Monday, August 22, 2011

Ben Pollhein's Address in Basic Training!

Here it is blog readers! My son finally got to call us with his address in Basic Training:

PFC Pollhein, Benjaman
E Co, 3-13INF
4th PLT, Bldg 5421
Fort Jackson, SC 29207

I would ask that all my friends send him a note of encouragement. In this day and age of immediate contact, Basic Training may be the last bastion of letter writing as a means of communication.

For those of you who've been through it, there is little in life to compare to hearing your name at mail call...especially in Basic Training. It means someone has thought of you...someone out there cares....someone out there took a few minutes of their day to think of you and encourage you. It means so much and it costs so little. Please send him a letter or two.

For those of you who haven' those of us who have...grins!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thank You, Tim Ferriss!

I am in the final pages of this book and I must say, Tim saved the best for last:

"Most of us have resigned ourselves to partial completeness,...(it) can take many forms, usually the form of self-talk like: "I'm just not [thin, fast, strong, muscular, etc.]. That's the way it is."
"XYZ doesn't matter. It's not that important."

These are said or thought for many reasons. Oftentimes, they're used to excuse something on the outside that people believe they can't change.

The beauty is, almost all of it can be changed....

If you want to be more confident or effective, rather than relying on easily-defeated positive thinking and mental gymnastics, learn to run faster, lift more than your peers, or lose those last ten pounds. It's measurable, it's clear, you can't lie to yourself. It therefore works....

Start with the precision of changing physical reality and a domino effect will often take care of the internal."

How awesome is that! In the realm of personal leadership, no clearer statement can be made.

To Ben, my son in Basic Training: I'm proud of you! You inspire me and those who know you. You will succeed and you will discover things about yourself you never even knew you had in you.

To Lisa Steptoe, my dear friend: You keep running, biking, and swimming and the confidence you have will grow and continue to inspire others. And it will change your life.

To the casual blog browser or repeated visitor (frustrated by my lack of posts over the last few months!): Go do something everyone says you can't...that you really have wanted to do for a long time, but keep making excuses about...and just get up and take action.

And finally, to my dear wife Terri: Keep at the challenges you face every day and know that by continuing to take action...a walk...changing your diet...praying for guidance...making one more thing in our home a little will change not only your outer world, but your inner world as well. I love you with all my heart.