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PERSONAL GROWTH: THE POWER OF THE OTHER

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Dr. Henry Cloud begins his new book The Power of the Other with a compelling account that immediately drew me in. A recruit, training to become a Navy SEAL is on his last test – a grueling endurance swim in the ocean – and his strength fails him. He has nothing left. About to signal he’s giving up. All his years of training. The sacrifice. His dream of being a SEAL. Disappearing. A Friend On Shore Suddenly he sees his friend standing on the shore ahead. He has completed the swim and is officially a Navy SEAL. The man on the shore yells and pumps his fist to let the man in the water know “he could do it”. The…

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26 CHOICE BOOKS FOR YOU

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You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read. What are you reading today? I chose the following books as my Top 26 for two reasons: 1. I could recall the title and the author’s name. I have hundreds of books in my library and though I’ve read them all I cannot recall them all. These I can. I’ve met some of the authors in person and own autographed copies of their book. They left a deep impression on me. 2. The content of the books have formed my personal perspective, principles, and practices. They address theology, personality, healing, prayer, relationships, marriage, parenting and leadership….

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6 LIFE LESSONS FROM RUNNING

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Runners are smart. That’s not just because running has been shown to increase the number of newly born neurons within the brain. That’s just one piece of good news for runners. Running is an education in living. Jocelyn and I started running twelve years ago. We’ve learned so much about life and ourselves we wish we had started earlier. 6 Lessons About Life From Running 1. Running makes you a runner. Jocelyn and I are not very fast or sleek (big smiley face here) so sometimes we doubt that we’re really runners. One of our so called, friends, saw us out one morning and described us as “speed walkers.” John Bingham, marathoner and writer, says, “If you run, you are…

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HOW TO KEEP YOUR EDGE IN THE DAILY GRIND

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Life will dull your “edge” – that’s why it’s called “the daily grind.” Activities that once felt like a “knife through butter” can feel like cutting steel with a piece of wood. You’ve lost your edge. How To Keep Your Edge There is an ancient proverb that says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” To keep your edge you need to be with people who have an edge. For almost a decade I’ve been a part of a small group of women and men who are committed to personal development. We meet every week. Our group is made up of corporate executives, business owners, service professionals, financial consultants, and entrepreneurs. Each of us have gone through career…

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