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Lesson I learned From Bill Walton

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I was recently at a conference where the closing speaker was Bill Walton, the NBA star, basketball broadcaster and well known Grateful Dead fan, better known as a Deadhead. Up till Bill spoke, I was thinking the conference was OK, but not great. Afterwards, my entire opinion changed.

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Topics: life changes, creativity, Bill Walton, Living the good life


Mindfulness Can Save Your Life.....Learn How

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Mindfulness seems to be something that's a buzzword these days.  At the same time, it's a really important concept I want you to be paying attention to.

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Topics: life changes, meditation, mindfulness


Habits Are Hard To Change

Habits Are Hard To Change.jpgI bet you’ve had a time in your life where you wish that you did things in a different way.  You tried to make a change, but you found that you just couldn’t.  There was this annoying thing that got in your way.  That annoying thing……..it’s called a habit.

Too often you just give up when you figure it’s a habit getting in the way.  Instead why don’t you try some of the following to see if you can change what you do.

My fight with quitting cigarette smoking.

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Topics: life changes, transitions, changin habits


Having Problems……Look for What’s Working

Having Problems....Look for What's Working.pngI bet this has happened to you.  You’re working on something and you hit a snag. Or, you’re having a transition in your life.  Instead of focusing on what’s going well you do what most of us do, you focus on what’s not working.  What would happen if you decided to instead focus on what’s good about the change?

There’s a type of planning called appreciative inquiry.  It’s really pretty simple.  Instead of focusing on what’s not working you build off what is working.

Thinking negatively slows you down.

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Topics: life changes, transitions, positive psychology


5 Ways You’ll Profit From The Phrase Not Yet

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I’ve written a lot about the word no. It’s something I think you need to learn to say more in life. When you say no, you’re building time for you to say yes to the right things.

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Topics: life changes


Stop Making Dumb Decisions Now!

decisionHow often have you made a major decision before you became clear on what you want?  If you’ve ever made a mistake on a big decision I bet you spent almost no time figuring out what and more importantly why you wanted to do something.

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Topics: decision making, life changes, career changes


Get Ready For Retirement By Planning Now

retirment_planningRetirement is one of the biggest changes you’re ever going to make.  Too often I see people retire, then wish they never did it.  They’ve not thought through some of the changes that are likely to happen. 

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Topics: retirement planning, 401 (k) plans, life changes


Finally A Solution About Dealing With Change

life_changesChange happens quickly.  It’s not something that takes forever.  It often is immediately preceded by a phone call.  It’s what happens after the phone call that takes a long time.

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Topics: Change, life changes, transitions


6 Things You Need To Do Before Retirement

retirment_planningRetirement is one of the biggest changes you’re ever going to make.  Too often I see people retire, then wish they never did it.  They’ve not thought through some of the changes that are likely to happen. You don’t want to be part of that group.  Instead, be smart and think about retirement in a way that’s going to have you prepared when the big day comes.  Here are 6 things to think about:

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Topics: retirement planning, retirement, life changes


Sometimes Done Isn’t Really Done

tasksI have an internet friend, Chris Lema (yes I know that sounds strange for a 61 year old) who has one of my very favorite sayings.  When he finishes a project he wants it to be be done done.  No, this is not a typo.  He really does mean done done.

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Topics: time management,, life changes, completion


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