As we quickly approach C-Day (Christmas Day). We spend money we don't have, fear taking time off from our business, and call down the wrath of those we may mistakingly disappoint with the less than perfect gift. Jeez! What's a person to do?
Christmas should inspire us; lift us up to the highest highs; push us closer to our creator. So, I found some help during my daily reflections.
I've been deliberating these holidays about my own character, thinking, and attitude. Therefore, for the first time in a long time I made plans to set aside a week of relaxation and reflection to meticulously review my year. Wiser and more noble people suggested the benefits to me for such an annual practice. Here's the plan:
Because I jot down a few notes concerning every business conversation I had this year, I will review each one. As I review I will mark each conversation with a coded later that let's me know which of my gifts the interviews incorporated. I then tally up those gifts and decide whether or not those conversations sent me into my gift zone. If not, I will make a plan to improve. Happy, productive people frequently use their own unique gifts to add value to others.
I will make a plan to get better at what I do than I was in 2016. Get GOOD and you will soar.
Since a person's thinking is directly reflected in their outcomes (the law of cause and effect), I must daily make a note to myself to begin the day with affirmations. When my father worked sales, he always had a 3x5 note card hanging from the mirror of his car. On that card he wrote affirmations. It dramatically changed his attitude and helped him to achieve sales records.
I will set new personal growth goals. Personal growth, inherently plants seeds in the soul that eventually lead to $$$ or to what ever outcomes one passionately desires.
Stretch myself. I will aim higher this year. Aim low and you might just hit the target.
I will practice letting go and trusting my God more. That translates into risks. Many older people regret not taking more risks. Faith based risks develop our God given potential.
I'm not a saint. Neither am I a genius. But, I learned long ago that life is difficult and requires a passionate disciplined response if one desires to let life lift them higher.
Have a great Christmas,
I remember those thrilling, Twilight Zone years from another time when men orbited the earth and vividly dreamed of walking on the moon. Long ago and far away, in a distant land known as Cape Canaveral, science fiction blossomed into reality. Robert Heinlein's characters of the 40's and 50's now mysteriously walked out of his black and white pages and entered our black and white television sets. Words became flesh. Those Heinleinesk men wore awesome uniforms that appeared as if some innovative genius wrapped them in aluminum foil. Then came the helmet. Oh those space helmets. Every kid demanded a tired old Santa deliver one on Christmas Day. "By the way Mr. Clause, make sure your elves attach bunches of hoses to my helmet. I don't want to die from lack of oxygen while riding that Mercury capsule around the globe," I exclaimed.
Enter the greatest of all these Mercury men, John Glenn. "John who," we so intensely asked. John Glenn; man of steal; able to defeat even kryptonite. Boy did I want to grow up and emulate John Glenn. He could do anything. Beak intercontinental flight speeds, single handedly destroy the Japanese empire, fly planes that got shot up so bad, landing them seemed humanly impossible.
But, little did I know the scope of Glenn's influence. He incarnated the word leadership. We Boomers will miss him deeply. His kind only come around once in a generation. So, instead of my usual leadership inspiration today I will let one of the greatest speak for himself:
I'm not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: 'live-acy.' I'm more interested in living.
Fear connotes something that interferes with what you're doing.
It has been my observation that the happiest of people, the vibrant doers of the world, are almost always those who are using - who are putting into play, calling upon, depending upon-the greatest number of their God-given talents and capabilities.
Old folks have dreams and ambitions too, like everybody else. Don't sit on a couch someplace.
We're not up there in space just to joyride around. We're up there to do things that are of value to everybody right here on Earth.
I pray every day and think everybody should.
I hope listening to the man himself, inspires you on to greatness.
RIP John Glenn
“BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with sound self-confidence you can succeed. A sense of inferiority and inadequacy interferes with the attainment of your hopes, but self-confidence leads to self-realization and successful achievement.”
Ever heard anyone say, "I'm living the dream?" Often people make this hyped tongue-in-cheek remark because of wishful thinking. Most folks "live lives of quiet desperation" as the the great writer once declared.
Yet, dreams really do come true daily. The young man who works his way out of adversity to help others; the older woman, well past her prime, keeps moving and starts her own business. Yes, dreams do come true.
So, what constitutes the difference between successful dreams and nightmares? Perhaps Henry David Thoreau was on to something when he opined:
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Let me, in theological terms, exegete this baby for a moment and see what we get:
What is your dream? Have you written it down on paper? I suggest you take a day to think about it on paper. Realize too that some may discourage you; explain that it can't be done. Some of those well meaning nay sayers will surprisingly be family members. But, you keep moving confidently. Eventually you will see the dream just over the horizon. And, when you do it will be greater than you imagined.
Have a great day and never cease dream.
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Ive been the process of moving, but I am now ready to get back to work at the old salt mines as Beaver Cleaver's dad used to say.
Lately I've been reading John Maxwell's classic TODAY MATTERS: 12 Daily Practices To Guarantee Tomorrow's Success. The book offers a plethora of disciplines that promises to insure success for anyone who diligently practices them. Every executive, manager, leader, and businessman ought to read this masterpiece. I believe it will become your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
I want to share with you the questions from the book that Maxwell passionately believes you must ask in order to grow in discipline and success:
Is your attitude a plus or minus today?
Are your priorities keeping you focused today?
Is your health enabling you to succeed today?
Does your family situation provide support today?
Is your thinking mature and productive today?
Have your commitments been kept today?
Have your financial decisions been solid today?
Has your faith been active today?
Are your relationships being strengthened today?
Has your generosity added value to others today?
Are your values giving you direction today?
Is your growth making you better today?
Maxwell then exclaims, "Be brutally honest in answering these questions!"
These challenging questions can overwhelm us if we try to examine all of them at once. I suggest you look at one per day for the next 12 days. Face the issue at hand and write out some intuitive thoughts that come quickly to your mind as you mull the question over. Then, for each question write out:
Your ___________Discipline Every Day
For instance, my weakness is making solid financial decisions today. I love to spend money. So here is what I'm going to work on:
My Financial DecisionToday
Cut down on all my daily frivolous spending
Decision made 7/ 27/2016
My Financial Discipline Every Day
Only 3 cups of coffee per day instead of 5. Place the extra change in my dream jar.
You get the picture. I will not divulge every little thing I plan to do in order to save more money.
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The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up. John Maxwell