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Will tomorrow be better?

May 27, 2010...

I was sent an email recently that when melted down to its core simply read: "I hate my life. Can you guarantee tomorrow will be any better?"

Hmmm...can I really guarantee tomorrow will be better?

Everyday Lessons

May 26, 2010...

I was asked where I get my ideas for my newsletter and my blogs.

The answer is easy: I get ideas from everywhere.

In conversations. From books. From the news. From a movie. From something I see while running.

Everyday, new experiences, conversations, and events enter our lives. Everyday, there is a new story or lesson waiting to be learned. Looking for those stories and lessons daily is what makes each day so extraordinary in comparison to another. Each day truly is unique.

"Later" Starts "NOW"!

May 25, 2010...

Later, when the dust clears and you can see the consequences of previous individual decisions, you'll notice a trend: It feels better to have made the hard choice.

1. Later, you wish you had had one less drink.

2. Later, you wish you would have made the decision that pushed you outside your comfort zone.

3. Later, you wish you had exercised.

4. Later, you wish you had made more of an effort.

5. Later, you wish you would have trusted your instinct and taken the risk.

The other end of the phone...

May 24, 2010...

Courtesy and kindness go a long, long way to making life better.

Conflicts in one form or another are inevitable. All of us have had a moment...or two...or three... where we have had some need to contact the infamous customer service line or talk with a representative regarding a problem we are having. The reason for the call has caused us some inconvenience and often we don't go into the conversation with the best attitude or disposition.

Sometimes even, we are flat out irritated.

And it shows.

Look around you and you'll find the answer

May 23, 2010...

If you want to know your current potential, look around you.

Look at the people in your life.

I strongly believe that we rise and fall in life according to the level of the people with whom we associate. Want to SOAR and live an empowered existence? Hang out with empowered people. Want less than that? Hang out with less than that.

Simple stuff.

Don't Postpone Yourself

May 22, 2010...

Does the answer "Tomorrow" really cut it?

Do you really think your life will be easier and all the challenges that currently cement your feet to the ground will be eliminated...tomorrow?

"I'll look for a new job...tomorrow"

"I'll start saving money...next month."

"I'll apply to school...next year."

Tomorrow...next week...next month...next year? They all give "never" a fresh breath.

"Choice" Awareness

May 21, 2010...

Choices. They surround us every day.

The Story of TWO people...

May 20, 2010...

Person #1: Throws out 5-6 resumes a week hoping to land a job. No interviews.

"It's too discouraging to keep applying. I need to wait 'till people start hiring."

Person #2: Submits 20-25 resumes a week. Almost all come back with the same answer: "We're sorry..."  An interview here and there pokes up.

"Sure the 'Not Interested' responses sting...but I have to keep giving someone a chance to say 'Yes!'...right?"

Surprise Magic

May 19, 2010...

Don't you love surprises?

I sure do.

I especially love them during those times when wheels are spinning fast, but no traction is being gained. It's the piece of good news that finally arrives. It's the new door opening. It's the phone call that you were just hoping would come.

Surprises can come in all sorts of forms, but they always add positive energy to a day and a week. They are almost magical in their power to give us renewed life.

Deep-Sea Goal Fishermen

May 18, 2010...

Sometimes...heck, often times...things just don't go as we'd like.

The new job isn't what was expected. The revised marketing plan falls flat. The once-promising relationship grows cold.

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