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I didn’t fail the test.  I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.

— Benjamin Franklin

Things are getting better.  Unemployment is moving down.  Hiring is up.  People are finding better jobs and taking the risk of moving from one job to another.  A year ago, that just wasn’t considered wise.

Nationally, we seem more hopeful.  Yet, we’re always concerned that things will suddenly go bad and we’ll be in trouble again.

Many years ago, we – the U.S. – had an emergency warning system to notify everyone of national emergencies.  It was designed and created to respond to the possibility of nuclear attack.

Thank heavens, it was never needed or used for Continue reading » This is Only a Test – 4 Ways to Prepare for Difficult Times


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

McGee Mountain and Mount Morrison
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The majestic mountains appear close enough to touch until, after putting one foot in front of the other day-in and day-out, you look up only to find that your destination has grown even more distant than when you started…

In between where I am and where I need to be is a large valley of doubt. Sometimes, it needs to be about the destination and not the journey for me. I have to take my eyes off the path, focus on the goal and keep taking another step.

— Cari guest blogger

When your destination looms far and large, it’s easy to succumb to doubt.  And even to find yourself sinking into a quagmire of hopelessness.  But there are things we can do that will help us stay the course.

Yes, of course, keep your eyes on the goal! Take the next step! And the next. And the next… And, as you plod ever on, I also suggest you do the Continue reading » What to Do When There’s a Valley of Doubt Standing Between You and Your Goal



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I just couldn’t resist the photo/word play… But seriously folks, as you think about the people, the situations, the opportunities, and the disasters that make up the fabric of your life, do you feel deeply and earnestly? Or have you slipped into a mindlessly dispirited ennui?

Recently I was invited to join a group called Heartfelt Leadership. And, of course, in addition to accepting the wonderful invitation, I also thought, “Great idea for a post!” But of course, much like the Heartfelt Leadership group’s founder, Debra Boelkes, I also wondered – what the heck does “heartfelt” really mean? Technically, here’s the answer and some nifty rhyming words just in case you’re poetically inclined:

HEARTFELT: deeply felt : earnest

Synonyms: sincere, unfeigned

Rhymes with HEARTFELT
black belt, Frostbelt, greenbelt, hot-melt, jacksmelt, Krefeld, lap belt, rust belt, seat belt, self-belt, snowbelt, snowmelt, Sunbelt, web belt

Hmmm – an awful lot of belts in there, kind of makes me nervous… which brings me to the crux of my wondering-conundrum: Heartfelt isn’t a simple state of being. Anything that’s so-very-earnestly heart-felt can and will provoke a myriad of emotions from joyous elation to grief… Obviously, it’s great when you’re at one end of the spectrum; not so great at the other. But even at the extremes, I do believe that heartfelt feelings all have some element of hope at their core – especially when it seems all hope has been dashed, a tiny kernel of hope for future goodness prevails. Adler and Ross said it well in their lyrics: Continue reading » Heart-Felt

Charlie Brown: Sunburned Charlie

Practice, Practice, Practice

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If you do a practice and train your attention to hover in the present, then you will build the internal capacity to do that as needed – at will and voluntarily.

— Daniel Goleman

I have good news and I have bad news.  The good news is that it is possible to feel hopeful, grateful, and happy.  The bad news is that it doesn’t just happen.

It turns out that even something as basic as hope is not just a feeling.  It is a thought process.  And, maybe, just maybe, the reason that we – as a people – have lost our faith in goodness and life is directly linked to the “stuff” we listen to/watch/read during the day.

Let me be very clear.  I am not blaming the media.  They have become what we pay them to be.  They find the dirt and they report it.  “If it bleeds, it leads” didn’t start with them.  It started with us declaring some Continue reading » Practice, Practice, Practice