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Dennis Dowdell's Blog with Insights on Living an Elevated Life
No two people agree 100 percent of the time, but when they’re like-minded, they’re drawn together. The key to walking hand in hand is to discover common ground and focus on that. The more commonality you have with someone, the closer your relationship is likely to become. Competitive weight loss companies may not see eye...
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THERE ARE ONLY TWO PROBLEMS: A KNOWING PROBLEM AND A DOING PROBLEM When a problem presents itself, the first thing we need to know is: what’s the real problem? Sometimes the problem on which we’re focusing is the consequence of another problem. It’s the original problem that demands our focus! Are we focusing on the...
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LIFE WORKS BETTER WHEN … Feelings come from your thoughts rather than your thoughts coming from your feelings. Feelings need to be the results, not the cause.
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  Fear comes from the possibility of harm or failure. Faith comes from an assurance of things hoped for, even though the evidence isn’t there yet. Fear and faith have one thing in common: They both want you to believe in something that hasn’t happen. The issue is you can’t have both! When we are...
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    Believing in peoples potential vs. Fixing peoples problems   Encourage ideas vs. Sharing ideas   Supporting vs. Controlling   Giving responsibility vs. Taking responsibility   Asking questions vs. Making statements   Teach how and where to find answers vs. Giving answers   Three questions:        What do you need to know,...
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As a former school bus driver with no business experience, who graduated from college with a 1.98 grade point average, I was able to develop a team of over 250,000 people worldwide with over 275 in the top 1% income bracket. At age 30, I committed to change. After developing relationships with a few men...
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When developing people it is better to use “Could” in place of “Should” as it evokes a different response: Should evokes “Why?” Could evokes “How?” This simple principle goes a long way, in particular when you’re trying to encourage people to learn and grow. Using “should” in conversation or leadership creates an authoritarian, “You should...
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I love this quote from Dr. Joseph McClendon III “If you believe that other people are judging you, or that they somehow have some malice against you, then you will treat them differently and you will behave accordingly. They may not think or feel that way at all, but if you believe they do then...
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As America grows more and more diverse culturally, religiously, ethnically, it is critical that we embrace the American creed. Yes, America has always been a “melting pot.” But what is the pot that holds our multicultural stew together? Chesterton said the pot’s “original shape was traced on the lines of Jeffersonian democracy.” A democracy founded...
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4 NOTHINGS to count on Nothing energizes like a dream Nothing clarifies like measurability Nothing intensifies like reducing the time to target Nothing Motivates like results
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