Creating Personal Inflection Points to Fuel Success

An examination of our lives will reveal we have experienced a variety of personal inflection points.

A personal inflection point is an event or experience along the path of life that grabs our attention, changes the way we think about things, and has the potential to profoundly change our life. 

Personal inflection points can be a catalyst to propel us forward towards our purpose and potential, or they can blow up the road in front of, and push our lives on a detour.

Reduce Holiday Stress with A Change of Perspective

The carols ring in a season to be jolly and full of cheer, but Christmas and holiday preparations can be very stressful. One of the commonly sited sources of stress is shopping. So here is a stress reducing look at, “The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Gift Giving.”

Or at least a guide to thinking about gift giving that may put gift giving and shopping into perspective.

“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.” 

– Harlan Miller

Thanksgiving History and Beyond!

How well do you know your Thanksgiving history?

• When was the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

• When was the first Thanksgiving Day football game played?

• When was the first Thanksgiving celebrated?

• Which President established the Thanksgiving holiday, and in what year?

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in 1924. Interestingly enough,

How To Avoid the Five Reasons Why People Commonly Fail

There is no time to waste. Another year is winding down and the dawn of a new year is upon us.

A recent study suggested that people will spend more time thinking about how to ring in the New Year than they will spend figuring out what they want to accomplish in the coming year.

What would it take to make 2015 your best year ever?

Positive, Optimistic, and Enthusiastic!

It was a beautiful day filled with joy, anticipation, and beauty. The sun was shining brightly, and the waves were rolling up on the beach as we drove down Pacific Coast Highway through LaJolla. Kristi and I were off to celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. How could anything possibly interrupt this moment?

My phone rang, and as I looked to see who was calling I didn’t even need to answer to know what I was about to hear.

Five Qualities of the Vitally Optimistic

What is it about some people’s ability to always see a silver-lining in the face of stressful events and circumstances?

Is optimism something that can really make a difference in our lives? Vital optimism can save your life, help you discover your gifts and talents, improve the quality of your life, and increase your personal impact.

Smart Enough Not To Be Dumb

It is a trend that will eventually overwhelm everyone. You can’t stop it – it is like a run away train. You can’t contain it – it is beyond your control. The key is to learn how to be smart in a world where dumb will be normal.

Back in the early 1600s Sir Francis Bacon was thought to know everything a person could know. He was aware of, and master of all available human knowledge. From this point forward individual command of knowledge changed.

How Do We Respond to Defeat?

The thrill of victory is energizing and exciting and the agony of defeat is unsavory. While victory and defeat stir up tremendous emotion, neither is final but simply present us with a decision.

As a Washington State Cougar fan, I know all about the agony of defeat, and the thrill of great victories. The Cougars have made famous the term “Coug’d It.” Simply defined as the ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Yes, we have turned some great victories into improbable and unbelievable losses. 

Too Many Options To Decide

It comes down to choices. Frequently there are too many options to decide. I reach into my pocket and there it is. A reminder of the sanctity of life, the gift of time, and the opportunities this day will present.

The marble in my pocket reminds me of the man who bought a vase and put one marble in the vase for every week he had until his 75th birthday. He removed one marble a week and what remained was a striking visual reminder that his days were numbered and a reminder to live with focus and urgency.