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THE CUSTOMER IS COMPLAINING. That employee didn’t show up for work. It’s getting near tax time and you’re not sure what that’s going to look like. And the dog needs to go to the vet.

And that’s just in the first 15 minutes this morning.

Running a successful business is a challenge every minute of every day. Guess what? The buck stops with the business owner, so it seems like you’re sucked into EVERYthing.

There’s a way to deal with this, and I’m not talking drugs.

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worryMANY YEARS AGO I started using the concept of “Just-In-Time Worrying.”  The basic idea is that there’s an appropriate time to worry about something, but often people make it into a protracted period of unfocused anxiety.

And, with perspective, you might even discover that something isn’t worth worrying about at all.

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RunningOUR MODEL OF BALANCE tends to be quite static.

Stable.  Unchanging.

Unachievable in real life.

Because, in real life, you’re constantly running.  Things are changing every minute, every day, every year.

The very instant you think you’ve achieved stability, it gets destroyed by the things you’re doing and what’s happening in the world.

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EVERYTHING IS A DISASTER.  TitanicOr at least it seems that way.

But you get a different perspective when you’re able to reflect after the fact.  It’s human nature.

We’re expert at focusing on the detail.  If we didn’t do that, the magnitude of everyday experience would overwhelm us!  But it also means that we shut out 99% of the world to focus on the 1%.

Especially when it comes to problems.

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MY FATHER DIED in 1994 after a six month battle with cancer.  It wasn’t an easy time, but the help given us by Hospice was a godsend.  It made all the difference in the world, and saved our relationships.

Deanna CochranI had the opportunity this week to speak with Deanna Cochran, founder of Quality of Life Care in Austin, Texas.  Her specialty is as an End of Life Doula, a field I’d never heard of before.

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THIS IS THE CRAZY SEASON black fridayfor consumers and the companies which serve them.  We’re less than a month away from Christmas, and in the US we just had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  It’s a time for family and brotherly love.

Then, OMG, we totally obliterate that goodwill with the worst bout of consumerism this planet has ever seen.  It’s getting worse every year.

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 J OSH MILLER Josh Milleris a pastor who is starting up a new church in Fort Collins, St Thomas Church.  He brings a wealth of experience and amazing energy, so I have confidence that he’ll see success with this venture.

I first met him at a local Chamber of Commerce event.  How unusual is that, right?  It’s almost as if business relationships can’t at all be associated with spirituality.

So of course I just had to find out more.

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SOMETIMES WorryIT’S ONLY FAITH that gets you through.

This has been a tumultuous few weeks, both for my business and personally.  I won’t go into details here, but it’s been … a testing time.

Life is not meant to be comfortable or convenient.

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OK, I’LL ADMIT IT: Sometimes my own foundation feels a little uncertain.  Despite the fact that I’ve been building this momentum for 15 years now and have been seeing considerable success in the last year, I still have my moments of doubt.

I think it’s part of the human condition.

EarthquakeWhat do you do when you’re starting to doubt your values and principles?  Read the rest of this entry »

CHRISTMAS Christmas angeland the other holidays can be a crazy time of year.  Retail, especially, can go nuts.  But there’s others, like what’s happening with health care insurance right now.

Just crazy.

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