Month: February 2011

Daily Inspiration 2-28-11

Daily Inspiration 2-28-11

“While we stop to think,
we often miss our opportunity.”
— Publilius Syrus
“The thoughts we choose to think are the tools
we use to paint the canvas of our lives.”
— Louise Hay
If there is something going on in my life that causes me to think, I’ve always found myself (when I am paying attention) mulling it over. . . and over. . . and over again in my mind, often justifying my position, my point of view, and generally rationalizing and lamenting. This is especially true when there was a disagreement about something or other with someone or another.
In the last few years I have learned that this is seriously counter-productive, and I’ve known it for these few years and yet didn’t take charge of changing it very well. Yet, there is always hope.
Just in the last few months I have began to truly practice the art of taking charge of my thoughts and continually coaxing them to a better feeling thought, even if it is a baby step, then another and so on. The goal is to find what I like about the situation, encounter, etc. Sometimes, that is just too hard at first, so I still need a better feeling thought, so I just look at the scenery, the room, the tree outside or some other object that I can focus on and appreciate. That usually gets it started, so then I can find another thing, and another and then maybe I can come back to the subject and find some better feeling thoughts about it, now that I’m on a roll.
I found myself doing this today and I was very much conscious of the thoughts and my working out better feeling thoughts about the subject. And, you know, it felt so darn good because I’ve known this for a while and have not thought too much of practicing it, but it works so well, that I think I will just have to make it a habitual process.
Learning New Tricks Is So Cool.
Spread Some Joy Today–It’s all about feeling better until you’re feeling really good. Joy is the destination and the journey.
Daily Inspiration 2-27-11

Daily Inspiration 2-27-11

“I never really had the classic struggle.
I had faith.”
— Denzel Washington
In looking at some quotes about struggle that I might relate to, this one jumped off the page. I made note of it and have finally come back to it again. It sounds sort of flippant, and in your face on one hand, and potentially so full of simplistic wisdom on the other. I have come to think it is the latter.
This quote causes me to ask questions. First, if there is sufficient faith, is struggle even still a possibility? If one is absolutely and unshakeable in their confidence in the outcome, is failure even a possibility? It seems to me that struggle indicates insufficient faith, otherwise, it wouldn’t be struggle because struggle indicates fighting against, or overcoming something that is hindering us. And, it seems to me that failure is not an option, or rather not even a possibility when there is unshakeable confidence. Unshakeable confidence is success.
It reminds me of a famous bible verse from Mark 11:24, “therefore I say unto you, all things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” The key is not asking, it is believing you already have them. If you already have them, that would be success. Therefore, there is no struggle or failure either.
And, don’t you know it, just as I do, that the believing part is the part we struggle with if there is to be any struggle. It is not the struggle of the task, the project, growing the business, or doing any thing mentally or physically. It is the struggle of our willingness or our strong desire to believe that what we ask for, or desire is truly ours for the asking. We then stick all kinds of rationalizations, reasons why and all sorts of explanations that keep us from the simplicity of just choosing to believe.
It’s a funny and interesting dilemma. . .
Maybe We’ll Call It The Stuggle To Believe . . .
Spread Some Joy Today–think of every time you struggle or stress over anything. Liken that to swimming upstream against the current. Now, stop swimming, and just let the river carry you downstream. Everything you want is downstream.
Daily Inspiration 2-26-11

Daily Inspiration 2-26-11

“You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.”
“Those who are free of resentful
thoughts surely find peace.”
— Buddha
Anger is a selfish reaction. Something is not going the way we want and so we react, thinking that somehow by expressing our unhappiness about it that it will go away. It will not. The angrier we get, the more of that same pattern we receive. In other words, we find more to get angry about. Surely, they need not even be important things.
When I was a young child less than 5 years old, I remember instances when my father flew into fits of anger. Much of the time it was at my mother or at we kids for not doing something or another. My parents were divorced when I was five and we started with a step-father, who also had anger issues, just not nearly as volatile.
As I lived in these situations as a youngster, I found more of this all around me, and it always irked me, yet I found myself practicing it from habit. It was easy to get angry, and the more I practiced it, the more I found anger available to me. But, I also realized this was not what I wanted. I wanted to be in control rather than out of control, so I began to practice not reacting that way with some success.
Something has happened most recently that has allowed me to not participate when someone might be expressing anger at me or around me in addition to avoiding those reactions at events and with other people. This new found calmness in the face of fear and anger is so powerful for me that I am very pleased to have come this far.
I have never, ever seen anger solve any thing at all. Indeed, I have seen that it only adds to the problem. I love the first quote above as it referenced being punished by our own anger, and I believe that is very true.
Ever try to push a rope? That’s what anger has to try to do in the face of calmness.
Here’s the really good news. We can all make the decision to change from anger to calmness. I am confident that all will find it to be an incredible blessing.
Calm, Cool, and Collected, Even In Chaos.
Spread Some Joy Today–I think the real secret of calmness is loving ourselves and not allowing any thing or any person to change that thought.
Daily Inspiration 2-25-11

Daily Inspiration 2-25-11

“It is not the straining for great things that is
most effective; it is the doing the little things,
the common duties, a little better and better. . .”
— Orison Swett Marden
“The success combination in business is:
Do what you do better. . . and
do more of what you do. . .”
— David Joseph Schwartz
There’s an old saying that the way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, or the way to walk a thousand miles is one step in front of another. I find it interesting that as I get older, I find that it always seems to be the little things that make a major difference, or at least a number of those little things then sets you or your company apart.
There’s all kinds of ways of doing a thing and that is good. I’ve learned that there is no right and wrong way, but there are a lot of ways and each way will have a result. I’ll just cite an example to express the point: Starbuck’s. It is a serious pile of little things that sets Starbuck’s apart. I’ve drank coffee all my life since I was about 8 years old, and I’m a late bloomer to Starbuck’s, just in the last four years or so, but I am amazed to watch for all those little things and how it makes the whole so much larger. I’ve tried some of their competition (so-called), like Peet’s and others and though there are similarities in drink menu’s and shop styles, that’s where it ends. In my mind, Starbuck’s has it hands down.
I think this applies to every business. When we pay attention to the small things that matter, what we do matters more to our customers. I have dealt a lot with truck body companies and I can see dramatic differences in the little things and how they are treated at each. It is those little things that make a big difference in what I used to purchase. I’ve also had a great deal of experience at auto dealerships and service departments. It is always the little things that makes the difference in which company is more or less successful. I can point so many of them out having been on both sides as an employee, manager, customer. The same thing applies to any business I deal with, or rather, continue to deal with or not.
It is the same in my own business. I want each of our team members to pay attention to the little things that will make a difference in how people respond to and relate to our products and services. We are constantly seeing something we need to do better or more of, or differently to make it better overall. I cannot imagine stopping that process, nor would I have any desire to.
I Sweat The Small Stuff. It’s All Small Stuff.
Spread Some Joy Today–look for some little thing you can do for someone else today. It may turn out to be a big deal for both of you.
Daily Inspiration 2-24-11

Daily Inspiration 2-24-11

“I am more important than my problems.”
— Jose Ferrer
“I am bigger than anything that can happen to me.”
— Charles F Lummis
If you’re in a situation where you have a lot of problems, or have been in one in the past, you’ll probably agree that it is so easy to begin thinking that you and your problems are inseparable, especially if the problems were around for any length of time. Some might even start thinking of themselves as having failed, beating themselves up about the existence of the problems and so on.
We are all bigger than any problems that we may ever have. We are of value and worthy and we need to value ourselves in that light. If you ever start feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, and such, try this:
1. Lighten up. Start laughing at your problems instead of looking at them seriously. Change the mood by changing your attitude about your problems.
2. Take a break. Focus on something else and let go of thinking about or looking at your problems.
3. When you’re feeling good again, and while you’re feeling good, seek inspiration of ways to deal with them. When an inspiration comes, act on it.
4. Develop a thankful heart. Start looking for things to praise about the situation instead of going over and over the problem.
5. Repeat.
No where in that are we focusing on the problem. Heck, if we did that long enough, they may evaporate on their own. . .
We Make Such BIG Deals About Every LITTLE Thing.
Spread Some Joy Today–be joyous. It will spread like wildfire.
Daily Inspiration 2-23-11

Daily Inspiration 2-23-11

“For, he that expects nothing shall not be disappointed,
but he that expects much–if he lives and uses that
in hand day by day–shall be full to running over.”
— Edgar Cayce
“We usually get what we anticipate. . .”
— Claude M Bristol
Now in dealing with a lot of different businesses and business owners and managers, I find some interesting things happening. It’s like the quotes above. We see them, we acknowledge them, it even makes perfect sense, but they don’t live in the real world, do they? They are for someone else, because in the real world we got a recession going on and people out of work and, you know, lots of problems to deal with. I want it to go away and I want prosperity, but there is all this stuff.
I totally get it. Totally. Heck, I play that tune myself sometimes. Then, my partner catches me saying some crap, or I catch him (maybe more him catching me. . .). You know, even the most positive wells can leak from time to time.
But, here’s the deal. Reality is just an idea. When we focus on an idea, that thought multiplies and begins attracting what we think about. If I’m okay with the reality I’m focused on, no problem. If I’m wanting something else, that is a serious problem.
There’s no way around it that I have found other than focusing on what we want and to expect good things while we do everything in our power to IGNORE a current reality that is not what we want. That means that if I want prosperity, I have to ignore the news about, people talking about, friends facebooking about what is wrong about the economy.
Here’s another way: Drive over to your local Wal Mart store, park where you can watch the traffic of people coming in and parking and going in and coming out. That is prosperity in full view in the real world in today’s real time. So, then any time you might get bummed that the economy is sucking, business is not booming, etc., just drive back over to Wal Mart and watch for a while. Think Cha-Ching!
Prosperity exists. Get excited about where you are in pursuit of what you want and expect that things are getting better regardless of the size of your current bank account. Completely ignore that aspect and focus on your success. Believe me, it works. Upward Trend, our website marketing business grew by 25% last month. In one month, the whole business grew by 25%! The biggest thing about that is our excitement about it and expectations of success.
Turn off the news including the talk radio in the car. It will be there when you come back. Now, change your habits and start talking, dreaming, sharing your success. Start planning your new corporate headquarters ahead of the need. Watch what happens.
Who Cares What It Is? I Got More Important Things To Pay Attention To. See Ya!
Spread Some Joy Today–find the best in everyone you see today. Forget the flaws. Totally ignore them. Think about what is right, is good, is cool. Don’t miss yourself.
Daily Inspiration 2-22-11

Daily Inspiration 2-22-11

“Love. . . . force it and it disappears. You cannot will love,
nor even control it. You can only guide its expression.
It comes or it goes according to those qualities in life
that invite it or deny its presence.”
— David Seabury
“There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.”
— A. J. Muste
I have recently learned one of the most valuable lessons of my life. Here it is in a sentence: I must make peace with where I am in pursuit of what I want. That is another way of saying that there is no way to peace, peace is the way. I have to find things that I love about where I am even and especially when I want to be somewhere else. Before I used to complain and go over and over what was not right, not fair, not cool. It was not loving and definitely not peace.
Oh, I was justified. Man, was I justified sometimes. I even had those around me and those that worked with me agreeing and justifying as well. Maybe we would go out back and have a smoke and chew on it aloud with vim and vigor and self-righteous indignation.
And guess what? As I looked at the grass is greener on the other side of the fence replacement, it was a short spell before what I didn’t like showed up there too. Isn’t that amazing! The trouble was that when I left where I was to go somewhere else I took myself with me.
The more I focused on what I didn’t want, didn’t like, or thought was wrong, the more of that I seemed to get. At some point, as I was pointing my finger at the culprit, I realized that three fingers were pointing back at me. Hello! Wisdom knocking.
It was after some study that I learned that the way through was to make peace with where I was, to make peace with me, to find the love I had been denying, in other words, to seek and count the blessings, look for the benefits, see the value (which I have learned is always there), feel the love that could be there if I just looked for it. Then, things changed dramatically.
This quote by David Seabury is one of the best I have ever read so I will repeat part of it again: “Love. . . It comes or it goes according to those qualities in life that invite it or deny its presence.” Look for the best aspects you can find and peace will be the way.
If We’re Feeling Negative Emotion, It’s Time For Some Internal Medicine. Love Is The Prescription.
Spread Some Joy Today–It is much more a matter of letting go than reaching out.
Daily Inspiration 2-21-11

Daily Inspiration 2-21-11

“Any person who contributes to
prosperity must prosper in turn.”
— Earl Nightingale
I do believe that this is true. By contributing to prosperity, we must prosper. So, I find that I am continually looking at what more value I can be, how I can give more service for the money, how I can enhance someone else’s day, or life, or career. There are millions of ways to contribute to prosperity.
We find ourselves thinking the word prosperity is all about financial well-being, but that is just one definition for prosperity. To be prosperous is to feel good, to be fortunate, and there are many ways to offer that to others and thereby prosper ourselves in kind.
It is the smallest things that seem to touch us greatly. A gentle touch, a loving look, a word of encouragement, a prospect that may help them with a sale, promoting them with no direct benefit to us, introducing them to friends, calling out of the blue with kind words, sending a note of caring, giving love, being kind, being thoughtful, and millions of other ways. All of these contribute to prosperity and in all of them we in turn prosper.
Of course, there are many ways to add to prosperity that relate directly to money, and if we think about it, they are oh so familiar as the ones that don’t relate directly to money. Hmmm. . . .
“Getters Don’t Get–Givers Get.” — Eugene Benge
Spread Some Joy Today–Start counting the ways you can spread joy today, then pick at least one and go spread some.
Daily Inspiration 2-20-11

Daily Inspiration 2-20-11

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.
Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be;
your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.”
— James Allen
“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.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“A man’s reach should exceed his grasp. . .”
— Robert Browning
If we were to do only what we already know how to do, have the capital to complete, and all the details in place, there would be nothing to achieve. It would be sort of like the salesman who had twenty years experience; one year repeated twenty times. There is plenty of that going around. I’ve even done it for a time here and there and always finding it incredibly boring, I move off the edge into some adventure, some big and some not so big, but always interesting.
The first quote says to dream lofty dreams. If we’re dreaming, we might as well go for it. In our dreams size matters not. In our dreams we can fly; we can move mountains; we can do anything we want to. Then, when we open our eyes and see the “real world,” we sometimes begin to think more “realistically,” which is another word for small.
Consider this: Do you imagine that if God were building a mountain that He would have to spend much more energy creating it than stalk of corn? I mean, can you see God grunting and groaning at the sheer magnitude of the size of the mountain compared to the cool, calm, no big deal effort for the corn stalk? Seems ridiculous to me to think that the God who created billions of galaxies breaks a sweat on any of His creations. Yet, we who were a creation of God, think big things are tough and small things are easy, and little dreams are doable and big dreams are fantasies. How equally ridiculous this is, don’t you think?
So, we may as well dream lofty dreams. Heck, dream that they are lofty and super easy while we’re at it!
In God We Trust. Might As Well Dream Big!
Spread Some Joy Today–Give yourself permission to think bigger and easier. It’s all what we believe and a belief is just a thought we keep thinking. . .
Daily Inspiration 2-19-11

Daily Inspiration 2-19-11

“This is the law of prosperity. When apparent adversity comes,
be not cast down by it, but make the best of it, and always
look forward for better things, for conditions more prosperous.”
— Ralph Waldo Trine
You’ve probably heard the positive phrases at some time in your life, such as, “keep a stiff upper lip,” when the going gets tough, the tough get going,” it’s not what happens to you but how you react to it,” and others along that same philosophy. Sure, we sort of believe them to be true, or at least we find them to be true for other people, especially famous people who have told us in book, on TV, or other way all about how they overcame adversity and made it through to become the success they are today. We believe it to be true from history class of those who faced the odds and won. We get it, or so we say, until. . . it happens to us!
Then, as adversity is upon us, it is so easy to forget all those history classes, movie stars, business tycoons, and positive thinking coaches, as we are in the throws of dealing with issues we don’t want to deal with, never thought we would ever deal with, or swore it would never happen again. And, yet, here it is in all its glory.
As a result, we easily and with encouragement from our friends, relatives, co-workers, begin focusing on our misfortune and speaking of it often, thinking of almost nothing else and feeling the pain, regret and other self-damaging emotions. Yep, we are facing reality in the face and finding more and more reality of a similar nature on the news, in the papers, on the radio, on billboards, on facebook, that we are now sharing and receiving as a method of attempting to sooth, rationalize and find justification. We look for scapegoats and just know that it has to be something outside of ourselves that has created this injustice. We seek blame for it seems to give us some relief. It does no such thing.
This is a common scenario throughout the world in the face of adversity.
Now, here’s the good news. It IS true that this scenario is reality. Yes, it is there; however, the positive phrases we heard are also true and real. Which one really gives us relief? It is the fact that it is not what happens to us, but how we choose to react to it. In fact, I don’t think there is any more truthful statement than this. What we think about what is going on whether it is adversity or prosperity is everything.
And here’s the best thing I’ve learned: Which one feels better to focus on? Which one has the power to change things to the way we want it? It would be the prosperity; the joy; the feeling good rather than that endless circle of sharing complaint. That choice is 100% ours and we all have 100% of the power.
. . . Just In Case You Need Some Hope. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–focus on what feels good to think about and forget about everything else. We get to choose joy anytime we want to.
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