You Know It’s All About That Pace

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Have you ever had one of those days where you look up, it’s about 3 o’clock, you snap out of a mental fog to ask, “what the hell am I doing?”  Or not doing, for that matter.  Yeah, me too.  In fact, I’m slogging through that kind of a day today. When I step back and give it a little thought, it all boils down to my pace.  And usually, more importantly, the way that...
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Back at Home Plate (Jan 2015)

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This is the cover letter that appeared with my January 2015 Better Austin Living Newsletter Collin is all boy. He has no regard for his body and/or his surroundings.  He’ll climb over, under or through just about anything in his path to getting what he wants.  We’ve taken to leaving out a ‘crash pad’ in the living room just so that he can run and tumble without hurting himself. It’s been interesting to observe the...
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My 2015 Manifesto: It’s Time to Run

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Count me in the camp of people who were glad to turn a page to the New Year.  In some respects, 2014 seemed like the year that would just . . . never . . . end.  It was a year that presented plenty of new challenges; some I was prepared & equipped to handle and others I was not.  There is no doubt that it was a year in which I gained invaluable perspective....
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The Voices in My Head

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The longer that I am forced to live with myself (tongue and cheek), the more honest I’m able to be on a number of levels.  One thing I know to be inherently true about myself is that it’s a daily struggle for me to remain on the positive side of the ledger.  I used to label myself as a “realist” but I now realize that is simply a self-deluded way to conveniently mask pessimism. After...
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The Rent is Due Every Day

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Success is never owned, it is only rented.  And the rent is due every day. Rory Vaden calls that the “rent axiom” and it is the foundational principle in his New York Times Best Selling Book, Take the Stairs: Seven Steps to Achieving True Success, and his business at Southwestern Consulting. I happened to be listening to an unrelated interview a while back and the interviewee brought up the success definition above and I immediately...
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Change Starts with Increased Awareness

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Success comes to those who are success conscious, just as failure comes to those who through sheer indifference allow themselves to become failure conscious. What a different story men would have to tell if only they would adopt a definite purpose, a focused direction in life and put together definite plans to achieve it.  I’m paraphrasing from the introduction of Napoleon Hill’s iconic masterpiece, Think and Grow Rich. He writes, “back of demand for new...
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A Better Life Demands Better Questions

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The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your questions.  Someone asked Tony Robbins if he could narrow down the one most crucial differentiator between peak performers and everyone else and that was his answer.  Those who are getting the most out of life and out of themselves simply ask better questions. Doing a little bit of research on the topic, it appears as if the original “quote” may be formally attributed...
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