A Swift Kick in the Pants

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I‘m not typically prone to feeling sorry for myself and excuses really bother me.  No doubt I’ve had my moments but the way I see it, you either complain about your current circumstances or you make a conscious decision to choose the ones you want.  It’s a simple as that. That said, for a while there, I just felt stuck. As a type A personality, I’m constantly looking for ways to make a more efficient...
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Pushing the Reset Button

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Matthew Kelly, one of my favorite authors & speakers, often opens his gatherings by stating, “from time to time it’s important that we take a minute to step back from who we are, where we are and what we’re doing to assess who we are, where we are and what we’re doing.” Quite honestly, I can’t tell you how long I’ve been “keeping a website.”  I use that term loosely because for the most part...
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The Man in the Arena

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually...
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The Chinese Bamboo Tree

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This is not a story of mine.  It may not even be attributed to the correct author here, I don’t know for sure.  I do know this.  I have read this story a handful of times and each time I read it, I am struck by the simplicity of it but also the essential lesson to be learned. Accordingly, this is the time of the year where most people have either abandoned their resolutions or promises...
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Tomorrow, A Poem by Edgar Guest

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He was going to be all that a mortal could be. . . Tomorrow None should be kinder or braver than he. . . Tomorrow A friend who was troubled and weary he knew, Who’d be glad of a lift and who needed it, too, On him he would call to see what he could do. . . Tomorrow Each morning he’d stack up the letters he’d write. . . Tomorrow And he thought of...
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Do You suffer from “I Get it”?

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I’m in the midst of a twelve week program on increasing my productivity taught through one of the professional organizations that Im a member of.  This program is just fantastic and I wanted to share one of the recent lessons. Peter Ouspensky wrote a book called The Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution.  At the beginning of the book, he says that one of the “biggest challenges we face is convincing ourselves that what we are...
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Book Review | The Go Giver

One of my goals for 2009 was to read at least one book per month.   Learning and exploring new ideas is one of the most important and enjoyable things for me.  I haven’t sat down yet to tally the books I’ve read, but I do know I’ve completed some great reading thus far. On a recent family trip to the beach, I took along a book that I’ve been looking forward to reading.  Its been...
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