demo-attachment-648-startup-business-people-and-strategy-board-PAJ3P9K

Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

When, while lovely valley teems with vapour around meand eridian sun strikes the upper impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a thousand unknown plants are noticed when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks,and grow familiar indescribable forms of the insects .and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty . who formed us in his own image . and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

demo-attachment-645-business-people-working-together-on-project-and-5FHSKBL

Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

When, while lovely valley teems with vapour around meand eridian sun strikes the upper impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a thousand unknown plants are noticed when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks,and grow familiar indescribable forms of the insects .and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty . who formed us in his own image . and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

demo-attachment-642-group-of-business-people-working-as-team-in-9HPC4DK-1

Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

When, while lovely valley teems with vapour around meand eridian sun strikes the upper impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a thousand unknown plants are noticed when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks,and grow familiar indescribable forms of the insects .and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty . who formed us in his own image . and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

demo-attachment-639-succesful-businesswoman-ceo-of-company-3CKFHZV

Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

When, while lovely valley teems with vapour around meand eridian sun strikes the upper impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a thousand unknown plants are noticed when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks,and grow familiar indescribable forms of the insects .and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty . who formed us in his own image . and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

demo-attachment-176-brooke-cagle-609873-unsplash-3

Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

When, while lovely valley teems with vapour around meand eridian sun strikes the upper impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a thousand unknown plants are noticed when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks,and grow familiar indescribable forms of the insects .and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty . who formed us in his own image . and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

demo-attachment-168-studio-republic-644339-unsplash

Canadian Consulting Firm acquired by UK Giant

When, while lovely valley teems with vapour around meand eridian sun strikes the upper impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a thousand unknown plants are noticed when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks,and grow familiar indescribable forms of the insects .and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty . who formed us in his own image . and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me, that it might be the mirror of my soul, as my soul is the mirror of the infinite God!

O my friend — but it is too much for my strength — I sink under the weight of the splendour of these visions! A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image, and the breath of that universal love which bears and sustains us, as it floats around us in an eternity of bliss; and then, my friend, when darkness overspreads my eyes, and heaven and earth seem to dwell in my soul and absorb its power, like the form of a beloved mistress, then I often think with longing, Oh, would I could describe these conceptions, could impress upon paper all that is living so full and warm within me.

bad signs

Take Down Your Sign

Several years ago, Dr. Tony Evans ( http://www.tonyevans.org/ ) spoke to a large gathering of men here in Dallas.  When men of wisdom and experience speak, it’s good for us younger men to stop what we’re doing and LISTEN!  Here’s an excerpt from that talk that left an indelible imprint on my mind, heart and spirit:

Dr. Tony Evans of the Urban Alternative told a parable about a newlywed man whose bride is injured in a car accident. Evans said the bridegroom sees a house with a sign outside that says “Dr. John Smith.” But when the young man goes to the door for help, Dr. Smith says he is retired from medicine — to which the bridegroom angrily responds, “Then take down your sign!” Dr. Evans told pastors that if their churches do not help people in need, they too should take down their signs.[/quote]

bad signs

Wow, that’s powerful imagery and good for all of us to consider when we broadcast our thoughts, attitudes or actions onto others.  Remember, too, that much of our communication is nonverbal which means that oftentimes people are “hearing” us loud and clear EVEN when we’re not speaking.

I see this often when personal trainers put their list of credentials and areas of expertise on a business card or bio and then get mediocre results in those areas of fitness & nutrition.  The reason?  They’re desperate for business and willing to do most anything (ethical or not) to grow their business.  Some are even encouraged to do this by their boss (manager) for the “greater good” of the company.  This ends up being for the “lesser good” of the consumer investing in the service(s).

At the National Personal Training Institute this is EXACTLY what we preach against over and over.  The customer should always come first and that means we endeavor to provide great and honest service to the best of our ability.  If you advertise certain traits or characteristics, you should strive to grow in and promote those qualities.  Hypocrisy really turns people off.  Practicing what you preach is critical in gaining the respect of others.

I remember a mentor once told me his secret to offering correction to someone.  CRC, or commend + recommend + commend.  The idea is to soften any perceived “criticism” (which can occur if someone has a natural defense toward feeling inferior or wrong about things) by surrounding a critique with an opening statement of positivity and a concluding compliment about that person’s ability.  This really causes us to reconsider how we interact with others.

Before uttering something about another person, ask yourself 3 questions; is it true? Is it fair? Is it necessary?