Inspiration vs. Desperation?

The times I get the most done, cross things off my “To Do” list, come from inspiration, not desperation. Inspiration is what drives us, gives us energy. It is why we get up early in the morning and work out, arrive first to work, and focus our energies at the task on hand. Some say…

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3 Away From the Truth

I have been told that we are three to seven answers away from the truth by multiple individuals who work in sales. However, I take this one step farther, not only in sales, but in life and in situations where we want to say “No” but can’t. Here is my process for saying “No:” #1…

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Please Don’t Erase

I presented “Smash the Box” (Video Clip-Chad in “Smash the Box”) two weeks ago in Columbus, Ohio and during the presentation I showed an image of a whiteboard from a company called, IDEO. At the bottom of their whiteboard they have the words, “please don’t erase.” IDEO is a design and consulting firm that is…

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Bushes, Trees, and Groundhogs

I went for a jog Monday afternoon, and as I was stretching, I realized how little I am actually in the moment. As I started running I tried to focus on my environment and surroundings and not think about the past or the future. Every two minutes I would think about the future which included…

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Integrity

I attended a Christian business group two weeks ago and one of the members in the group is a general contractor who was struggling with a personal issue. He told us that he is working on a house and one of his suppliers offered him a pallet of bricks at a discounted rate if he…

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Expand Your Tent

Expansion, expansion, expansion… Isn’t that what it is all about, expanding, conquering, and growing? Whether we own, work for, or manage a business we all want to expand our presence, our market share and move up the corporate ladder. When I started my acting studio Broadway2LA that was my thinking, I wanted to expand, and…

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Turn the Page

We all have that page that is extremely difficult to turn in life, that weighs us down, and is left open. The page we can’t turn includes our regrets, and more specifically, the memory with the most guilt. The more guilt we have associated with a memory the harder it is to turn that page….

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Super Objectives

In the world of acting, knowing what your character wants (objective) is crucial when preparing a role. A character’s actions will align with their objectives, whatever their wants and needs are, their actions will follow. This holds true not only in the craft of acting, but in life. I met an individual last week who…

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Capacity: Mental/ Physical/ Emotional

Recently, I heard a football coach talks about his players’ mental and physical capacity this off-season and how much more they can handle this year as compared to prior years. He went on to say that the higher one’s capacity the better the performance on and off the field for his student athletes. Capacity can…

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Upstage or Downstage?

The majority of my actors when performing want to perform as far back as possible (upstage) to hide and feel safe. I am constantly asking my actors to perform downstage and be closer to the audience. I have observed over the years the actors who perform downstage lack self-confidence and have trouble communicating clearly and…

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In Quickness Is Truth

I was reading excerpts from Ray Bradbury’s book “Zen in the Art of Writing” and he has a principle which he states: “In quickness is truth.” I write a weekly blog and the most effective blogs I write are without hesitation. I have found that the more I delay when I am writing the less…

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Solving Problems

Doctors solve our health problems, lawyers solve our legal problems, counselors help solve mental problems, and leaders solve problems at work. If we re-frame our thinking and seek to solve problems rather than report them we will be seen in a different light. I have had to shift my thinking on problem solving in that…

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