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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

“Here we are in a month named after the Roman god Janus, an appropriate personification of the start of the new year. This particular Roman god had two faces so that he could look ahead toward the future and back at the past at the same time. As we get rid of an old year and look forward to a new one, we all try to be a little like Janus. We know through experience what we did wrong and what we did right, and hope to do better this year.”

Here’s to a year where you will experience peace of mind, a level of prosperity that you’re comfortable with, and the power to achieve all the goals you set for yourself….

Happy New Year!

Justin

 

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The Christmas State of Mind…

December 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge
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The Spirit of St. Nick…

December 24, 2011 Leave a comment

As you celebrate Christmas, I hope that you’ll feel the “Spirit of St. Nick”, and that you’ll experience much peace, joy, and love…

Merry Christmas!

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“Spirit of St. Nick”
~From the Dear Abby column in the Denver Rocky Mountain News~

Dear Abby:

I was disappointed in your response to the grandmother regarding her
grandson’s belief in Santa Claus. I agree the truth should be told, but
HOW can make the difference.

When I asked if there was a Santa, my mother said, “Santa isn’t a real
person at the North Pole, but the Santa we see on TV and in stores is
a reminder of the Santa *spirit*, which spreads joy and happiness.
Daddy is a Santa Claus, Mom is Santa Claus, Grandma and Grandpa
are Santa Claus. They buy you gifts and do nice things for you because
they love you and want to make you happy. Now you’re old enough,
you too, can be Santa Claus.”

I was, and am, Santa Claus. At first, part of being Santa was keeping the
illusion alive for younger siblings. I got to stay up late and wrap the stocking
stuffers. It meant drinking the milk and eating the cookies left for Santa.

As I grew older, the Santa spirit grew. In college, my dorm mates and I played
“Secret Santas”, delivering little gifts to each other during finals week. Later in
life, I’d drop off Christmas cookies to the nearest fire or police station on Christmas
Eve.You can be Santa while shopping — whistle Christmas carols, wear bells that
jingle, smile at those you pass — be patient with clerks.

I hope my Santa spirit will be with me throughout the year, and that others will
find the same joy that comes from being Santa Claus.

~ A Jolly Elf ~

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It Feels Good…

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Saw this picture, and just had to post it. Success feels good, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Day of Thanksgiving…

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.

W. J. Cameron

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Today’s Goal: Find time to express to someone that you love all the things you appreciate about them. Tell them what they mean to you, how much you care for them, and all that you appreciate about them. Let them know that you’re grateful for them, not just today, but for all that they do for you throughout the year.

Orrin Woodward’s 10 Daily Habits

November 17, 2011 Comments off

Saw a great post at Dan Hawkins’ blog about Orrin Woodward’s top 10 habits, and thought I’d repost them here:

1. Spend 30 minutes each morning looking for “cracks” in the major
areas of your life. 

Your depth of character is key to
determining your success as a leader. It is easy for us to say that we are “in
integrity,” but your actions are the real indicators of strength of character.


Spend 30 minutes each morning looking at the major areas of your life: career, marriage, family, community, and spirituality. Write down any instances where you see “cracks” (you have cut corners, something is inconsistent, you have not kept your word, you have been dishonest, etc.) Do all in your power to repair those cracks by apologizing and dealing with the consequences of your actions. After facing up to past actions, begin a plan that will rebuild you and prevent you from making further mistakes.

2. Show up and be ten minutes early for every appointment.

Great leaders show up for every appointment, and they are always on time. Each day, practice not only showing up but being ten minutes early for each and every appointment. “The early bird gets the worm” has never been so true than when it applies to becoming a great leader that others want to follow.

3. Be dedicated to a high level of learning.

Great leaders are highly competent, because they are dedicated to a high level of learning, growth, and improvement. Spend 15-30 minutes each day devoted to learning something new. Do not settle for knowing “how” to do something. Dig deeper by asking the question “why” and then, go find the answer. Search the internet, interview an expert, or take a day trip to find the answer to a question that is on your mind or the minds of those who follow you. 

4. Be simple and crystal clear in all communication.

As a leader, your communication should be simple, clean, and clear as a bell. Examine both written and verbal communication for simplicity and clarity. Use as few words as possible, and eliminate jargon and “big words” from your vocabulary. Express yourself in a way that your listeners can understand.

5. Surround yourself with great people.

One of the secrets of a great leader is great people. Hire the right staff, surround yourself with a strong inner circle, and spend time daily with people who have a variety of gifts. With the support of a strong circle of men, women and children, you will be ready for anything that comes your way.

6. Develop a sense of commitment and responsibility. 

People do not follow leaders who are not committed and responsible. Commitment and responsibility can be measured by the hours you spend and how you spend them, the money you spend and how you spend it, and by what you do for others. Spend 15 minutes each day analyzing your time, your checkbook, and your volunteer work. Look closely at how much time you spend with family and friends as compared to work, how you spend your money, and how you give back to the community. You may be very surprised at what you find.

7. Develop a positive attitude by altering your mind.

It is very possible to alter your attitude by altering your mind. Saturate yourself daily with motivational literature, positive people, and inspiring music/art. By conditioning your mind to be more positive on a daily basis, you will find that winning will be a daily reward of your life.

8. Accept responsibility.

Great leaders never play the role of a victim. They recognize that part of being a great leader is being ultimately responsible for all successes and failures. On a daily basis, analyze your current projects, and ask yourself “Have I done all that needs to be done? What have I not done that I should?” Once you have analyzed each project, if you find a weakness, go the extra mile by working extra hours, hiring an outside expert, or getting really creative to repair the weakness or to turn it into a success!

9. Make self-discipline a part of your lifestyle.

What do you need to develop self-discipline? Following a better diet or exercise routine? Getting up one hour earlier? Being rigorous with your spending? Learning something new every day? Eliminate excuse-making from your life, and begin to develop habits that will invite self-discipline to become the foundation of your life. Hire a coach to support you during the development of a routine of self-discipline, and remove rewards until the job is done!

10. Develop courage by facing fear.

By a show of courage, you will inspire others to follow and to walk in your footsteps. Spend 15-30 minutes each day doing something simply for the sake of developing courage: speak to an audience, make a difficult phone call, learn a new skill, write an article or a top ten, or visit someone you have always wanted to meet. As Eleanor Roosevelt acknowledged: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

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Collaboration

November 15, 2011 Comments off

I was surfing around for new content today, and ran across this blog post. I thought it was great, especially the beginning:

“Here’s some great news. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is enormously blessed with unique gifts, talents, skills, circumstances, and abilities. It is a profound joy in life to express, exploit, expand upon, and share those gifts. Not only is it a joy, it is also the key to achieving success.

But wait, there is even better news. Everyone, even you and I, are also blessed with flaws, blemishes, shortcomings, weaknesses, inadequacies, and holes in the brain.

How is that good news?

It is good news because it means none of us can “go it alone.” We are forced (blessedly so) to collaborate with others in order to become successful. We must find someone who zigs when we zag, someone who is strong where we are limp, someone whose unique strengths complement and add power to our distinctive strengths.”

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My Two Cents: I don’t even have two cents for this post… it’s said so perfectly above!

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