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One Good Direction

You’ve heard the stories of horses saved from burning barns to turn right around and run back into the flaming structures. Why do they do that?

Wouldn’t it make more “horse sense” for them to continue moving far away from the inferno? Maybe, there’s no logic involved. Maybe, we’re creatures of habit. If you’ve enjoyed time around horses, you know each of them has their favorite stall and are quite insistent on it.

Speaking of which, do we use “common sense” when escaping from the Hell of our mistakes? Or, do we have a burning desire to go back?

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Dynamic Conversation

When was the last time you enjoyed a dynamic conversation? The question is sincere — because my recent experiences make me wonder if we’ve lost the art of conversation.

In this Age of Devices, we’re so dang connected we’re disconnected. A text message, here — and an email tome, there — gives the impression we’ve done our duty to communicate.

Oh, I agree; there was a Transmission — but, was there Reception. You know what was Sent. Do you know what was Received? Odds are very good, there’s a chasm between the two. The third leg of communication is Feedback.

Any relationship is between two people. Not, three or more — TWO. For those two individuals to build a relationship, there must be communication. Communication can occur over a variety of channels. The most effective method of communication is a dynamic conversation.

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Living In The Light

To cast dispersion on your valiant effort, a favorite expression of the naysayers is, “Yeah, well every light casts a shadow.” As if YOU living in the light somehow takes away from their enjoyment of the darkness.

A shadow is caused by an obstruction to light. Remove the obstruction and no more shadow. Yet, rather than be a shiner, the naysayer prefers to be a whiner — from the comfortable and darkened recesses of their mind.

Refusing to light a candle, they curse the darkness. Even when others open the door to a better way, they turn away. When encouraged into the brightness of a new path, they angrily respond in wrath. Why?

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The Hero’s Journey

The most dangerous place in the world is Comfortable. To receive the rewards waiting for each of us, we must embark on The Hero’s Journey.

This journey is not for the faint of heart. In fact, you might not currently feel like much of a hero. Yet guaranteed, you will emerge from the wilderness a changed and better individual.

Before we begin, let’s consider WHY this is so important.

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Dare to Care

The one thing standing between us and greatness is the tendency to Compare — ourselves with others. Magic happens when we stop the comparisons and Dare to Care.

To dare means to have courage, to be a Trailblazer, and to go where angels fear to tread. To care encompasses a desire to serve. The focus is on others; it is NOT on ourselves. In other words, our worldview is outward not inward.

Last week on Friday, two Master Craftsmen were discussing a “fair price” for their Customers. Earlier in the week on Wednesday, the three of us had met and prepared a Better Business Plan for the remainder of their year.

At the moment we finished preparing their Better Business Plan, they were quite confident in what a “fair price” was —for themselves and their Customers. Yet, two days later they were talking about a “flat rate” book.

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Beacon of Hope

Are you a beacon of hope?

If so, thank YOU!

Because, many individuals are reflections of misery. Their focus is inward, rather than outward. So, in the simplest of words, we can capture the essence of these two categories of society in this way: Mirrors or Beacons.

If the focus is inward, people love mirrors — because their image is cast back to them. When driving, the rear-view mirror receives full attention. In thought patterns, ruminations of the past are a favorite activity.

If the focus is outward, you love beacons — because light is cast forward into the Universe. When driving, the windshield provides unlimited possibilities. In thought patterns, dreams are a glimpse into the future.

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Protect Your Heart

“Above all else, protect your heart,” encourages an old Proverb.

How important is that singular phrase? Simply: a matter of life and death.

Do we ever pause to THINK? “No one cares as much about my life as I do.”

Generally, the answer is, “No.” Because, we are beset with the societal propaganda encouraging a Rich and Famous lifestyle. In other words, the focus is on obtaining individual worth from the lives of others.

There’s a name for that: Narcissism.

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Prove All Things

What are the three most magical words? Yes, our ears have enjoyed hearing, “I love you.” Yet, how many times in your experience has that been proven to be a lie? These three words will protect your heart: Prove All Things.

In fact, these three words can easily be remembered by the comfort they offer. Similar to a HUG, the benefit of an effort to PAT (Prove All Things) is a soothing massage for our souls.

Think of your favorite hero — a coach, teacher, or mentor. They were strong of belief and quick to change, when proven wrong. Their rock-solid foundation provided the flexibility to entertain differing views on any topic.

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Vision to Succeed

An old Proverb states the premise nicely, “Without vision, the people perish.” Or to frame the same principle in the vernacular, “Stand for something, or fall for anything.” We need vision to succeed in Life.

You’ve heard the expression, “Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.” An experience last week reminded me of the incongruity of dysfunctional thought patterns, in the face of reality and facts of imminent demise.

While prattling on with the rah-rah nonsense of a used car salesman, the Owner of a roofing company (known to me from prior experience as EGO) wanted me to believe he was ready to manage in a new and better way.

His new CEO is quite fluent in Corporate Speak, which we all know wedges itself into the category of: Talk is Cheap. Between the two of them, the cacophony of their silliness lasted all of 30 minutes.

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Leadership Solution

A recent request for help by a dedicated Employee prompted this synopsis, “The stress you’re experiencing is caused by a lack of leadership.” In other words, there is a leadership solution to every problem.

As happens in our Digital Universe, some of our early “conversations” were via email. Although, the first contact with this frustrated Employee was a phone call from her on Tuesday, April 23rd, 4:02 PM.

From the very beginning, I could hear the urgency in her voice. She had invested two months of her life to find some semblance of order to the chaos she inherited from another bookkeeper.

The accounting platform selected by her Employer was QuickBooks Online, which is a powerful SaaS (Software as a Service) tool for managing financial information.

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