Archives For Personal Development

We live each day of our lives in real time. There is no dress rehearsal, there is no practice round and there are certainly no mulligans. However, there is still tomorrow.

As long as there is breath in our lungs, there is a hope for the future. A future we play the main character in.

Sometimes this takes courage, sometimes people are hurt, sometimes you need to say sorry. Many times there is joy, peace and fulfillment in using wisdom to follow your heart.  Continue Reading…

Have you ever met someone who never accepted responsibility for anything? Everything was always someone else’s fault. There is always a reason for why things didn’t go as planned and it’s always outside of their control.

These people are always the victim of circumstances and other people’s choices.

Playing the victim is easy. It is the lowest common denominator in our thinking. It is easy, cheap, and costs nothing. 

The victim never needs to take responsibility for anything, because everything is always someone else’s fault.  Continue Reading…

Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation and things start to get a bit heated? Maybe it was with your parents, your best friend or significant other.

You knew you were getting close to the point of no return.

You were nearing the point in which a full on argument was going to break out. You knew that if you kept pushing, kept talking and kept trying to prove your point that things were going to get bad.  Continue Reading…

Or maybe the game has just changed. Recently I moved to Portland, OR. It has been an exhilarating journey, full of excitement, anxiety and anticipation. Before our actual move I would have never guessed this was how everything would have turned out.

One thing is for sure. I know the journey is not over.

This most recent transition required that I leave work that I loved doing and begin a job search in a new city with not many contacts. Continue Reading…

Are you thinking of getting a degree? Maybe you have people saying you should. Maybe you have heard that investing in yourself is the best thing you can do. Are they right? Going to school is a big decision and as a young leader it could be the best decision of your life. I went to university and found more benefits than just obtaining a fancy piece of paper.

But if your education is an investment, we need to approach it like one.

Many people call something an investment when really they are just looking for an excuse to spend money they don’t have. Continue Reading…

We live in the most exciting times ever. I say that mostly because it is the only time I have lived in. Think about this, today almost everyone has a Facebook account, Twitter profile or YouTube channel. You have the opportunity to reach more people today than could have been imagined two decades ago.

Just a few years ago if you were not a celebrity the only people who knew you were those you physically interacted with. This might be a couple hundred for the average person.

Today, anyone, regardless of where they live, can have an audience of ten-thousand or more. You used to have to sell out an arena to do that, or write for a major newspaper.  Continue Reading…

Muscles are built through resistance, work and discipline. That is why many people choose not to go to the gym. Regardless of whether you go to the gym or not there is one muscle we should all strengthen.

Personally, I enjoy eating candy. Sour Patch Kids, Mike and Ikes, you name it and I’ll like it. All the grocery store clerks know this. That is why they hang candy out in front of me at every isle. I am literally looking for a tube of toothpaste and there are Sour Patch kids hanging down off the shelf!

What I know I need to do is say yes to the tooth paste and no to the candy.  Continue Reading…

Every successful person that has ever lived has possessed the ability to lead themselves well. They are able to decide what they want and move with passion towards that objective.

Most successful people find the motivation, power and discipline from within themselves.

I have spoken to many people that want more. They want more money, responsibility, lose weight, play a sport or take up an instrument. Personally I have been that person on many occasions! 

The difference between the person who wants much and the person that achieves success is their ability to lead themselves well. Lets call this self-leadership. Continue Reading…

We have entered into a new season. The air is cooler, the trees are starting to turn color and if you have children they are back in school. For most people this new season move us into a new routine of life post-summer.

At the beginning to the year I set some personal goals for myself.

To be honest I don’t think I am on track to complete all of them. I hit a few unexpected bumps and a few new turns.  Continue Reading…

Growing up, I was always told that I could change the world and that I could make a difference. In some cases perhaps the person was just blowing smoke, and other times I think they actually meant it.

The truth is, as I grew up I actually began to believe what I was being told. 

I believe there is something inside each of us that desires to make a difference. The truth is, the invitation to make a difference is available to each of us.

Maybe you have a dream or an idea that you think might be great, but you’ve been told you are crazy. Someone said it would never work, you aren’t smart enough or you don’t have what it takes.

If that is the case, maybe you are on the right track!   Continue Reading…