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Don’t Give Up

Sometimes it takes courage. Courage, persistence and determination that I couldn’t have imagined that I would have to muster in order to keep moving forward.  Progression, with enthusiasm, can be exhausting. Don’t give up.

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill

Productivity Process and Tools

This week at C7group we spent a bit of time thinking about how David Allen’s system and principles coordinate with our project management, customer relationship management and document sharing. We mapped our tools to our favorite system for managing incoming information and processing it. Continue Reading…

Meditate, Pray and Visualize

Visualize and Meditate your goals

During this season, with Thanksgiving upon us, I’m especially grateful for the support of good friends. Life these past months has been a flurry of activity. Sometimes that activity has been connected to goals and appropriate vision. Often it has felt like I’ve been bounced or yanked from one thing to the next with the stress of what “I’m not getting to,” or what  “I’m not doing enough of,” in order to meet the expectations of others (and sometimes my own.) In the midst of a marketing strategy discussion with good friend, Lori Saitz, she could tell that I and our team were stressed. [Lori is a pro at helping business improve customer experience, market strategically and increase client loyalty.  She knows how to get things done efficiently with a sense of humor and fun] Shortly thereafter, I received the following from Lori:

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TEDxNextGenerationAsheville – Birke Baehr – “What’s Wrong With Our Food System”

I’m a big fan of TEDx as an inspiration and a movement.  It’s awesome to see the interest in sharing such powerful ideas.  This recent video from a youth focused TEDx event in Asheville, North Carolina features 11 year old Birke Baehr.  He’ll make you reconsider your diet!


Protect Your Dream

Funny that a friend, one that doesn’t know me so well, thought to post this short video clip on my Facebook wall.  Awesome scene.  Even better message.

“The Pursuit of Happyness” is one of my favorite films. Will Smith is a REAL actor and Gabriele Muccino is a wonderful Director – they did “Seven Pounds” together too.


Great Mindmap of Steven Covey’s Effectiveness Quadrants

I like mindmaps and mind mapping tools [Mindmeister is a good one]. It's a natural fit for those like me with a lifehacker bent. This mindmap is of particular note, though, as it's a real user tool (perhaps as a desktop background) for managing your time effectively.

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Keith Ferrazzi launch of “Who’s Got Your Back” at Arianna Huffington’s home

We’re proud to be associated with such a powerful message.  Who’s got your back is not just some new flavor of the month self-help book.  Our connectedness to others that are not just telling us what we want to hear, but instead telling us what we need to hear has been lacking.  This is the beginning of an amazing change for those willing to embrace what it means to have true lifelines and to be a lifeline to others.

Great grandmothers: inspiration and spiritual leaders

What a great inspirational story from CBS News Sunday Morning.  You are never too old.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Achieve Victory With Heart

 Character, selflessness and focus
are the reasons
that the Pittsburgh Steelers are Super Bowl Champions. 
Steelers Super Bowl XLIII super-bowl-trophy

Coach Tomlin:

“…The standard is the standard. We don’t choose to point fingers. We
stay humble in times of excellence, and achievements individually are part of a team. By the same token we don’t point the fingers as members of the team. The issue has been, is and hopefully will continue to be winning in this game indefinitely for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s where the focus is. We care less how others may judge portions of our football team or portions of our football game and are more concerned about the final outcome, which is having one more point than our opponent…”
 

Rabbi Yossi – Jump Higher

I had a great meeting last week with Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum, founder of Chabad Jewish Community Center of Folsom. His story is inspiring:

Rabbi Yossi was born and raised in a family of Chabad emissaries in the vibrant and friendly Jewish community of Melbourne, Australia.  He attended Yeshiva College (Melbourne) for his Elementary & High School education, and later continued his studies at the Educational Institute Oholei Torah in Brooklyn, NY. In 2001, he was chosen as a Yeshiva exchange student and sent for two years to Toronto, Canada. Upon completion of his studies in 2004, he received his Rabbinic Ordination from the Central Lubavitcher Yeshiva in New York. Ever the trail-blazer, Rabbi Yossi, was the founding director of the highly successful Student Outreach Organization of the Yeshiva Lubavitch in Toronto.”

Our conversation was about staying the course through difficult challenges.  Many of us are facing tough economic times.  This means not having enough money to pay all your bills, right?  Or, spending your savings on groceries instead of keeping it for retirement. I know my family is in a tough bind. Maintaining our belief that we’ll still accomplish great things and overcome obstacles is hard.

Rabbi Yossi reminded me of a concept similar to the old addage, its darkest before the dawn.  I couldn’t find it in hebrew, however, he explained that a more effective jump is always produced when starting from a crouching position.  Historically, great discoveries and terrific achievements often occur just beyond decline and struggle.

Here’s hoping…
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