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If You Manage the Problem, You’ll Keep the Problem

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If You Manage the Problem, You’ll Keep the Problem

In the midst of the ISIS crisis in the Middle East, I see President Obama has stated the following: We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL’s sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities to the point where it is a manageable problem. WSJ I don’t know where it heads or how our leaders will seek to deal with the terrorizing of people by this radical Islamic fundamentalist group (beheading two journalists so far), but there is a disturbing lesson in...

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Goal Achiever or Problem Solver?

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Goal Achiever or Problem Solver?

From: The Desk of Fred Ray Lybrand   Are you a Goal Achiever or a Problem Solver?   I believe the answer to this question is monumental in advancing your career, legacy, family relationships, and overall sanity and comfort in life. I must give Kudos to Bob Biehl for the first clear articulation of this insight. Here’s what you really need to know: 1. Goal Achievers love to accomplish steps on the way to a desired result 2. Problem Solvers love to solve problems on the way to a desired result Of course, Goal Achievers can solve...

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Action’s The Thing

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Action’s The Thing

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ” ―Walt Disney Company               In The One Success Habit (You Can’t Do Without), I stress a vital piece of reality…Action’s the Thing. The fact is that nothing happens until something moves (see Einstein). I’m a fan of planning and what I like to call imagination work, but it doesn’t change the fact that when you tweet you get more followers. That goes with advertising or following up with your reports...

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Are Poisonous Thoughts Sabotaging Your Life?

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Are Poisonous Thoughts Sabotaging Your Life?

I rarely do this, but I’m piggy-backing on an article I saw this week by Dr. Carol Morgan. She matches my on conviction with one of her mottos, “Change your thinking, change your life.” My own version is— . It’s really hard to think crooked and walk straight . If you haven’t thought about it yet, it is way past time. The way you think about cooking, sales, schooling, love, relationships, driving, playing boggle or Catan, communication, money, government, and makeup ALL affect how you act and react. I used...

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Why is Motivating Others so Hard?

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Why is Motivating Others so Hard?

Motivating others is a pain sometimes, isn’t it? In fact, even motivating ourselves is a problem as well. The reason is probably a little more simple than we’d like to believe: MOTIVATION FOLLOWS ACTION I know, this idea seems weird and some of you will look up the definition in a moment. But, think about it. Haven’t you ever noticed how you are not interested in a game, but agree to play anyway—only to find that you are passionately engaged after playing for a little bit? Most of us experienced the same thing with...

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How to Overcome the Fear of Writing

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How to Quickly Stop Being Upset (Part 1)

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So, why do we get upset? Maybe you are one of those strange people who never gets upset, but I always wonder: “Do you care about anything?” If you could answer ‘why’ you might know ‘what now’, true? I spent my early life being upset about something…especially when things didn’t go my way. Frankly, I don’t recall things going my way that much! The reason we think we are upset can vary a great deal. It’s everything from someone else upsetting us (the devil made me do it), to the stars,...

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The Frog, a Snake, and a little Bourbon

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The Frog, a Snake, and a little Bourbon

Maybe you are encouraging the wrong things in your life.

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What’s Your Best Advice About Communication?

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What’s Your Best Advice About Communication?

First, you need to know who she is and why I would want to quote her. She’s my mother, Jerri Lybrand, but wait don’t quit here. In 1969 she was selected as one of an Outstanding Woman of America.  She did all of the amazing things; ran the Leukemia Drive, school PTA, socialite, servant, mother of three busy children.  Of course, there is more since she helped see my dad get elected to two terms in the Alabama Legislature.  She was at factories at daybreak handing out brochures and smiling next to George and Lurleen Wallace, the governor and...

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Communication’s Magic Wand

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Communication’s Magic Wand

What is the most important thing to know about when communicating? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ . . [Vizzini has tried cutting the rope to kill the Man in Black, but he clings to a rock] Vizzini: He didn’t fall?! Inconceivable! Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Definitions simply matter. When you notice what happens in conflict and difficulties, that is when you begin to understand communication issues....

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