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CHRISTUS RESURREXIT!  Christ is risen!

We need new life in everything: our careers, our health, our families, our businesses.

So it’s good to recognize that this is healthy, necessary, even essential.  But for new life to spring forth, the old has to die off.

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. — John 12:24

So let’s take this day to recognize what new life God has given us.  A new chance.  A new way of looking at things.

And our own role in the world.

I wish you all a wonderful and sacred Easter season, today and over the coming weeks!

Image: Luz Adriana Villa

Image: Luz Adriana Villa

CHRIST IS RISEN!  Let us rejoice!

Why’s that important?

Because we’re talking about something much, much bigger than one person’s life.  This is about the course of humanity.

To bring all of us into God’s presence, for all eternity.

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Snowman_New_Year_cardMOST PEOPLE I’M TALKING WITH are positive about the outlook for 2016.

Personally, my 2015 was transformative, and I’m incredibly excited about the new projects I’m working on right now.  I’ll be talking about that here on the blog real soon.

It’s a bit surprising, actually, the optimism that I’m seeing.  Read the rest of this entry »

new yearIF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, there’s nothing special about the beginning of a new year.

Yet it’s amazing how much importance we place on this event.  Especially when you realize that there’s different calendars, with all kinds of various starting dates.

But here we are.

The importance of a new year is what we choose to place on it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Source: Alexandre Normand

Source: Alexandre Normand

Amazing things are happening in 2015.  And not just here locally, but across the industry in this country and others.

It’s a good thing, because I believe that the natural order of things goes through cycles.  And the past 5 years have been more of a down-cycle than up.

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IT‘S DARN HARD to start a business.

depressionI was speaking with a gentleman this week whom I had met a couple of months ago.  He had an interesting and unique business idea, but has been struggling to gain traction.

So a couple of weeks ago, he had to go get a full time job.

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THERE IS A POPULAR PHRASE, Alligator“You are what you eat.”  If you’re unfamiliar with it, the idea is that you should be careful about what you put in your body – because it is the foundation for what your body becomes.

This is a powerful concept that can be applied to other domains as well.

A number of years ago, I started noticing that my state of mind reflected what I was watching, listening to, and reading at the time.  Read the rest of this entry »

ACOUPLE OF WEEKS AGO I talked about expanding the way you look at employee satisfactionCar washIt turns out that similar concepts can be applied to your relationship with your customers and competition.

You can really get wrapped up in worrying about your competition.  You sell hamburgers, I sell hamburgers, there’s five other places down the street who sell hamburgers.  There’s only a limited number of people who want to BUY hamburgers on any particular day, so your mission is to steal those customers away from the competition.

I propose that this is the wrong way to look at it.

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WHAT A TIME of celebration and relaxation!  People around here are definitely getting into the summer mode, and appreciating the Independence Day holiday with family and friends.  I sure am.

It makes me think about the deeper values of this country.

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FOR ME, newsletters and podcasts are an important part of my development and inspiration.  So a column today by Richard Rohr caught my eye.  In it, he states:

Spiritual gifts increase only by using them.

This brings together a whole lot of thoughts I have around the nature of love, of giving, of support.

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