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 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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Who's Paint Is On The Canvas Of Your Life?

Take control or it will become another's painting.

As I sit here I am looking up at 5 extremely tall palm trees blowing in the wind in Tijuana Mexico. I didn’t realize palm trees could grow so tall, so I did some research on Google. I was surprised to learn that there are over 2,500 species of palm trees, the tallest of which can grow as tall as 197 feet tall! Instantly I was reminded of a question Jim Rohn liked to ask his audience: “How tall will a tree grow?“ “As tall as it can.” ~Jim Rohn I read a book under the cabana by the pool this morni...

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Your Struggles And Circumstances Are Not Unique

Google them and see.

Ten years ago as a broke construction worker by day and a more than full-time college student at night, I used to believe that there was almost nothing I could do to change my circumstances. Tired of construction, I shopped my resume around looking for another job that would pay me the same amount that I was used to making in construction. I couldn't find it. I felt like a helpless victim, one that worked exceptionally hard and very long hours, went to school more than full-time hours on a very ...

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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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A Broader Perspective

An Attitude of Gratitude

Being an entrepreneur now for over 10 years, I find myself in an exceptional attitude of gratitude. It amazes me how the infinite wisdom of God has given each of us different passions, interest and talents to make this world go around. Some say you should live life like you are dying, and some say you should prepare for the future and sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. I personally believe a healthy balance of both. The truth is, tomorrow is not promised, however, you just might live to be a...

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The Difference In Failing And Being A Failure

There is a difference

Everything is on big display these days in time. Social media and google expose us to the large world in which we find ourselves living. This has increased the fear of failure for many people. However… "There is a big difference in failing and being a failure.”...

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A Spun view on marriage success

Why things get stale and how to prevent it

“Look at those two. Sighhhhh... Young love.”  How many times have you heard a statement like that from a couple that has been married for a length of time?   The young “puppy love” is definitely something that changes with time, but certain elements of it can be preserved for the long haul.   I am writing this while flying to speak for a week in Columbus Ohio. My wife and I stayed this weekend in Biloxi at the Beau Rivage Resort Casino. We got a couple's massage at the IP Casino (Ahhhh... Their ...

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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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