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Answering the Door When Opportunity Knocks

“Those who don't jump will never fly.” - Leena Ahmad Almashat There’s a knock at the door, and you wonder, who can that be at this hour? You’re not expecting anyone, so you check your camera to see who’s knocking to decide if you should open the door; you aren’t prepared for guests right now. How many times has an opportunity knocked, and we decided not to answer the door without knowing what good fortune awaits our response on the other side? It may be an email, text or phone call that goes unanswered or deliberately ignored; either way, we may...

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Connections, Perceptions and Listening with Intent

“The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you.” ― Roy T. Bennett Communication can be tricky due to the human elements involved. We all know it’s the facts that hold the truth to any event or subject under discussion. Problems arise when we add our perceptions of the facts to the equation. Understanding Perceptions Studies are showing how visual memory can influence our perceptions;it’s possible for mental images to alter the way we see things. It’s said that we...

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Thoughts for Running Well and Winning in 2020

“We all know that if you run, you are pretty much choosing a life of success because of it.” – Deena Kastor It’s been said that we should run the race that is set before us, to obtain the prize, that’s a great picture of a purposeful life. I used to run when I was younger and noted that those who prepared well ran well. Runners endure bad weather and pain, successfully meeting every challenge to finish and win the race. Preparing for any race requires focus, strategic planning, mental toughness and endurance. Using the race analogy for leading well,...

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“What Do You Really Want?The key is living with awareness and intention.” - Helen S. Rosenau Do you have a plan for your life? How intentional are you about achieving your vision? Jim Rohn said,“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they may have planned for you? Not much.” Every year I ask myself if my action plan is helping me become the person I’m designed to be, and leading me to fulfill my life’s purpose? Worthy dreams require intentional planning, living, and personal development, because it’s about...

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Articulating Your Values and Writing Your Mission Statement

“What lies behind us is nothing compared to what lies within us and ahead of us.” - Stephen R. Covey I remember in the early 1990s, when writing a personal mission statement was the thing to do, nearly everyone I knew had one. It seems like everyone was reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. In his book, Covey urges people to write their mission statements. A personal mission statement is a clear statement of a person’s life purpose and the practicalities of achieving that purpose. Writing out your core values, your vision, your expectations,...

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4 Thoughts to Help You Become Self Motivated in 2020

“The best motivation is self-motivation.” – John C. Maxwell Being self-motivated makes you more valuable; it saves time, causes you to be more productive and builds your self-esteem. If you wait for others to motivate you, you’ll be spending most of your life day dreaming and hoping for something to happen. People who are always hoping for some external motivation are the same people who are left stranded at the bus stop marked “opportunity,” they could have easily gotten on that bus themselves instead of wishing they were like those passengers with a window seat. Motivation supplies the drive that...

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Why I Make a Commitment and Not a Resolution –...

“Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.” Marica Wieder For many, the end of each year brings with it a New Year’s Resolution of doing better next year. Since discovering a commitment is stronger than a resolution, I utilize the four-step process to continue making New Year’s Commitments. The headings in my previous article: “Are You Paying the Price or Enjoying the Price You Paid?” “Be Efficient, not Emotional” and “Practice Intentional Thinking Not Wishful Thinking,” are from my experiences learning to use that four-step process. Each year my pursuit of greater commitment yields a treasure trove of insight...

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Why I Make a Commitment and Not a Resolution

The end of each year brings with it the thought of doing better next year. We’re all familiar with New Year’s resolutions. I made one resolution many years ago and kept it, that is no more “New Year’s Resolution.” My reason for not making any more resolutions is simple; I found that a commitment is stronger than a resolution. As a noun, a resolution is defined as 1. the act or process of resolving: 2.to deal with successfully: clear up. Both are a decision to do or not to do something. As a noun, commitment is defined as 1. an...

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The Mindset of Highly Intentional People

“Be your best self in every moment; you’re born to be there.” – JSP I decided to live the rest of my life being a highly intentional person while reading Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and “Principle-Centered Leadership” in the early 1990s. I remember thinking “it makes perfect sense,” if I intentionally focus my thoughts and actions on specific objectives I can change my future. I imagined the potential of applying intentional thinking and living to relationships. The thought of helping someone rethink their future and change their life was almost too much to fathom – I...

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Choosing to Live an Exceptional Life

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” Roy T. Bennett I’ve made many poor choices when I was younger, and, in some cases, it took a long time to recover from the outcomes. I then decided to make four daily foundational choices on which I can build a meaningful, exceptional life, and those choices have served me well thus far. 1. Choose to Love “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have...

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