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Does Your Small-Talk Meet the Triple Filter Test? Read This Parable to Find Out.

As Game Changers, we have the responsibility of walking our talk. Whenever we commit actions that are not in alignment with who we are, it creates cognitive dissonance which is the mental stress we experience from behaving in a manner that is not congruent with our beliefs and values.


Our personal integrity and reputation are measured by the level of trust other people place in our consistency to walk our talk.
We've all heard the phrase, "Watch out for the small foxes that spoil the vine."
In the following parable, we are asked to  consider if  our small-talk meets the Triple Filter Test. I found this parable to be simple and profound.

Socrates was the great philosopher in ancient Greece and was held in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute”, Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

“That’s right”…

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Be Inspired with Positive Vibes from these Videos by Peter Sharp and The Liberators

I'm becoming a huge fan of Peter Sharp who considers himself an Adventurer, Social Artist, Philosopher & World Peace Maker. 

Peter is leading the social movement Good Vibrations Barcelona.His work inspires me with hope in the goodness of humanity. Check him out and his work on Inspiralight and be inspired too.

His quote, "Freedom is a state of mind" resonates so deeply within me. I'm using this quote to challenge myself to express more hope and positivity in the work I do as a "Champion of Possibility."

Why Should We Believe Freedom is a State of Mind?



We can be in the right place with the wrong frame of mind. When we're in the right place with the wrong frame of mind, we aren't able to discern the possibility of new possibilities that exist at that moment. So often, this results in us missing opportunities to create positive change in some aspect of our lives. 

In my own life, I can see in many instances how not having the right frame of mind preven…

The Leadership Playbook for Bouncing Back from Failure to Navigating Award-Winning Success

I've never been more conflicted with a decision during my Marriott career, then when I received the results from my first employee opinion survey as a GM. After six months on the job, the staff rated my leadership ability in the bottom quartile of all the Fairfield Inn hotels in the Mid-Atlantic region. During all the years I’d worked my way up through the ranks of management in Marriott’s Courtyard division, my employee opinion survey results were always at least 85% and several years it was over 90%. So, I was taken back by the perception the staff had of me. After considering all that I had experienced during the six months I had been GM of the hotel, I questioned if I had made the best decision. Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant. ~ Horace~ The results of this survey didn’t tell the back story of events which had taken place during my first six months on the job. Such as, being required to travel back and for…

3 Ways to Amp Up Your Power to Produce Game-Changing Results

Have you ever wondered how individuals who have had to face daunting circumstances are able to press on to achieve their personal and professional goals while others lose their motivation and quit altogether? Why are some people able to maintain a fiery drive while other people’s inner drive fizzles? So, what’s the secret to maintaining a fierce and determined attitude towards achieving success in the face of difficulty? You’ve got to develop and nurture empowering beliefs and effective personal leadership smarts that empower you to lead from within. According to Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and Great by Choice, “Leading from within requires that you develop the habit of being aware of your thoughts, feelings, emotions, words and “life messages”. Leading from within helps you nurture the mindset and behavior necessary to overcome challenges and optimize opportunities where you are now while preparing for where you want to go next. Develop empowering beliefs and demonstrate per…