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Stop Staring at Phelps! 4 Ways to Avoid Losing at Life

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I love the Olympics because there are always so many amazing stories of dedication, perseverance, and sportsmanship. The recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were no exception.

But one of the best life lessons I observed this year was not an example of any of the noble qualities listed above. This life lesson comes from the tragic and cautionary tale of Chad le Clos from South Africa.

Chad le Clos is a star freestyle and butterfly swimmer, having won a world champion and Olympic gold medal. In the 2012 Olympics he even beat Michael Phelps in the 200-meter butterfly, Phelp’s favorite race. When Phelps announced he was coming out of retirement to participate in 2016 Olympic Games, an instant rivalry match was created.…

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Building Your House Brick by Brick

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What would you be willing to sacrifice now to build something that would vastly improve your future?

How long would you have the patience to prepare before you saw any results?

I recently spent 10 days in the Dominican Republic doing dental work for impoverished people with no access to care. While I was there with my team, we talked to a man named Jairol who was born and raised in the area we were serving. Jairol told us that a major goal for any Dominican family was to one day own a house made out of blocks or bricks. DR Wood house

A block house has the benefit of greater protection and stability. The wind and rain don’t come through the walls and you don’t have to worry about it being blown over during a tropical storm. …

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Thinking Like Siri – A Better Way to Get Through Life

Photo courtesy of Navigon

Photo courtesy of Navigon

A few years ago my wife and I took a trip to Costa Rica. Upon arrival we rented a car and headed out to our first destination which was a few hours away. I had a map so I figured I’d be in great shape. About 20 minutes into the drive I found myself practically lost in the tangle of unmarked streets and dirt roads. Frustrated, I turned to Siri for help. If you’ve ever been the passenger on a road trip with a man, you know how hard it is for us to ask for help.

I typed the address to our destination in my phone and instantly Siri had discovered the ideal route to get there. We were on our way.…

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Process Over Product – The Truth About Success

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Let me start this post with a math problem. Wait! Don’t click away so fast. I hate math too but bear with me for just a moment. I promise it will be worth it.

Think of some possible solutions for the following equation:

(______ + ______ – _______) x ______ = 100

The truth is that there are literally an infinite combination of numbers that you could put into those spaces to get the answer of 100.

Now let’s look at another equation:

(25 + 40 – 15) x 2 = ________

This equation gives us just one answer: 100. Every time, no question.

What’s the point?

Look at the first equation again. You could stare at the answer (100) all day long and come up with a number of different ways to fill in those blanks, but in the end you would realize that you couldn’t even make a dent in the number of possibilities.…

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The Dirty, Beautiful Secret About Setting Goals

This past weekend my wife and I had the opportunity to be in Colorado for a dental school reunion. On Saturday, we decided to take a day-trip up to the mountains for a hike. The hike started at Echo Lake, near the base of the beautiful Mt. Evans. The trail would follow a river up the mountain to another lake.

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The hike was difficult but a lot of fun. We crossed the river a few times on wooden planks and stumbled through some thick trees but eventually we made it to the lake. It was absolutely beautiful and definitely worth the hike.

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But guess what? We noticed that the trail continued up the mountain further. We had plenty of water and a little more energy so we decided to keep going and see where it led.…

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Ready…Aim…Failure!

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We’ve all heard the instructions for shooting a gun: “Ready, Aim, Fire!”

Many life coaches or motivational speakers will teach people that the road to success is all about getting ready, aiming at your goal, and then going straight for it.

The problem is, they are wrong.

Life doesn’t work that way and neither does the pursuit of success or happiness.

Life works a lot more like a laser-guided missile where it is fired towards a target and then it is constantly re-aiming and adjusting its path around obstacles until it hits the target.

Yes, it is important to be prepared and it is important to have your goal in your sight, but rarely is that path a direct line without any setbacks. Constant adjusting and course correcting are needed when obstacles arise in order to achieve your goals.…

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7 Reasons Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How to Fix Them

Fresh StartAs the New Year arrives I want to write this post to you who are setting your New Year’s resolutions. Did you know that at least 5 studies show that about 90% of your New Year’s resolutions will fail within the first 30 days? You could argue that point but I bet if you took a moment to reflect on your past resolutions, you  would be forced to agree. Does that mean you are weak and incapable of bettering yourself? Of course not! It does mean that we need a little help setting goals that actually work.

Here are 7 mistakes that most people make when setting their new year’s resolutions and how to fix them.

Mistake #1: They don’t write them down. This is the first and biggest mistake.…

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It’s the 4th Quarter, Time to Step Up!

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This is it! October is here and it is the start of the 4th quarter for 2013. Remember those goals you set back in January…? Seems like a long time ago doesn’t it?

As we enter the fourth quarter, the government of America is shutting down because of an inability to act, but you don’t have to!

Cam Newton, Nate AllenHave no fear, there is still time to do great things! Did you know that on average 40% of the points scored in an NFL game come in the 4th quarter? That doesn’t make sense does it? If every player is a professional and giving a 100% effort from the start to the finish of a game, the breakdown should be 25% of the points in each of the four quarters.…

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7 Tips to Help Your Kids Set Back-to-School Goals

Kids Goals 1It is coming. In some cities it has already begun, in others it is on the near horizon. It’s the beginning of what many parents call the “most wonderful time of the year”. It is time for the kids to go back to school! The summer has been full of swimming, games, and vacations. Sure, it has had it’s wonderful moments but now the honeymoon of summer is wearing thin and parents across the country look forward to a normal routine and maybe even a little free time to think for a change.

But with the excitement also comes some stress as we think about how our kids will perform with new teachers, new classes, homework, projects, and the social experiences of school. The major concern at our home is whether or not this is the year that our oldest child will start to actually care about his grades and take some accountability for the quality of his effort.…

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Walking in Circles? – Six Steps to Define Your Vision

Legs of a young man runningWhich of your legs is longer, the right or the left?

You may be tempted to say they are both the same but the truth is we all have one leg that is a little longer than the other. It might be a microscopic difference but it is there nonetheless.

Because of this, if you were placed in the middle of a completely barren desert with no mountains or physical landmarks in sight, your attempts to walk in a straight line would be futile. Eventually, if you walked long enough, you would come across some footprints in the sand, your own footprints. Without a goal or something to walk towards, your shorter leg would eventually cause you to walk in an enormous circle and come right back to where you started.…

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