This year, I will

Success is the sum of small efforts — repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier 1885 – 1950 As the old year winds down, people seem naturally drawn to two activities. The first is looking back on the old year with a bit of remorse for all the things they’d planned (and failed) to do. The second is looking forward to the fresh New Year and promising, “This year, I’ll ___________.” My guess is you’ve probably done these things already. But if history is any guide, we won’t be far into the New Year before your plans start to …
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The two most important words in the English language

However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? Buddha If I asked you to name the two most important words in the English language, what would you say? Take a moment and think about it. People have given me many words in answer to this question: love, think, dream, persevere, work, hope, believe, thank you, pray, live, commit and focus. But I have two very specific words in mind. I’d like you to consider the following words: act now. We can plan, scheme and …
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Dropping the baton

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. Aesop C 550 B.C. I’m not sure if you remember the 2008 summer Olympic Games, but in the track and field category, there was one event that was particularly disappointing: the 4 by 100 meter relay race. For those not familiar with a relay race, each team has four runners. One runner starts the race and carries a baton. At the end of 100 meters, there’s a transfer zone where the runner hands the baton to the next runner. If the hand off isn’t completed in the designated zone — or …
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