Are You Craving Credit?

Do you ever do things for your work, family, or friends and then feel anxious about getting your fair share of acknowledgment? I hate to admit this, but I do. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no interest taking your recognition, I just want mine.

I have come to realize that my “craving credit” stems from my lack of faith and appreciation of my skills, talents, and capabilities. As I have come to see the vast resources I have access to from my friends, family, and colleagues, as well as within myself, I seek less to claim my recognition and more to help others see their own greatness. In the end, the appreciation I actively sought flows back to me naturally, abundantly, and nearly effortlessly.

Interesting paradox.

So today, instead of jockeying for position, focus on doing your best without expecting anything in return – and notice what happens.

Have a great weekend,


Open Hands, Open Heart = ?

A German Proverb states, “God gives, but man opens his hand.”

Whatever your faith or philosophical beliefs, your openness will yield guidance. This “assistance” can come from family, co-workers, or even specific challenges you face – when you are available to receive it. Be open and notice what “instruction” you’re offered. Decide what you are willing to follow. Then observe what happens.


Do the Good Times 110%

As you taste the richness of a triple chocolate fudge brownie with mocha chip ice cream on top, enjoy it 110%. If thoughts and feelings of “I really shouldn’t” creep into your consciousness, say NO! Live in total joy in the moment. Relish each and every morsel with the delight of a three year old. Make it a “Good Time” to savor the moment with your whole being – each and every sense. Make this true with every experience and you will build a wonderful life.

Happy Tuesday,

What if Winning is Everything?

This morning, I was thinking about a friend who loves to be behind the scenes. She’s great at it and, theoretically, that could be the perfect place for her. Yet being in the tech booth was not a win for her; it was a place to hide and not be seen by others.

So earlier this year, she made the commitment to play Korean drums in a culture festival for thousands. She is not a trained musician, but she made the determination to create a victory in an area of her life that would cause her to expand her courage, tenacity, and resilience. She pushed herself past her “comfort zone” to go beyond what she thought she could do.

To her credit, she hung it there and transformed the myriad of obstacles she faced into greater confidence, compassion, and strength. Her victory happened on the inside first and she is now experiencing wins on the outside – in her career, friendships, and more.

So while many say, “winning isn’t everything” – they are wrong. To win and feel victory is the only thing that is important – IF you remember that the win is NOT over someone else, it is winning over your inner negativity, doubt, and fear. Those types of wins are EVERYTHING because they help you expand your preset limitations and create value that can positively change the world.

Have a great week,

How Far Do You Have to Go?

Ever look at someone and think, “Boy, does she have a long way to go.” That thought could even be about you. And while an individual’s supreme potential may not yet be fully revealed, each person deserves your deepest respect for possessing it. So as you meet people throughout your day, acknowledge each one with dignity and respect.

Have a great weekend.

Warm regards,