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Priorities Help You Reach Goals

So maybe from the title you think I am stating the obvious. Without setting priorities, your life can  quickly become a series of tasks that distract from reaching your goals. But you might be surprised by how many people let this simple truth get in the way of their success and happiness.

Joe Caruso on Priorities

Let’s break this down a bit, so you can stay on track to reach your goals.

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Joe Caruso Supports Campaign for Cancer Awareness

A cancer survivor at a young age, Joe Caruso kicks off his participation in It’s In Your Jeans, a fundraising and awareness campaign that is…

committed to joining the fight against colorectal, prostate, and testicular cancers. Our mission is to educate men to take responsibility for their health and when to take action. Our goal is educate, promote awareness and to offer financial assistance toward the preventative treatment against, prostate, testicular, and colorectal cancer to the men in our community.

While cancer was the last thing on his mind as an 18-year old diagnosed in 1978, young men and men of all ages can greatly benefit from increased awareness and education to allow for early detection and prevention right now, in 2016.

8 Reasons Why Joe is Participating – Did You Know?

  1. Cancer is the second largest cause of death among males with prostate cancer being the first common form and colorectal cancer being the third most common.
  2. When it comes to routine doctors visits, men lag far behind women according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
  3. Michigan ranks eighth in the United States for the number of new cancer cases in 2015 – that’s 57,420 new cases last year. Of those, 12,300(21.4%) are prostate or colorectal cases. These cancers account for 2,480 deaths(11.9% of all cancer related deaths in Michigan in 2015).
  4. Due, in part, by the early diagnosis of certain cancers, the five year survival rate for all cancers was 68% (up from 49% in 1975).
  5. In 2012, 46.9% of Michigan men 50 years and older had a Prostate Specific Antigen(PSA) test in the past year according to MDHHS.
  6. There is a lack of urgency for preventative testing in our community.
  7. Having a family history of prostate cancer increases the risk for developing it.
  8. In 2012, an estimated 233,602 men were living with testicular cancer in the United States according to the National Cancer Institute.

If you would like to support Joe in his efforts for It’s In Your Jeans, visit his crowdrise page here.

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Great Minds in Personal Development

Nightingale-Conant celebrates Joe Caruso as one of the “50 of the greatest minds in personal development.”

Joe Caruso is deeply honored to be included in Nightingale-Conant’s Personal Insight Library Collection, alongside personal development greats like Steven Covey, Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Wayne Dyer, Jack Canfield and other legends of the industry. Nightingale-Conan is the largest publisher of personal development audio books in the world.

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The Reality TV Primaries

If you can get yourself to read past the third sentence of this article you may just learn how this year’s primary election is less about politics, or political solutions to America’s problems, and more about the confluence of three things: technology, the power of narrative, and the collective conscious of America.

Try to get through the next sentence knowing it is neither an endorsement for, nor an indictment of, a Presidential Primary candidate.

Politics aside, Donald Trump is the best-qualified candidate to win the Presidential Primaries.

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Time for a Change? What To Do When You Veer Off Course

Time for a Change? What To Do When You Veer Off Course

It’s always a good time to revisit your goals for the year. Accept, adjust, advance.

The New Year marks time on the calendar; this turning of the page often sparks a visceral drive within us amidst a cultural atmosphere around us to get a fresh start in our personal or professional lives. Most of our resolutions, or goals for the year, fall under one of three categories: improving physical health, emotional health and relationships (including your relationship to yourself), or career prospects. Within these categories, we tend to decide to change a habit that doesn’t serve us, or a acquire a new habit that does serve us.

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To Face Unafraid, The Plans That We Made

This past week, I was on a regular call with a client who heads a fast-growing small business. During the call he communicated that he was feeling a bit stressed due to the upcoming year-end board meeting, his recently hired high-level executives, and the challenges that come with the busy holiday season.

In response, I said that a lyric written by a 33-year-old named Richard Smith came to my mind.

When he asked what I meant, I replied, “…to face unafraid, the plans that we made…”

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Getting to the Root of the Problem

In my previous blog on How You Define the Problem is Part of the Solution, we used the example of weight loss to examine why some people are successful and others aren’t at solving a problem. Now let’s look at another example: those who blame their job or career for their unhappiness.

 

To put that concept in another context, let’s say that what you define as your problem is your career. Is it bringing you a sense of fulfillment? Does it make you feel good about yourself? Do you like getting up to go to work every day or do you dread the sound of the alarm?

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How You Define the Problem is Part of the Solution

Letting go is really no more than an approach to a problem. Since, by definition, we are active participants in creating our own reality, the number of solutions we’ll see to any problem is limited by the way we define the problem in the first place. I like to tell my clients, “the way we define the problem determines the solutions we won’t consider.”

“The way we define a problem determines all of the solutions our minds can’t possibly consider.”  – Joe Caruso

If you went to see a chiropractor because your feet hurt, she’d probably find a problem with your spine; a surgeon would, more often than not, find a surgical solution; a dietician would tell you to change your eating habits; and an orthopedist might suggest that you need orthotics. Before we consider the solution to a problem, we have to consider how we’ve defined it, because that will determine the kinds of solutions we allow ourselves to see. That is, in effect, the law of congruency.

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