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January 18th, 2021

Cheer On The Optimists!

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Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that somethings makes sense regardless of how it turns out. Vaclav Havel.

Life is a never ending series of choices, some easier, others not so much. We make them everyday. And they affect every aspect of our lives. One of the most critical choices, I believe, is choosing whether to be an optimist or a pessimist.

I have been thinking about that a lot these past few days, following the recent storming of the American Capital building prior to Joe Biden’s approaching inauguration as the incoming president of the United States of America.

By now,  we’ve all heard about and seen the frightening images of the uncontrolled mob clambering over the barricades and, virtually unheeded, rushing up the steps, bursting into the hallways and the main body of the chamber.

These are perilous times, not only for America but in many other countries around the world. The challenges to the liberal, democratic order are many. Clearly there are a good many pressing issues that need addressing.

There are no simple answers. No easy, quick fixes. The issues are complicated: the CODID-19 pandemic, climate change, the threat of atomic annihilation, economic disparity, racial inequality, AI technology and globalization. Is there any wonder that the storm clouds are gathering?

In spite of it all, though, we must not succumb to the siren calls of pessimism and doubt.

Pessimists, by nature, are destructive, unsure of their abilities, closed to the new, disrespectful of others, and fearful. They foster weakness and chaos.

Optimists, on the other hand, are builders. They are clear-eyed, sure-footed, inclusive, creative, caring of others, unafraid of the future, albeit somewhat guarded. And that’s a good thing.

Cheer on the optimists. Where would society be would without them?

Hmmm….

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay connected.

I hope to see you back here soon.

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January 10th, 2021

The Only Real Edge You Have Is You!

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Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. Thomas Carlyle.

The challenges of the New Year just keep on coming. It’s for sure going to be daunting, but whether you are resolved to step up your current game or start a new one, here’s a check list that will help you get through the storm. The items on this list aren’t new or original but they will play a big role in your success:

 1.   Get fit – eat healthy, exercise right and get enough sleep.
2.   Show more kindness and respect. It’s not just about you.
3.   Choose to be positive. Don’t listen to the pessimists.
4.   Keep social media in perspective. Each day only has 24 hours.
5.   Search out and cultivate new opportunities. Continually.
6.   Fend off thoughts about the past.  It’s today that counts.
7.   Be the best at what you do.

Which ever is the case, occasionally remind yourself that the only edge that separates you from the rest of the field is YOU.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay connected.

I hope to see you back here again soon.

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January 4th, 2021

Saying Yes!

Now is not the time to think about what you do not have. Think about what you can do with what there is. Ernest Hemingway.

Broadly speaking, it seems to me that people break into two main groups, those who say ‘no’ and those who say ‘yes’.  The no people, always eager to cast doubt, turn a blind eye and close off their hearts. The dreamers are those who say yes, let’s go for it.

YES. It’s OK to put your work work out there.

YES. You are capable of making a difference.

YES. You can ignore your critics.

YES. It’s important.

YES. There is no better time.

The YES crowd has always been in the minority, but they are the people who always create the new, just when it is needed the most.

You get the idea….

It takes courage and resilience to be a yes person, especially in difficult times. Resolve, today, to add something positive to the conversation by just saying YES.

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