[Repost] Michele Cushatt: When You Need to Get Your Fight Back

Photograph of Michele after we climbed a mountain together in Colorado. This girl knows how to live Fully Alive!

Photograph of Michele after we climbed a mountain together in Colorado. This girl knows how to live Fully Alive!

As I opened my computer to write todays post, my eye was drawn to the most recent post of my dear friend, Michele Cushatt, who is fighting cancer.  Here at the beginning of the new year, whether you are riding the crest of success or gasping for breath and seeking a ray of hope, this honest and courageous story will inspire you to keep fighting to live fully alive. I am convinced God wanted me to see this today and to share it with you! 

4 Steps to a Spectacular 2015

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Millions of people are looking forward to the first days of 2015 like a child looks forward to a new school year.  Remember the anticipation? The slate was clean. A new chance to get better grades, make new friends and take hold of exciting opportunities. Why then did so many of those years slip by without change?  What could have been done differently?

The 2015 New Year’s celebrations are over. The lights have dimmed and the smell of fireworks has drifted away. But opportunity and hope did not disappear with the smoke. Here are four steps to help make this year one of your best!

A Simple Rule for Surviving Holiday Temptations and Thriving in 2015

iStock_000007612906MediumOne of the principles that has allowed me to enjoy the benefits of losing 47 lbs came from my wife’s Weight Watchers group. They ask their participants to write down every thing they eat BEFORE they put it in their mouth. “Write it before you bite it” is the motto.  It is amazing how much we eat without even thinking.  Try to remember what you ate yesterday. I guarantee that unless you wrote it down, your estimate will be way less than you actually ate. When we “write it before we bite it” it allows us to make a judgment call on both the consequences and the benefits of what we are about to consume.

That got me thinking.

The Brass Monkey Principle

shutterstock_138194669Have you ever made the following promise to God or to yourself? “I’m never going to do ‘THAT’ again!” Fill in your own blank for the word “THAT.” Many of us make that promise over and over. Eventually we grow discouraged and become resigned to doing “THAT” for the rest of our lives.

Such behavior focuses on the problem rather than the solution. As a result whatever “THAT” is, becomes our master. We become prisoners of the very “THATS” we yearn to avoid.

A college professor taught me how to change my focus and make positive changes in my life. He called the lesson “The Brass Monkey Principle.”

Are you Fierce?

shutterstock_133493660Recently I saw a painting of an eagle. He was launching himself from his perch, his eyes intently focused on something I could not see. Every thing about him was fierce. I thought of how rare that kind of intensity is in our culture today.