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"Kid School"

February 12, 2010...

Recently, I splashed through rain puddles. And it was fun. Forget the fact that my shoes got soaked all the way through to my socks. Forget the fact that I am 47.

Do remember that it was completely liberating.

Be your own pace-setter

February 11, 2010...

A few months ago, I was doing my normal running thing on the beach. I was feeling pretty darn fantastic pushing myself at a comfortable pace when all of a sudden I was startled by a runner who blew past me. At first, I was inspired to try and match this runner's pace. I even duplicated his sand print strides in my effort to match his much faster speed.

"I can do that, too!"

And then I got tired. And then I stopped. And then I walked.

A lesson from an UNsubscriber

February 10, 2010...

Recently, I had a subscriber to my weekly M.A.P. to Success Circle! newsletter UNsubscribe. That's not the way things are supposed to work. What's supposed to happen is that each reader finds a valuable nugget, and then forwards the newsletter on to others who might benefit as well.

But again...it didn't work like that.

A Bee's Sting

February 9, 2010...

Have you ever been stung by a bee?

Those of us that have definitely know that this little insect can certainly carry quite the big-time "OUCH!". I was reminded today of that ouch feeling. Except it wasn't a bee. And it wasn't physical.

It was a mental sting.

UNwritten

February 8, 2010...

I'm one of those people that have a hard time focusing on the lyrics of entire songs. I start out listening to the words closely, but it seems before long, I am captivated by an idea or phrase sparked by the singer. It happened recently.

I was listening to a song by Natasha Bedingfield called Unwritten. I can't even begin to tell you what the song is about, but I can tell you that single word sent my brain spinning.

"Unwritten." 

Playing Santa

February 7, 2010...

"Positive encouragement" is the most beautiful gift you could ever give another person. It can come in the spoken form...or the written form. It doesn't matter. Both forms have such an enormous ability to raise another's spirit to the highest levels.

And to me, that's a pretty darn special gift. 

One GREAT Thing about Getting Older? Wisdom!

February 6, 2010...

Last night, I went to a professional networking meeting. Maybe you've gone to a few, too. If not, these are the pre-arranged, casual get-togethers with a bunch of "creative" and "successful" people you've never met before.

I had been to a couple before...maybe three...maybe four. I don't think I'd ever been fully committed to meeting anybody who could truly add to my success in one of these situations. And I hadn't. Call it being close-minded.

Last night was different.

Throw Yourself A "Forgiveness Line"

February 5, 2010...

Living with excellence everyday is hard work. I'm not going to say it's impossible, and that you should give up on trying, but I am going to say throw yourself a "forgiveness line" when you have a mediocre day. Or to be more blunt...forgive yourself when you screw up. Why choose to feel so bad about yourself that you let one bad day potentially rub off onto a second day, and possibly turn that one, too, into a crummy day?

That happens. A lot.

That Little Voice...

February 4, 2010...

Do you know the "small voice?"

You know, the one in your brain that tries to convince you that it's okay to put it on cruise control for the rest of the day and take it easy.

"Go ahead...watch TV...you deserve it!"

"You don't need to exercise today! You did it last week!" 

The small voice can wield a bit of power over my actions, too, and although it always sounds convincing, it's not REALLY what I want in the long run.

"One Shining Moment"

February 3, 2010...

For college basketball lovers, now is your time. The regular season is drawing to a close, and the big NCAA college basketball championship tournament referred to as "March Madness" is just around the corner. In the tournamentt, every game is literally "do or die." With a single loss, your team goes home and the season over.

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