Monthly Archives: December 2012

Simple Stuff

“No dream is too big. It takes almost the same amount of time and energy to manage tiny projects or businesses as it does to manage massive ones…and the massive ones carry with them proportional rewards.” – Kekich Credo #40

Many come close, Jim, yet few dare, so boldly, to live without judgment, to give without expecting, and to love for no reason. We call it a spiritual trifecta. To the winner’s circle, The Universe (, Mike Dooley)

Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. Marsha Norman

 OK, for 10 seconds please do not think of the color red… not even quickly. Do not think of red! OK, so, happily red is cool and we weren’t talking about anything you don’t want, don’t need, or don’t like.
World peace rocks and so does being rich – The Universe (

An hour of effective, precise, hard, disciplined – and integrated thinking can be worth a month of hard work. Thinking is the very essence of, and the most difficult thing to do in business and in life.” – Kekich Credo #44

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. FYI

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 21,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

How to Create Breakthrough in Any Area of Your Life

THe below, in it’s entirety, is from Tony Robbins.SmallActionBigResults

It is good stuff and wanted to share…

How to Create Breakthrough in Any Area of Your Life: Manage Your Strategies, Your Story and Your State

Posted by admin on Nov 28 2012

Question: One of the toughest things about chasing the dream is managing the disciplines of persistent action and hopeful patience that are required to ultimately see the vision come to be. This is an area of huge tension. How do dream chasers manage that tension and thrive?

Fulfilling your dreams and your ability to thrive in the areas of your life that matter most can be simplified by breakthroughs—a moment in time when the impossible becomes possible. If anyone wants to thrive in any area of their life, they have to reach a point of breakthrough where they will not settle for anything less than extraordinary in that area. Whether someone wants a breakthrough in their:

  • business
  • intimate life
  • emotional well-being
  • health
  • finances
  • career

There are only three areas to break through in order to feel lasting success.

One breakthrough area is your STRATEGIES. I personally live for finding strategies—those shortcuts that help people get more done in less time. What is it that gets some people to succeed while others fail who seem to have equal enthusiasm or passion for the tasks at hand? They have insights, distinctions, and strategies that allow them to achieve more quickly. For example, take someone who was born very poor, without an education, and had emotional and financial challenges but found a way to be highly successful and living an inspired life. I don’t believe that’s lucky—luck is what you do for a day or a week—strategies are what make it consistently happen for decades. A strategy can be found in the simplest or slightest distinction and it can happen in an instant.

As I described above, there are three elements that effect the long-term success or failure of a person and whether they break through or not. For example, there are hundreds or even thousands of strategies out there for losing weight, and frankly most of them are proven to work—if you work them! We’re not hurting for strategies. There are fitness clubs on every street, dieticians, health coaches, training videos, audios, books, etc. Yet 65% of the United States is overweight and 33% is obese, and those numbers are only growing geometrically. I would suggest to you that the problem for most people is not that they don’t have a strategy—it’s that they’re not using a strategy that works for them or acting upon it. Why? Because they have a disempowering STORY.

We all have stories—narratives we tell ourselves about why we can or cannot do or achieve something in our lives. Whether we believe we can or can’t, we’re usually right, because our expectation controls our focus, perceptions, and the way in which we feel and act. When a person succeeds it’s because they have the right strategy, and they found it usually because they have a story that it was possible or they could make it happen. Often people are not losing weight because they have a simple story that says, “I’m big boned.” With that as your core belief system you are never going to find a strategy, and even if you do you won’t follow through on it.

Your story may be true—you may have been through a horrific experience–but that’s not the reason why you can’t have the life you want. For example, you might have had a bad breakup five years ago, but that’s not the reason you haven’t found the passionate and loving relationship you deserve. A disempowering story is one of the things that controls people and makes them stuck in their beliefs.

Most people tell a story in a selective way so they don’t have to ever maximize their effort towards a strategy because they’re afraid they will fail. In order to get out of a story you have to be triggered by hunger and desire—if someone wants something strong enough they will breakthrough the story that’s limiting them.

Of course, whether you have an empowering story or disempowering one is influenced most powerfully by the mental and emotional STATE you’re in at this moment in time. As human beings we all develop emotional patterns—moods—that are mental or emotional states that tend to filter how we look at our lives.

This influences the stories that we make up about who we are, what we’re capable of, or what’s achievable or not. The states we go into most often then become the most powerful filter of all that will determine whether we find the strategies necessary to succeed and whether we come up with a story that will empower us. The big question then becomes, what is it that we can do to change our state of mind when we’re not able to maximize our true potential? One of our greatest scientific discoveries has been that you can change your emotional mood by a radical change in your “physiology.”

For people who are experiencing stress at any given moment, a form of relief can be to simply change your physiology—take a couple of deep breaths. Most people only use 20% of their lung capacity taking small short breaths, but 70% of the body’s toxins can actually be released when taking a full breath! By taking the time to fill your lungs and release you can not only improve your health but also radically decrease the anxiety related to that moment. There are many ways to change your physiology and in our seminars we prove this time after time by taking people who feel depressed and having them make a radical shift. Intuitively we know this can be changed not only by the way we move, but our breath and body temperature as well.

The second thing that affects our state is what we focus on. For example, if you’ve been at a funeral honoring someone you cared about and everyone is in a sad state and afterwards someone shares a story or anecdote about something that person did that was extremely humorous, suddenly everyone goes from tears to laughter. In an instant our states can be changed by what we focus on. What’s wrong is always available—but so is what’s right. Whatever we focus on effects our state and our state then effects the story we have about who we are, what’s life about, what’s possible and what’s not. From that story we will often determine whether or not we will maximize our capabilities and the strategies that will help us achieve what we’re truly after in a sustainable way.

Learning to put yourself in a peak state consistently is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and your life. It can transform your stories and give you the strategies to breakthrough. This is a huge focus that we just don’t tell people but what we train people to do with their minds and bodies in an instant, on cue, so they can shift the quality of their performance. Whether it’s a peak performance athlete like Serena Williams, MMA champion Jon Jones, a president of a company, a parent, or someone in prison—if we’re going to shift our life it comes down to these three fundamentals.

Change your strategy, change your result.

Change your story, change your life.

Change your state—you change it all!

Quick thought on happiness…


“The great source of both the misery and disorders of human life, seems to arise from over-rating the difference between one permanent situation and another. Avarice over-rates the difference between poverty and riches: ambition, that between a private and a public station: vain-glory, that between obscurity and extensive reputation. The person under the influence of any of those extravagant passions, is not only miserable in his actual situation, but is often disposed to disturb the peace of society, in order to arrive at that which he so foolishly admires. The slightest observation, however, might satisfy him, that, in all the ordinary situations of human life, a well-disposed mind may be equally calm, equally cheerful, and equally contented. Some of those situations may, no doubt, deserve to be preferred to others: but none of them can deserve to be pursued with that passionate ardour which drives us to violate the rules either of prudence or of justice; or to corrupt the future tranquillity of our minds, either by shame from the remembrance of our own folly, or by remorse from the horror of our own injustice.”
― Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments

Tis nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Dalai Lama
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. –Albert Camus

Simple Stuff

(SIMPLE STUFF is a short bit of ideas, quotes, phrases, and ‘stuff’ to help you stay focused, stay loose, ask better questions, and laugh a bit.)

 There is no problem, conflict, challenge, grievance, symptom, twitch, spasm, ache or pain, dear – not even those you attribute to external causes – that cannot be spontaneously solved, relieved, or overcome by seeing what you have not yet allowed yourself to see.
That’s why you have them, after all. Ouch,The Universe (Mike Dooley)

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro

“Achievers rarely, if ever, see a problem as permanent, while those who fail see even the smallest problems as permanent.”

— Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within, p. 84

“Make a decision. Make ANY decision. ANY decision is better than NO decision.” -Napoleon Hill

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences,” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

 What makes you richer is the picture, that you hold in your mind.
You have the power,     The Universe

“The reason worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.” Robert Frost

Live today. Remove all blame from your vocabulary. Catch yourself when you find yourself using your past history as a reason for your failure to act today, and instead say, “I am free now to detach myself from what used to be.” – Wayne Dyer
Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. Marsha Norman
Easy reading is damn hard writing. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Cool gifts I got this year…

It is Christmas day. For those of us who celebrate it, we are looking over the gifts we’ve received.

This year, here are a few cool things I received, that I really appreciate….tiny-tree-christmas

  • the sound of laughter and giggling of my 2 daughters
  • dancing with my daughters and wife.
  • laughter from my wife
  • the love and support of my attractive wife
  • little notes from my daughters
  • a job with income to pay the bills and meet new people, help and contribute to them
  • friendship and brotherhood of fellow Masons and Shriners
  • great friends from ‘back in the day’; college, high school and newer friends from my kids’s school – all great people in my life
  • great memories from my daughters, wife, in-laws, and friends – and memories from my parents and others that have passed.
  • A great home, neighborhood, community.
  • Good health.

People like you that comment, like, or otherwise interact.

Thank you !

Real Simple Stuff

Sometimes it is better to quiet things, shut out all of that media and information and just be still.

Sometimes it is best to focus on just one thought.

Here’s a good possible thought:

Let the shortcomings of others inspire you to work on your own. -Mike Dooley of

Charities – a quick listen about charity

Charities, giving, volunteering are important things all year around.

Here is a quick podcast with some helpful hints and ideas about charities, charitable actions and gifts.

No, you don’t have to be rich – you don’t have to even have any money.

Just a decision to give a little and do something small for another person.

Here is a good podcast – short and sweet – that I think you’ll like



Listen Hear! : Celebration

celebrationpicClick here for a very short yet intriguing audio podcast on CELEBRATION

‘Comfort dogs’ help deal with grief


‘Comfort dogs’ help Newtown deal with grief

Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY3:56p.m. EST December 18, 2012

Since 2008, Golden Retrievers from Lutheran Church Charities visit scenes of national tragedy to help people grieve.

A team of Golden Retrievers — “comfort dogs” — arrived in Newtown, Conn., over the weekend to help grief-stricken residents deal with the school shooting tragedy.

Lutheran Church Charities sent 10 dogs to the town for residents who want to pet them or pray with the dog’s handler, Tim Hetzner, president of the organization, told the Chicago Tribune.

The dogs not only show up in times of national tragedy, they also visit hospitals, nursing homes and parks to provide comfort to those in need.

“The dogs have become the bridge,” dog-handler Lynn Buhrke told the Tribune. “People just sit down and talk to you.”

The dogs have a Facebook page, plus Twitter accounts and e-mail addresses so people can keep in touch with them.

The dogs — from Illinois and Indiana — that currently are in Newtown include Barnabas, Chewie, Chloe, Hannah, Luther, Prince, Ruthie and Shami.

The dogs’ first stop on Sunday was Christ the King Lutheran Church, which was holding funerals this week for two young children killed in the Friday massacre.

The comfort-dog initiative started in 2008 at Northern Illinois University after a gunman killed five students.

The dogs were originally sent simply to provide a distraction to the student community, but proved so popular they were invited back, the newspaper reports. The program has since grown from a handful of dogs in the Chicago area to 60 dogs in six states.

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