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Get Back on the Horse!


Get Back on the Horse! -Part I

HAPPY 2014! We are at the beginning of another New Year, with all the New Year’s resolutions, newly set goals, and the aspirations that accompany them. Are you one of the millions of people who came up with a New Year’s resolution, or set up a goal to achieve this year? Does it involve achieving a healthier weight?  Obtaining new…

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It is not a matter of "if" we make a mistake or experience failure, but "when."

When You Mess Up…Fess Up!

Saving Face After Making a Mistake While eating lunch the other day, I heard a commercial on TV where a lady stated, “If you mess up…fess up.”  I thought it was a really good quote at first. However after thinking about it, I believe she misspoke.  What she should have said was, “When you mess up…fess up.” We are all…

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Thank You, Veterans

When I think of Veteran’s Day, this picture always comes up in my mind. I remember the first time I saw this picture a couple of years ago.  I remember the flood of emotions that overcame me as I thought about the experience that both of these men went through, and what they sacrificed in the name of freedom and justice….

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New Situations – Never What You Expect

Overcoming “Bias Blindness” When Entering New Situations Have you ever gone into a new situation or met with a new group or individual expecting a negative outcome, because a friend, coworker, or relative gave you negative feedback about them? Maybe they told you the group that you are considering joining lacked professionalism. Maybe they didn’t trust the person you’re about to meet, because…

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Unaware – Cellphone “Zombies”

I frequently ride my bike in a community that is about three miles from my home.  It’s a pretty safe community to ride in…not an excessive amount of traffic.  Most of the time, I ride out there, “make a few laps,” then ride back. On my way back the other day, I happened to notice several high school kids who were waiting on their bus.  They never noticed me, though.  Every…

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Was this really necessary?

Leaving Things Better

You may have heard about the escapade a Boy Scout troop had a while back when visiting Goblin Valley State Park in Utah.  Apparently, the troop leaders decided to “improve” the park by breaking apart and toppling over one of the ancient rock formations. After the act of vandalism, they made the weak claim that they were “possibly saving someone’s life.” After…

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Horrible Boss!

This week…in fact, as I’m writing this on Wednesday…we are celebrating National Bosses Day. Well, maybe some of us. I have to admit, I don’t really care for the word “boss.”  I prefer the terms leader or manager.  To me, the word “boss” never had a very positive connotation.  I guess you can blame it on the early TV sitcoms and shows…

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It's Your Move!

Perception, Reactions, and Your Big Move

For this week’s Communicate and Lead blog entry, I came across a great article from Brian Kim that really spoke to me the other day, because perception plays a huge part in how we interact with the world around us. I want to share with you. Enjoy!   When an article is posted about a famous person doing something that’s…

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“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” – Proverb When I was in elementary school, I couldn’t wait to hear that word. “PLAYTIME!”  (Okay…most of the time they called it recess.  To me, it had the same meaning) Of course, as I grew up, playtime gave way to work, school, and other obligations.  I would venture to…

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Avoid building a "wall" in your communication!

Take the “But” Out of Your Communication

There is one little word that has a lot of power. It has the power to stop good ideas in their tracks. It has the power to build a wall between you and the person you are communicating with. It has the power to hold you back when you use it against yourself. That word is…   But.   Perhaps…

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