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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What if you jumped?

Life is too short to wait any longer.

I had a dream of being a scuba diver for a long time. I wanted to feel what it was like to be totally comfortable under water, breathe normally, relax and explore the unexplored sea without having to hold my breath. My wife, several years ago, surprised me for my birthday and got me a scuba certification course. We both got certified together, and when we went out to dive, I realized that scuba diving was even better than I had ever dreamed of. It was amazing! Oh if I had only known, I would hav...

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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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Circumstances Do Not Control Your Feelings

You Do.

As I got on facebook this morning I saw a post from years ago that I posted that said “If you are looking for something to get you in the Christmas spirit, you're missing it. It's not something you find, it's something you produce.” This post caused me to reflect this morning about how we choose our own energy. We can choose how we feel. I am writing this while being under the weather with the flu. I used to think that in life we feel how we feel based on our circumstances. I learned that we act...

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Change The Quality Of Your Life By First Changing Yourself

"When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on ou...

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The best investment you can make is not in a business or a company...

It's in yourself.

We live in a world today that illuminates and puts a spot light on "successful" people because we have access to information at our fingertips 24/7. News travels faster now than it ever has in history. We see images, messages, videos, promos, advertisements, you name it, all in record speed. And everyone wants to be successful. We hear about people making monstrous breakthroughs in every area of life, from health, wealth, prestige, athletics, education, you name it, seemingly overnight.  We als...

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Turning Your Idea Into A Reality

Your idea has little to do with it becoming true.

We all have great ideas. Chances are you have had dozens if not hundreds of great ideas. Many people think it is hard to come up with great ideas. The truth is that good ideas are not what the most successful people in the world had in common. What the most successful people have in common in any area of life (olympic gold medalists, mega entrepreneurs, top CEO's, bodybuilding champions, investors, etc.) are not good ideas, although many of them had some just like we all do... the thing that the...

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Why I Decided To Become An Entrepreneur

People become entrepreneurs for many different reasons. Here's mine.

I originally wanted to become an entrepreneur for a much different reason than most might think. I wanted something different that I only believed could be possible as an entrepreneur. I decided to become an entrepreneur so that I could own my own life. I wanted to call my own shots. I LOVE to live a LOT of life. I love to skydive, scuba dive, travel the world, hunt, fish, spear fish, rock climb, hike, ride motorcycles, you name it. My wife is my best friend and she’s my adventure buddy. We have...

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