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"What is a Battery Charger of the Human Spirit?"

February 2, 2010...

Someone once wrote to me and asked, "What is a Battery Charger of the Human Spirit? I've never heard that before."

So in my best "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" type response, here is how I responded:

Dear friend, 

Kindling

February 1, 2010...

When I was growing up, one of my jobs was to build the evening fire. I learned to space two larger pieces of wood on each side of the fireplace grate, and in between these two pieces of wood, I would loosely crumple up old newspaper. On top of the paper, I would add smaller pieces of splintered kindling. I would then light the paper with a match.

My New Ordinary

January 31, 2010...

"Today has the potential to be extraordinary!"

It's a line from my daily affirmation. I usually read it twice. Both time out loud. And I believe it makes a difference.

What does reading it really do?

1. It makes me wonder about the day and what great opportunity, experience, moment or person awaits me.

2. It fills me with hope that today has the potential to be super special...maybe even spectacular.

"Deliver the Goods" Type People

January 30, 2010...

Some people in life really "deliver the goods."

"Walking Unconsciousness"

January 29, 2010...

Achieving excellence in life requires awareness. Self-awareness.

Too often, too many of us simply go through the motions. We do the minimum to survive. We do only what it is necessary to "get by." Pushing forward is far less important than just maintaining.

Little Victories

January 28, 2010...

Sometimes, we get so caught up chasing our BIG goals that we fail to celebrate the awesome little victories that we may experience along the way. 

Let's remember NOT to do that.

When we take the time to cheer and clap for our small successes, we give ourselves the "juice" to keep pushing forward for the BIG ones. When we ignore the small triumphs, everything becomes just one gigantic "effort."  

And that's no fun at all.

One word not to avoid

January 27, 2010...

It's easy to slip.

At one moment, we can be pushing optimistically towards a goal like "the little engine that could" when all of a sudden we come to a screeching halt.

I hate that part.

The hill gets steeper and we get tired. We get news that disagrees with our goal intentions. We lose our edge and our drive. And then we quit.

And that's bad...really, really bad.

The SUM of the "SOMES"

January 26, 2010...

We each are unbelievably unique. It's not cliche. No way.

Some of us are leaders. Some of us are encouragers, doers, and great at supporting others. Some of us love detail, while others love big picture thinking. Some are great in groups...and some are fantastic one-on-one. Some are great with numbers...and others with ideas. Some love helping and teaching...while others love building and creating. We have a whole bunch of "SOMES"...and we need them all.

Adding "emotion to your motion"

January 25, 2010...

"Okay...check."

"Yep...I did that, too...check."

Working items off a "To Do" list always has its benefits. In this, there is no doubt. But sometimes, it's HOW WE DO the things that we check off the list that can really produce results.

There is no silver bullet

January 24, 2010...

Some people seem to be on a perpetual quest to find that once-in-a-lifetime get-rich-quick scheme.

"If I can only find that one opportunity...everything will just come easy!"

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