i can’t and i won’t are enemies

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Anyone can write a book and self-publish it, but most won’t. Photo: Summer 2017 in Glacier National Park…Lake McDonald in the background with smoke from a forest fire. i am an expert in fear and doubt – it took me 30 years to write the first sentence, two more to finish, and then an additional two more years to have the courage to publish.


You are the CEO of You, Inc.

What do you think a CEO is supposed to do?


Let me guess.

Your answer is the one you’ve been taught to regurgitate.

But you’re balking.

What are you afraid of?

Are you afraid of going off alone?

Everyone knows straying from the well-worn path, the “tried and true academic recipe”  may lead to failure.

But not straying may lead to regret.

Which do you fear more?

Pick the toughest battle.

Fight regret.

And remember…

i can’t and i won’t are enemies.

i can’t works insidiously to pose as i won’t.

You can’t or you won’t.

Which one is it?

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It’s called the mystery of Faith for a reason. None of it can be proven, except the part where it works for people who believe in it.

So yeah, totally mystery.




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Hope and faith round two

Biking on Sanibel
Eight miles one day.


Bicycle path on Sanibel
Ten miles the next.


Hope and faith round two. Hope the calf pain will go away. Not sure i have faith it will happen before Nationals in 12 days.

And even if it does, the physical conditioning is diminished due to inactivity.

Such is life.

As a small compromise, Chapin and i casually biked the past two mornings.

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What can we learn from defeat, loss, failure?

Many things to be sure. But only if we try hard to learn from setback. And only if we listen. And only if we then try again.

Are you listening? And I don’t mean, “Sleigh bells ring, are you listening”.

I mean, are you the kind of person that will pick yourself up after you fall?

Are you the type of person that finds a million ways to stay motivated?

You see, getting motivated is one thing. What makes winners is staying motivated.

Oh wait, you want to tell me something, right?

Okay, go ahead.

“Jeff, you don’t understand, my life is hard. It’s very difficult.”

Here’s a Christmas gift for you, and it is given with the most hopeful and sincere intent – “No one has it easy. Period. End of story.”

This may scare some people off, and I would hate to see that happen, but I can’t allow myself to make excuses.

How can I teach our son (9), that it’s okay to make excuses?