Keys for Successful Living

Accomplishment is the Progress of Life

Your accomplishment or success is not a destination. Success is a journey.  It is not a place, possession, position, or promotion.  It is a process.  We overestimate the event.  We underestimate the process.  Accomplishment didn’t happen the day you received your diploma.        It began the day you […]

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Commitment is the Advancement of Life

On Tuesday morning of “9-11” I was at the U.S. Capital, praying.   Todd Beamer was on a plane that had been commandeered by terrorists on a suicide mission to crash into the Capital building.  When Todd yelled, “Let’s roll,” he and many others became heroes as they […]

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Independence is the Self-Sufficiency of Life

On July 4th flags are raised and fireworks explode across America announcing and celebrating its independence.  Citizens of the USA have the right to be successful.  We are free to achieve our own goals within the framework and boundaries of the Constitution.  Abraham Lincoln said, “A government […]

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Competition is the Sport of Life

No matter what culture or background we hail from, people of all ages love sports.  As kids, we would compete in everything from who could run, clean, or even eat a popsicle the fastest…brain freeze and all!  We even competed for attention and affection.  Whether it was […]

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Narrow-mindedness is the Bigotry of Life

What does it mean to be narrow-minded?  Well, it seems today that anyone who disagrees with the philosophies, the politically correct ideologies, and the culturally accepted mores’ of the day could be considered narrow-minded.  Jesus challenged the religious traditions of the ecclesiastical hierarchy of His day, while […]

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Sentimentality is the Nostalgia of Life

Sentimental people realize the value of recalling special people and memorable, extraordinary times.  A fragrance, a melody, a picture, or home video can bring to remembrance a festive time in the near or distant past.  Just the sight of a souvenir, memento, or trophy can cause a […]

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Innocence is the Chastity of Life

Innocence is a quality that cannot be developed, inherited, or earned.  It is the innate, chaste characteristic of not being defiled or diluted.  It is difficult to describe what it is without describing what it is not, and to what it has not been exposed.  The moment […]

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Reputation is the Credibility of Life

A reputation of credibility is the capital that appreciates over a lifetime of wise, positive choices.  You are many decisions away from building a reputable legacy, but just one unwise decision away from the need to rebuild a lifetime of prudent choices.  That is why ending well […]

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Temperament is the Disposition of Life

Temperament is the God-given characteristics that govern our disposition.  Disposition is defined as one’s customary frame of mind, nature, or temperament.  Temperament plays an important role in success in life because it affects behavioral patterns, emotional tendencies, and mental attitudes.  Personality traits are stimulated by environmental, outside […]

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Seriousness is the Solemnity of Life

We live in a world that is entertainment crazy.  Subconsciously, we act as if turning off the TV news channel will make the violence in our streets go away.  It is tempting to bury our head in the sand like the ostrich and say, “I can’t see […]

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