Thursday, May 25, 2017

It's All About the Challenges

It's an exciting time of the year right now.  The outside temperature is heating up just in time for my upcoming tennis playoffs next month.  Indoor tennis is safe and comfortable – no wind and no sun, just like the comfort zone most of us live in.  I'm venturing outside tonight into the elements.  That's where the real fun is because that's where the growth happens.  It's all about the challenges.

Your comfort zone may be a beautiful place but don't get too relaxed – nothing grows there.  Go outside.  Take risks.  Seize the day.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The 3-Step Process of Winning

Do you have what it takes to be a winner?  Zig Ziglar says you were born to win.  Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way.  The part most who fail to win overlook is what is necessary prior to the victory.  It's a 3-step process, plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win.

I would like to add my two cents here.  It's how to handle a loss.  It involves reviewing each step to see what went wrong.  Could it be not enough planning, preparing and/or expecting to win?  Or maybe the opponent was bigger and stronger than expected?  I like to think of winning as a process that never ends.  It's a cycle that continues season after season.  Zig Ziglar offers great advice about the process of winning.  Give it a try.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rules of the Game

Life is a game.  The sooner you learn the rules and figure out how to maximize your moves, the more fulfilling the game.  I'm the first one to admit it gets complicated at times.  I do find the most challenging opponent on the board is my own self.  Each day is an opportunity to improve and play a little better than I did yesterday.  Don't ever quit.  Stay in the game.  Ignore the cheaters and the critics.  Show the world your best moves and inspire them to make their own lives better.  Have a great day.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ode to the Citizens of Heaven

The longer you live, the bigger the list grows.  I'm referring to the citizens of Heaven.  My family said good-bye to our dad fifteen years ago on May 20, 2012.  He had directions to Heaven stashed away in his laptop.  We thought he checked in early when he disappeared for a joy ride with his wife, Molly, and we couldn't find him.  It scared the Hell out of us.  Dad was on Morphine but didn't know it because we crossed the name off the label.  And he didn't really know the neighborhood where he was visiting.

"I have the keys to Heaven," dad told me a few days before his disappearance.  How does a man who can barely walk escape in broad daylight?  I'm still trying to figure out how he managed to sneak out for one final joy ride with his wife who was in a wheel chair and could barely move.  I'll have to wait for the answer since both of them are now citizens of Heaven.

It's painful to lose a loved one.  They say time heals all wounds but I'm calling bulls**t.  My sister was clutching the road map to Heaven in her hands while in intensive care two years ago.  She made a U-turn just as the pearly gates where coming in to view in front of her.  Her doctors are calling it a miracle.  If you ask her how close Heaven is, she'll tell you, "turn right and go straight ahead."

I prefer to follow another of my "dadisms" from long ago, "take your coat off and stay a while."  I'm sure Heaven is a great place and it's filled with some amazing people I miss dearly, but there's work to be done.  I have unfinished business, including an overdue book to publish.  Stay tuned for the rest of the story.  And please pause for a moment to salute all the citizens of Heaven.  Have a great day.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

One Day or Day One?

This is the day the Lord has made.  You have the opportunity to decide if it's day one of the rest of your life or one day just like any other day.  Live well and be happy.  Have a great day.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Spring Planting for Your Future Field of Dreams

Your future field of dreams is dependent upon what seeds you plant.  Lack of planting means no harvest.  Use your imagination and dream big.  Don't allow anything from your past to creep into your thoughts about your potential.  Be wary of the critics on the sidelines who are unfamiliar with farming techniques.  Get busy and plant.  Give your dreams everything they need to succeed.  Have a great day.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Do You Know Your Biological Age?

You can't control your actual body age.  What you can influence is your biological time clock.  It's all about making healthy choices and slowing the seconds down.  Your sleep habits, food choices, exercise patterns and attitude all play a role.  I found a site that can help you determine your biological age and it only takes two minutes.  Click here for the link.  Have a great day.