“I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.”      Lou Holtz Do you believe there is anything special about the number 3?  Some say it is magical. Others suggest a spiritual connection. Even if you find nothing special about the number 3, you are aware of frequent references to it. Here are some examples: Mind, body and spirit The Wizard of Oz movie themes: Brains, Courage and Heart Earth, wind and fire Three-legged stool of a … [Read more...]


“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” Robin Sharma I am a business owner. You are a business owner. Yes, all of the readers of this newsletter are business owners. And the one business that all of us own is the business of our personal life. It is the most important business you will ever own. Because of this truth, business articles that are written for business owners, also … [Read more...]

Behavior Modification

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  Sir Winston Churchill Identification of costly behavior is one of the topics in our meeting. The ideas expressed on how to do this are really good. One committee member states the obvious; “If we identify the costly behavior without any effort to change that conduct, we are left with the potential for costly incidents.”  Two other staffers express the need to have ‘buy-in’ from all team members. With similar thoughts, another member … [Read more...]

Real Rest

Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective. Doe Zantamata “Alright, let’s go walk on the pier,” my wife announces. It is late in the afternoon. Our Australian Labradoodle, River – who completely understands southern drawl  English—is already up and jumping like crazy at the door!  One of his favorite things to do is to walk on our 960-foot pier that protrudes over the wetlands, ending at Alligator Bayou. The attraction is the marshland, with its distinctive smell and its … [Read more...]

Ten Words

“Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking tartar sauce with you.”     Zig Ziglar Standing at the end of the long hallway – the entrance to the kitchen where my mom is busy cooking – I point one finger in the air, and with great confidence, shout the 10 words that will forever change my life. I have decided that I am going to accomplish a special goal today. It is unlikely (I am only 10 years old). The odds are greatly against me. Even some of the most renown … [Read more...]

Squeezed for Time

“I am definitely going to take a course on time management. . . just as soon as I can work it into my schedule.”       Louis E. Boone How do you manage your time? Do you have a strategy? Maybe a tactic or two? I would love to hear your ideas on this subject. Here are some ‘best practices’ that have helped me over the years.  I continue to employ each of these tactics. Plan tomorrow today Before you go to sleep, pinpoint the three most important tasks or activities you need to … [Read more...]


“My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry ‘till a more convenient season.”     Mary Todd Lincoln “Someday when I grow up, finish school and get a job, I’ll start living my life the way I want . . . someday after the mortgage is paid off, the finances are on track and the kids are grown up, I’ll drive that new car and take exciting trips abroad . . . someday, now that I’m about to retire, I’ll buy that beautiful motor home and travel across this great country, and see all there … [Read more...]


“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napoleon Hill Is it possible to learn something about goals on Facebook? Here is a recent post by cousin-in-law, Romona Leslie: “So today I'm starting my 3-month challenge to do 200 miles either walking, elliptical biking, treadmill or just the elliptical before my 5 yr. appointment with my back doctor in Oct.! Today, so far, I've already finished 7.75 miles! It's one day at a time that finishes the race!! I'm posting this for myself to stay accountable!! … [Read more...]

Small Steps

“. . . A journey of a thousand miles must begin with one single step.” Lao Tzu My wife Carol and her cousin-in-law, Romona, are discussing the subject of steps.  This conversation – about the total number of physical steps made during the day – is actually a dialogue that occurs often when visiting our beach condo which is less than 100 feet from where our cousins live.  Such close proximity provides an opportunity for frequent chats between these two ladies of kindred spirit. In some of … [Read more...]


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”   Aristotle How you handle the first hour of your day may in part be affected by whether you are a ‘morning person.’  After living most of my life with my wife Carol, I do recognize that some folks wake up at a more moderate pace than others. My wife does indeed fit the description of the ‘unhurried starter.’ Recognizing this fact, I have adjusted my early morning interaction with her. Less is more when it comes to … [Read more...]