Who Do You Think You Are? (5YTL)

Someone is going to ask you one or more of these questions one day: "What makes you different?" "What makes you stand out?" "What makes you uniquely qualified to...?" "Why should I trust you?" "How can you make a difference?" "Why are you calling me?" "Who do you think you are?" When someone asks you this type of question, it's best to assume that they want a sincere and honest answer.  Many folks are put off by these types of questions and look like they never expected to be ...

Be Yourself, Not Someone Else (5YTL)

Crayfish in attack posture!
Have you ever paused for just a moment to realize you're playing a role and not being your true self? If you've never had that experience, congratulations (or Good for You, as my friend Christine would say)!  Unfortunately, a lot of people find themselves playing a role that doesn't speak to their true selves, and it most often comes across as fake, false, lacking sincerity, or any number of descriptors that fit the bill. I've been in the middle of a conversation before and realized that m...

A Simple Act of Caring Creates an Endless Ripple (5YTL)

I watched a short video the other day that ended with this line: "A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple..." I shared just that line on social media and got a lot of positive response.  I was really glad that a lot of people responded to that short line of text.  It makes me believe that people really do want to be kind to each other. It's the season of giving, and there is much we have to give that doesn't come from our wallets.  I challenge myself regularly to give of myself...

Know Your Conviction

yes no
In the vein of "Let your yes be yes and your no be no," it means everything that you live your convictions. My chief example of this is when you go to the grocery store.  I know you've had this experience.  You get in line, and it seems like you're not moving at all.  You look two aisles down, and that line just seems to be flying (Must be a younger cashier).  So, you move.  Seemingly all of a sudden, that lines stops completely.  You stand there, looking around, watching your previous line b...