extremely frustrated and...

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A New Twist On Communications

It is the first day of a three day event. Sitting in a room with close to thirty people as we began our weekly course. As we moved through the basics of communications there was a question of “how do we listen”? This topic was only discussed for two minutes but could have easily gone for thirty based on the value to the attendees. My...

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How You Treat The New Guy Says A Lot About You

Thinking about leaders today.  There are times we need to ask ourselves seemingly ridicules questions like how do we treat others on our team at work each day? It sounds so insignificant and we may have not given this any thought for some time. We could have climbed the ladder of success and forgotten how to treat the new guy. I have observed people as they work...

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What Are Your Expectations For Today

It is a new day. There will never be another today, the calendar only passes once. Will you have found value by the time you close your eyes tonight and sleep well? Will you be tired from a good day’s effort, or exhausted from dealing with difficult people? Many days are defined by our own expectations. We build fear in the day because of dead-lines,...

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Capturing Those Random Thoughts

I take my iPhone with me on my daily walk as it allows me to multi-task checking emails, making calls or checking social media. It makes me feel like my time is more productive. I should tell you my approach may be flawed. One of the great things about going for a walk would be to clear your mind. Being in nature taking in the landscape and...

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Too Much Of A Good Thing

Picture this, it is 5 am on a Thursday as I head out the door. I have my mp3 player playing heading to the gym to find the treadmill ready to move in to my routine with headphones and a bottled water. For the next hour I listen to motivational life changing chatter as I churn away the steps. Listening to line after line of great ideas that charge my emotions. Oh...

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It’s Great To Try New Things, Have Some Fun

If you never try new things life could get a little boring, so shake it up! The question is are you having fun? Watch the video above. Oh, that is some ugly dancing… But I had a great time with my young friends. Oh, my dancing partners had all the right steps down and knew the words too! They may soon forget the goofy old guy trying...

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Looking Back and Moving Forward

Have  you made history this year? That is a silly question, we have all made history. Let’s rephrase the question. Did you make progress this year on your big goals? If you are not keeping some semblance of a log, blog or journal you may consider taking the time to understand why we journal. I journal because I can not remember everything I need to do...

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Celebrate Your Freedom Today

Celebrate Your Freedom Today

Today is always my favorite holiday. Today we get to share our independence with all the people that we love and more. We mark the 10th year for my wife and I to host a 4th of July Cookout. Boy has it grown from our days at our old house to more than 80 people expected today. We do it for several reasons, some are personal and...

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Remembering Jake And The People We Spend Our Time With (You)

The picture about was Jake and I going for our last walk. I have heard it said our habits are direct reflection of the five people we spend most of our time with. What I believe is Rockie and I are spending our time with some quality people. If you are reading this, it is you. This week has not been easy for my family, however...

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Saying Goodbye – Searching For A Lesson

The reality of life and death are setting in for me as I labor this morning, typing the words in for this blog post. It is difficult as I search for the silver lining. There seems to not be a one for me. My Jake is really gone. The harshness chews at my heart, the emptiness. Life, it is short, and passes quickly. Death, it is short,...

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Saying Good Bye – Lessons From Jake, The Last Time…

Saying Good Bye – Lessons From Jake, The Last Time…

How do you ever know it will be the last time? Being in my fifties I can tell you the last times have began building up. They come in all areas of our lives and they begin to give you pause in the day at times understanding when you say good bye it could be the last time. I have adopted the saying “everyday is...

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Saying Good Bye-Lessons From A Dogs Unconditional Love

Saying Good Bye-Lessons From A Dogs Unconditional Love

It was January 21, 1993, I was on an airplane flying to Las Vegas. A self proclaimed bachelor for life. Little did I know what would happen on that winter day. While on the two hour ATA Fun Jet Flight I noticed an attractive woman. Ok, she was a little hottie! My thoughts were always short term, have a little fun, no harm, no foul after all...

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Saying Good Bye To My Friend Jake-I Love You

Think back to the best relationships you have ever experienced. They were exciting and fun as you share your time and got to know the each other. As time passed they became part of your life in short, small steps. It happens with people and with our pets. They become family. With great sadness this week I say good bye to my Jake. My loyal, trusty, faithful friend....

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What Will They Say When You Are Gone?

Have you been to a funeral and listened to the people speak of the another whom has passed? Some people search for words and struggle to find the right words to say to lift up the honored individual this day of remembrance. I often wonder what will be said at my eulogy. What kind of person people believed I was. I have questions, did I make a difference...

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Where Do You Find Success Or Happiness?

Many times when you ask a person what they want the reply will be simple, “happiness.” We all want to be happy. Although when you try to define happiness the picture becomes more blurry. As a matter of fact take a pen and paper and write down what happiness or success is for you. What does it look like to you? To my original questions of where do you...

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Don’t Hurry Your Day Away

“I am so behind today and I feel rushed”. This makes me think of a Beatles song that starts out, (the beat is fast) “ran the comb across my head, made the bus in seconds flat, found my way…. I believe it is about how fast life passes you by. This concerns me. How is my day going to end up? I’ll be tired and may not...

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What Would You Do If You Knew

I have spent more than thirty years managing businesses and can tell you without a doubt where we waste the most time, money and effort and it may surprise you. After all we have control and the problem seems to be getting worse. I have worked in some industries accepting fifty percent turn over. I hear estimates of over $50,000 per employee when you factor all the benefits, payroll...

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Talk To Me About Multi-Tasking

A few years ago you must have heard the term multi-tasking. Every manager I spoke with mentioned their employees multi-tasking and making a difference. The concept sounds great when you can manage to do two meaningful tasks at the same time. I believe this idea has diminished. I am not saying it can not be done, what I am saying is I would rather you focus...

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I Wish I Could Do That

Have you ever seen someone do something and mutter those words, “that was so beautiful, I wish I could do that”. There are people born with talent, or gifted athletes with the extra step. As with most things in life “that” thing they do comes from endless hours of training and practice. In the book the Outliners it is documented to become an expert of...

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How Do I Get Paid More

I woke up early this morning. It was quiet and I had some free time to reflect on life. Scary, right! And what came to mind was a conversation I had with a young man. I was working in a car dealership and I typically ask what can I do for you. “Get me a pay raise” from a voice in the back of the...

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Thank You Update

10 Seconds Daily is almost two and one half years old. I am so excited to share with you the growth we are seeing. Remember the original goals: One book a year for six years, we are completing number seven (July 1st release). One hundred videos a year for six years, we are nearing video number five hundred. Continue to blog with a goal of...

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Tell Me About Gratitude

I recently had a conversation with a friend about gratitude. I was sharing my plans as I do quite often and my friend said it should be easy for me because I had more expendable cash then he did. He had a family with a couple kids, it is expensive to raise kids these days. But I think he was missing the point. Gratitude is not...

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How Can I Help You

In the past month I have received over sixty comments. I love the feedback. Half of the comments were businesses talking about SEO or making my blog go viral. The comments left were thanking me for sharing and asking for additional information. One question was asking about living a life of gratitude. Living a life a gratitude is not about money. It is not about what you...

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Complaints, It Has Been A While

When I was a much younger man I heard the saying if you were not getting any complaints you were not doing enough work. I don’t know if that is true, but it does make sense. I take great pride in being open and honest with each post. My biggest struggle at times is finding the right thing to share with you. With this being said...

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If There Were A Secret

This week has been eye opening for me. The more I write, think and explore people the more I believe we all know the missing piece to having the successful life we all desire. Not only in the work place, our home life and relationships as well. All week we have talked about opportunity. Facts show us the harder we work the luckier we seem to...

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Overnight Success

Is there really any true stories of overnight success? We hear it in music. A song hits the charts and the artist is considered the new up and coming artist. Or they get this great award, top new artist. It all sounds so great. Have you listened to some of the stories and the path these top new artist may have traveled to arrive where...

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“Just Call Me Lucky”

Over the years I have had people tell me how “lucky” I am. I was lucky to have the job I had, or lucky to have the good boss. I was lucky to get the right girl, my wife Rockie. Or I was lucky to find the right home. I always laugh to myself and think if they only knew how hard I worked for...

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More Talk About Opportunity-Books You Read And The People You Meet

Is it true some people have more opportunity than others? Do they have some hand in making opportunity knock at their door? Many years ago I listened to a gentleman speak and his focus was on the books you read and the people you meet. He was adamant those two specific things could propel you further then all the effort in the world. He would...

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Will You Be Ready When The Opportunity Arises

Opportunity is a funny thing. When you least expect it or at the most in-opportune time it shows up. You hear athletes say it all the time, I have to be ready when the time presents itself. For a top athlete it could be the person in front of them becomes injured. It could happen seconds. We see it every year. It could be the...

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Coaching And Change

Before you take the time to hire the perfect fit, let’s not forget why we are hiring a coach. We are looking to infuse change into our daily routines for better results. We are hiring a change agent. We have to be open to change to move forward. Here is a quick review of the five keys to change: We discussed the first key to...

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Coaching Has Changed Over The Years

Throughout history leaders have relied upon advice from knowledgeable individuals. It is recorded many times in history books and religious text. Even today when we think of presidents and world leaders they are surrounded by paid advisors leading them with information to find the answers within themselves. I find it amazing these advisors earn between two hundred and thirty five hundred dollars a day. As...

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What Would Be The Perfect Coach For You?

Most of us would do better if we were held more accountable. Truth is we would not like it; however, we would be more effective with the use of our time had we known someone would be asking. What we said previously was coaching consisted of the following elements: Focusing on the future. What a great place to start. We all know we cannot change...

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What Is Coaching All About?

Have you ever struggled to make progress? Not baby-steps, real visual quantifiable progress. I understand if you do, because I do. For almost five years I have posted a blog no less than five days a week. I want to tell you blogging has become more difficult as I search for useful information and content for the next post. I question myself and my focus and ask myself what...

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The Fifth Key To Change, get support

We discussed the first key to change is being ready. The second key to change is to ask yourself why. The third key to change is being realistic. The fourth key to change is failure and feedback. One of my favorite songs is “New York, New York”, and the line I love to hear proclaims “I did it my way”. This all sounds so great....

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The Fourth Key To Change, Failure Is Feedback.

We discussed the first key to change is being ready. The second key to change is to ask yourself why. The third key to change is being realistic. Have you ever heard the saying “if you have not failed you are not doing anything”. Or one of my favorites is “failure is a key to success”.  Sound familiar? Accepting you will fail in life is...

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The Third Key To Change, Be Realistic

We discussed the first key to change is being ready. The second key to change is to ask yourself why you desire change. As we dive deeper we must ask ourselves are we being realistic with the change we desire. Expecting change requires planning, possibility of certifications, higher education and goal setting with a big why. Are we committed to doing the things I need...

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The Second Key To Change, Ask Yourself Why You Desire Change.

We discussed the first key to change is being ready. The question of why you want change seems simple enough. Honesty is extremely important at this point in our process. Not everyone believes me when I say this, your why may be the most important aspect of change. I personally have found the why drives me when there are roadblocks. It pushes me when I...

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The First Key To Change, Change When You Are Ready

I always like to ask the simple questions first. What is change? Change for our efforts is when we desire something different than what we have today. We could desire change in any area of our life personal, professional, financial, spiritual or relational. Many of us would like to make a change for the better. If we are honest there are places we have opportunity...

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About Tim

Tim Marvel, The Attitude Coach, wants you to achieve success in every area of your life - and he knows it starts with our attitude!

Through his how-to-do-it blueprint, 10 Seconds Daily, and workshops all over the country, he’s spreading the good news! After recovery from a life-altering head trauma, he was determined to take back his life with his new approach. Life really can improve dramatically with a disciplined 10 seconds every day.