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Why Change Is So Hard: Self-Control Is Exhaustible

Lazy or Exhausted?

Radishes or Cookies?

Click on this link to see Why Change Is So Hard: Self-Control Is Exhaustible

Shared by Kirk Weisler and Fast Company

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Everything that irritates us about others….(post from Kirk Weisler)

“No one beneath you can offend you. No one your equal would.”-Jan L. Wells

“Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.”-Doris Mortman

“If we have our own ‘why’ of life, we can bear almost any ‘how.’”-Friedrich Nietzsche

“When one is out of touch with oneself, one cannot touch others.”-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”-Carl G. Jung

Kirk Out!

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Jason Hewlett – A very different drummer (post by Kirk Weisler)

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” – Henry David Thoreau

“To be nobody but myself, in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings

The picture above is Jason Hewlett a long time friend.  Jason is a professional entertainer, impersonator.  You can see many of his incredible and funny clips at his website http://jasonhewlett.com/ and on YouTube.   I and my family have been to as many of his shows as we could get too.   This morning I was reading an update by Jason on my Facebook wall…and it just inspired me.   Jason talks candidly about his never-ending battle with his weight.  I suggest this piece is not about weight…it’s about authenticity, courage, commitment…and the human spirit.

http://jasonhewlett.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/weighing-the-scales/

Jason is the consummate different drum dancer.  And with regard to EE Cummings quote about fighting hard to be yourself…. Jason’s very interesting way of being himself is by being others. He’s a fascinating person, a devoted husband and father…and one of the most disciplined people I have ever encountered. The above link will take you to one of the most wonderfully candid and authentic pieces about a persons battle with the difficulties of personal weight gain.  I think you will how he ends it…. I did.  (Thank you Jason for sharing)

Kirk Out

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Lifting Weights, Laughter and Sandbox Wisdom

(thought by Kirk Weisler)

I think laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes stand tall and look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never more brave than when we do that.   – Linda Ellerbee

I agree with Linda.  I also know that the right kind of laughter can make me healthier and happier long after I’m done laughing.   I was just re-reading a fitness book that said, “Your muscles don’t grow when you are lifting weights…they grow after you are done and the muscles are repairing themselves.”   So laughter seems to be even better than lifting weights…because it can help you grow happier immediately and after your done doing it.

So don’t just have the courage to laugh..  Instead like working out, have a commitment to do it daily…and with intensity..so it changes your heart (rate).

So maybe I should cancel my gym membership and buy more Brian Regan comedy CDs.   Dang I love that guy!

Kirk Out

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Sandbox Wisdom

(from Simple Truth-http://store.simpletruths.com/sandbox-wisdom-p1434.aspx?cm_mmc=CheetahMail-_-TU-_-08.09.11-_-SBOX&utm_source=CheetahMail&utm_medium=08.09.11&utm_campaign=SBOXca )

A few years ago my five-year-old nephew, Colin, was staying over for the weekend and we were playing his favorite game, “Giant Crab.” I was the crab, giant pincers and all.

As we scuffled on the sofa, he suddenly looked up with loving eyes at the loose skin under my neck (those over fifty can better relate to this story) and said with childlike honesty, “Uncle Mac, you know what…your skin is just too big for your body.”

I laughed and thought to myself…this is classic sandbox wisdom.

You see, the previous weekend, I had met speaker and author Tom Asacker at a convention. He came up after I spoke to give me a copy of his book Sandbox Wisdom.

Every once in a while a book changes the way you think, and this was one of those times.

Tom, through simple truths and a beautiful story, does a remarkable job demonstrating how the importance of human connections is what life and business are all about. Providing common sense wisdom through the eyes of a child, he shows how we can revitalize our work, our relationships, and our lives. With my nephew Colin, for example, his wonderful curiosity and honesty led him to say what he did.

In addition to curiosity and honesty, Sandbox Wisdom revisits our childhood to see what we should strive to rekindle as adults.

Fun, Laughter, and Enthusiasm…We should strive to keep that childlike spirit in our work and our play. When we grow up, we take ourselves way too seriously, and sometimes we become a heart attack waiting to happen.

No Limit Thinking…As children we believe that we might become president, a great artist or a great explorer. But as adults we begin to put fences around those dreams.

No Inhibitions…Children speak from the heart, and as adults we should strive to do more of that.

Read People and Situations…Children can see past the trappings of material success and into the core of people. As we grow older, we begin to label people, and as the saying goes, “labeling is disabling.”

Creativity and Imagination…A great philosopher once observed, “Genius is childhood recaptured at will.” The imagination and creativity we had at five too often begins to fade at fifteen.

If you wish to rekindle your attitude, or if you wish to reignite your team’s passion for great customer service, here’s some good advice…practice Sandbox Wisdom.

I’m proud to say that Simple Truths purchased the rights to publish Tom Asacker’s beautiful book…Sandbox Wisdom. I can guarantee that it is a fun, refreshing and quite possibly, life-altering read. It’s one of my all time favorite books!

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