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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.

"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.

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