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Whenever I’m practicing baseball with my son, Nick, I always remind him to keep his eye on the ball. Of course, like any kid, he rolls his eyes and says “I know dad”…but he forgets unless I remind him, because I see it.
It’s the same in every sport… baseball, football, golf, tennis, soccer, etc…watching the ball is the key to success. If you take your eye off the ball in almost any sport you are doomed. I know it sounds so easy but we need to do it over and over again for days, weeks, months, throughout our career or we will overlook doing that one simple little thing in the most critical moment that will determine winning or losing…making the team or getting cut. You have to practice until it’s just instinctive and then you need to keep practicing it so you don’t lose the instinct. If you ever watch sports on TV and you see some world class athlete make an amazing play many times, you will hear the announcer say he/she never took their eye off the ball…its why they made the spectacular play. Hitting, kicking or catching the ball is the goal of an athlete.
So what does watching a ball have to do with us being successful in life/business? To accomplish our goals in life, business, or anyone of the areas of our F5 (Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, Finance) we have to do exactly the same thing an athlete does. Our goal may not be fielding, catching or hitting a ball, but whatever our goal is we need to keep our eye on it all of the time. We need to be constantly focused on it and have rituals we do daily, weekly, monthly, annually that help us to keep our eye on the ball (the goal). It’s not just an every now and then thing…it’s something we need to be doing all of the time. Because if we don’t, just like my son who plays baseball, you are going to whiff it and strike out.
Spend time daily reviewing you goals…make it a ritual. If you do, your chances of turning those goals into accomplishments increases exponentially. Now if you don’t have specific goals for your life, business, etc. take the time to create them. It is amazing to me how most people don’t really have any specific goals around what they want to accomplish…most just want things to get better but don’t really know what that means. Get specific…think about each one of the areas of your F5 and then write down one or two things in each one of those areas you want to accomplish and put a date on when to have it happen. Then review them daily, think about them constantly, share them with your family, share with your friends, make them the screen saver on your computer, put them on a sticky note that is on the mirror in your bathroom, etc. Do it and you will be amazed with what will happen. You will knock it out of the park!
CHARLESTON, W.V. – Senator Jay Rockefeller today called on Congress to get serious about fixing our nation’s crumbling roads and bridges.
During a statewide transportation summit examining the condition—and future—of our country’s transportation infrastructure, Rockefeller expressed continued disappointment with Congress’ failure to act on infrastructure investment.
Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, welcomed United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx as the keynote...
On Tuesday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), will hold a hearing entitled, "Protecting America’s Youth: An Update from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children." The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Since 1984, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has helped lead a coordinated national effort to assist children who are missing or victims of violent crimes. Authorized under the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, NCMEC has referred for investigation more than two million reports of crimes against children. In 2013, Congress reauthorized the law to ensure NCMEC continues its important work, while also strengthening taxpayer protections through enhanced accountability and oversight. Congress also included reforms to foster greater coordination between law enforcement and states, districts, and schools in their efforts to recover missing children, specifically those who are victims of child sex trafficking.
Tuesday’s hearing will provide members the opportunity to examine NCMEC’s ongoing work and implementation of recent legislative changes. To learn more about the hearing, visit http://edworkforce.house.gov/hearings.
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Mr. John D. Ryan
President and CEO
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement after it was announced Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Director Josh Gotbaum would step down:
Director Gotbaum is to be commended for his years of dedicated service and unwavering commitment to workers and retirees. His departure comes at a critical time for the agency and those who participate in the multiemployer pension system. I urge the president to move quickly to find a qualified nominee to lead this important agency, and wish Josh and his family the best.
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When I was younger, I was much heavier and fairly sedentary. It took a long time to discover how much I love activity and it took even longer to get healthier and love nutritious foods. I look at this as a blessing. As I got healthier, I became more and more connected to what my body was able to be and do. That was new, fresh and exciting. Then about 3 1/2 years ago I broke my leg and needed to have surgery with some pretty titanium bling put in. As I was rehabilitating, I started to explore my body again with a new perspective. I became interested in what my “new” body was going to be able to do. Initially I wanted to just be back to where I was pre injury, but as I healed, I realized I had a different body! Not one better or worse, just different. That allowed my focus to be about my healing and what I was capable of vs. what I wasn’t capable of. It was (oddly) exciting to test out my body’s abilities over the next several weeks/months even though a lot of the rehab was painful and I even had to learn how to walk again.
Here we are nearly 4 years later and I had another accident. This one was on the bike. Fortunately I don’t need surgery, but I do need to heal. My broken leg was much more debilitating, yet as I’ve been moving through my healing, I’m recalling some of what I experienced before. I’m rediscovering my body and what it can do. 2 1/2 weeks ago I had a lot of bruising, major shoulder pain and was careful with fast movement since I had a concussion. Now I’m about 90% better and healing much faster than expected. Every day I wake up with better movement. My body is different…so each movement I do, I “feel” and get excited when I can do something today that I couldn’t do yesterday. I take my time with movement and pay attention to how amazing our bodies (and minds) are. I’ve pumped my body full of nutrients which help in the process of eliminating inflammation and accelerating mending.
I’m sharing this, because it saddens me that I meet many who only live in what they used to be able to do and I know they can experience such a better way to live.
When their body doesn’t feel the same and say, their knees hurt, that’s the only thing they focus on rather than what the rest of their body is able to do and with proper attention and care, they might eliminate a lot of their pain.
I meet folks who have put on weight and focus with frustration on how their body felt 15 years ago vs the potential it has once they begin to take the weight off again. Each day!
I meet collegiate athletes who live in the hay day of fitness from decades ago and forget that their bodies are still able to do so much…just different abilities. Some in which they might enjoy more.
These people I mention are wonderful, but they get in their own way. They (WE) all forget that every day we have a new body. We have new cells, new tissue and if we choose, a new attitude! We have the power through lifestyle changes to actually make a younger body. We can get connected to how we feel in movement and forget about what “used” to be and begin with what we can control in our healing or as I like to call it “living”. Whether the healing/living is weight loss, weight/muscle gain, learning to ride a bike (carefully), yoga, walking or any sport, we can embrace the fact that we can create a better mobility and functional body and mind; even if it’s one tiny step at a time.
Think about all the movements you do in just one day and what you take for granted. Think about how precious each movement is and love what you already can do and what you might be able to accomplish if you take the time to explore your fresh, new body each day.
To me, that’s exciting. I love that as each year passes, I am still interested in what’s possible. You can too…live in the present, feel your new body and move whatever you have!
When speaking of staying healthy or fit most people go right to focusing on their bodies strong. Going to the gym or running is just part of the daily routine.
But what about our mind? That’s part of our body too and with all of the running lists and tasks going through our heads, I think it’s safe to say, that sometimes it needs some assistance as well. Maybe even a distraction, something to help refocus it onto what’s really important. Why not treat your mind right with Headspace, the meditation app you’ve been looking for.
Headspace really is meditation made simple. It teaches you the basics of meditation in just 10 minutes a day using proven meditation and mindfulness techniques to train your mind for a happier, healthier and more enjoyable life. Some might even say it’s like a gym membership for your mind.
It’s designed so you have access to guided meditations anywhere you are. Their Headspace on the go app allows you to download sessions and even use them offline. That’s right, you can be completely unplugged and still have access to train your mind. It’s the perfect sidekick no matter where you are; plane, train, mountain, or work. Take a few minutes and decompress so you can come back even stronger with whatever it is you’re facing in life.
If you really like the apps 10 minute programs, you can sign up for Headspaces paid version to get access to hundreds of hours of original meditations both guided and unguided, ranging from 2-60 minutes.
Check it out today and get your mind to a healthier, happier place.
A bipartisan group of House members today introduced legislation that would strengthen support for youth who are victims of sex trafficking. The proposed bills would improve identification and assessment of child sex trafficking victims and enhance existing support for runaway and homeless youth.
“Every year thousands of children are victims of sex trafficking,” said Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN). “We have to do more to address this national crisis. There is no reason why we shouldn’t fix outdated policies that make it harder to identify and serve these vulnerable youth. The bipartisan legislative proposals introduced today will help prevent victims from falling through the cracks and strengthen the support they need. I want to thank my colleagues for their leadership on this critical issue. More must be done and today’s effort is a step in the right direction.”
It is estimated that each year 300,000 children become victims of sex trafficking. Many of these children were once involved in a state child welfare system, yet their experience with sexual exploitation may go undetected. Members are introducing bipartisan legislation that will enhance support services for victims and improve the child welfare response to trafficking:
Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking. Introduced by Reps. Joe Heck (R-NV), John Kline (R-MN), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), the legislation (H.R. 5076) will improve support provided specifically to runaway and homeless youth who are victims of sex trafficking.
Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014. Introduced by Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), John Kline (R-MN), Tom Marino (R-PA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the legislation (H.R. 5081) will improve practices within state child welfare systems to identify and document sex trafficking victims.
The bipartisan leaders of this effort praised today’s action:
Congressman Joe Heck (R-NV) – “We have a moral obligation to care for victims of sex trafficking, especially vulnerable children. By passing a simple fix to the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act we can ensure that those suffering from the trauma of these deplorable acts will have access to the care and support they need.”
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) – “We absolutely must confront the reality that girls in our foster care system are being recruited and pipelined into sex trafficking. And, unfortunately, far too often, those responsible for protecting our children fail to properly identify and assist trafficked and exploited children,” said Rep. Bass. “This bi-partisan and commonsense legislation will make sure that state child welfare agencies have the policies and training to combat sex trafficking so that our foster care system is protecting children.”
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) – "In order to ensure that victims of trafficking receive the support they need, we must provide additional support to states, organizations and other entities to train the staff working with these victims. This training allows service providers to successfully address and respond to the behavioral and emotional effects of abuse and assault. Our bill ensures that staff training will also include ways to recognize and respond to the unique needs and circumstances of trafficking victims. It is a simple change, but an important one necessary to improve the services available. It is my hope that we can continue this spirit of bipartisanship and work together to improve and strengthen programs that support our nation's children."
To learn more about the legislative proposals, click here.
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House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today joined House Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairman Tim Walberg (R-MI) to urge Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to reverse the Department’s decision to unilaterally extend the Davis-Bacon Act requirements to survey technicians due to inadequate analysis and outreach to industry stakeholders.
Graves, Kline and Walberg wrote in a letter to Perez, “When the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued AAM No. 212 along with a guidance letter on March 22, 2013, survey technicians were included under Davis-Bacon for the first time in the act’s history. For over 50 years, both Republican and Democrat administrations have consistently excluded survey technicians from Davis-Bacon requirements. However, after receiving unsolicited input from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the department proceeded to make this unprecedented policy change based solely on the information from the IUOE without consulting any other stakeholders. To make matters worse, the department made this change through an agency memorandum, rather than the public rulemaking process. The department’s action in this case has resulted in confusion as to what work is covered by the memorandum and when the change in policy officially began.”
In 2013, Graves, Kline and Walberg wrote a letter requesting documents and communications concerning its decision to overturn decades of policy and apply Davis-Bacon wage requirements to survey technicians. The Department’s response was significantly delayed and failed to provide all the documents and communications that been requested. However, the documentation provided show that only the IUOE was consulted during the nearly two years the Department considered the change.
As Graves, Kline and Walberg continued in today’s letter, “Based on the most recent documents provided to the committee, it is clear the department worked exclusively with the IUOE to make this significant policy change. The entire process appears to have started on May 4, 2011, when an assistant for William Waggoner, Business Manager, IUOE Local 12, contacted the department stating that Mr. Waggoner had discussed this issue with then-Secretary Solis at a luncheon and would like to meet in Washington, D.C. to discuss the matter.”
To read the full letter, click HERE.
Committee to Hold Hearings on the Implementation of Contracting Reforms and Impact of Occupational Licensing on Entrepreneurship
The House Small Business Committee, chaired by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), today announced the schedule for the week of July 14, 2014:
On Tuesday, July 15, at 1:00 p.m., the Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, under the chairmanship of Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), will hold a hearing titled, “Action Delayed, Small Business Opportunities Denied: Implementation of Contracting Reforms in the FY 2013 NDAA.” The purpose of this hearing will be to address the sluggish implementation of the numerous small business procurement reforms included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013. Given that most procurement regulations affecting small businesses must undergo a two-step regulatory process; first being promulgated by the Small Business Administration (SBA), and then promulgated by the Federal Acquisition Council, these delays make it unlikely that the reforms will be fully implemented before the next President takes office in 2017.
"Over 18 months ago, the President signed into law small business contracting reform within the FY2013 NDAA, but little progress has been made on the implementation of these reforms,” Chairman Hanna said. “This is a classic example of a bloated bureaucratic federal government that is wasting taxpayer dollars and dragging its feet on the promulgation of important laws. Rather than creating new, untested entrepreneurial development programs, the SBA should focus on completing its core responsibilities efficiently.”
On Wednesday, July 16, at 1:00 p.m., the Committee will conduct a hearing titled "Barriers to Entrepreneurship: Examining the Anti-Trust Implications of Occupational Licensing." This hearing will examine whether economic opportunity is being denied by onerous state licensure requirements to engage in certain occupations. Specifically, this hearing will focus on the role that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plays in combating the rise in occupational licensure through the enforcement of federal anti-trust laws.
“While the intent of occupational licensing may be to provide benefits to the public, there also are potential costs associated with erecting broad regulatory barriers to pursuing work and realizing the American dream. These hurdles are disproportionately high for lower and middle class Americans,” said Chairman Graves. “This hearing will take a good look at whether the state licensing boards, which are typically made up of individuals already working in the profession, are creating broad requirements that unfairly restrict competition and examine the role the FTC plays in promoting competition and ensuring compliance with anti-trust laws.”
Watch the hearing live HERE.
Tuesday, July 15, 1:00 p.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
Action Delayed, Small Business Opportunities Denied: Implementation of Contracting Reforms in the FY 2013 NDAA
Wednesday, July 16, 1:00 p.m. EDT
2360 Rayburn House Office Building
Small Business Committee
Barriers to Entrepreneurship: Examining the Anti-Trust Implications of Occupational Licensing
House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) today joined Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairman Tim Walberg (R-MI) to urge Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to reverse the department’s decision to unilaterally extend the Davis-Bacon Act requirements to survey technicians due to inadequate analysis and outreach to industry stakeholders.
Kline, Graves, and Walberg wrote in a letter to Perez:
When the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued AAM No. 212 along with a guidance letter on March 22, 2013, survey technicians were included under Davis-Bacon for the first time in the act’s history. For over 50 years, both Republican and Democrat administrations have consistently excluded survey technicians from Davis-Bacon requirements.
However, after receiving unsolicited input from the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), the department proceeded to make this unprecedented policy change based solely on the information from the IUOE without consulting any other stakeholders. To make matters worse, the department made this change through an agency memorandum, rather than the public rulemaking process. The department’s action in this case has resulted in confusion as to what work is covered by the memorandum and when the change in policy officially began.
In 2013, Graves, Kline and Walberg wrote a letter requesting documents and communications concerning its decision to overturn decades of policy and apply Davis-Bacon wage requirements to survey technicians. The department’s response was significantly delayed and failed to provide all the documents and communications that were requested. The response did reveal that only the IUOE was consulted during the nearly two years the department considered the change. As Kline, Graves, and Walberg continued in today’s letter:
Based on the most recent documents provided to the committee, it is clear the department worked exclusively with the IUOE to make this significant policy change. The entire process appears to have started on May 4, 2011, when an assistant for William Waggoner, Business Manager, IUOE Local 12, contacted the department stating that Mr. Waggoner had discussed this issue with then-Secretary Solis at a luncheon and would like to meet in Washington, D.C. to discuss the matter.
To read the full letter, click here.
This amazing man did not lead an ordinary life, having run the 5,000 meters at the 1936 Olympics (he missed a medal but ran his last lap in an astonishing 56 seconds) and also surviving untold, horrible conditions during his service in World War II.
While on a mission over the Pacific Ocean in search of a fellow, fallen pilot, Zamparini’s plane failed and crashed into the water. Zamperini and two other crew members survived but were left to fend for themselves on a raft for 47 days. After one of his colleagues died while on the raft at sea, Zamperini and the remaining survivor washed ashore and were taken as prisoners of war by the Japanese. They were fed poorly and Zamperini was singled out and abused by one of the camp sergeants. Zamperini was prematurely declared dead by the US military, but as we find out, he endured.
His whole story can actually be read in Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, Unbroken, which is also being turned into a film to be released on Christmas Day this year. You can see the trailer for the movie here.
When Hillenbrand asked Zamperini about the secret of living such a long life, he responded with something I think we can all take into consideration as we live out our days:
“People always talk about diet,” Zamperini says. “But it’s not diet.”
His disarming blue eyes twinkle. For a man who has weathered so much and is still here to tell the tale, you’re inclined to lean in when he offers his wisdom.
“The secret of longevity is attitude,” he says.
He quotes the apostle Paul in Philippians 4:12-13: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota), Chair of the Joint Economic Committee and a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, led a bipartisan group of 32 senators in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker supporting a common-sense proposal to permit Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) labeling that encourages consumer-friendly price comparisons.
The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM)...
The Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access, under the chairmanship of Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), today conducted a hearing on the issue of cash accounting, how it affects small businesses, and whether policies should be changed to allow small firms more flexibility in using an accounting method that best suits their operations. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Rice worked as a tax attorney.
According to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, 41 percent of small businesses use cash accounting, making it the preferred method of accounting for small businesses. Nevertheless, the Internal Revenue Code (IRS) requires that many small businesses in the United States use the more complicated accrual method of accounting for tracking cash receipts and disbursements.
“Today’s witnesses overwhelmingly believe that Washington should expand the use of cash accounting because the majority of small businesses prefer it for their business operations,” said Chairman Rice. “The IRS prohibiting some small businesses from using cash accounting is a perfect example of a government barrier to private sector growth. As a tax attorney, I’ve dealt with small companies who spend too much time dealing with tax compliance requirements that are time-consuming and unnecessary. We should be doing everything possible to make it easier for small businesses to grow and create jobs. In addition, any tax reform proposal that Congress considers should protect and expand the use of cash accounting.”
Materials from the hearing are available on the Committee’s website HERE.
Sarah Windham, Senior Tax Manager of Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP in Charleston, SC said, “Since their income can fluctuate widely from year to year, accrual accounting, coupled with our progressive tax system, would likely cause farmers to pay more taxes over time than a company in a different industry with stable income over the same time period. Cash accounting allows them to accelerate expenses or defer income giving farms the option to even out their taxable income comparable with long‐term earnings of other industries.”
Terry Durkin, Owner of Durkin Associates in Burlington, MA said, “As Congress begins reforming the tax code, I urge you to keep in mind how essential cash basis accounting is to startup businesses, especially micro businesses. I believe Congress can do more to help them. Both Chairman Camp and former Senator Baucus’s proposals are good first steps, but I strongly recommend that Congress go even further.”
Donald Williamson, Executive Director of the Kogod Tax Center at American University in Washington, DC said, “My testimony will describe and highlight the burden placed upon small businesses when the Internal Revenue Code requires them to be on the accrual method of accounting. However, even where the law permits a small business to use the simpler cash method of accounting, the general requirement to maintain inventory records creates burdens that may only influence by only a few months the timing of a small business’s taxable income. Therefore, we urge Congress to not only expand the number of businesses eligible to use the case method of accounting but to also enact a “simplified” cash method of accounting for small business that would further reduce unnecessary record keeping and compliance burdens. We believe such simplification will neither adversely affect the accuracy of tax returns nor impact the ability of the IRS to collect tax.”