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June 30, 2016

Being Consistent

In last month's blog we examined consistency. We pointed out that there is no such thing as “very consistent.” Consistency is all or nothing. You are either consistent, or you are inconsistent.

Being consistent lays the foundation for “meaning business.” If your mindset is “wishy-washy,” you haven’t a chance.

We also learned in the previous segment that consistency is tied to our cla...

May 10, 2016

“No Means No”

How do you say “no” and make it stick? We would do well to take a lesson from my mom.


My mom meant business. She had been an elementary teacher for many years, and a very good one, no doubt. But I could be as willful as any other little kid and could wheedle with the best of them. My mom referred to any such arguing or wheedling as “yammering.”


Early in life, I learned two iron-clad r...

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