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Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted

I remember many times in my life when I felt out of place, like I did not belong, like I was not where I was meant to be. When I was young, it seemed like I could not grow up fast enough. I wanted to be an adult, on my own, working and earning my…

Running Out of Time

We Are All Running Out of Time

I just realized I turn 55 this summer. I sort of forgot how old I am because I feel like I am still 24. But 55…milestone numbers remind me of my actual age. When I think of the time I have left, I realize I do not have time to doubt myself. I have too…

Lead from Where You Are

Lead from Where You Are

I used to think that only people in “real” positions of leadership were qualified to be leaders. In fact, I believed this for many years of my adult working life. It took two events that occurred about 10 years ago to get me to think differently about the concept of leadership. First, we started looking…

Confidence Thinking

Where Does Confidence Come From?

It never ceases to amaze me how differently everyone’s minds work. What might have one person ruminating for days might simply be shrugged off by another. The ability to choose what to think about and focus on is such a cool gift for humans. How do you think about the experiences in your life? What…

Habits

Are You Interested or Committed?

When you think about a goal you set, a project you are working on, or a class you are taking, are you interested in it or committed to it? There is a difference. Interest can be fleeting, but commitment is real. Commitment takes time and dedication. Right now, you are 100 percent disciplined and committed…

Hard Work

Life Is Not Fair

I have been teaching public speaking at Georgia Southern University for a few years, and about six weeks into every semester, I send my students a Google form, asking them to evaluate the semester thus far. It helps me gauge how the course is progressing and whether students have any suggestions for how we might…

Wicked

Life Is Your Stage

When Ed and I were in London a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to see the show Wicked. Every time I see it, I think Popular is my favorite song, but then they do Defying Gravity, and I almost lose it. Then towards the end, they perform For Good, and I actually do…

Jacqueline in Oxford

What Are You Capable Of?

Ed and I recently returned from visiting our daughter, Jacqueline, in England, where she is studying for a semester at Oxford University. I am so happy that she has this opportunity to learn, grow, and travel, but most of all, I am happy she has the opportunity to see what she is capable of on…

Get To or Got To Question Marks

Get To or Got To?

How many times have you said the phrase, “I’ve got to…” I’ve got to go to work. I’ve got to go to the grocery store. I’ve got to go to the gym. What if you changed it to I get to? I get to go to work. I get to go to the grocery store.…

Extra

Extraordinary

Words have always intrigued me. I love to read and write, and whenever I am writing, I try to choose the exact right word for the circumstance. Take the word extraordinary, for example. I cannot remember exactly when I discovered this, but extraordinary is actually two words—extra and ordinary. What a revelation it was when…