A. Friend

July 5, 2009...

How many times have you had a rough day in life, and "a friend" helped get you through it?

How many times in life have you needed to hear that extra positive word of confidence from "a friend" in order to take the next step?

How may times in life has "a friend" believed in you so much that you even began to believe in yourself?

Thank goodness for having "a friend," huh?

 Even more...

Conversations...then and now.

July 4, 2009...

It's a day of picnics and friends...beach visits and fireworks. That's what stands out to so many about today.

And that's too bad.

Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, something pretty great happened. But it's easily passed over in the modern day.

And that's too bad, too.

I would imagine in the years leading up to that first 4th of July celebration, there were also days of picnics and friends. Like today.

The "Other Person Disease"

July 3, 2009...

One disease you don't read a whole lot about is called the "Other Person Disease."

This disease is responsible for so many bad and horrible things in the world that it's surprising we don't read more about it.

Willing...x 2

July 2, 2009...

Success can be had by willing.

But not just by willing once...but by willing twice.

It's not enough to be willing to dream. Everybody can do that. We all desire. We all have goals.  We all want the best for ourselves. Simply willing to consider possibility is never enough to make it happen.

We also need to be willing to take action. To put in the hours. To apply the hard work. To sacrifice something we would rather be doing.

A step of courage...

July 1, 2009...

Have you ever wanted to make a huge change in your life, but overwhelming fear weighed you down?

The fear of the unknown...of leaving the known....can be absolutely paralyzing. The mental and emotional paralysis can be so intense that taking the action to make that change becomes impossible.

And then we forever have to live under a cloud of "I should have gone for it!"

Where does courage...the strength to do what you know you should do...come from?

It Awaits You

June 30, 2009...

We don't have to accept current conditions in our own lives if we find them unfavorable.

We always have the power to change.

Our thoughts. Our actions. The people with whom we associate. Our occupations. Our state of health. Our relationships.

All of this is subject to "us." And all of this subject to improving at a moment's notice.

The Extra Mile America Tour

June 29, 2009...

21 days from now, in San Francisco, the Extra Mile America Tour will begin. In a journey that will take me coast-to-coast, I will be sharing a life-changing message that can affect every area of a person's life.

The message is about the power of "going the extra mile."

Take a look at the Extra Mile America Tour video...and see if maybe there is just a little bit more that you can do to create the amazing things you want for you and the lives of those for whom you care.

"Practice Makes Perfect"

June 28, 2009...

It could have been shooting free throws, playing the piano, or learning how to dance. It could have been learning how to read, doing multiplication tables, or learning how to type.

In each of these areas we learned that "practice makes perfect." And in those moments that we did find perfection...and felt pretty darn sweet.

It's not forever

June 27, 2009...

Farrah was 62. M.J. was 50.

It's a stark reminder that it doesn't matter who you are.

Life's not forever.

Are you doing what you want with YOUR life?

My lucky day

June 26, 2009...

I was walking along the boardwalk at Venice Beach when I was given the gift of a smile.

At the same time, I was taught a valuable lesson.

I overheard the little boy walking close by...probably around age 5 or 6...say to his father, " is my lucky day."

The dad asked, "Why is that?"

The little boy said, "It just is."

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