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Four Tools of Discipline from “The Road Less Traveled”

“The Road Less Traveled” (RLT), by M. Scott Peck, has sold more than 7 million copies and spent at least 598 weeks on bestseller lists. The book’s first words are “Life is difficult,” and its…

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The Power of Letting Go

Sometimes we sabotage ourselves by not letting go of things that we should. We hold onto patterns or emotions or habits or thoughts long after…

You do NOT lack discipline…

 It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.   ~ Sondra Anice Barnes ————————————— There is no such thing as…

Rather than Increase Driving Forces, Remove Restraining Forces

When one attempts to achieve a goal, or pursade someone, or influence an outcome, there is a human tendency to try harder and harder. The…

Observation, Evaluation, Judgment

I once was a master at judging people. I would observe behaviors such as smoking or obesity or disorganization or excessive tardiness or malicious gossiping…

Stress is not an event, it is a chosen reaction to an event

You might have a bit of initial resistance to this thought. I know I did. “How can I not be stressed out? You want to…

Perils of Perfectionism

Perfect and excellent are not synonymous. Neither are success and perfect the same. LSU became national college football champions, a hallmark of both excellence and…

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Sometimes I shake my head at some of the incredibly STUPID financial advice I see given out by so-called financial experts. Just when you think…

When Life Pushes Your Hot Buttons

For a long time, I tried to keep my cool by attempting to teach everyone around me not to push my buttons. Avoid my hot…

Dealing with Business Risk

Real estate development (versus acquisition of existing rental communities) is a major part of what I do. There is out there the saw that real…

Asking Effective Questions

Not all questions are created equal. An effective question is one that is – Open ended (difficult to answer yes or no), and – Requires…

“O would some power the gift to give us, to see ourselves as others see us!”

“…O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us… “ ~…

Reframing

Everything we observe or experience comes with a “frame,” a perspective, a point of view, a history of past experiences that outline our expectations and…

How to Win Friends and Influence People

I discovered Dale Carnegie’s classic, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” in my early twenties. I had long since vowed to live no ordinary…

Big Rocks

Big rocks is a time management technique of always scheduling the most important things first. Big rocks are the things that absolutely must happen, the…

Real Magic

A fellow by the name of Wayne Dyer once wrote a book called “Real Magic.” Actually Wayne Dyer has written many books, his most famous…

Cold Stoves: Learning the right lesson

It is said that a cat, once burned on a hot stove, never sits on a hot stove again. But the cat never sits on…

Plane to Las Vegas…

Las Vegas can be a nice place to visit. But not if your plane ticket was to Los Angeles. On occasion, some of my team…

“Don’t tell me how rocky the sea is, just bring the darn ship in.”

When I was building my organization, I had a lot of young people working for me who had tremendous potential but were not yet seasoned.…

Ethos, Pathos, Logos

In 350 B.C., in “On Rhetoric,” Aristotle described three categories of persuasion: ethos, pathos, and logos. Ethos, Greek for character, refers to making an appeal…

Small Secrets

I find that many people subscribe to some version of the “big secret” theory of life, also known by its variants the “lottery” theory and…