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Protecting Vision... Part Five

The magnitude of each moment is miraculous, indeed.  It is not so much what  plays out for us that can be designed to a great degree (which can be grand and glorious), but I'm speaking of how it plays out; its long term impact. Thirty years ago, I taught Junior Highers part-time in addition to what I was already doing.  Wow and Whoa!  I found out fast that JH's show you nothing, tell you nothing, they don't miss a thing, and they don't...
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Protecting Vision... Part Four

Even though it was decades ago, I still feel the sting of it; a sharp and precise surgical stroke that sliced deep. Days were running into each other and the tension of multiple plates (projects) being spun while balanced was mounting to an all time high.  That which seemed to make so much sense all along the way, began to fray in the face of growing demands that I did not envision when it all started.  Blinded by my mounting emotional fervency, my expectations of others via my...
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Protecting Vision... Part Three

It was as typical and systematical as most previous early Thursday mornings.  Yes, there were exceptions to this rule, but this was not the case today… so far.  The fervent flow of fulfillment – the promised and logged itinerary for the day – was still an hour and a half away from commencing, and we were in the preparatory stages with high anticipation.  We had just finished our brief huddle for the game plan of the day when three Federal Agents walked through...
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Protecting Vision... Part Two

The lane assignments were about to be announced for the 440 yard dash; even in naming it that, it takes us back a few miles from the now 400 meter.  It was a momentous moment at age 17!  Three individuals were competing for the top spot in the Conference and one of those individuals was meeting one of the other individual who happened to be me.  All my day was comprised of and consumed with this engagement that was about to take place.  Weeks had been leading up to it and...
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Protecting Vision... Part One

Out… on the road… peddling hard… into the wind!  We were about 12 miles out and felt a change of direction might be good… nice.  The next paved road would be it.  The very next one was. Left, in lickety-split fashion, we made the change and once tracked in straight line, I looked up and my mouth dropped open with full gaping gasp!  Stretched out in front of us, starting at about 300 yards from where we currently rolled, was a hill that...
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No Choice Is A Choice

Your car stalls on the railroad tracks.  Everything you try doesn’t work; the car will not start.  You hear the sound of a freight train just rounding the bend and it is bearing down on you rapidly at 55 mph and it cannot stop in time. You have two options, basically, in this amount of time: 1) Get out of the car, and 2) Stay in the car.  There are consequences to those choices.  If you get out of the car, you live.  If you stay in the car, you die. You have...
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NAVIGATING APPROPRIATENESS

Over the course of time (with many an ouch along the way), I have learned (after many...) to ask myself Five (5) Questions with each encounter.  They are sensible and strategic steps to navigate appropriateness . 1) Who am I ?  Without hesitation, "every choice we make can be traced directly bacerk to who we believe we are".  It is the driving point-of-reference in our decision-making.  Starting here each time, it protects you from acting out of true...
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EXPEDIENTISM

In a culture of knee-jerk reactions, two things make navigating appropriateness extremely challenging: 1) Situational Ethics, and 2) Narcissism.  Lately, there has been a lot of conversations online about what might be the most important item-skill-behavior that New Managers need going into their first engagement.  I choose Expedientism .  Yes, I made it up; the word, not the principle. First , there still is right and wrong.  In short and in a Work...
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Positivity... Myth Seven

MYTH SEVEN:   Positivity is a relative thing.   REALITY: While we may deal with negativity in different ways, there is still absolute truth (right and wrong) by which to measure our work together; a true structure to protect and provide the best results.  As mentioned previously in myth number five, our historical experience has established and proven that there are certain things that work and work every time.  Just because we want something to be...
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Positivity... Myth Six

MYTH SIX: It will never happen here. REALITY: While a change in culture and atmosphere does not happen easily by a “flick of the switch” or “turn of the knob”, any environment and atmosphere can be changed-altered by living and speaking the truth with Positivity.    A person living Positivity is a true catalyst for change regardless of who and where. As mentioned in myth number five, it will take time, but the power of Positivity...
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Positivity... Myth Five

MYTH FIVE: One person can’t make a difference. REALITY: While together we can accomplish more, one person has made and can still make a difference. When you take a look at History – and we have over 6,000 years of record – you will notice that there are grand and defining moments in cultures.  In those defining moments – and some are positive and some negative – most of the time, if not all, they took place first, and foremost, by  one person stating the needed change.  From...
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Positivity... Myth Four

MYTH FOUR: Positivity is just easier for some people. REALITY: While situations, consequences, and where we are in the maturity process will differ, real Positivity is the result of tough-honest analysis and disciplined-hard choices that everyone experiences.   Positivity is not an easy pursuit and it is not a natural process.  We all have a natural propensity for selfishness and negativity, and as previously exposed in the number three myth, our emotions...
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Positivity... Myth Three

MYTH THREE: Positivity depends on how I feel.   REALITY: While emotions are a force to be reckoned with and they can at times enhance what we do, we cannot allow ourselves the luxury of waiting around for the right feeling(s) to arrive before we choose the right attitude and pursue the right performance for the right outcomes. Positivity is a chosen mind-set, and is not dependent upon how you feel. Emotions are real data, but they are not a plan of action.  They are fickle...
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Positivity... Myth Two

MYTH: Positivity begins at the top. REALITY: While leadership bears a greater responsibility by virtue of their role in the organization and on the team they might be committed to, Positivity starts with YOU. No matter what, no matter where, and regardless of what is going on and what anyone else is doing, you are responsible for you and what you bring to everyone in every encounter.  Too often today, we are experiencing the No-Game, the Blame-Game, and the...
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Positivity... Myth One

Since we have laid a firm and functional foundation regarding Positivity by virtue of definition, it is important (and pretty much essential) that we look at the excuses that quickly arise (at the speed of blink) to the thought and expression of it.   MYTH ONE: Positivity depends on the environment around me. REALITY: While the environment around you is certainly a factor in what it will take to be, to protect and sustain your Positivity, it does...
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Positivity Evidence... Aspect Five

POSITIVITY   is  evidenced by five (5) aspects: 1) Seeing things accurately, 2) Discovering the best option, 3) Estimating what it will take, 4) Disciplining oneself to execute, and 5) Following all the way through to accomplish it .          5) Following all the way through to accomplish it. No matter what is happening and regardless of what anyone else is doing… finish strong! Along the...
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Positivity Evidence... Aspect Four

POSITIVITY   is  evidenced by five (5) aspects: 1) Seeing things accurately, 2) Discovering the best option, 3) Estimating what it will take,  4) Disciplining oneself to execute , and 5) Following all the way through to accomplish it.            4) Disciplining oneself to execute... With a purposeful and precise plan in place, now comes the preparation for engagement. Even in the best of moments, each...
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Positivity Evidence... Aspect Three

POSITIVITY   is  evidenced by five (5) aspects: 1) Seeing things accurately, 2) Discovering the best option, 3) Estimating what it will take , 4) Disciplining oneself to execute, and 5) Following all the way through to accomplish it.            3) Estimating what it will take , Not that it always is so (may seem like it), but the best way will take more energy from us.  We are responsible for our own ...
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Positivity Evidence... Aspect Two

POSITIVITY is evidenced by five (5) aspects: 1 ) Seeing things accurately,  2) Discovering the best option,  3) Estimating what it will take,  4) Disciplining oneself to execute, and  5) Following all the way through to accomplish it.         2) Discovering the best option, Once we know we are seeing things accurately, it is now a matter of discovering right options . Too often, we want to run with the first...
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Positivity Evidence... Aspect One

Anyone can say that they believe in and embrace Positivity ; however, talk is an easy activity and the real genuineness of one’s verbiage is in one’s actions.   Some time ago, someone clearly and adequately uttered this obvious reality: “We may not always live what we profess, but we always live what we believe.” So, as we continue this fun-filled focusing (far from frolicking) on what true aspects were in mind when they posed the word , ...
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Positivity Defined

Sometimes, definitions get hazy.  Sometimes, they get lost.  So, for the purposes of clarity and hopefully infusing right passion back into our minds regarding POSITIVITY , here is a brief rundown of what it means and what it involves. POSITIVITY is a mind-set attitude. POSITIVITY is engaged and sustained by personal choice. POSITIVITY is an active and purposeful pursuit of the best outcomes in the truth. POSITIVITY is evidenced by five (5)...
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FOR BETTER

“Each one made the other better.”   That simple phrase was used to describe the dynamics of Dave Brubeck and the Gang as they revolutionized the jazz scene.  The whole concept behind Take Five was to pass on new signatures in sound in a manner that did not detract from any artist in the group. Even back as a kid, I often brushed up against this dynamic (even though I didn’t call it that) and sensed the wonder of a connected effort.  Ahhh… the...
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A FROM-TO TALE

Once upon a time, I had a FROM. At the time, I did not know it was a FROM . In time, I met a TO .  Let’s say, I was drawn to the TO . While being exposed to the TO , I realized my FROM was a FROM . And… the more time I spent with the TO , I further realized that the FROM was the cause of my struggles… and failures. It became very apparent that I needed to get far from the FROM , and the only way to do that was to get...
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Fun With Falling

Connected just southwest to Stewart Lake by a small channel was another slightly smaller lake; Upper Brace Lake.  Needless to say, we took advantage of both of the circus rings for skiing.  On the far south end of the secondary lake was a wonderful little cove, which even on windy days was found to be smooth.  It was the quintessential venue for hauling flat-out, whipping to the extreme outside edge rope extension, cutting for everything you’re worth display of talent....
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C.L.A.I.M. Control

In the staggered starting lanes, eight of us were waiting for the final words to sound, and then, the gun.  Still resounding in my head, within the chaotic cacophony of calls for captivation, was the announcement of names for lane designations.  “In lane one… OZZIE SWIFT!”   Sheesh, his name even sounds fast!  “In lane two… phil hedgspeth.”  Sounded like someone paging a lost child in a department store!  The circus in...
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Roger That

Those that know me well are aware that I possess a great fondness for music.  For me, music is my escape from the occasional harsh vagaries of life.  So it was of no surprise to friends and family that a number of years ago my wife and I found ourselves in a nightclub in Palm Harbor, Florida, listening and grooving to a singer by the name of Beau Santos.  Beau and his band skillfully covered a genre of music that I suppose would be categorized as “oldies but...
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Is Your Life Full of Saber Tooth Tigers? Take A Breath!

Our bodies are designed to notice threats in the environment and act accordingly. Historically, this was a good thing. If we saw a saber-tooth tiger we knew we had to fight or flee (also known as the fight or flight response) to survive. However, the saber-tooth tiger is extinct but our response remains. What does this mean for us today? Our bodies now act on perceived threats (work stressors, long commutes, crying children, angry spouses) the same way we reacted to saber-tooth tigers....
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Jon Gordon's 20 Tips for a Positive 2015

This time of year there comes forth a plethora of authors and pundits issuing their sage advice and wisdom relative to experiencing an upcoming healthy and prosperous year.  One such expert is Jon Gordon.   Mr. Gordon is a best-selling author of numerous books, including The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule , and his latest, The Carpenter .  He has recently released his 20 Tips for a Positive New Year .  HelpNet believes that these golden nuggets are...
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Stress Busting Strategies Utilized by Successful People

Have you ever wondered why some people are better at handling stress than are others?  How is it that they appear, to onlookers, to be models of calmness and poise while all around them the world is crumbling and crashing down?  Hmm. The fact of the matter is that one of the attributes of successful people is their ability to handle stress in a healthy productive manner.  A survey by TalentSmart reveals that 90% of top performers know how to manage their emotions in times of...
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The Good Life and Seeking Perfection

   As we approach the New Year and prepare to draw the curtain on 2014, we turn our thoughts to the goals and aspirations that we are setting for ourselves in the coming year.  It is seemingly an obligatory practice that most of us engage in, as if this is the only time of the year that activity such as this must be done.  For many Americans, imbedded in such thinking is the notion that there is a better job, better life, better world out there, if only one could garner...
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Where's The Beef? New Guidelines For Healthy Eating

  It seems like the script changes continuously.  What is decreed as healthy today is declared not-so tomorrow.  Really?  How is one to know what and whom to believe? While not answering that question definitively, the very latest landmark study is admonishing us to eat less carbs and more fat.  Hmm.  That seems to be a reversal of all that we were told previously.  Well this time it seems like the real deal and worthy of serious...
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The Holidays Can Bring Both Joy and Stress: Coping Tips

While for many, the Holidays represent great times and cheer, for others it is the farthest thing imaginable from what is depicted on a Hallmark card. In fact, the only missing ingredient is the presence of Dr. Phil to keep the peace and order.  Indeed, the holiday season brings with it many feelings, ranging from excitement and wonder to sadness and disappointment. Anxiety about separations or losses can be intensified during the holidays. Here are some suggestions to help reduce holiday...
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