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Archive for July, 2010

Go and Keep Going

Go and Keep Going

I found another really good motivational poem today and I couldn't help myself...I had to post it! Of all of the traits that seem common to the most successful people in the world, persistence seems to be the one that actually gets things done.  Anytime I have the opportunity to talk to someone about their goals I will tell them that they can achieve whatever they set their minds and heart on if they will commit to not quitting.  Ever.  It is as tried and true a process as there is in the universe. So I found this short but very [...]

TGIM?

TGIM?

I tell people that when their "Mondays" start to feel like their "Fridays" they are on to something!  Of course I usually have to clarify that I said "onto something" and not "on something" because most people can't fathom a Monday being anything less than a full day of depressing torture. On the other hand, there is an almost giddy excitement that grabs hold of even the toughest individual when they wake up in the morning on a Friday and realize they are only a few hours away from the freedom and fun that a weekend brings to their [...]

Will Power

Will Power

I ran across a great poem tonight that was written by a guy named Berton Braley. The poem is all about will power, but I also think it speaks to the power of the focused and persistent human spirit. There is no doubt in my mind that if any of us want something bad enough, we can have it.  Of course if we never do anything about our desire, we will simply go on wanting.  It is, after all, by taking action that we start to achieve all that we desire in life. The poem was just such a great reminder to me that wanting something is not [...]

The Laughable Life

The Laughable Life

"At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities" - Jean Houston Laughter is a remarkable thing. I've often said to people that it is in my ability to laugh, at myself and at circumstances around me, that I have remained sane in this ever changing world.  Now, I don't know exactly how sane I am, but I can assure you that had I not figured out how much fun it is and how therapeutic it can be to laugh, I would have been a much different and likely crazier dude. Just stop for a moment and [...]

Knowledge is Not Power!

Knowledge is Not Power!

Yes, that's my position. Knowledge is not power. Just like a parked car isn't fast...no matter what the logo on the front says. Knowledge by itself is as powerless as any other thought or feeling which you may have that fails to motivate you.  It just isn't powerful. Until...You apply it! Aha! Once knowledge is applied, it can be the most powerful force in the universe.  It can cause miraculous things to happen.  It can be utterly and completely transforming.  You can literally change your life by simply putting the [...]

Extraordinary Self Control

Extraordinary Self Control

Let me take a shot at empowering you. One of the worst feelings in life is the feeling that you have no control over it. Maybe that's how you feel sometimes.  If you do, you're not alone.  For many people, events and circumstances dictate their mood, attitude, and action (or inaction), and they truly glide through life like a kite tossed around by the wind.  Literally living each day at the mercy of the world around them. They don't have to.  And, if you feel like that, neither do you. I like to say that just about anyone can [...]

You’ll Achieve Whatever You Believe

You’ll Achieve Whatever You Believe

Nobody knows you quite like you know you. And nobody believes you like you believe yourself. So how are you really doing in life and what do you think about it? When I talk to people about their potential, I often bring up the fact that they know far more about what they are capable of than I do.  I can guess and I can talk to them about goals for achievement, but I don't have the ability to look inside and see what truly drives and motivates them or what thoughts and beliefs they possess about their own capacity for success.  And [...]

Your Life’s Reflection

Your Life’s Reflection

From time to time I like to share poems on here and I found one the other day that I really liked.  It's called "Life's Mirror" by Madeline Bridges. Like most poems it can really speak to you if you read it and let the words soak in.  Sometimes I think we read poems just to make sure the lines rhyme, and we end up taking very little away from the moment. One of the things I have said to people quite often over the years is that whenever you have an opportunity...be it while sitting through a meeting,  listening during a lecture or [...]

Real Self Help

Real Self Help

I was speaking to a group of sales professionals the other day and I let them in on a little secret. The topic was the toughest sales job they will ever have.  It involved the most difficult prospect that they would ever have to persuade. And I also wanted them to know that once they were able to convince and sell this very specific person and convert them to their way of thinking, they would have a loyal customer for life.  And a customer that would lead them to unbridled success. The little secret that I shared with them and which [...]

Quick Fix? How About the Real Deal Instead?

Quick Fix? How About the Real Deal Instead?

There was a commercial on TV the other day that grabbed my attention.  The reason that it caught my eye was because it was being sarcastic, which I love...and yet at the same time it was  absolutely truthful with the message. It was for a website called CreditFairy.org.  Now, I don't necessarily endorse the site or the info, as I haven't gone and checked it out in any depth.  It does look to be pretty helpful, though. Anyway, the reason I thought the ad was great was because it was really in the face of all of these other places that [...]