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JumpStart - A.N.T.s

JumpStart - A.N.T.s

September 20, 2021

You are a combination of your actions, thoughts, and emotions.

If you change any one of these, the other two will change.

Seems like life should be pretty easy then, right?

No, we have ants in our brain.

Automatic Negative Thoughts - and our ego throws these around like sparks in a dry forest hoping something will catch.

We become happier people when we cease to believe these negative thoughts and begin to challenge them.

Let’s unpack how to do that starting now…

 

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JumpStart - Why You Need Waves

JumpStart - Why You Need Waves

September 20, 2021

This morning as I walked out onto the dock and looked down into the bay, I caught myself saying aloud, “I’ve never seen the bay so still.”

Settling in on a bench with Teddy in my lap, coffee in my hand, and dawn breaking before me I noticed something.

I noticed that the sunrise behind me didn’t seem to illuminate the bay with its usual awe-inspiring panoply of colors.

It was pretty, yes, but not the breathtaking spectacle I’m used to seeing.

Out in the distance, a small boat cut through the water and as its waves ambled toward me the sunlight danced upon the now rolling surface and the morning was its usual breathtaking self.

Here’s the takeaway for us: our brilliance comes out during the waves, not the calm.

And every day is an opportunity to observe (rather than curse) the waves...

 

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JumpStart - Lie-abilities

JumpStart - Lie-abilities

September 16, 2021

My friend Dan Murphy is an awesome radio announcer.

His golden voice has been gracing Seattle’s airwaves for four decades but a commonly held belief almost prevented Dan from his success.

You see, Dan was born blind and the “common wisdom” 60 years ago was to put disabled people into sheltered workshops to do piecework.

But Dan saw common wisdom as a lie and he turned his disability into a great career.

You know who else had a startling disability and yet it’s the reason he become super famous?

Vincent Van Gogh.  

Learn what Van Gogh’s disability was and how he turned it into success.

More importantly, learn how you can take your limitations and turn them into assets.

 

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JumpStart - As You “So”, You Reap

JumpStart - As You “So”, You Reap

September 15, 2021

Decades ago, I heard the wise Earl Nightingale say in one of his recordings that, “Superlatives are diminutives” and his words are even more true today than back then.

Seriously, have you noticed how polarized our speech has changed over the years?  

“Good” has become “awesome”, “bad” has become “the worst”, etc.

Then there are the superlative amplifiers such as “very” and “so” and “totally”.  

We live in a world of extremes both in our minds and in reality and, believe it or not, happiness, and contentment lie somewhere in the middle.

In this JumpStart, learn how good is often better (and more accurate) than “great” and how searching for the “best” often makes you feel like the “worst”...

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JumpStart - A Taste of Baroque

JumpStart - A Taste of Baroque

September 14, 2021

If you’re finding it difficult to relax, try my little secret.

Engage 2 of your senses in something relaxing simultaneously.

For example, listen to Baroque classical music while burning incense.

Drink mint tea while taking a bath.

There seems to be a compounding effect when we engage in more than one relaxing activity at the same time.

In this JumpStart, let’s unpack how to relax your body which will also relax your mind by stacking things that relax you.

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JumpStart - A Memorial

JumpStart - A Memorial

September 13, 2021

Where were you on the morning of September 11, 2021?

You remember, right?

Of course you remember, we all do.

I was sitting in a prayer class in ministerial school.

After the news was broken to us that a plane had just crashed into the world trade center and we all went into “serious prayer” I spontaneously burst into song.

I’m grateful for that moment of song, a moment of healing for us all.

Today let’s look back with open hearts.

Let’s look forward with open minds.

 

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JumpStart - Sim Me

JumpStart - Sim Me

September 9, 2021

Sim City is a mega-popular video game wherein you get to build a city and all of its infrastructure.

And it occurred to me that we are all playing a video game-like experience wherein we all create a virtual life that we get to live.

And just like Sim City we add, remove, upgrade components and even people from our lives creating a different reality.

In this JumpStart, we play a mental video game where we create our ideal simulation selves and then begin to live that self NOW.

Life is a not a game you win, it’s a game you build one day at a time starting today...

 

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JumpStart - Visual Lies

JumpStart - Visual Lies

September 8, 2021

I'm ready for a new car, and I know what I want.  

So, now what?

I was thinking about the last time I bought a car and it reminded me of something very important.

Something I want to share with you and that you need to remember...

Visualization is not optional.  You are either seeing yourself in a new car or you're seeing yourself in your old car.

And where you see yourself, you'll go.

Get ready to have your mind blown and you learn to simply channel something do already - visualize your future…

 

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JumpStart - Baseball’s Great Lesson

JumpStart - Baseball’s Great Lesson

September 7, 2021

I once heard an interview with LA Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda in which the interviewer asked, “Tommy, how do you deal with loss?”
Lasorda’s response blew me away.

“Look,” he said, “We’re going to play 162 games this year and if we’re really good AND really lucky we’re still going to lose about one-third of them.  That means one out of every three games, we lose.  You simply have to prepare for it and get used to it.”

Prepare to lose and accept it.

Sounds negative but there’s a lot of power in that approach.  It allows us to care about each game,  interaction, sale, workout--every attempt of any kind, without getting too caught up in each individual outcome.

Learn to give everything your all without allowing it to knock you back when you, like everyone else, lose from time to time...

 

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JumpStart - After Life

JumpStart - After Life

September 2, 2021

What I’m offering you today in this JumpStart is an opportunity to reconsider a belief that is a settled fact for 99.5% of the world’s people.

In fact, what I’m going to share will probably blow your mind as you reconsider long-held ideas you’ve accepted as truth.

And it all springs from this quote from the venerable Confucious, “Don’t worry about the afterlife, you haven’t got this one figure out this one yet.”

Or as John Lennon sang, “Imagine there is no heaven...”

In this JumpStart, let’s consider some powerful new ideas while maintaining beliefs that make us feel happy and safe…

Song of the Day: “Imagine” by John Lennon

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