A Shocking Truth That Is Easy To Miss

Two things to know about the people you meet

It’s important, vital and critical. It is stirring inside but unless you really pay attention, you’ll miss it. There are signs, the statistics are shocking but how were you to know? We simply don’t talk about suicide.

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This past week suicide claimed the life of a family member. I didn’t know Tyler Hilinski personally, but I knew him. I admired him, cheered him on and cried when I heard the tragic news—he was part of our Cougar family.

What Did Larry King Want to Know?

The answer shouldn't have been a surprise.

Merry Christmas! You don’t hear people say, “Merry Christmas” too often anymore. These two simple words that open the door to a message of unending joy and hope is growing silent.

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It would be rare to hear anything other than “Happy Holidays” anywhere you go these days. Where did “Merry Christmas” go?

What is the Best Christmas Gift You Ever Received

Do you still have it?

I wrapped a couple Christmas presents this week. It is the season we hope to give and receive great gifts. What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

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Here is a tougher question. Do you still have it? Or have all the “must have,” “just gotta have” desires that ruled that particular season faded to a faint memory?

The Ten Most Extravagant Christmas Gifts

Building the foundation of a powerful legacy

Christmas is about extravagance. But do we really know what extravagant Christmas gifts look like?  I watched “A Charlie Brown Christmas” last night. It premiered 52 years ago which means I’ve watched it at least 52 times. When it premiered in 1965, I am sure I watched it in black and white. Today, in vivid color, it reminds me of my dad.

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Lucy appoints Charlie Brown to be the Director of the Christmas play. In the midst of chaos, Charlie Brown raises his head (I’d say chin, but he doesn’t have one) and shouts, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

Why You Need a Heart of Wisdom

And how to get it!

Most days I wake up with an overwhelming feeling of urgency. I’m sure you feel it too! We all do. Urgency presses against us begging us to choose well. School is in session, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

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A friend left me a voice mail 722 days ago. I’ve kept it. I didn’t forget to erase it. It connects us. I draw encouragement from it and it reminds me to number my days and the power in a heart of wisdom. What did he teach me?

Houston, We Have a Problem

What would your year-end headline read?

Don’t look now, but the year is coming to a close. Do you have clarity? If you sat down today, to write a headline to describe your year, how would it read?

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A little over 20 years ago my headline would have read, “Houston, We Have a Problem!” 

Think Thankful Like Einstein!

Making the complex simple starts here.

Simple is good. Albert Einstein is credited with saying if you can’t explain something simply you don’t understand it. Ever found yourself rejecting simplicity because you didn’t think it could be that easy?

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Isn’t it ironic that many (likely most) of the greatest thinkers, inventors and creators in history commonly made the seemingly complex simple!

The Five Minute Habit that Will Change Your Life

Do you do it?

Not everyone does it, but you should! It’s simple, easy and powerful. Would you take five minutes to journal if you knew it could change your life for the better? Of course you would, who wouldn’t—right?

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The development of this habit will make you a better leader, increase your impact and expand your influence. Don’t you think you can find five minutes a day to create the journal habit knowing it can change your life and those of the people you love and lead?

The Happiness Advantage

A 5 minute daily habit that will elevate your success

It is an age-old question. We use it when pondering some of conundrums of life—which came first, the chicken or the egg? Well of course you know the chicken came first.  But what about success and happiness? Is there a happiness advantage?

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Are you happy because you are successful, or are you successful because you are happy? Many people, maybe most people, think success leads to happiness, but it actually is the other way around.

The Most Important Life Skill—A Teachable Spirit

The Power of a Beginners Mindset

You know by now that I like questions. I have not always had a warm relationship with questions. I am sure I am not alone. Goodness, learning to invite inquiry capable of exposing ignorance is uncomfortable.

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Through years of being rewarded for having answers we learn to lead with confidence and rely on what we know. Slowly but surely we extinguish our innate teachable spirit and insistently rely on a base of knowledge that grows more fragile every day.