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Four Ways Out of the Pit

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We must learn to sail in high winds.

— Aristotle Onassis

Some of us need inspiration every day.  Like antiperspirant, we need to reapply inspiration every day… or we might start to develop “stinkin’ thinkin’”.

These days it’s harder to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ and believe that things will be OK.  During the crash, things went bad so quickly that we’ve developed a habit of expecting the worst – even now that things are going better.

We’re all waiting for the other shoe to drop.

You see it in the behavior of Continue reading » Four Ways Out of the Pit


Enjoy the Journey

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All of the animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.

— Samuel Butler

I’ve been way too serious this year.  Start focusing on goals and it doesn’t take much to get out of balance.  We get enthusiastic about the promise of the new year we get caught up in the idea of doing it quickly.

  • If we’re going to lose weight, why not lose it right away?  Don’t just go for a 30 minute walk.  Walk for an hour.  Don’t just cut back.  Eliminate all the stuff that contributes to gaining weight… like food.
  • If we’re going to increase our net worth, don’t just increase our savings deduction by 5% or 10%, really ratchet it up.  Never eat out.  Never go to the movies.  Stay home and save, save, save.

Do it all, NOW!

And then we hit the wall also known as burnout.  It’s not even six weeks into the new year and we’ve worn ourselves out with all our good intentions.

Our problem is that Continue reading » Enjoy the Journey

Bath Time Moods

In a Bad Mood? – Try These Five Steps to Feel Better

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I have two moods. One is Roy, rollicking Roy, the wild ride of a mood. And Pam, sediment Pam, who stands on the shore and sobs… Sometimes the tide is in, sometimes it’s out.

— Carrie Fisher

Moods.  We all have them.  They can be uplifting and encouraging.  They can be reals downers, too.

Moods are one of the many factors that can assist us in achieving our 2013 goals… or they can get in the way.

More than once, I’ve made decisions based on where I am (how I feel) vs. where I want to go (what I want to accomplish).  No matter how motivating the goal was when I set it, if I’m feeling crummy – physically or emotionally –  I usually choose something that will Continue reading » In a Bad Mood? – Try These Five Steps to Feel Better


Energy and Hope

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There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

— W. Clement Stone

Without energy, there is no hope.  Accomplishing anything of value requires that we bring energy to the endeavor.  Standing and hoping just doesn’t get it done.  Dreams are accomplished through the consistent application of energy to the tasks that lead to the attainment of the goal.

As a trainer, I have been responsible for setting an energy level in a room full of people.  Often the training participants that show up are less than Continue reading » Energy and Hope