Monthly Archives: April 2010

TEST YOUR LIMITS

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um-042710-emailI read a Daily Kick In The Butt from runnersworld.com that sends me a motivational quote each day. Many times I read it and just smile in recognition of a runner’s mind, but this made me stop and consider how important it is to be free to confront the ordinary, and to do something you haven’t done before.

“We run not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves … the more restricted our society and work become the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.” Sir Roger Bannister, the first to break the 4-minute mile.

How would you rate yourself on your freedom?

THE 4 IMMEASURABLE PRACTICES

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um-042010-emailI had the honor of working with 60 ministers last week on a cruise in the Caribbean. In between Island stops we all gathered with Michael who took us through a powerful process of deepening and strengthening the journey of the heart.

He shared with us an old tale of the Buddha. The Buddha was asked by a group of Brahmans how they could see lord Brahma, and if the Buddha could show them the way. The Buddha asked them if they had ever seen the lord Brahma, and they said no, because you only see lord Brahma when you die. Then the Buddha asked them if their teachers had ever seen lord Brahma, and they responded no, once again. So the Buddha said, instead of trying to see lord Brahma in the physical, meet him in the heart.

10 THINGS LITIGATORS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT LIFE

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um-0401310-emailYes. That’s right. I said litigators. They are the gunslingers of lawyers, but I’ve worked with enough attorneys to know that they are also smart, realistic, and weigh risks better than most. Someone once asked me what they should say in a deposition and I told them to tell the truth. They were actually asked in their deposition if they had spoken with me, and when they said yes, the opposing counsel asked them what I said. They said, “Tell the truth.” Our attorneys just smiled.

So what can litigators teach you about LIFE?

They’ve helped me learn the following lessons:

  1. Make clear agreements you are able to fulfill. No fantasies here. Only results count.

MAKE IT A CONSCIOUS DAY Part 2

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um-040610-emailSeveral weeks ago I wrote about making it a conscious day by waking up to the unmindful behaviors that keep us from operating in our life fully awake. I identified two syndromes for us to consider as we become more conscious. Do you remember what they were?

1. The Impulsive Syndrome
2. The Make Others Wrong Syndrome

(Click here for a refresher! MAKE IT A CONSCIOUS DAY)

Over the last few weeks, I’ve become more aware of a third syndrome called “The Reactive Mind”, also known as doing the same thing over and over again!

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you find yourself learning the same lesson multiple times? You become conscious, and then it seems like you go back to sleep. If you have ever asked yourself, “Didn’t I already learn this lesson?” then you may be suffering from this 3rd Syndrome.