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Friday, March 31, 2017

The Friday Five - 3/31/17


Five things to take into your weekend....

1.  Quote I'm Mulling Over - “Becoming is better than being” 
― Carol Dweck, Mindset, The New Psychology of Success.

2.  Book I am reading - Mindset, The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck - this book is a serious eye-opener.  If you are a parent, teacher, coach or a manager, this book will change the way you lead and develop the people in your life.  This is on my Must Read List.

3.  Song of the Week - Live Like Your Dying by Tim McGraw. This is a song that can give you some serious perspective.

4.  Video of the Week - The Billionaire Mindset.   How did they become billionaires?  This video has a number of things to do that most people will agree with, but few will ever do.

5.  Health & Fitness Tip of the Week - Are Fitness Trackers Really Worth It?  Some research suggest these devices may be way off.  I don't think it will stop me.  Even if it is off a bit, I am still paying attention to my activity.  What about you??

Have a great weekend!!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Friday Five - 3/24/17


Five things to take into your weekend....

1.  Quote I'm Mulling Over - “It's not your fault if your f*cked up, but it is your fault if you stay f*cked up.” 
― Jen Sincero, You Are A Badass.

2.  Book I am reading - You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero - this is a straight forward book about just being yourself and realizing your potential.  Funny, witty, sometimes cutesy.  Jen's personality comes through vividly enough to make you want to meet her.  Listening to her read the book is better than reading it.  It was so good, I did both.

3.  Song of the Week - Badass by Saliva. You can read the book You Are A Badass.  And, you can get pumped listening to this song.

4.  Video of the Week - Fear Nothing.   It has been said that life begins after you break through fear.  This video may inspire you to make that break.

5.  Health & Fitness Tip of the Week - Should you have that beer or glass of wine??  Researchers tracked more than 1.9 million healthy British adults and found that having the occasional drink was tied to reductions in the risk of heart attack, sudden heart death, heart failure and stroke, compared to non-drinkers.  Cheers!!

Have a great weekend!!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

The Friday Five - 3/17/17


Five things to take into your weekend....

1.  Quote I'm Mulling Over - “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” 
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

2.  Book I am reading - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - this is a fable of a boy that follows a dream to realize his personal legend.  There are so many insightful thoughts in this book it would take another couple of books just to discuss them.  It is no wonder it has sold over 100 million copies in over 80 languages. 

3.  Song of the Week - Dare to Dream by Jared Sagal. A soccer player's push to be the best.  Inspirational.  If this young boy can go for his dream and push through one obstacle after another, you can go for yours.

4.  Video of the Week - Go For It   Rocky versus Clubber Lang.  A highlight video surrounding the Go For It theme.  Motivating like all the Rocky movies are.

5.  Health & Fitness Tip of the Week - How much time should you workout?  The basic answer is 30 minutes a day.  But, we all have an amount that works best.  Find out yours here.

Have a great weekend!!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Is It You or Them?


You is you.  Them is everyone else.  Them are your kids.  Them are your neighbors.  Them are your coworkers, your friends, and your spouse.

Them is everyone not you.

When you think about the successes and failures in your life, was it you or them?  When you think about the good times and the bad times, was it you or them?

Understanding the prospective of "you or them" is critical to your success, your failure and ultimately your happiness.  There is one particular concept in regards to the "you or them" question that once understood it, makes all your future "you or them" questions easy to answer.

Here it is...

Everything in your life is your fault.  No matter what.  It is your fault. Good or bad.  By what you did or did not do.


Of course there are situations that happen to you.  Bad weather, bad traffic, bad people and the like.  These are all things that you do not control. These are not your fault.  But, you have to deal with them and how you deal with them is your fault.  No excuses.

If wake up and find a foot of snow outside and you grumble about the clean up and the kids not going to school.  You set yourself up to be unhappy.  You focus on all the things that are wrong with the situation.  All the loss.  All the inconvenience.  That is your choice. And, that choice is in your control.  That choice is your fault.

The way you ended up feeling about that situation is your fault.  So if you are unhappy and miserable you only have to look in the mirror to find the guilty party.

If you have become frustrated with the lack of advancement in your profession or your earnings, ask what keeps getting in the way? The answer is you.  It is not your boss, your customers, or the economy.  It is you.

Somewhere there is someone in your profession that is succeeding at high level.  That someone may even have the same boss, customers and economy as you. What's the difference?

You are the difference.

It's not them. It's you.  They are doing something different than you. Their success is their fault.  Their choices are their fault. Their attitude and approach to life is their fault.  It is their fault just like your attitude and your approach is your fault.  They are just getting different results than you.  Maybe it's their attitude? Or, is it yours?

That same person, who is succeeding in your profession, also gets up and sees that same foot of snow that you did.  They see the snow and instead of grumbling about it, they think, I'm going to get a different workout today.  And, I'll get to play with the kids!  

Same situation.  Different attitude, different choices.  Better results.

Make better choices, get better results.  

It's up to you.  It always has been.


Friday, March 10, 2017

The Friday Five - 3/10/17


Five things to take into your weekend....

1.  Quote I'm Mulling Over - “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." - Viktor Frankl

2.  Book I am reading - Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl - this is a riveting account of a holocaust survivor of Auschwitz.  In the midst some of the most grueling and cruel circumstances any human can endure emerges an insight that every human should think about.

3.  Song of the Week - Fight Song by Calysta Bevier. This is a teenage cancer survivor singing a song only the way someone who's stood at death's door could.  Very inspiring.

4.  Video of the Week - Never Give Up  Start your day off with these five minutes and you may be unstoppable today.

5.  Health & Fitness Tip of the Week - 5 Great Benefits of Cardiovascular Exercise - for some, this is a dreaded word, for others, a passion.  Check out the benefits here.

Have a great weekend!!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Are you the Master or the Slave?


Are you the Master or the Slave?  You are one or you are the other. There is no choice.  You must be one of them.  But, the one you are is your choice.

There are many parts of life where you are either the Master or the Slave. Your relationships, your job, your kids, your relatives.  The most important is with yourself.  With your habits.

Habits are unique in that they are with yourself.  Relationships are with other people.  If you end up a Slave in a relationship you can walk away. You break the habit by breaking the relationship.  You Breakaway.

But, you can never Breakaway from yourself.  To thrive and reach your potential, you must break the bonds of being a Slave and make yourself the Master.  To be the Slave or Master with yourself is to be the Slave or Master of your habits.

If you are a Master of your personal habits you can dramatically improve your life.  You also improve your relationships and your job.  You will be more happy and fulfilled.

If you are a Slave to your habits your life most certainly will not be what you want.  Your relationships and your job will most certainly suffer at the worst and fall short of their potential at the best. Neither scenario is desirable.

The interesting thing about the Master or Slave relationship to habit is revealed in the wording to describe the relationship itself.  If you are a Master, then it is described as being in charge of the habit. You are the Master of the habit.

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Friday Five - 3/3/17


Five things to take into your weekend....

1.  Quote I'm Mulling Over - “It's not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It's whether or not our work fulfills us. Being a teacher is meaningful.” by Malcolm Gladwell

2.  Book I am reading - Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - this is a book about the ultra-successful.  What made Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, the Beatles, Michael Jordan and others so successful.  It's not what you think.  And, it is what you think, if you think about it.

3.  Song of the Week - I Want to Hold Your Hand by The Beatles. This is the appearance the Ed Sullivan Show that got them national attention in the US.  When you read Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers you will learn they were far from being amateurs when they made this appearance.

4.  Video of the Week - Good Days & Bad Days by Nick Vujicic. After you watch this and you will never look at your life the same way again.

5.  Health & Fitness Tip of the Week - Improve your diet by avoiding these 5 Food Additives - sometimes it's not what you add to your life that makes it better, sometimes it's what you take away.

Have a great weekend!!