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2013, here we come!

Thursday December 27, 2012 #484


“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.”


~Charles Buxton


It is amazing to see this year come to an end!  So fast do the days go by…  2012 has been a year of great joys and was not without sorrows, and I state with gratitude that I am thankful for every day.  I look forward to 2013 with even more hope, excitement, and anticipation than any past year.  I know 2013 will pass even more rapidly than 2012 and that I must therefore be even more intentional about how I spend my time.


This is the time to reflect upon all the areas of growth and learning throughout the year; all the moments of joy and accomplishment, and all the challenges and sorrows lived through and overcome.  Based on another year of experience and wisdom gained, I can be even more effective and experience even more joys in the New Year. 


2013, here we come!


December 31, 2012 Posted by | achievement, intention, Wisdom | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Love is indeed the answer

Tuesday December 25, 2012 #483


Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.”


~Barbara DeAngelis


On this day, the greatest gift we give or receive is love.  Pause and reflect with gratitude on those you love and those who love you.  Remember that love is a verb and therefore we must actively love with our words and actions.  If you want more love in your life, give more love to others.  If you have an abundance of love in your life, celebrate with gratitude by giving even more to others.  Love is indeed the answer.


Merry Christmas, with abundant love…

December 31, 2012 Posted by | giving, Gratitude, love, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Understanding balance

Tuesday December 18, 2012 #481


“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”


~Ralph Waldo Emerson


The universe requires balance.  No one gains success, achieves their dreams, accomplishes great things, without sacrifice.  You will lose something in the path to achievement.  Realize this with pragmatism and sober reflection.  Make your choices carefully knowing this truth.  The pain and failures along the way become far more bearable when you understand the cost of attaining your chosen goals.

December 31, 2012 Posted by | achievement, Understanding | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Push yourself beyond the comfortable

Thursday December 13, 2012 #480


“To succeed in life we must stay within our strength zone but move out of our comfort zone.”


~John Maxwell


As you seek your successes, start by understanding your strengths.  People often try things without preparing or by attempting things which they have no competency.  And then are disappointed when they fail.  Even people who are willing to take risks and push themselves into challenges must do so using their strengths, their best capabilities.  Working from the core of your strengths, your best successes will come only as you push yourself beyond the comfortable.

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Choose your associates carefully

Tuesday December 11, 2012 #479

“You will become like the five people you associate with the most. This can be either a blessing or a curse.”


~Billy Cox

People tend to take on the characteristics of the people they are with the most.  So it is critical that you are intentional about your choices of friends and work associates.  If you find yourself with negative influences, remember that these people are in your life by choice.  Surround yourself with people who will nourish your life with intellect, adventure, positive energy, and who will push you to be your best self.

December 31, 2012 Posted by | intention | | 1 Comment

The power of an inspirational dream

Thursday December 6, 2012 #478


“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming after all is a form of planning.”


~Gloria Steinem


Your role as leader of people, or even as the leader of your own life, is to provide a consistent vision of a desired future state.  A future with hope, passion, and possibility.  Often, belief in that vision requires a leap of imagination – a dream of what could be if only we learn, develop, and strive with perseverance.  Never forget the power of an inspirational dream.  Pragmatism is required for execution.  But the dream is necessary to fuel the inspired enthusiasm to get you through the various obstacles to come.

December 30, 2012 Posted by | inspiration, leadership, learning, Passion, persistence | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The recipe for enthusiasm

Tuesday December 4, 2012 #477


“Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.”


~Bo Bennett


When trying to raise your own enthusiasm for a challenge or activity, or the enthusiasm of people you lead, consider the recipe provided in today’s quote. 


Excitement stems from anticipation of something you desire.  Are you clear about what you desire or what your team desires?  The vision you have for yourself or your team must tie to achieving that desired state.


True power comes from an inspired choice.  Without an inspirational foundation, it will be tough to drive enthusiasm.  What inspires you? 


You cannot motivate others – you can only provide a motivational environment.  Motivation usually stems from a clear vision of why we should strive for something as well as supporting those who choose to follow.  What are you doing to motivate yourself and your people? 


Finally, a bit of creativity is usually required to inspire and motivate different people and to overcome various obstacles.  Creativity comes from asking questions and being open to learning and accepting new ideas.  What are you doing to drive creativity?


Put it all together and you may just find that enthusiasm you and your team needs to truly achieve!

December 30, 2012 Posted by | achievement, inspiration, leadership, learning, motivation | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Get on with life

Thursday November 29, 2012 #476


“Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.”


~Ralph Waldo Emerson


The key to achievement is knowing what you stand for and the kind of difference you want to make in this world.  Worrying about possible negative outcomes of your efforts will not serve you.  Focus instead on doing your best with what you have to work with right now.  Doing so will likely move you in the right general direction and you can course correct from there.  Get on with life – you will be fine.

December 30, 2012 Posted by | achievement, intention | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leveraging knowledge and enthusiasm

Tuesday November 27, 2012 #475


“Knowledge is power and enthusiasm pulls the switch.”


~Steve Droke


Learning from both experiences and formal education provide us with the knowledge necessary to earn the ability to wield power with character and conscious.  But without enthusiasm, the knowledge and the power lay dormant.  Make sure your efforts to gain knowledge are focused on the things that inspire you so your enthusiasm and passion enable you to put your power to work in the service of your highest held values.

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A life we can all learn from

Thursday November 22, 2012 #474


The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best medicine for despair is service. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired.


~Gordon B. Hinckley


Today would have been my Dad’s 80th birthday.  Rather than dwell in sadness (though I am sad I can no longer talk to him), I choose to reflect on his life – a life of constant learning and teaching.  My Dad understood that to resolve the worries, despair and weariness he felt from time to time, he needed continue driving forward in his work.  He saw his work, his purpose, as constantly learning about the issues and causes important to him and then teaching others what he had learned.  He didn’t stop there.  Whenever he could, he volunteered and otherwise helped organizations and individuals who lived for and championed his passions.  In his last days, he continued to speak to me and to his friends about these passions.


My Dad passed quietly in his home on October 15, 2012.  79 years of consistently living to his principles – learning and teaching every day.  I will miss my Dad, and so will the people and the organizations that benefitted from his passionate efforts.  It is a life we can all learn from.  Time to get to work…

December 30, 2012 Posted by | giving, learning, Passion, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment