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the Lance deception

“It’s the great temptation for small groups of people to slide into a state where they’re not quite telling each other the truth and they’re not quite celebrating each other. Instead, they tolerate each other, they accommodate each other, and they settle for sitting on the unspoken matters that separate them.”

Bill Hybels

  The news is filled with the epic deception that Lance Armstrong thought he would be able to watch fade behind him over time.  It turns out that the volume of evidence that showed he was only deceiving himself pushed him to the point of confessing his lies. Bike racing filled my life for about 20 years and it is a great sport.  At the elite levels where the money is substantial the pressure to win at all costs looms large in the teams and in the riders.   We see the same thing happening in any organization or institution where the pressure to succeed at any cost is evident.  Banks push performance, Wall Street demands performance, and companies demand performance.   At some point that performance has to be obtained by the leader or by their replacement.  When failure is not an option people step outside of their authenticity and become someone else, often leading to their personal destruction.

Did Lance Armstrong do some good?   He boosted the popularity of cycling in America and he provided resources for those who were dealing with the weight of cancer, both good things.     His sponsors benefited, his coaches benefited and many other people benefited from the Lance persona and now that the persona has been found to lack integrity people want to distance themselves from him.  In a culture of win at all costs things will spin out of control at some point.   Do you find yourself in a culture of win at all costs?   How does that impact you?

What would have been the price of honesty for any cyclist riding at the elite levels in the Tour de France?   Would they be able to continue?  Would they be able to find willing sponsors to support the costs of riding in the Tour?  Is the price of winning worth your integrity?

The foundation of our society is based on truth, integrity and honesty.   We trust that others will abide and live their lives in such a manner that we can know that we are engaging an experience where the interests of each person are not being taken advantage of, that promises made are promises are kept.

Here is one person’s take on the issue of deception and how lying can corrupt the soul and destroy a brand.

The biggest lies, take a look.

What are your thoughts?

break the habit

dsc00530“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”  Franklin D. Roosevelt

What habits are working for you or against you?

We are programmed to routinize all that we do from eating breakfast to driving to work.  I’ll bet that you have driven to work or back to home and you don’t really remember making the trip, the trip seems like an illusion.  Have you had those experiences?

You may have heard you are what you eat.  There is truth in that as well.  We become what we make of ourselves.  What if you don’t like what you see?

How do you break the bad habits and replace them with new habits that can bring you to new levels of joy in your life.  “Even small changes at the root level of belief will produce amazing changes in behavior and performance”, writes Harry Alder.   Do you believe that?

Here’s a powerful thought … The only prerequisite is that you must commit to change and when you do the right people will show up to help you. (Canfield, “The power of focus”).

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”  William James

Where do you start?

Start with a vision.  Where do you want your life to go?  If you’re not satisfied with the life you have today you do have the power to change it.  Look at your habits.  Which ones should be changed – really changed?  Move the big rocks one inch at a time.   Over time, perhaps 3-4 weeks of consistent rock solid behavior you’ll see things change.  Your dreams will start to become true.

reasons

We all have reasons to “not” doing something.   We live in a society that exacts from us excuses or reasons to avoid experiencing consequences. If reality is misrepresented it might be away of hiding the truth.

Being a victim is another method by which people hide behind the truth.

Hiding the real reasons behind a smokescreen of deception limits our abilities to achieve something grander than ourselves. Now if one person is masking reality then there are millions of others doing the same thing. Each time we hide behind false pretenses we are limiting our growth and the growth of the community and the growth of the society in which we live.

Living behind excuses puts us into a false reality, a reality that is colored by what we think things should be.

What kind of reality are you experiencing today, right now?

What kind of reality do you want?

Be Thankful

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Reflect on what you are thankful for.  

There is always something that one can be thankful for.

 “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

 Henry David Thoreau

 

Are you lost?

Are you navigating through life not sure why you do what you do?

Are you just surviving the day to day issues?

Does it feel like there is more to life than what you are experiencing?

Do you have a sense of purpose?

Do you have goals that you are working towards that are an extension of whom you truly are?

Do your goals make sense?

Do you believe there is more?   Have you given up hope?   Are you just marching to an unknown drummer?

What does life feel like most of the time?   Is it good?   Do you see joy, beauty, truth and happiness most of the time?   Are you using your strengths most of the time?

 

Indeed there is more.   There are answers.   There is purpose.  

Use your gifts and talents – be all that you were truly meant to be.

Why not start today!   Why not start now!

be a seeker

“The only thing that we can know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.”  Leo Tolstoycopy-of-italy_turin_2003-112

 

Are you seeking a better today?

Are you continually seeking knowledge which can be transformed into wisdom?

Are you seeing the beauty of today?

What are you doing then?

Get on board! Get on Board!

Get on board!  Get on board!

 

Get on board!  Get on board the train that no one wants to ride on ,

Get on board the train to joy,

Get on board the train to happiness,

Get on board the train to peace,

Get on board the train to freedom,

Get on board the train to beauty,

Get on board the train to truth,

Get on board the train to love,

Get on board the train to life,

Get on board, Get on board, the ticket is free, get on board.

All you have to do is leave behind,

Fear,

Hate,

Greed,

Injustice,

Anger,

Malice,

Destruction,

Cowardice,

Death!

Get on board! Get on board!  The ticket has been paid for.  Get on board!

What are you waiting for?