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Being Fully Present & Engaged

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion. Whenever you enter into it take with you your all.” ~Kahlil Gibran Be Here Now Do you feel fully present and engaged in the way you live your life? Do you immerse yourself in the moment or do you strive and struggle as you negotiate the distractions of our modern world? It’s easy to have blind spots regarding how you are showing up to life when you are consistently bombarded with distractions, commitments, and personal preoccupations, isn’t it? Your life is happening in the NOW, yet the present moment is often squandered by thinking about what has happened in the past or may happen in the future.  When you are ‘off somewhere else’ people notice. Have you found yourself in conversations in which you’re so concerned about what you are going to say next, that you don’t even hear what the other person is saying? A lack of engagement sends the message that you may not care, are not interested, are too busy, or that the other person does not... Read More

Punctuality Plus for Effective Time Management

“The habit of being prompt once formed extends to everything—meeting  friends, paying debts, going to church, reaching and leaving a place of business, keeping promises, retiring at night and rising in the morning, and, indeed, to every relation and act, however trivial it may seem to observers.”  ~William Makepeace Thayer, Tact and Grit, 1882 Punctuality “Punctuality is the Politeness of Kings”  ~King Louis XVII of France Punctuality has been called a “homely, but solid virtue.”  It is a foundational reflection of a person’s character in our Western culture.  When you arrive on time for your engagements it demonstrates preparation, respect, integrity, and enthusiasm, all of which serve to make a positive impression on the people whom you are meeting, especially when they are depending on you! When you have scheduled an appointment or made a commitment, you have essentially made a promise.  Being punctual strengthens your character and reveals your integrity and consideration for others. Lombardi Time Legendary football Coach Vince Lombardi is well remembered for his unwavering requirement for his players and coaches to not only arrive on... Read More
Being a Social Chameleon

Being a Social Chameleon

Do You Adapt Well In New Social Settings? Chameleons are lizards that are famous for their ability to change their colors and fit in as their environments require. This ability enables them to change themselves for safety, survival, and healthy well-being.  Their colors adjust to reflect their mood, their surroundings, and as camouflage when necessary. Fossils prove they have been on this planet for over 80 million years, so they must be doing something right.  Their innate ability for adaptability deserves appreciation, respect, and further consideration. It obviously works! Humans also utilize this talent when they change themselves to fit in and win social approval.  As with most anything in life, there are polar opposites for this behavior. On one hand, a social chameleon will adapt with grace, integrity, and discretion to make others feel comfortable, get along, and communicate on their level. On the other hand, however, social chameleons can be socially shallow, disingenuous, phony, or pander to the whims of others to achieve the approval they seek or get what they want. Two Schools of Thought One... Read More
Rock Your Personal Brand for Positive Impact

Rock Your Personal Brand for Positive Impact

What is YOUR Personal Brand? How are you packaging your own unique talents, style, and personality that represent who you are and how you show up to the world? Whether it is in the way you walk, talk, dress or behave, your brand impacts how people perceive you. It is the essence of what makes you likable, knowable and trustworthy. It is no longer a matter of IF you have a personal brand; it is more a question of “How is it working for you?” Does it best express your intentions? Is it helping you in such a way that you make a great first impression on people when they meet you, think of you, speak of you or even see you on the Internet? Is it helping or hindering your progress and success in business? Does it serve your needs and make a positive impact? If not, it’s time to change that. We used to think of brand awareness as being the magic bullet that would make or break a company and the success of their product. However,... Read More
Got An Idea? Write It Down!

Got An Idea? Write It Down!

Ah Ha!! The light bulb goes off in your head and you can see the light, where once there was total darkness. Don’t you love when that happens? An AH HA moment provides an empowering awakening where you experience true understanding and clarity.  It enables you to shift your mindset to a new way of thinking and see things from a new perspective. “An AH HA is an idea that grabs you. But like slippery fish, ideas are liable to get away, never to return, unless we gaff them with the point of a pencil. Write down your AH HA’s immediately. When you do, they yours,” once shared motivational speaker Joel Weldon in his program, “Success Comes in Cans, Not in Cannots.” Writing down great ideas is only the beginning to unleashing your goals and enhancing your memory. Useful information is a valuable commodity in living life more effectively so get it on paper before it gets away. Are you a list maker? A note taker? A goal setter? Excellent. When you put your ideas on paper you take ownership,... Read More
Living in the NOW

Living in the NOW

“If you continue to live in the past, your life will be history.” –Corey Donaldson. Are you “Living in the NOW”?  Congratulations if you have learned to live in in the moment and enjoy your life in the present. As thinking, rational beings, we humans sometimes think too much: Regretting what did happen; wishing something else had happened; worrying, fretting and agonizing on events that may or may not occur in the future.  All of those woulda, coulda, shouldas use a lot of your best energy which would be much better spent maximizing your NOW. As a culture, we are ingrained with the Puritan work ethic, which teaches us to always be working, producing, improving and striving for a purpose. As a result, idleness can be misconstrued as laziness. Heaven forbid, we allow ourselves to be “lazy!” Productivity and achievement become internal validation for the super achievers. Self-esteem gets caught in the equation, and unless we are succeeding, we denigrate our value.  This self-imposed stress is a choice. In the long run, it’s a deliberate choice that compromises the art... Read More
Activate Your Awesome!

Activate Your Awesome!

Engage in Your Best Life Now! An acorn is genetically engineered to become a mighty oak tree. Given the opportunity to grow and the right environment in which to flourish, an acorn automatically becomes what it was designed to be. Once it is activated, it does everything within its power to fully realize its potential and live its making. We humans are also genetically engineered for greatness, yet we are the only species on the planet that sabotages our own making. This unrealized potential can get buried so deeply below our experiences, conditioning, hurts, obligations, hang-ups and lack of awareness, that we may not even realize that another reality is possible. Simply the mere suggestion or support from another is all it takes to activate our possibilities for a life-changing experience. Make a new decision, take action, change direction, meet new people, or learn a new talent. Whatever it takes to activate your awesome, ignite your shine and get you rolling, do it! What have you not tried, but would consider? What adventure have you yearned for? Who have... Read More
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