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Start Where You Are

I was reading an Arthur Ashe quote on twitter the other day and it stuck with me. I had read the quote many times and I have tweeted it out myself too. This time was different. The quote was embedded in a picture of a small purple flower growing out of a crack in an asphalt parking lot. The plant even though contained by its growing conditions look lush and thriving.  I have been thinking about that picture everyday since I have seen it. The seed that that plant grew from did not think; “I would be better off if I were in a flower pot.” It just started where it was and made the most of its opportunity and it became I thriving plant.

That plant gives me something to think about when things are not going right for me. Here is the Arthur Ashe quote: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

How are you going to be like that plant today?





How To Stay Positive During A Job Search

Recently I was told that my department was no longer going to be doing its work in-house and that it would be jobbed out.  For the first time in a long time I had to actively look for a job. I am going to share with you three things that I do to keep myself positive during this process.

First: Face Your Problem. Winston Churchill once said: “One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you reduce the danger by half.  Never run away from anything. Never!” Own up to the fact that you have to look for a job.  No one likes looking for a job. But now you have too.

Second: Do something everyday that moves you closer to your next position. Nothing fights anxiety like action. Take some action everyday. It does not have to be major. Register for a company’s talent network. Send a resume to a company that may not be hiring. Or, go to a networking event.

Third: Eliminate Don’t, not and no from your self talk.  Frame everything as a positive experience. It is ok if you did not get the job because the correct job is waiting for you.

Try these and other methods and you can turn a rough experience in to something nthat you can benefit from.




You Are A Finisher!!!!

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

This is my first blog on the subject of “participation” awards.  I suspect that I will have many more because I have several ideas on this subject.  I have participated in many 5K, 10K, and other runs as part of my fitness plan.  Many of these runs give medals to all who complete the run.  I also have earned many medals for finishing first. second, or third in my age group.  Often people will give you praise for one of the medals that I have for finishing in the top three and say nothing about the others. I have heard from people that they were “put down” for getting their “participation” medals.  Their lots of reasons that this thinking is wrong.  I will deal with three of them here:

First, I truly believe that the only competition that you have is with your last performance. If you are running a race, then your competition is your last race. If you are working, then your competition might be having better quality than you did on a previous project. Either way you deserve to be rewarded for improvement.

Second, success breeds success. How we talk to ourselves is so very important.  Once you show yourself that you can hit a goal in one endeavor, it will give you confidence in other endeavors.

Third, you have done something that people often find difficult to do.  You finished something.  You set out to do something, and then you did it.  This is also evidence to yourself that you finish what you start.  Even if it is difficult.

Next time that you receive a medal, a ribbon, or a certificate for finishing something give it and yourself the respect that you and the award deserve.




Find Your Rutabaga!!

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

I like to try new foods from time to time and recently I bought my first rutabaga to prepare and to eat. I had been meaning to try a rutabaga for some time because I had read that they are low in calories, a great source of antioxidants, and much more. I consulted a local green grocer as to preparation.  He said; “You can cook it any way that you cook a potato.” I got excited.

I look up specifics for the preparation of my rutabaga. I chose to fry it like one may fry a potato. I took the rutabaga and cut it in to wedge shapes.  I then used a pairing knife to remove the skin of the rutabaga.  Once the skin was gone I cut the wedges in to small rectangles and placed them in to a frying pan with some coconut oil.  I fried the pieces until they were a little soft then I put them on my plate.

It tastes like chicken…just kidding. It has a mild sweet taste that has a sense of cabbage and brussels sprouts.  I used no butter or seasonings.  It was a nice change of pace.

But this is where I found some benefits of rutabagas that were not on any of the nutrition sites that I visited. First, they make you more interesting.  Yes, this came as a complete surprise to me.  Even though I have seen rutabagas in stores for some time, I have yet to run in to anyone that had actually eaten one. Everyone that I mentioned my dinner to wanted to hear more about rutabagas. Second, they can make you smarter. Because people were so interested in rutabagas I had to do research to answer their questions about its history, nutrition value, and preparation. But what I really discovered was that rutabagas are just a metaphor for stretching yourself. So I challenge you to Find Your Rutabaga.




“Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.” Robert Kiyosaki

It is the new year and I am faced with a dilemma.  I have a stretch fitness goal for the year, but it is my Father’s 80th birthday.  And for that 80th birthday we were to celebrate it a a local restaurant known for great food, and to top it off it is all you can eat with them constantly bring food to your table.

My calorie goal for the day was destroyed. Not only that but the food I was eating was not particularly healthy food either. At this point it is easy to drop the resolution to get “shredded” by summer.

I took that one day of failure and I put it behind me.  Starting the next day I got back to healthy, mindful eating.  I know that there will be other days that I will have similar calorie issues.  However, each time you overcome a failure or a set back you prove to yourself that you are the master desires, and your desires do not master you.


“In the dim background of our mind, we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.” -William James

Today I start my New Year with many plans.  Among my plans are to document my progress in this blog. I have gained much of the weight that I have lost in the past and I will attack my weight gain this year by a combination of exercise, nutrition, and philosophy.  I will also improve my physical and my mental fitness too.  I will be trying some outside-of-the-box methods to achieve this and i will let you know my progress.  I will start my posts with a motivational quote.  I will try to implement SCRUM to achieve results.  And I will reveal thoughts about by methods.  I hope that you find these posts helpful in whatever journey that you are on.