How do you like to learn

There are times that I really like to sit and read. If I am more hurried, I will either dictate what I am writing or grab information off YouTube faster. I can’t do it for everything because not everything is found in fast-to-find places.

I mention this because I am starting to write a series of courses that will begin to come out in a month or two. It doesn’t matter how I would write them for me, I’ve already researched and found the information. I am writing them for you.

Today I am deviating from my one question at the end of my blog to three questions. I am very interested in your responses because you are the people for whom I am building the courses.

Do you prefer to read one or two-page fact sheets or watch a video? Do you like to have an interactive training session where you make choices and then move forward based on the option you have made? If there is a course with both reading and video watching, what percentage of each would you prefer?

Thank you for your time in considering this, and please let me know.

Fix or Buy New

I now face the ‘time that tries men’s souls.’ With a laptop this slow, is it more cost-effective to replace it or keep spending the time and aggravation to nurse it along. When Shakespeare wrote our first sentence, I think he was thinking the same thing about his writing nib that probably kept breaking or running out of ink.

It is a dilemma that has plagued us all for millennia. What is our hourly rate? How much do we drain from our schedule, trying on an endless quest to drag another six months out of something that continuously frustrates us?

There is a tipping point. I must consider my aggravation and what it does to my body. I have to consider my delay of work, And what’s that costs me. I have to consider the cost of my time and whether there is a fair price to charge for my time or if it is just something that I am wishing.

What I believe is we should think wisely and sanely. A new machine would last longer. My old laptop, then donated to a charity, would clean it up, fix it and give it to a school kid who does not have a computer.

I may shock those who read my blogs, presenting the articles in a timely and sane manner. It would help me focus on other problems without frustration.

Have you ever faced a dilemma over whether to repair or replace something?

Taste Change

Every so often, I tend to run out of something. The most irritating part is this usually happens after going to the grocery store or the market. I know that I should go through the cupboards before I go to the store, yet inevitably something gets missed.

Today the missing ingredient is Splenda for the coffee. I like my coffee. I like coffee with Splenda and lactose-free milk with unique added ingredients for brain health. Like many others, I find myself a creature of habit and enjoy things the way I like them.  And yet, over the years, especially in military service, I have learned that you can start to tolerate anything given time.

I can endure most things for two weeks.  In most cases, I will get accustomed to the different taste. Suppose I go a month or more with the different flavors. In that case, my usual preferences will taste odd when I first return to them.

Have you ever had to change things you like because of a new location or a shortage? 

Have You Sat Down and Figured It Out

Have you sat down and figured out where you’re going? If you have not, that is your first step. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re just wandering in circles.

Have you looked where you want to, and the milestones needed to get there? If you have none, you are missing the points that will assure your direction and timing. If we’re going to go somewhere, we should do so without going astray and not wasting what precious little time we have.

Have we decided who is going with us on this journey? It would be terrible to get where you want to be and find out you forgot to bring Friends and family along. You need to make plans. And, plans call for decisions.

Have you done your due diligence? Is your destination what other people tell you it should be? Is your goal what you assume? Is your destination something that you have surveyed and planned out? I have seen too many people get to the destination they desired, only to find out it wasn’t what they desired at all. Have you done your homework?

If you have done all this and mapped it out, so it’s easy to follow? If you have, that is great. I wish you luck, and I hope to see you along the trail. If you have not done this yet and made your map, why? We all know the time waits for no one.

If you need help in accomplishing these tasks, please contact me. Where you are going; I have been. No one can do it for you. I have trained in many areas to help you. Please contact me if I can be of service.

Mike Balof, Director


425 N. Tejon St.

Colorado Springs, CO 80903


Managing Ebbs and Flows

Life moves in ever-expanding circles. Sometimes it moves incredibly fast, and sometimes it moves extremely slow. And though you would swear time has stopped completely, it is not.

We need to get used to the ebbs and flows of time. If we are smart, we learn to control those ebbs and flows by always having something to do when something else has slowed to a crawl. It is not hard to accomplish.

It isn’t easy to know exactly where you’re going to find an ebb or a flow. You can, though, always know where you are and what small tasks you can squeeze into 15-minutes while you’re waiting for a computer to reboot, a cleaning routine to complete, or the 10-minute delay in a zoom. Just have a list of those small minutia jobs you must do and usually would not have time to complete. While you are waiting for one significant thing, maybe you can kick a couple of those small things out and still be ready for your meeting.

Speaking about downtime and not much to do, if you are free on 2 February at 2:30 mountain standard time, grab a ticket from Eventbrite In join us for some communications training. It will probably run an hour and a half, and it has some good things that we’ve been working on a long time.

To grab your free ticket, please go to:
Please join us 2 February 2021, at 2:30 PM (MST) (9:30 UTC).  You will get to have some fun and hopefully learn a little something about communications.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Can They Possibly Get Out

Our family team started out running from the security police in their city when Sam broke the mandatory curfew. The security police chase them up an ancient rope bridge in the middle of the night. Strong winds cause the bridge to tip over. each member of the family team fell down a 200-foot waterfall into the river that flowed through the jungle of no return.

Since then, the Family had to find each other and figure out what they had to do to survive in the jungle. They needed to follow the river towards the ocean to get out of the jungle.  They needed to get back to their own civilization. Their biggest problem right now is that they’ve been toiling in this hot jungle for well over a month, and the most significant thing that they have gotten so far is hot, sweaty, and tired. For all their hard work, they’re getting close to mental exhaustion. The biggest question is how they will solve this problem and move on to find a way home?

What Life coaching methods can the family use to help save them and keep them on track?  To find out, join our class on Eventbrite:

To get your free tickets to this event, please go to:
Please join us 2 February 2021, at 2:30 p.m.  (MST (USA)) (9:30p.m. UTC).  You will get to have some fun and hopefully learn a little something about life values and communications.

Thank you for being with me for this first Sunday edition of my blog. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

World of Uproar

Each of us must remember that the ‘World of Uproar’ does not have to be our world, and the majority of the time, it does not have anything to do with our real goals. It is always good to stay abreast of what is happening in the world. We just need to understand that we have minimal sway over anything that happens out there.

I can control little, so I must pay attention to those things that I can avoid or capitalize upon. To do that, I need to stay abreast of trends and happenings. This doesn’t mean that every second can be devoted to wading through daily news up to my shoulders.

The majority of news lately is an attempt by one side or another to sway us to their way of thinking. I like reports that tell me the facts and leave it in my hands to figure out how it affects me. I can usually find that if I watch the news from other countries that don’t have an immediate stake in what they are talking about and reporting on.

I am not knocking our homegrown new services. The majority of them do excellent jobs and are very diligent in getting the facts right. However, we all have to admit some news services are formed merely for us trying to sway the public one way or another.

We should consider our news the same way that we treat our email. It is excellent to check for two or three times a day and be left off the rest of the time to get our real work done. Sitting on the couch, watching things for hours that we can not control, does not do any good for us or anyone else. Mail gets checked at 8 AM, 12 PM, 4 PM, and 8 PM. Why not check the news at seven, noon, and five? Just one man’s thoughts.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

My Thought

Unfortunately, tragedies, either natural or man-made, will happen at times in our lives or will happen elsewhere and have a profound effect upon us. We do need to take notice of these tragedies and understand them. And, all though these tragedies affect us, we cannot allow them to consume our lives to the point of overshadowing everything else in our existence.

In our lives, we find yourselves with many duties. There is a duty to our deity, responsibility to our country, family, and ourselves. Each of these duties should be kept in balance. To allow a tragedy or problem with anyone to overshadow others or to render us incapacitated towards our responsibilities in other areas does not help you, others, nor the situation.

This week we have seen a violation of our democracy. I will not debate whether it was caused within or without the government. We should not react in kind because this is not how we handle concerns and problems in America.  We hold to the rule of law, and that is where we must settle this matter.

Although we cannot stand for this type of insurrection against our government, we must be careful not to become, ourselves, the thing we hate. We need to ensure calmer heads and truer values prevail. And hopefully, we should ensure that they come from us.

I am not sure what causes people to sink to a level where they feel they have a right to act out in such vandalism and mayhem. I would like to stress here that nothing is ever won worth having by sinking to the lowest level that mankind can offer. The day is won when you encourage others to rise to your level. For within that battle, all win.

This week, we have seen how low our nation could fall. Our goal is not to leave it there, rather play a part in helping it to rise again, as we always do, to reclaim the status of that shining beacon on the hill.

Thank you for being with me today. We hope to be with you again soon.

It Is New, Now What?

Welcome to day five of our new year. And congratulations on making it here. Now the question is, what are you going to do?

I’m not talking about the facade of goals, which will be gone in a few months. I am not worried about what you want to be 10 years from now. What I’m asking is, now that you are in the new year and the year you hate is now behind you, what are you going to do.

I grant everyone the fact that last year was horrible. The year was one problem after another building to one calamity after another. But you have made it through, and here you are. You own a new year, a new day, and hopefully a better way.

Yes, I know the date on the calendar did not change the status of things on the ground. That is not the point, though. The fact is you drew a line in the sand to get a new year. Now you have it. If you do nothing to make this year better, you just have what you had before. If you do better in your life and your situations, you will have better outcomes.

Does this mean hard work? When did getting what you wanted out of life not mean hard work, planning, and a fair share of elbow grease and midnight oil? The nice thing is whether you know it or not, you can do this. Can I do it for you? No. Can your parents or kids do it for you? Absolutely not. Every time you look at a smiling CEO, a farm doing well, or a plumber happily doing the job, you see people doing the things they love. They are there because they took the time to learn and grow within their careers and professions. 

You have come this far. Do not give up on yourself now. You are in a new year, and you are closer to the cusp of getting what you want than you were a year ago. It’s time to forge forward, not backslide.

I tell you these things for the good of all of us. When someone succeeds, we all raise just a little; and when we fail to try, everyone else sinks just a bit. It’s not that I’m worried about everyone being let down. I just don’t want you to be back here a year from now asking the same questions about what happened.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.