Archive for the ‘RSFS’ Category

What if we all gave thanks for everything we have?

I was on the phone this week with Noel Ledermann, a longtime reader who told me that he has shared the following article with many people over the years. It’s one that reminds us of why we should be thankful this Thanksgiving. By Sondra Whitt In a workshop I facilitated recently, one participant was struggling to keep a positive attitude at work while she was surrounded by overwhelming negativity. While there were several helpful suggestions offered by different participants, she finally came to the conclusion that her best solution was to deliberately practice positive self-talk. She realized that she had… Read More

November 25th, 2013 at 8:56pm

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What’s Your Reality?

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: In the movie, The Truman Show, Truman Burbank has been the unwitting star of a 24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week TV show even before his birth. Everyone knows they are members of the cast except Truman. The set is a giant self-contained dome. Truman has a beautiful, loving wife and leads a happy-go-lucky life. It’s a perfect life — too perfect. As a young boy, Truman’s father drowns while they are sailing. The incident leaves Truman with a… Read More

November 20th, 2013 at 9:58pm

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Dream on: There is supernatural power in imagination

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: Dreams are simply a form of thought taking place in our subconscious when we are not conscious. It might be more accurately described as our superconscious. The superconscious solves complex problems and is the source of tremendous creativity. Should you ever venture to the small town of Hominy, Oklahoma, you’re going to discover someone really did “paint the town.” That someone is Cha΄ Tullis, an artist who brings his Native American heritage to life through murals painted… Read More

October 27th, 2013 at 5:48pm

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The strangest secret: What you see is what you get

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: Comedian Flip Wilson was at his absolute best when he put on a wig, miniskirt and go-go boots to play the part of Geraldine Jones. Geraldine’s most famous line was delivered with this flirtatious boast, “What you see is what you get!” And Geraldine was right in a way she, or he if you prefer, never intended. We naturally gravitate to what we see — and what we see is what we get. This is what Earl… Read More

October 15th, 2013 at 8:29pm

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What we can learn from Steve Allen, The Lone Ranger and The Phantom of the Opera

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: Johnny Carson may be the guy who defined late night television for a couple of decades but it all started with the original host of the Tonight Show, Steve Allen. I caught the fortieth anniversary Tonight Show which featured Steve Allen as a special guest. It included several clips from his old programs. One of the clips featured an old segment that he regularly performed called the Answer Man. In this routine he fielded answers from the… Read More

September 22nd, 2013 at 3:39pm

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Thinking supernaturally or how to slay a giant in one easy lesson

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: When a young shepherd named David learns Israel is being threatened by Goliath he can’t understand why the battle-hardened soldiers of the Israeli army are wringing their hands and quaking in their boots. He reasoned that Goliath was a predator just like those he’d encountered as a herdsman. Here’s my paraphrase of his assessment of the situation: “When a lion attacked my flock, I killed it. When a bear attacked my flock, I killed it. I don’t… Read More

September 8th, 2013 at 12:47pm

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The science of Axiology: How do you see yourself?

By Jim Whitt This is an excerpt from Chapter 6  of The Transformational Power of Purpose: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life: Having personally witnessed the inhumanity accompanying Hitler’s rise to power in pre-war Germany, Dr. Robert S. Hartman envisioned a science which could organize good as effectively as the Nazis organized evil. After years of research, Hartman created a new mathematical system called Axiology which successfully orders the values of our everyday experiences. Derived from two Greek words — xios (worth or value) and logos (logic or theory) — Axiology examines “how we think” and helps us to… Read More

August 21st, 2013 at 9:54am

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What we can learn from a delayed flight, Simon Sinek and Martin Luther King

By Jim Whitt I was on my way home from a speaking engagement when thunderstorms backed up all the flights at DFW. I was one of thousands of passengers lined up at terminal restaurants to get something to eat and struck up a conversation with the guy ahead of me in line. We both agreed to share a table to expedite our dining experience. That’s how I met Chris Pienaar who is a managing director with Bayer CropScience. During our brief visit I learned Chris shares the same purpose-based approach to business that I do and we had a very… Read More

August 14th, 2013 at 7:33pm

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What we can learn from a fortune cookie, Larry the Cable Guy and the Midland: T-Bar Ranch Project

By Jim Whitt After eating my Vietnamese Salad Rolls I popped open my fortune cookie to see what words of wisdom it contained. For those of you who know me, you’re still getting over the shock of me eating something called a Vietnamese Salad Roll. But, as you also know, I am forever preaching change so occasionally I veer from my red meat diet just to prove that I do practice what I preach. Those of you who know me also know how little tolerance I have for defenders of the status quo — those who give all the reasons… Read More

August 7th, 2013 at 2:59pm

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Lessons on change from Pope Francis & Seth Godin

By Jim Whitt I’m not Catholic but I “liked” the pope on Facebook after reading an article entitled Pope Francis urges Catholics to shake up dioceses. “Francis was elected pope on a mandate to reform the church,” according to the article, “and in four short months he has started doing just that: He has broken long-held Vatican rules on everything from where he lays his head at night to how saints are made. Here’s a little of what he had to say in Rio de Janeiro on World Youth Day: “I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there… Read More

July 31st, 2013 at 10:53am

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