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Thoughts On Independence Day!

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Happy Birthday, America! Good Morning!

What an awesome day to wake up in the land of the free and the home of the brave! It’s a beautiful day here in Arizona. The sun came up and it’s not too hot and it actually rained last night, and ya know what it’s not too hot just yet!

I love my country, how about you?

Today, I’m giving you my “morning thoughts”, reflecting on my childhood and thinking of this glorious piece of dirt we call home, “America”.

Ya know, I grew up on the east coast, went to a Christian school and I was privileged enough to visit so many sites of where history was made: Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Independence Hall, Fort McHenry, places where our founding fathers made their sacrifices and took their stand for liberty.

I’m just appreciating what are forefathers went through to give us the liberties we take so freely. I think we need to reflect on our freedoms and be thankful for those sacrifices thousands and even millions have made on behalf of those freedoms.

There are many around this globe who don’t have what we have here. There are those who are willing to die to get here because of the tyranny they face in their own countries.

I don’t think many of our younger generations appreciate the all the liberties we have nor do they have an affection to care!  I remember President Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”  We have to take the torch of Liberty to those around us, to teach them what it means to be an American.

Some say we are losing our freedoms, and I can see that. It’s sad. But, I’m not going to let it happen on my watch. I’m going to stand and speak up and use all the amendments of the Constitution I have at my disposal to keep this country great, to make it better, even if I can help one person see the light of liberty shine  in their eye so they can pass it on to others.

Maybe you’re not going to travel to DC and get plugged in there. But, you can make changes in your home, your community, you can make a difference to your children, your schools, your coworkers and your neighborhood.

You can do a lot all you have to do is STAND and appreciate the opportunities you were given and stop being so selfish, thinking that everything is supposed to be given to you. We’re not just handed “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. We aren’t guaranteed happiness, it means we have the opportunity so get after it!

Did you know, I have the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and The Declaration of Independence on my wall in my home. When I see those names on those documents, I ask myself, what was it like for them?  Can you imagine? What they went through all the sorrow, the sacrifices, buildings burned, soldiers barging in their homes, families lost.

But, wow, what did they do? They scraped together the resources they had and kicked an Imperial Army in the ass! Then they DECLARED THEIR INDEPENDENCE.  So, that’s why I have those documents on my wall.

Let us always remember the sacrifices made to give us the liberties we take so freely! -SD Powell

That’s all I got for you today; have an amazing day today celebrating the Independence of this great country!

May God bless you and may God Bless this Nation!

Stay True, We need You!

Stephen D. Powell The GunLife Coach

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Stephen D. Powell is an Air Force veteran with more than 18 years of combined federal, military & civilian law enforcement experience. Powell has been teaching professionally for over 25+years as a firearms Instructor for numerous organizations and agencies rated with the NRA, NM & TX DPS and a Sig Sauer Academy Master Instructor. His company, Patriot Outdoors, Inc, has been operational in the defensive training industry since 2004, starting a thousand acre training facility located in Eastern New Mexico. Patriot has provided crucial and relevant firearms training to DOD and SOCOM, state and local law enforcement and armed citizen students. Over the past several years, Powell has appeared on several Fox News, Sirius XM radio, various regional newspaper, radio and tv shows, promoting military veteran entrepreneurship and patriotism as well as educating the shooting industry on range development, media relations and key second amendment issues. Patriot Outdoors is currently operating out of the Phoenix Valley, Arizona and with a new channel of The GunLife Coach to inspire and motivate other in life and on the range!



 
 
 

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Provocative Questions to Get You Moving

What would make you pause and think about what’s really important?

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Suppose I asked you four questions to make you pause, think about what’s really important, perhaps take some action steps, and get you moving in a positive direction. What might I ask?

Here are four such questions:

* What would you do if you truly only had six months to live?

* What would you read if you could only pick six books for the rest of your life?

* If you could return to any age what would it be?

* If you could live anywhere other than here, where would it be?

 

By way of example, here is each question with my own answers to help stimulate your thinking:

What would I do if I truly only had six months to live? I would visit everyone who ever mattered to me one more time; visit all my childhood haunts; visit three or four tourist destinations in the world that I’ve wanted to see; eat like an incredible pig; parcel out my assets carefully and accordingly, safeguard my daughter’s financial future and well-being to the best of my abilities; and donate many items to charity.

If I could only read six books for the rest of my life, they would probably be The Timetables of History, Childhood’s End, The Call of the Wild, The One Hundred, From Dawn to Decadence, and The Culture of Celebrity. Runners-up would be The Demon-Haunted World, Crime and Punishment, Moby Dick, MacBeth, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and The World of Our Fathers

If I could be any age what would I be: 38, because at that age I had the optimal mix of capabilities and faculties, unbounded potential, and unbridled enthusiasm. My career as an author was beginning to bloom and amazingly I hadn’t yet been on my first of 45 cruises.

If I could live anywhere other than here, where would it be and why aren’t I there? The places I could settle include Asheville, NC; Austin, TX; Monterrey, CA; Sausalito, CA; Tucson, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Vancouver, British Columbia; London, England; Paris, France; Vevey, Switzerland; Montreux, Switzerland; Bruges, Belgium; Helsinki, Finland; Gothenburg, Sweden; Stockholm, Sweden, and any place where it is spring, birds are chirping, and large lakes invite you to swim.

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21 Ways That People with Work-life Balance Are Different from Others (Part 3)

Even in our fast-paced society, slowing down is continually attainable

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Here is the final set of seven ways the people who have attained work-life balance set themselves apart from the rest:

15) The typical person is easily distracted by daily noise and interruptions. Those with work-life balance monitor and manage their personal space to minimize distractions.
* carry ear plugs
* sound proof your workspace
* find alternative work locations and spaces, such as a picnic table or park bench * visit www.yogasleep.com

16) The typical person focuses on finishing the workday in order to drop back and relax. Those with work-life balance are productive at work and have a life for the rest of the day after work.
* leave work at a reasonable hour
* reduce TV watching and web surfing
* employ your den as a mini-gym
* engage in invigorating leisure

17) The typical person engages in inactive leisure, i.e. watching TV, web surfing. Those with work-life balance employ leisure for novel experiences, learning, and physical activity.
* live closer, not farther from work
* rediscover hobbies
* join group activities
* peruse local event notices and attend

18) The typical person intermittently invests in his or her own well-being. Those with work-life balance strategically purchase goods and services that support their well-being.
* buy in multiples when all supplies will eventually be used up
* make strategic purchases…
* if it saves one hour a week
* if it takes up little space, is portable, expandable, flexible, can be traded in

19) The typical person longs for the good old days when the pace of life was slower. Those with work-life balance recognize that even in our fast-paced society, slowing down is continually attainable.
* acknowledge and accept the world as it is
* seek to change aspects of your personal environment over which you have control
* consider the 80-20 rule and ignore low-payoff tasks and activities
* emulate the role models in your industry, organization, or profession

20) The typical person over-collects work-life balance tips hoping that such information will rub off on them. Those who have work-life balance ingest the insights of others, and ultimately follow the beat of their own drum.
* put what you learn into motion
* adopt new behaviors until they become habits
* establish new personal systems
* develop rewarding rituals

21) The typical parent passes their hectic lifestyle on to their children. Those who have it teach their children what is needed to continually experience work-life balance
* remember: children learn most from observation
* exhibit behaviors that you want them to emulate
* include them in activities, ask for their opinion
* act accordingly: actions speak louder than words

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