Reap What You Sow

Now I am confident this is not the first time you have heard the saying, “you reap what you sow.”  This has been taught for centuries and can be found in all kinds of books and scriptures.  The basis of you reap what you sow is what you give comes back to you in like

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Money Is Important

Understanding the laws of the universe are important.  Understanding how to make money is needed education in the world, the sad fact is that not one person in ten does. Ninety-five people out of a hundred will simply settle for whatever they get, wishing they had more all the way from the cradle to the

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We go to together like…

If you started singing like Danny and Sandy graduating from Rydell High you are not alone. Funny how a couple of words will do that to our minds. Collaborate instead of compete is what I want to share this morning. I love to compete, in fact when I took the Strength Finder 2.0 quiz my

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Rules For Being Human

The following is written by an unknown author, however it contains sometimeless jewels of information that are worth passing on.It is titled, ‘Rules For Being Human.’ You will receive a body. You may likeit or hate it but it will be yours forthis time around. You will learn lessons. You are enrolledin a full-time informal

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What are you thinking?

What are you thinking? No really … what are you thinking? Interestingly enough, most people don’t think. You see, mental activity does not constitute thinking. This is an important distinction to make. As you start to look into what it is you’re thinking and how you’re thinking you will undoubtedly find that your thinking is very

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Someday…

Fill in the blank. Someday I will …. What are you waiting for? We all have plans and dreams that can come true if we will just take action. Start today by writing down what you want. Be specific. Give your self and deadline. Now make a list of at least 20 things you need

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5 conversations

In the book \”It\’s the Manager\” they discuss the 5 conversations to improve a company culture and work environment to increase employee engagement. 1. Role and Relationship Orientation: This typically last 1-4 hours once a year where managers define what success looks like in the individual\’s role and how their work relatives to their coworkers\’

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Vulnerability Leadership

In \”Good to Great\” we learn of the Level 5 leader.  One whom is  both humble and exhibits professional will.  Humility is more about attitude of accomplishment rather than submissiveness.  The pursuit of humility in this case means it is more about the company or groups success than the individual.  Professional will meaning you will

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Quit Lying to Yourself

“It is fairly common for people who don\’t get what they want to provide justifications—and even lie to themselves—by minimizing how valuable success is to them. It\’s easy to spot this trend in our society today within entire demographics and population segments. You can read it in books, hear it in church, and see it

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Can you be the best?

“If you cannot be the best in the world at your core business, then your core business cannot form the basis of your Hedgehog Concept.” Excerpt From Good to Great Jim Collins What will your specialization be and how can you be the best at it to produce your Hedgehog Concept?

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Discipline

“The more an organization has the discipline to stay within its three circles, with almost religious consistency, the more it will have opportunities for growth.” Excerpt From Good to Great Jim Collins

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Mirror and window

“Level 5 leaders look out the window to attribute success to factors other than themselves. When things go poorly, however, they look in the mirror and blame themselves, taking full responsibility. The comparison CEOs often did just the opposite—they looked in the mirror to take credit for success, but out the window to assign blame

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Good is the enemy…

Do you settle for good enough? \”Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives,

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The Stockdale Paradox, Good to Great

In Good to Great, Jim Collins references The Stockdale Paradox. It is named after admiral Jim Stockdale, who was a United States military officer held captive for eight years during the Vietnam War.  Stockdale was tortured more than twenty times by his captors, and never had much reason to believe he would survive the prison

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Most valuable asset…

“The old adage “People are your most important asset” is wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are.” Excerpt From Good to Great Jim Collins

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BE INTERESTED RATHER THAN INTERESTING

“Another way people fail to listen carefully is to be too concerned with being interesting themselves, rather than being interested in the person they’re listening to. They believe the route to success is to constantly talk—showing off their expertise or intelligence with their words and comments. The best way to establish rapport with people and

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A climate where the truth can be heard

Lead with questions, not answers. Leading from good to great does not mean coming up with the answers and then motivating everyone to follow your messianic vision. It means having the humility to grasp the fact that you do not yet understand enough to have the answers and then to ask the questions that will

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Always looking to improve

“Leaders should never be satisfied. They must always strive to improve, and they must build that mind-set into the team. They must face the facts through a realistic, brutally honest assessment of themselves and their team’s performance. Identifying weaknesses, good leaders seek to strengthen them and come up with a plan to overcome challenges. The

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Do what is right…

Zig Ziglar says often, “if you do what you have to do when you have to do it, there will come a time that you get to do what you want to do when you want to do it.” This has proven to be true across the test of time. When we put away selfish

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No place for blame

“If mistakes happen, effective leaders don’t place blame on others. They take ownership of the mistakes, determine what went wrong, develop solutions to correct those mistakes and prevent them from happening again as they move forward.” ― Jocko Willink, The Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win One of my favorite

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Habits equal your systems

“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”  ― James Clear, Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones The way you will achieve any goal will depend on the daily rigor you build into your systems. Through these you

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Resilience by DR. RICK HANSON, PH.D

Inner resources are like superpowers: they increase abilities, create greater success, improve quality of life, and make you more effective. Of all the inner resource superpowers at your disposal, the ability to learn is the most powerful because it allows you to cultivate and grow all of the other inner resources you desire. Each time

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Argue Less and Listen More

Are we listening or arguing? “A New York photographer I once met traveled all over the world doing expensive location shoots for big-name clients like Revlon and Lancôme. At one point he shared with me how he would give clients exactly what they had asked for, then be mystified when they didn’t like the end

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Take accountability for everything…

Take accountability for everything is used so often it loses any real effect in most peoples lives.  Pull out a sheet of paper and think of all of the challenges or problems in your life in the last 24 hours.  Were you kept up late because of something, did you eat something not on your

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Why do you do what you do?

Have you ever tried to figure out why you do what you do?  For me, I wonder why I skip a work out or eat the double cheeseburger when trying to control my weight.  Maybe when I know something has to get done but I put it off because something else looks more fun.  We

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W.O.R.R.Y.

Where Objects Reflected on Reoccur in Your life Why worry and just bring more of what you do not want into your life. Focus on what you want, act as if it is so and you will see worry is not worth the effort.

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Commitment to greatness

“I believe that life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the

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THE SUPREME COURT OF YOUR MIND

“This can be swiftly taught in very few words: virtue is the only good; there is no certain good without virtue; and virtue resides in our nobler part, which is the rational one. And what can this virtue be? True and steadfast judgment. For from this will arise every mental impulse, and by it every

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Make Action a Habit

The highly successful take unbelievable amounts of action. Regardless of what that action looks like, these people rarely do nothing—even when they are on vacation (just ask their spouses or families!). Whether it is by way of getting others to take action for them, getting attention for their products or ideas, or just grinding it

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Uncertainty

What makes a decision great is not that it has a great outcome. A great decision is the result of a good process, and that process must include an attempt to accurately represent our own state of knowledge. That state of knowledge, in turn, is some variation of “I’m not sure.\” Annie Duke, Thinking in

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So simple it is hard.

I finally understand a little better the statement made by Jesus Christ, \”forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.\” I believe everything we do is related to our choices so I have always felt we get what we deserve and know exactly what we are doing when we choose wrong. However, Christ

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Focusing Your Mind Like a LASER

A laser is focused light. Light is all around us: in the sunlight outside, the fluorescent lights overhead, the screen that you may be staring into right now. A laser takes that light and focuses it into a high-powered beam that can cut through steel, destroy missiles from space, or accompany the Allman Brothers. In

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