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Inspiration, Leadership

Our “Dos” and “Don’ts” Define Us


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I almost quit.

 

10 steps out the door for my first workout toward a goal I have set for myself this summer (complete a duathlon), I was freezing. 38 degrees with 20-25 mph winds, and I was about to go running.

 

A few days before, I’d laid out my workouts for every day until the end of August. I’m not a natural planner, but I had a plan. I finished that work, and decided mentally my mantra for this endeavor: “I don’t miss workouts.”

 

So there I was. Just after 5 AM. Outside. In the dark. Listening to the wind whip about me. And I was tempted to quit—change the workout or make it up later. And then my mantra spoke up: “I don’t miss workouts.”

 

10 minutes into the workout it was still cold, still windy, still dark, and my face was already numb.

 

But no one else was up.

 

No one else was around.

 

But I was running; thinking about my goal; thinking about August and doing something I had never done before. I was filled with the adrenaline that comes from doing something difficult, something other people won’t do to accomplish something other people won’t experience.

 

Not because they can’t, but because they need a “do” or “don’t” to help them.

 

Our “dos” and “don’ts” define us; they set our limits; they stretch our aspirations and enable our accomplishments.

 

What “do” or “don’t” are you trying on for size? What difference is it making?

 

I don’t miss workouts.

 

I do duathlons.

 

Comment. Make it public. Do.

 

 

Leadership

Want to Join a Social Media Revolution?


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I’ve been waiting to write this post for almost a year.

In April 2013, I had the privilege of speaking at TEDx Marinette.  The “idea worth sharing” I introduced that evening was “Lead Like They’re Dying,” which sought to change our leadership frame of reference.  Many of you who have followed this blog have seen and shared that video–if you are among them, thank you.  (And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here to watch it.)

As part of that event, I also enjoyed the opportunity to address a group of students from local area schools.  In that session, I introduced the concept of #30forothers.  In short, I invited those students to join me in starting a social media revolution, and I’d like to invite you to join us also.

The concept is simple, and anyone can participate.  30forothers is a commitment to use social media for 30 days a year as a means to edify, uplift, and extol others.  You can view the 30forothers TEDx video below, or check it out HERE.  Use #30forothers on Facebook and Twitter; like the 30forothers Facebook page, and follow @30forothers on Twitter to see the encouraging tweets of others.

The intent is to highlight character, effort, and ability, or thank, admire, and appreciate people. More than anything else I have ever written or done, I hope this helps people.  I hope it helps you help people.  So many people need encouragement, a reason to hope, the feeling that someone believes in them.  We all have the power to provide that, and a means to that end is literally right at our fingertips.

One of my favorite quotations is attributed to Philo of Alexandria: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.”

Let’s remember that.

I hope you’ll join us.  I hope you’ll make someone else’s day today.  I hope you’ll share this concept with everyone you know.

Let’s start a social media revolution!

Faith, Leadership

This is true of you…


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You are awesome. Fearfully and wonderfully made. Capable of amazing things.

I want you to know.

This is true of you whether or not you felt like it when you woke up this morning.

This is true of you whether or not anyone else has ever said so.

This is true of you whether you are married or single, big or skinny, old or young, gay or straight, black, white, or anything in between.

This is true of you whether you have hundreds of friends or not very many.

This is true of you when you hate yourself, and when you love yourself. It’s true when you fail, and it’s true when you triumph. It’s true when you can’t see a way forward, when you are scared, and when you want to quit.

Don’t quit.

Because you are wonderful.

I want you to know.

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