December 29, 2017 Focus on Opportunity

Successful people see all situations—even problems and complaints—as opportunities. Where others see difficulty, successful individuals know that problems solved equal new products, services, customers—and probably financial success. Remember: Success is overcoming a challenge. Therefore, you can\’t succeed without some kind of difficulty. It doesn\’t really matter what the challenge is; as long as you handle

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December 28, 2017 Believe “I will figure it out.”

This outlook goes hand in hand with the “can do” attitude. Again, it refers to the individual who is always looking to be responsible and solve a problem. Even if you\’re not sure how to do something, the best answer is “I will figure it out”—not “I don\’t know.” No one values a person who

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December 27, 2017 Have a can do attitude

I will be sharing from the book “The 10 X Rule” for the next 32 days Grant Cardone’s keys to success.  These are short items that have real power and as I have applied them personally and with my leadership team we have seen great results.  I hope you enjoy and encourage you to get

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December 26, 2017 Learning to live with Autopilot

Automation has today penetrated nearly every aspect of our lives. Most of us now drive cars equipped with computers that automatically engage the brakes and reduce transmission power when we hit a patch of rain or ice, often so subtly we never notice the vehicle has anticipated our tendency to overcorrect. We work in offices

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December 25, 2017 Merry Christmas

“The mind must be given relaxation—it will rise improved and sharper after a good break. Just as rich fields must not be forced—for they will quickly lose their fertility if never given a break—so constant work on the anvil will fracture the force of the mind. But it regains its powers if it is set

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December 24, 2017 Motivation is a learned skill

Locus of control has been a major topic of study within psychology since the 1950s. Researchers have found that people with an internal locus of control tend to praise or blame themselves for success or failure, rather than assigning responsibility to things outside their influence. A student with a strong internal locus of control, for

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December 23, 2017 What It Means To Choose

Albert Camus posed the question, “Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?” His point was that everything in life is choice. Every second of every day, we are choosing, and there are always alternatives. Existence, at least human existence, is defined by the choices people make. Think about what you do when

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December 22, 2017 Focus on what you want

Focus determines whether you perceive your reality as good or bad, whether you feel happy or sad. A fantastic metaphor for the power of focus is racing cars—a real passion for me. Driving a Formula race car can sometimes make flying a jet helicopter seem like a very relaxing experience! In a race car you

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December 20, 2017 Throw down a challenge

When nothing else works, try throwing down a challenge.  The desire to excel! The challenge! Throwing down the gauntlet! An infallible way of appealing to people of spirit.  Charles Schwab said: “The way to get things done, is to stimulate competition. I do not mean in a sordid, money-getting way, but in the desire to

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December 18, 2017 Don’t tell others they are wrong.

Building upon yesterday’s message, I would like to share another flaw in my personality that leads to arguments and puts up barriers to achievement on teams and in relationships.  You can tell people they are wrong by a look or an intonation or a gesture just as eloquently as you can in words—and if you

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December 17, 2017 You Can’t Win an Argument

I have always been talented in the area of arguing.  When I was a young child my grandmother heard me in a heated argument outside and rush to keep it from becoming a fight.  When she turned the corner she found me alone playing with my toys.  She asked me who I was playing with

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December 15, 2017 I thank thee this day.

This morning as I finish my study the feeling of gratitude is overwhelming in my heart and mind.  I’m truly the luckiest and most blessed person on earth.  As I sit here typing this message I am overwhelmed with the remembrance of so many blessings in my life.  I wish to use this time to

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December 14, 2017 10X Extreme Multipliers

Two books I have studied this year stuck out to me yesterday after a meeting with our company leaders.  One Extreme Ownership and the other Multipliers.  We were discussing what it will take for 2018 to be a better year than 2017 for our market.  Many different opinions were shared but the thing that stood

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December 13, 2017 Respond versus React

If you have ever been to the doctor and had a prescription medication that required you to revisit the doctor, the you will understand the difference between responding and reacting.  We have read about the power of words we use and how we control our thoughts.  In life do you respond or react.  When you

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December 12, 2017 Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Harry A. Overstreet in his illuminating book Influencing Human Behavior said: “Action springs out of what we fundamentally desire …and the best piece of advice which can be given to would-be persuaders, whether in business, in the home, in the school, in politics, is: First, arouse in the other person an eager want. He who

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December 11, 2017 Give honest and sincere appreciation

What is it about how we are treated and what people tell us that makes such a difference in our lives?  As humans we need honest and sincere appreciation to help us simply keep our sanity.  Sounds crazy but research has shown people can go insane simply looking for a feeling of appreciation. “Why do

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December 10, 2017 Don’t Sell Yourself Too Cheaply

“I say, let no one rob me of a single day who isn’t going to make a full return on the loss.” —SENECA, ON TRANQUILITY OF MIND, 1.11b People spend a lot more money when they use credit cards than when they have to pull out actual cash. If you ever wondered why credit card

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December 9, 2017 Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.

“If You Want to Gather Honey, Don’t Kick Over the Beehive.\” Dale Carnegie When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity. Bitter criticism caused the sensitive Thomas Hardy, one of the finest

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December 8, 2017 Seek and ye shall find

This week has been a great example of finding what you are looking for in life.  Personally, when you have a birthday one can reflect on the past year or many years and see if they have achieved the life they desire.  I have had such an opportunity this week and received many wonderful gifts

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December 7, 2017 Pearl Harbor Day

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, also referred to as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually in the United States on December 7, to remember and honor the 2,403 citizens of the United States who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

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December 6, 2017 Back to basics

As I continue to read about “How the Mighty Fall,” by Jim Collins the theme seems to be a mixture of doing what works and not panicking.  Collins describes the stages of decline in which the first three stages are easier to correct but harder to recognize and the latter two are easy to see

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December 5, 2017 Do you see what I see?

One of the greatest tools available to every person is the ability to visualize what we want.  The mind is an incredible tool and will do what you tell it to with descriptive words or images.  You have heard about the law of attraction. That which you focus on you attract more of into your

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December 4, 2017 Packard’s Law

In Jim Collins book “How the Mighty Fall,” we learn about Packard’s Law in Stage 2 of a company’s decline.  Several things stood out to me and I feel I need to use these specific thoughts when I evaluate myself and our leadership team. Packard’s Law states that no company can consistently grow revenues faster

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December 3, 2017 Can You SEE Your Choice?

You don’t believe it when you see it; you see it when you believe it.  Develop a clear mental image; visualize it as if it was already in existence now. This is the most important step: you will achieve it to the degree you are able to see it so make your pictures clear and

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December 2, 2017 Humble Momentum

Momentum is a wonderful force if you are on the right side and riding it to achievement.  One key in keeping momentum is to avoid hubris.  Pride comes before destruction.  When people become complacent with their success and see success as an entitlement.  They fail to remember what made the great and take it for

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December 1, 2017 Hello December.

OMG, did you wake up today and realize it is December?  Where did the year go and what  can I still accomplish as the clock counts down to 2018?  One of the interesting things about time is that it does not stand still for anyone.  If you have goals and plans but then look up

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November 30, 2017 The biggest risk is not taking any risk.

Did you look at your life yesterday and review your defaults?  What are you doing differently?  One item I would bring to your intention is how you default to the path of least resistance to avoid risk and fear of failure.  Many people will invest money in a certificate of deposit (CD) at a bank

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November 29, 2018 Change your default

Adam Grant author or “Originals, How non-conformist move the world,” was asked this question in an interview about his book.  What does a person\’s Internet browser says about their level of nonconformity? “I love this study. So I\’m sitting at a conference one day and this economist, Mike Housman, presents a study showing that we

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November 28, 2017 BHAGs

Yesterday our team set the 2018 BHAG goal for our building.  Reflecting on the process reminded me of something I wrote back in August.  I as read the passage again I thought it would be worth sharing again here. August 28, 2017 Effort versus results This morning I have been considering the impact of what

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November 27, 2017 By the power of Grey Skull

Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s one of the cartoons was of He-man.  Like most super hero types his abilities were greater than the average man and he could draw upon these special abilities to overcome evil.  This weekend we went to see the latest Thor movie (I will try to not spoil anything)

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November 26, 2017 Differences

“We are like many pellets of incense falling on the same altar. Some collapse sooner, others later, but it makes no difference.” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 4.15 What’s the difference between you and the richest person in the world? One has a little more money than the other. What’s the difference between you and the oldest

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November 25, 2017 What are you waiting for?

axr Dec 2014 Queen of Procrastination she ruled kingdoms three the land were prisoners roam free she spent her time staring at walls making worlds which would never fall the chieftain came in and bowed at her feet \’My Queen,the enemy has left us no option – surrender or retreat.\’ Aghast,bewildered and tensed she paced the

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November 24, 2017 Be in the moment.

Black Friday, more money is spent today than any other day of the year.  Retailers salivate over the anticipation of people lined up ready to rush into stores and find that deal of the century.  It is 31 days until Christmas and now that Thanksgiving is over everyone switches gears for the big holiday. It

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November 23, 2017 Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I pray you have a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends, enjoying your favorite foods and remembering what wonderful things in life you have to give thanks.  For me growing up Thanksgiving was all about the desserts.  I remember one year I ate 12 pieces of my grandmother’s homemade pies.  It

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November 22, 2017 Critics really just need our help

There are times in life we have to deal with difficult people. How can we do so and still be effective in our work and families without the burden of grief these critics cause us to feel? Marisa Peer a world famous therapist wrote this about critics in her book Ultimate Confidence. I highly encourage

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November 21, 2017 May the choice be with you, always. 

Various internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day (in contrast a child makes about 3,000).   This number may sound absurd, but in fact, we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone according to researchers at Cornell University (Wansink and Sobal, 2007).  As your level of responsibility

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November 20, 2017 Goals, Goals, Goals!

Thinking of my present situation and the direction in life I want to move towards has caused me to reflect on my goals and the entire goal setting process. Today, I will not share anything new about how to set goals, but I will try and show that all of the goal setting books and

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November 19, 2017 The Path of Least Resistance

We all know the importance of setting goals and working to improve ourselves physically, emotionally, spiritually as individuals and families.  We know for the most part what it will take to accomplish these goals and have written a list of actions to achieve them repeatedly.  Then why did we spend yesterday doing the same things

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November 17, 2017 Attitude of Gratitude

If you really want to change your life and attract more things into your life to be grateful for make a daily list of gratitude.  We get what we focus on, if you focus on the negative you attract more things to be negative about.  When you focus on the things you are already grateful

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November 16, 2017 Focus changes everything

I have always enjoyed driving.  Since I was 8 years old and I started working on large equipment on my grandfather’s work sites, I enjoy operating anything with an engine.  I had go-carts and motorcycles as early as age 4.  The feeling of control and freedom to go and do things without limitations was and

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November 15, 2017 Gorillas and Priuses

In his book “The Happiness Advantage” Shawn Achor talks about our minds ability to focus and block out information.  It is amazing how we can see things when we are focused on them and totally miss them when we are focused on something else.  So if we go around looking for the negatives all the

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November 14, 2017 What’s in your closet?

Recently we had the missionaries over to our home for dinner and the sisters shared a scripture from the Book of Mormon in a way I had not considered previously. Helaman 6:21 But behold, Satan did stir up the hearts of the more part of the Nephites, insomuch that they did unite with those bands

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November 13, 2017 Never Complain, Never Explain

“Don’t allow yourself to be heard any longer griping about public life, not even with your own ears!” —MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 8.9 Not only do even the most fortunate of us complain, it often seems like the more fortunate we are, the more time we have to do so. Marcus Aurelius was a reluctant chief

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