About The Environment … Earth Day 2015

SnowIf you think your daily weather is a valid measure of climate change, you can probably skip this one …

INCONSISTENCY:  I think we may have just identified part of the problem when considering how to save our planet.  For the numbers, read this:  Americans Support Principle of Environmental Protection, Divided over Policy.

A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN:  For a very big suggestion on how to honor Earth Day 2015, watch this short but powerful video:  A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN

PLANT A TREE:  For something specific to do or just to learn more about the CANOPY PROJECT, click the image below: 

LEARN MORE:  For general information about Earth Day 2015, check out THE EARTH DAY NETWORK.

Earth Day FlagYou can take action for the sake of everyone alive now or who hopes to live on this planet in the future ..or you could just keep repeating “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” under your breath and not get serious about preservation, conservation, and renewal of our natural resources.


Trying to be on the right side of science, history, and Mother Earth in the Heartland  ….


Images:  Morguefile.com, Plantatree.org, and Wikipedia.

Dancing In The Aisles …

Dance 1Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.

Samuel Beckett


We all start our lives knowing this simple rule of living … little children dance with abandon and style, literally moving to their own music.

We don’t even have to learn this rule … it comes naturally at a very early age.

What happens as we get older?

We get cautious …

We get self-conscientious …

We get a little creaky …

We forget that dancing comes before thinking.  When you move, your body feels looser and your brain engages in a different way.  You are more prepared to think effectively.  Exercise is recommended daily for this very reason.   Healthy body, healthy mind …

Do not spend time reflecting on this one.  Just get up and move to the rhythm for a while, now, wherever you are, even if you are the only one who can hear the music and are the only one dancing.

Others may not join in, but they probably secretly want to.

If you do this without regret or concern, I can promise that your day will not be the “same old, same old“:).

Cutting a rug and not really caring who sees it in the Heartland ….


That great Image is from Morguefile.com.

Becoming A Conscious Leader ~ Guest Post by David J. Greer

promo_03John:  I am busy absorbing David J. Greer’s new and fascinating book, which launches this week.  In this guest post, David displays his warm and engaging communication style, along with proving that he knows exactly what he is talking about.    Beyond his expertise, David is also a genuinely nice and collegial person.

Settle in for a real learning treat …

In John’s recent post The Curse of the Professional, he reminds us that there are so many things we do as leaders that are completely unconscious. In my new book Wind In Your Sails: Vital Strategies That Accelerate Your Entrepreneurial Success, I have an entire chapter dedicated to entrepreneurs and how they show up.

In my experience, the single biggest obstacle to the growth of a business is the entrepreneur. Until we spend time looking at ourselves, we are usually unconscious about the ways that we are holding back our own organizations. With my book, I hope to help entrepreneurs take a deeper look at themselves, and with the help of a few simple changes, show up differently.


Human beings work better with regular rhythms. As leaders, we often forget this. Do you exercise every day? At the same time? Are weekly management meetings held consistently at the same time? You must take an active role in finding and building the rhythm that works for you and your business. Everyone around you will fall into rhythm when you show the way.


I spent a recent weekend skiing with my wife Karalee, our daughter Jocelyn, and her fiancé Daniel. We had a fabulous day up at Whistler, BC, visiting on the two-hour drive there and back, taking on the slopes, and challenging each other to try some new runs. I need to make a focused effort to recharge myself, especially as I get ready to launch Wind In Your Sails. Find the things that recharge you. Then make the commitment to get out and do those things.

 Ideal Day

For years I had been unconsciously practicing my ideal day. Then I read about Jason Womack and his idea of an ideal day. Since then I have made a point of writing down the things that make an ideal day for me. I make sure that elements of my ideal day are put into every one of my days.

 Celebrate the Wins

As a high performing individual, I tend to dive into the next challenge. As do the people who work with me. I’ve learned that by starting my week by writing down the wins from my previous week I create positive psychology for myself. As Shawn Achor writes in The Happiness Advantage that increases success for me and those around me.

I started this post with John’s reminder that as leaders we are often unconscious about how we show up every day. If you want different results, you have to show up differently. In Wind In Your Sails, I write about being in rhythm, recharging, living your ideal day, celebrating the wins, and more ways on how you can show up differently to accelerate your growth.


Here’s some more information and a picture of David … you might have guessed his photo would have a water background:)


David is the catalyst who gets you to fully live your dreams now. After time with him you feel equally scared and hopeful. Scared at the audacity of your dreams and hopeful because you have someone in your corner with the experience and desire to see your dreams become real.

Spend one hour reading his book, attend a one hour talk with him, or get one hour of 1-to-1 coaching and you will have 3 concrete action items that will shift and accelerate your business within 90 days.

David and his wife Karalee are committed to each other and their three children, spending time supporting them in the many and varied activities they are involved with. They live in Vancouver, Canada.


Status Symbols …

Sport Car“Status Symbol:  What your neighbor has two of and you don’t have one of.”

Author:  Unknown but astute

Well, most of us are familiar with the creeping sense of envy that comes from someone else having something we do not have.   Interesting that when we see someone else with something we do not have, we often then want that thing … regardless of other logic about whether we need that thing.

Entire industries depend on this very human foible … a notable example being the consumer electronics folks, who love to come up with something we did not know we wanted until we saw the ads and inhaled their heady promises of paradise reached.

This applies pretty much the same to work situations, life style choices, and all that stuff on the Wheel of Life.  It’s not just about way smarter and bendable smartphones or ever-lighter laptop/tablet/combos. 

You may be holding on to career and work-life goals simply because you see others who have attained those goals. You may engage in behaviors and have aspirations because you believe you are supposed to do or want them?  

Maybe you have trouble clearly delineating your authentic hopes and dreams, because you allow what others hope, dream, and do to sway your thinking.

So the questions to ponder today are simple:

What are you lusting after because someone else has it?

Why are you doing this to yourself?

What could you do instead?

Wondering how to get hold of the latest and greatest portable electronic communications device in the Heartland ….


Image:  From Morguefile.com and in no way representative of the author’s dreams or desires … I’d want one in electric blue, for goodness’ sake.

What Was I Saying? …

Focus“The surest way to remember something is to try to forget it.”

via Anonymous, who sure has a lot to say about things

Interesting, isn’t it? … We want to forget something, so we try very hard to not think about it.

This, of course, results in us focusing on the thing we want to forget even more than we probably were before.

Focus creates learning and our brains record what we focus on.

So, following this logic, the only real way to forget something is to not think about it.  Try that and see how it works:).  Personally, I’ve always found trying not to think about something to be a sure-fire way to think about it.

The very act of trying not to think about a thing makes us think about it.

Some better options:

1)  Deal with whatever you would rather forget – take away its power to engage you.

2)  Get real busy doing something you love.  Distraction is a sure path to forgetting.

3)  Learn to live with memories … they are not real, just thoughts.

For a more in-depth and probably more valid discussion of remembering and forgetting, check this link:  Eight Ways to Remember Anything

In the meanwhile, I’ll be trying to forget something (what it is slips my mind at the moment) in the Heartland …