Month: October 2009

Daily Inspiration 10-31-09

Daily Inspiration 10-31-09

“After a time, you may find that ‘having’
is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as ‘wanting.’

It is not logical, but it is often true.”

– Mr. Spock, Star Trek

When I read this quote, I related to it immediately. It is often very true for me.

Some recent (last few years) examples: I wanted a very special and very rare electric guitar. I found one, bought it. Then I never played it and sold it. I wanted a treadmill, bought it and I have used it about 5 times in three years. Mostly it takes up space by owning it. I could probably list almost every possession I have and it would be that way, though most of them are just here or in storage, again not being used.

I’ve thought about this often and it feels kind of weird to want things, finally get them and then not care about them any more. I think Spock is right: “It is not logical, but it is often true.” Of course, I also have things I love and use and continue to take pleasure in.

The thing for me to reconcile is that it is natural and okay to want things. It is also okay to get them. And, if I no longer really want them, or they no longer hold that value I thought they would have, it is okay to let them go again. Sort of like catch and release fishing. It’s that the things are just not that important, but the desire is.


This made me think of advertising by P.G. & E., our local electric and gas provider. They advertise that they encourage people to conserve power as if that is critical. The government encourages the same and I’m sure that P.G. & E. does this mostly due to government encouragement. But conservation is not the answer.

I see a lot of ads by Shell Oil and Chevron about conservation, using less fuel and how good a thing this is for everyone. That’s like a car dealer saying don’t buy so many cars. It’s so stupid to hear them say that when this is diametrically opposed to what they do as a business. Conservation is not the answer.

The answer is not conservation, it is desire and expansion. The energy solution is new types of energy, and especially cheaper and renewable energy, instead of doing same things and expecting a different result (insanity). Desire for something new, creates expansion until something new arrives.

The same is true with us. We are desire-driven creatures. Desire is good. Holding it down and beating it up is not good. Expansion is good. Believing that abundance exists is good. Creating shortages and promoting that concept is not good.

Play with your desires: I ran across this from Bob Proctor and others. It is big fun and quite rewarding. Take out a few sheets of paper or a notebook. Now, write everything you want until to have at least 101 things. Trips, places you want to go, things you want to do, people you want to meet, situations you want to happen, businesses you want, anything you want regardless of its size or cost. Pay no attention to any of the ‘how’ part, just focus on what pleases you when you think of it. Pay attention only to ‘what’ you want, as if the ‘how’ did not really matter at all.

This will be a powerful thing for you to read again and again and watch what gets crossed off. It is really fun and you will be amazed how many get crossed off in a relatively short period of time. We are desire-driven. You are in charge!

I Will Get My. . . Satisfaction. I Will Get My. . .

Spread Some Joy Today–Call One Or Two Special People And Tell Them You Love Them. Out Of The Blue Is Cool.

Daily Inspiration 10-30-09

Daily Inspiration 10-30-09

“I’ve developed a new philosophy. . . I only dread one day at a time.”

– Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz)

“It is not work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more on a man than he can bear. But worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the movement that destroys the machinery, but friction.”

– Henry Ward Beecher

Every day I hear someone speaking of worry. It’s the economic times, the lack of sales, the recession and where it is positioned (over or not over), paying or not paying their bills, the cost of this or that, where the country is headed, the flu pandemic, the state budget shortfall, and an unlimited number of other things that some people worry about.

It’s no wonder. We are conditioned to worry. All the headlines in the paper condition us to worry. The television news (how many channels now?) condition us to worry globally. Open up msn.com or aol.com and there are more things going wrong. Take it in and indeed, the world is in a big mess with no end in sight.

If you survive that, there are the personal worries to get through. How are the kids doing in school, what about the neighborhood, the crap going on at work and all that stuff? It’s enough to worry a person to death.

And, really, what good is it? By worrying about any of these or a million other things, are you able to change them for the better so that worry is no longer necessary?

Businesses worry too. I see managers worrying about the lack of sales, what’s going to happen if it doesn’t turn around soon, what to do, what to do, what to do. I think I’ll eat some worms. . .

Tell you what: Keep on worrying and keep it to yourself. When I hear you complain or worry, I excuse myself to take that important call or something I’ve got to do. Or, worst case, I shut my ears and just nod my head.

It’s all glass half empty stuff and you can have it. I choose HOPE! I choose ABUNDANCE. I choose JOY. I choose EXCITEMENT. I choose INNOVATION. I choose GRATITUDE. I choose SUCCESS. I choose FAITH. I choose LOVE. I choose ENJOYING TODAY ANYWAY EVERYDAY IN ALL WAYS!

Doesn’t that sound so much better? Damn, it jacks me up just writing it! I choose SPREADING THAT WORD! It serves us both equally!

I Choose! No One Else. I Choose.

Spread Some Joy Today–Purposely Interrupt Anyone Complaining Today. Change The Subject For Them.

Daily Inspiration 10-29-09

Daily Inspiration 10-29-09

“Henry Ford, poor and uneducated, dreamed of a horseless carriage, went to work with what tools he possessed, without waiting for opportunity to favor him, and now evidence of his dream belts the entire earth. He has put more wheels into operation than any other man who ever lived, because he was not afraid to back his dreams.”

– Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

I love Henry Ford. In my heart, I have always sort of been a Chevy guy, but I love Henry Ford. The quote above is a good part of it. He believed in himself and he had strong desire. He had to have said to himself many times, “I’m going to get ‘er done, no matter what it takes.” Well maybe without the drawl. . . However, he has been known to say, “I want it and I’ll have it!” Now, that is pure power right there. Pure power. Desire, commitment, determination, follow through. An amazing man.

Have you ever felt so strongly about anything you wanted? If you did, you must have received it. There is so much power in the decision. To say, “I’m going this way!” And, then confidently, going that way. Believing all the way.

Or, beginning on a project knowing full well you don’t have everything you need and doing it anyway, expecting it to all work out. That, my friends is courage!

I’ve heard people say, “you have to count the cost,” or, “wait until you’re ready, the time is not right,” or, “what do you know about ______?” A lot of dreams and ideas get washed away like a wave covering the sand on the beach with those comments.

Here’s an idea for you: Any of you have children? Did you have it all planned out up front before the moment of conception? All the issues were covered and consulted with experts? All financial preparations made prior to the need, like college, tutors, braces, etc.? How about all the emotional coverage? The spiritual stuff too?

How about the marriage? Was all that planned out ahead of the need and the funds set aside for the home, furnishings, transportation, children, etc.? The emotional issues? The spiritual issues? The daily issues?

All good, right? Yeah, sure!

Well, you found a way anyway, didn’t you? You dealt with it as it was happening, right? You might have even enjoyed the process of the transitions from one place to another. You also made mistakes. Plenty of them. And, of course, you had many, many successes. You dealt with all of them in real time.

So, what’s the deal? If you can take two of life’s biggest challenges like marriage and children and figure it out, you can do the same with business, your career, the things you’ve always wanted to do and have put off year after year. If that doesn’t give you a bit of confidence, I don’t know what will.

YOU’RE GOOD. YOU’RE SMART. YOU CAN GET ‘ER DONE. YOU’VE ALREADY DONE IT. YOU’RE WORTHY! YOU CAN ENJOY THE JOURNEY TOO. SO GO ‘FER IT!

TODAY! START NOW!

Give Yourself The Praise You Deserve!

Spread Some Joy Today–Give Someone Else Some Well Deserved Praise (Or Just For The Heck Of It Praise). The Practice Will Help You Praise Yourself!

Daily Inspiration 10-28-09

Daily Inspiration 10-28-09

“There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inpire faith, courage, and belief.”

– Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

This is an interesting quote to me. I think I know the difference between wishing and believing, but it is only in the last couple of years that I have been getting my head around “being ready to receive. . .” He states that “no one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it.” That statement would be good to let bounce around for a while. Ponder it carefully. Do you think that is like “knowing?” Is there a difference?

Many of us were taught so strongly in early years that it is better to give than receive. The truth is they are both equally good and we need to be open to both equally. Being open to receive is critical.

You know how you compliment someone and they shuffle it off. I used to be very nervous about accepting compliments as if I wasn’t supposed to feel good about myself or something. Something about being good enough or that “w” word: worthy. If you’ve ever felt that, let me tell you that everyone is worthy and that would include you. I am worthy. And, I have learned how to accept compliments with a thankful heart. It has made a difference in doing so.

Of course believing in what you are doing has everything to do with believing in yourself and feeling worthy, doesn’t it?

Then he says, “open mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage and belief.” What that line makes me think of is the “h” word: How. I think believing in yourself and what you are doing and believing that you can and will succeed is essential; however, having an open mind would mean being open to “how” that will happen. With an open mind to how it will happen, you are open to help and flexibility, which increases your success ratio dramatically.

I love the sign on my wall and look at it often: WHAT is my job. HOW is God’s job. That puts it all into perspective for me.

Are you ready to receive? It’s coming!

We Are All Worthy, Of Worth, Of Value, Priceless!

Spread Some Joy Today–Pick Up A Little Stone, Put It In Your Pocket. Everytime You Touch It Today, State Something You Are Thankful For. It’s Called A Gratitude Rock.

Daily Inspiration 10-27-09

Daily Inspiration 10-27-09

“O. Henry discovered the genius which slept within his brain after he had met with great misfortune, and was confined to a prison cell, in Columbus, Ohio. Being forced, through misfortune, to become acquainted with his “other self,” and to use his imagination, he discovered himself to be a great author instead of a miserable criminal and outcast.”

– Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

I absolutely love these kind of quotes and stories of people who became very famous, yet some were very late bloomers. It ain’t over, till it’s over!

Long ago, I bought a huge collection of business books on tape and most were biographies of famous business people like Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and famous businesses like Xerox, IBM and so on. There is one that stood out for me with this aspect of late bloomers. It was Col. Harlan Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken. He didn’t even begin to become successful until he was 65. He failed so many times that he stopped counting and just kept going. It’s an amazing story.

Abraham Lincoln failed at everything he tried until after age 40. Edison, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Robert Burns, they were all failures until they were successes. And the list goes on and on and on.

Just because you fail at something, that is no reason to believe that you will fail again. Failing is not a problem. Giving up is. Edison tried over 10,000 times to make the electric light he dreamed of in his head a reality. He failed that many times and more before he succeeded. Reggie Jackson is a star baseball player who happens to lead the pack in career strikeouts at 2,597. Nobody talks about his strikeouts.

You will be served well if you allow yourself to fail. If you are willing to fail, you have a far greater chance of succeeding. I have made and continue to make mistakes. I used to brood about them, now I learn from them. Yet, I am willing to make more of them because I know that each failed attempt, or missed target is an opportunity. I learn and grow and become more.

There’s an old saying, “wisdom comes from experience and experience comes from making mistakes.” And, of course, learning from the mistakes.

Give yourself the gift of hope and patience, along with a good dose of eagerness. Be willing and keep trying. Some of the world’s greatest people were still trying at a late age and I’m sure that we are all glad they kept trying.

It’s all good. You’re covered. Take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back!

There’s Always A Way!

Spread Some Joy Today–Treat Yourself To Something You Want. People Will Notice That Look On Your Face!

Daily Inspiration 10-26-09

Daily Inspiration 10-26-09

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made.
What’s a sun dial in the shade?”

– Benjamin Franklin

Everyone has one or more talents. I think we all have several talents and Benjamin Franklin says they should be out and being made of good use. He should know since he was a multi-talented super star.

Sometimes people’s talents are beneath the surface and other people can help bring them out. I know in my life, that I have had some people nurture a talent in me through the sincere use of encouragement and praise. It is just amazing what that can do for someone who is feeling unsure of him or herself. I became a much improved and confident songwriter and musician from such encouragement and I am forever grateful for their help and support. It made a huge difference in my life.

Other talents that I have, I work (such a harsh word. . . it’s not really work, you know) at expanding and finding outlets for. One is writing. I love thinking on paper and sharing insights and thoughts with others–especially, if I can be of encouragement to them.

Some talents require a major commitment, but may still be of quite good value. I’ve been in sales since 1972 and early on, I worked very hard at learning the trade. I continue to study it so many years later, and it continues to serve me well.

So, what are your talents? What are some of the ones you keep behind closed doors? Are you a rock band super star? I went to a concert a few nights ago put on by the Solano Winds Community Concert Band. It was very enjoyable. What I enjoyed the most was realizing that all these people have day jobs. Some are bookkeepers, insurance salesmen, clerks, business owners, repair technicians, and many, many other job descriptions. Yet, here they are, doing something they love and have a passion for–and yes, made a commitment to–outside of their normal day to day life. Bravo! I praise them all for their willingness to expand and touch others in the process.

Time to dust off your hidden passions? Benjamin Franklin is encouraging you. I’m encouraging you! Let’s dust it off and ROCK OUT!!

You Really Are Multi-Talented! You Know It’s True!

Spread Some Joy Today–On purpose–and with feeling!

Daily Inapiration 10-25-09

Daily Inapiration 10-25-09

“The subconscious mind. . .makes no distinction between constructive and destructive thought impulses. It works with the material we feed it, through our thought impulses. The subconscious mind will translate into reality a thought driven by fear just as readily as it will translate into reality a thought driven by courage, or faith.”

– Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will–
It’s all in the state of mind

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!

Yes I Can Can, I Know I Can Can, Yes I Can Can . . .

Spread Some Joy Today–Give Praise To God (or whomever you might think is responsible) For Everything You See Today!

Daily Inspiration 10-24-09

Daily Inspiration 10-24-09

“. . . any impulse of thought which is repeatedly passed on to the subconscious mind is, finally, accepted and acted upon by the subconscious mind, which proceeds to translate that impulse into its physical equivalent, by the most practical procedure available.”

– Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

A famous criminologist once stated, “When men first come into contact with crime, they abhor it. If they remain in contact with crime for a time, they become accustomed to it and endure it. If they remain in contact with it long enough, they finally embrace it, and become influenced by it.”

It could be a crime, or just unhappiness, depression, consistent negativity (seeing what is wrong everywhere). Many “become accustomed to it, and endure it,” as it is “reality.” It’s time to realize that one person’s reality is not another’s. There are people who ignore all of that negative information and call the place without it, “reality.”

Can you constantly be reading the paper, listening to talk radio on the way to work, catching up with news of the day on the Internet while at work, news-talk radio on the way home, then TV news programs before bed, and have an upbeat positive attitude? You might as well look in the mirror every 5 minutes and say aloud to the person in the mirror how ugly they are, then go to work on feeling good.

Remember the quote: “. . . any impulse of thought which is repeatedly passed on to the subconscious mind is, finally, accepted and acted upon by the subconscious mind, which proceeds to translate that impulse into its physical equivalent, by the most practical procedure available.” That’s a really fancy way to say “Garbage in, garbage out.”

Taking control of your own input is critical. Find ways every day to feed yourself good, enlightening information and plenty of positive, uplifting praise. Look around you. The vast majority of people are receiving and absorbing so much negative information. The only reason is they choose to allow their thoughts to come by default instead of on purpose. It is as simple as that, really. When you choose, you win!

So, what will you choose to think today? How will that make you feel? Good. Let’s get started!

You’re the CEO of Yourself! Lead!

Spread Some Joy Today–Watch others. You will learn amazing things.

Daily Inspiration 10-23-09

Daily Inspiration 10-23-09

“All down the ages, the religionists have admonished struggling humanity to “have faith” in this, that, and the other dogma or creed,

but they have failed to tell people how to have faith.

They have not stated that “faith is a state of mind, and that it may be induced by self-suggestion.”

– Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Faith is one of those interesting words. We have been told to “have faith” all our lives–to believe. It is interesting how many times I have either read or heard about faith and believing in yourself, and yet, as the quote above states, “they have failed to tell people how to have faith.”

Oh, I have tried to believe; to have faith. I have tried really, really hard. I have prayed for it and wanted it and thought about it and yet, it was like some magic thing that only the really cool people actually got or the “truly faithful.” That is all about not having any power or control over anything. Wishing and hoping again.

The quote above gives me such a grand feeling of empowerment because it answers a long mystical question of how to have and develop faith at will: “faith is a state of mind and it may be induced by self-suggestion.” With this, I can and do develop and have faith.

What you tell yourself is so much more powerful than what others tell you about you. If you rely on what others say about you (or maybe, might, potentially, say about you) it will be so hard to have any faith at all. Your best choice is then to say the things to yourself that build you up toward faith and belief rather than constantly shake it.

It starts with the mirror in the morning. Here’s a poem that may help put it all into perspective:

That Guy In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
and the world makes you king for a day,
then go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that guy has to say.

For it isn’t your mother, brother or friends
whose judgment you must pass.
the person whose verdict counts most in your life
is the one staring back in the glass.

You can go down the pathway of years
receiving pats on the back as you pass.
but your final reward will be heartaches and tears
if you cheated that guy in the glass.

What do you say to yourself about yourself? Do you pick apart your flaws? I know a lot of people do. Start today, by changing that and telling yourself that YOU’RE A SUPERSTAR!!! YOU ROCK!!! YOU’RE IN CHARGE!!! YOU’RE THE CEO!!! YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE!!! NOBODY ROCKS LIKE YOU ROCK!!! YOU’RE THE ENCOURAGER!!! YOU BUILD DREAMS!!! YOU ARE!!!

Do it tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next. In a very short time, you will have plenty of faith! And, why the heck not!? If you’re only going this way once, go with gusto! Have some fun! You are so much cooler than you think you are.

You’re A Rock Star Today–So Rock Out!

Spread Some Joy Today–Find at least one thing to compliment everyone you talk to today and don’t forget to mention it to them!

Daily Inspiration 10-22-09

Daily Inspiration 10-22-09

“The outer world of circumstances shapes itself to the inner world of thought, and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors which make for the ultimate good of the individual. As the reaper of his own harvest, man learns both of suffering and bliss.”

– James Allen, As A Man Thinketh

At first, it was a bit hard to reconcile the concept that our circumstances are dictated by our thoughts, rather than accepting the more well accepted premise that things can and do happen to you that you have no control over whatsoever. It’s sort of the “bad things happen to good people all the time” scenario, or “as fate dictates,” or “when your number is up, your number is up,” and other such fatalistic thought patterns.

However, once I started studying, As A Man Thinketh, and many other books that teach that there is one thing that we do have total control over and that is our thought, and I began testing and observing, I have been thoroughly convinced that I have the power to control circumstance and that I am, indeed, in charge of my life via what I choose to think.

Accepting this premise is amazingly empowering. It is empowering because I no longer have to wait my turn, hope for luck, wish for success, get in line. Instead, I choose to think the way I want it, I expect it, I am thankful and I am okay with the way things are as I look toward what I want next. That is empowering. I have control.

It is also empowering in that I no longer have any need or use for anxiety. I cannot express how powerful it is to let go of needing anxiety. Anxiety is fear and I have no need for fear. Why would anyone have fear when you have control. Fear is about not having control, isn’t it?

How many times have you noticed in your own life and of many around you when you had anxiety about things. Worry. Fear of what might happen, etc. It’s all such a waste of great talent. It has no usefulness, provides no value.

If no other reason directed you to accept the premise that you shape your own circumstance by your thought, letting go of anxiety forever should prove to be such a powerful motivation. It will leave so surely as you practice and I guarantee that you will not miss even a second of it.

You have the power! Ain’t it GRAND!

Choose To Feel Great Today!

Spread Some Joy Today–Let Someone FEEL Your Enthusiasm. It’s Contagious!

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