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Everyone’s Hidden Fear

Valor /val-er/noun heroic courage when facing tough decisions "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan For the Parent::Battle Cry Atychiphobia: an irrational and paralyzing fear of failure. Now I don’t mean to be insensitive to those who truly suffer from this clinically-defined mental disorder, but it is my belief that we are all afflicted with atychiphobia to one degree or another. Perhaps it should simply be renamed “the human condition”. How many times have you given up because it was...

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Self-Loyalty and Selflessness

Loyaltyloy·al·tyˈloiəltē/nounthe quality of being loyal to someone or something a strong feeling of support or allegiance “This above all: to thine own self be true…thou canst not then be false to any man.” – Polonius, from Shakespeare’s Hamlet For the Parent::Battle Cry In the past Focus Points we’ve posted, we have regularly and emphatically driven home the value of selflessness. If you recall, we even published a Loyalty post called “Focus Point: Putting Others First”. How then can I write a post encouraging self-loyalty? First let’s talk about what self-loyalty isn’t. It’s not pure self-interest, it’s not selfishness and it’s not disregard for the welfare of others. Self-loyalty simply means that you refuse to compromise the core of who you...

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Think First

Wisdom wis·domwiz-duh m/noun the ability to judge what is true, right or lasting “When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred” – Thomas Jefferson For the Parent::Battle Cry As implied in the Thomas Jefferson quote above, it is incredibly important to keep our anger in check. But why? If we’re honest, the significance of this quote extends to far more than just anger and our ability to control it. The true matter lies with the Wisdom of controlling our emotions in general and not acting on them without taking ten seconds (or maybe one hundred) to think things through. The Warrior Poet does not base his actions upon anger, fear, or anxiety, but...

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What Is Sacrifice?

Valor /val-er/noun heroic courage when facing tough decisions  “We can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to...

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Living The Life

Valor/val-er/noun heroic courage when facing tough decisions  “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” - Hellen Keller For the Parent::Battle Cry If you’re anything like me, the lazy days that you do nothing are the times that you feel most discouraged. It’s as if there is a small voice somewhere inside crying out because you have forsaken your purpose. That you haven’t lived your life to the utmost of your ability. That you’ve put your life on autopilot and coasted. We are the only ones...

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