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Monday Morning Boost: Dealing With Tough Moments Out Of Our Control

Monday Morning Boost: Dealing With Tough Moments Out Of Our Control

Tough moments may sometimes feel like the norm rather than the exception, especially when you are bombarded by situations out of your control. Such tough moments can be very challenging. They hit at the very core of the value you see in yourself. They can make even the strongest doubt who they are. I believe it can be easier to bounce back, or even claw your way back up, if you fill your heart, soul, and mind with a better…

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Monday Morning Boost: Activating the Power of Three for 2019

Monday Morning Boost: Activating the Power of Three for 2019

We explored last week the importance of reviewing the past year as a tool for creating a better year going forward. We looked at several areas, including what we hoped to accomplish, what we actually accomplished, what challenged us, and what we learned. Through the process, we discovered reviewing the past year will help us create better focus and clarity for the new year. Now it’s time to take what we learned and do something with it. This is where the…

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Monday Morning Boost: Forget Goals!

Monday Morning Boost: Forget Goals!

Reviewing our past year can influence the coming year better than setting New Year’s resolutions and goals. Why is this? Maybe it is, as philosopher George Santayana said, and Winston Churchill alluded to, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It may be simpler, such as reviewing your past year will help you create focus and clarity for this next year. Instead of making empty resolutions that often create no significant action, I suggest taking a…

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Monday Morning Boost: An Iraqi Shepherd at Christmas

Monday Morning Boost: An Iraqi Shepherd at Christmas

I love sharing Christmas stories, and today, as is tradition, I share again the story of the Christmas I spent in Iraq. It’s one of my most memorable Christmases. As we remember those serving in harm’s way around the world, and as you remember your own loved ones who are unable to be home for Christmas, it seems fitting I share this story again. It’s a true story of a shepherd who had a flock of sheep. I hope you’ll enjoy….

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Monday Morning Boost: Gifts of Joy

Monday Morning Boost: Gifts of Joy

Gifts of joy can come to us in many ways during the Christmas and holiday season. Acts of service, white elephants gifts at work parties, neighbor treats and goodies, and, of course, the giving and receiving of gifts on Christmas Day.  Some gifts of joy are tangible like these vehicle reindeer antlers I won (perched on top of my head in the middle of this picture) as my final white elephant gift at a neighborhood Christmas party. Other gifts of joy…

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Monday Morning Boost: Finding the Joy that Lights the World

Monday Morning Boost: Finding the Joy that Lights the World

I had a December where life threw my biggest heartbreaking challenge ever. I felt trapped and alone. Discovering what I could control and what I could not control became one of my saving graces through that most difficult time. One specific tool I consistently focused on was finding joy in my journey. I could control this. Even in the most trying circumstances, I could choose to find joy. Sometimes I would find joy in bleakest days by seeing the slight…

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Monday Morning Boost: Sometimes the Holidays are Hard

Monday Morning Boost: Sometimes the Holidays are Hard

Traditionally the holidays are a time for coming home. That desire for gathering with family seems to be instinctive in most people. But for some, the cheerful and fun-filled holidays are not so cheerful and fun-filled. Sometimes they’re hard. Sometimes they’re lonely. Sometimes they’re difficult. Sometimes coming home can be hard. ROB FROM NEW ENGLAND Rob was a good friend from several years ago who came to school at Utah State from the New England area. Rob called me late one…

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Monday Morning Boost: Thanksgiving Homecomings

Monday Morning Boost: Thanksgiving Homecomings

Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings, delicious meals, and celebrations. Thanksgiving is also a time of homecoming. Three times over the course of my life, Thanksgiving has been a significant time of homecoming for me. COMING HOME FROM WAR  I remember first my homecoming from Iraq on November 18, 2005. The day was the Friday before Thanksgiving that year. The year I spent in Iraq was challenging, heartbreaking at the loss of life, rewarding for the bonds of friendship. I grew to…

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Our Perfectly Imperfect Crew

Our Perfectly Imperfect Crew

I am most grateful on this Thanksgiving Day for the perfectly imperfect crew I call family. OUR PERFECTLY IMPERFECT CREW By Les Patterson Giggles, grins, and goof offs Sometimes even a scowl or two They are who we call family Our perfectly imperfect crew. Pictures are never perfect Nor are family meals Sometimes we fight and argue It’s all part of the deal. We signed up before we were born Getting what we knew not But change we never would Not…

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Thanksgiving Gifts of Gratitude

Thanksgiving Gifts of Gratitude

We can give the gift of ………….an outstretched hand of hope ………….a word of kindness ………….a smile of peace. We can also give the gift of receiving such gracious acts of love with gratitude. REMEMBER… “The story you most consistently tell yourself will be the story to most consistently come true in your life.” Discover how you can “Gain The Red Edge” by focusing your efforts, clarifying your message, sharing your story, and creating impact with a complimentary Gain the Red Edge…

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