What are you doing with today?

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Two inspiring funerals within 24 hours, left my asking the question: What are you doing with today?

Melinda and I came home from a week “up at the lake” excited to jump back into our lives. By the end of the day Monday, we learned of two deaths inside our circle of friends. So, within 24 hours, on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, we reshuffled our schedules to help bury two vibrant women.

The first was a recently married 28 year old, who was rocking the world with her radiant energy. The next was a fifty-something wife and mother who was fighting a faithful battle with cancer. It’s easy to wonder why did they leave us so early?

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Paul at Good Leadership Breakfast

The closing comments at the Good Leadership Breakfast in August were “Carpe Diem: spread goodness today!

Both funerals were joyous.  They stamped a message on my heart I carried forward in my closing remarks at the Good Leadership Breakfast.  Watch here.

Sometimes the most powerful messages are the most simple: one thing we all have in common is the fact that we are aging!  Twenty-eight or 58, time marches on. What are you doing with today?

Too often I find myself living in the future.  When I was 28 years old, I was preoccupied with becoming 30 years old…because I was convinced being 30 meant more “credibility” in the business world. In the midst of that reflection I was hit by this simple notion:

We are so fascinated with “greatness” in our society. Greatness can only be achieved by a body of work over time – for 99% of the people on earth “greatness” is a concept in the future.

But we can all radiate goodness today!  The path to greatness is paved by good leaders like you and me radiating goodness today and everyday.  So why not radiate goodness today?

Mug with Coffee I have chosen to rally around the mantra: Carpe Diem in our business. It means Seize the Day.  But it can also mean…radiate goodness today!

Good leaders make a habit of finding inspiration in the rich and full lives of people we admire. And we use those lessons as a reminder to radiate goodness.  Carpe Diem: what are you doing with today?

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4 Comments

  1. Eila on August 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    My name is Eila, born in Finland where my formal education is from: M.Sc in Engineering, B.Sc is Physics/chemistry and Economics. When I moved to US, I wanted to redirect my life studying more humanistic subjects. B.Sc in Holistic Nutrition and Quantum Physics. That’s when my personal awakening started. I opened my AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, Mendota Heights Center 12/12/12. Higher Brain Living is a bran new neuro science based program that shifts the energy from old fear based survival part of the brain where we operate most of the time (according to scientist) into the prefrontal cortex, allowing to access the infinite human potential. It is a whole life transformation, a new way of being, living, and leading.

    I attended Good Leadership Breakfast Aug.16 as an ambassador for a non-profit organization. Matt Norman (Dale Carnegie Training, president) was a speaker. In my new found life, inspirational people seem to show up in all unexpected places. There is this young man talking about a new way to lead, new way of seeing wealth/success (integrated, holistic blend of physical, mental, emotional, relational, and financial areas), ” Real wealth” being about using it intentionally, consciously, and purposefully for greater good. I could barely sit still listening to this person, half of my age, speaking out the words/concepts that I had come to understand just recently. I know now I am on the right path, playing my small part in Divine plan. And how about all the women with their nurturing feminine energy integrating all the good from male energy, showing up, stepping up and taking action for the common good. If this isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is. There is so much goodness all around, there is so much hope in the world, if we are open and ready to receive it. Not so long time I did not see it. I was stuck in all the world’s problems (both on individual and collective level), loosing my faith. Now I cannot make myself to think negatively. Together, making CHOICES intentionally, consciously, showing up, stepping up and serving the greater purpose we can create the heaven on earth!
    Yes, Radiate goodness from your heart. Bless the others, even the ones that curse you, and you’ll find yourself to be the most blessed. Light and Love, Eila N.



  2. Eila on August 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    My name is Eila, born in Finland where my formal education is from: M.Sc in Engineering, B.Sc is Physics/chemistry and Economics. When I moved to US, I wanted to redirect my life studying more humanistic subjects. B.Sc in Holistic Nutrition and Quantum Physics. That’s when my personal awakening started. I opened my AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, Mendota Heights Center 12/12/12. Higher Brain Living is a bran new neuro science based program that shifts the energy from old fear based survival part of the brain where we operate most of the time (according to scientist) into the prefrontal cortex, allowing to access the infinite human potential. It is a whole life transformation, a new way of being, living, and leading.

    I attended Good Leadership Breakfast Aug.16 as an ambassador for a non-profit organization. Matt Norman (Dale Carnegie Training, president) was a speaker. In my new found life, inspirational people seem to show up in all unexpected places. There is this young man talking about a new way to lead, new way of seeing wealth/success (integrated, holistic blend of physical, mental, emotional, relational, and financial areas), ” Real wealth” being about using it intentionally, consciously, and purposefully for greater good. I could barely sit still listening to this person, half of my age, speaking out the words/concepts that I had come to understand just recently. I know now I am on the right path, playing my small part in Divine plan. And how about all the women with their nurturing feminine energy integrating all the good from male energy, showing up, stepping up and taking action for the common good. If this isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is. There is so much goodness all around, there is so much hope in the world, if we are open and ready to receive it. Not so long time I did not see it. I was stuck in all the world’s problems (both on individual and collective level), loosing my faith. Now I cannot make myself to think negatively. Together, making CHOICES intentionally, consciously, showing up, stepping up and serving the greater purpose we can create the heaven on earth!
    Yes, Radiate goodness from your heart. Bless the others, even the ones that curse you, and you’ll find yourself to be the most blessed. Light and Love, Eila N.



  3. Eila on August 27, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    My name is Eila, born in Finland where my formal education is from: M.Sc in Engineering, B.Sc is Physics/chemistry and Economics. When I moved to US, I wanted to redirect my life studying more humanistic subjects. B.Sc in Holistic Nutrition and Quantum Physics. That’s when my personal awakening started. I opened my AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, Mendota Heights Center 12/12/12. Higher Brain Living is a bran new neuro science based program that shifts the energy from old fear based survival part of the brain where we operate most of the time (according to scientist) into the prefrontal cortex, allowing to access the infinite human potential. It is a whole life transformation, a new way of being, living, and leading.

    I attended Good Leadership Breakfast Aug.16 as an ambassador for a non-profit organization. Matt Norman (Dale Carnegie Training, president) was a speaker. In my new found life, inspirational people seem to show up in all unexpected places. There is this young man talking about a new way to lead, new way of seeing wealth/success (integrated, holistic blend of physical, mental, emotional, relational, and financial areas), ” Real wealth” being about using it intentionally, consciously, and purposefully for greater good. I could barely sit still listening to this person, half of my age, speaking out the words/concepts that I had come to understand just recently. I know now I am on the right path, playing my small part in Divine plan. And how about all the women with their nurturing feminine energy integrating all the good from male energy, showing up, stepping up and taking action for the common good. If this isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is. There is so much goodness all around, there is so much hope in the world, if we are open and ready to receive it. Not so long time I did not see it. I was stuck in all the world’s problems (both on individual and collective level), loosing my faith. Now I cannot make myself to think negatively. Together, making CHOICES intentionally, consciously, showing up, stepping up and serving the greater purpose we can create the heaven on earth!
    Yes, Radiate goodness from your heart. Bless the others, even the ones that curse you, and you’ll find yourself to be the most blessed. Light and Love, Eila N.



  4. Eila on August 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    My name is Eila, born in Finland where my formal education is from: M.Sc in Engineering, B.Sc is Physics/chemistry and Economics. When I moved to US, I wanted to redirect my life studying more humanistic subjects. B.Sc in Holistic Nutrition and Quantum Physics. That’s when my personal awakening started. I opened my AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, Mendota Heights Center 12/12/12. Higher Brain Living is a bran new neuro science based program that shifts the energy from old fear based survival part of the brain where we operate most of the time (according to scientist) into the prefrontal cortex, allowing to access the infinite human potential. It is a whole life transformation, a new way of being, living, and leading.

    I attended Good Leadership Breakfast Aug.16 as an ambassador for a non-profit organization. Matt Norman (Dale Carnegie Training, president) was a speaker. In my new found life, inspirational people seem to show up in all unexpected places. There is this young man talking about a new way to lead, new way of seeing wealth/success (integrated, holistic blend of physical, mental, emotional, relational, and financial areas), ” Real wealth” being about using it intentionally, consciously, and purposefully for greater good. I could barely sit still listening to this person, half of my age, speaking out the words/concepts that I had come to understand just recently. I know now I am on the right path, playing my small part in Divine plan. And how about all the women with their nurturing feminine energy integrating all the good from male energy, showing up, stepping up and taking action for the common good. If this isn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is. There is so much goodness all around, there is so much hope in the world, if we are open and ready to receive it. Not so long time I did not see it. I was stuck in all the world’s problems (both on individual and collective level), loosing my faith. Now I cannot make myself to think negatively. Together, making CHOICES intentionally, consciously, showing up, stepping up and serving the greater purpose we can create the heaven on earth!
    Yes, Radiate goodness from your heart. Bless the others, even the ones that curse you, and you’ll find yourself to be the most blessed. Light and Love, Eila N.



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