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Running Late, Doing Great!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

My wife just might be one of the most positive people in the whole, wide world. She just rushed into my office to announce, “I’m running late, but I’m doing great!” How is THAT for evidence that life’s challenges do not have to make us miserable? Come to think of it, her outlook is likely what enables her to be so consistently happy with me!

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Destiny? Legacy? Easy!

Friday, January 01, 2016

The people you encounter today are your destiny! Engage them with an open heart, treat them with respect, and leave them all just a little bit better than when you found them. Remember, what you do with your interactions today will eventually become your legacy. Make it positively lasting! Of those you meet today, how will you “show up” in their heads and hearts tomorrow?


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Farming Dreams

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The handling of dreams that come into our hearts is much like the farming of good seeds provided by a friend. As with the seeds, dreams have a life of their own, and ours is simply to nourish, nurture and protect them. If your dreams don’t seem to be coming true today, bathe them with faith, hope and love, trusting that the “sprouts” will surely come. Remember, your dreams have you, you don’t have them, and once they take hold, they will never give up. Folks, dreams don't come true, dreams are true! All they need to come alive is for us to believe, and to act accordingly.

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iWork

Sunday, January 25, 2015

As I work with teams, I have a “diagnostic exercise” that tells me the need-base for which the group is collectively spending their energy. 

At any given point we are spending our energy on one of three levels. The levels are basic needs (safety and physiological fulfillment), psychological needs (the need for love, belonging, prestige and accomplishment), or self-fulfillment needs (achieving our full creative expression, highest calling and complete potential).

It's crucial to know that we can be fulfilling a quest for self-actualization by preparing a meal for our family, or painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to buy a loaf of bread. The type of work is not the point. The heart with which we do the work is! 

So, here's the exercise. Give five quick answers to the following prompts, and then discuss them with your team, or other key players in your life. You’re going to learn a lot about how to do the same work activities you’re doing, but become much happier and fulfilled as you do them! 

iWork for…

iWork because…

iWork to…

Take some time with this exercise, and I would love hear about your experiences, and discoveries! As always, I’m encouraging @ simpleencouragement.com.

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Fun, and More Fun!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

So, I’m talking with a career professional and business owner, and he tells me, “I have to learn some ways to have fun.” Now mind you, this is after his telling me all of the exciting new ways he was getting to express his professional passion, the creative growth of his business, and emerging team relationships where, as he said, “Peace is breaking out all over.” I said, “By the sound of it, I thought you WERE having fun!” Folks, beware of dichotomies and artificial distinctions. Fun is where we find it, and we always find what we're looking for, typically right where we're looking. Give yourself a treat, and look for all the ways that you are truly having fun as you “work” today. Believe me, it will be a game changer if you’re diligent in your search. Work isn’t in one place, with fun in another place altogether. I mean, I think there’s “fun”, and then there’s “more fun”! The "work and then fun" distinction is a lie. Please, don’t leave work to look for fun until you look for fun right where you work! And when you’re done finding “fun”, finding “more fun” will be easy to do.

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Lessons from a Coconut

Sunday, August 17, 2014

People have to earn our respect, right? Personally, I don’t buy that chant. If I do, it will stunt my growth. I think of respect as a trait that I have to develop towards others, no matter what they bring. I think of it as an aspect of growing in my capacity to love. It’s not about how they treat me; it’s about how I treat them. I think of respect as an outlook that seeks what is special in people, regardless of the package they come in. It treats every individual as a dignitary bearing a priceless lesson for our hearts to grow. Respect sounds so serious, but it’s really a childlike, magical way of seeing every person. Sure, some come wrapped prettier than others, but don’t be deceived! An ugly, hard coconut contains some very sweet stuff if we seek it with expectant curiosity. It’s always amazing what can be found deep within another if we search them with the right heart. 

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The Face in the Clouds

Friday, September 27, 2013

When we know what we’re looking for, we’re more likely to see it. Here’s an example of what I mean. Have you ever been gazing up at the clouds with a friend, and when they point and say, “Look, there’s a face!” you instantly see what you didn’t notice a moment before? Well, Simple Encouragement is just like that! It's a "map" that points to the essence of people.

Simple Encouragement is a template that helps us to notice three essential things in others that we might otherwise miss, kind of like the face in the clouds. Engaging one another in three key areas is the essence of relevant relating, and all you have to do is remember, “Life, healing, and light™.” So, what is Simple Encouragement?

Simple Encouragement is a three-pronged way of relating that invites us to be on the lookout for three things in people: (1) their hidden gifts that they have yet to acknowledge (Life), (2) their buried hurts crying out for expression (Healing), and (3) pockets of hiding or shame begging for release (Light). Simple Encouragement is speaking life to potential, healing to pain, and light to darkness, and when we know what we’re looking for, it’s easy to find.

Deep inside, people will always require a word that ignites, a touch that heals, and affirmation that frees them. To be whole, people need others giving voice to hidden gifts that they have yet to acknowledge, whispering to buried hurts crying out for expression, and offering acceptance to pockets of darkness begging for release, all so that higher selves can emerge.

Simple Encouragement is a template for engaging others in increasingly relevant ways. It’s a trilogy of relating that completes us, and through exploring its many undiscovered facets, we call all become creators, healers, and light-bearers in the lives of one other.

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Growing Up

Saturday, June 22, 2013

I was asked to write a few thoughts about what it means to be “growing up”. This is my spontaneous, “straight from the heart” version.

“I’ve lived a full life, ‘taking notes’ along the way, and this is what I've discovered so far. You get out of your head, knowing you're not that smart. You get over yourself, knowing you're not that important. You learn to believe in someone or something much bigger than you are. Along the way, you heal, you grow, and then; you begin to give. You give back, because you took too much to begin with. You give ‘up’ because you’re grateful. You give forward, because of all that you have received. Finally, you learn to love to the fullest extend that you can, because love is the essence of all that truly matters.” 

Certainly, my disclaimer is that I have not “arrived”. None of us ever do because “growing up” and learning to love is a process for which there is never a final, finished product. It’s also true that life is rich and full of blessings to the extent that we never tire of growing in love, and becoming “other minded” along the way. Day by day, give someone the blessing of a “deeper you”. They deserve it, and you do too!


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F+

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lamenting his academic failings, I looked at him, and said, "Because ‘I’m @Encouraging’ (and a bit sarcastic), I would give you at least an F+ for your efforts." He immediately shot back, "Doesn't a ‘plus’ ruin the integrity of an ‘F’?" We both laughed, paused, and then staring at each other for a moment, I swear we were both thinking the same thought. "Inside of a person who thinks THAT quickly, THAT way lives an A+ student!" I decided to say it out loud, speaking “Life to potential,” and he appreciated the gift. Always remember, deep inside of our F+ struggles is an A+ something waiting to emerge. Seek it, find it, and when you do, give it a great big shout-out!

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Live Confidently!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Life is an ongoing process of discovery, so we’re constantly experiencing situations we’ve never faced before. For me, there doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by that I’m not presented with a brand new challenge! This is true for all of us, and while we rarely feel prepared for the next new thing, consider this. Has there ever been a challenge over which you did not ultimately prevail? I didn’t think so. Even though it doesn’t feel this way at times, deep inside, we have everything we need to live on the winning side of the street. In fact, you have resilience, resourcefulness, and drive that brought you victoriously to this time and place. This will always be the truth for your life, so embrace it, and live confidently!


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