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Mastering Fear Part 2

  Click here to register for the webinar. "The important thing to remember is that, no matter what the life setting, asking and answering good questions is essential in achieving success and in providing support to help others succeed." Dr. Bob Maurer, MASTERING FEAR HELP! I want to share a sad story, and I would like to do it in a unique way. Would you please help me in writing it, and, if we collaborate successfully, we may be able to give it a happy ending? It is sad for so many reasons. Sad because it does not need to happen. Sad because when it happens, it not only has a devastating effect on the person it is happening to, but it has the potential to devastate any number of people connected with that person. Sad because it is so recognizable in others, yet almost impossible to detect when looking at ourselves. Sad because when you read the story, you may unfortunately think I am talking about someone else, and I am not. Our story could start out like any other, so let's see how our co-authorship goes.
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The Reality of Fear

Fear in different degrees is something everyone deals with every day, and it's our ability to recognize and face our fears that allows us to grow and move forward. Whether it is the youngster leaving Mom for the first day of Kindergarten or deciding to climb on that two-wheel bike one more time, growth and accomplishment come with the courage to take the next uncomfortable step. What about the decision to go to college and declare a major, start a new job, sign a mortgage on a house, commit to a lifelong relationship, start a business, make decisions as a single parent, care for elderly parents, face sickness and tragedy. . . .
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Is Life Passing You By?

I really struggled with the title of this week's newsletter. I certainly have an idea of what I would like to communicate, and possibly presenting some alternative titles will help me get started in doing that. "Has your company outgrown you?". . . "Are you struggling to stay relevant?". . . "Have you given up and hope no one notices?" Now, before you stop reading because you may be thinking this is going down a negative path, give me a couple more sentences to explain. I think about all of the positive quotes we have put at the bottom of this newsletter, all of the topics that had a positive message, and the emails that have come back from many of you each week adding a thought or two. All of this causes a question to cry out in my brain. "WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?"
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Hardworking People Are Easy to Like

"Hardworking people are easy to like."  For almost 30 years, my friend Nick DiBenedetto, President of ND LANDSCAPING in Boston, has been providing me with some great original quotes that still echo around in my head to this day, when the situation calls for it. There are many I could mention here and few I would have to leave out. Classics like "How can you be a motivational speaker if you have never run a marathon?" That's how he got me to run the Boston Marathon with him (as a bandit for those marathon enthusiasts, sorry!) I think of those words often when I am challenging myself to try something new or just to live up to whatever role I am in at the time. "Come on brotha, you have run six miles before." That one came at mile 20 of the marathon when I was tired and not sure I wanted to continue . . . I did . . . and it inspires me in many situations today when I have the urge to quit.
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