How To Add Meaning To The Holidays

  I’m a dreamer and a big believer in the thought of Christmas. 2 years ago I flew my family, and extended family, to Kauai for Christmas.  It was an incredible trip spent at the home of one of our dearest friends.  Christmas Eve we found ourselves singing carols on the beach at Poipou while flying a kite in the warm weather, kids splashing in the water, and then attending the most amazing Hawaiian non-denominational church service in celebration of the night.  It was so special. Christmas morning the kids came rushing in to the living room and gathered around
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The Promise of Gift Giving

    It was January 29, 2001, the one month anniversary of our first date (when you’re in love you celebrate those things). I took my soon to be fiancee, and eventually wife, to a concert I knew she would love and should confirm for her that she had the same feelings I did.  It was Billy Joel & Elton John.  We were about row 10, incredible seats, my ego sky high. Before the concert I said that I had a gift for her.  Reaching around the seat I revealed the present that would go on to live in infamy
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The Disappointment That is Black Friday

    Did you get a black eye on black Friday? You and everyone else. Unless you were smart and stayed home, where more than 60% of shoppers turned online sales (from their phones!) into higher numbers than brick and mortar buildings can boast. Jeff Bezos of Amazon finally reached over the $100 Billion mark.  (Hey bro, I’m here for you if you need anything) This leaves Bill Gates at a “measly” $89 Billion.  The saddest thing I’ve heard all year. If you went to Macy’s, who sponsors that one parade we all watch muted because it’s too loud over
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The Promise of Gratitude

  As we celebrate the holidays forthcoming, especially with Thanksgiving upon us, may we make the promise to be grateful for all we have. Gratitude for health. Gratitude for family. Gratitude for blessings. Gratitude for trials which make us stronger, which make us more grateful for the good times. There is nothing more attractive than gratitude.  When I have served someone and they thank me to the degree that I want to thank them for how they thank me, that is the amount of gratitude I’m talking about.  Layer upon layer of gratitude, like a stack of donuts with raspberries
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The Promise of The Descent

  My Friend,  You have had an incredible year.   Perhaps the greatest year of your life and career.   You stand proud on the top of the mountain, able to see your great accomplishments surrounding you, joyously lifting you up, to know you gave your all in a most harrowing ascent is your reward.   Where do you go from here?   Do you remain on the peak, savoring the goodness and awaiting the inevitable storm that will roll in?   Or do you safely descend, to the valley of home, and return to your loved ones, whole, well, different, and transformed?   As this
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The Show Must Go On: The Promise to Your Client

  The other day I finally had a moment to bag my first peak of the year.  Hiked 3 miles up to Grandeur Peak, an 8,300 ft summit, had a great time with my friend as we breathed in the crisp Utah air and felt extreme gratitude to live in this beautiful place. As you normally do upon descending, we were halfway galloping and bouncing as we went down.  And then suddenly I found myself on my face, in the dirt, having stepped wrong on a rock, my ankle snapped and rolled underneath me, leveling this large fella completely. I
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Promise of Being Present & Focused

    We’ve all seen it.  Car ahead of us, middle of the day, going side-to-side all over the lane they can’t stay in.  As you quickly pass to get out of the way of the accident this incompetent driver is going to likely cause, you see they are texting on their phone as they drive down the street. We’ve all done it.  In a business meeting where the topic is becoming a bit on the boring side, we quickly glance down to check our inbox under the table, out of sight of everyone else, when suddenly we are sucked
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For Leaders: The Promise Your Employees Expect from You

  If you prefer to watch this message, here is a video summary   My very first job was working for free with my cousins, Spencer and Nate Goates, for their summer lawn business, GoBros.  My Dad told them to teach me how to work.  And boy did we work!  They would pick me up early on Saturdays and zip around on their scooter as I hung on backwards pulling a lawnmower laughing my head off.  It was one of the great summers and experiences of my life. I expected nothing in return for my free service, except the opportunity
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Utilizing the Gifts of The Team at Work and Home: Promise to The Family

  Watch the Video of this message if prefer not to read all the way through   My wife, Tami, is my favorite person.  This Halloween she decided to go all out and theme us as The 3 Amigos.  Above is the post from Facebook, which after not even 24 hours has garnered a lot of attention & admiration. Rightly so, she really is brilliant, and came up with this idea last minute. I remember in years past how I used to complain about her craft projects, over-the-top parties thrown, whether creating costumes for the school play or decorating the
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I’m Calling Out Humanity: The Promise to The One

  Here is a video of this post if you prefer to watch   My friend, perhaps the nicest person anyone’s ever known, Ken Day, died on Monday.  He had fallen a few days before when the train he was on jerked and he lost his balance.  Hit his head and went into cardiac arrest.  Bleeding on the train floor, his 13-year old grandson asked the only other person in the train for help and if she had a cell phone he could use.  “Don’t have one”, she said flatly, and stayed in her seat.  This boy then sat on
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