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What's Touching the Mat, Your Feet or Your Face?

March 24, 2017

About six months ago, after experiencing many years of stability and success, I separatedfrom my second job in three and a half years. It was certainly a traumatic experience, and one that just 5 years ago seemed completely impossible.As a career manufacturing operations senior and executive leader, I’ve built successful team after successful team, and high quality product after high quality product. I’ve developed leaders who have developed leaders. I prided myself on being able to improve just about anything in which I come in contact.At networking events, at introduction, I promote myself as building high performing people and high […]

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A New Love

March 23, 2017

We met in abnormal psychology class. She was bold, boisterous, and frankly irritating. I was reserved, quiet, and isolated. She burst into the room alerting everyone that her text had been stolen. No one knew her. No one cared. She made everyone care. She took over the room. She sat in the seat in front of me. I offered if she wanted to use my text. She said thanks. She looked at my shoes in disgust. They were Chuck Taylor All Stars. She said “do people even wear those anymore?” I shrank a little. Oil and water. We became gasoline […]

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The Goal is Checkmate

March 23, 2017

Life is full of challenges. We only control two things… Our mindset. Our response. A reaction is a non-calculated action to a circumstance. It is not thought out. We must not react. Only respond. With control. I like to look at my life as a game of chess. I play the game to win. I need my challenger in order to play. The only way I get better is to experience higher levels of challengers and challenges. I can only control my own mindset (strategy) and response (moves). I take action knowing that my challenger will respond… … and that […]

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Only the Thing We Don’t Need Might Make Us Happy

March 23, 2017

I want what I don’t have. I have so much, but I want more. I need so little, but I want so much. I am miserable because I don’t have what I don’t need. It’s the only thing that will make me happy… We tend to go through life with blinders on. We ignore the good, we focus on the bad. We intentionally look for pain, then when we find it, we are surprised. We look to suffer. We watch the news – which we know focuses on the negative aspects of life, stirs up controversies, creates separation, fuels anger… […]

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Crave Challenges, Crave Growth

March 23, 2017

Contrast. Contrast is essential to happiness. I love summer. I love hot summer days, sitting outside in the blazing sun. I love to feel the heat on my skin. I love the happiness that sunshine brings me. There are never enough sunny days for me. I feel that I would thrive in Arizona, New Mexico, South Texas. Not everyone feels the same. I crave the sun. It’s easy to stop appreciating the warmth of the sun after a long string of sunny days. We come to expect, and at times dread the sun. Appreciation has turned to expectation and routine. […]

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The Perfect Morning

March 23, 2017

Mindset is the only thing you control. Is the alarm clock your enemy or your ally? Do you hit the snooze button as the first action of your day? If so, the first thing you did on a brand new day is lie to yourself. Why not view the alarm clock as your friend, who wakes you up to new opportunities, new possibilities, new experiences, new challenges, new chances to grow? After waking, do you consider that it is a blessing to have a brand new day? Do you consider that you are likely warm in a bed? Do you […]

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Withhold Nothing From the World

March 23, 2017

This morning I opened a Facebook thread started by someone I admire and respect. The thread was about gratitude, and being the best version of yourself, and had many great people sharing what they were grateful for this morning. There was one post deeply embedded asking a simple question. “How can I be the best version of myself?” A simple, but tough question. In my mind, the answer is simple, but the execution is difficult. You are the best version of yourself when you withhold zero percent of yourself, none of your love, gifts, and talents from the world are withheld. […]

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The Imperfect Journey

March 23, 2017

When I began the journey of becoming the best version of myself possible… I was desperate. I was scared. I was anxious. I was skeptical. I was eager. I was excited. I was fearful. I was enthusiastic. I was depressed. I was overjoyed. I was burdened. I was passionate. I was angry. I was blissful. I was alone. I felt as though I had nothing. I did not have a job. I did not have an income. I did not have security. I did not have a healthy family. I did not have a healthy marriage. I did not have […]

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A New Day…

March 23, 2017

When you opened your eyes this morning, you awoke to a new day. Yesterday is history. You are not yesterday. You are not your history. Your experiences have built you into who you are. Your stories have made you stronger, wiser, more capable. Your stories have given you purpose. You have experienced experiences, and they have built you into the present day being you are. But you are not your stories. Today, you have permission to become who YOU want to become. Not your stories. You are not your stories and experiences. They simply helped you on your journey. Today, […]

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