Not Asking for What You Want May Generate Regrets

Regret—this word stirs something deep within each of us. No one is void of regrets. The natural consequence of making choices results in lost alternative opportunities. We cannot predict the future when we make a choice. It is important to assume that with the knowledge and experience we had at…

Make a Direct Request

When was the last time you made a specific and direct request for what you wanted? Many people want others to read their minds and have the “if you loved me, I wouldn’t have to ask” mentality.  Really—others should know what we want? Most of the time we don’t even…

Generosity has Benefits

A few years ago I taught a two-day seminar and at the end of day one, I asked if I could prepare anything for the second day session.  Quickly a person quipped that he wanted donuts. Everyone laughed and chimed in that donuts would be great. The next day I…

Sautéed Kale with Smoked Paprika

Recipe: Sautéed Kale with Smoked Paprika

We all know kale is a wonder food. Put it with some smoked paprika, and you have a healthy and tasty dish! My recipe for Sautéed Kale with Smoked Paprika can be served as a side dish with chicken, lamb, and beef. It’s a yummy, hearty dish! Sautéed Kale with…

What Do I Want?

A simple question: “What do I want?” If someone asked you that question today, how would you respond? A four-word question that halts many smart, secure, and rational persons in their tracks. “What Do I Want?” It is a rich question overflowing with possibilities. Challenge yourself for one week to…

Truth about Saying “NO”

Difficulty saying “no” is frequently a stumbling block to speaking our truth.  I have observed many successful people challenged by honestly responding “no” to a request.  Instead they sacrifice their plans, reputation, and relationships to avoid real or perceived consequences to saying “no”.   Choosing to not investigate, question, or negotiate…