World record telephone call yesterday

Fearless sign
University of Maryland airport advertisement a few days ago.


It started while i was biking (for an hour) home from the gym.

It morphed into a world record telephone call yesterday.

Five hours.

With whom?

A college roommate from 1978-79.

i was a sophomore and Larry was a Junior.

Obviously we talked about many things…and while i explained the gist of my book, this gem surfaced as i revealed how having a 10-year deadline changed everything. A definitive deadline…

Neutralizes excuses. Accelerates decisions.




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.


Living in two places is an extraordinarily different experience

Clock on the wall


(photo: From last night in our Church’s PREP Class office. Who has time to read five daily blogs about balance?)

Heading to Texas on a business trip in an hour and taking our son (14). Have promised to do this on a regular basis and but it has never happened.




But not too busy or too distracted to write five daily, differently-themed blog posts about life’s big choices.

And yes, even though this is being written on September 17, am fully aware that yesterday was Christmas day (when this goes live on Dec 26).

To live in two places (now and the future) is an extraordinarily different experience than just living in one.

Another experiment the final week in 2014…

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Every morning jeff writes five different, short, and pithy posts about the challenging and wonderful balance between:

mind • body • spirit • work • home

All five websites are seamlessly connected by a convenient and easy to click link to go to the next topic.

Try it below if you never done it, or if it’s been awhile.

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The biggest lesson we teach others is our daily routine

Basketball backboard in American Airlines Arena
We miss 100% of the shots we don’t take. And it’s a mystery why we don’t take more shots.


The biggest lesson we teach others is simply the daily routine we lead.

Facebook is filled with inspirational quotes.

Our lives should be a reflection of our aspirations. No?

And we could even go as far as saying it’s littered with inspiration.

And a simple question screams to be asked:

What are we actually doing as a result of reading this daily inspiration to change ourselves?

So much aspiration.

So few results.


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Ever take a trip back to today?

blog experimentation
Experimenting with the side columns and everything else too.

Is today May 4th or February 4th? Actually, it’s both. Have you ever gone back to today? Stay with me here… Day in, day out, you do what you do plus you have the opportunity to creatively be better at it. Or not.

I blog. A lot. Daily. Five different blogs. You get that (I know). Ever wonder how I’ve been able to not miss a day in over three years – all five blogs, 1129 days in a row?

Today is actually February 4, Cheryl’s birthday. This post will go public in 90 days (today, May 4). Confusing? It’s an experiment. A mindset. To try to become better at what I do.

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Mid Life Rear View Mirror

Get A Grip & Be Prepared
Get A Grip & Be Prepared

Ever wonder how you’ll handle all of the challenges you face today?

And let’s suppose we actually do get a handle on our overwhelming challenges, then what?

What are the odds that we’ll be overwhelmed again soon?

Maybe I should go back to drinking everyday.  After a few drinks, we are medicated enough to stop worrying about today – it can wait until tomorrow.  That’s a nice relief – no more worry today.

But it mostly can’t wait.  If we do wait, more stuff is added to our “pile”.

Then we reach for our “midlife medication”.

Why we fail to look in the rear view mirror and see what is coming is beyond me.

Well, it used to be beyond me. Now, it’s staring me in the face. Every day.

It’s a ton of work, but at least I’m being honest with myself.

Talk about mid-life peace of mind.

Well, not talk. Do.