Where Could You Be If You Weren’t Procrastinating?

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Now and then there’s a task on my “to do” list that lingers for a week, a month, or even a season; a task that I just never seem to get to. The longer a task lingers on my list, the less productive I feel. A few months back, I had a book revision project on my to do list that didn’t get crossed off for much longer than I care to admit. In my head, this project was big, complicated, and involved research that I wasn’t very excited about. Isn’t that the root of procrastinating? The thinking – even … Read More

Captain Steady – The Real Life Superhero That Makes a Difference

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Superheroes are wildly popular these days, which explains why there are more than 25 superhero movies coming out in the next three years. As a culture, the idea of being able to swoop in and instantly accomplish something unprecedented and remarkable for good is incredibly appealing. The superhero concept is not new. While many believe Superman to be the oldest superhero, Mandrake the Magician debuted four years before Superman hit the scene in 1938. Mandrake the Magician’s superpower: he was able to make people believe anything, simply by gesturing hypnotically. Many superheroes have followed Mandrake the Magician and Superman. No … Read More

What A Difference Hope Makes!

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Hope is a fragile thing. It is not stagnant. Hope swells. Hope shrinks. What I put my hope in – that makes all the difference! As believers, hope is a strong confidence in God – the One who has unlimited power and resources; He is the One who is able to make profound changes in me and produce results far beyond my imagination when I cooperate with Him. When my hopes are dashed, I know that my hope has been misplaced. Hope is choosing to see my present circumstances from God’s perspective. In order to do that, I must get … Read More

Inspiration from Rio

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Growing up, my family had a tiny, and I mean tiny, black and white television that mostly lived in the closet. Assuming all went well in a week, we were allowed a whopping hour of TV – an hour my siblings and I chose very carefully! And then there were those years when the Olympics were on and the TV came out of the closet for an extended period of time. And yes, I say years, because when I was a kid both the winter and summer Olympics were held the same year. I have fond memories of watching the … Read More

Sustainability – The Key to Avoiding Dashed Dreams

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These days, we hear a lot about sustainability and living a green lifestyle. Being wasteful is frowned on while being efficient is celebrated. The driving force behind sustainability is a better future. Sustainability applies to your dreams too! It is a significant factor when it comes to pursuing your purpose, big dream, or giant goals! In order to accomplish what you have set out to do, you must do it in a way that is sustainable. When you set out on a new adventure, you don’t intend to overcommit yourself or hope that you will end up overwhelmed.  No, you … Read More

The Striving Illusion

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Working out on a treadmill burns calories and gets the heart pumping. Yet, even if you crank up the pace, you will still find yourself in the same place. As I work with leaders, I often find that they are frantically expending energy and barely have a minute to spare; and…getting nowhere. They are on the leadership treadmill. I call that striving; just another way of being stuck! It’s a leader’s job to guide things from point A to point Bin order to successfully reach specific goals. Striving gives you the illusion of working hard, yet what you are investing … Read More

What is Your Soul Feasting On?

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What are you feeding your soul – that part of you that makes you, you? I have a hunch – you have not thought about that question in a long time, if ever. So let me ask you this: Are you feeling energized and ready to take on the world? Or are you feeling zapped, overwhelmed, and empty? Is your soul bogged down by extra weight? Perhaps you have been feeding it too much junk food – things like TV, Facebook, web surfing, or the news? Don’t worry – I am not saying you can’t ever indulge in TV, Facebook … Read More

What Climbing Pyramids Taught Me About Goals

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Reaching goals is challenging business, especially if you are attempting to reach a stretch goal! Whatever stretches you will be outside your comfort zone. Breaking out of that comfortable place is no easy task! A couple of years ago my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Ek Balam – a recently opened Mayan ruin located in Yucatan, Mexico. Previously, when we visited Chichen Itza, a more well-known Mayan ruin in the same region, we could only view El Castillo, the massive step pyramid, from afar. However, at Ek Balam, we were able to make our way to the … Read More

Driving Stick and Chasing Dreams: 6 Lessons Learned

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Learning to drive is a liberating and slightly terrifying experience. It is one of the first steps on the road to adulthood and future freedom. Like many teens, I eagerly went to the DMV on my 16th birthday to get my driver’s license. And, yes, I did go home with the treasured temporary card in hand! I learned to drive in my mom’s automatic station wagon, but several years later I was forced to learn how to drive a manual transmission. It was like learning to drive all over again! Initially, there were many jerky and erratic moments – definitely … Read More

7 Keys to Successfully Stepping into Your Big Dream

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Summer will be here soon. I look forward to sunshine, pool time, and vacations! For me, the perfect vacation includes the beach, stacks of books, as well as time to relax and dream. The combination of devouring stories or information along with time to process and imagine the possibilities is inspiring. Inevitably, I come home eager to embark on a new dream. Once home, somehow the regular routine of life has a way of crowding out my dreams. My responsibilities, like weeds, prevent my dream from taking root. It is an effort to find the time to water and nurture … Read More