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THE MAGICAL BALANCE OF BEING BLOWN AWAY

Little people blow me away.  They don’t know what an “AHA” moment is because “magic” seems to accompany them often and they have the presence of mind to celebrate these wonders: After a hard, spring rain a sidewalk strewn with earthworms; fluttering “helicopters” from the maple trees; an overflowing Easter basket; her first gold finch sighting; his first landed fish. …

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Excess vs. Balance

Have you ever wondered why doing “things” to the extreme feels so good? I have been an extremist my entire life. When I drink, I drink a lot and I get drunk, even when I know I should stop. When I am proud of myself for achieving something good, I eat and eat and eat. I will only stop when the restaurant runs …

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Does it pay to be unique?

Recently, I was part of a conversation about individuality: what it means and looks like as well as its value in society.  Early on in our discussion, a colleague mentioned the individuality between snowflakes and a vision popped into my head of lemmings jumping off a cliff. In this era of corporate Reductions in Force (RIF’s), restructurings, and un/underemployment, does …

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Why are resolutions so difficult to keep?

Congratulations.  You made it through another year.  It’s that time.  Time to make New Year’s resolutions.  These resolutions focus on things to change…sometimes with great success, sometimes with no success. Why are resolutions so difficult to keep?  One reason, people just don’t know themselves very well.  Those of us around Nothing By Chance spend lots of time getting to know ourselves each year.  One of the …

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Is Your Life Out of Alignment?

What is your alignment strategy?  Alignment is when you get in sync with other people and organizations whose values/beliefs and driving force (together these are your Freakness) match or are similar to yours. Think about places you love to frequent.  Why do you go to Starbucks?  Why not Seattle’s Best Coffee or McDonald’s?  Why did you buy an iPhone, not a …

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Belief and the Open WORD

A person saying that she or he believes in something is frequently making a statement of conviction. “I, too, have seen objects fall and I believe in gravity.”  Thanks to Newton, there is little controversy about believing that. There is another aspect of belief that is conjecture. As in, “I believe Melville made that reference in another book, not just …

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Joy: Hide and Seek Backwards

To all those who do not have a deep well of camp songs to draw from, I’m sorry. For the rest of us, sing along with voice at full: I’ve got joy, joy, joy, joy deep in my heart, YES,  deep in my heart, LORD, deep in my heart…  To all those who do have this song in their well, …

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The Gratitude Board Project

Gratitude  [grat-i-tood, -tyood]   –noun:  the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful Our family did something really cool this summer.  We created (or more precisely my wife created) a Gratitude Board.  A giant poster board with things we are grateful for each day.  What a great thing to teach your children—gratitude. How much gratitude do you get on a regular basis?  The answer …

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Seal It with Gratitude

Which habit is more like you? Driving down the highway and self-talk focuses on the many examples of bad driving that you observe. Same highway and your radio/phone inform you about the unusual, most often negative, events of the day. Whichever is your information modality – reading the news or listening to it – at home, it’s dominated by the …

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Freakness Dictionary: B is for Brave

It isn’t always easy embracing your Freakness…but it is always FULFILLING!  It does always feel good when you learn a bit more about yourself and move closer towards becoming the person you were designed to be. Brave. Brave is standing up to adversity and saying, “being me is truly important.” In order for me to be me, I am going to have …

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Be Not Afraid

In Mendelssohn’s Oratorio Elijah, “Be not afraid” is an exciting, inspiring piece.  As advice, however, it has its problems.  To most, it makes little sense to freeze when an elevator door opens.  Elevators are the world’s safest means of transportation!  On the other hand, it makes a great deal of sense to flee when the tsunami alerts have been posted …

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Let Your Freak Flag Fly

Have you heard this phrase?  I think it means let your inner being out.  Let others know what makes you special and unique. In the Embrace Your Freakness Experience last month, we created our very own Freak Flags…and then let them fly.  Each of the 29 people created their very own Freak Flag.  On their flag was their Driving Force (what …

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Upon Reflection

Ignorance is bliss! Things that have “slapped me ‘side a my head” because, in spite of knowing better, I have acted in a contrary way: Establish habits that are positive and constructive. It was my habit to do a cardio workout followed the next day by strength work. Travel inevitably, throws me out of this in every way beneficial loop. …

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Pure Positivity

I don’t like it said this way but I am part of the self-improvement epidemic that my generation has foisted on our culture. No, “I am part of” doesn’t convey the reality. My whole professional life has been centered on supporting the quest for improvement of person. Whether it’s been youngsters at residential camp, elementary students or retirees, I have …

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Three Kinds of Business, Part III

He loved his innovation and knew it would make office workers more productive. Much more productive!  His exciting idea had become a start-up and the first feedback from friends and acquaintances provided feedback for improvement and, more importantly, feedback validating his excitement.  He wasn’t much of a salesman but he found a partner who was and who saw the potential of the office product …

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