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Passing Through Life’s Storms

Riding in Life's StormsLast Tuesday morning I hopped on my bike for my early morning bike ride. I leave my house at 5 am so it is pretty dark out. I couldn’t see any clouds and the streets were dry but as I pulled out of my driveway, I could see lightening far to the north of me and also way down to the south. I figured that they were storms that had passed during the night and that I would have no problem on my ride. (I could write a whole other post about paying attention to the warning signs life gives us.)

For the first 10 miles of he ride,everything was perfect and I really enjoyed the cool morning air. Then the streets started getting really wet and it was obvious a lot of rain had recently hit the area.…

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International Try Something New Day

Try Something New DayHave you ever gotten to Monday morning and you can’t really remember anything you did over the weekend? You know you did stuff but nothing really stands out to you. Have you ever arrived and the end of the year and thought, “What made this year special?” Or does it seem like the years come and the years go and life pretty much moves along at a constant and comfortable speed?

Well, I’m on a crusade to help people overcome their ruts. I never want anyone to get to the end of their life and say, “I wish I would have tried _____.” or “I regret never doing _______.”

So we are starting “National Try Something New Day” which will occur every year on September 7th.…

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Motivated Monday! – Playing the Game

Monday MotivationIt’s Monday again! Let’s start the week off right with this poem from an unknown author about the game of life. This poem in particular talks about daring greatly and doing more than just talking, we have to start doing.

Remember to write down your goals for this week today. It is amazing how much more you can get done with written goals! Make your game plan and then get in the game!

Kris

Playing The Game
Author Unknown

Life is a game with a glorious prize,
If we can only play it right.

It is give and take, build and break,
And often it ends in a fight;

But he surely wins who honestly tries
(Regardless of wealth or fame),

He can never despair who plays it fair
How are you playing the game?…

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20 Reasons Why Intelligent People Fail

Intelligent Failure Woman

This is a really interesting list from Robert Sternberg’s book,

In Search of the Human Mind

1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.

2. Lack of impulse control. Habitual impulsiveness gets in the way of optimal performance. Some people do not bring their full intellectual resources to bear on a problem but go with the first solution that pops into their heads.

3. Lack of perserverance and perseveration. Some people give up too easily, while others are unable to stop even when the quest will clearly be fruitless.…

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Friday Dilemma #1 – The Tumor

Friday Dilemma #1 – The Tumor

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This is the first in a new series I will call “The Friday Dilemma.” Every Friday I will post a thought provoking question or situation for you to think about going into the weekend. I would love to hear your responses!

Some of these will come from Chuck Klosterman’s game “Hypertheticals” which can be found HERE

So here goes #1. Remember to comment below, that’s the fun of it!

The Brain Tumor

friday dilemma_brain_tumorsYou have a brain tumor. Though there is no discomfort at the moment, this tumor will unquestionably kill you in six months. However, your life can (and will) be saved by an operation; the only downside is that there will be a brutal incision to your frontal lobe. After the surgery, you will be significantly less intelligent.…

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A Wish for Our New Graduates

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To continue our Graduation Week posts, I wanted to share this wonderful short poem from Donald Kaag, a high school teacher from Moscow, Idaho. He shared it at a high school graduation in 2006, the year he was retiring. These were his final words to his students and I think they are applicable to all of us:

Seniors

I’d wish you a nice life

If I didn’t care about you so much…

What I wish for you is freezing cold graduate homeless-man

So you will appreciate warmth.

Real hunger

So food will taste wonderful when you get it.

Loneliness

So that when you find a true friend you will appreciate

The work and the difficulty of earning…and keeping…friendship.

graduates friends-fingersI wish you love

And loss

And love again…

That you find something so precious you would give your life for it,

And then the sense…the heart…to live for it.…

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7 Tips for High School Graduates

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     This week all around the country many teenagers will graduate high school. All the years of homework, minimum wage, and social anxiety will culminate in the wonderful event we call graduation. Many will consider it their move from adolescence into adulthood. Some will go on to college, some directly to careers. Some will enter the military or leave on a religious mission abroad. No matter what the future holds for you, young graduate, there are some tips that I would like you to know as you enter “the real world.”

#1 – Enjoy your time at home. These are your last days with your parents and siblings. Once you leave it will never be the same, even if you come back. You may be in a hurry to get out on your own and experience the “freedom” outside the walls of your home but, trust me, it is a whole lot more complicated than it sounds.…

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Worth More Than Diamonds?

Gemstones

Back in college I took a geology class because I was looking for an easy way to fulfill a science requirement. The class was interesting and not particularly difficult. After the first few weeks I was ranked #2 in the class and was certainly overly proud of myself.

One morning when we arrived at the classroom the door was locked. There was a sign on the door that said we would be assigned to specific stations that day based on our class rank. Below that was a list of the students, with a number by their name indicating which station they would be at for the day.

gemstones microscopeBefore long, the teacher opened the door and announced that we would be studying gemology that day. He let us in to find our assigned seats.…

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Playing the Hand You’re Dealt

Playing the Hand You’re Dealt

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The other night I was having trouble sleeping and found myself flipping through channels on the television. I stopped on ESPN where they were showing a re-run of some poker tournament. As I watched, I realized a couple of important things about poker that really amazed me.

(Before I go any farther, let me just tell you that I am not a great poker player. I know the basics of which hands are good because I played Yahtzee as a kid but beyond that, I’m clueless.)

What amazed me as I watched the tournament was how often the person with the best hand didn’t end up winning the round. In fact, there were a couple of times that the person with almost the worst hand ended up collecting the money in the pool.…

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