Set Goals And Accomplish Them (Goal Setting)

Every year around the end of the year you begin making New Year’s resolutions.   You are highly motivated that this is going to be your best year ever and you are finally going to do all those things you have been putting off for an entire year.  You are going to be shocked, but I don’t make New Year’s resolutions.  I SET NEW YEAR’S GOALS.  Then, I continuously monitor, evaluate, and adjust them as necessary to achieve the goal I have set for myself; and you can do the same. You have goals, right?  Things you want to accomplish.  Hopes and…

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Effective Communication Skills

How many times have you ever found yourself in a conversation, ceremony, motivational speech, or any situation in which you had no idea what was being said because of the speaker’s inability to communicate effectively? Words are powerful and can make a person seem intelligent. But, on the opposite end of that spectrum can also make a person feel dumb. You have to be careful what words you use, how you use them, and who you use them with. When you are communicating to an audience, or even an individual, fancy words will lose their impact if misunderstood or misinterpreted.…

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Nothing Is Easy

Have you ever heard the saying “nothing is easy”?  I have, but I am at a crossroads with this statement.  I say this because to me it has two meanings; a positive and a negative depending on how you use the words nothing and is.  Let’s take a look at both. POSITIVE:  By adopting the statement of “nothing is easy” gives you the drive, determination, and motivation to conquer the most difficult of things because after all nothing is easy and if you want to accomplish something you have to work at it. NEGATIVE:  If  you put forth no effort…

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You Are A Work In Progress

If you always feel like there is something missing in your life it’s because you are not complete, you are “a work in progress”.  Every day you learn new things, you become smarter, you become faster, you become more knowledgeable, you become more experienced, and so forth.  You are “a work in progress”. Even though you are not complete yet, you still have to strive to get better every day because you are not going to grow and develop into the person you want to become if you don’t work at it.  You don’t just wake up one day and…

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Nobody Is Perfect

“If you seek PERFECTION in everything, you will achieve it in nothing” How many times have you moved something around just after you put it there looking for that perfect angle? How often do you write something down, erase it, and re-write it 100 times until it is perfect? Have you changed clothes, re-applied your makeup, or fixed your hair so many times in the morning and just can’t get it right? It is possible that you could be obsessed with PERFECTIONISM. If you get bent out of shape just because something is not perfect, you will find yourself on…

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The Mirror Doesn’t Lie

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? In my house I have a full sized mirror right next to my door so when I leave the house every day I can look at myself and see what it is that I look like before I head out into the world.  It is this quick assessment that lets me know that I am portraying a positive or a negative self-image when I head out into public and ready to take on anything that comes my way. So I ask you the following: When you look into a mirror,…

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Fear versus Respect: A Lesson In Leadership

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”  – Abraham Lincoln At some point in life each of us are either following one or being the one others follow.  How often does it come to pass that each of us has had leaders we loathe and can’t stand?  How rare does it seem that each of us has a leader we would always go the extra mile for?  How is it that leaders often down to two basic characteristics; fear versus respect?      We all have had that overbearing,…

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John Cena is All-American as hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot apple pie

When it comes to patriotism, it doesn’t get any better than John Cena of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).  John Cena is about as All-American as hamburgers, hot dogs, and hot apple pie.  He proves this day in and day out, but the most important way he shows this is through his undying support for the United States Armed Forces.  John Cena supports the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in a big way and has done so on many occasions through trips to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the annual event WWE Support the Troops. This hits home for me because my name…

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Effective Communication Skills

How many times have you ever found yourself in a conversation, ceremony, motivational speech, or any situation in which you had no idea what was being said because of the speaker’s inability to communicate effectively? Words are powerful and can make a person seem intelligent. But, on the opposite end of that spectrum can also make a person feel dumb. You have to be careful what words you use, how you use them, and who you use them with. When you are communicating to an audience, or even an individual, fancy words will lose their impact if misunderstood or misinterpreted.…

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When Surrounded By Monkeys, Be The Gorilla

Groupthink can be compared to a barrel of monkeys fighting for the same banana. The goal is to get the banana, each monkey knows it, and is compacted into a minimalistic mode of thinking to fight for the same object no matter the consequences. Whereas if they all just escaped the barrel, they would realize there are more bananas outside the barrel. With this analogy, it can be proven that groups are often narrow-minded to what is only true within their individual scope of understanding; completely disregarding any outside possibilities. It is truly this limiting factor that leads to little…

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