Archive for the ‘Ron Alford’ Category

Do You Believe in Coincidences?

I don’t! On a recent Sunday night, I was unpacking boxes in my new garage. I came across a lot of my race bibs from over the years and thought I’d hang them up on the wall for memories. The first number I pulled out was from a triathlon in Hawaii, on April 4, 2005. It was the very first […]

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Crushing Fear

FEAR IS NOT REAL BUT WHAT IT DOES TO US IS VERY REAL. Fear is as evil as a little fluffy dog biting at your ankles… If you could see a slow-motion video of the past year in your mind, if you could see all of the decisions you’ve made or haven’t made because of fear, it would astound you. The […]

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8 Habits to Increase Joy in Your Life

The consistency of joy is an ultimate measure of personal success. Spreading joy and serving mankind is the highest expression of success, but it’s almost impossible to make others joyful if you’re not yourself. Literally any goal somehow comes back to the ability to feel joy and live a fulfilling life. With that in mind, here are eight modifications that […]

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The Art of Listening

I could write book after book on the experiences I encountered in the many summers I sold books with the Southwestern Company–over 110 weeks of 80+ hours of door-to-door selling in various neighborhoods across America. Those doors refined me and helped to reveal any of the strengths and character traits that were buried deep inside me. They made me who […]

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The “Little/Much Principle”

 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16:10   No matter where your spiritual beliefs lie, we can all see how this principle is applicable to our everyday lives with businesses, families, relationships, and even finances. The size of the task […]

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Common Sense, Yet Uncommon Practice

Marice was an incredible natural basketball player. The best on our high school basketball team by far. His skills led our team to the National Championship game in Alaska – almost pulling off a great upset over the title-winning school. Marice was great and he knew it. Let’s think about this comment… Wouldn’t it be a shame if you were […]

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How Do You Express Thankfulness?

How can a man demonstrate his gratitude for all that he’s been given, while at the same time inspire others to think differently, go the extra mile, and be someone who always follows through? I’ve found that I can do this through endurance running. Starting on my 34th birthday, I began to do what I refer to as my “Run […]

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Consistent Gratitude

What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you were grateful for today? Imagine your life lived with more consistent gratitude. What would it do to your Relationships? Your Business? Your overall Joy of Life? In one of my favorite cinematic moments, Tom Hanks in Cast Away sits in a dark hotel room. He has just come home after years of […]

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The Will to Rise Above, Part 3

IGNORE THE NOISE—MAXIMIZE YOUR FOCUS! I’ve always admired those with the ability to block out distractions and keep a laser-like focus on their priorities. With technology allowing us to be distracted literally 100% of the time, now it is increasingly difficult to focus. Not to mention, most people I know are paranoid they have A.D.D. I see parents at the […]

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The Will to Rise Above, Part 2

“WHAT WE RESIST WILL PERSIST.” I don’t often quote Buddha, but this wise saying reminds us, “It is your resistance to ‘what is’ that causes your suffering.” This is one of the greatest life lessons I’ve ever learned. Think about that for a minute. It means that our suffering only occurs when we resist how things are. For the last […]

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The Will to Rise Above, Part 1

Nobody is immune to the challenging seasons of life. We’ve all been there and we all have trials and tribulations to come. This is a fact of life. However, have you ever noticed that some people seem to survive and carry on through challenging times better than others? These people tend to handle success and tremendous growth better as well. […]

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The Myth of Self-Discipline

Would you consider yourself a disciplined person? Why? Why not? I’ve found that most people believe they are either disciplined or they’re not. They think they were somehow born a disciplined person or are that way because it is ingrained in them, something that was passed down from their ancestors and is fully out of their control. Do you feel […]

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The Little/Much Principle

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” –Luke 16:10 This is known as the Little/Much Principle. No matter where your spiritual beliefs lie, we can all see how this principle is applicable in our everyday lives with businesses, families, relationships, and […]

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