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Initially appearing on our coins during the Civil War, “In God We Trust” became the official motto of the United States in 1956. It was meant to affirm that America’s political and economic prosperity of the nation was in God’s hands. But do we believe that today? We certainly don’t seem to act that way. Fewer are attending places of worship or affirming their faith as relevant to their day-to-day choices. The secular world wants to think that man has all the answers in spite of the riots, violence, and despair that our culture still seems to generate.

After spending a day at the Pacific Coast Futures Retreat hosted by Robert Tucker and jatin Das Gupta, I left with renewed hope for the future. Certainly, global warming and other challenges were noted, but rather than dwelling on the problems, the focus was put on innovation and collaborative problem solving’s role in inventing a future we can be proud of. When innovators put their focus on finding solutions, they can be downright impressive! It was a joy spending a day with talented, optimistic visionaries from many disciplines, both private and public. Instead of selling despair, they were all doing their part to cultivate hope.

Rinaldo Brutoco, one of the presenters focusing on the future role of hydrogen, also took a moment to share his experience of working in India with Mother Teresa. He talked of her amazing presence fueled by a rock-solid faith and an unrelenting call to serve. Even in the face of overwhelming challenges, she trusted that God would guide her path. She lived and served in the real world, but she trusted that God was in full control of the big picture.

Long before they had any retreats focused on the future, the Bible provided a hopeful message of what men and women created in God’s image can do. Created by God to have dominion over nature, man was challenged not to destroy creation but to be good stewards of its many gifts and potential.

We were called to be open to the opportunities embedded in every day. In Psalm 118:24, the Psalmist writes, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Yes, we are to rejoice, not despair. We aren’t to waste a day or the opportunities available. We are to look for ways to put our God-given gifts to use in making each day the masterpiece in can become.

The dual impact of the faith filled coronation of King Charles with another mass shooting in Allen, TX reminds us of being accountable to a higher power and the desperate need for standards to demand we do what is right. As Dostoevsky so aptly stated in his Brothers Karamazov, “If there is no God, everything is permissible.”

Yes, life, even with God, will never be easy. Work and ethics are required to reap the benefits of our innovation. But fear not, God promised that we would find the strength to run the race well. In Isaiah 40:31, the Psalmist proclaims: “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings of eagles, they shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not be faint.” Just as in past generation, we may not have all the answers to address the challenges we face, but with patient perseverance and a will to do what is right, we once again can achieve the purposeful progress God promises.

Never forget that it was out of these Judeo/Christian values, that America’s free-enterprise capitalism was forged. Citizens, given the opportunity to use their God-given gifts unencumbered by government interference and unnecessary controls, are free to live out their own American Dream and thrive. Yes, failures are often part of the price we pay on the road to success, but no country has been more successful than America in creating a culture of innovation and opportunity.

Embracing “In God We Trust” does not mean we leave everything to God. It just means that we know and trust the source of our solid ground. Joyce Meyer, in Hearing God Each Morning, writes: “If I were to say, ‘I am trusting God,’ but then I stay anxious and upset, then I am not really trusting God. If I were to say, “I am trusting God,’ but I sink into depression and despair, then ai am not really trusting God. When we truly trust God, we are able to enter into His rest and allow our hearts to settle into a place of unshakeable confidence in Him.” And if we trust God, we have reason to trust his creation and thus our own ability to achieve our own success.

God doesn’t create junk. He gives each of us wisdom, unique skills, and a sense of calling and purpose. What’s your place in America’s future? No politicians will give that to you. Find and develop your own skills, learn and keep relearning, network and collaborate with like-minded innovators, and find ways to serve that excite and inspire you. Trust that half of what you could do hasn’t even been created yet. Keep your eyes open every day and be ready to seize new opportunities. Why not join in the adventure of creating America’s future?

If you are still thinking our problems are too big to trust God and man’s innovations to handle, take time to look into the many solutions on the horizon. If you’re worried about the end of fossil fuels, hydrogen and fusion power are being developed to meet our needs. Watch a reporter in Israel share the potential of the

Aquarius Engine, a superlight hydrogen powered engine literally ready to be developed and used. There is no way of knowing whether this engine will win the day, but it’s exciting to know that there are alternatives already being created.

If we use the gifts God gave us to do what is right and to serve where we are planted, we just might be part of creating the future we all want to have. Instead of giving in to despair, cultivate a little more hope. Maybe, we can once more claim and live out our motto, “In God We Trust.” Amen.

To once again kindle a daily trust in God, consider purchasing Dr. Paulson’s newly released ”Joy Comes with the Morning” course today! Get ready to enjoy the 31 short, recorded messages on your computer or smart phone. Each message is designed to expand and enhance your joy-filled faith experience whenever you need or want it. Visit to start bringing more Christian joy to your morning today. Contact him at [email protected].

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Dr. Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist and author of The Optimism Advantage, They Shoot Managers Don't They, Speak Like a Pro, Meditations for the Trail, and The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have. Since founding Paulson and Associates, Inc. in Agoura Hills, CA, Dr. Paulson has presented to such companies as IBM, 3M, Kaiser, Nationwide, SONY, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and hundreds of hospitals, government agencies, and associations. Dr. Paulson is a past president of both the Global Speakers Federation and the National Speakers Association. He’s been inducted into NSA’s CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, an honor given to less than 230 speakers worldwide. Dr. Paulson is a long-time conservative Republican who has spoken to numerous Republican groups. He currently is a regular op-ed columnist for and Terry brings knowledge, tasteful humor, and a passion for conservative principles to every presentation. Dr. Paulson graduated with honors from UCLA and received his PhD in psychology and an MA in theology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA.


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Work-Life Balance in Your Life

It the ability to experience a sense of control and to stay productive and competitive at work while maintaining a happy, healthy home-life



Work-life balance (WLB) is the ability to experience a sense of control and to stay productive and competitive at work while maintaining a happy, healthy home-life with sufficient leisure. WLB, also referred to by some as work-life harmony, work-life shift, work-life blend, work-life effectiveness, or work-life integration, requires focus and awareness despite seemingly endless tasks and activities competing for our time and attention.

Work-life balance entails having what I call “breathing space” for yourself each day, feeling a sense of accomplishment while not being consumed by work, and having an enjoyable domestic life without short-changing career obligations. WLB is rooted in whatever fulfillment means to you within the course of a day and a week, and however many years you have left in your life.

Supporting Disciplines

Several disciplines support work-life balance though, individually, none are synonymous with work-life balance:

1) Self Management

Sufficiently managing one’s self can be challenging, particularly in getting proper sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Self-management is the recognition that effectively using the spaces in our lives is vital, and that life, time, and available resources are finite. It means becoming captain of our own ship; no one is coming to steer for us.

2) Time Management

Effective time management involves making optimal use of your day and the supporting resources that can be summoned – you can only keep pace when your resources match your challenges. Time management is enhanced through appropriate goals and discerning what is both important and urgent, versus important OR urgent. It entails understanding what you do best and when, and assembling the appropriate tools to accomplish specific tasks.

3) Stress Management

By nature, societies tend to become more complex over time. In the face of increasing complexity, stress on the individual is inevitable. More people, noise, and distractions, independent of one’s individual circumstances, require each of us to become more adept at maintaining tranquility and being able to work ourselves out of pressure-filled situations. Most forms of multi-tasking ultimately increase our stress, while focusing on one thing at a time helps decrease stress.

4) Change Management

In our fast-paced world, change is virtually the only constant. Continually adopting new methods, adapting old, and re-adapting all methods is vital to a successful career and a happy home life. Effective change management involves offering periodic and concerted efforts so that the volume and rate of change at work and at home does not overwhelm or defeat you.

5) Technology Management

Effectively managing technology requires ensuring that technology serves you, rather than abuses you. Technology has always been with us, since the first walking stick, spear, flint, and wheel. Today, the rate of technological change is accelerating, brought on by vendors seeking expanding market share. Often you have no choice but to keep up with the technological Joneses, but rule technology, don’t let it rule you.

6) Leisure Management

The most overlooked of the work-life balance supporting disciplines, leisure management acknowledges 1) the importance of rest and relaxation, 2) that “time off” is a vital component of the human experience, and 3) that one can’t indefinitely short-change leisure without repercussions. Curiously, too much of the same leisure activity, however enjoyable, can lead to monotony. Thus, effective leisure management requires varying one’s activities.

Entirely Achievable

Achieving work-life balance does not require radical changes in what you do. It is about developing fresh perspectives and sensible, actionable solutions that are appropriate for you. It is fully engaging in life with what you have, right where you are, smack dab in the ever-changing dynamics of your existence.

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Work-life Balance: The Enduring Quest

Organizations today recognize the importance of supporting employees’ well-being while maintaining productivity



Thank goodness that organizations today increasingly recognize the importance of supporting employees’ well-being while maintaining productivity. As such, the corporate quest for work-life balance, harmony, and integration has gained great prominence.

Key Aspects

Here are 12 key aspects of this pursuit gleaned from a variety of programs:

1. Offer Flexible Work Arrangements: Offering flexible work schedules, remote work options, and part-time opportunities allows employees to better balance their professional and personal lives.

2. Have Clear Policies: Establishing clear policies and guidelines regarding work hours, overtime, and expectations helps employees manage their time effectively.

3. Support Mental Health: Providing access to mental health resources, counseling, and stress management programs can address employees’ emotional well-being.

4. Give Leave: Offering generous paid time off, including vacation, sick leave, and parental leave, allows employees to address personal and family needs without fear of repercussions.

5. Prevent Burnout: Encouraging employees to disconnect from work-related technology after hours helps prevent burnout and supports work-life separation.

6. Support Workload Management: Ensuring that employees have manageable workloads and realistic deadlines prevents excessive stress and long working hours.

7. Provide Wellness Programs: Implementing wellness initiatives, such as fitness facilities, nutrition programs, and health screenings, promotes a healthier work-life balance.

8. Enable Employee Assistance Programs: Such programs provide confidential counseling and support services for employees facing personal challenges.

9. Promote a Culture of Balance: Company culture plays a significant role in work-life balance. Leaders should model a balanced lifestyle, and the organization should celebrate accomplishments beyond work.

10. Maintain Continuous Communication: Engaging in open dialogues with employees about their needs and concerns regarding work-life balance fosters a supportive and responsive corporate culture.

11. Empower Workers with Training and Education: Providing training on time management, stress reduction, and resilience equips employees with the skills to better balance their lives.

12. Leverage Remote Work Policies: Crafting clear remote work policies and expectations ensures that remote employees have a structured work-life balance.

Bringing in the Hired Gun

As the world’s only holder of the title, “The Work-Life Balance Expert®,” as issued by the USPTO,  I am often summoned by organizations to enhance work-life balance for their troops. In all, I’ve delivered programs and spoken to 960 groups. Below depicts an encounter with a company who shall remain nameless for reasons of confidentiality. See if this squares up with your experience in your organization.

The following responses were derived as a result of my sending a questionnaire to the conference meeting planner where I was to be their keynote speaker. I requested the names of 10 people who would be in the audience. I called each of them to discuss their current challenges. Here are their actual replies to three of my questions:

1) If you could magically resolve a work-life balance issue, what would it be?

* Have more breathing room between high-level projects.
* Accomplish more during the workday and leave mentally free.
* Hire more staff!
* Take vacations and time off with no big pile ups when returning.

* Be allowed to take some Fridays off and catch up on much needed appointments.
* Reduce the number of pop-up requests and questions flying at me all day long so that I could ACTUALLY do what I need to do each day.
* Be approved to work from home or adjust my hours. My personal time isn’t respected.

2) What do you seek to derive from attending a session such as mine?

* Manage my time more effectively.
* Gain tools to embrace life while living it
* Develop stronger skills.
* Make work-life balance a reality in our company’s work-first culture.

* Acquire strategies, tips, or ideas to re-think my approach.
* Learn to change my focus, to be more productive, balanced, and focused.
* Be able to balance the few things that I do control during my day.
* Discover tips for keeping my staff in balance.

* Gain a realistic expectation of what we can achieve or experience.
* Develop a more positive outlook for the group.

3) Are there any observations you could offer?

* Work-life balance is a huge topic organization-wide. We are high performers who want to do a good job. We compromise our personal lives to meet work demands. We have to keep pace with the leaders and teams we support. If we don’t, we’ll be deemed unresponsive.

* A frenetic pace seems to be inherent in this company. Our team does a good job of emphasizing work-life balance; the problem lies with the surrounding divisions that thrive on working all the time, for no good reason. Yes, we are in a global space, working in different time zones, but some of these people are beyond the pale.

* What I love about this organization are the people. They are dedicated to the cause and truly want to deliver reliable, affordable, dynamic, and versatile solutions to our customers. However, our frenetic pace isn’t necessary. Not every project is the most vital. Not every problem is an emergency. Not every request has to be filled now.

* If in charge, I’d implement a more efficient, logical pace organization-wide. If we all took a breath and reevaluated how we work, in a more focused environment, we might find that we could produce better results with less stress.

Resonates Strongly

As you can see, the topic of work-life balance resonates strongly among today’s career professionals. Going forward, may more organization recognize and acknowledge the critical role that employee wellness and work-life balance has on the organization’s overall effectiveness.

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