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The Hard Thing Rule

I don’t want to exercise in the morning. I feel good when I do it, but I don’t wake up wanting to do it. I like to wake up slowly, drink my coffee, check emails, and start cranking away at my to-do list for the day. I actually prefer it at the end of the day, but my current life …

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Music Monday: An American Child

There are certain passages in our lives which create personal bonds so deep that the flow of time has no effect on their strength or impact on you. My high school experience was one of those passages.  With only 38 kids in my graduating class, we were close. So close in fact, that our teachers insisted we take a moment …

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The Joy of Work

Reader mail and subscriber responses are one of my favorite parts of writing a weekly inspirational blog. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the value of connecting with clients, patients, and customers on more than just a digital format such as email, texts, or social media. (www.lionspeak.net/the-knowledge) I contended that while we use all those modalities to communicate, sometimes …

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Love to. . .Can’t

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the dangers of taking your eye off the ball, losing sight of your priorities and saying “yes” when it would be in everyone’s best interest to say “no.” But it’s easy to write about that idea and agree with it in theory. It’s a whole lot harder sometimes to actually do it because …

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Eyes Wide Open

Throwback Thursdays was one of the most fun trends that happened on Facebook a few years back. To participate, you had to spend a few minutes looking back over old photos. I loved that it created a moment in our busy week to reflect on our past: big hair, skinny legs, silly antics, old friends, childhood memories, growing children, and …

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Music Monday: Fear is a Liar

If you measured your life out on a yardstick, how much is left? I’ve done it and it’s quite sobering. Today is New Year’s Day. The first day of 2018. The first day of what remains of your life. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” Fear is the one thing …

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Clearing the Clutter

I really don’t know how it happens. I spend several days, if not a full week, every year cleaning out my office, purse, bathroom, closet, kitchen drawers, bedside table, and I swear I’m going to keep it that way once and for all! But then, well… you know what’s coming. I look up one day and the piles are back, …

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Music Monday: Love

We’ve finally arrived! This week, we conclude with my tenth and final installment in our list of suggestions for how we could live and operate our businesses from a place of greater happiness… Suggestion #1: Assume the best. Suggestion #2: Roll with it. Suggestion #3: Visualize responsibly. Suggestion #4: Say what you want and expect. Suggestion #5: Stop comparing. Suggestion …

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Letting Go

This week we continue with my ninth installment in our list of suggestions for how we could live and operate our businesses from a place of greater happiness… Suggestion #1: Assume the best. Suggestion #2: Roll with it. Suggestion #3: Visualize responsibly. Suggestion #4: Say what you want and expect. Suggestion #5: Stop comparing. Suggestion #6: Take the leap. Suggestion …

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Be Selective and Guard Your Time

This week we continue with my eighth installment in our list of suggestions for how we could live and operate our businesses from a place of greater happiness… Suggestion #1: Assume the best. Suggestion #2: Roll with it. Suggestion #3: Visualize responsibly. Suggestion #4: Say what you want and expect. Suggestion #5: Stop comparing. Suggestion #6: Take the leap. Suggestion …