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Think like you mean it

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There are a million+ excuses why i haven’t begun writing the first of seven Disney books.

 

The Internet is full of excuses, although it’s unlikely any of us would need help creating a long list.

Excuses will remain until we confess our undeniable purpose in life.

And if we don’t know what that is, we need to find out.

Live like you mean it.

Note: As an adult, we don’t need to do anything we don’t want to. Dangerous to have so much power over our thoughts. Things changed for me when i saw the trap i created by thinking like that. Nearing my 40th birthday (1999) i began .thinking .differently

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our mental attitude. To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s physical health website, click here.

 

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The goal of a Disney Conference Keynote Speaker

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2013, my 29th of 30+ incredible years at Disney.

 

The goal of a Disney Conference Keynote Speaker is the same as every other motivational speaker.

Ensure that your client feels like they got more than they paid for.

And perhaps every professional speaker dreams of generating a standing ovation.

The reasons for standing ovations are not selfish or egotistical, or at least they shouldn’t be. The reason a standing “O” is a logical speaker goal is self-evident. People are moved.

i only stand up for a speaker if they’ve moved me in a way that my only natural response when they are done is overwhelming gratitude.

The easiest way to say thanks for a speech like that is to simply stand while you applaud.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our mental attitude. To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s physical health website, click here.

 

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It’s not about the money, even when the money is great

Refundable airfare rules
Our life is not eligible for a refund.

 

Sunset at Epcot with Monorail
Our days come to an end one at a time.

 

A great friend shared this yesterday:

“My 21-year old cousin had just been in a motorcycle accident and died twice on the table, but he miraculously made it. Then i get the invitation from you…everyone was happy at your retirement party. A few days later at my company’s (near Disney World, Time Share, obsessively money and numbers driven culture) quarterly breakfast celebration, no one was happy. That’s when it hit me that it’s not about the money.”

A blinding flash of the obvious only becomes obvious well into our life, usually decades into it.

The temptation is to rationalize that it’s too late to transform.

At 13 years his senior, was honored that he thought i could offer sound perspective and wisdom.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our mental attitude. To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s physical health website, click here.

 

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Unencumbered

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One of the last photos i took last night.

 

Unencumbered

This is my word for 2016.

For 2015 it was…

Lean

A single word, the right word, has the power to transform people.

And if not people, it can still transform one.

Note: Lean wasn’t about body weight, it was and still is about everything in our life being lean. Minimalistic is the next closest word, however, it didn’t resonate as well personally.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since. This website is about our mental attitude.

 

To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s physical health website, click here.

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Pushing every single day to move an inch

Florida Sand Hill Cranes
Yesterday: Nature is a great teacher in understanding how life is taken one day at a time.

 

How do we push every single day to move an inch? Can our mental attitude continue to grow through midlife and beyond?

In our youth, growth was literally unstoppable. We physically developed one day at a time for the first 18-21 years. Then things began to slow dramatically. This is the nature of living things. Birth. Growth. Reproduction. Decline. Death.

The physical manifestation of this metaphor is easy to visualize.

But what about growing a teen’s attitude about self-confidence, risk-taking, and personal responsibility?

The ninth-grader’s Math teacher shared last night that for the past two days, the 15-year old has chosen a different seat, and, has spoken up, publicly, twice in one class.

The milestone was on the first day he sat differently. We talked about it for weeks. Finally found a way to make it compelling. This seemingly insignificant act could be the catalyst for his transformation.

This story makes me wonder what this means to any of us, as 30, 40, and 50 year olds.

 

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