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Hard Times: Why Do You (Or Don’t You) Help?

Seems like more and more people are on street corners with cardboard signs asking for help and money. My first thought is that business must be good. My next (and likely correct) thought is that more people must need help and money. I know there are lots of reasons that a person ends up on a corner holding cardboard, and those reasons don’t really matter to me.

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Take Control And Create The Life You Want

Victims want more luck. Victors want more hours in a day. Victims show up late because the roads were bad. Victors leave early to give themselves plenty of time to get there.Victims hope, want, and wish. Victors set goals, plan, and achieve. Victims have their days ruined by someone else. Victors make someone else’s day better.

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Do Something That Scares You

On Saturday, a friend of mine called and asked if I would like to go skydiving with him this summer. I have never jumped out a perfectly good airplane before (or any airplane for that matter). I have always thought it would be fun to do a tandem jump; strapping on to somebody that knows what the heck they’re doing, but of course that’s not what he had in mind.

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Are You Celebrating Enough?

The NFL has cracked down on celebrations in the end zone after touchdowns. If you ask me, we don’t celebrate enough. (At least in the non-football world.) We are very good at beating ourselves up when things go wrong. We need to make sure we are spiking the ball (or popping the cork) when things go great.

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Are You Putting Up With Too Much Trouble?

On any given day there are a million things that make their way up and down our to-do lists. Busy, busy, busy. We are forced to find a balance between what needs to be done, and what’s important but can wait. We prioritize because we have to. The danger lies in leaving the wrong things on the to-do list for too long.

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Good Or Great? Where Are You Aiming?

Why would anyone be satisfied with doing a job to anything less than the best of their ability? Why do some people consistently over achieve, while others consistently fall short? I think a large part of it is where they’re aiming their guns. If someone’s goal is to do what’s expected, then I think they’ll frequently come up short.

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Are Your Words Doing More Harm Than Good?

In the book The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz, one of the agreements is 'Be Impeccable with Your Word.' We have heard the saying, 'the pen is mightier than the sword.' Your word is powerful. It has the ability to build, and it also has the ability to tear down. What you say can have a monumental effect on someone without you even knowing it. Use that power with care.

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Secret Tip To Ensure You Have Good Luck

Sure I have been lucky, we all have at one time or another. We have probably been the victims of some really bad luck too. There are lucky ducks, good luck charms, and the luck of the Irish. I just wonder how to know when it’s really luck, and when it’s something else entirely. Have you ever noticed that the harder we work, the ‘luckier’ we are?

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The Little Things In Life Are Worth Appreciating

Sure a big juicy burger is important, but for me it’s all about slathering on lots of ketchup, mustard, and Miracle Whip. As much as I enjoy a summertime hot dog off the grill, it would be nothing without chopped onions and ketchup spilling on my shirt. And I love shrimp, but it’s most important role is that of a delivery device for the cocktail sauce.

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What Could You Accomplish If You Didn’t Stop Trying?

I was talking to a co-worker yesterday about a new task she was trying to get comfortable with. She was frustrated and lacked confidence because she didn’t feel comfortable with her new role. She was trying hard to learn, but was dissatisfied with how quickly her grasp of the duties was coming along.

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Do You Want To Be Right, Or Do You Want To Be Happy?

Ok, go ahead. Laugh, point finger, snicker. I used to watch Oprah quite a bit. (I also watched the CBS soaps too. Bold & The Beautiful was my favorite.) Part of it was the fact that I didn’t have cable, which limited my choices to Judge Judy, the guy painting on PBS, and Oprah. Back when Dr. Phil was an occasional Oprah guest I thought he was great. Now I think he has too much show, and too little material.

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Are You Taking Too Many Things Personally?

I was driving through the Target parking lot yesterday, and apparently the happy lady coming from the other direction was a tad bit upset with my driving. Sure I moved over in her direction a little (at 5 mph and accidentally). And she flipped out. Arms flailing, yelling (which was extremely effective in her car with the windows rolled up, but I could see her jaw flapping away).

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