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Old 05-10-2014, 10:18 AM
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Probably best off, leaving the British accent to Bally
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:56 PM
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He is a British lab!
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Old 05-10-2014, 08:15 PM
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Saturday, May 11
1) Lunch at Hooters where Bedros and I were extra polite. Although it's hard to maintain civility when eating crab legs.
2) Great day of coaching...lots of photos with Mastermind members
3) Hanging out with some coaching clients on rooftop of Hardrock - pool bar
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Old 05-11-2014, 09:26 AM
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Sunday, May 11th
- early flight back to Toronto...was extra polite to everyone, from hotel checkout to INSANE taxi driver to TSA
- will get home to family in time for Mother's Day dinner
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:03 PM
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Monday, May 12
1) When I workout I really just want to be left alone, especially when I have really heavy squats to get through...

...it's a lot easier for me to be polite once I get through that final set and into accessory exercises.

But today I slowed down, was patient and polite, and even offered assistance to a couple of strangers during my heavy squats (I usually don't help people unless they ask for it).

So the workout part went great.

2) The grocery store was a different story...it started off wrong...I was in someone's way and, selfishly, I didn't say, "Sorry, excuse me". I recognized my mistake.

When I got to the counter, I lucked out with an opportunity for redemption.

The older woman in front of me in line asked the clerk for help carrying her heavy sacks of apples and produce to her car...I volunteered, telling the clerk, "I'll run these out while you ring in my items."

It worked out perfectly.

I even brought back in some jars from the woman for recycling by the store.

"You're awesome," said the clerk.

"It was nothing," I replied.

And it truly was nothing.

Why shouldn't this be my natural behavior. It was a 5 pound bag of apples...I should be volunteering to help folks out with this more often.

I need to patient, polite, courteous, giving, volunteering, etc.

So many people I know are naturally like that...they'd think this entire project of "becoming a gentleman" is ridiculous.

But I need it!

So I'll keep on pushing and having these little victories each day.

Craig <= Thinking of changing my name to Craigory <= More gentlemanly???

PS - Also did a polite TT FB QnA here...but these are easy to stay polite and positive:

- https://www.facebook.com/TurbulenceT...52413176044679
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:05 PM
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By the way, if you are enjoying this, you should also check out my Money Transformation from Contest #17:

- http://forum.ttmembers.com/showthread.php?t=12390
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:55 PM
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You are an inspiration Craig. I will enjoy reading and better yet emulating your activity. The world could use a lot more civility and compassion. Thanks very much for your example. Concetta
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:08 PM
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Aw shucks, thank you.

I guess that's the Southern Gentleman response.

Which I am also fascinated with, by the way...I've always wanted to find a small town, like the one in To Kill a Mockingbird, and meet a real life Atticus Finch.

Charleston is as close as I've gotten...they certainly have Southern Gentlemen there, like Mr. Woodrum.

Good times.

Keep on pushing on.

Never stop improving.

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You are an inspiration Craig. I will enjoy reading and better yet emulating your activity. The world could use a lot more civility and compassion. Thanks very much for your example. Concetta
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Old 05-13-2014, 09:00 AM
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Grocery stores are a great opportunity for practicing patience and kindness.
I am quite impatient myself at times and it is always a test when you are in a hurry because that's when the lines are longest...
I do try to let others with a couple items go in front of me if I have a lot of things in my cart,though. Or if I see a mom struggling with an impatient little one I will let them go first.


I love that you are always trying to improve. That is what we all need to continually get better
everyday.
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Old 05-13-2014, 01:18 PM
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Tuesday, May 13th
- Started speaking with a British accent.
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