Why So Negative?

Banish NegativityThe world is full of challenges. So is your company and your job. The news is laden with ten negative stories to every one positive story.

One of my favorite affirmation from Huffington Post’s 35 life-changing affirmations is:

I am superior to negative thoughts

Read all 35 affirmations here.

Entertaining the negativity only fuels gloomy and despair.

Positivity can also spread like wildfire – if someone just creates that first spark though.

So TODAY, let’s go be:

  • Awesome
  • Fun-loving
  • Happy
  • Productive
  • Compassionate
  • Understanding
  • Forgiving

Lukas Graham says it best in his song 7 Years

I only see my goals, I don’t believe in failure
‘Cause I know the smallest voices, they can make it major

Have a good, great, terrific, outstanding, and amazing day!



2014 Bucket List

It’s been said that “40 is the new 30”. Well in the year I turn 40 I’ve decided on 30 things to accomplish on my 2014 Bucket List. This is my third consecutive year creating an annual Bucket List and by far my most aggressive. The biggest goal is to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and watch a USA match; a lofty goal considering I don’t yet have game tickets or flights yet.

It’s Go! Time. Let’s make 2014 the best year possible:

1.       Be more positive, more optimistic

2.       Try something new (a new food, a new sport, a new activity)

3.       Cut out all soda for 4 months

4.       Get down to 200 lbs

5.       Play in a sports league

6.       Run the Dirty Dash

7.       Get off automatic mode and go manual with my Nikon

8.       Capture a “Wow!” picture

9.       Finish the family room in the basement

10.   Fly kites with the kids

11.   Go camping with the family

12.   2 Getaways with my wife

13.   Go to the beach

14.   Go Ice Fishing

15.   Take my kids fishing (x3)

16.   Go horseback riding

17.   Visit someplace new  

18.   Go to Brazil

19.   Attend 2014 World Cup US Men’s National game

20.   Attend USA Sevens Rugby Tournament in Las Vegas

21.   Take a Hike – above 10,000 feet  

22.   25 Blog Posts, including 4 video posts

23.   Register a domain name

24.   Reach 100 blog followers

25.   Reach 500 Twitter followers

26.   Attend a marketing or sales conference

27.   Actually read 4 books

28.   Listen to 12 audio books

29.   Attend 1 Networking Event per quarter

30.   Schedule a 1-on-1 lunch once per quarter with a past colleague