You are the boss of you

And I am the boss of me. But I am not the boss of you. How is it that every little kid in the world has, at some time in his or her little life, uttered the words “YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!”? Where does that thought even reside in the collective consciousness of […]

That Nasty Little 4-Letter F Word

The word to which I refer this time is FEAR. Fear. What an interesting concept. You can’t touch it or smell it or taste it. Yet it’s running most of our lives and producing many of our results without our even knowing it. Think for a minute about anything you’ve ever had a notion to […]

Being or Doing?

Action defeats procrastination. That’s pretty difficult to dispute. However, busyness is not the same as productivity. So therein lies the dilemma. To do or to be? If the busyness we find ourselves captivated by prevents time for reflection, then it becomes reactionary instead of responsible. And it’s unlikely that very many of us have the […]

What’s Your Story?

We all have a history (or HER story). That’s what has happened in our lives. It really is just what is. On the other side of that, we have our version of what happened. That’s usually at least a little bit different from what actually happened, because it’s what we’ve seen – or remembered – […]

Exclusive or Inclusive?

I had a great conversation this morning with a colleague and I got thinking about the word “Exclusive.” As a marketing term, that seems to be what you would want for yourself or your organization. After all, don’t we want to be stylish and fashionable and available to only the very best of the best? But […]

T.H.I.N.K. before you speak

In our part of the world (the Upper Midwest), we tend to be really nice. In fact, they’ve named a condition after us: Minnesota (or North Dakota) Nice. And that’s not always a good thing. According to an article in the Star Tribune, there are some really not-so-nice things about being Minnesota Nice. So, while […]

Fill ‘er up!

You’ve heard the story about filling other people’s buckets, right? You dip from your own well of experience, ideas, love, compassion, or whatever other positive stuff is in there and you use it to fill other peoples’ buckets so they can do the same for others. If you intentionally give away the positivity you want, […]

Do it anyway

Remember that Mother Teresa poem that inspired a song by Martina McBride, “Anyway”? If you don’t, the lyrics and a link to Martina’s version are below. The bottom line from that message is that sometimes things will go your way and it will be easy to do what you know to be the right thing. […]