Christmas is a big build up. It starts Black Friday and then for four plus weeks it doesn't stop. Holiday Music. Lights. Parties. Santa. Shopping. Sweets. Presents. Glitter Cards. Then we get to Christmas Eve and Christmas and it's Magic! But the day after Christmas, it suddenly stops.
What happened to the magic?
On Facebook and Instagram. We might see pics of what was. Smiles. Presents. Trees. But the trees are coming down. The Party is over. Christmas is now in the rear view mirror.
It's that lull between Christmas and the New Year -- that's a weird state. Can we just fix that?
I have some tips. But be warned, these aren't tips that come easy. I deal with the after math of the post Christmas blues myself every year. It takes me a bit to remember how to recover. Here are my tips.
I call this my "Go Back" Tip,...
My Mom just turned 90 years young. Imagine reaching that milestone in your life.
For me, this means I am over 12,000 days shy of that mark. Presuming I have those number of days ahead (hopefully more), what am I going to do with the rest of those days? Like my mom, I want to make those days count.
I thought it would be fun to share a piece I wrote for my mom about how she has made her days count in the time I’ve known her. I hope you enjoy this. It’s meant to be lighthearted but also a reflection of a person who has made a difference in the life of others.
8 Days That Changed My Life
Happy Birthday Mom – I am so excited to celebrate your 90th birthday.
I want you to know how much you have meant to me – and really all of us. The best way I can share your story is to recount some of the incredible moments you have made – at least from my perspective. Enjoy.
“Make everyday count” That’s a mantra that I...
This past week Barry Smith and Paul Gustavson had a chance to talk about the importance of Boundaries for Leaders. Let's face it, we get distracted. In all the noise it can be hard to lead. The noises come from external voices all around us, but also our own internal thoughts too.
Almost ten years ago, best-selling author and psychologist Dr. Henry Cloud wrote a revolutionary book that is still one of the top leadership reads. He talked about the importance Attending to What Matters, Inhibiting what doesn't matter, and Maintaining Your Working Memory.
Paul also shared from his new book a filter tool to help you manage the distractions. Here's the graphic he described.
The video below reflects the discussion that Paul and Barry had on the show. ...
There is a great scene in the movie Remember the Titans where two teammates are in a huge disagreement. The Captain, Gary Bertier is arguing one point, and Julius Campbell counters with points of his own. After hearing his argument, Bertier tells Julius, "that's the worst attitude I have ever heard. Julius responds candidly. "Attitude Reflects Leadership, Captain."
It turns out to be a powerful pivot in the movie. And from that conflict you begin to see an attitude shift in both these leaders that, in turn, changes the character for themselves and the whole team!
Attitude is without a doubt is a difference maker. I truly believe it. I could spin a whole blog to share my personal thoughts on it. But today, I thought why not just share what I think are the 12 greatest attitude quotes of all time. I hope these 12 quotes impact you as much as they have me. Enjoy!
(1) "Our attitude toward life determines life’s...
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he– Proverbs 23:7
In an early post we talked about the importance about “being transformed by the renewing of your mind.” That effort is not a “one in a done” exercise. It takes daily commitment. The key is to eliminate our misbeliefs and unfounded self-limitations is to think the truth.
One of the things that helps me the most is to create a set of “I am” statements about yourself, about your beliefs. These are affirmations. Here are a few straight from the Word about you. Scriptural truth — what God thinks about you — is the most powerful truth there is.
Just a few years ago, I sat in an auditorium at the Orlando World Marriott Center and witnessed one of the most profound speeches the world has ever heard. The orator was a gentleman named Stephon Ferguson. He is a Martin Luther King Jr. impersonator, and in this bright auditorium, Stephon stepped up to the podium as if he was on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Instantly he captivated the room, and in that next six minutes, it was if we were transported to 1963. I was moved to tears.
The words of a great leader can inspire us to a renewed vision. When you think about it, MLK’s speech is the perfect example. Take a moment to reflect on what he eloquently shared. The words are eternal.
“Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that...
I grew up going to church. Every Sunday and frequently on Wednesday it seems my family was always there in the building. Can I be honest? Most of the time I didn't want to be there.
I was a fidgety kid. I remember sitting in the Church pew hearing more prayers than I can count. Some were simple and profound. Touching and real. But most were just long drawn out speeches trying to influence God -- and all those listening. It was a sales pitch usually combined with an alter call. That was my perception of prayer.
What’s interesting is that despite all my years of going to church and "being" in church, rarely did anyone talk about WHAT prayer really is. It was if they assumed you just knew.
Sure, we heard the Lord’s prayer, and I was even taught how to pray. That is really important, but what about understanding what prayer really is? Not necessarily the why - but the...
If you had to pick a favorite month of the year, would November even be in your top 5?
Think about it. Most people would pick April, May, or June. Then they’ll skip the hot months, and then pick September or October. That’s their top 5. But November? It often gets the short end of the stick. At least in the U.S. and Canada.
When you think November…
But what if November was much more than those things? What if November was YOUR favorite month?
There’s lots of reason to love it, like the color of the leaves, the beautiful mornings, the electric energy of football, the smell of hot chocolate, the breakout of sweaters, or the recognition of...
My wife and I recently binge watched all 9 episodes of Squid Games over the period of a week. We were introduced to it by our son and daughter-in-law, when we were visiting them in Boston.
The Squid Games offers three choices that I want to share with you that can shape your life and those around you. These are Take Aways that I encourage you to look out for and to use in life and leadership. These are some of redeeming elements from watching the series – to help you and me live with greater focus and passion – and greater success. I’ll do my best to not share any spoilers, but if I do – I will try to warn you first.
Here are the lessons:
This Squid Games showed me the side of what life looks like when someone is down and out. It’s a biopic of our world in the midst of covid, and unrest. Each of the Green track suited characters in Squid Games (the players), including maybe even the Pink suited PlayStation / StormTrooper like workers...
Paul and Rick crack open the top books on leadership and life on the Breaking Average Podcast.
For this week's episode the book in the spotlight is "The Charisma Myth" written by Olivia Fox Cabane. You don't want to mis this podcast.
If you have a passion for personal growth or leadership, then let's stay connected. Occasionally, but not too often. I'll share helpful information and useful resources to encourage those on the breaking average journey.