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Imperfect Humans

As wise as I can make myself sound on these weekly Stretches by giving all kinds of sage advice, I can make the most bone-headed mistakes sometimes. This week, we had our annual LionSpeak Team Retreat. It’s been on our calendars for six months. Of course, this year it was destined to be virtual, and I was ready. I had a great agenda, …

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“The No Complaining Rule”

A friend once sent me a purple rubber bracelet imprinted with the words “NO Complaining” and invited me to join her in a 30-day, no-complaining contest. I must admit that as a motivational speaker and human potential trainer, I truly thought this was a ridiculously simple request in which I would clearly have the advantage! I mean wasn’t it true that I …

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If Life is a Game, These are the Rules

One of the best personal development books I’ve ever read was the simple yet powerful book, If Life is a Game, These are the Rules. In this book Cherie Carter-Scott who is an author, corporate trainer, and consultant outlines what she calls her “Ten Rules for Being Human,” and I found them not only poignant but also really helpful to read and …

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The High-Wire Act of Life

Years ago, I visited a rock-climbing gym in Sacramento with my good friend, Melinda Heryford-Elston. The gym provided belays (people who manage the climber’s rope on the ground) for children who climbed. While Melinda and I were getting in some cardio on the treadmills, we watched as one of the belays, who was taking a break between climbers, jumped up …

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Hot Tea and Full Cups

And just like that… it’s December. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Funny how time seemed to drag to a near stop before the holidays when we were children, and now it just seems to be an unstoppable train on a downhill track, picking up speed with every year that passes. One of my favorite wintertime pleasures is wrapping my hands …

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Hands Up and Hang On!

One thing about roller coasters… once it starts, you’re along for the ride, like it or not. Once you’re strapped in, how you handle the ups and downs, fear and excitement, twists and turns will ultimately determine how much you enjoy the ride. If you stand on the ground and look at a roller coaster from a distance, you can …

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Bad Landings

Will Rogers once said, “People who fly into a rage always have a bad landing.” Even though I am a student and a teacher of Courageous Conversations, leadership communications, and the emotional intelligence necessary for success in those areas… I lost my temper recently with someone I care about very much. And, it was ugly. A bad landing for sure. …

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Winning When We Lose

We all love to win. But life and business are not fair. No one ever said they would be. We will inevitably lose sometimes. And, how well we lose says a lot about us. In the past 15 years, I’ve organized, moderated, or sat on the judges’ panel of several outstanding speaker’s competitions and showcases. And without fail, there always …

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Music Monday: The Remedy

It’s wonderful. It’s beautiful. It’s stressful. At times, it’s sheer chaos. Ahhhh, the holidays. In the midst of all the holiday hub-bub, I’m trying to remember that my children and grandchildren, husband and parents, friends and clients will probably not remember a single gift I gave them after I’m gone. But they will have a memory of me and how …

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True Stories

Brian Tracy once said, “Never say anything about yourself that you do not want to come true.” And yet, we constantly do this. “I’m not good at math.” “I can’t resist sweets.” “I’m terrified of public speaking.” “I avoid confrontation.” We’ve all made derogatory statements about ourselves and every time we do, we breathe life into a story that becomes …