Ever Wish To Be A Bird?

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It has taken a long time for spring to arrive in Iowa.  But the birds are returning which is nice to see and to hear. This post is to remind you of the wonders of the world.  Stay curious.  Being interested is interesting.  Have you ever wondered how birds can fly? For some reason, watching this video clip reminded me …

To Become a Sage: Look for Role Models

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Since I blog about leading, living, and sage-ing or positive aging, this post is for everyone who wants to better understand the concept of sage-ing.  Learn from watching others.  Look for role models.  Become a seeker. I was fortunate in the early 90s to meet a sage named Dr. Elmer Burack.  It was at a professional conference and a total coincidence. …

The Key to Developing more GRIT

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The last two blog posts have been about how to become more resilient.  My thinking has been stimulated by reading the book GRIT:  Why Passion and Resilience are the Secrets to Success by Angela Duckworth.  This post is my opinion on what is the key to developing more grit.  If you are in a position to influence the lives of others (parent, …

Finding Your Why: Summary

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This is a summary post on my series about Finding Your WHY.  Based on Simon Sinek’s work, your WHY is what gives you purpose and meaning regardless of age or stage of life.  Your WHY can add passion to your life and help you prioritize by aligning activities on purpose.  NOTE:  Watch for my monthly podcast Becoming a Sage this …

What Makes A Grateful Day?

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I am writing this post at the beginning of 2018 as a way of wishing everyone a great year.  The best way to start the year is to remember to be grateful by stopping to remember to breathe, looking around to pay attention, and focusing on what matters most to you.  Make every day a grateful day. NOTE:  Last Friday, …

Becoming More Resilient

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This post is for everyone dealing with the many stressors in life or setbacks such as professional and personal disappointments, divorce, illness, death of parents or friends, or any type of worry.  Unfortunately, we are living and working in uncertain times.  Learning to become more resilient can help us meet these challenges. Recently I wrote a post on why resilience …

Why Resilience Is Critical and How To Become Resilient

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Since I am upgrading my website and blog platform, I hope you RESUBSCRIBE.  For RESUBSCRIBING, you will receive my FREE e-book “I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends.”  This e-book is about WHY leaders need to build community in workplaces and HOW to build it.  Thank you in advance for helping me in this way.  If you …

Designing Your Life: Odyssey Planning 101

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For the past few weeks, my posts have reflected what I learned from reading Designing Your Life:  How To Build A Well-Lived Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.  They advocate doing a quick assessment based on the dashboard metaphor in order to build a compass to guide your way. Since they consider the future to be an odyssey–a journey full …

Designing Your Life: Build a Compass

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Do you know the way?  Are you designing your life so the rest of life is the best of life?  Several of my recent posts have been about designing your life based on a book by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans titled Designing Your Life:  How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life.  They say start where you are and that requires …

Life Design Assessment: How is your life right now?

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How well are you living your life with intention?  This post is a follow up to a previous post about designing your life–regardless of age or life stage.  This post explains a quick assessment (dashboard) to give you an idea of where you are right now so that you can decide where you want to go and how to get …