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Tough decision? There’s An APP for That!

Life.  It’s a daily process of decision making.

  1. Should I wear blue or green?
  2. Should I drive to work or ride my bike?
  3. Should I quit my job and go live on the beach in Hawaii?  Or, maybe Tahiti?


Rory Vaden may call you a Should-Head for asking those questions.   He is the author of one of my favorite books, Take the Stairs.

Making decisions can be tough.  Sometimes, it’s not a matter of good versus bad.  Sometimes, making a decision is a matter of good, better and best.

I address the task of good, better and best decision making in my upcoming book SELF Centered Leadership: Becoming Influential, Intentional and Exceptional.  I share an APP to help you determine which option is the best one when faced with a decision.

Having access to my APP is reason #28 for reading my book.  It will be available soon.

I realize that you may have another daily decision to make:

  • Should I read Jackie’s book or not?

Since you won’t have the APP to help you with your decision until you get the book, I have begun a countdown of reasons WHY you should read SELF Centered Leadership: Becoming Influential, Intentional and Exceptional.

Reason #30: How to prepare for, and survive an ODYSSEY

Reason #29: How to spot the IMITATION

(Be sure to use the links to read previous posts)

And today’s reason, #28: How to use an APP to make tough decisions.

More reasons to come.  But for now, have a successful decision-making day!  See you in Hawaii?

Reason 29 – Spotting the Imitation


I once sold a fake cake to a grocery store customer.  I didn’t know it was fake at the time.

I didn’t realize that the bakery personnel routinely decorated pieces of Styrofoam to look like real cake.

In my upcoming book, I address some aspects of life that have become imitators of happiness.  You may have been fooled once, but after reading my book, you’ll be on the lookout for forgeries everywhere!

By reading my book you’ll learn how to:


That is reason #29 for reading SELF Centered Leadership: Becoming Influential, Intentional and Exceptional.  That’s the title of my book.

If you missed Reason #30 for reading my book, it is that:

You will learn how to prepare for, AND survive, an ODYSSEY.

I hope these two reasons make you want to read my book.  But if not, there are 28 more reasons coming in my blog.

Stay tuned……

The TOP 30 Reasons to Read My Book

My book is done!  Woot, woot!  Of course, editing now takes place, and there will certainly be some corrections.  But by and large, it is done.  The blood, the sweat, and the tears are over – at least with the creative portion of this particular project.

The title of my book is…

S.E.L.F. Centered Leadership: Becoming Influential, Intentional and Exceptional

While the editing and the book cover are in process, I wanted to let you know WHY you should read my book when it’s ready.

I’ve decided that, although there are as many reasons to read this book as there are peeps in the world, I’m going to provide you with just 30 reasons.  I’m going to do this by way of a count down.

Are you ready?

Reason #30 for reading S.E.L.F. Centered Leadership: Becoming Influential, Intentional and Exceptional

You will learn how to prepare for, and how to survive, an ODYSSEY. 

2013-8-15 British Columbia1

Although this book is not about wilderness survival, desert survival, or even surviving a long ocean voyage, it is about learning to keep keeping on when it becomes very hard to do so.

In my book, I share with you how an odyssey is required if your desire is to become exceptional.   Great leaders are great leaders because they have overcome great hardships.

Through personal stories, and stories of others, my book, S.E.L.F. Centered Leadership: Becoming Influential, Intentional and Exceptional, will teach you how to prepare for hardships, and how to get through them in order to become exceptional.

“The only way out is through” ~ Carol (last name withheld)

Tune in as the count down continues.  You’ll want to know all 30 reasons for reading my book.

Love Is All You Need

The Beatles

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy

Nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love,
love Love is all you need

“All You Need is Love” ~ The Beatles
Gary Glitter, Paul Mccartney, Mike Leander, John Lennon

There are as many ways to love as there are people on planet Earth. As human beings, we feel emotions that to one person may be love, but to another may be respect, admiration, or pity.  There are no meters that measure love, and no way to confirm that someone is feeling love.

Although many poets, play writes and musicians have written about love, the emotion itself is very personal. You are the only one that knows how it feels when you experience love.

2014-8-13 Cory and Jenny gazing embrace

I recently witnessed an event that represents love – a wedding. My son was married last Saturday to someone whom he’d only known for three months.  As they both shared their experiences of “falling in love”, their stories were similar.

“I just knew he/she was the ONE”.

Very sweet, indeed. And quite contrary to the occasions witnessed when people “fall out of love”.

Sadly, a divorce also occurred in my family recently. The breakup of a family who loved once, but don’t love now is a difficult one.  Two extremes of love – the growing of love, and the dying of love.

There is an aspect of love in leadership as well. If you are to become an exceptional leader, you must understand how it feels to love, and why it is important to love.  Leadership will test your love.

The type of love needed to lead and influence others is not a romantic love, it is a charitable love; a compassionate love; a brotherly love.

As a Christian, I have learned the philosophy of love from the Bible and other scriptures. In The New Testament, Paul speaks about charity to the people of Corinth.  In my opinion, charity and the type of love needed to lead is interchangeable.

For this exercise, replace charity with love in the following scripture:

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth……

If you’re like me, you struggle with the desire to be successful in all you do. And, like me, you’ve probably also learned that success does not come without failure.  But we can be 100% successful in how we LOVE and in the CHARITY we have for others.  Feeling love, and acting out of love is NEVER a failure.


If you want to have consistent and guaranteed success in ALL that you do, then LOVE and CHARITY must be your greatest talent.

John Lennon said, “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life.  When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.  We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.  If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open our ability to love others or our potential to create”.

How do we gain the ability to love in leadership? I’ve defined a S.A.F.E. way to do so:

Service ~ Acceptance ~ Forgiveness ~ Engagement

Exceptional leadership can be yours when you S.A.F.E.ly master the attributes of service, acceptance, forgiveness and engagement.

I welcome you to share personal stories that relate to one or all of these topics.

Have you witnessed exceptional leaders portray one of these attributes?

Is it true that all you need is love?