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An Early Lesson in Goal Setting

My first experience with goal setting (that I can remember anyway) came from my piano teacher, Mrs. Hunt.  At the age of 6, I was pretty overwhelmed when she said I would have to perform “Water Sprites” in my first recital without using any music.  How would I ever be able to memorize the music?  “You don’t have to memorize it all in one day,” she explained to me.  Her plan was for me to memorize only a few measures each week. Early on I  ...

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Reflecting on Good Friday

Several years ago, I came across this reading by Max Lucado.  It has become a tradition for me now, to read it on the Eve of Good Friday to remind myself that although Jesus was fully God, He was also fully man. He felt pain, betrayal, grief, doubt and all of the other emotions that we humans experience.  I love how Max Lucado describes what Jesus might have been thinking as He left the Carpentry Shop at the age of 30 and began His journey  ...

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5 Ways To Lead Teams Effectively

Back in my college days, I was introduced to Abraham Maslow thanks to Dr. Gast, my Educational Psychology Professor. Maslow studied what motivates human behavior and observed that we are all ‘needs junkies.” Once we have fulfilled one need, we move on to the next one. Our basic need begins with food and water and then moves on to feeling safe, belonging, making a difference, being recognized and finally, leaving a legacy. What does that mean  ...