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Failure

I wanted to tell you what I have learned about failure. My greatest life lessons have been through failure.

Each failure is painful.
Each failure brings some negative feelings. Let’s be honest, it sucks to fail.

I remember a failure that rattled me a few years back when I failed the Defense...

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At Dawn

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work—as a human being.

What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for—the things I was brought into the world to do?

Or is this what I was created for?

To huddle...

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Develop A Plan For Happiness

I was invited to the "Graduate Warriors" Radio broadcast where Wileen Becker and I talked about developing a plan for happiness.

Happiness doesn't just fall into your lap.

I look back at periods in my life where I was unhappy and miserable.

I was doing the wrong things. I was with the wrong...

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Someday. The Day that Never Comes.

Some day, when I have the time, I’m going to ...

Some day, when I have the money, I’m going to ...

Have you ever said that?

“Some day ... ” It’s a way we have of reinforcing the illusion that the future is safely far removed, that it doesn’t really touch us.

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The Perfectly Organized Coward

I would rather be a hot mess of BOLD ACTION taking than a perfectly organized coward. For so much of my life I feared taking action because I felt things had to be perfect. I used to be a perfectionist when working on a project or a task because I want to do things with excellence. What I...

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The “Do Hard Things” Podcast has launched!

I am so excited to announce that the "Do Hard Things" Podcast just went live! This has been something I have thought about for a long time and I finally decided to go for it. What took me so long? Like so many people we have self doubt and fear that keeps us from doing things and I am no...

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Some Recommendations

I hope this blog finds you well. As I write this I just finished the entire #livehard program last week, had a medical procedure that went well, and I am on day 34 of my running streak despite a nagging left ankle injury from a silly bathtub incident. I am always really interested in...

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I am quitting…

I am quitting.  I am quitting the Army, after 25 years of service.  I have always joked with my Soldier over the years when they talk about getting out of the Army to “Never quit the Army” which always gets a good laugh.  In all reality, everyone that serves...

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Strengthen Your House

I hope this blog finds you well. This is a big week for our country and tension is certainly high. I want you to aware of the amount of news and social media you are consuming and consider this: Don't bring that political drama into your home. It won't serve your family.

There is almost nothing in...

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Promotion to Major

Well, the Army must be in a state of desperation because I made the promotion list to Major. (I don't get promoted today, but it is imminent) It's bittersweet as I sit here working on my retirement packet.

My career has been unusual. I enlisted when I was 17 in the Missouri Army National...

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Current Situation: 12JAN21

I thought I'd share a little about my current situation: what I am reading, working on and just thoughts of life in general. I am trying to stay focused and in a positive frame of mind given all that is going on in the world. It is a challenging time but one thing that keeps me focused is...

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2021 Goals

2020 is finally over! 2021 is finally here!  Another year has come and gone and what a year it was. So much uncertainty and negativity.  In some aspects it was great as I felt things slowed down and I was better able to connect with my daughters.  In other aspects it was...

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