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Why Are Amnesiacs More Successful?

Amnesiac  This morning on the radio I was listening to a sports talk show where they were discussing the quarterbacks Ryan Lindley of the Arizona Cardinals and Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets. Both quarterbacks played horribly on Sunday, to the extent that Sanchez was benched and Lindley has been deemed the worst quarterback to play a game this year.

The analyst, Ron Jaworski, made the comment that all great quarterbacks have to have “amnesia“. He went on to explain that by “amnesia” he meant that when a great quarterback has a bad throw, an interception, or a bad game they have to forget about it and keep playing as if it had never happened. If they keep it in the back of their mind, they will tend to play more timidly on the next play and perform poorly.… Read the rest!

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It’s the 4th Quarter!

4th quarter scoreboardThis is it! December is here and it is the end of the 4th quarter for 2012. Remember those goals you set back in January? Seems like a long time ago doesn’t it?

Well have 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.

But something happens in those final minutes of the game. The players and coaches have something in reserve; an extra effort.… Read the rest!

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Trending Upward

Trending Upward

Trending Upward

The growth and prominence of Twitter has led to the increased popularity of the word “trending”. It isn’t a new word, of course, but it can be used to describe an important principle of life.

Let me start with a question: Which way is your life trending?

Think about it seriously for a moment. Do you feel like you are moving backward, forward, or standing still?

I will tell you this: it is impossible to be standing still. Life is constantly moving forward so if you are standing still personally, you are actually getting left behind. In other words, you are trending downward.

You are either moving upward or downward. You are trending one way or the other.

Let’s look a little closer at the word “trending”.… Read the rest!

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A Life Lesson from a 5-Year Old

This morning while I was making my lunch, my son came in to tell me about a story he learned at school. It was the famous story by Aesop of the Tortoise and the Hare. The conversation went like this:

5-year old: Dad, do you know a kind of rabbit called a hare?

Me: Yep.

5-year old: And you know how sometimes turtles are called tortoises?

Me: Yep

5-year old: Did you know that one time they had a race?

Me: Really? What happened?

5-year old: The hare was really fast and he knew he would win so he decided to take a nap. An Tom the Tortoise was slow but he didn’t stop. He just kept going. Then when the hare woke up he was losing so he tried to catch up to Tom the Tortoise but he didn’t make it in time and Tom the Tortoise won the race.… Read the rest!

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It Couldn’t Be Done…But He Did It

Any time I start something new and come up against an obstacle, I remember this poem by Edgar Guest and it gives me renewed energy to go out and get it done. There are plenty of people in the world who will criticize you when you go after your life goals. It is not that they want you to fail but they don’t want you to succeed. Why? Because when you succeed, they feel like it automatically means that they are a failure because they aren’t accomplishing their goals. So remember, when someone says that it can’t be done, they are really saying that they do not feel like putting in the effort to accomplish it. Your job is to prove them wrong! Enjoy the poem!… Read the rest!

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How I Beat King Kong…And You Can Too!

One of my favorite hobbies is road cycling. I like it so much that I get up at 4:30 every morning to go and put myself through pain and suffering. One of the routes we ride takes us up a hill that we affectionately call “King Kong.” It isn’t very long but it is pretty steep. You have to shift into a pretty easy gear to get to the top without killing yourself.

When I first started riding back in high school, “King Kong” was my nemesis. I could make it to the top but I always got passed by all of the other riders. Even as I got better I was consistently getting left behind by riders who I knew were not as strong as I was.… Read the rest!

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Disaster, Determination and a World Record

The little country schoolhouse was heated by an old-fashioned, pot-bellied coal stove. A little boy named Glenn had the job of coming to school early each day to start the fire and warm the room before his teacher and his classmates arrived.

One morning they arrived to find the schoolhouse engulfed in flames. They dragged the unconscious little boy out of the flaming building more dead than alive. He had major burns over the lower half of his body and was taken to a nearby county hospital.

From his bed the dreadfully burned, semi-conscious little boy faintly heard the doctor talking to his mother. The doctor told his mother that her son would surely die – which was for the best, really – for the terrible fire had devastated the lower half of his body.… Read the rest!

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The Toothpaste Principle of Perseverance

Picture  This morning before brushing my teeth I once again entered into a daily routine. Rolling up the toothpaste tube from the bottom, I meticulously kept a tight roll so as to keep any paste from remaining in the tube. Once the tight roll reached the top, I put the opening between my middle and index fingers and then squeezed from the bottom with my thumb. Amazingly, a small line of toothpaste came out of the “empty” tube and onto the bristles of my brush…just like it had for past 13 days!

Every morning this ritual is repeated and I think to myself that there is no way any more toothpaste could be in that wrinkled up tube. And yet, when crunch time comes, it digs deep and produces yet another small amount of breath-freshening goodness.… Read the rest!

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