Can 5 Words Really Make a Difference?

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Five years ago, I began a new habit; a habit that’s served me well! I began adopting a single word for an entire year – my One Word. This simple small change has resulted in some deep profound learning over the years! And a few unexpected surprises as well! Here’s a quick summary of my One Word experience: 2013 PROACTIVE: Initiating rather than reacting = “response-able” I chose this word because I had a bad habit: complaining rather than taking action. Since complaining is actually advertising my fears, I was determined to put complaining to an end! I didn’t want … Read More

Porcupine Encounters

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You’re sure to encounter “prickly people” just about everywhere you go! And that means there will be some prickly folks at work too – people who rub you the wrong way, rarely have a positive thing to say, and are just rough to deal with. John Ortberg calls those kinds of people “porcupines” in his book Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them. Since you were created for relationship, you long to be close to others, but when you operate out of the “poke you before you poke me mentality,” it prevents you from successfully enjoying relationships in the … Read More

How to Increase Gratitude & Beat Stress

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Throughout the year there are seasons when the activity level rises: the holidays, before school starts and wraps up – even tax season can make for extra work personally that can be stressful for you as a leader. Extra activity can also be created by unexpected circumstances – good or bad! There are also seasons during the year that leading naturally takes more out of you than normal: leading up to a fundraiser or event, launching a new product, or attempting to hire that right person, to mention just a few. And there are ways you contribute to your own … Read More

8 Signs You Might Be Stuck

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In many parts of the world, 10 feet of snow is no big deal. Life goes on! That’s not the case in the south! A few years back while still living in the Atlanta area, we received a measly three inches of snow that shut the town down, literally! Parents were unable to pick up their children, forcing schools to become shelters. The snow storm brought the best out in some as they reached out to help others in need. Others just whooped it up in the snow. The snow turned to ice, stranding thousands of motorists on the interstates … Read More

You Will Find What You Focus On

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The first encounter took place while I was safely protected behind the wheel of my car. It was boldly soaking up the sun in the middle of the street right in front of our house – a black snake. Then, my husband had a surprise meet up with the creature in our garage while cleaning a day or so later. I prefer to assume it was the same snake rather than to think there are two on the loose! That was about a month ago. While I wouldn’t say I have Ophidiophobia (the fear of snakes), I am far from … Read More

How Success Serves You

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I’m letting the cat out of the bag. I have a fascination with tracking information. You might be completely bewildered by some of the information I’ve tracked over the years. In high school I tracked what I wore and where I wore each outfit. The tracking process included a coding system that’s fuzzy to me now so many years later, but was something like all tops were letters, all pants or shorts were numbers, and dresses were double letters like “CC”. I’ve logged the miles I ran, my work outs completed, and a myriad of other trackable, measurable pieces of … Read More

There’s NO Comparison

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Who doesn’t like chocolate? Now you might prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, but most people like chocolate. There are those rare birds…but this is not about them. It’s about one of my four brothers – I’m not even positive which one now -it’s been so long. Whichever one it was, his love of chocolate was so compelling that he consumed an entire package of Ex-Lax®. Needless to say, this had a messy ending! Taking drugs when you don’t need them is like ingesting poison! The effects can be messy, but even more noteworthy, they can be quite detrimental! These … Read More

The Anchor Advantage

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When the weather is warm, my husband and I have a favorite Saturday morning routine: sleeping in, (that’s typically 6:00am for him and 7:30ish for me!) brewing coffee, and then heading out to the lake for breakfast. As boat club members, we have a reputation for barely using any gas when taking a boat out. For us, anchoring in a peaceful cove and savoring breakfast while catching up is the most amazing way to start a Saturday.  From there our lake time might be spent reading books, brainstorming, or dreaming. Sometimes we even hold our weekly business meeting out there. … Read More

7 Dangers to Skipping Breaks

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Frequently I’m so energized and focused on my work that time has a way of slipping away. I love when that happens. They call that sense of being in the zone “flow.” It feels like the only thing that matters is what I am doing right now. I am fully present. Time is on my side. It’s when I do my best work. There’s another feeling that I sometimes experience where time feels like it is slipping away and I am working frantically to keep up. It too keeps me focused, but often times I’m actually just chasing my tail. … Read More

How to Be More Assertive

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Miss P is my youngest granddaughter and as she edges closer to her first birthday, she has been asserting herself more and more. This little lady has opinions and is not shy about voicing them. In light of the fact that she only speaks a word or two, it is quite amazing that she can so clearly convey her desires. When’s she’s awake, her sweet chubby little finger is firmly pointing out her demands. The vast majority of Miss P’s desires are off limits for one reason or another right now, but that doesn’t keep her from declaring her wishes … Read More