Laughter is the Best Medicine

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” ~Mark Twain If you are in a Leadership role, giving a presentation, or talking in front of a group, then you know how hard it can be at times to get your ideas across. Winning over your audience can be tough, especially if you don’t first establish …

Did You Say What I think You Said!?

As a leader, you’ve probably heard lots of talk about empowering others. It’s a great concept, but when you get right down to it, there’s little evidence that it’s actually happening whenever it really is happening. Even more important, there are times when the leader’s job is to, uh… y’know – LEAD. As a leader, you’re privy to a lot …

4 Ways to Master Change

by Sheila Murray Bethel, Ph.D. We are living in exciting age of unprecedented change. Today’s accelerated rate of change presents us with unique challenges and opportunities. When change brings success, keep your ego from getting out of hand. When the change is negative, use your sense of humor to get through it. Once you learn to handle change, you can …

Control and Urgency

by Albert Mensah   I was involved in my first major automobile accident one unforgettable January day. My SUV spun out of control on a Washington highway in snowy conditions on Jan.22. As I watched my truck going in the wrong direction, and I honestly thought I was going to die, all I could think about was my children, not …

Are You an Optimist or a Pessimist?

by Chris Widener I have been giving some thought lately to optimism and pessimism. Basically, these are attitudes. Attitudes that shape and formulate our entire existence. I mean, have you ever met a happy pessimist? Of course not. In short, our optimism or pessimism is this: The way we interpret the past The way we experience and view the present …

Create Your Past

by Chris Widener Today is the day to create your past! “Umm, Chris, don’t you mean today is the day to create your future?” No, I mean exactly what I said. Today is the day to create your past. Let me explain. I did not say today is the day to relive your past. That would mean sitting around thinking …

Five Attitudes that Will Make You Soar with the Eagles!

by Chris Widener   There’s an old saying that goes, “It’s tough to soar with the eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys.” In your search for excellence, make sure you’re not one of the gobblers keeping the eagles grounded. It might  be time for an attitude check.   Understand this: Much of your world, and your experience in it, is …

Keeping Your Attitude Up When Circumstances Are Down

by Chris Widener “Instead of spending your time thinking about how bad things are, think about how good they will be!” Everyone knows that a positive attitude is key to the successful life. But what happens when things go wrong? What happens when circumstances deal us a blow? We have a tendency to let our attitudes take the dive along …

Once in a Lifetime

by Chris Widener A subscriber recently wrote to me and asked me to consider this common phrase – Once in a Lifetime. “Isn’t every moment of our lives, once in a lifetime?” he asked. Touché! Indeed, he is correct. Every moment of our lives is the last chance we get to live that moment. What happens though is that we …

Surefire Ways to Develop a Thankful Attitude

by Chris Widener Spend some time thinking about how good you have it. We know this, but we don’t often spend time pondering it. Doing so will shape and mold your attitude and develop healthy thought patterns that will make you more thankful all of the time. As the old hymn goes, “Count Your Blessings, Name Them One By One.” …