“No” Can Be Good

Did I mention it has been a busy summer? Well it has. What was designed to be a summer of nothing, turned out to be exactly the opposite. Please don't mistake that statement for complaining however. Although our expectations and reality didn't quite line up this summer, I feel that I have been productive and … Continue reading “No” Can Be Good

The Next Step

The inspiration for my post “The Power of Choice“, is continuing her husband’s adventure in the blogging world. “The Next Step” is her first post for Life of Influence and I highly encourage you to follow her on her journey.

Life of Influence

In my amazing husband’s last post, he spoke eloquently about goal setting and the importance of goals. I would like to continue his train of thought by talking about how important it is to keep that goal in front of you, always fresh in your mind, always ready to do what it takes to accomplish that goal, no matter how hard or inconvenienced you may become.

About a month before Alan died, we sat down and had an important talk on what we wanted our life to look like; What our goals were as a couple. And among the many things we wrote on our board, I would like to share the most important one…so important we wrote a BIG blue box around it. In the box, it simply stated: “live a life of significance.”

Alan and I always spoke of changing the world together…of being light in the darkness…

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A Lasting Impression

Over the weekend, my wife and I attended the prayer service and funeral for our friend, Alan DeSilva. It was inspirational to see the number of lives Alan influenced in his 30 years on earth. As part of the eulogy, we were reminded of a saying of Alan's that he truly embodied; and it has remained with … Continue reading A Lasting Impression

The Final Leg

Strong and healthy relationships are built on trust and respect, and maintained through positive rapport. As important as these three fundamentals are to a relationship, I feel there is one final component that is often overlooked. Leaving this until last should not imply that it is the most important: far from it. Just as each … Continue reading The Final Leg

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Relationships are complex connections that take work. I believe there are four fundamental aspects that make a strong relationship. In case you missed my first two posts, I suggest you catch up via the links below: Rapport Trust Which brings me to the third relationship fundamental: Respect You may be asking; "Why have trust and … Continue reading R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The Next Relationship Fundamental

My last post was the initial installment on what I believe to be the four fundamental aspects of any strong relationship (read it here). Establishing and continuing to build rapport is essential, but on its own: meaningless. Without prior rehearsal or discussion, Laurie Barkman's comment segues perfectly into this next topic. Laurie wrote, "I like … Continue reading The Next Relationship Fundamental

Relationships and the Legs They Stand On

One of the best aspects of a sales career is the number of people you meet and the relationships you can develop along the way. "Can" being the key word. You will meet a lot of people, but establishing and developing a relationship takes work. Relationships in general, take work. Be it family, friends, business … Continue reading Relationships and the Legs They Stand On

Tis The Season

The Christmas holidays are just around the corner and as always it has managed to sneak up on me. Which is why I'm so thankful for my wife and her proactive holiday thinking and doing. I look forward to seeing my 22-month old daughter react all the festivities that Christmas brings: last year she just … Continue reading Tis The Season