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Being All In

Are you all in  today? We all get the same 7 days each week, 24 hours a day or 86,400 seconds to make a good impact. These thoughts drive my daily effort. I think of the #Zigs, #Buffini’s and #Rohn’s who have delivered so successfully with the same number of days and hours we all have each day. They change lives every day. Yet we all encounter...

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Great Time For A Reminder

This morning as I was visiting with my wife we were discussing how fast the year has passed. We are now in June and have just returned from our get away in Clear Water Beach Fla, four days and three nights of relaxing, sort of. For me I do get some down time, and other times my mind races as we discuss our future goals...

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And This Too Shall Pass-Og

There is always a beginning, and an end. The words of the great Og Mandino keep coming to mind, “and this too shall pass”. I know in order to grow mentally, physically or professionally I have to move one direction or another. As I am winding down my time with my current employer I reflect on how fortunate having had the time and shared experiences...

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Moving Forward

Thank you for reviewing the “All New” 10 Seconds Daily website. If you experience any area that is not working please let me know. And again thank you in advance. Tim Marvel 10 Seconds Daily   Getting you from here to there!...

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Are You An Appraisal Manager

My wife has been a real estate agent for more than ten years. With my background I always like when she share stories with me about what happens in her transactions. Think about the transaction. The process starts with a customer who becomes a client. Once you have a client you as an agent begin to work for them under a signed contract. You either...

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Don’t Talk To Strangers

Think back over the past week, have you been talking to strangers? I hope so! Over the past forty plus years of my life, let’s just say I began talking to strangers in my teens. I know it is not safe and we teach our kids don’t talk to strangers. But I was an old soul and was curious, and the best way for me...

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Are You Certified-What Is Next

Just last week I finished a long process of getting a certification. This was a  multi-year process and an extremely detailed review of all of the information submitted. In fact the review took more than four months. When I think about certifications I believe you can get many differing types and they could range from spending a few hours in a swimming pool to be certified...

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Change Happens

I was listening to a pod cast as the speaker talked about change. He made some valid points. Here are just a few for you to consider, I am sure there are more. You can prepare for change. You do not control change. Change happens in a second. You can not stop change. As I thought about his statements they were all true. The speaker...

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Attitude, Effort and Actions

It has been some time since we talked about your goals. Are they still defined in writing, with an end date? Are your goals challenging you to move forward or are you waiting for something to happen? And if you are waiting for something to happen who is really in control? I do believe the only thing we are in control of is our attitude,...

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How Busy Is TooBusy

I have been “BUSY”! I have been the busy where you lose track of the day of the week, or you forget-did I eat today? I forgot because I went from task to task never taking notice of the time or my belly grumbling. Now I don’t miss many meals, it’s not healthy. One thing I notice is when  I get that busy there are...

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Get Your Point Across

  Many times when I am conducting a training session, speaking or just hanging out with friends I sprinkle humor around, I look for laughs and smiling faces. Then I know the audience is engaged and I am on my game. My goal in any situation with any group of people gathered is to give them something to remember, help them move forward in what...

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I Want To Make A Difference

When was the last time you found an old email that made your day? That would be today for me. I get so busy doing, sometimes I forget to take time to listen. The email I found was from a past student from a 4-day training class some time ago. It started like many emails I have received in the past. Here is what it...

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How Do You Finish

A project is nearing it’s end, how do you finish? It is a valid question. We will all be ask to preform at some point in our careers. There are some people that plod along never getting too high with excitement of getting ahead, or too distracted in running behind. They take all the time available to complete a project. The project may be perfect,...

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The Question

I love listening to speakers when the room is filled and you can feel the energy. The room is controlled with the tone of voice and body movement as well as the words we say or defer. We build up that one question. We all do it, we have that one question we like to ask to get everyone to think in their own head...

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Blanca April 24th, 2014

It is coming up on three years since I lost my little friend. Her name was Blanca and her paws marched all over my life for nearly 18 years. She surprised me on a regular basis her whole life constantly adding prints where there had never been. When I first meet her I thought there is no way, no way in the world I will...

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Six Year Plan

How time flies… Let’s go back and review some of the highlights from the past six years. Let’s set the stage first. Six years ago I had never written a book, I now have seven. They are not best sellers, they are however published for sale and have sold a few. I can’t tell you how much I have learned spending the time to complete...

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The Reminder

The  reminders are sad and they happen daily, do they make a difference to you? I set some boundaries for using Social Media such as Facebook. My process is to review first thing in the morning between 5-7 a.m. at noon and in the evening. Social Media could consume your day watching other peoples lives lived out on a small 3″ screen. I was reading...

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The Story Of A Human Being

I love reading this story explaining the difference between a human doing and a human being. I took this from an article by Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. This is part of a story outlining an elderly couple. It was 4:30 in the afternoon and I had just finished doing an EKG on Mr. Cohen. Unlike everyone else living at the Jewish Home for the Aged...

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Syndrome of Disavowed Yearning

I am trying to understand the hollow feeling I sometimes get once  have I accomplished what was thought to be a great challenge or goal. I want to understand what is missing. I get that, “is that it” feeling. For example when I published my first book.  I recall rushing home to a box delivered while I was out of town for business. I burst into an empty...

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Customer Or Client Relationship

When I get curious it’s time to Google. My question of the day – what is the difference between a Customer and a Client? There seems to be a grey area when talking about both depending on the industry you are in. Here is what I found when Googling our question: Strictly defined, a customer is someone who buys goods or services from a store or...

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New Release-10 Seconds Success Journal

10 Seconds Daily Success Journal Check out the new release available in Amazon! Have you thought about setting goals? Have you ever thought about Journaling? Simple easy instructions on how to move forward each day. Click on this link 10 Seconds-Success Journal...

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The Dash

I was reminded of the dash as I sat in church and our Senior Pastor challenged us to write our own obituary. He told us we had one hundred and forty characters to leave the message for our head stone. What is it we want to be remembered as, what words describe those days between the numbers? My mind quickly went to an old poem I...

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This Week Started Last Week

Here it is Sunday afternoon and my week has started. The fact is my week started last week as I began thinking about blog ideas like this one. Each day as I go through my routines and daily events I look for simple stories that have an impact on the outcome of the day. I think about the stories that I can tie into these events....

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Picking Up Pennies

I was out for my daily walk and I came upon a shinny penny face up on the sidewalk in front of me. When ever I see a penny on the ground I always, always think of what my dad told me years ago. He said never pass up a penny, stop bend over and pick it up, they will all add up over time....

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Be The Source

How can I make myself even more valuable than I was yesterday? My suggestion is to be the go to guy/girl. Every business has that person who seem to know where everything is, how it works and what the back up is…. You might ask how they got that job? The process happens over time. They have the right attitude, when some new task comes up...

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Do You Ever Ask-How Am I Doing?

What do people see when you walk into a room? Have you ever wondered how you looked? If you spend time with people I would challenge you to take a few minutes and make a short 30 second video of yourself. The technology today will let you take a quick clip and it will not cost you a penny. It could open your eyes to...

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Pick A Lane

I started investigating the speaking industry a few years ago. One common conversation I have heard over and over the past few years is pick a lane. The message was clear, if you are going to speak you need to have a specific track you would follow, who was your customer and what is your topic? The bottom line no matter how great your message...

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Do What Energizes You

Have you ever been in a funk? You know what I’m talking about, where you just feel blaaa. It happens to all of us. The real question is what do you do about it, how do you get out of your funk? With most things is life, change takes action. When I think of success action is one of my three characteristics along with attitude and...

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Live In The Present

Travel back with me into my past. Here are some of the highlights. I am 5 years old boy in 1965 living in the small town of Mishawaka Indiana with my three brothers and mother. A few years later, 1967 the four boys move to a new town with our father, step-mother and five other siblings. We lived simple and learned not to waste or ask for too much,...

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My Hometown

When ever I visit Elkhart, my hometown it seems as though I have thoughts pulling me back in time. I am curious as to why these thoughts surface. I love my hometown, but I have made a home elsewhere and had moved away for close to forty years. I have many friends and constant activity in Dallas. None the less as I load up my car to head west...

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Accepting Responsibility Or A Disease

I sat listening with all my attention towards the speaker. He was talking about disease and just what constitutes a true disease. According to Webster’s disease is a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms. The speaker continued to explain how over the past few years the...

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What Are You Dreaming About

Many of the 300,000 words I have blogged over the past few years have been about moving you forward. Using my stories, dictionary, google, books I have read and people I have met to provide motivation and direction for you. Although I have provided somewhat of a vision from my point of view, I have to ask you to define for yourself what your dream or...

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Am I Making A Sacrifice Or Compromise

It has been a busy week! Every day has been filled, every minute on the move. There are choices along the way. At times it seems difficult to distinguish between a compromise and sacrifice. Let’s see what google says about both. A compromise is a way of settling differences by everybody making concessions. If you want to stay out until 10 and your friend wants to stay...

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Instructions For Extraordinary

Many of us read looking for a chunk of coal to work and make into a diamond. Are you a miner, are you looking? There are two words which can open doors and minds to the extraordinary. What if I told you that you have all the time, answers, power and tools needed for extraordinary results to move you forward to your wildest dreams? Get your pen and...

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Desire Is Not A Bad Word

As I was writing my blog in my hotel room the other morning my phone rang. My wife was calling, so I picked up the phone and answered it. The conversations started the same as always, “what are you doing”. I told her I was writing my blog post for that day. Her next question was, “what are you writing about today”? I answered, today...

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Quotes Of Desire

Since we have been talking about desire I thought I would share a few quotes today. Some of these quotes are hundreds of years old. It is amazing to me that those words written so long ago can still capture our attention. “Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its...

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Desire

I am on a quest to learn more, where does that desire come from and why does it drive me. I often wonder why I write these blogs. I found it was time to ask once again a question of myself. So, time to Google a little. My knowledge base is not near deep enough so I will count on someone with far more credentials Anthony...

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“Clear The Bench”

As I watched a sporting event this past weekend I started thinking about all the reasons why a team would clear the bench. After all clearing the bench is a big thing! So let’s talk about why it happens. First, clearing the bench could be one team has the game in hand, they have a big lead and want to get experience for some of the...

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All You See Are Green Lights

My wife and I were driving down the road heading to a networking event early one morning. The mood was great and the conversation was engaging, and fruitful for the soul. We were talking about important things like vacation, savings and retirement. The event started at 6:45 a.m. so we left our home at 6 a.m. the streets were nearly clear of traffic, no doubt due...

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What Is It That Would Fill Your Soul

What are we all working so hard for? I am so surprised at how our minds work. If you are like me, I set these goals and believe once I get there and the goal is complete I will find satisfaction. It does not seem to work that way, As a matter of fact I begin to diminish my goals as I am reaching them. How many people say they are...

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Time For A Big Challenge Today, No Lie

For one day only I want you to commit to not telling a single lie to anyone. What would that look like for you? I am aware I just lost several people before  you even read my next words, stay with me for just a minute. Who all do you interact with each day? If you work, than co-workers, family, the lunch person, your friends and the list...

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For Me, Challenge My Ego

I always want to do my best work, at what cost? Many times I complete a task and stand back and think I have done a fine job.  It is simple, give me a task and set me free to use my own methods and processes to complete the task based on your time line. If you press me too much it may not be my...

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Is It Possible, Too Much Of A Good Thing

I attempt to always have my ears open for good information to share with you in some sort of story form each day. Today was no different. Those thoughts come from everywhere, today I listened as my Senior Pastor discussed “too much of a good thing”. He went to the extent of listing out the three things that cause most of us to struggle. Appitite Ambition Approval...

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What Does Your Retirement Look Like, It Is Not Too Early

I can remember what seems to be years ago begrudgingly heading out to the “bill box” or I mean mail box. It seemed the only thing waiting on me when opening the mail were bills or junk mail. Most junk mail never made it to the table as I had placed a trash can between the mail box and my desk. I would quickly sort...

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Do People Buy The Cheapest

I was visiting with some car sales professionals during a break at a training class. One of the young attendees struggled to understand the why a customer would spend more money when they could get the same product or service cheaper somewhere else. So I shared this story with him from my selling days. I remember distinctly the gentleman came in with his daughter. They...

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Where Do You Find Wisdom

I am excited and really looking forward to visiting my hometown at the end of the month. I have in the past spoken with passion about “my hometown”, when I was a teenager I could not wait to graduate and put that place in my rearview mirror. Off to the military I went, now in my 50’s I get excited, anxious to get home to see...

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Watching For The “It” In People

Over the year I have been fortunate enough to work with thousands of people traveling for business, and training and managing businesses. Some people are beautiful on the inside and some are beautiful on the outside but neither one can outshine the person with the “it”. I like to surround myself with these dynamic “it” people. The “its” are around and somewhat difficult to find at times. But once...

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You Only Get Paid For Results

In an effort to improve my intelligence I look for avenues to take classes and gain knowledge. Some classes are about topics I am curious about while others are about topics I believe to have an understanding but wish to know more or confirm my beliefs. I was taking a class on selling. Being in sales for the past twenty-five plus years including managing, coaching and training I...

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Two Down, Ten To Go

I find it amazing how fast time flies by, each day seems to go faster. As I flipped the calendar over to March it made me take pause. Eight weeks ago some of us made resolutions, goals or maybe we were just dreaming about what we wanted for 2017. To be very clear we have already turned the page over on two months already this year....

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What Gets You Excited

Another way to say this same thing is what makes you happy? When I think of the emotions of being excited or happy I think about doing something or making something happen. Humans are happy when life is in motion. We never seem to stay in one place, we are moving forward and back on a continuous basis. Not sure if you believe me, tell...

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What Gets In The Way Of Habit

As I plan my week I have some specific tasks always taking space on my list of things to complete. The truth is Sunday is my day to spend an hour or two blogging. I can schedule my blogs for each day of the week and then each morning I wake up I post those pre-written thoughts. It does not always work out that way....

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To Move Forward You May Have To Set Boundaries

Today was a challenging day for me. As part of my monthly activity I create and complete monthly reporting. And another part of my responsibilities is to help with daily challenges employees face using a Learning Management Software. Most of the issues are Log-In issues, or concerns of false reporting. Most of the issues are human errors as the computer only completes the functions it is set to...

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Remember The Good Old Days

How many times have you heard the statement, “oh, for the good old day”! Remember the days when life was easy? Let’s look back a few years and hit some of the high points. We will start in the 20’s, oh the music and the flappers, life was so much easier. 20’s the music, the flappers, what great memories, First Olympic Games, Bubonic Plague. 30’s...

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Are You A Traveler?

The guys on my team travel a lot. One of my team mates showed up for work happily displaying to everyone his new, smaller computer bag. He was really selling his story of “The Bag”! Then he wanted to get us involved, like a salesperson he said, “here see how lite my bag is now that I am not carrying all of the other junk.” As...

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Is It Really A Knowing Or A Doing Problem

For years I have attended meeting after meeting collecting notes and data from the gurus making all of the presentations. In some cases they were the leaders sharing their insight and vast experience. At other times it was a paid speaker focusing on leadership or soft skills. There were times these meetings would last for days with general sessions and break-outs with rooms full of our peers sharing techniques...

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Is Google The Right Place To Fact Check

I spent a few hours with one of the most interesting people I have ever had the opportunity to visit with. He spoke at my local North TX, NSA (National Speakers Association) meeting on February 18th, 2017. His name is Dr John B Molidor the National President of NSA, Ph.D., CSP, and one heck of a nice guy. It was one of those love hate things....

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What A Great Relationship

One of the great things about writing your own blog is you can share the really important parts of your life. The learning lessons that make your life worth living. Building long term relationships take work but can be amazing either at work or at home. I think the same characteristics are needed for all relationships. I have to share a little bit about my...

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Are You Hooked

Are you ready for a test? Answer the following questions as a starter. Have you ever known anyone with carpel tendon issues in their hands from typing on devices? It is a thing! Have you ever known anyone having migraines caused by the way they hold their head when working on the computer? It is a thing! That was not the test. One thing is evident...

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Why Do I Stick To My Plan, Pain or Pleasure

As I listened to the daily motivation on my headset I was amazed to hear the same conversation that I had heard earlier in the week about how we can stick to our goals. The first conversation went like this, you have a measurable goal, with an end date. You know all the things you need to complete your goal. You have all the tools you need. So...

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A Process Is About The Minimum Requirements

Why do all speakers/trainers seem to have messages that are repeated over and over again? For instance if you work in an industry dealing with people, where the people are your customers. Why do we repeat the meet and greet over and over, year after year? My guess is that we have not mastered all 25-30 minimum required elements of the of a “proper” meet and greet....

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Do Ya Ever Get Busy

Have you ever had one of those days? You know what I mean, one of those days that everything gets behind. From the time your feet hit the ground in the morning till the time you head out the door heading home for the night. The harder you try to catch up the further you get behind. To make up some time you start looking...

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My Valentine

Today there will be thousands of guys trying to write that special note to their special love. I’m one of those guys. But first I must come clean about my special person in my life. Last week my wife, my partner, my friend, soul-mate was scheduled to go on a trip. Not just any trip, it was a mission trip. I believe it could have...

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Make Sure You Have The Whole Story

This past week a very good friend of mine we diagnosed with a medical condition. I must say she handled the entire situation pretty well. I know she did a little research on-line into this condition. I believe she read just enough to alarm herself, but tried not to read so much it scared her. In speaking with her, she knew she could not get all of her answers...

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The More I Speak, The More I Speak

Now that is quite a statement coming from a professional speaker, “the more I speak, the more I speak”. That was part of a conversation I had while walking with a good friend of mine this week. It seems to make sense. The more I do anything, the more it do it, right? I believe there is more to these statements than meets the eye....

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It Is Not Always About You

Every once in a while when I am sitting in church or in a meeting listening to someone address the crowd I would swear they are talking about me. It is amazing, it is like he is there, the details are so accurate. I look around the room to see who is staring at me. I sit on the edge of my seat wide eyed intensely focused on...

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You Were Made For A Purpose

Do you know what your purpose is? Maybe a better question is how can you tell if you are working in your purpose? We are all designed with different talents, and develop skills based on the talents we use the most. There are books written speaking to this point. In the book Discover Your True North by Anne Bruce the author guides you on a...

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Have You Ever Lost Your Vison

I am so grateful for the ability to listen and hear messages hidden in my day to day activities. My senior pastor is one of those people spreading wisdom each Sunday about life. I know his focus is on the Word of God, the life messages I hear and take away always amaze me. They may not be the initial intended reason for what he...

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“Taken Out Of The Game”

Have you ever been involved in an activity and were taken out of the game. I had a great reminder this week of what it feels like to be taken out of the game. It is another four letter word we all dislike, I was sick! I don’t get taken out of the game even when I am sick, normally. If you have allergies you...

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To-Do, Notes, Log, Lists, Journals

Do you ever wonder at the end of the day exactly where did all my time go? I believe very strongly in making notes throughout the day. Notes of things I need to not forget, or things I need to do, or even things I have done. The bottom line is we get busy and priorities change. Because we are constantly making these decisions each...

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Clock Is Ticking

This is a short message, a reminder for you to live in the now. Each day 86,400 seconds tick by never again to return. There is not one single day you get to re-do, or a do-over. Did you win the day, what did you do to move forward today? Several times a year I will hear a speaker utter these words, “who in this room...

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Understanding Sleep According To The National Institute of Health

I from time to time mention how important sleep is, but what do the experts say? The following information was taken from the National Institute of Health website. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you...

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What Are You Building

Have you ever wanted invest years of your life into building something big? What would it look like if you did not make plans? While listening to my Senior Pastor at church he talked about this structure called the Winchester Mansion and the history.  Here is a little information about this structure. It all begins around 1866. For nearly thirty-eight years, the round-the-clock sawing, sanding, and hammering...

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Round The Wagons

Do you on occasion use statements that you know what they mean to you, but where did they really come from?  That was the story this week, I was having a conversation with some friends and an event had happened to one of our team members. One of the leaders proclaimed, “it is time to circle the wagons”. To me it means we are going to come...

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Can Your Relationships Affect Your Energy

In order to move forward you need to review your past, just don’t drop an anchor, it’s just a visit. The past leaves hints and has something to give. As I thought about 2015, the year when I felt my progress was best with the best energy, the best results, the most progress. I produced more content, published more books and tapped more videos than I thought was possible.  I...

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The Interview

I have interviewed for several positions over the years. Every interview I can remember we get to the question, you know the one I am talking about. It sounds like this, “where do you see yourself in 5 years”? It sounds like a valid question on the surface, but what are you really trying to find out? My response was always, “I’m not sure, what I will tell you...

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Who Is Your Calming Spirit

I hope you have someone in your life that when you are talking and share information they calm your spirit. You know they hear you. It is a feeling deep inside of knowing they understand everything you are saying without judgement or negativity. Who is that person in your life? Is it a spouse, co-worker or relative? For me it is my wife, Rockie (Rojelia)....

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Clarity – What Do You Want?

This conversation could go in many directions. We could talk about clarity in driving directions when on vacation. Or we could talk about speaking clearly for more clarity to get your point across. What is more important and what I want to talk about is clarity in your plans. Having a clear vision of what you really want so you can get there. You know the...

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Your Story Matters

I want to tell you about a journey I encountered. It was a weekend that transformed my life. This type of journey involves emotions, deep learning and getting a better overall perspective on life. On this weekend all of those feelings were all present. It was more than 15 years ago. The retreat was 2 day weekend for men. It was about exploring all of our relationships such...

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Are You Trying To Do Too Much

This is a trick question, right! If I could change one thing about me and the way I have worked over the years it would be to stop trying to do too much at one time. I am always looking to speed things up and get the most out of my time. There are times if I would slow down I would have more time...

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Set Boundaries

You know setting boundaries for your yard is much easier than setting boundaries for mind. When you want to set the boundaries for your yard you have your lot surveyed, you call the local fence company to come out and build a fence. In the next day or so you have set boundaries. This boundary serves many purposes such as keeping your dog safe, or keeping...

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Non-Negotiables

Each day I set down and look for good insight in the form of words to motivate you. My goal is to give you a vision geared to move you forward each day in what ever area of life you choose. Motivation, encouragement from short stories that I have experienced. I spend time talking about goals and guidelines. Today I want to talk about non-negotiables. One...

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Don’t Go It Alone

Have you ever noticed when someone is struggling with life events they seem to disappear? You can see it on their face and through their energy. They may look emotionally drained. They could be struggling at the office or with their personal life. Many times they will make statement like, “well I didn’t want to bother you with my problems”. Big mistake if you are...

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Tis The Season

Each year I experience this feeling of loss of the holiday spirit. All the feelings of giving and supporting each other, I miss it. What ever your spiritual beliefs, there is always a special time we put others ahead of our own needs. The day was January 15th and we had just this week taken the decorations down and replaced them in the attic. I...

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What Do You Control

When faced with a  project what do you measure? Are you measuring just the results? After all the outcome is the most important point of a project. If we don’t get the results then we fail. When we do fail many of us will go back to review what has transpired to get the results we produced. We backtrack and look at all the little things...

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In The Emotional Moment

How much emotion goes into making your daily decisions? Is there any drama? Many of us have watched someone struggle to make seemingly simple decisions. I have talked about heading to lunch and running behind. As I am driving to the restaurant my mind thinks through the menu and what will be ordered. I pull as close to the front door as possible, jump out...

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Always Be Prepared

I really enjoy listening to and watching speakers when they preform. As a speaker we all have comfort zones. Some speakers like a hand held microphone and others like to have their hands free and use a wireless lapel mic. In watching these speakers over the years I see technology issues arise. Such as the hand held or lapel mic quits working, maybe the batteries...

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How Can I Get Better Everyday

I was listening to a speaker talk about learning and moving forward. He reminded the listeners of the many ways to continue to learn when trying to grow. The simplest would to be to pick up a book and read, listen to a CD or watch a DVD. I feel the speaker left out an important ingredient. If all there was to solving an issue was to know how to fix the...

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Create An Environment Of Trust

My first book was completed and I wanted to push the “publish” button to complete the publishing process. The reality was the book was on paper but it may not have been ready for publishing. I had made several attempts to get honest feedback on my work. I tried sharing with a few local friends asking them to read and review the proof. My friends all gave...

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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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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.