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Rapid Change

Thursday July 17, 2014 #645

“Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers and business.” ~Mark Sanborn


We all know that today’s world is changing more rapidly than at any other time in history.  Technology provides us with both the conveniences and efficiency we desire, but also creates an “always on” environment giving us little or no “down time”.  The people who will not only survive, but thrive in this fast-paced, always-on world will be those who can and enjoy rapid adaptation and change.  Key to this will be three things:  Spending time on pursuits that align to your values and passions, the desire to learn and adapt continuously, and the ability to do so.  The first two are firmly in your control.  Choose your work and your relationships carefully and this part will come relatively easily.  The last one – the ability to learn and adapt – may come naturally, but may require additional training and experiences.

Do what you love, continuously learn and grow your capacity and ability to change – rapidly!


July 20, 2014 Posted by | change, learning, love, Passion, Success | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Thursday February 13, 2014 #602


Someone has written, Love is a verb. It requires doing – not just saying and thinking. The test is in what one does, how one acts, for love is conveyed in word and deed.


~David B. Haight



Yes, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  And yes, if you are fortunate to have a partner in your life, you ought to do something to celebrate your gratitude for this special someone.  However, I urge you to consider your daily acts and gestures.  Why wait for this one day?  Or their birthday, or your anniversary?  Most people agree that simple expressions of love outside of these holidays carry far greater meaning and will contribute to a healthy, intimate, and long-lasting relationship.  Still, he or she will still appreciate a Valentine’s gesture – so don’t forget that too!

February 18, 2014 Posted by | love | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Thursday December 26, 2013 #588


“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”


~Eckhart Tolle


It is a natural part of being human to strive for more:  more wealth, more possessions, more pleasure…  more, more, more!  Most of us also realize that “more” of these things do not usually have anything to do with what we really want:  more happiness, more joy, more love, more meaning.  And in fact, the opposite is true:  The more we experience happiness, joy, love, and meaning, the more likely it is that we will find these manifested in wealth and other material things.


Begin your journey with gratitude and acknowledgment of the many blessings you already possess, including the many people around you.  If you can feel this authentically, you will find your path to tangible abundance clear and aided by both your own efforts and by the gifts of those you impact.

December 27, 2013 Posted by | Gratitude, Happiness, love, Pleasure | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmas Magic Moments

Tuesday December 24, 2013 #587


“Create magic moments by maintaining a grateful heart and loving thoughts.”


~Isa Zapata

christmas hugs


Ahhh…  Christmas week.  A wonderful time for celebrating with our families and friends the many blessings in our lives.  For some though, this is a very challenging time if they are dealing with challenging issues, circumstances, etc. – especially if alone.


If you are celebrating with family and/or friends, pause and reflect with gratitude on this reality and express your gratitude with loving thoughts, words, and deeds.  If you know of someone who may be alone this week, and have the capacity to share a bit of yourself, reach out with at least a phone call or message to let them know they are not alone and that they are loved.


If you are alone this week, please know you are thought of by many with gratitude and loving thoughts.


To all of you whether you celebrate Christmas or not, a heartfelt wish for love and joy, and my personal gratitude for being part of my amazing journey.


Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2013 Posted by | Gratitude, love | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“More is Better” or “Less is More”?

Tuesday October 29, 2013 #571


“There may be no better discernment in life to master than learning to apply the rule of “more is better” to the situations that merit it, and “less is more” to those that need it.”


~Wendy Strgar

over consumption


I do believe that joy and happiness arise from knowing how much “enough” is.  We rush through life chasing after more money, more things, more status, more consumption – never realizing that our fears and feelings of scarcity blind us to knowing when we have enough.  And in this rush to consume and accumulate, we too often neglect those things that we can never have enough of:  love, hugs, kindness, gratitude, and opportunities to give of ourselves. 


It is time you look at life through a lens of abundance, rather than scarcity, to allow you to realize you may actually have more than enough monetary and possession based wealth.  Giving you space for more of those intangibles that truly bring joy and happiness.  Today, give a little more, love a little more – consume a little less, accumulate a little less.  You, and those who love you, will be better for it.

November 9, 2013 Posted by | giving, Happiness, love | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Joy of Connection

Thursday October 24, 2013 #570

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”

 ~Alexander Smith

seeing love

It is an amazing feeling to experience those moments of connection with another human being.  It could be your child, a friend, a co-worker, a lover, or someone you’ve just met.  That feeling comes from the realization that this person reflects back to you something you want to be, and are.  And when we see it, we rejoice in the connection.  Keep your senses open for this possibility in the people you come in contact with and you will probably discover just how many people you can connect with on this level.

October 27, 2013 Posted by | love, Possibility | , , | 1 Comment

Living a worthy life

Thursday August 1, 2013 #546


“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life, so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice”


~White Elk

the good life


This is one of those big, deep thoughts but one I believe we must focus on regularly:  Am I living a worthy life in this moment?  We all know we could die or become incapacitated at any moment and lose all chance of being the person we hope to be, personally, professionally, and spiritually.  And yet we rarely stop, reflect, and refocus ourselves on what is important, and saying “no” to what is not.

As we start the eighth month of 2013 – 60% of the way through another year! – pause today and ask yourself questions of alignment, of purpose, of belief, and of love.  All of us are imperfect and all of us can use this time, if we choose, to regularly course-correct and move with intention on a path of meaningful existence.  And as you do this, remember to celebrate all the ways you are living the life you want.  You don’t have to wait until you die to rejoice – celebrate each moment that you are the best you.

August 4, 2013 Posted by | intention, love | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Small acts of love

Thursday February 14, 2013 #498


“Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”


~Leo Buscaglia


On Valentine’s Day it is a good time to reflect on how we can better demonstrate our love.  Yes, for our spouse or partner, but also for other family members, friends, and others we care about.  Grand displays of affection have their place, and many people appreciate these.  However, the actions that create long term, deeply loving and passionate relationships are the little things that are appreciated by the people we love.


While today is a good day to reflect on this, I urge you to actively love through these small acts as often as possible – daily if you can.  If it has not been your habit to do this, start today with a couple small acts of love and commit to building such things into your daily routines.  Soon it will be your habit to actively love and I guarantee it will make all the difference in ensuring fulfilling relationships and will come back to you in kind.  Love now, love every day!

March 1, 2013 Posted by | love, Passion, Take Action | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Including Love in the Leadership Discussion

Tuesday February 5, 2013 #495


“Love is the ultimate motivation of the extreme leader, love of something or someone, love of a cause, love of a principle, love of the people you work with and the customers you serve, love of the future you and yours can create together, love of the business you conduct together every day.  Without the calling and commitment of your heart, there is no good reason for you to take a stand, to take a risk, to do what it takes to change your world for the better.”


~Steve Farber


I have long advocated the need to include “love” in the leadership discussion.  Without the passion, commitment, and character that love implies, nothing we do has real meaning.  And as a leader, our effectiveness largely relies upon our ability to provide meaning for our people.  This is true for leading in the workplace, a community organization, a family, or a single relationship.  Authentic love inspires commitment, action, perseverance, empathy, and reciprocation.  Love with all your heart and let it show in your words and in your actions.

February 10, 2013 Posted by | change, leadership, love, Take Action | , , , | Leave a comment

Focus on what you love

Tuesday January 15, 2013 #489


“If I had three pieces of advice to give anyone, it’s to find what you love, don’t be afraid to swim upstream, and develop a sickeningly hard work ethic.”


~Evan Sanders


It really is as simple, and as hard, as Evan’s advice.  Finding what you love (instead of what others think you should love), and overcoming the fear to overcome obstacles, takes focus and courage.  Laziness will not serve you in this endeavor.  You must develop intensity and drive to sustain you in your quest.  You can do it – but it must be your choice.  Make that choice today.


Today’s quote is from Evan Sanders, an increasingly relevant voice as he seeks to become a better man via his “The Better Man Project”.  Check it out here:  http://thebettermanprojects.com/

January 27, 2013 Posted by | courage, love, persistence | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment