JumpStart – Helpers

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/5tf1jp/Jumpstart_-_Helpers_bwh2m.m4a Synopsis Mr. Rogers, my emotional idol, would often say during a time of crisis, “Look for the helpers” -- the people who are trying to build up rather than tear down. I find it...

JumpStart – Writing

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/ioah8t/Jumpstart_-_Writing_9qjf3.m4a Synopsis As I writer, I try to keep in mind two quotes from Ernest Hemmingway: “The first draft of anything is s**t” and,“All writing is rewriting.” Writing and living have a lot in...

JumpStart – Your Sweet Time

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/3ve628/JumpStart-Your_Sweet_Time_bae72.m4a Synopsis Do you remember the story when Pooh and Piglet went to visit Rabbit only to find his home empty and a sign on the door reading, “Buzy Backsun”? The story goes on that...

JumpStart – Credibility and Proximity

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/z339ju/JumpStart-CredibilityandProximity6ur60.m4a Synopsis Several studies have found that the closer we are to someone the more we trust, admire, and give that person credibility in our minds.For example, research...

JumpStart – It’s All in Your Head

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/c68aab/JumpStart-ItsAllinYourHead926ou.m4a Synopsis Have you ever had an argument in your mind with someone about something? We all do this from time to time but for many people it’s a harmful mental habit. Mental...

JumpStart – Your System Update

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/n7tksq/JumpStart-YourSystemUpdate8eaue.m4a Synopsis Many have described the pandemic as a time to reboot our computers. But, if we simply reboot the computer with the same software and the same pages loaded, what we...

JumpStart – Making it

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/tns85z/JumpStart-MakingItbrr84.m4a Synopsis We are far too judgmental of our own behavior. Whenever we do something we should not see it as an example of bad habits in control. However, when we do something new that is...

JumpStart – Morning

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/bigi83/JumpStart-Morning.m4a Synopsis I love doing my daily LIVE JumpStarts in the morning for two reasons: The morning is the “rudder of the day” guiding you toward whatever  horizon you will end up that evening....

JumpStart – Being Bored

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/8z4ue0/JumpStart-BeingBored85qiv.m4a Synopsis George Carlin wondered aloud, “When was the last time you saw a kid just sitting in the yard playing with a stick?”  Good point. We are constantly staring at screens...

JumpStart – Them

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/0wx3vf/JumpStart-Them.m4a Synopsis Who is your “them?“ Don’t kid yourself – – you have one: a “them“ you oppose.  Unfortunately, it’s human nature to divide ourselves into us and them. Republicans vilify the...

JumpStart – Staying Safe

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/mtptgr/JumpStart-StayingSafebrf90.m4a Synopsis There’s a saying, “Just because you’re a vegan doesn’t mean the bull won’t charge you.” You can find a lot of timely truth in that old joke. The bull doesn’t know you’re...

JumpStart – Dogs

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/s5qh0h/JumpStart-Dogs6go5t.m4a Synopsis By now, you know I love dogs. Teddy’s been my canine lifemate for almost two years now but I’ve had dogs around me since the day I was born and during that time I’ve learned a...

JumpStart – Overcoming Anxiety

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/65oqkd/JumpStart_-_Overcoming_Anxiety.m4a Synopsis We’ve been talking about anxiety a lot lately. In fact, I did a live meditation addressing anxiety for the members of my Complaint Free Meditation group just...

JumpStart – DisAgreements

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/awshty/JumpStart_-_DisAgreements.m4a Synopsis People tend to use the words “disagreement” and “argument” as interchangeable -- they’re not.Disagreeing means to have differing opinions whereas arguing is trying to...

JumpStart – Finding God in the Coronavirus

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/vrvjya/JumpStart_-_Finding_God_in_the_Coronavirus.m4a Synopsis I said in a JumpStart a couple of days ago that each of us is loved and protected by God and someone wrote in to say, “I’m 79 and I’ve heard ministers and...

JumpStart – Curiosity

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/feaczd/Jumpstart_-_Curiosity.m4a Synopsis “The power men possess to annoy me, I give them by a weak curiosity. No man can come near me but through my act.” - Emerson This is probably one of my favorite quotes ever...

JumpStart – Mindfulness

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/ry2twr/JumpStart_-_Mindfulness.m4a Synopsis Most great spiritual masters teach mindfulness as a practice. Unfortunately, when people hear the term “mindful“, they tend to think “Sorry, my mind is already full!“ Most of...

Jumpstart – Feeling Happy

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/gsrwq6/Jumpstart_-Feeling_Happy.m4a Synopsis Imagine you feel sad. Where would you feel sadness in your body and what would that sensation be like? If I asked you to feel even more sad, could you? Of course you could....

JumpStart – Freshness

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/dvp2rb/JumpStart_-_Freshness.m4a Synopsis We begin to take things for granted over time because of a scientific phenomenon called “Hedonic Adaptation.” Hedonic - having to do with the senses Adaptation - become...

JumpStart – Liars

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/52kxyx/JumpStart_-_Liars.m4a Synopsis As children, many of us experienced the trauma of having people we admired and even adults who were our primary caregivers say mean and hurtful things to us. There’s a name for...

JumpStart – Your Bodyguard

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/62n8sw/JumpStart_-_Your_Bodyguard.m4a Synopsis Wouldn’t it be great to have someone with us all the time to protect us from threats and difficult situations? Well, we do have such a person but we block their ability to...

JumpStart – Your Inner Popeye

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/6spyy9/JumpStart_-_Your_Inner_Popeye.m4a Synopsis The cartoon character Popeye would often say, “I am what I am and that’s all that I am.“ But who was he? “I am“ is the most powerful combination of words in the English...

JumpStart – The 18% Solution

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/dd2sez/JumpStart_-_The_18Solution.m4a Synopsis I read a study wherein people were asked to squeeze someone else’s arm and that person was then asked to squeeze the first person’s arm back with the exact same amount of...

JumpStart – Faith

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/6zcfub/JumpStart_-_Faith.m4a Synopsis Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up.” And during these uncertain times of pandemic, it’s easy to look back on the way things were and...

JumpStart – Words

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/egmhh9/JumpStart_-_Words.m4a Synopsis Yesterday I was conducting a live webinar for the members of my Complaint Free Life group when someone asked if there was anything they could do to reverse their complaints. I...

JumpStart – Neighbors

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/cyx46t/JumpStart_-_Neighbors.m4a Synopsis So, you’re stuck at home during the Covid 19 pandemic, right? Well, so is your neighbor and as we discussed in a previous JumpStart, Chaucer was right when he said,...

JumpStart – Abracadabra

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/4dxd8q/JumpStart_-_Abracadabra.m4a Synopsis “Abracadabra!” shouts the magician and in a flash, everything changes! The word “abracadabra” has been said by magicians around the world throughout time but no one is 100%...

JumpStart – Tourist Eyes

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/ypraei/JumpStart_-JumpStart-_Tourist_Eyes.m4a Synopsis One of the things I love about living in Key Largo, FL is seeing the look of rapture and joy on the eyes of tourists.It’s so easy to get accustomed to ourselves,...

JumpStart – Respect

Video Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/uv9enu/JumpStart_-_Respect.m4a Synopsis It was Geoffrey Chaucer who popularized the saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt” and with so many of us trapped at home with family that quote rings more true now than ever. But...

JumpStart – Patience

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/2635091203443569/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/gscipe/JumpStart_-_Patience.m4a Synopsis 16th Century French monk and writer François Rabelais said, “He who can have patience, can compass anything.” Back...

JumpStart – Dirty Dishes

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/561983584522837/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/3ihi8t/JumpStart_-_The_Theory_of_Dirty_Dishes.m4a Synopsis Have you heard about the theory of broken windows?The theory states that policing minor crimes such...

JumpStart – Your Load

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/821362325018576/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/ykidih/JumpStart_-_Your_Load.m4a Synopsis 19th Century poet Ian MacLaren wrote, “Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.” That statement is more...

JumpStart – Social Anxiety

Video https://www.facebook.com/154564034146/videos/635624613652227/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/iyphiq/JumpStart_-_Social_Anxiety.m4a Synopsis Something crazy that occurred to me is, “ I wonder if people with severe social anxiety are benefiting from...

Jumpstart – Integrity

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/1081374488908665/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/md673m/JumpStart_-_Integrtiy.m4a Synopsis *** SOUND ISSUES FOR ABOUT THE FIRST 2 MINUTES *** Scrub forward until you can hear me. Thanks for not complaining...

Jumpstart – Like Attracts Like

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/2681320552088351/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/3iimrr/JumpStart-_Like_Attract_Like.m4a Synopsis One of the great benefits of people having to separate for a while during the COVID 19 epidemic is that we...

Jumpstart – See Me

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/583324652528484/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/wdubb4/JumpStart-_See_me.m4a Synopsis During this time of social distancing, we get the struggle of not being able to be with the ones we love.But do we fully...

Jumpstart – Good Friday

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/212365070056227/ Synopsis So, I'm all set to do a JumpStart about how we're needing to be seen as much as see others during this time of quarantine when suddenly...Divine technical difficulties spin me off into a whole...

Jumpstart – Head Games

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/222547435661760/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/mwm835/Head_Games.m4a Synopsis Feeling anxious?Of course you are, most people are!John Milton explained it all when he wrote, "The mind is its own place and in...

Jumpstart – Mouse Taming

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/1042525846121884/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/gn3ryc/My_Movie_2.m4a Synopsis Have you ever wondered why the Hindu God Lord Ganesha is often shown with his foot on or near a mouse?The mouse represents our...

Jumpstart – Now What?

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/501174793912282/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/uxux4t/What_s_next.m4a Synopsis What do creatures of habit do when their habits have been up-ended for an indefinite period of time? Well, we get VERY anxious,...

Jumpstart – Gratitude

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/3114564528562990/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/4uhz9m/JumpStart_Gratitude.m4a Synopsis Because of the virus, there's a LOT to be unhappy, negative, and just plain ticked off about right now.And the more we...

Jumpstart – Guided Meditation

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/536564490382354/ Audio https://WillBowen.podbean.com/mf/play/xsbsbb/JumpStart_Guided_Meditation_Audio_file.m4a Synopsis Where’s your mind?Ancient Greeks believed that the mind—the center of consciousness, is located NOT...

Jumpstart – Stare Into the Flames?

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/642741979635999/ Synopsis Have you noticed that when a group of people sits around a campfire they tend to stare glaze-eyed into the flames?There’s something so captivating about fire and it’s the key to a simple...

Jumpstart – Heavily Meditated

Video https://www.facebook.com/WillBowen/videos/673785506719268/ Synopsis What is meditation? It’s mental exercise. Meditation makes your mind stronger and puts your thoughts under your control so you can direct the infinite resources of your brain to create the life...

Jumpstart – What’s Your Exit Strategy?

Video Synopsis None of us knows how long the pandemic is going to endure but we all know that it will come to an end.How will you emerge?Will you be more fit and happier?Or, will you be softer and grumpier?Today’s LIVE JumpStart is part one of three.I’m going to teach...

Jumpstart – A Forgiveness Pandemic

Video Synopsis One of the great benefits I’m seeing during this time of isolation is that there seems to be an epidemic of forgiveness going on.People (typically family members) who have held grudges for decades are now overlooking past grievances and realizing that...

Jumpstart – 40 Doesn’t Always Mean 40

Video Synopsis During the Black Death pandemic of the 14th century, Venetian officials refused to allow newly-arriving sailors to disembark for a period of 40 days ("quaranta giorni" in Latin) to make sure no one on board had the plague.Our word quarantine comes from...

Jumpstart – Reach Out and DON’T Touch Someone

Video Synopsis People who are self-obsessed tend to complain more because their focus is on how the world’s events affect them rather than on how others are being affected.It seems contradictory but putting our focus on other people can actually improve OUR attitude...

Jumpstart – Come Together / Stay Apart

Video Synopsis We, as human beings, have social NEEDS. They’re not “wants” they’re NEEDS and when we socially distance it brings up an existential threat to our basic human nature. Social distancing saves lives, but it crushes a necessary part of who we are as people....

Jumpstart – Don’t Get Blown Away

Video Synopsis What I discovered from talking to people – – while standing 6 feet apart, is that living through this pandemic bears a lot of similarities to living through a hurricane. Today I’m going to share with you how to get through this dangerous and uncertain...

JumpStart- Illness Exclusivity

AUDIO SYNOPSIS OK, sometimes I have perhaps too much time on my hands to ponder things. But, I think you’ll find today’s JumpStart quite revealing (and possibly life-changing). Today, let’s explore how our body seems to know, almost by magic, to back off one illness...

JumpStart- A Tale of Two Accidents

AUDIO SYNOPSIS It’s every parent’s nightmare—and I lived it. You round the corner pulling onto the highway and there flipped on its side and smoldering is your child’s car. This happened to me one snowy Kansas City afternoon. But Lia is not the only one in our family...

JumpStart- Harvey

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Which is better, to be smart or to be kind? For decades I THOUGHT I knew the answer to this question — but, I was wrong. I actually found the correct answer by re-watching the classic Jimmy Stewart movie “Harvey.” You’ve probably seen the movie. ...

JumpStart- Your Ring Tone

AUDIO SYNOPSIS If I called you on your cellphone right now, what would you hear? Some generic little ringtone created by someone who works for the company who built your phone? Or, is your ringtone a statement that reinforces not only who you are but the person you’re...

JumpStart- “But, the Good News Is…“

AUDIO SYNOPSIS The other day someone pointed out something I do unconsciously that helps me and others put a positive spin on things. We all experience pain, suffering, disappointment, and even minor irritation on a daily basis. The question is, do we emphasize the...

JumpStart- Can You Say, “Prayer?”

AUDIO SYNOPSIS The more I study the life of Fred Rogers the more I appreciate and admire this man who taught many of us that we’re special “Just the way we are.” You might  be surprised to know that Mr. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister who’s ministry...

JumpStart- Natural Compassion

AUDIO SYNOPSIS You’ve heard about the gunfight at the OK Coral, right? The Earps and Clantons squared off in this historic gunfight leaving many of them dead of dying. But, there’s a lot more to this story and in it we can learn a lot about human nature and what I...

JumpStart- Your Anger Timer

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “If angry, count to 10.  If very angry, count to 100.” - Thomas Jefferson Have you noticed that once you become angry about something that it’s very easy to remain angry? In other words, once our switch has flipped to anger, it can be very...

JumpStart- Check Out Your Fantasy

AUDIO SYNOPSIS My mom was the queen of cliche’s. “Look before you leap” was one of her favorites and although it bugged me as an impetuous kid, I see great wisdom in her words now. How about you? Do you have a fantasy? Then, my advice is GO FOR IT…. BUT, going for it...

JumpStart- The Highest Bidder

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Ok, I’m still on my Mr. Rogers kick and I’m glad so many of you are commenting on these JumpStarts about this amazing man who came into so many of our lives and taught us we were ok, just the way we are. So, here’s a trivia question for you: What do Mr....

JumpStart- Stop Crying, Wash Your Face, and Put on Some Makeup

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Many of you know that I’m going through a divorce right now. Yup. It’s very painful and truly a grieving process (I bounce back and forth through Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s steps in the grieving process on a daily basis). However, the other day one of my...

JumpStart- Dog Music

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Sometimes, developing habits that support the life we want to live can be difficult. Especially if you’re a highly functioning person. You want to exercise, meditate, work,  be with family and friends and then…well, there’s the dog. Our dogs...

JumpStart- Starting Over

AUDIO SYNOPSIS What do you do when it seems like you’ve lost everything?  When thousands of hours of blood, sweat and tears vanish before your eyes? What do you do in those moments?  The answer is in today’s JumpStart. And here’s a hint: what did the...

JumpStart- Shutting down

AUDIO SYNOPSIS It’s been almost 2 weeks since I moved to Key Largo and yes, it’s paradise. The thing is: I’ve been so busy with unpacking and work that I’ve yet to just go down and lie by the pool. Not surprisingly,  because I’ve been busy and stressed I have had...

JumpStart- %^#$!

AUDIO SYNOPSIS I’ve done a couple of previous JumpStarts on cursing because I find it interesting how people use swear words in various cultures. Something I’ve realized recently is that when a person is extremely angry they are likely to curse. We get angry and so we...

JumpStart- Owning it

AUDIO SYNOPSIS The other day I was listening to a person lamenting all the problems in their life when this thought flashed in my mind, “You know, you can’t sell it until you own it.” The hardest part about self-improvement is accepting our flaws--owning those dark...

JumpStart- Make Your Bed

AUDIO SYNOPSIS I recently did a speech and before I went on stage I asked the event planner about the keynote speaker they’d hired the previous year. “He’s a retired US Army colonel,” She said, “And the one thing I remember him saying was, ‘always make your bed.’“...

JumpStart- Your Duty

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.” -e.e.Cummings You will always find those who think...

JumpStart- Relationship power of attorney

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Have you ever picked the wrong person to date (or even marry?) Of course, we all have.  The problem is not that we attract bad partners – –  the problem is that we invite them into our lives and give them the key to our heart. If you or...

JumpStart- Giving up

AUDIO SYNOPSIS You may not expect me to JumpStart the value of Giving Up but sometimes it’s the right strategy. Doing something now “just because we said we would” a long time ago makes no sense.  BUT, does this mean we give up on things just because they get...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 12

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 11

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson You think you’re special. You think you’re a unique individual. You think you’re one-of-a-kind, cut from your own cloth, unlike anyone else,...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 10

AUDIO SYNOPSIS As we wind-down this 12-Part Series on Ralph Waldo Emerson, I want to break away from Self Reliance and discuss three other Emerson quotes not found in that book.   Today is one of my favorites: “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 9

AUDIO SYNOPSIS I am psyched that you guys are loving this series on “Self Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  And thank you for continuing to leave your comments so we can all engage. Today’s quote is, “A man is to carry himself in the presence of all opposition...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 8

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “Whoso would be a man must be a non-conformist. He would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at less sacred but the integrity of our own mind. “ Think of someone who...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 7

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner, and would distain as much as the Lord to do or say ought to conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature.” -Emerson As I sit here writing this, two brothers are playing the game Marco Polo in...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 6

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “Trust thy self: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” – Emerson Have you ever sat down and written out a personal resume? I did recently and it gave me an overwhelming sense of self-confidence. All of us doubt ourselves from time to time. Making...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 5

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.“ – Emerson Over the years, I have been approached by dozens of bright-eyed, optimistic young people who want to create some sort of a movement or nonprofit to improve other people’s lives. Sadly, to...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 4

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion.“ – Emerson If you could be anyone other than yourself who would...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 3

AUDIO SYNOPSIS “For always the inmost becomes the outmost - and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the last judgment.“ – Emerson I love this quote from “Self-Reliance“ by Ralph Waldo Emerson because it succinctly explains the field of...

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 2

AUDIO SYNOPSIS When we have a major decision to make, most people will consult anyone and everyone instead of trusting their own heart, their own mind, and their own guidance. We tend to value the opinions of others higher than our own because, well, they’re ours....

JumpStart- Self Reliance – Part 1

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Four months ago, I picked up “The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson” and read “Self Reliance.” I’m sure I read it in school but the impact this essay had on me this time was HUGE; so much so that I’m going to do an entire series on this...

JumpStart- Positive Uncertainty

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Do you own Apple AirPods? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing (and no, I am not getting paid for saying this). It took me a couple of years to try AirPods; but once I did, I fell in love!  I purchased AirPods for everyone in my family — and...

JumpStart- Be Your Own Victor

AUDIO SYNOPSIS I once heard the concept that everyone is one of two types of hero — either a conquering hero or a suffering hero. The hero is always the focus of the story. Suffering heroes use their own misery to get people’s attention and make themselves the focus...

JumpStart- Real Time

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Don’t you just love watching blooper reels where actors or announcers flub their lines, scenery malfunctions, unexpected people walk into scenes, etc.? They’re funny to us but many times not very funny to the people creating the gaffs.  I recently...

JumpStart- Oh Yeah You Can!

AUDIO SYNOPSIS When I tell people I live in Key Largo Florida they often look at me with glazed eyes and mutter some variation of, “Well!  It must be nice“ while rolling their eyes in mock (and sometimes real) exasperation. Moving to the Florida Keys seems like...

JumpStart- Write Where You Belong

AUDIO SYNOPSIS If you will indulge me in a bit of fan-boy geek-speak, I think Heath Ledger‘s portrayal of the Joker was phenomenal and only surpassed by Joaquin Phoenix‘s Joker.  In preparing to play the clown prince of crime, BOTH Phoenix and Ledger used the...

JumpStart- A Better Strategy

AUDIO SYNOPSIS If you’re anything like me,  life is pretty good, but some days are fraught with irritations and setbacks. Having counseled hundreds of people through challenges in both small and large, I finally realized that some people‘s way of handling...

JumpStart- Focus

AUDIO SYNOPSIS I was recently speaking in Tulsa Oklahoma when I saw one of the funniest things ever. A group of the event’s leaders invited me out for dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant. The place was busy and the staff was rushing to keep up. After an extended...

JumpStart- Resorting to Truth

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Have you ever been scammed? Betrayed? I have and it sucks! And unfortunately, many of us get scammed and/or betrayed several times in our lives. I recently discovered a way to discern when someone is taking advantage of you and for some reason you’re...

JumpStart- Imagining a Memory

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Have you seen the smash Broadway show “Hamilton?”  If not, you’ve probably heard the soundtrack. The other day I was listening to “Hamilton“ and heard a line that reinforced The Law of Attraction — big time! In “My shot” Hamilton affirms, “I...

JumpStart- Wallow Time

AUDIO SYNOPSIS Recently, a good friend of mine lost out on a real estate deal — a BIG real estate deal; we’re talking tens of millions of dollars. Not only did he lose the potential revenue of the deal but he also lost an $80,000 investment spent trying to acquire the...

JumpStart- A Dog’s Life

AUDIO SYNOPSIS There’s a really unique concept that started in Kansas City and is now spreading to other cities —  it’s a combination dog park and bar/restaurant. David, a dog lover and entrepreneur found about 20 acres of basically unusable land in the middle of...

JumpStart – Screen Addiction

SYNOPSIS Here are some stats that will blow you away: The average American spends a whopping eleven hours every day staring at screens. When they are NOT looking at screens, most people receive 80+ daily notifications trying to draw them BACK to a screen. Our lives...

JumpStart – Believe in Yourself

SYNOPSIS Most personal development programs come down to “Believe in yourself.” And, they miss a significant point: belief in ourselves is something we all already do. Often, with less than optimal results. The word belief means “something you have decided is true.”...

JumpStart – Overcoming Disappointment

SYNOPSIS Two nights ago I had the worst experience of my professional speaking career. When I got back to my hotel I was demoralized — even depressed. So, then what, right? In this JumpStart I share a very real (and painful experience) and how I got passed it. We all...

JumpStart – Water

SYNOPSIS The earth is 72% water. Our bodies are 72% water. To be healthy, our diets should be 72% water and yet most people exist on processed (waterless) foods. There are little things you can do today that you’ll barely notice that will get more water-based food in...

JumpStart – Your Celebrity

SYNOPSIS One day I was at the gym and everyone around me was in a total swoon. No, unfortunately, the were NOT swooning over me. Baseball great Albert Pujos was on the treadmill next to me and, actually, honestly not everyone was in a swoon. Not being a sports fan,...

JumpStart- Winning

SYNOPSIS It’s not that most people fail to win — it’s that most people WANT TO WIN but fail to play the game. My daughter’s best friend — a HUGE football fan heard about contest to win a big-name NFL football player at your wedding. Most people would have considered...

JumpStart- “N-O”

SYNOPSIS In yesterday’s JumpStart I shared with you the importance of continuing on even when with others telling you, “no.” Today, I’m going to flip this and talk about the importance of sticking to your own, “No.” (To quote Heath Ledger as the Joker in the movie...

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