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A debilitating emotion

June 20, 2009...

I'm sure you've experienced it.

That sick feeling in the pit of your stomach that has the ability to cement any and all forward movement.

That voice in your head that shouts out, "Don't do it! It's too risky!"

That singular moment when you put everything on hold.

The experience is FEAR. And its effects can be debilitating beyond imagination.

FEAR causes us to quit. It causes us to stay.

FEAR causes us to run. It causes us never to begin.

But PERMANENTLY?

June 19, 2009...

Is there a goal you once had that has been cast aside because of life events?

Perhaps it's time to revisit that goal, and once again, direct your own destiny.

The day we TEMPORARILY stop trying to accomplish something that is important to each of us is the day we allow ourselves to be pushed to the passenger side of our own life journey.

The day we PERMANENTLY stop trying to accomplish something that is important to each of us is the day we acknowledge that we are forever passengers.

The "BIG Minded People" Club

June 18, 2009...

Oprah is definitely one.

So is Trump...and Gates...and certainly the President.

Add Hillary and Will Smith and every organization associated with a grand cause to the list, too.

You can write your name on the list and be a member, too, if you'd like.

You can...that is...if you can think BIG enough.

An emotional spin

June 17, 2009...

FEELING defeated?

Have you had a day recently where you FEEL nothing went right?

Has there been a moment lately where you FEEL that you're spinning your wheels and going nowhere in your career or a relationship?

If so, take a step back, take a deep breath, and remember that "feelings are not facts."

Our emotions can sometimes run crazy out of control...and the truth of a situation is rarely as worrisome as our rollercoaster FEELINGS are communicating.

What's Your Story?

June 16, 2009...

We're strivers.

We strive for a better job, a nicer car, and a bigger house. We strive to be popular, cool, and well-liked. We strive to be successful. We strive to have money. We strive to be loved.

No wonder we're all so darn tired at the end of the day. Striving all day long can do that to a person.

But if we are really so intent on striving, how about striving to make our life a great story?

Your Wish List

June 15, 2009...

"I wish..."

"I wish I had a new car." "I wish I had a better job." "I wish I had gone to college." "I wish I could date a girl like that." "I wish I had more money." "I wish business was better." "I wish my kids cared about studying more." "I wish I could lose weight." "I wish I could find the courage to tell him."

That Spark of Greatness

June 14, 2009...

What would spark you to do something great?

Walt Whitman wrote the great American classic, Leaves of Grass, because he was sent an encouraging note from Ralph Waldo Emerson that basically said "Go for it!"

The king of Microsoft, Bill Gates, was initially motivated simply by a desire to advance technology.

Singing star, Kelly Clarkson, was sparked to audition for American Idol because of friends.

It's not always fun

June 13, 2009...

Bike riding is NOT my favorite way to exercise.

I find it long, lonely and tedious, and I get bored easily. Riding a bike for nearly 4,000 miles? Well...hmmm...is there something else I can do instead, please?

Not this summer.

Sometimes in life, big goals demand big efforts that may or may not be high on our "Favorite things to do" list.  Like riding a bike from San Francisco to Boston.

Wearing Two Faces

June 12, 2009...

Whoever thought being two-faced could pay off?

But it can.

In fact, personal success demands that we are two-faced in a unique sort of way.

First, we need to have the face of the "self-encourager." We need to be able to pick ourselves up and motivate ourselves when we are down. Waiting for someone else to reinforce our direction or attitude may have us waiting for a long, long time.

The perfect person at the perfect time

June 11, 2009...

There are not too many feelings in life as a great as an "encouraging word," is there?

Some of the encouragement we once received may have even changed our lives.

Think about a time when you felt totally down and discouraged. Remember a time when you needed a lift and the right person at the right time came along...and lifted your spirits. Go back to your past and think of a moment when someone's positive energy re-instilled a sense of hope and kept you forging ahead.

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