Do as the cowboys do

"Do as the cowboys do". There are great and simple philosophies that stand the test of time and can serve us today perhaps better than they did from the point of origin. What I look for every day are the words and philosophies that can help others stay the course and not give in to the liar in their head that says its not working. It is so sad to know just how many of us stop so close to the prize. Often standing just outside the door that could open to reveal what we so badly wanted. One of ...

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A Message From the Heart

The impact of Steve Jobs. A message from the heart. There are two forms of internal communication that impacts our decisions and ultimately our destination in life. They are thought and intuition. Thought is rooted in the mind. Intuition lives in the heart. Thought comes about primarily through the musings of our interaction with the world beyond ourselves. Thought is created by the intake of information and experience, filtered through our own prism of belief and becomes distilled down ultimately to how we act based on what we know. Intuition is something much more real and much more tangible. Intuition ...

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"When you believe anything is possible"

I get asked all the time what the most important element of personal and professional growth is. Hands down, every time its belief. Just consider this. "How do things turn out in life that you "believe" you are good at"? Most times pretty well. Now consider this, "How to things turn out that you don't believe you are good at"? Most times not very well at all. The key then we can see is belief. Belief is that essential human psychological element that is the fork in the road between success and failure. It is critical to understand that when ...

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"Let the mysteries be the mysteries".

Oh, but don't we spend an enormous amount of time trying to figure out what can't be figured? Like gravity there are certain aspects of life and events over which we can have no control. We may understand it is gravity that causes the fall off the roof but there's not much we can do about it once we slip off the edge. The time spent on what we can have no impact on steal away life and enjoyment and time. It has rightfully been said that "We can make more money but we can't make more time". This lesson ...

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"To live among the trees".

Here's a question to consider. "Is what I want, really what I want"? Many would say, "I'm an adult. Of course I know what I want". Not so fast there cowboy. Having studied the science of human behavior for the past decade I can tell you unequivocally that it is more likely than not that we "believe" we know what we want when that's just not the case. The intake of information over years imprints on the sub-conscious mind and creates a false perception of belief. I took note of something interesting last week while on vacation at a cottage ...

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"The silence of winning".

Thought drives everything. Thought is created by experience. We experience what we are exposed to. That's the general rule to the order of life. The truth we must all accept is that if we don't make an effort to guard what we take in we will end up damaged or controlled by it in some way. One of the great serpents lurking in our everyday lives is the media. The past few days provided another perfect example of why you should shut it off. I have told audiences for years that it's not the news. It's a collection if train ...

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"Gratitudes big and small".

Taking time to reflect on what we have and to feel grateful is a magical component in life. It allows for more. It makes room. It fights back against that feeling of "I'm not worthy" and so much more. Expressing our gratitude in the way of thanks to others allows the light to shine and for another to blossom. Expressing gratitude for ourselves and what we have provides for much the same. I think a good deal of this gets mired in our perception of what gratitude is as we are reminded over and over again growing up to use ...

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"The Macarena factor".

There is a great line from the movie Braveheart that says, "Every man dies. Not every man truly lives". Little wonder really that we don't live more of our moments with passion and emotion and laughter and excitement. The longer it seems that the world and everyone in it has a chance to tell us to walk this way and not that, a lit more of that unique quality we were born with begins to dissipate. The most poison arrows of passion are words like, "Grow up. Be responsible. You are making a fool of yourself". Opinion you see appears ...

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"Built to last".

From philosophy comes everything we see, do, touch and experience. Its the lifeblood of all commerce. Its easy to believe that competition and the watermark of business drives what is available in the marketplace but the truth is that long before customers show up, businesses set in stone what they do. The philosophy of one business may be to focus on a lower price. Wall mart would fit this bill. Another may be driven to innovate and Apple computers would take up this position. Another may look to shock their clientele and that would be Fox news. The product then ...

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"It's what we do with what happens that determines the people we become".

There is no lack of ability or potential or raw materials inside of you right now or at any time during your life. We all have experiences that go well and those that don't. If we allow the ones that don't to color our belief system we can end up looking down the barrel of despair. I arrived at an appointment in Hamilton early today and went for a walk to a small market in the downtown area. Within moments I was confronted with the memories of my past. Looking around I saw faces like the ones I ...

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