YOUR BEST SELF

Heard a quote this week: “If you don’t show up with your best self, the world won’t treat you as well as it can.” Eric Thomas   I learned this the hard way.  When I was coming up, I’d be selectively excellent.  I was good at my games.  Not so good in the classroom.  I had jobs and stayed employed but I’d try to get by with as little as possible.  I was plenty smart, […]

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INSPIRATION FROM GENERAL GEORGE PATTON

George Patton was a famous World War II general. Recently I encountered two quotes of his from completely different sources.  I figured it was a sign. The first was an inspiration posted on Twitter that read: “You’re never beaten until you admit it. So, don’t admit it.” On one hand it sounds stubborn. But there is power in having that kind of determination when we come up against a challenge.  It’s the kind of belief that […]

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! We’re a few days from Christmas. For the first time in my life, there are no Christmas plans for me.  Usually there are a couple of big family gatherings.  Also, a big Christmas Eve gathering that involves a candlelight service at church followed by a gathering of friends and family in our home. Not this year. We will forego the traditions and the gatherings for the sake of safety and health.  When we […]

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MAKING THE CHOICE FOR BETTER

No doubt the Pandemic has been a challenge. We are conscious of the restrictions we face.  Burdened by the disciplines it imposes.  Alert to the riskier work environments in which we live. It has invaded our comfort zone and we don’t like it. I hate to be that person, but it could be worse. People in the world around us deal with constraints of various types all the time.  Physical limitations due to injury.  Economic […]

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OVERRIDING “AUTO PILOT”

OVERRIDING “AUTO PILOT” “We want big sexy gains, but there is much more power in the small, dirty, and unsexy marginal gains added up and compounded over time.  Don’t fall for the trap everyone else does.  Focus on pounding the stone and finding all those little improvements and trust the process.” – Joshua Medcalf, author.  What small improvement can you make today? It’s easy to put improvement to the side.  We start work and get […]

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POST-ELECTION MINDSET

POST-ELECTION MINDSET Hopefully, the election will soon be settled, and the nation can move ahead. The presidential election has been very close.  However, it’s resolved that half the people in the country will be disappointed. It appears that the Congress will be close to evenly divided.  It appears that most of us voted for the local folks we know and are used to having represent us. There’s no mandate for socialism.  No mandate for higher […]

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VOTE!

VOTE! Next week is Election Day. The airways are full of encouragement to vote.  It’s a civic duty that many fails to observe because they don’t believe one vote matters, or one opinion will be listened to for impact. Every election is important, but the stakes seem higher this year.  Tension is everywhere.  Change is afoot.  It’s time to choose the leadership for the next period as we continue to sort things out. Get your […]

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The Five P’s: “Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance”

The Five P’s: “Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance” The Five P’s: “Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.” – James Baker, former Secretary of State. If I am candid, I didn’t pursue the “Five P’s” early in my life.  I relied on what came naturally.  I trusted in whatever I had going for me and nothing more.  I spent life “winging” it and hoping that the results would be good enough. The result: I was a decent […]

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TODAY’S LESSON: READ MORE

Let me give you a behind the screen view of how these notes (HQnotes) come about.  I read regularly.  My mom, an English teacher, cultivated a joy of reading when I was young.  I was a poor classroom student as a kid; more interested in sports and recess than classroom.  But I loved reading.  It helped counter years of classroom neglect.  But, if I could do it differently, I probably wouldn’t. Being a reader for 60 […]

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LIFE CHANGING CHOICES

“Whatever you’re not changing, you’re choosing.”  I was visiting with a friend.  He found his job hard.  Felt like his pay was unfair.  Felt like his forward path was undesirable.  Yet, he was still in the job.  Had no plan to change.  As the above quote asserts, his failure to change was, in actuality, choosing to be miserable. I hope you aren’t in the same place.  But if you are, something needs to change.  Life […]

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