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How do you know what it means?

A very old Chinese man and his young son lived during a period of much civil strife. They were considered rich by the villagers because they owned a horse. One morning, the son awoke to find his horse had run away. Running to his father, he informed him of this tragedy, saying this was the worst thing that could have happened. His father, in all his wisdom, replied, "Is that so? How do you know what it means?" The next day, as ...

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If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you But make allowance for their doubting too, If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream–and not make dreams your master, If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim; If ...

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Genetic Scapegoat Loose

O where o where has our little scapegoat gone, o where o where can it be? For nearly ten years, I've been working to educate people on the importance and impact of their environment on not only their success but on their health.  Even before the Human Genome Project, Americans were all too happy to pin the tail on some other donkey. "My parents were obese - it's in my family genes.  It's not my fault." "Well, it's not like my family was ...

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Don’t Be a Sucker

PT Barnum said "There's a customer born every minute."  Yup.  Now as with many quotes attributed to famous people, this one is more likely to be recounted as "There's a sucker born every minute."  While it is disputed that PT Barnum was that disingenuous with his customer base, this quote is also true. Here's the problem with the cocky, American economy as I explained some time ago in Economic Cannibalism - we are so proud of our role as the world's ...

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Tornado of Priorities

Most people would argue that tasks that are both "urgent" and "important" should be their top priorities when organizing their agendas. I am challenging you to think otherwise. Remembering that most every priority that is both urgent AND important was once only important.  It only became urgent to do because it was ignored or missed altogether.  That’s right, procrastination, disorganization or just plain blindness results in ultra-urgent and ultra-important tasking.  So, are we to believe that this is the way we should be ...

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What is Keeping You from Your Ideal Life?

Gravity! "From the space program, we learn that tremendous power is needed to clear the pull of Earth's gravity. So it is with breaking old habits. Breaking deeply embedded habits such as procrastinating, criticizing, overeating, or laziness involves more than a little wishing and willpower. Often our own resolve is not enough. We need reinforcing relationships-people and programs that hold us accountable and responsible." ~ Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People This is why I enjoy Life Coaching ...

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John McCain – Wrong Again Sir

Bending the laws - I'm sorry, this is bad for criminals but most certainly bad for politicians. Here's a quick story.  A middle-aged man, fresh from drowning his troubles gets behind the wheel of his SUV.  There were warning signs that those around him missed.  His wife who considered his drinking a bothersome, but untouchable vice.  The bartender who served this man drinks night after night knowing that he left the bar impaired but after so many nights, apparently not bad ...

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Block Out The Noise

Going back to re-work a few things and re-organize a bit, but we’re getting really excited. Block Out The Noise: And Take Back Your Life will be done soon.  This book focuses on showing you how to recognize and eliminate the subliminal noise that bombards us daily and controls our lives.  It is especially appropriate in this recession. I am also working on (though a little slower) on turning our seminar series from a few years ago into a follow-up book in the ...