Your Parents Were Wrong

They were wrong about a LOT.

A young girl walks out of her bedroom down the hall and smells a lovely aroma seeping from the kitchen. She decides to investigate and walks in to the kitchen to see the familiar sight of her mother cooking intently. Her mom opens the lid of the pot on the stove and gives the contents a good stir as the oven preheat temp alarm starts to chime. She closes the lid on the stove and prepares the large ham to go in the oven. Before she places the ham in the oven, she cuts the ends off of the ham and ...

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The Early Bird Doesn't Get The Only Worm

I am not a morning person

I beat myself up for countless years about not being a morning person.  I was taught for what feels like a lifetime that “the sun should never catch you sleeping.” I read countless stories, posts and studies stating that a common trait of all successful people is getting up at before the butt crack of dawn.  I grew up with one sister who is 3 years older than me. When mom went to get us out of the bed, she barely had to wake my sister and “BING!” she was up and out of bed.  Me? Well let’s just s...

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The Most Important Story You Will Ever Read

The story you tell yourself about yourself is the most important story you will ever read.

In each of us is an author and a reader. Every day we are speaking to ourselves, creating a story about ourselves. The story you tell yourself about yourself is the most important story you will ever read. The most important human relationship you have in your lifetime is not with another human being; it’s with yourself.  What is that relationship like? What story are you telling yourself about yourself every single day? What about in difficult moments? What about moments of temporary defeat or...

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Choose Your Hard - Hard Choices In Life Make Life Easy

It's ALL hard.

I know of a guy who is outstanding to say the least. He is a best-selling self-published author. He has a supportive family. He mentors countless people. He is a phenomenal and highly requested speaker, and a very driven and determined individual. He is not afraid of hard work, gets back up when he is kicked down, and is the image of determination. He can go against insurmountable odds and crush them in order to win. In fact, he coaches other people to do the same. The only fallback he has, is h...

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Taking the time to think

The world attempts to rob you of thinking time. Take that time back.

Bing! Your attention is averted from what you were doing because a text message just came in. You impulsively grab your phone to check the message and the message totally takes your mind away from what you were focusing on to what was in the text message.  You respond to the text message and ask yourself “where was I” Oh yes, I recall.” 3 minutes later your computer dings as a new email comes in. You repeat the cycle until you look up and it’s time to leave work. On your way home, you are focusi...

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How to make New Years Resolutions that actually WORK

Your plans will succeed when you implement this plan.

Every year, 200 million people set New Years Resolutions, but here's the sad reality about that...1/4 of them quit in a week.1/3 quit in 3 months.Only 8% succeed. You can make YOUR New Years Resolutions come true by planning them Strategically, and as you already know, that's what we are about here... Strategic Life Design. Most people plan their Resolutions in the form of goals, which usually equates to hopes and dreams. Most people also set out to tackle their goals in a way that they cannot s...

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Is your DMO (daily method of operation) leading YOU to the life you want?

If not, design one!

The life you live is one that is created by your daily choices compounded over time. These choices control and shape your destiny. Instead of designing these daily choices, most people just whip through them and do not like where they lead.  I'll prove it to you. Think about this: • The average marriage ends in divorce.• The average household, the husband and wife both work and do not feel they see their children enough.• The average household is $13,884 in credit card debt.• The average college...

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Guessing One's Future like a Fortune Teller

It was at the crack of 10 O’ clock one morning this week when I found myself catching a plane to go speak across the country. I’ve always preferred flying over driving because, while on the plane, it allows me to concentrate on whatever it is that I wish to concentrate on, be it email, reading a book, typing a blog, writing in my journal, writing notes, reviewing documents, organizing my fast paced life, listening to a podcast, prioritizing tasks, communicating with my assistant or whatever else...

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