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The DNA of Top Achievers

Of course by now we are all becoming aware of DNA. It is the source code that determines who we are. When we look at
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10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Went Into the Real World

I must confess, I laughed when I saw that Maria Shriver has come out with a book called, “Ten Things I Wish I Had Known
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Back to Boot Camp

You know, whenever you are going to make a major change and begin to undergo a different lifestyle, it is probably good to make a
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Take Yourself to the Top!

Everybody wants to get to the top, whether it is the top of a career, a company, the earnings scale, or the many other ways
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Your Dream Can Be Your Future

Here is a basic truth you must accept and believe if you are to achieve your dream… Your dream can be a reality! That’s right,
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Lock In Your Legacy

You, my friend, are going to die. What? What kind of motivational tool is that? Real inspiring! In fact, it is. Our mortality may perhaps
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Live the Adventure!

Think of an adventure that you might like to take. Maybe it is a trip to a foreign country or a major destination in your
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Success, Opportunity, Carl, and Kenny G

A couple of weeks ago I celebrated my anniversary by taking my wife to see one of her favorite musicians – Kenny G. Now, I
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You Can Achieve Whatever You Choose To!

I have one firm belief that was drilled into my head by my mother: You can achieve whatever you choose to! It is true. Here
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Avoiding the Dad Wound

I learned one of my greatest psychology lessons from one of the most successful salesman I know. It wasn’t a successful selling lesson though, but
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Make Greatness Your Goal!

If greatness is your goal, whether in your business life, your personal relationships or your own personal growth, here are some guidelines to get you
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7 Keys for Joyful Living!

Here are some thoughts for finding and experiencing joy in your life. If there were one thing I could wish upon my family, friends and
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Seven “Have-to’s” to Achieve Personal Growth

Quite frankly, I wish personal growth would just happen! I wish I would just get better and money would fall out of the sky. I
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What to Look for When Gurus Fail

Why does it ever surprise us? Gurus fail! The marriage expert gets divorced, the financial expert goes bankrupt and the integrity expert gets sent to
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Take it up a Notch

One of the problems many people have is that they have a long-term goal, which they should, but they don’t have any short-term goals that
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Big Dreams – Big Rewards

I talk a lot about dreams, if you haven’t noticed! That’s because I believe every single person has a dream inside of them just waiting
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The Challenge to Lead

What would I say if given just one more chance to give a short speech that would challenge people to step forward and lead? Here
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Survivors and Thrivers!

One of the most watched television show today is Survivor. We admire those who survive! We tune in every week to see who makes it
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Stop Just Writing About Your Past and Start Writing Your Future!

“The history of free men is never written by chance, but by choice – their choice.” Dwight D. Eisenhower. Many people spend a lot of
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Don’t Stop Asking So Many Questions

A few weeks ago I took my boy on a trip that we make together every year. We left the house at 6 am on
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Getting Over Fear and On with Your Life

I have worked with thousands of people through the years and written for millions of others, many who have written to me for advice and
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Take Ownership of Your Life

There are lots of things we desire to own in this life, aren’t there? Many of them are fine and dandy, as the saying goes.
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Lessons From a Big Leaguer on Living Like a Champion

I had the privilege of hosting a breakfast this morning for fifty-five executives at a local hotel. The main speaker for the morning was Jeff
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Your Attitude – You Choose

There are lots of things in this life that we don’t get to choose. On the other hand, there are lots of thing in this
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Four Core Values that Guarantee Success

I had the privilege this past Saturday of speaking just before former United Nations Ambassador and Presidential Candidate, Alan Keyes at a leadership conference in
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Put Some “Wow” in Your Personality

One of the things I love to come across is a “wow” personality. There is something inherently fun about spending some time with a person
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My Magic-8 Ball

Do you remember that little toy many of us had when we were little that supposedly “answered” questions? It was a black eight ball like
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The Top Six Ways to Stay Motivated

I receive many emails from people that basically ask the same question: How can I keep myself motivated long term? This seems to be quite
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My Greatest Struggle

I confess: I am ambitious. I am ambitious in every area of my life. I am ambitious physically, emotionally, relationally, spiritually, and financially. I am
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Slaying Your Own Giants

I read an old story the other day. It is one that almost everyone is familiar with, and as I read it, I realized that
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Live the Life You Have Always Dreamed Of!

I am a firm believer in the theory that, with just a very few exceptions, we all live exactly the lives we choose. This means
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My Top Four Pointers for Kicking Your Life into High Gear

How would you like to kick your life into high gear? I can help you! Your life doesn’t have to be stale and full of
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Get Your Goals – Guaranteed!

“Goals” is a topic that many people talk about, both in a positive as well as a negative sense. Some people are goal maniacs and
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The Difference Between Being a Success and a Successful Life

I was reading an article the other day about a famous athlete and one of his teammates made a comment that I found interesting. He
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Unleashing Your Force for Good

I do not believe that there are bad people and good people. I believe that what we have are “people,” period. People then choose what
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Five Attitudes that Will Make You to Soar!

Understand this: Much of your world, and your experience in it, will be a direct result of the attitude you choose to have. Let me
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The Financial Equation that Will Set You Free!

I have a good friend who works in an area of the US that has more than its share of poverty. He called me the
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The Seven C’s of Success

Get ready to sail the Seven C’s – the Seven C’s of Success that is. Get on board and ride this ship to your destiny!
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Sentenced to Success

I once heard a speaker use the statement, “I have been sentenced to success!” I heard that almost twenty years ago, yet it still sticks
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How to Guarantee a GREAT Day Every Day!

I have a standing interview every Monday morning on a radio station in the southeast that I enjoy very much. You can imagine though that
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Take a Turn at Tenacious!

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not;
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Dare to Dream Again

Do you remember when you were a child and no dream seemed too big? Some of us thought we would walk on the moon; some
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Simple Ways to Super-Charge Your Goals and Make Them Work!

Goals. Most people have a love-hate relationship with goals. They love them because they are such a great idea and a wonderful way to motivate
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Keeping Your Attitude Up When Circumstances Are Down

“Instead of spending your time thinking about how bad things are, think about how good they will be!” Everyone knows that a positive attitude is
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Recharging Your Relationship

Now you may ask why we would write an article about developing better relationships. The reason is because I believe that those who are in
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Winning: Defining It. Achieving It.

If you ask most people whether they would like to be considered a winner or a loser in life, they would most assuredly reply that
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A Little Equation that Creates Big Results

The purpose of man is in action not thought – Thomas Carlyle Often people will ask me how I get so much done in my
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Finding Motivation: What To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything

“The measure of your success usually comes down to who wins the battle that rages between the two of you. The ‘you’ who wants to
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Seven Steps to Achieving Your Dream

“Vision is the spectacular that inspires us to carry out the mundane.” Chris Widener Can achievement be broken down into steps? Well, it isn’t always
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The Opportunity Clock

When I was in college, I heard someone say something that has been with me ever since. It was something that demonstrated to me a
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Embracing Adversity for Achievement

“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” Lou Holtz Success in life depends upon being
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Secrets of Successful Teams

To be a success is not always to be a success individually. In fact, most of the time we achieve our successes as part of
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Are You and Optimist or a Pessimist?

I have been giving some thought lately to optimism and pessimism. Basically, these are attitudes. Attitudes that shape and formulate our entire existence. I mean,
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Thoughts on Successful People

I was hired to do some training for a sales team from one of the largest companies in America. There were 16 people on this
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Halftime: Re-evaluating Yearly Goals

Note: This article was originally written at mid year so it is good reminder around June but the principles are applicable anytime. In a sporting
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The Myth of What We Manage

Perhaps it is merely semantics, but an underlying problem I find that people have as it relates to the success in their life lies in
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Six Foundational Reasons for Managing Your Time.

Most of us know how to manage our time. It is pretty simple really. What most of us miss are compelling reasons to manage our
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Top Ten Rules for Effective Presentations

I am of the belief that the majority of people can improve their presentations dramatically by focusing on eliminating bad habits and presentation skills more
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Your Date with Destiny

Destiny. What a powerful word. And the great thing about it? Everyone has one! You have a destiny! Another great thing about destiny? We have
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The Power in Praising People

One of the keys to success is to have successful relationships. We are not islands and we don’t get to the top by ourselves. And
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Keeping Your Mind Tuned for Success

Absolutely no one can underestimate the power of the mind and its role in our success! It is imperative to keep our minds right and
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Finding the Right Way to Motivate Your Employees

Zig Ziglar says that there are three main ways to motivate people in general and employees specifically. They are fear, incentives and growth. Let’s take
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True Success is Generous

“Write checks on a regular basis to those who you want to bless, not those who you owe. Be generous. If you are thinking of
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How to Talk to Anybody, Anytime

You know the situation: There you are at a business or social function and you end up with someone who you have never met before.
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The Power of the Tongue

There is an old proverb with a lot of wisdom. It says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and whoever loves it
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Elements of Change

The key to achieving more than you currently are, no matter which area of your life or work you are focusing in on now, is
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Tending the Fire

In old buildings there was a boiler room where men stood shoveling coal or wood into a furnace to keep the whole building warm. If
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Success Lessons I Learned From My Single Mom

I was at a dinner party the other night when someone posed this question: Who has influenced your life the most? I thought for a
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Finding Financial Freedom

Do you ever get this in your email box: Find Financial Freedom! Make $150,000 from home in the next 90 days! How about 10 times
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Chris’ Top 7 Favorite Leadership Books

The West Point Way of Leadership. GREAT book by a man who taught leadership at West Point for 20 years. Developing the Leader Within You.
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Seven Character Traits of Successful People

They are hard working. There is no such thing as easy money. Success takes hard work and people who are willing to do it. They
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The Ten Commandments of Leadership

I don’t remember where I picked these up but they hang on the wall next to my desk. For all who are called to lead,
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The Inspiration Factor

The first thing that an aspiring leader must realize is that they must be inspiring! That is, they must be capable of, and willing to
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The Arenas of Success

I Am – the Arena of Values I Should – the Arena of Responsibility I Could – the Arena of Possibility I Would – the
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Just Don’t Do It

Sometimes success is found through the things that you don’t do. Here are some ideas for what we shouldn’t do. Don’t say “I can’t.” There
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Surefire Ways to Develop a Thankful Attitude

Spend some time thinking about how good you have it. We know this, but we don’t often spend time pondering it. Doing so will shape
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Spend Less Time at Work and Get More Done

Sounds too good to be true? It really isn’t! In fact, studies show that after a certain amount of hours at work each week, the
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You Reap What You Sow

There is an old principle: You reap what you sow. In fact, it is about as natural of a principle as you can get. When
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K.O.R.E. Elements of Success

Over the years I have had the privilege of working with many successful people. Some were workers who worked for others but accomplished much, and
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Time Management Mastery

One of the great things about life is that we can realistically be or do anything we choose to. This includes being a good time
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What is Success?

A company entitled “Made for Success” begs the question: Just what is success? So, join me as I wax philosophical and pursue this question in
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Eight Choices You Can Make Today that Will Change Your Life Forever

The direction of our lives is determined by the choices we make every day. They accumulate and add up to our ultimate destiny. Here are
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Let the Seeds Grow

The thought that every great thing that has ever happened, been spoken, or invented began first with a single idea is not a new one,
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Bringing Balance to a Chaotic Life

If I had to make a composite question that gets at the heart of the question that I am asked most frequently, it would be
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Measuring Success

As I have worked with people over the years I have seen an amazing thing. People often get frustrated because they aren’t achieving “success.” There
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Using Failure to Further Your Future

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” Margaret Thatcher Failure. Even the word sounds bad, doesn’t it? That is
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Start with the Basics

The other day I am at the club getting ready to go work out. I am standing in the row of lockers talking to another
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The Day Your Life Will Change for Good!

Many people long for a better life. In fact, I think it is innate to humans to desire a better life. Wherever we are at
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Principles to Ensure a Fantastic Financial Finish

Most people want to get to the end of their lives and be able to live comfortably, take care of themselves and leave something for
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The Finer, and Finest, Things in Life

In America, we have a saying: The finer things in life. These are the things that most people talk about when they are speaking of
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The “Best” Test

I spoke to a group of salespeople in Kansas City last week as they kicked off their new team. It was exciting to see them
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Vacation Your Way to Success!

All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy they say. It also makes you unsuccessful. The fact is that a well placed vacation
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The ABC’s of Working Out

A healthy body is key to overall success! . I can honestly say that I have never felt better physically than I do right now.
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Accelerate Your Abilities

In today’s fast-paced life, the wins usually go to those with exceptional skills and abilities. The old quote is true, “The race is not always
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The Seven Deadly Roadblocks to Success

When traveling down the road it is always good to beware of roadblocks! You don’t want to crash and burn do you? The same is
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Re-Developing Your Vision

One of the most important things we can do for our businesses, schools, and organizations is to have vision. Vision being a clear picture of
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The Twin Actions of Accomplishment

When it comes to achieving accomplishments there are two foundational actions that must take place. When these two actions take place, and take place in
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Trust the Lord and Go to The Hole

This is my new favorite quote. Now to understand it you must know what “go to the hole” means. Go to the hole is a
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Principles That Govern My Life

The strength and durability of a building is found in its foundation. The same is true in a life. What we accomplish and the effect
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The Top Five Great Reasons to Delay Pursuing Your Dream

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Well, to be frank, there are no great reasons to delay pursuing your dream! You aren’t getting any younger and
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The Best Practical Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

As one who does some speech coaching, I have heard all of the crazy ideas on how to conquer stage fright, but I think in
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How to Put Your Kids (Or Grandkids) On the Fast Track to Success

Working with adults (as well as children and teens) for the past 12 years I have noticed that there are just a few primary struggles
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Choice: Privilege, Opportunity and Responsibility

One of my absolute favorite quotes is from Dwight D. Eisenhower. If you have been a subscriber for long you may have heard me use
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A Friend’s Evaluation

Evaluations are a tremendous resource to help us know where we have been and how to get where we want to be. One very overlooked
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Are You In It – To Win It?

Have you ever heard this? “It isn’t whether you win or lose. It is how you play the game.” I am sure you have. But
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Why Get Rich When You Can Be Wealthy?

Getting rich is the main goal for a lot of people. That is unfortunate however, because there is something so much greater than simply the
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Don’t Let Conflict Keep You from Success

Anytime you are making ground and moving toward success, there will inevitably be the opportunity for conflict. That is just a fact of life. You
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Give Bad Habits the Boot!

Everybody has bad habits. Everybody. Now granted, some people have less than others and some people’s bad habits are more grating than those of others,
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Put Some Fire in Your Desire

One of the keys to success is staying motivated because it is being motivated that keeps us going out the door every day to change
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Anchor Your Relationships

I heard a speaker recently who was talking about how to maintain strong relationships. As I listened to his basic principle, I realized that it
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Ignite Your Life!

Where have you come from this past year? What have you accomplished? Don’t like the answers? Wish you had better ones, more fulfilling ones? You
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Success Through a Supercharged Network

I have finally come to believe something about myself because so many people have said the same thing to me – I mean the EXACT
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Seven Things You Must Give to Others if You Want to Achieve Success!

A major part of the process of achieving success and living the kind of life that you dream of is to give. Many people think
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All You Want is Within Your Reach

If there is one thing that I believe with all my heart it is that you can have any life you choose to. You can
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Flop-Flipping Your Flip-Flopped Priorities!

Have you ever noticed that when you have the time and you sit down to write out your life and work priorities they are relatively
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When You Realize That…

Success comes from actions, that when multiplied over time, turn your potential into reality. . Results come from actions. Actions come from beliefs. Beliefs come
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What Motivates the Motivator?

Someone wrote me an email a couple of weeks ago and said, “I would love to know what motivates YOU!” So I took them up
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Life Rewards Action

Thinking is good, yes it is. I strongly encourage thinking. In fact, thinking plays a terrific role in success. It helps you strategize. It helps
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Happiness is Yours for the Taking By Chris Widener

Happiness. The pursuit of so many. In fact, we are known in America as those who live for “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’
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Learn From Failure and Confirm with Success By Chris Widener

Most people think that failure is bad and success is good. I want to help you change your thinking about that if you fall into
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Winning the War Against Weaknesses By Chris Widener

Wouldn’t it be great if we lived in a perfect world? Wouldn’t it be great if we never failed? Wouldn’t life be grand if we
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The Key to Loyalty by Chris Widener

Nobody becomes a success alone, period. There is no such person who is “self made.” I know this because I have regularly involved myself with
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Success Showdowns By Chris Widener

I confess, I love westerns. There is nothing like those “Showdown” scenes where the film is shot from down low and you see those boots
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Winning the Thought Battle By Chris Widener

If you have read my articles or heard me speak, you know that I always come down to action. We need to act if we
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The Six Basic Messages of a Motivational Speaker By Chris Widener

Like it or not, most people consider me a motivational speaker. That has an upside and a downside! Some people really appreciate motivational speakers while
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Bring on the Boosters! By Chris Widener

Nobody becomes a success alone, period. There is no such person who is “self made.” I know this because I have regularly involved myself with
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