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Picture How This Photographer Shoots For Success – PART 1
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We have all been there, standing in the checkout line at the grocery store. Our eyes seem to have a mind of their own. We don’t want to look, but we do. Our gaze wanders from headline to headline, heralding … Read More

How To Be an Expert: The Aaron Trolia Way
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What does it take to become an expert at something? If you talk to best-selling author and storyteller Malcolm Gladwell, he would say you will achieve expert status at pretty much anything you spend at least 10,000 hours doing. Another opinion … Read More

Goals: Great for Sports, Lousy for Life – Part 2
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A lot has been written about how much sports can teach us about life. We don’t hear so much about the ways in which sports are not at all like real life. In relation to goals, here are three ways … Read More

Goals: Great for Sports, Lousy for Life – Part 1
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I have to admit that I like to make provocative little comments in casual conversations, such as the one which is also the title of this article, just to get people thinking. What does he mean by that? It works! … Read More

Forgiveness Q & A – How Many Times?
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Q:           I remember a story in the Bible where Jesus was asked how many times we should forgive the same person. He said you should forgive hundreds of times. This is one of the reasons I do not believe … Read More

Secrets to Winning the Super Bowl of Life – Intro
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For about four hours on February 2, 2014, approximately 110 million worldwide viewers were glued to their televisions. Something big was happening at Met Life Stadium, just outside New York City: the National Football League’s 48th Super Bowl match-up, this … Read More

How to Be an Obstacle Blaster
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Recently I came across the following status update posted by a Facebook friend: “I grew up with a stern and often angry parent. It affected me to the degree I’m often stern and admittedly too often angry — It has … Read More

It’s All Downhill From Here
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“I think sports teaches you a lot about yourself.” She ought to know. That’s Lindsey Vonn talking about herself and her life as America’s current premier female downhill skier. Actually, that does not complete the picture of Vonn’s place in … Read More

There’s No Such Thing As Balance – Part 8
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We conclude this discussion of balance with a look at a challenge made by a US president. On May 25, 1961, just four months into his presidency, John Kennedy gave a special speech before a joint session of Congress. At … Read More

There’s No Such Thing As Balance – Part 7
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A balanced life is a good thing, right? Balance leads to safety and security. A balanced life is predictable, productive, and leads to prosperity. Right? Well, that is what we are told. In the previous installment of this series, I … Read More

There’s No Such Thing As Balance – Part 6
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Belief. In Part 5, it was described as the driving force, the foundation, the engine of meaningful accomplishment. It really is that central to a life well lived. With a steady, firm belief in one’s self, one’s capabilities and the … Read More

There’s No Such Thing As Balance – Part 5
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From the title of this series, you already know that I believe there is no such thing as balance. We have already discussed the symptoms – the overwhelm, the sense of dissatisfaction – that often leads us to believe balance … Read More

There’s No Such Thing As Balance – Part 1
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Many people who are obsessive-compulsive say that they are constantly striving for the perfect state, whatever that is. It is not surprising that those same people say that they are almost never satisfied. One’s hands can never be germ-free enough. … Read More

The Possum and The Big Why
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I love to tell the story of the night, many years ago, I was taking a couple of young people home from a youth group activity. Tim, the teenager in the front passenger seat, lived a few miles out of … Read More

The Dragonslayer
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I am writing this article because I have been doing some research about a topic that fascinated me when I was a kid. The topic is dragons and dragon slayers. I know how peculiar this sounds. Please bear with me. I promise … Read More

The Case Against Goals – #4
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Goals Aren’t Fluid, But Life Is – Part 1 In the delightful movie Tangled, Disney’s recent animated retelling of the classic tale of Rapunzel – about the girl with the magical and beautiful uncut hair – there’s a scene where … Read More

Forgiveness Q & A – If This Person Could, Then You Can – Part 2
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Forgiving a Monster This, like Part 1, has the Q & A in inverse. In other words, I’ll ask the question and you provide the answer. First, another true story. Friends, I’d like to introduce you to a friend of … Read More

WordPress Resources at SiteGround
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WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP … Read More

Irresponsible People Are Most Responsible – Part 3
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I am not good at fishing. I predict I never will be. I don’t have a fishing pole. I don’t want a fishing pole. Oh, and I also don’t have any desire to be good at fishing. So, there you … Read More

Irresponsible People Are Most Responsible – Part 2
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Awareness. Being aware that there is a tiny little space of time that exists between what happens and the way we interpret what happens, is the first prerequisite to being able to take control of the behaviors that keep getting … Read More

Irresponsible People Are Most Responsible – Part 1
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Refusing to take responsibility. What comes to mind when you read that sentence? Maybe someone who’s stubborn? Immature? Full of pride? How about someone who isn’t aware of a tiny little space? If you’re not aware of the tiny little … Read More