Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The five song 30 minute playlist

Five songs when I need to get 30+ minutes of exercise done:

Ball and Biscuit (White Stripes)
Beautiful War (Kings of Leon)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
All Night Long (Eagles - Live)
Skateaway (Dire Straits).


Find the Good

Today, as always, I read my Zig Ziglar affirmations.  I always focused on the qualities:  Things like honest, intelligent, responsible.  Things that were one word long.

But today as I read through the list - I was struck by one:  Good finder.

How often do I look to find fault in others?  What intentions am I assigning people without even knowing them?

As a society we don't do a good job of being good finders.  Right now Cincinnati has a "crisis".  A 4 year old child walked into the gorilla exhibit.  One of the male gorillas grabbed the child and eventually had to be shot.  Everyone is finding the bad:  The parents should lose their child - a petition is going around with thousands of signatures.  The zoo should have done things differently.  On and on it goes.

Find the good:  The zoo has trained responders for these type of situations.  The child survived and will fully recover.  The zoo has shut down the gorilla exhibit and will make it even better.  Yes there are an alarmingly low number of gorillas left in the world, and yes it was sad to lose one, but the zoo's breeding program, along with programs like it around the world, is offsetting the population decline.

Find the good.  And if you slip up (as I have several times today), remind yourself "I'm good and gettin better, and so are the people around me".

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

My dad was in the Navy during the Korean War.  He doesn't talk much about it.  The only time I remember talking with him about it much was when he said he couldn't believe what French women wore (or rather didn't wear) on the beach.

My father in law was in the Army.  He talks about it a little more - but mostly about the camaraderie in Germany, about how he didn't wind up going the day the rest of his buddies got tattoos, about warm beer, etc.

Neither discuss the wars or the sacrifices they made (as well as the people at home).

Some made the ultimate sacrifice.  Today we remember them.  We will march in the Memorial Day parade.  We might complain that we're marching in the heat, that the speeches are too long, etc.  But at the end of the day we will be grateful - we enjoy our freedoms thanks to people who made small sacrifices, larger sacrifices and in some case the ultimate sacrifice.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

On things and money and time

You can replace things when they break or wear out.

You can always earn more money.

But you can't earn more time.

Or can you?

If you exercise 30 minutes a day you will most likely live a longer healthier life.  The quality of your life will be better.

If you floss daily, you will live an average of 2 years longer.  And the quality of the lives of people who talk to you will be better.

A positive attitude adds both quantity and quality of time to your life.

In the end - time is like money:  If you make good use of what you have, you will receive more.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Why I like Jungle Jim's

They have surprise items - things I didn't even know existed.
They have a portalet door in front of their restroom.  Dad fell for it last night.
They always have enough cash registers open.
I can go there needing nothing, and still get a cart full of great stuff.
I always find something good for the grill.
Every Black Friday they do a "Buy a $100 gift card, get a free $10 gift card" event.
They always have good wine available.
And good beer.
They actually have a bar in the grocery store.
And pinball machines.
And first class airplane seats.
If I still smoked cigars, they have a cigar bar too.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The blog project - an update

I've been doing this every day for a while now.  Some days I get views, some days not.

I get views on the days I send out a link on Facebook.  Even then, I don't get a lot, less than 2% of my friend population.

But it's not about getting views.  It's about doing something of value.  I want to add value to others.  Whether it's via Facebook, Twitter or this blog.

I do the blog every day because it's discipline.  Being disciplined will help me add value.  Writing is good practice.  Even on days like today when I said "You know what?  I want to get up early and just write down some thoughts on blogging."


Thursday, May 26, 2016

And now... I'm committed

On August 16, 1999 I walked out of the fitness center at the Stamford Mariott hotel.  As I got on the  elevator I suddenly remembered;  The new show I wanted to watch  started about 10 minutes ago.  I got to my room, and turned on - for the first time - Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.  

I was hooked.

At the end of the show an audition  phone number popped up.  I wrote it down.  Suddenly I was hooked in a whole new way. Each night I joined the 200,000 people who were dialing in, trying to get one of 10 spots.

In November of 2002 I got my spot - and $32,000.

This happened after 3 years of  auditions - on the phone, in Chicago, Indianapolis and Cleveland.

It happened because I didn't give up.  

I didn't give up because I was committed.

I was committed because in 1999 I started telling everyone "I'm going to be on that show."  In part that's what kept me going when things got tough.


Yesterday, via the blog and Facebook, I committed to entering the 2017 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.  I'm excited about competing.  But I also know that times will get tough.   Thanks to my blog and Facebook, I will see the tough times through, and compete in 2017.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Just like that...

In January I made the decision that I would not compete in the 2016 International Speech contest.  The decision was based on my recovery from the heart attack.  I was doing quite well on the recovery, but did not have the energy required to pursue a speech contest.  I also knew that I would not go half-assed on the contest - I was either all in or not competing.

For the past 5 months I have fine with that decision.  I didn't miss the contest, the prep, any of it.

I even started asking the question:  Will I ever go back to this?  Did I outgrow the contest?

Late last week, the answer hit me.  I came up with my next speech idea, and I can't wait to compete in 2017. 

Once I found the message I wanted to give - everything fell into place.

2017!  Vancouver or bust!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Quick analysis of the Eastern Conference Finals

Either you're hungry or you're not.

Last night (once again), Toronto was hungry.  Cleveland was not.

The Cavs have two days to find their appetites.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Happy 18th birthday Joe

Today, for the second time, we become parents of an 18 year old.  It's cliche, but time flies...  It doesn't seem that long ago that you were falling asleep on me in the "big man's chair"... Or that I was holding little 6 month old Joe in one arm and playing Carabande with the other arm at the Tullis Christmas party.

Was it really over 12 years ago when you came home from Kindergarten and said "Mrs. Federle's dog had six puppies - can we get one?"  I think you've gone in to our room (or wherever Riley was sleeping) every night since to say good night.

How long ago was it that you said "I don't mind sharing my sucker with Riley, as long as she doesn't have poo breath."?  Oh yeah... Last week, right?

We have had a lot of fun over the past 18 years:  We played the 4 syllable game (all conversations back and forth must be 4 syllables in length - or a multiple of 4) - you invented that one.  I watched you learn how to ride a bike before you turned 7.  We camped in some of the worst weather possible (well, okay mostly thunderstorms...).  We built an electric guitar out of raw materials after we saw Jack White do it in a movie - you won best in show with that one.

Now you're a lifeguard, an Eagle Scout and soon to be a UC Clermont Cougar.  I'm so proud of you.

You were voted class clown - which makes me proud too.

Happy birthday Joe -  I love you.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Why I like smoking ribs

It's a project.
They taste delicious when done.
I can make them "healthier" by cutting some fat and creating my own low sodium rub.
The hickory smoke makes things smell good.
I can do a lot of other tasks while I'm smoking ribs - like updating my blog.
It's really hard to mess them up.
I can do other experiments while grilling - like smoking chicken, and then doing hot dogs.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Great things that happened yesterday

- Made it to the campout.
- Survived a car breakdown along the way.
- The rain stopped when we set up the tents.
- Mid day smoothie!
- I get to spend quality time with Tom at our campout.
- Got help from Kenny getting Riley to and from the vet.
- Got assists from others to help get us to the campout.

Not every day is great, but great things happen every day.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Indians and Cavs thoughts

The Cavs look as good as I've seen a team not named the Harlem Globetrotters look.  10 wins in a row in the playoffs puts them in rare air.  But - as ESPN keeps pointing out - about half of the teams that started with 10 or more consecutive wins did not go on to win the NBA championship.  It's not what you've done to this point (or haven't done) - it's what you do from here.

The Indians have a significant advantage over their top two competitors this year (the White Sox and Royals)  Each team gets four "rivalry" games.  The Royals rivalry is the St. Louis Cardinals - currently in 3rd place, but always tough.  The White Sox get the Cubs - currently on fire.  The Indians completed their rivalry game, by sweeping 4 from the Reds.

Odds are that the White Sox and Royals will go 2-2 (or worse) in their much tougher rivalry games.  That puts them 2 or more games behind the Indians right there.

The Tigers, also in the mix for the division - draw Pittsburgh for their rivalry game (more out of "who's left?").  Detroit won 3 of 4 there, so they only lost one game to the Indians.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

My 4 mile run play list - (fairly eclectic)

If I'm going to make it 4 miles, I need inspiration...  and thanks to Amazon Prime Music, I can get it for free.  Here is today's list.  (NOTE - it covered the run and the cool down).

Dangerous - Big Data
Ghengis Khan - Miike Snow
Left Hand Free - alt-J
Spiderwebs - No Doubt
No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age (Works better for the bike and elliptical, but OK for a run)
Magic Power - Triumph
Hollow Moon - AWOLNATION
Flawless - MercyMe
Work This Body - Walk the Moon
We Should Be Sleeping - Eddie Money
10,000 Reasons - Matt Redman
Walk - Foo Fighters

Great things about the scouting program

It teaches you planning skills.
Merit badges give you an opportunity to learn and practice critical skills.
Merit badges also give you a chance to check out possible future vocations.
It gives you a break from being inside and looking at a screen.
It teaches teamwork.
The scout oath.
The scout law (Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent).
It teaches you that with no work, there is no reward.  No one hands out free rank advancement cards in scouts.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A last second opening line

We’ve been having attendance problems at our TM club – Veritiv is leaving so most of their group dropped out.

Yesterday we only had 3 of us there (including me). My speech would be given to an audience of 2.

I had a speech – and as I walked up I came up with an idea.  Let's acknowledge the obvious:

“Mr. Toastmaster, Fellow Toastmaster.”
 
Background if you're not a Toastmaster:  People frequently start their speeches with "Mr. Toastmaster, Fellow Toastmasters..."   I'm not a fan of this approach because it no longer grabs attention.  But the singular "Toastmaster" did.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Avoiding a heart attack - Recommit to the diet

I've weighed as low as 192 with my post heart attack diet (17.2% body fat).  I recently weighed in at 196 (17.6% body fat).  Within rounding error, that means I added 3 lbs of muscle, but that came at the cost of 1 additional lb of fat.

When I looked at what I've been doing - I realized that I was letting things slide.  A slice of pizza here, an extra cookie there.  It adds up quickly.  There was also rationalization - well, I worked out, so I can eat this.

The solution was a trip to the grocery store, where I picked out some NEW healthy items.  A type of hummus I hadn't tried before.  A brand of goat cheese that has very little sodium.  Some low fat Swiss slices.

With even those two items, I am inspired to try new things. The goat cheese was sprinkled on spinach and tomatoes to make a salad at lunch.  It turned out that the cheese was WAY better than the kind I had been eating before.  (With a salad, I need very little cheese - less than 1/2 of an official serving).

Having the new items then drives my choices at the critical times - those times when I have the most discretion in my diet:  Lunch (if I'm making my own lunch), and bedtime snack.

I'm still at 196, but the recommitting should help me get back to 192 - and this time, I want to be there at 15% body fat!

Monday, May 16, 2016

What to do about meetings without agendas

  1. Ask for an agenda.  If you are planning a week ahead of time you will be able to catch at least 80% of the meetings this way.
  2. If you don't get an agenda, don't attend.
  3. If you must attend, do so via a conference call if at all possible.
  4. While on the call you can:
    • Clean your office.
    • Stretch. 
    • Update your calendar and task list.
    • And still pay attention to the meeting.  Why?  Because without the agenda, the meeting will start late, and wander meaninglessly for 50% of the time (or longer).
  5. If you must attend in person, bring your journal and a 4 color pen.  Take notes in one color, follow ups in another (I use red).  Meeting notes are on one side of the journal, unrelated tasks, notes, etc. are on the other side.  (This also helps separate things for Evernote later).
  6. DO NOT attend in person and "take notes" on your phone or iPad.  Even if you are taking notes it will appear like you're not.  On the other hand, if you are NOT taking notes with your journal, it will still appear like you are.
A final note:  Don't schedule a meeting of your own without an agenda.  Model the change you want to see in others.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Family tradition - community garage sales

Our home town (Williamsburg Ohio) has a twice a year tradition - community garage sales.  This is also a family tradition for Beth, Tom (our youngest) and me.

The sales occur in May and September.  This weekend was the May sale.  The weather was terrible.  It was cold - temperatures in the low 50s with a brisk wind.   It was raining in the morning, so sales opened late.

The weather worked to our advantage.  In a normal year - the sales open around 7, and the professional dealers drive by and scoop up the things they can re-sell easily, like golf clubs.

The other advantage of the weather was it  limited the number of sellers to those who REALLY wanted to get rid of stuff.  There are two types of garage sales:  One where the people are trying to see how much money they can get, and one where they are seeing how much crap they can get rid of. I can generally spot the difference within 5 seconds.

Since the weather seemed to limit the money sales, we hit several gold mines.

The limited sales also meant we could cover the neighboring town of Batavia - they were also having their sale this weekend.

It was in Batavia where we found a couple of gold mines.  The Presbyterian church had a huge one (church rummage sales are always great).  Even better was a house where they wanted to get rid of things - in this case a set of golf clubs for Tommy ($15).  The same house had a 46 inch flat screen TV for $25 but I wasn't fast enough.

For the whole day we probably spent less than $40 (if you don't count lunch at McDonald's).  We got a stein, some cool pottery (a vase and goblet), a talking Donkey from Shrek, some books, and of course - the golf clubs.

And for less than $40 that's not bad.

In reality we got a day of memories - three of us together, hunting bargains, meeting people and having fun together as a family.  We made memories that will last forever.

And for less than $40 that's an incredible deal.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Goals vs. Time Spent

If you look at what your long term goals are, and then compare that to where you spend your time on a daily basis - the results can be shocking.

But sometimes a shock is what you need.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The alarm clock

When my fitbit wakes me up at 6am, I have two choices.  I can get up, or go back to sleep and wake up at 6:15.

If I get up I do the following:

- Let the dogs out.
- Feed the cat.
- Drink a glass of water.
- Start the coffee.
- Stretch out.
- Read a chapter in the Bible.
- Do my daily affirmations.
- Let the cat out.
- Let the dogs back in.
- Make my cup of coffee.

At which point it's 6:15.

In the evening, I have a choice to stay up for 15 minutes longer, or go to bed.

If I stay up I do the following:

- Watch TV.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Anchored ADD

I have never been formally diagnosed with any kind of attention deficit disorder.  I also am not any kind of a medical expert on the subject (or any medical subject for that matter).

That said, I believe we live in a society that makes paying attention to a single task difficult, if not impossible.  TVs with 100 channels and a remote to allow quick flipping.  Pop up ads on the Internet.  "Story" links at the bottom or on the side of the current article we are reading.  (Story in quotes because many times it's a link to a slide show that wants you to click 30 times to find out the 10 foods you should avoid - it's not a story, it's a per click revenue generator).

And the above is a perfect example of what I mean.  With so many inputs coming at us - focus is at a premium.

One thing I'm trying is what I call "Anchored ADD".  I have one task to do - that's the anchor.  There are other things that may pop in my head while I'm doing that task, so I work them in or process them somehow.  All the while, I'm anchored to the first task.

For example:  After dinner I remember I need to pack my workout clothes for tomorrow.   That becomes the anchor task.  I go to my car to get my workout bag.  While I'm in my car, I see a coffee mug.  I grab the bag, and the mug.  On the way to my bedroom closet I drop the mug in the sink.  When I get to the bedroom, I see some clothes that need to be put away in the closet.  I grab them on the way.  I pack the gym bag.  On the way back out of the bedroom I notice a water glass.  I pick that up and take it back to the kitchen.

That's a small scale, simple example.  In reality, there might be 4 or 5 more things that wind up happening while I'm still anchored to the big task.  I have my iPhone with me, because I frequently notice things that need to be done later.  I ask Siri for a reminder.

In the end I have accomplished the main task, but also knocked out a few others, or at least processed some inputs for later action.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Great things that happened yesterday

- Got a good report from my dental check up.
- 30 minute presentation to my boss's boss only took 15 minutes.
- And at the end he said "Great stuff".
- Got a note from our corporate lawyer that said "You're the best".
- Spoke at Toastmasters.
- And did 2 table topics questions.
- And got to talk with Michael Ireland and Randy Lampe for a while after the meeting.
- Attended Tommy's middle school awards banquet.
- Frisch's afterwards to celebrate.
- Found out that Frisch's makes good low fat smoothies.
- 30 minutes on the bike.
- Beth made taco pie for dinner.
- All 5 of us were here for dinner.
- And the taco pie got 5 thumbs up!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Project Dream Board

I have a dream board at work.  It's pictures of things I want to be, do and have.  I also keep a copy on my iPad as a PowerPoint deck that I can (and do) review as part of my morning review.

As I achieve an item on my dream board, I change the picture to black and white. 

I've been doing this for well over a year.  Only two pictures are black and white.

So this week I am kicking off project dream board.  By the end of the week, I want this to be a goal board.  

I will take each one of the pictures and "flesh it out".  What are all the tasks required to achieve this dream?  Why do I want it?  (Do I still want it?)  When will I achieve this goal?  What milestones will I hit along the way?  Who can help me with the dream?

I have several methodologies I can use for this idea - I will likely start with one I have from (who else but) Zig Ziglar.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Why Zig?

A question came up on Facebook recently:  "Phil, what is it that you like about Zig Ziglar?  The salesmanship?  Motivation?  Christianity?"

My initial reaction was "Yes."

But I decided to take it a little deeper.

Zig and I don't agree on everything.  For instance Zig says that alcohol should be avoided.  I like to have an occasional glass of wine or a beer.  That said, I can't disagree with Zig's overall logic.  Specifically he says that if 100 people take their first drink, some of them will become addicted.  If those same 100 people do NOT take their first drink, none of them will.  His numbers work for the masses, but mine work for me.  I can stop (and do stop) after one or two glasses.

There are many areas where I 100% agree with Zig.  The value of saving, hard work, and of course motivation.

I enjoy the way Zig uses humor to set up and/or make points.  I try to do the same.

But the thing I like most about Zig is the fact that he genuinely loved his audiences and it showed.  And now after he's been gone for maybe 3 years - he's still able to share that love with his recordings.

Zig was, and is the man.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day

Beth is a wonderful mother to our kids.  She has a unique relationship with them.  Over the years she has connected with them on whatever level they needed.  She can be a confidant for them,

When Joe went to pick up his prom corsage at Kroger on Friday evening I said “Did you get your mom a Mother’s Day Card?”  He said “Oh crap – not yet.” I said “Get her a Whitman’s Sampler from you and Kenny too – Tom already has his gift covered.”  He said “Do you want me to get a card for you to give her too?”

We will have our traditional Mother’s Day Breakfast – McDonald’s.

I love you Beth.

I don’t like that the religion of my own mother makes Mother’s Day a forbidden holiday, but this one will be like so many others (example:  My grandmother giving me a check for $21 when I turned 21 and saying “it’s not a birthday present, I just wanted to give this to you).  I will call her and talk and tell her I love her.  I will get her up to day on Joe’s prom, Kenny’s concert and Tom’s camping adventures.  I will get her up to date on my life.  I just won’t say “Happy Mother’s Day”.

I love you mom.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Making Memories

Beth, Tommy and I visited Grassy Run recently.  Grassy Run is an annual festival held in the community park at Williamsburg.  It celebrates the heritage of our town - people put up tents and tipis, dress up as they would have in the 1700s, fire off cannons and give speeches about life in the 1700s.

In the early days of Grassy Run (it's been going on for maybe 10 or so years) there were more activities for little kids.  Tommy enjoyed making candles and punching holes in tin plates to make little designs.

The festival is smaller now - 10 years in a row of getting rained on will do that to you - but we still enjoy it.  One of Tommy's favorite things to do is visit the tipi of the fur trader.  A husband and wife team show kids (and adults) what life was like as a fur trader 200 years ago (or more?).

The tipi is warm.  A wood fire heats the stew the man is making.  Tommy remembers it instantly.  He asks "Is that beaver stew?"  Last year the man had beaver stew and Tom got a sample.  This year is on tail stew - he had a beaver in the freezer but it didn't thaw out in time for the festival (this was likely not a problem for folks 200 years ago).

For Tom, going back to the tipi, and the festival in general is a good memory revisited.

For the man - with his wife and grandkids along - it is a chance to make memories for his family and other families.  These are memories that will last well past his lifetime.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Run Day

My aerobic exercise calendar works on a 3 day rotation, with one day off each week.

The rotation is run / elliptical / stationary bike.

Sometimes the elliptical or the stationary bike can get displaced by other activities.  For example - if I'm camping out and we are going to hike 10 miles (either on purpose or just through the course of the day) - I consider that enough exercise.  It may or may not be the perfect 30-40 minutes of aerobic activity, but it's not like I will have the energy to complete a half hour bike session once I get done.

Today is run day.  Run day is my favorite.  It's a chance to get outside, enjoy nature, and run.  It clears my head, refreshes my soul, and does wonders for my body.

Today also happens to be perfect run day weather.  In the midst of almost daily rain this week (and next) we have a day when it will be sunny and 70.

It's run day and it's Friday.  It's going to be a magnificent day.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Multi tasking

Multi tasking, for a variety of good reasons, has gotten negative publicity.  If you are trying to focus on two things you wind up focusing on none.

There are times, however, when I find multi tasking - in the right way - to be beneficial.  Yesterday was such an example.

I am recovering from "frozen shoulder".  As part of my recovery I have a series of six stretches that I need to do 3 times a day.  Each stretch takes somewhere around 2-3 minutes (10 seconds, 10 times with rest in between).

Yesterday's schedule was one of non-stop phone calls.  I called in 5 minutes late to one - that allowed me to microwave my leftover salmon and get a quick bio break.  There was a gap late in the afternoon that allowed me to get in 20 minutes on the elliptical.  Other than that - all calls.

Given my evening schedule I realized that I would be woefully short on my shoulder stretches if I didn't "multi task".  So, during one call (when I didn't need to take notes), that's what I did.

This was a case where multi tasking worked quite well.  I can do the stretches (which are very familiar to me and require almost no mental focus) and still be engaged on the call.

Had I chosen another form of multi-tasking - for example processing e-mails or reading innovation submissions - that would not have worked as well, since I would have been dividing up my mental energy among two competing tasks.  (I'm not saying I have never done that... I'm just saying it's less effective).

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Am I making progress?

Sometimes I can be my own worst critic.  I look at the dream board and say “Am I moving toward these dreams?”

(A better question might be “Are these still my dreams?” But that’s a subject for another time.)

When I think of it – the answer is almost always a resounding “YES!”

When I listen to Zig Ziglar, I’m getting in the right mind state to move toward my dreams.

When I diagram something on my white board – which happens multiple times a week – I’m moving closer to my dreams.

When I give a speech at Toastmasters – I’m moving closer to my dreams.

When I conduct a merit badge session at Boy Scouts - I'm moving closer to my dreams.

When I blog or write my daily gratitude list – I’m moving closer to my dreams.

When I camp out with scouts, or sit down with the family at dinner, or watch something on TV with the family while we drink homemade milkshakes - I'm living the dream.

The answer is - daily, weekly and monthly, when I review how I spent my time, I can see daily progress on the important goals, and I have tied those goals to the dream board.

What I’m not doing is moving in a straight line traditional A then B then C project management approach.  As a PMP that’s a little difficult to handle.  But as a human I realize that – while I’m not moving in a straight line – I am making progress toward my dreams, every day.

(I didn’t mean to imply PMPs aren’t human).

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Suddenly golf has an appeal

I'll admit it.  I'm a middle aged man who doesn't golf.

I used to golf, but the last time I picked up a club was probably 10 years ago.

But yesterday, my son Tom came home and said "I want to learn how to golf.  I want to be on the high school golf team."

And now, today, golf is interesting to me again.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Great day

You get up first thing in the morning.  You look at your day and you're excited.  You can't wait to attack the day.  You have a list of the things you will accomplish in the day.  A challenging but not overwhelming list.  You know that if you hit the ground running the day is going to be absolutely tremendous.

It happens because you planned it last night.

It can happen every day. 

It's a choice.  Choose a great day.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lessons from the Browns draft

1. Stick to your principles - The Browns chose a Quarterback in the third round that many people thought wouldn't be drafted at all.  The Browns value accuracy in a QB, and it's hard to argue that.

2. Admit you don't know it all - They took a total of five wide receivers.  One will be a tight end, but there are still 4 more wide outs.  From a pure numbers standpoint, not all will make the team.  But the Browns admitted they were woefully thin in this area, and in effect admitted that they (life every other team in the NFL) don't have a crystal ball.  They stocked up on receivers, and will figure it out over the next few months.  (They did something similar with pass rushers, but I'm willing to bet that all of them make the team).