Friday, September 30, 2016

Be the Change you want to see in the World

Be the change you want to see in the World – Mahatma Gandhi

I feel so strongly about this these words I had them tattooed on my forearm for everyone I come in contact with to see. Not that I am suggesting you do the same BUT I am suggesting you take this words to heart and try to live them every day.

If you are like most people you probably feel that you cannot change the world. But change always happens in increments. Tiny, sometimes almost imperceptible steps that add up over time and lead to vast changes in the world around you.  I would like the people in the world to be kinder to one another. How do I help make that happen? By being kinder to everyone I meet. I hold the door open for someone, I’ll make eye contact with a complete stranger and say “hope your having a great day”, and I smile more. Simple things that do indeed make a difference to those around me.

What about you? Can you smile more, can you make it a point to use the cashier’s name the next time you are checking out at the supermarket. “Hey Kathy, how is your day going?” 9 times out of 10 she’ll perk up and engage you in a short conversation. Doesn’t happen all the time but beats just standing there staring at the food as she scans it, right?

We all have more power to produce change than we realize. Start small and see how you feel. I promise you will like the feeling and you’ll want to do more. You will become a change agent. And when there are enough agents incredible things will happen.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Quote for the Week

“Life is not about what you accomplish, it’s about what you become in the process.”

Your development as a whole person, a complete human being is what life is all about. I talk about the 5 elements of success. You cannot achieve true success without evolving in all areas of your life.  Too much emphasis in one area means another area is being ignored or over looked. Life is about achieving balance and developing completely.

A truly successful person can look back and see just how much they changed from where they started their success journey. Becoming a confident, complete, compassionate and generous human being is all part of becoming truly successful. The more you evolve the more doors of opportunity seem to open up for you.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Quote for the Week

Work harder on yourself than on your job. – Jim Rohn

Why this quote? It's simply, powerful and to the point.

Yes, I know you work hard - long days, long hours and lots of effort. You come home and feel like putting your feet up and just relaxing a bit; maybe watching some TV to unwind. But here is where the trouble can happen – you sit down at 7:00 or 8:00 PM and next thing you know it’s 10:30 or 11:00 PM and you have not really done anything but sit (and perhaps snack).

How can you expect your life to change?  How can you expect to increase your knowledge, skills or abilities by sitting on your backside? Plain and simple – You Can’t.

You get out of life what you put into it. If you want to be more than you have to do more. You have to plan out time for learning new skills, accessing new information and putting both of these into action.

It’s not about taking away from your action at work, it’s all about increasing your action and focus when away from work.

If you simply want a paycheck keep on putting the most effort into your job BUT if you want a rich, full and truly successful life than start putting the most effort into yourself. You will be amazed at just what you can accomplish with focus, determination, commitment and follow through.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Quote for the Week

"Your thoughts are the seeds of your destiny. Cultivate them carefully."

Your day to day thoughts greatly influence where you are heading in life. If you feel the world is out to get you or that a dark cloud is always over head then that is the reality you will experience. On the other hand, if you see a world full of opportunity and full of learning opportunities than that is the reality you will experience.

I am not at all saying that you can ignore challenges and the obstacles that will pop up. I am not trying to be all “Pollyanna”, but the fact is, how you think on a daily basis will determine how you deal with the challenges you will face. We all get knocked down. The choice is to wallow in the mud and strew about it, or to get up and learn from the experience.

It is not always easy to get up. I know that. We all know that. We have all dealt with problems but with a positive mindset you can more easily accept what has happened, process it mentally, learn from it and then move forward. Every experience you go through has some thing to teach you. Whether or not you are open to the lesson is the difference between ultimately finding success or missing out on all the bounty life has to offer.

Farmers care for their fields and cultivate their seeds and crops very carefully. There livelihood and their very lives’ depend on it. Your success and your overall happiness depend upon how carefully you cultivate your thoughts on a daily basis. Weed out the negative thoughts. Weed out the anger. You will find life is much easier when you leave all the baggage behind and focus on what you have to offer the world and what the world has to offer you.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Quote for the Week

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.” – Earl Nightingale

Achieving success requires each of us to take control of our lives to guide us to our selected destinations. Letting life happen is simply not an option – that road will lead you somewhere but certainly not where you really want to go.

You have to charge, you have to call the shots and you have to keep pushing forward. The road will not always be easy, but it is the one worth taking. No one achieves success in any facet of their life by sitting back and letting things simply happen on their own. Successful people spend time deciding what they want and then working to make their desires into reality. Everyone defines true success their own way and everyone finds true success their own way. And most assuredly, living a successful life requires you to chart your own course and to maintain your own heading, even as life’s inevitable bumps try to push you off course.

The sooner you take both responsibility for where you are currently in your life the sooner you will accept it is you that needs to step up and take control of your planning, your execution of those plans and your reactions to curveballs that are going to come your way.

Think, plan and respond, don’t’ just react.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Quote of the Week

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. — George Bernard Shaw

We all make mistakes and we will all continue to do so. The difference between those who find success and those who spin their wheels comes down to the fact that successful people learn from their mistakes. Successful people take the time to evaluate their mistakes and to find the lesson within each one.

You have likely seen or heard a similar quote – If you want to double your success rate, double your failure rate. Again it is in the learning from the failure that the seeds for success are found. Do not be afraid to try something new. Sure you may make a mistake (or two, or three) but if you learn from each mistake you will get better at whatever activity you are working on. Success lies just outside your comfort zone. You have to stretch and grow yourself intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. You do that and you will slowly become impossible to stop.

I wish each and every one of you that are reading this the all success you are capable of and that you deserve.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Quote for the Week

"The difference between who you are today and who you'll be in five years are the people you spend time with and the books you read." - Charles Jones

Why this quote? Charles does a nice job reminding us that time continues to move forward and that we have to make conscious choices as to what we are doing and with whom. Where you end up in the future is dependent on the choices you make today. It really is that simple.

To become successful or continue to be successful in any area of your life requires focus. Success does not just happen. Luck does not just happen. Those who are constantly preparing for success, constantly preparing for the future are ready and able to take full advantage of opportunities that come along.

Preparing includes gathering more knowledge and elevating your skills and your awareness to higher and higher levels. Are the books you are reading and are the people you spend the most time with challenging you? Are they urging and pushing you to become more? Are they opening your mind and your heart in new and exciting ideas?

If not, five years from now will look almost identical to today. And who wants to keep having the same experiences over and over.