Practice makes better

While eating breakfast with my 12 year old this morning, he told me his math teacher doesn’t assign homework. Instead he assigns “practice”. The saying goes “Practice makes perfect”, and I knew my son had heard the expression so I said, “Yeah, that makes sense because practice makes…” Chad finished finished it with “Mom, practice…

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Change is good

My boys started school yesterday, new schools for both of them. My 12 yr old graduated to middle school and could hardly sleep Monday night in anticipation of his first day. My 15 yr old was much more calm leading up to his first day of high school, until we pulled up to the building.…

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Stop complaining

Some people complain all the time about almost everything. They complain about their job, their family, their health and their appearance. They often wear out their friends with negativity. I wonder if those people know what they do. I wonder if they realize who they are. Don’t be one of them. If you’re not happy,…

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I wish you were sorry for…

After a day of bickering, I sat down with my boys and told them we were going to start a new family tradition. I explained, “Every night, before getting ready for bed, we’re going to sit down and make an “I wish you were sorry for” statement to each other.” They were confused. So I…

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Are your friends assets or liabilities

It’s easy to get side-tracked in life by people who are traveling down roads that become detours to our success. It’s important to make connections but equally important to evaluate those connections periodically. The people we choose to spend the most time with should enhance our success, not detract from it. For example, a friend…

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Send a note

I challenge you to send someone a note today. It could be a thank you or maybe just a note to let someone know you’re thinking of them. It has to be handwritten and mailed, no e-mail. You will make the person feel incredible. We just don’t seem to take the time anymore to let…

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Procrastination

Eat That Frog, by Brian Tracy gives you 21 ways to get more things done. In this book he says, “Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the…

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It doesn’t have to be hump day

Hump day means you’re closer to the weekend and implies you don’t love your job. Wouldn’t it be great if you couldn’t wait until Monday so you could get back to work? Remember that when it comes to your job, you’re a volunteer, a paid volunteer. You choose how invested you are, how much initiative…

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A convenient life

It’s hard for me to be objective with myself. I try but it’s often a matter of convenience. I’m quick to tell people to “do the right thing, just because it’s the right thing to do” but when it comes to the way I live my life, the concept can be fleeting. The big things…

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