Time for a Change: Step#1…Say Goodbye to the Past!



Before we begin to set goals and change our course, we should first understand our present location. It’s like those maps…You are here! Once we pinpoint our present location, we can map out a course to get us to our destination. map

The Wrap Up step accomplishes this. We can bring closure to those areas that need it and highlight our areas of strength. Reviewing our past gives us a fresh perspective on where to make improvements. It provides focus for the next segment of time as we look towards setting goals.

During this step, we will consider 6 areas of our life and evaluate each one. For convenience, we will approach this step as though we are wrapping up the end of a calendar year.

As you begin, use the Wrap Up Form (download here) and ask yourself these questions… (more…)

Time for a Change: 10 Reasons to Set Goals


Is 2018 the year for change?

You may be an average Joe, an ordinary person with an average education. But one thing can propel you from ordinary to extraordinary…

The #1 way to restructure your life is to set goals and complete them.

Goals are the framework for a successful, productive life. See my previous post, 2018…Time for a Change!

Still not convinced? Here are ten reasons why you should consider setting goals:

#1 Goals define who we are. We are all different. We have varied gifts, experiences, hopes, and dreams. Because of this, no two people will have identical destinations. Each will find their own individual path. When we set our targets, they are an expression of who we are and where we want to go. Goals are an extension of who we are.

#2 Goals propel us forward. They are designed to motivate us to take action. Instead of worrying about our present condition, goals provide the inspiration to move us forward. (more…)

2018…Time for a Change!

2018…Time for a Change!


It’s a new year…are you ready for a change?

Need a little help getting started?  Join me over the next few days as we explore the pathway to a positive future.

There is no better time to refashion your life than now. Change starts with a few easy steps, some goals, and persistence along the way.

Just ask these people…

  • Jennifer earned her Ph.D. and now teaches at a university.
  • John and Joanne enjoyed two weeks of sun and fun in Hawaii.
  • Patrick wrote and published his first book.
  • Joyce graduated from college at the age of 74.
  • Anna lost 57 pounds in just three months!

What makes each of these people and events remarkable? They all set goals and then worked hard to achieve them! Whether it is losing those extra pounds, saving for that once-in-a-lifetime vacation, or reaching for your dreams, there is a way for the impossible things to become possible.

Once you get focused and develop an action plan, positive results will follow! 2018 is the year to uncover those hidden and forgotten ideas and make them a reality.

 What Are Goals?

Goals help us to make meaningful progress towards our dreams. They launch us into the realms of possibility.

A goal is an aim, destination, ambition, or objective which is achievable through planned and directed effort.

Goals are our path forward. They provide us with a destination, a life map. If we were planning a vacation, we would start the trip knowing our journey’s end. We chart a course and off we go. There may be different routes, some more direct and others more scenic. We may run into traffic jams, roadblocks, and construction delays. If we are determined, we press through the obstacles because of the benefits once we arrive. I have never stopped my car, turned around and said “This isn’t worth it. I’ll just cancel vacation this year!”

Goals function in the very same way. They give us an endpoint, a destination to work towards. Like the roadmap, they guide our decisions and actions and give us a course to follow.

What would you like to achieve in your lifetime? What is your passion? What problem unsettles you and demands attention? How do you plan on seeing your ideas come to pass?

These key questions are designed to help unlock the hidden potential within you. And we are just getting started.

Join me in my next post we take charge of our life and jumpstart 2018!




Patriotic Quotes to Inspire Your 4th of July Celebration

Patriotic Quotes to Inspire Your 4th of July Celebration


My heart beats, red, white, and blue!

Because the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, I thought we might find some inspiration from history. These patriotic quotes are from several presidents, a first lady, and a few recognized leaders throughout our past. Take a moment to reflect on the sacrifice and service of these patriots.

Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. Adlai Stevensonbald-eagle-2392560_1280

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. Ronald Reagan

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. Calvin Coolidge

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. Thomas Jefferson

And so, my fellow Americans… ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.  John F Kennedy

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George Washington

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable american-flag-2355872_1280determination to do the job at hand. Harry S Truman

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. Eleanor Roosevelt

And with a touch of humor comes this quote from Mark TwainPatriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it!  

I hope these quotes inspire you to become all that God has created you to be…to your family, your community, and to your nation.

Happy Birthday, America!

Wacky Holidays to Celebrate Throughout the Summer

Wacky Holidays to Celebrate Throughout the Summer


Summer is a time for celebration!

The official start is Memorial Day, the end Labor Day, with the 4th of July tucked between. But did you know that there are many other lesser holidays to celebrate throughout the Summer?

If you are a writer, these are some great topics for a blog post, journal entry, or addition to a novel. Are the kiddos bored? Think about incorporating one or more into your family fun time for a change of pace.

Leaders can also break the monotony of the workplace by building a day around one of these quirky holidays. Just think of the possibilities!

So here are just a few of the many wacky and unusual celebrations this Summer. Click on the links from www.holidayinsights.com for the history and some additional tidbits:

June Holidays

21 National Selfie Dayselfie-holiday

22 National Chocolate Eclair Day

23 National Columnists Day  Hey, writers! Send an editorial to your local newspaper.

23 Take Your Dog to Work Day Don’t forget the baggies!

24 Swim a Lap Day

26 Forgiveness Day

27 Sun Glasses Day

28 Paul Bunyan Day

29 Camera Day

29 Hug Holiday



I Forgot Day

National Country Music Day

National Fried Chicken Day

Chocolate Day

Video Games Day

National Sugar Cookie Day

10 Teddy Bear Picnic Day

11 Cheer up the Lonely Day

13 Embrace Your Geekness Day

15 Cow Appreciation Day Can you say MOO?

16 National Ice Cream Day ice-cream-holiday

17 Global Hug Your Kids Day 

20 National Lollipop Day

21 National Junk Food Day

22 Hammock Day

23 National Hot Dog Day

25 Threading the Needle Day

28 System Administrator Appreciation Day

29 National Lasagna Day

30 National Cheesecake Day


1 National Girlfriends Day

3 National Watermelon Day

4 National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

5 National Clown Day

6 Sisters Day

7 International Forgiveness Day

9 Book Lover’s Day

10 Lazy Day

11 Presidential Joke Day

15 Relaxation Day 

16 National Tell a Joke Day

17 National Thriftshop Day

19 National Potato Daykiss-and-make-up-holiday

21 Senior Citizen’s Day

22 Be an Angel Day

25 Kiss and Make Up Day

26 Women’s Equality Day

27 Just Because Day

30 Frankenstein Day

31 National Eat Outside Day

These are only a sampling of the many different wild and wacky holidays that you are yours can celebrate. For a complete listing go to the website.

Celebrate the Summer!

When Leaders Open the Wrong Doors

When Leaders Open the Wrong Doors


Yesterday, our nation’s capital experienced a wake-up call. A lone gunman targeted a baseball practice where Republican representatives were playing. His motivation? Rage, frustration, and political prejudice. His actions are condemned by members of Congress, but I have one question to ask them…

When leaders model the wrong behavior, what doors do they open to their followers?

Leaders have a responsibility to their constituents. They are in a position to influence others with their words and actions. If they choose a course that is offensive, mouthy, and verging on violence, their followers assume that they can also do the same. Unfortunately, not everyone has self-control or knows where the boundaries are. Leader’s actions raise and lower the bar for what is the acceptable and the appropriate response.

I believe much of the violence we have witnessed in the last few months is stirred by the rhetoric and reactivity of Democratic leaders in Congress. (I would also add the media and Hollywood stars to the list!) After the election, instead of accepting defeat graciously, they chose to extend the battle with vitriolic attacks on the new president.

“He is not my president!” many stated. Even at the inauguration, many refused to attend in protest.  When leaders model the wrong behavior, it opens the door for others to imitate and even surpass their efforts. Although they did not call for violence, did they turn a blind eye to it?

And now it is on their doorstep.

Please, do not misunderstand me. This is not a political poke at the Democrats. It could have easily been reversed with the Republicans pointing the finger and on the attack.

Leadership has a responsibility to those who look to them as an example. Think about how your parents raised you. If mom and dad said it was OK, you felt a freedom to experiment. If they drank alcohol, so did you. Whatever their normal was, you probably echoed or surpassed their actions.

Men and women in the US spotlight have chosen to react in immature and hateful ways. Their words and anger spark others who cannot or will not respect the boundaries of human decency. The result is a bloody head of the President, calls for assassination, destructive rioting, and now a shooting of Congressmen.

As the verbiage and demonstrations have escalated since the election, where were the leaders to diffuse the violence? Instead of lessening the impact of a few radicals, they fueled the fire with their own rhetoric and plans. When leaders model the wrong behavior, they open doors to the horrific.

Wednesday was a wake-up call for Washington.

When will it end? When leaders realize that they are the doorkeepers.



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