I'm Not Sorry sorry Aug 01, 2021

"What are you sorry for?"

I can hear my mother saying those words to me today though she said them many years ago.

The chances are excellent that I had just done something stupid (I was a kid, after all) and had gotten in trouble and was pleading with Mom by saying, "I'm sorry" over and over and over.

In all likelihood, this pleading occurred right before a spanking (this was back in the 1960s and 1970s when this was not frowned upon like it is today).

How many times have you said "I'm sorry"...

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The Challenge of Summer motivation Jul 24, 2021

Ah, summer!

As a Houston, Texas resident since 1997, I have had a love/hate relationship with this time of year.

I'm writing this on Saturday, July 24, 2021.

The temperature will soar to 96 today with a heat index (what the heat will feel like on the human body) of 106.

Shortly after I post this, around 7:15 am, I'll be heading out on my daily run.

Today will be my 1,426th consecutive day of running at least one mile.

Summers are, well, I don't particularly appreciate running during the...

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This Happened When I Got Into the Shower inspiration Jul 18, 2021

It nearly always happens.

I get in the shower, and...the ideas start-a-flowin'!

Why couldn't the ideas come to me before I hop in the shower?

You know...when I can write them down!

This is just one of those mysteries of life we'll never understand.

And that's okay.

So, when I stepped into the shower recently, the idea for this post popped into my brain.

As the water rained over me.

Too late to step back out, dry off, and write the idea down now.

could have, but I decided I would...

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The Struggle with Patience patience Jul 14, 2021

This post is not for you.

It's for me.

Because I'm struggling with being patient at the moment, I need to clear my head.

And I do that by writing.

I know life is more like slow-cooking barbeque all day on a grill than using a microwave or an InstantPot.

But, my glory!

Here are just a few things I'm struggling with at the moment:

  1. losing weight. I want to lose a mere 16 pounds. Of course, it doesn't help that I keep eating !
  2. growing my email list (if you join, you'll get my top 5...
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I'm so Confused confused social media Jul 10, 2021

Before I share why I am confused, let me give you the backstory.

Before April 2021, I was active on every imaginable social media platform: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Snapchat, and TikTok. And that's not even listing the ones I used to be on but are no more (I'm talking to you, Myspace!).

Then I watched the Netflix documentary so many people have told me I needed to, The Social Dilemma, which scared the out of me. I promptly deleted Instagram, Twitter,...

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How to Deal with People productivity Jul 08, 2021

Dealing with people can be a joy, but it can also be challenging.

In this post, I will share three simple ideas for how you can deal with people.

1. Boundaries

Many people I deal with as clients or people who DM me on social media feel like they're doormats, and they're the ones to whom everyone brings their problems. People stop by their offices, DM, call, or send emails. Why? Because they have not established any boundaries.

It...

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Are You Suffering From TMI? overwhelm Jul 07, 2021

Am I the only one suffering from too much information?

Books.

Podcasts.

Courses.

Membership sites.

Friends/colleagues.

Videos.

Social media.

There's SO MUCH information out there, but while information is valuable, too much information can be a negative thing.

I believe that in order to best serve you as a productivity expert, I need to be a student first.

And that means always learning.

In fact, I spend a minimum of one hour every day (seven days a week) learning how to...

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Are You Serious? inspiration Jul 05, 2021

How long have you been thinking to yourself, it's time to get serious?

Maybe you finally want to:

  • start a side hustle
  • write a book
  • launch a YouTube channel
  • lose weight
  • learn a language
  • get training that will help you advance
  • start working out regularly
  • begin eating better
  • get more (better?) sleep

The WHAT doesn't matter.

You know what you want to do. And you probably know the how. So, why haven't you taken any or much action yet? 

Saying you're going to do something...

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Declare Your Freedom freedom overwhelm productivity Jul 04, 2021

In the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. This is when we commemorate the Declaration of Independence of the United States (from England), on July 4, 1776 (Wikipedia).

But I want to write about another form of independence.

Today, I want you to declare your freedom from:

  • overwhelm
  • negativity (including news and social media that makes you angry)
  • toxic people and things (such as video games)
  • food/drink that's not good for you (what the body doesn't need)
  • ...
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The Cure for Feeling Stuck motivation Jul 04, 2021

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Are you sick of feeling like you're a hamster on a wheel?

I've got you.

No matter where or who you are.

Before I give you the "magic" solution, let me tell you my story.

I was fired in July of 2005. From then until the end of 2020, I made $40,000.

Not a year.

Total.

I share that with you because I have this theory that I can't prove as I don't have the desire to pay for a study to be conducted. I believe that Pareto's Principle is alive and...

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An Unexpected Benefit of the Pandemic productivity Jul 03, 2021

Before I begin, let me acknowledge that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of physical and emotional pain to many. What I'm about to share with you is by no means meant to diminish any pain anyone has suffered during these unprecedented times.

I believe that blessings can be found in almost any situation, good or bad, if you look for them.

On March 11, 2020, the National Basketball Association (NBA) suspended the 2019-2020 season due to the pandemic.

The National Hockey League (NHL)...

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The Last Time reflection Jul 01, 2021

Have you ever stopped to think about the last time you did something or visited someplace?

For reasons I can't explain, this happened to me recently.

I thought about when I used to go to ice hockey games back in my hometown of Rochester, New York: the Rochester Americans (Rochesterians call them the Amerks). The Amerks play in the American Hockey League.

I would go to games quite frequently as a kid and young adult. I can vividly remember riding with my Dad from our westside...

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