Little Lessons

No Medals

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 22, 2019 5:00:00 AM

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"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us--that's where it's at." – Jesse Owens

The older gentleman entered the dining room with a beaming smile. Before he had a chance to sit down, the server asked, “How did your son do?” The enthusiastic response, “He made it with 6 minutes to spare!”

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Topics: success, hard work, goals, persistence, inspiration, motivation, journey, marathon, people, challenge, little lessons, help, wins, walking

Eat Your Vegetables – A Lesson from My Mother

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 1, 2018 10:01:00 PM

As most of my friends will tell you, I’m not a fan of green food. I won’t get upset if a pea or an asparagus spear touches my steak, but I don’t order salad as a meal. In fact, I almost never order salad with my meal.

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Topics: motivation, planning, mother

Problems Don’t Get Easier – Until They’re Solved

Posted by Mark Fallon

Aug 25, 2017 5:03:00 AM


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Topics: success, hard work, goals, motivation, attitude

A Lot of Hard Work, and a Little Luck

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 28, 2017 4:12:00 AM

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"Nothing worthwhile comes easily....Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last." - Hamilton Holt

A hot and humid Sunday morning in July. Instead of finding a cool beach breeze or shady swing, I was on my hands and knees weeding the front flower beds. Pulling the weeds not only gives the plants more room, the light tilling of the dirt helps the ground better absorb water. After a few sweaty hours, with a cold glass of ice water in hand, I sat and enjoyed the beauty of the hydrangea and lilies.

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Topics: hard work, motivation, attitude

Celebrate Small Wins

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 23, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“Celebrate any progress. Don't wait to get perfect.” – Ann McGee Cooper

When building project plans, I always highlight milestones – important events that mark key phases. Traditionally, milestones are used to measure progress towards the goal. I also use them for something just as important – a reason to celebrate.

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Topics: goals, motivation, attitude

Power from Positivity

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 2, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

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For centuries, people attempted to create a perpetual motion machine – a device that once started, would keep running forever on its own energy. Designs were drafted and models were built by scientists and charlatans alike. After all, doesn’t Newton’s First Law state than an object in motion will continue to stay in motion unless acted upon?

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Topics: love, optimism, motivation, attitude

Your Time of Day

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 12, 2017 5:00:00 AM


I love mornings. Waking up right before the dawn. Listening to the sounds of the world awakening. Hearing the songbirds announce the first moments of light.

I ease into my daily rituals. A quick check of email. Look over my latest writing project. Roll the kinks out of my legs. Pick out a route for that morning’s run.

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Topics: strength, hard work, goals, motivation, running

The Benefits of a Positive Attitude. Or Did You Get Your Cherry on Top?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 14, 2017 5:01:00 AM

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." - W. Clement Stone

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Topics: inspiration, humor, motivation, attitude

The Journey Has Only Begun

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 31, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“I am not going to advocate ... the abandoning of the improved modes of travel; but I am going to brag as lustily as I can on behalf of the pedestrian, and show how all the shining angels second and accompany the man who goes afoot, while all the dark spirits are ever looking out for a chance to ride.” - John Burroughs

Hands_In_The_Air.jpgTen years ago – April 2, 2007 – I began running again. I was turning 45 that year, so I decided to mark the occasion by running the Army 10-Miler in Washington, DC. It was a lofty goal, as I struggled to complete a 2-mile run at a 12 minute-per-mile pace. Two great friends – Ken and Brian – agreed to provide advice and support as I prepared for the race.

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Topics: goals, motivation, running

What Can You Do When Pushed?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 24, 2017 5:00:00 AM

"Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push." - Joann Thomas

2ltFallon.jpgI had passed the physical fitness test, including the dreaded pull-ups. Now, all that stood between me and U.S. Army Ranger School was the Combat Water Survival Test, or CWST. Three stations – swim the length of the pool, jump blindfolded from a diving board, and remove my weapons harness while under water. And holding onto my rifle the entire time.

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Topics: goals, inspiration, motivation

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