7 Tips to Help You Juggle Like a Pro

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Lately I have been feeling a little like Veruca Salt from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – I want it now! I want it all! Not so much material things – I want to do it all! Things didn’t go well for the spoiled Veruca. She was sent down the garbage shoot for her “I want it now! I want it all!” attitude. Only after time marinating in trash did she make changes. Veruca’s parents are to blame for her rotten, want it all attitude! They indulged her behavior and put up with her tantrums.  The only … Read More

7 Ways to “Go Green” in Your Leadership

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Not that long ago, “going green” would have meant being “green with envy” or perhaps a declaration that salads would be your food of choice. If you are from the South, you would be referring to a bowl of mustard and collard greens cooked to perfection! Going green today has a whole new connotation! It suggests that you drive an electric car, park in the special recharging spaces, sort your garbage and make regular trips to the recycling center. You make a concerted effort to minimize your carbon footprint and repurpose your trash. Going green is about being environmentally aware. … Read More

Which of these Four Not-So-Great Attitude Symptoms Do You Have?

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It is that Thanksgiving time of year again! People are hustling to prepare brag worthy meals. Relatives and treasured friends are frantically traveling by planes, trains, and cars to gather together. Others are relishing time off of work and the abundance of football games to watch. In all the frantic activity, it is easy to forget to be thankful – to have a heart of gratitude. How do you know when gratitude is missing? You don’t have a great attitude! Gratitude = a great attitude! Ingratitude = a not-so-great attitude Wondering if you have the ingratitude bug? Which of these … Read More

7 Myths About Your Comfort Zone

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Zorbing is an adventurous activity where people get inside a large plastic bubble and roll around on flat ground or down a hill. It was created about ten years ago by two creative souls from New Zealand, Dwane van der Sluis and Andrew Akerscame. While their original vision for global franchises didn’t take off as planned, the idea of doing various activities in a giant plastic bubble has grown. There are now locations worldwide where you can roll down hills, “walk on water”, play soccer, or even have “bumper bubble fights,” all in a bubble. Are you ready to go zorbing? … Read More

7 Ways to Have Victory in Obstacles

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The blissful fall day was calling me! The temperature was delightfully comfortable, especially in the sun. The leaves in vivid shades of red, orange, and yellow were fluttering in the breeze against the brilliant blue sky. A quiet calm hung in the air; just a few leaves rustling. It seemed like the perfect day to take my laptop outside to write a blog. Anticipating an eventful weekend ahead with family coming into town, I was eager to get it done while savoring the fabulous weather. I dutifully began writing what had been on my heart for days. It was nearly … Read More

3 Ways to Focus and Get in the Zone

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Recently, I was so lost in my thoughts that I actually went right past my turn around point on my walk. As frightening as it may sound, I have had the same kind of experience while driving. If you were to ask my husband, he would say that it also happens when I am working. I get in the “zone” and time flies by! Things can happen around me without me even noticing. That’s focus! When it comes to being focused there are external factors as well as internal factors. You can do everything right to create an environment conducive … Read More

9 Ways to Get More Focused

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As the story goes, there was a preacher who made a bet with a friend that his horse would be able to walk up the stairs in his home. The preacher won the bet with ease! The real challenge was that the horse refused to make the trip back down again. No matter how hard the preacher tried to entice the horse down the stairs he would not move. In frustration, the preacher covered the horse’s head and remarkably, the horse obediently followed the preacher back down the stairs. In that moment, the clever preacher realized that restricting the horse’s … Read More

The Surprising Way Leaders Sabotage Their Leadership

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We often stereotype leaders as “Type A” people – aggressive, hurried types who are out to conquer their goals. They are regarded as accomplished, task-driven workaholics who rarely relax. That image contains some truth; however, not all leaders fit that profile. Some of the best leaders are leaders who may appear less driven, are more patient, and find it easier to make people the priority – “Type B” people. Regardless of your personality bent, leaders find themselves juggling an overwhelming number of responsibilities causing then to scramble to get it all done. On top of the prodigious amounts of work, … Read More

3 Ways To Be A Remarkable Chameleon-like Leader

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Ever thought of the chameleon as a role model for a successful leader? It’s true! Chameleons are fascinating creatures. Thy have the ability to switch up their color, a lightning quick tongue, and a pair of remarkable eyes! Valuable lessons can be learned from the chameleon – it doesn’t matter if you are a parent, head of a Fortune 500 company, or running a ministry. Want to be a remarkable leader? Here’s what you can learn from a chameleon: 1. The value of being able to change colors The most familiar characteristic of a chameleon is their ability to change … Read More

The Unexpected Tipping Point of Your Dream

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Everything changed in a moment. Stepping out of the shower on an ordinary day I discovered my two-year-old daughter with a bloody nose. After an hour of trying all the usual tricks to stop a bloody nose and finding myself in a pool of blood, I phoned a dear friend who lived in our neighborhood to come help me. Thankfully my friend was home! She didn’t waste any time getting to my house. After reacting in shock to the amount of blood, she watched over my daughter while I dressed, and then we sped to the emergency room. Hours later, … Read More