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Danger in the Comfort Zone

Comfort zones are interesting things. They can be an indication of mastery, such as when we feel most ourselves and are working in our wheelhouse. They can also represent something totally different, such as fear of change, avoidance of potential failure, simple complacency, and even laziness....
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5 Reasons Business Owners Like You Make Best Year Yet Plans

Here is something to think about: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today? ~ Steve Jobs Too often we spend a good chunk of our lives doing things we don’t want to do because we think we don’t have a choice ~ particularly as a business owner. I lived the early part of my life certain I was stuck and as a result felt a deep sense of disappointment, covered by the peanut butter of “I’m fine ~ how about you?” But 37 years ago when I made my first Best ...
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Changing the Game

There is a new documentary out about legendary television producer Norman Lear called Just Another Version of You. With a legacy including such innovative television shows as Maude, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Sanford and Son, and Good Times, Lear is enjoying some well-earned attention for his work. The 93-year-old has also been on numerous social hit lists, received the National Medal of Honor, made money, lost money, and even found and purchased an original copy of ...
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Escaping the Cage

  Recently, I heard a story about a beautiful tiger who had been rescued from a lifetime in a roadside zoo, finally escaping the cage. The tiger had been there since birth and didn’t know anything about life outside those bars. She spent her days anxiously pacing back and forth along a 12 ft. wall, looking out the bars into the faces of people who were looking back at her....
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Gratitude For What Isn't

In this Thanksgiving season, I am reflecting on the many facets of gratitude, which is getting ever more attention in the media for benefits far beyond a few moments of feeling good. Psychology Today reports that gratitude can increase energy, optimism and empathy, leading to a more fulfilling life. NPR recently produced a story that said gratitude may reduce the risk of heart disease. Other benefits being reported include reduced stress, more enjoyment of life and, according to Forbes ...
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Are Your Dreams Too Big?

  One question I get asked a lot is how to set the right goals. People worry that they aren’t being realistic when they let themselves dream or that they might be setting goals that are way too big to achieve – all of which begs the question, “What dreams are too big to be realistic?” As with most things, the answer to this question comes down to how important your dream is to you. The bigger the dream, the more dedication it may take. Does that keep you from setting big goals or inspire you to ...
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Save a Life Today - Your Own

My partner has a saying that helps me keep myself from getting caught up in the stress, drama and weighty-ness of work situations – “We’re not saving lives here.” It’s a great reminder that I don’t need to put too much stress on myself over the little things. Since I have stepped into my role at Best Year Yet®, I have a different perspective on that saying....
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