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The Seven F’s

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

I haven’t read the book, so I can’t recommend it, but based on this short synopsis it seems like it might be worth picking up.

I found this post at kiwiflossnz:


The book What Really Works – Blending the Seven Fs for the Life You Imagine is by Paul Batz and Tim Schmidt, and without a doubt will be the next book I buy from Amazon. Their theory is that instead of trying to balance one’s work / personal life, we are better to blend the Seven Fs into our lives. So if you want to read the book, go here, and if you want Batz & Schmidt’s summary of the Seven Fs then read on.

Faith: Our spiritual life. Spirituality is a peculiar and amazing thing. We are all  spiritual beings — regardless their chosen religion, most humans find a source of identity and strength by listening to and nurturing their spirituality.

Family: Our loved ones. In the research for the book, more than 1000 college-educated, knowledgeable workers rated “family” as the most satisfying of the F’s, and they also said family was their highest priority for increasing their satisfaction.

Finances: How money funds our priorities. While some see our income on the rise, most people today see the opposite. Here’s the deal about finances: The only way to be truly satisfied with our finances is learn to be grateful for what we  have, not spiteful about what we don’t have.

Fitness: The health of  our body. In our survey, fitness finished dead last in satisfaction, and dead last in priorities. Fitness really should be easy, except for the fact that we have to eat less (and better), drink less alcohol and break a sweat more often. How’s your fitness — really?

Friends: The people who share our joys and disappointments. Our research reveals that women tend to be more satisfied with their friendships, and they also place a higher priority on friends. How are you doing with your friends?

Fun: The part of life that is playful and joyful. With so much of our life spent working, can’t we make it more fun? Would the people you spend the most time with describe you as fun?

Future: The hope that we have for ourselves and others. Future is less about optimism and more about the commitment we make to a better world. Future is a major driver for many entrepreneurs. How about you?


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How to Be A Better Person…

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

I came across a new blog that I highly recommend you check out. It’s called The Change Blog, and there was a great post today about how to be a better person. I’m going to share the full post with you here, but again, I recommend you check out the entire blog, as it’s chock full of great information.


By Patrick Mathieu

I was at my local library recently, just browsing the shelves, when an interesting book title caught my eye: Being, Nothingness, and Fly Fishing

The book is subtitled, “How One Man Gave Up Everything To Fish The Fabled Waters Of The West

Intrigued, I picked up the book and read the inside flap of the dust jacket. It mentions that in book’s introduction, the author, while writing about a particular river, wrote: “The North Umpqua makes me want to be a better fly fisherman.”

I needed some context for such a bold statement, so I flipped to the introduction and found the actual quote.  The full paragraph reads:

“Never do I fish as attentively as when I’m on the North Umpqua. I feel I owe the river the very best I have to offer, after all, the river has given its very best to me.  The North Umpqua makes me want to be a better fly fisherman.”


Have you ever felt this way about anything? Do you have any things in your life that make you want to be a better person?

  • Does the special person in your life make you want to be a better partner?
  • Does your job make you want to be a better employee or your company make you want to be a better entrepreneur?
  • What about your car? Does it make you want to be a better driver?

Is there anything in your life that would make you say: “I owe this the very best that I have to offer!”

In my role as a life coach for personal development, I frequently meet people who think they are “stuck”.  Often, the truth of the matter isn’t that they’re stuck, it’s that they just haven’t found something that demands the very best they have to offer – something that makes them want to be a better person.

Well, what if the answer isn’t something outside of yourself?  What if it’s not a person or a thing?

What about your life itself?

Please humor me for a minute… just for fun – imagine that you woke up tomorrow with the feeling that you owe your life the very best you have to offer!

What would that day look like to you?

What would it sound like?

Imagine living like that for just one day! How would that feel?

How To Be A Better Person – An Experiment

Now I’d like to propose something.  I’d like to propose that you make up your mind, right here and now, to actually do this tomorrow – just as an experiment.  You don’t have to tell anyone what you’re up to, you don’t have to recruit others to do it with you and you don’t need to make a big deal out of it.  Just wake up with the attitude that no matter what happens throughout the day, you are going to give your life the very best you have to offer! You are going to live your life in a way that makes you want to be a better person.

Be forewarned, this new approach could change everything!


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Death to the T.V.!

December 3, 2011 Leave a comment

To continue my “death to things that distract us from success” theme, here’s part of a post from the catalyzingleaders blog that I found:


The average American, according to a Nielsen study, watches 34 hours 39 minutes of TV a week! That is an astounding 75 days a year! In 10 years, you will have spent 2 years of your life watching TV if you are an average American viewer.

Imagine if you were to take one hour a day and spend it learning something new to move you closer to your dreams or goals. It wouldn’t be long before you leave behind the world of average and become part of the 1%. You could take a hobby that you love and become a resource for others pursuing similar interests and turn your hobby into a source of income. You could learn another language, get a college degree, write a book, or learn some new skills that will pave the way for promotions.


My Two Cents: Look, I’m not going to tell you to throw the old boob tube out the window, but I am going to recommend that you reevaluate your viewing habits. Time spent watching t.v. is (generally speaking) time that could be spent doing something more valuable – why not take that time and do something that will draw you closer to achieving your goals and dreams?


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How Tim Tebow Uses the EASIER Method of Goal Achievement…

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

People always look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them that everybody is already using the EASIER Method. Here’s an example, though, using Denver’s much talked about quarterback:

As he pulls his team into the huddle, Tebow calls a play. He Envisions the outcome in his mind.

As he breaks the huddle and goes to the line of scrimmage, he Assesses the situation. Is there any man-to-man coverage? Is it a nickel package that he’s facing? Where are the weaknesses in the defense?

Once he’s got a clear idea of what he’s facing, he quickly creates a Strategy. He decides who his primary receiver will be… or maybe he decides that he’d better call an audible, and run the ball himself.

Once he’s got a strategy in place, he Implements his plan. The play goes live, and he puts his strategy into motion.

After the play is done, he Evaluates the situation. Did the team gain yardage, or lose it? What could the team have done better to make the play more successful? He quickly files his thoughts in the back of his mind. Then, after the series is over, he Reports on his progress to his coaches. He talks with them about what he saw on the field, and gets feedback from them on what they’re seeing.


You see, what I’m teaching people isn’t some new, radical concept. It’s a process that we already use every day of our life. All I’m doing is trying to do is teach people how to be deliberate about their goal setting efforts; how to systematically go about achieving their goals and dreams. Remember, when you have a goal you want to pursue:

Envision the outcome

Assess the situation


Implement your strategy

Evaluate your progress

Report the outcome of your efforts

If you follow this course of action, you will greatly increase the probability that you will achieve your aims.

If you want to learn more about the EASIER Method, please download your free copy of my e-book, Success! A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Achieve Your Goals and Dreams.

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Bugs Bunny’s DNA…

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Ran across this post at the kimades blog, and just had to share it with you. It will make you laugh and learn at the same time, which is a great combination!


Why is it that no matter what he is confronted with, Bugs Bunny always wins? Regardless of whether he’s in a face to face fight with dim-witted rabbit hunter Elmer Fudd, at odds with explosive Yosemite Sam, making creative ploys to prevent Marvin the Martian from ruining the Earth, or matching wits with Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny always sees a tactic to climb to the top. Other than the fact that the writers designed it that way, here’s just what makes Bugs Bunny’s winning DNA distinct:

1. Bugs Bunny expects to win. Always. And what that means is that he is never stressed out and has not even a shred of self doubt. He is confident of success and goes about his happy way expecting positive outcomes.

Do you expect to win in your career? Do you anticipate winning in your life? Or are you the kind of person that anticipates things will go wrong? Are you certain of your success or do you question if your time for success will ever come? Your results are a direct product of the expectations you have. Start to look deeply at the true expectations that you have for yourself and purposely steer your thoughts to have better expectations.

2. Bugs Bunny is always calm, finding a way to minimize or divert the conflict in every scenario. “Ehh, What’s up Doc?” is his unassuming way of disarming other characters and establishing rapport. He never frets; he knows it will all end up fine.

Are you consumed with stress? Do you find yourself nervously dealing with events in your life? The worry, guilt, disappointment and anxiety that we experience (often over things that we cannot handle) uses up our energy and negatively influences our outcomes. Imagine experiencing life knowing that things will all come out fine, feeling relaxed and at peace always. One of the most effective tools for creating a calm frame of mind is the process of journaling and using the exercise of writing to get rid of the worry and diver tour attention to thoughts that are empowering and align with the outcomes you are looking for.

3. Bugs Bunny is resourceful and makes use of all kinds of amusing tactics to distract and confuse his rivals. He invents new paradigms and offers them to his enemies. In one episode called ‘Hare Tonic’, Bugs escapes Elmer by tricking him into thinking there’s a horrible outbreak of “Rabbit-itus”.

Are you using all of the resources at your disposal to guarantee success? Do you tap into the people, the technology, the books, and historical success clues to help you muster your efforts towards winning? Write a list of all of the means that you have access to and organize how you will carefully tap into each.

4. Bugs Bunny goes the distance. He does anything to succeed. He’s willing to hide in a cannon, perform an opera, and dress like a lady to have the job done. He is open, he’s willing and he knows how to have a great time in the process.

Are you ready to go the distance to get the job done? Are you willing to delay your fear, even momentarily, and forge ahead to achieve your goals? Create a vision of your success and write it down. What does it look like? What does it feel like? What do you have to do to make it happen? Are you ready?

Bugs Bunny is a winner. Do you have Bugs Bunny’s DNA?

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10 Tips for Reaching Physical Activities Goals…

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Nearly seven out of ten Americans don’t get enough physical activity.   Being inactive is more common among women than men, among older adults, and among African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos than Caucasians.  Physical inactivity is a risk factor for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to bring health benefits.  Whether it is a structured exercise program or just part of your daily routine, all exercise adds up to better health. Below are some tips for reaching your physical activity goals.

  1. If you have not been active for a long time, are overweight, have a high risk of coronary heart disease or some other long-term health problem, see your doctor for medical evaluation before beginning a physical activity program.
  2. Don’t overdo it.  Perform low to moderate-level physical activities that get your heart rate up, especially at first.  These “aerobic” activities (e.g., brisk walking, jumping rope, stair climbing, jogging or dancing) build endurance and burn calories.
  3. Slowly increase the duration and intensity of your exercise as you become fit. Over time, work up to 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity, at least five days a week.  If you can’t dedicate a full 30 minutes to exercise, break your physical activity into three 10-minute intervals.
  4. Choose activities that are fun, not exhausting.  Try using music to keep you motivated and entertained.
  5. Add variety.  Try not to rely too much on one activity.  Find several that you enjoy. That way, exercise will never seem boring or routine.
  6. Wear comfortable, properly fitted footwear and clothing that is appropriate for the weather and the kind of physical activity you choose.
  7. Find a convenient time and a safe place to get active. Try to make it a habit, but be flexible.  If you miss an opportunity, work physical activity into your day another way.
  8. Try wearing a pedometer, which measures the distance you travel on foot.  Set a long-term goal of 10,000 steps a day, or about five miles.  Monitor your average number of steps each day and then add several hundred more steps a day each week until you reach your goal.
  9. Share your physical activity time with others.  Make a date with a family member, friend or co-worker to walk or ride bikes.  Be an active role model for your children.
  10. Keep a record of your physical activities and reward yourself.  Nothing motivates like success!


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You don’t have to be a genius…

November 21, 2011 Comments off

Great LinkedIn article:

Jacob grew up with computers and basically took them for granted. As a child he took them apart to see how they worked, and then put them back together.

When he was just 9 years old, Jacob discovered that some kids’ families couldn’t afford computers. He also learned that a local school had 30 computers that were being thrown away, so he stepped into the gap and made a difference.

“First I acquired computers that were being discarded from a local school. Then I refurbished and distributed them to individuals in my community who could not afford to have a computer at home. What a great feeling to see the smiles on those kids’ faces. I felt like I was Santa Claus!”

Jacob had caught the giving spirit. He contacted Social Services to find families who were looking for a computer and had small children. Since the computers were considered obsolete, they needed to go to young kids in elementary school who used older educational software. Jacob would take a computer to a kid’s home, set it up and teach them how to use it!

As a result, in 2001 at age 9, Jacob created the nonprofit organization, Computers for Communities, Inc. (CFC). CFC has distributed over 1,000 computers and has expanded beyond just delivering the machines. They have now started a campaign to teach people how to use them.

Their goal: to “bridge the Digital Divide, the widening gap in America between people who have a computer and know how to use it, and people who don’t” and are being left behind.

“My plan for putting a computer in every home is destined to succeed,” he says, “because you don’t have to be a genius to set this up… just the will to do it.”

Jacob’s program has gone through several stages. After the first 30 computers, he gathered some friends together who helped refurbish about 100 computers in a couple months. They also started distributing computers through schools instead of through Social Services. They sent letters to elementary school teachers asking for kids who didn’t have computers at home.

At the age of 13, Jacob Komar received the 2005 Young Adult National Caring Award and as a result met a women working in South American prison. For the past 25 years, she has lived in a cell at the prison, just like the prisoners, in order to give them hope. Her story inspired Jacob to expand CFC’s reach. He contacted a High Security prison in his own community and found that the prisoners were allowed to hold jobs while incarcerated. Armed with that information, Jacob arranged to teach the inmates how to work on computers. Now prisoners are refurbishing computers for students. They gain IT skills which help them secure employment when released from prison, and kids who couldn’t afford to purchase a new computer gain a necessary tool to help them succeed in school.

Did you catch Jacob’s secret to his success? He stated it in an interview… “you don’t have to be a genius … you just have to have the will to do it.” Isn’t that true! How fortunate that Jacob has learned that valuable life secret at such a young age!