MAKING EVERY DAY SPECIAL

“You don’t have to live each day as if it’s your last, because that isn’t always realistic.  However, you can greet each morning invigorated and content, because you have the opportunity to make every day a special day.” – Rick Pitino Do you believe that?  Every day can be special. Many things are defined by our attitude as the day begins. Our mental approach has so much to do with success. Do we expect things […]

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SUCCESSFUL AND SELF-FULFILLING ATTRIBUTES

Dr. Henry Cloud is a writer and speaker I admire.  I recently found this list of attributes that he says are apparent in people living meaningful lives. Gratitude: People who actively develop an attitude of gratitude and express gratitude regularly are happier people. Positive Thinking:  People who guard their thinking and whose thinking is rooted in faith are happier than pessimistic, negative thinkers.  They are also more successful. Purpose and Calling:  People who recognize and […]

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SEARCHING FOR TREASURE IN THE RUBBLE

I’m watching the bombings going on in Ukraine.  The fear of the onslaught has over 2-million people on the run.  Most are divided families, as the more abled-bodied stay back to defend their homes and neighborhoods. The Ukrainians are demonstrating remarkable resolve.  They are prudent (getting out of town); brave (taking up arms); practical (being more resistant than anticipated, outlasting their attackers). The normal newscasts show people surveying their wiped-out homes.  It causes me to […]

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RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Do you remember the commercial on television which started with one person stopping another from stepping into traffic and getting hit by a car? A second person sees it and it begins a chain of people keeping others from harm throughout the day.  It comes full circle and the one who started it is helped by someone else. I was listening to a talk that reminded me of that commercial.  The speaker was talking about […]

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MOVE IT!

Our colleague Casey Fletcher sent this to me.  He harvested it from an old file.  We’ve been working together for 40-plus years.  We saw this quote in our early days as teammates.  It resonated then.  It resonates now.    “In Africa, every morning a gazelle awakens knowing that it must outrun the fastest lion if it wants to stay alive”   “Every morning, a lion wakes up knowing it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.” […]

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NEUTRAL THINKING

Instead of asking, “How do I feel?” you should be asking yourself, “What do I do?” Trevor Moawad was an advocate of neutral thinking.  Here’s the idea: The past is the past.  What happened, happened.  There’s not a thing you can do to change it. Feeling down.  Feeling sorry.  Losing energy because of a negative occurrence.  Feeling like a past positive assures current success.  All those things aren’t true. The future is uncertain.  Whether fearful […]

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PAUSE

I listen to a leadership expert named Tim Kight. He talks about the importance of pausing before responding to challenges and situations in the world. Pause. Gather yourself. Then respond. Reacting spontaneously has its risks. If you can pause, you ought to do so. Kight digs deeper, by describing three distinct types of pauses. “Proactive” Pause. Take a proactive pause before a situation arises, considering beforehand how the situation may play out. Create an intentional […]

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RESOLUTIONS vs. COMMITMENTS

2022 is upon us. It’s the time where you begin to make New Year’s resolutions. Research says most resolutions will die before the month of January is over.  Because they regularly fail, most of us don’t put much credence in them. Try this mindset: Don’t make resolutions. Make commitments! Commitments have a different ring to them. They involve a personal promise. They involve our integrity.  People who make commitments and honor them are trusted teammates, partners, and […]

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HOPE IS A SKILL THAT COMES FROM SETTING GOALS

I recently read that “hope” is a skill. Candidly, never thought of hope as a skill.  Maybe an attitude.  Maybe wishful.  But not skill. But someone broke it down this way: Hope happens when we set goals. Setting goals directs our view to the future.  Gives you a target.  Refines your focus.  It’s the first step toward building a future. Hope happens when you have the tenacity and perseverance to pursue the goals. There’s a mental toughness that comes with pursuing […]

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EMBRACING THE STRUGGLES OF LIFE

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass Hard to deny this.  Most of us would like life to be without stress.  Wake up every morning and have life go without any incident.  Just one day, no strain.  No pain. But it isn’t what we face.  I read a book some years ago called A Road Less Traveled.  The first line of the book, “Life is difficult” is worth the cover […]

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