Friday Review Risk


Are you a risk-taker or a risk-avoider?  Here are a few risk-related posts you may have missed. Click on the link to read the full message.


“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”



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“The world will never discover a person who is hiding in the crowd.”




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“Those who will not take a chance seldom have one thrust upon them.”





discover greatness within

“We discover greatness within once we learn to cultivate and celebrate it in others.”

—Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author

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Being a coach is an extraordinarily rewarding profession. Each day I have the opportunity to encourage and support the greatness of others, personally and professionally.

I find helping those I work with do the same in their communities a tremendously satisfying way of living and working.

As more members of our communities operate this way, we generate a “coaching culture” in which individuals  and organizations thrive.


Where and in what ways can you more fully experience your own greatness through the generous and passionate support of others in your worlds?

Feel free to reach out to me directly if you would like some assistance in this effort.

good habits over good luck

“I’ll take good habits over good luck.”

—Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author

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Samuel Goldwyn’s famous statement, “The harder I work the luckier I get,” points to our ability to create our own luck, or at least become more successful through our own committed efforts.

Examine your good habits, and those of people you admire, to see what positive and favorable outcomes result.


Rate your habits in the following areas on a scale of one to five, with one being poor and five being high. What efforts might be required on your part to be the one that people admire?

Relationship Management Health and Fitness Personal Development
Community Involvement Spiritual Growth Work Ethic
Avocations and Hobbies Financial Freedom Family

one compassionate gift

“Time is one of the most loving and compassionate gifts you can give someone, including yourself!”

—Laurent Carrel, Messages from Melanie

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About five years ago, Warren Buffett teamed up with Bill and Melinda Gates in a campaign called Giving Pledge, which has billionaires give away the bulk of their wealth.

Today, more than 130 individuals and couples from over 14 countries have pledged to give at least half of their fortunes to charities and philanthropic causes, either during their lifetimes or in their wills.

Beyond the monetary gifts, many are also giving away the precious offering of valuable time – which is something we can all consider as we pursue lives of passion and purpose.


If time is the coin of life, where and with whom might you spend it more generously, to make a bigger difference in your communities?

Be sure to make time for yourself as well.

their can’t

“Their ‘Can’t’ is my trumpet.”

—Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author

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One of my favorite authors is Seth Godin. I particularly like his recent book, “What to Do When it’s Your Turn.” The subtitle, “And it’s Always Your Turn,” is a key element of his brilliance.

Too often we are hoping to be picked for the team, asked to dance, or selected for promotions or other desired opportunities. We all frequently experience setbacks, disappointments, and others telling us what we can and can’t do.


How can you take Brendon’s coaching and let the “Can’t” be your own trumpeting call, to boldly choose yourself and realize more of your full potential?

Friday Review: Exploration


Are you willing to be an explorer in some aspect of your life? Here are a few Exploration-related posts you may have missed. Click on the link to read the full message.

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“We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.”




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“People don’t take trips. Trips take people.”





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“Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes.”





solve problems

“How can I help others solve problems and achieve their dreams?”

-Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author

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What do top organization like IBM, Boeing, General Motors, and Bristol Myers Squibb have in common?

They have all used the Reciprocity Ring Exercise developed by University Sociologist Wayne Baker, and his wife Cheryl, at Humax.

The process involves groups in which the members ask for something important to them in their personal or professional lives. Requests are put out to the group and all participants make connections, offer introductions to contacts, or give other, more tangible help with achieving the member’s goals.


Check out the Reciprocity Ring Exercise and consider using it to help others in your professional or personal world solve problems and achieve their dreams.

Some books are undeservingly forgotten

“Some books are undeservingly forgotten. None are undeservingly remembered.”

-W.H. Auden, 20th Century English Poet

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Do you love books, as I do? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Regardless of your choice, take a moment to recall the books that told a great story or taught a profound lesson that has stayed with you to this day.

What percentage of the books you’ve read have you forgotten completely – perhaps undeservedly – due to a less than optimally open and receptive mind?


How would a far more open mind and receptive attitude toward seeking value and benefit from the books you read support you in living a fuller and more prosperous life?

stop a steamroller

“You will not stop a steamroller by standing in front of it, but by letting it run out of steam.”

-Laurent Carrel, Messages from Melanie

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Do you know someone who unleashes anger, judgement, frustration, and upset on you or others from time to time?

Once they’re on a roll, there seems no stopping them, but there is one technique that can take the steam out of them. Choose to demonstrate interest in them by listening even more fully to their issues and concerns.

Use well-structured open-ended questions and layering to gain a greater depth of understanding. With this technique, you will likely help them quickly run out of steam.


Where and with whom could you try this technique, to create more work-ability in this important relationship?

healing the world

“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.”

-Marianne Williamson, American Spiritual Teacher

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If you’ve been following the news over the past year – and particularly in the last two months – it is pretty clear the world could use considerable healing.

Many people experience a sense of overwhelm and even hopelessness, since the issue seem so enormous and insurmountable.

Just as we all know that to eat an elephant we must take one bite at a time, Marianne Williamson suggests we can all play a unique healing role within our families, organizations, and communities.


What one or two actions can you take today to bring much needed healing to your communities and our world?