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Managing Change?

Managing Change?

By on Oct 18, 2012 in Challenges, Change, featured | 0 comments

The last couple years for all of us have been ones of significant change. Whether that change has been more than finally getting a Facebook account or not, all of us have been impacted in some way by technology and a changing economic climate. How do we handle change? If the phrase “change or die” is at all true, then I acknowledge it isn’t something I can hide from, and actually the longer I put off the inevitable, like my taxes, the greater the penalties. Yet trying to keep up with changes can be overwhelming…so now what? • I acknowledge that change is necessary and decide when to start. • If I don’t know what I want the change to look like, I start by getting more information. • I don’t expect to arrive. Change is no longer periodical, but continuous. • I don’t expect to hammer it out and be done. I won’t ever get done, so I need to pace myself for the long haul. • I enjoy the learning curve. I am going to have one, so I might as well enjoy it. • I am not afraid to laugh at myself. All things tend to be done poorly, before they are done well! • I accept the things I can change and the things I can not.     Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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Out of Focus? A new perspective…

Out of Focus? A new perspective…

By on Sep 13, 2012 in featured, Perspective | 0 comments

It wasn’t until sometime during the 1300’s that some artists began representing the world 3 dimensionally in their work. Prior artworks were 2 dimensional or “flat.” Mathematical concepts inspired the “vanishing point”, a technique that created perspective. It took artists thousands of years to do what children today begin learning in elementary school art class. Around this same time period, spurred on by the adventures of Marco Polo, men began to consider that the world might be other than they had imagined. Christopher Columbus, through his exploration of the New World proved that our world was, in fact, not flat either. Life would never be the same as man’s consciousness embraced new dimensions. Several hundred years later, man again would move into the unknown and impossible. This time, concepts initiated by science fiction writers such as Jules Verne with their voyages to the bottom of the sea, outer space and time travel would be incorporated into investigative procedures. These would allow man to not only travel to great depths and heights, but to actually work for extended time periods in environments that would further a multitude of industries. It is said, “What the mind can conceive and believe… man can achieve.” Yet do you ever feel like your life is flat? Perspective can be defined as a view of things or facts in which they are in right relation. When you look around, do you ever feel that your life may be slightly out of focus? Do you ever wonder if there could be more beyond your current experience? Are there things that you have only dreamt of, but have not really considered possible? Changing your perspective is changing the way you view things. New dimensions that can only be imagined are simply over the horizon if you can only get past the gatekeepers of “shouldn’t” and “couldn’t”. Begin to add richness and increased depth to your life by identifying priorities, and incorporating goals and an action plan.   Then with accountability relationships, regularly reexamine those projections and make adjustments as necessary to keep your course to a new world.   Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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Now is the Time!

Now is the Time!

By on Aug 30, 2012 in Choice | 0 comments

Time is the one thing that when it is gone, it is gone. No amount of wishing or praying will bring back yesterday. Each moment that goes by, is gone….into history. We each have a history, a series of moments that have passed, and we each have a future of moments to come…how many moments none of us know. We each exist in a time called the present; this is the NOW between what has gone by and what is to come. I can’t live in the past or change one moment of it, and neither can I live in the future. Although intellectually that all makes sense, what I know in my brain may not be truth for my heart. Sometimes I am so busy scurrying towards the future I miss NOW. I miss the beauty of the Florida sun shining on Tampa Bay. So I am working and I don’t have the day off to go play in it, that doesn’t mean I cease to recognize its existence. Or maybe the pain in my past has been so great that each day I wake with it right in front of me. The wounds still so fresh, that each person I talk to reminds me of my pain. Although time presents me with a tomorrow, I cannot see mine for the yesterday in which I live. Great achievements come from men and women who understand living in Now. There may be pain in my past, but that is my history not my future. My future may be bright, but it is not NOW. My TIME is MY LIFE. This is it. I do not get a do over for this time around. This is not dress rehearsal. The curtain is up and the show continues whether I choose to run off the stage or not. So I will look at my history, my experience of yesterday to help me plan for tomorrow. But I will choose to be present…I will choose to live in today. Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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Guard Hope: the stuff that dreams are made of!

Guard Hope: the stuff that dreams are made of!

By on Jul 11, 2011 in Business | 0 comments

Several years ago at a conference discussing how to help others recover from bad things. The conversations were of hope, vision, and faith and risk and joy. And although these are all thoroughly entwined there are some very unique differences that can move you toward success or leave you languishing behind…and hope is where it starts. Hope knows that there is something beyond what I see today. That potential and possibility exist, and it takes that and projects it onto the screen of my future. This hope acts as a compass guiding and directing my thoughts and actions as I move faithfully forward to the reality of this hope.  The picture I saw of it “hope” was that of a trellis or an arbor. First, with hope in place…I had a structure that my actions would fill out as I moved towards my future. And second, without it “hope…the potential for my life projected onto the screen of my future”…in place, although I could move forward, my growth would lie unstructured on the ground and unable to reach it’s full potential of growth.  Langston Hughes in a most famous poem replaces the term “hope” with that of “dream”. In today’s world of economic uncertainty, rapidly changing technology and culture, most of which is represented in the media in negative terms above all else we must guard our hope! Share this:ShareFacebookLinkedInPinterestTwitterEmailGoogleLike this:Like...

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