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John Fagan

“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” - Marcus Aurelius Let’s talk about fear. Fear is real. Whether it’s fear of spiders, fear of upsetting off your wife, fear of where your next meal is going to come from, fear of being ridiculed – fear is real. Fear can be completely debilitating. For me; it’s ‘paralysis by analysis’. Seriously, I will research the heck out something. Get all the information that is available. And then…..I will freeze! I start thinking:...

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Grit. It’s a Buzz Word right now…and rightfully so! Angela Duckworth, the author of “Grit. The Power of Passion and Perseverance.” defines Grit as - “Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” Grit isn’t luck…or talent…or short term…or a moment of intensity. Grit is having a goal….a goal that you care so much about that you organize your life around it. Grit is consistently and steadfastly working toward that goal. Even when you experience a failure. Even when you find roadblocks in your way. Even when you screw up!...

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It's All About Mindset The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Mindset as: 1: a mental attitude or inclination 2: a fixed state of mind The Oxford Dictionary defines Mindset as: 1. a set of attitudes or fixed ideas that someone has and that are often difficult to change Carol Dweck (author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.) defines Mindset as: “Mindset is a self-perception or “self-theory” that people hold about themselves.“ There are essentially TWO types of Mindset: Fixed and Growth. An individual with a Fixed Mindset believes that what we...

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Let’s have a little chat about OPTIMISM. First off, let’s define optimism. Optimism is defined as: an inclination to put the most favorable construction upon actions and events or to anticipate the best possible outcome (Merriam-Webster) OR a feeling that good things will happen and that something will be successful (Oxford). Nowhere in the definition does it state that optimism means that “Life is going to be nothing but RAINBOWS and UNICORNS from here on out.” What is does state is that you take a positive outlook. The antithesis of...

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Here is as typical scenario in my household: (post bath-time) Daughter - “Daddy I need help getting dressed.” Me - “No, honey, you don’t need help. Now please get dressed.” Daughter - “Yes I doooooooooo! I NEEEEEEED your help!” Me - “No. Actually, you don’t neeeeeeeeed my help. Now, pleeeeeeease get dressed.” After a little explosion of not getting her way…she is dressed and downstairs. Our greatest goal as parents should be to raise RESILIENT kids. I’m sure we have all heard it said before, but we should make us...