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Who, me? I need to make a change? No, you’re the one who needs change. What?

There is at least One Irrefutable and Universal Truth

I t’s a pretty rare day when you don’t think about changing someone else, isn’t it?

If you could just get other people to change, to do things your way, to see the path as you do ….

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You may not know Tom Allender, but you’d be lucky if you did.

Several years ago, my wife mentioned that Tom had a reputation as a very insightful and heartfelt speaker and was appearing at the local parish in a few weeks to talk about relationships.

I was a little skeptical of getting “preached to” about relationships, but my wife was eager to attend, so I agreed to join her.

He was terrific and wasn’t at all “preachy” … and as he got started, you could see couples beginning to squirm, turning to each other and whispering versions of …

“How did he know that [about us]?”

… or “Have you already talked to him?” …

“I didn’t see him peeking in our window.” ….

What is that One Universal Truth?

It quickly became clear he could pinpoint the universality of the many things we face in our relationships with each other.

What I distinctly remember is his story about the married man who approached him one day to ask about an upcoming couples’ retreat:

Keep reading to learn a simple approach to change your life …

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Have you ever been so broke you had to sell your dog at the local 7-Eleven?

This may seem like a very strange blog post for a site dedicated to leadership. But not really.

N ot if you’re committed to managing your life, controlling your day and fighting for what you believe.

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Recently, I saw a profile of Sylvester Stallone and, serendipitously, stumbled across several articles and interviews about him at the same time. One of the stories was featured on CBS Sunday Morning which featured him and spotlighted his movie, Creed.

In the process, I learned that Stallone broke through with his own writing and NOT with his acting. After some of his early acting failures, he began writing, relentlessly.

He wrote almost 30 scripts.

He says 29 of them were crappy.

Rocky Balboa – Stallone’s breakout role

The 30th script was for Rocky, a $500 Million blockbuster movie … but as interest began to build in his script, he saw this as a unique opportunity to kickstart his career.

How did he do it?

What can we learn from Sylvester Stallone and his iconic characters?

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Have you got my back … or will you fold your tent when the going gets tough?

Resourcefulness has nothing to do with access to resources.

W e have more resources than ever before. That’s not what makes us resourceful.

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Early this morning, I headed to a favorite place just down the street to bring home a couple of lattes for my wife and I.

I think Jefferson or Franklin or another of our forefathers was looking down at that moment, shaking his head in wonder. He looked a little disgusted at our lack of self-sufficiency.

Would You Work This Hard for a Cup of Coffee?

Our ancestors would have awakened in woolen underwear, stepped onto a cold wooden or dirt floor, and would have gone outside to chop some wood to start a fire in the cook stove or set a campfire with a few nearby rocks.

Don’t mistake resources for resourcefulness. Keep reading ….

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Don’t you sometimes wish you could stay under the covers and never get out of bed?

All of us have felt this way at one time or another. Nothing is going our way and it’s just too hard to slog through the quicksand to get anything done.

So, what do we do to pull ourselves out of that funk? How do we fire up the engine to rally up and get ourselves moving again?

How Do We Get Back on Track?

With all of the devastating fires surrounding Northern California, I continue to think about the countless tragedies our neighbors face … and how they will find the strength to carry on.

In fact, there are many other painful disappointments that cross the paths of us humans, aren’t there?

So, I thought I’d share with you a short list of some simple swing thoughts that all of us can grab to help us get moving again.

You only need one of these mantras to recite, over and over again as needed, to help you get out of bed and give ’em hell.

7 Swing Thoughts to Overcome Adversity


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Monday’s Quote of the Week: September 25, 2017

It’s not too late to sign up for our FREE Webinar, How to Create an Accountable Organization. It’s built for leaders who want to become more effective, and frankly, are sick and tired of chasing people down to get things done.

It’s at Noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26. If you sign up and can’t make it, we’ll send you the replay.

You’ll receive a framework, tools and proven methods to help you build an accountability framework that will help you Get the Right Things Done with less stress and more success.

Why not give it a try and see how Exkalibur University is working to help YOU Become a More Effective Leader?

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Monday’s Quote of the Week: September 18, 2017

Don’t forget to sign up for our FREE Webinar, How to Create an Accountable Organization. It’s at Noon this Wednesday, September 20. If you sign up and can’t make it, we’ll send you the replay.

Question: What are you doing TODAY to make sure you paint your masterpiece?

Hop on over to our Facebook Page to leave your comment or question. I visit it every day and look forward to hearing from you and expanding our discussion of these ideas and concepts.

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What Would You Scribble on the Back of an Envelope?

Who hasn’t grabbed a napkin to jot down a note when nothing else was available?

But did you capture memorable lines like these?

On The Back of an Envelope

It’s exciting, isn’t it, when we stumble across crumpled notes that have been lodged in our wallet for years … to discover timeless gems that we may have forgotten?

John Wooden, the famed UCLA basketball coach, always carried a crumpled note which bore the words written by his father on Wooden’s high school graduation:

“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day. Pray for guidance, count and give thanks for your blessings every day.”

Simple. Clear. Unequivocal.

More Life Lessons … Scribbled


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Start Drinking. Coffee First. Then, a Nice Chilled Mug of Amnesia

Have a seat and start sipping on that delicious mug of amnesia.

You can down more than one of these if you need it.

We just concluded a three-day Labor Day weekend and just maybe we had a few too many burgers, dogs and mugs of adult beverages over the holiday?

After all that practice with adult beverages, maybe it’s time to sober up with an even more powerful adult beverage.

How About a Mug of Amnesia?

No calories. Low carbs. Non fat … AND loaded with the protein you need to turbocharge your organization.

Finally, a Hangover That Feels Good


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