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Taking a Sextant Reading

How To Change Course Even If You Think You Can’t!

It’s Never Too Late Do you feel like you are a passenger on a roller coaster through life? Are there ups and downs and some thrills, but you have no control over the ride? Do you ever feel like George Jetson on his treadmill yelling, “Jane, stop this crazy thing!”? While it may feel this […]

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Don’t run from your problem, run towards your goal.

Where is your focus as you work towards your goals?   Do you know someone that seems to always be fighting with a certain issue? Does it seem like they can never quite get past it, no matter how hard they try. They have attacked the issue from five different directions and yet, they never […]

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Prison Exit

Break Out Of (Your) Prison!

Set Yourself Free   Because most people can’t imagine a life that they haven’t lived, their perception of their place in the world is what keeps them inside their current box. They live in prisons devised of their own thoughts, fears and expectations. They don’t realize that the bars are there until they try and […]

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Quality Over Quantity

The attractions of online shopping draw hundreds of millions Americans to the web every year, and Google is taking advantage, offering thousands of items at prices similar to a brick-and-mortar store. The search giant is also offering an entire catalog of more than 40 million recipes, with links to the corresponding recipe websites in addition […]

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You Are Not Your Job!

    You are a human being.   When you were young, do you remember being asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”? What the hell kind of question is that? Its a leading question is what it is. It programs us into thinking of ourselves as our occupation […]

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Be Your Own 1% (part 2)

Be Your Own 1% (part 2) In last weeks post, I talked about the current recession and how too many people are relying on what has become a fragile state of employment, working for others. When we work for someone else, we surrender our decision making capability for the illusion of security. The larger the […]

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Be Your Own 1%!

Do you ever feel like a rat in a maze? Always following the same route trying to get to the cheese. Well, we as a nation need to understand that our cheese has moved. Jobs that have been around for decades are fading into the night. These aren’t just numbers on a spreadsheet or abstract […]

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You Live In A Box! (part 2)

In Part 1 we talked about how you end up in the box you are in and how important it is for you to take control of the shape of that box! What expectations do your friends and family have that do not match your expectations of and for yourself?  This mismatch of expectations can […]

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You Live In A Box!

No, I’m not talking about your place of dwelling.  I’m talking about the roles that are placed on you and expected from you. Boxes that you put yourself in.  Boxes that you allow those around you to put you in.  Boxes that society puts you in. Some of the more familiar boxes can be employee, […]

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What Matters Most?

One of life’s most personal questions.  What Matters Most? You are the only person in the entire world that can answer that question for you. Over 6,775,235,700 people in this world and none of them can answer that question for you! … the worlds one goal: chase what I say you should chase! So, what is it? Money? Love? Family? […]

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