Month: July 2011

Daily Inspiration 7-31-11

Daily Inspiration 7-31-11

“You don’t understand anything until
you learn it more than one way.”
— Marvin Minsky
Learning leads to understanding and I have found understanding is achieved much better and faster by learning things in multiple ways. When I really want to understand something, I immerse myself in it and find ways to teach it to aid in my own understanding. As I understand it, I can teach it well.
I’ll never forget going to a new high school in Upland, CA for just a few months. We had moved to Northern California from Southern California and after a few years, my parents decided the grass was greener in the Southland, so we moved back. It didn’t last long, but I learned a lot from the experience.
The school in Sonoma, CA the history class was stodgy and rather boring, but typical of many schools I had attended with outlines on the blackboard, huge textbook, memorizing dates, etc. When I went to the school in Upland (south of LA near Ontario), that history class was the most exciting and interesting history class I had ever attended. It wasn’t the teacher, but the curriculum. In this case, they had an 8.5″x11″ paper workbook with about a page to two pages of text on a subject, then there were many questions after each section. The questions asked about the subject from many different angles and really helped to understand it, make sense of it and engage with it. It was very interesting, well written and the questions made all the difference.
How terrible it was to go back to Sonoma and that old history class. It felt like the dark ages versus the 20th century. What’s also interesting is that the kids in the Upland class were complaining about the class and I was rejoicing! Little did they know how good they had it.
There are many things that I’ve learned that I can repeat and even take a test on, but there are few that I have a deep understanding of. Whatever those are, came from the desire to know it, the learning from different angles and the teaching of it.
Learning Should Be Fun!
Spread Some Joy Today–When you get up and become awake, take a few moments and set some intentions for the day. Intend to have safe and efficient travel, excellent communications with all people, to enjoy the world around you while you work, and more. You won’t believe what a difference it will make in your days.
Daily Inspiration 7-30-11

Daily Inspiration 7-30-11

“For one human being to love another:
that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks,
the ultimate, the last test and proof,
the work for which all other work is but preparation.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
— John 13:35, The Bible
I was taught at a young age about promises that weren’t kept, and how disappointing people can be. It was a very dysfunctional world to me. I learned to see people’s flaws and to talk about them behind their back and such. In fact, most of my life was spent in pursuit of “better people.” I was wise enough to realize that this included myself; however, it was also obvious that a lot of other people needed some serious help.
In 1996, I decided to seriously read the Bible. I wasn’t going to church, but decided to have my own church so to speak and spent several weeks reading the Bible cover to cover with the help of cassette tapes to keep me moving at a certain pace and aid in getting the most retention in the process. I began with the New Testament in the Gospels. After reading about Jesus over and over, something unexpected happened and I found myself crying as if weeping and from then on, I tear up at the drop of a hat and especially about happy things. The word love began to take on a whole new meaning to me that I had never really experienced before. I was touched briefly with unconditional love and knew it instantly was perfection.
I spent the next ten years joining a church and becoming a church leader, worship leader and such, and then I walked away from it generally. I still go once in a while, but rarely now. I thought what I was looking for was there, but it was not enough.
Since then, I have been growing in unconditional love–working at it so to speak–except working is the wrong word. Allowing is a better word for it. Here’s what I found. It is not something that is somewhere outside of me to find. It is inside me to allow. Once I began to see this, it became easier and then was just a matter of practicing allowing it. In many ways, I use Jesus as a role model for I have found no other that is better to emulate.
Now, as I meet people, learn about them, and deal with them in business and without, I practice allowing myself to love them without any expectation that they satisfy me. I practice it at home and with relatives alike. I don’t have to agree with people or their philosophies, attitudes and such, but just love them the way they are. To see that they are perfect the way they are regardless of anything I see. I try to see the beauty in them.
And guess what? More than any other single thing, I believe that this has brought me more joy in the last 5 years than in the 56 years prior. And, guess what else? It gets better and easier and more joyous every day. I can truly say now that I can love every one. I feel it is certain that I will get to the point that I will. It’s a most worthwhile journey.
“Love Is All You Need!” — Lennon & McCartney
Spread Some Joy Today–Begin practicing on your coworkers. See their beauty and perfection, their uniqueness and sameness, their humanity and most of all their heart.
Daily Inspiration 7-29-11

Daily Inspiration 7-29-11

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.”
— Charles H Duell,
Director of the US Patent Office, 1899
“If we all worked on the assumption
that what is accepted as true is really true,
there could be little hope of advance.”
— Orville Wright, Flyer, Inventor
The older I get, the more I appreciate all the events I’ve experienced and the learning opportunities I’ve had. When I was reading this Orville Wright quote, I remembered an event, or rather a class I attended that has stayed with me all these years.
It was as I recall in early 1994. Oldsmobile was just beginning production on a “game changer” car for the company called the Aurora. GM had sales managers, dealers, service managers from all over the country come to Michigan to attend a multi-day training class to educate everyone on the unique features (a radical change in body strength, and more) of this new car and at the same time try to create a new paradigm with some unique training about thinking.
It was a marvelous class and experience. In most of these seminars or classes, they would have dealers and managers segregated, but in these classes everyone was thrown together purposely. We also had tours of the plant, and a huge meeting of all participants and upper level GM staff. In the 30 years I was in the car business, it is the only training class that stood out so far above all the rest, and there were some good ones in all those years.
What stood out the most was changing the way we thought about things in doing some exercises that tested our thinking process. For example, groups of us would stand in a circle and we were given a small ball and the idea was that each person in the group had to touch it and pass it to the next. The events were timed. So, the first one was sort of obvious and slow. Then we were challenged to do it considerably faster. So, we moved closer to each other and did it again. Faster time. Then again and again, and each time there were dramatic improvements which made the first time look silly.
There were many such exercises, not all timed and others tested our thinking in different ways. By the time the classes were over, everyone was expanded and enlightened to test the status quo and think of creative ways to solve issues or just see things in new ways.
I realized after this class that there are an infinite number of ways in which things can be improved and that we are the only roadblock toward that improvement. It has helped me to look at many things since in different ways and to consider infinite possibility. My gratitude remains to GM for putting this event on and for the dealer who took me along.
“The Difficulty Lies Not So Much In Developing New Ideas As In Escaping From The Old Ones.”
–John Maynard Keynes
Spread Some Joy Today–What would happen if you did things backward today? Or upside down? What if you told all the people you work with that you liked them or loved them? What if everything went perfectly today?
Daily Inspiration 7-28-11

Daily Inspiration 7-28-11

“No matter what the level of your ability, you have more
potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime.”
— James T McCay
I have come to believe that I have barely scratched the surface of my potential and that I am constantly expanding. The good news about that is that it seems to not only have no end, but no maximum.
All That Is Left Is The Decisions. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Find someone to compliment today and make it great! Try a couple more!
Daily Inspiration 7-27-11

Daily Inspiration 7-27-11

“Perfection is achieved,
not when there is nothing more to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.”
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I’ve been looking for a quote that describes how I now feel about the idea of perfection, and I’ve found it in this quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
What I used to believe about perfection is that it pretty much was unattainable, that people strive toward it but that it is always this elusive thing that refuses to be attained. It was the ideal.
As a result of that belief, there were a lot of problems about the idea of we humans being so less than perfect that we are permanently flawed and that perfection is a hopeless and fruitless endeavor. I never liked perfection very much. It seemed so elitist to me.
Through looking at other things in a different way, I’ve come to believe something more useful about perfection, and it is that we are already perfect and that it is not something to strive toward, but to allow. It is not something outside of ourselves, but within. In addition, we see it in others when we allow it. It is far more about non-judgment than it is about judgement.
I’ve also come to believe that things are also perfect and that perfection is at work all of the time creating wonderful events and circumstances to add to that perfection, and it is constantly changing and alive.
It is not about being tolerant, but it is very much about love. And, it is fascinating how this change in thinking about perfection is changing my entire outlook.
Allow The Perfection That Is You, Because You Are.
Spread Some Joy Today–Laugh! Do it often and much today!
Daily Inspiration 7-26-11

Daily Inspiration 7-26-11

“The past is never dead,
it is not even past.”
— William Faulkner
This quote jumped off the page at me and I thought, well. . . that is so true, isn’t it? We carry our experiences with us at all times whether old or new and we are constantly sifting through memories as part of the process of living and making decisions today.
That old phrase, it is dead and gone is not true then. How could it be anything other than having a bit of time of not needing that memory as a buffer to the memory.
When people say they’ve made peace with their past, that must mean that they’ve accepted it as an experience as opposed to making use of denial.
Of course, once we get through all of that, it is just a memory that is part of the whole of us and without that part wouldn’t be us anymore. . .
Past, Present and Future Is Like Mind, Body and Spirit. They are all one.
Spread Some Joy Today–Do an act of random kindness for someone today.
Daily Inspiration 7-25-11

Daily Inspiration 7-25-11

“We must accept life for what it actually is–a challenge
to our quality without which we should never know
of what stuff we are made, or grow to our full stature.”
— I.A.R. Wylie
I’ve always believed that we are either growing or dying and I’ve believed that businesses are the same–either they are growing or they are dying. Some are fairly obvious to me, and some it is hard to tell, but one thing is sure: nothing remains the same.
Of course many people, including some bosses I’ve had believe that growth is always related to number of sales, dollar value of sales and such. Those are absolutely important, but not so important as to overshadow all other forms of growth.
Relate to a tree, where pruning is growth. It is in the pruning that new growth is possible where it would be stagnated before. Replanting can be growth as well. New, more fertile soil, fresh perspectives. Reorganization can be very helpful. Education as well. Renewing or changing focus can be helpful to growth. Changing or realigning products and services can be a huge benefit. Preparation can be another help.
In any case, there are so many ways we can grow and become more than we were, and in this I see no difference between business and our personal lives.
“It Is Not Necessary To Change. Survival Is Not Mandatory.” — W Edwards Deming
Spread Some Joy Today–Do something strange and fun today. Maybe even play hookie for at least part of the day. It will be there when you get back.
Daily Inspiration 7-24-11

Daily Inspiration 7-24-11

“You must give to get.
You must sow the seed,
before you can reap the harvest.”
— Scott Reed
I love how this quote puts giving and sowing a seed in the same short statement. We think we know all about the sowing of the seed and interpret that as effort invested in order to reap the benefit, as in prospecting for a sale where you have to go talk to someone before any sale can be made. But. when I think about it the way this quote frames it, I think it is as much thought or intention as anything related to physical effort.
We sow seeds with our attitude. That’s thought. Like attracts like. We sow seeds with our intentions, which I relate more to our vision of our desire turned into an affirmation. We sow seeds with our giving and our joy and we get like in return. And, it all starts with the giving of the seed. . . Yes. I like how that is phrased–the giving of the seed, as opposed to the sowing of the seed without the giving being involved.
So what are we giving out in the way of seeds? If we give out corn, we will get corn in return, often multiplied. We don’t give out corn seeds and grow tomatoes.
Very Interesting. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–when someone offers to pay, say thank you. Let them experience the joy and allow yourself to do the same. Go with the flow. . .
Daily Inspiration 7-23-11

Daily Inspiration 7-23-11

“The pursuit of knowledge is a fallacy.
All you wish to know you already know.
If you wish to learn–teach!
This is the spirituality of knowledge.”
— Vincent Roazzi
I love this quote from Vincent Roazzi from his bestselling book, The Spirituality of Success, which I highly recommend reading. I like the quote because I have found it to be absolutely true in my own life. That which I have wanted to learn, I have found a way to teach and I learn it.
Of course, this place is one of those places that I teach and thereby learn. I also do it in my business. I’ve found that teaching people about the value of what we do, I gain greater knowledge of what I do. That probably sounds strange, as if I should already know what I do, but it expands by the teaching of it. For example, we do Internet Marketing, but that is a vague, overused phrase that means nothing to most people. I can tell them what I do, or how I do it and that isn’t very helpful either, but when I teach what the benefits are to them of the Internet, social media and so on, that then makes the difference. So, I end up teaching them about the Internet, rather than our business. As a result, I learn a great deal about the Internet!
Everything that I have wanted to know well, I have found an outlet for teaching, and some of them I’ve taught for a very long time, such as sales, management, philosophy, and more. I find that I not only have the desire to teach it to learn it better, but the need to teach it. Another thing I find about teaching these things is that I need to understand them better in order to be effective at teaching them. Hmmmm. Interesting. . .
There’s No Such Thing As Graduation As A Teacher.
Spread Some Joy Today–When you’re adding the tip at lunch or dinner, always choose the higher amount. It makes all the difference to the server. . . and you.
Daily Inspiration 7-22-11

Daily Inspiration 7-22-11

“Resistance is thought transformed into feeling. . .
Change the thought that creates the resistance,
and there is no more resistance.”
— Bob Conklin
“Everything depends upon the way we look at things.”
— Orison Swett Marden
Is the glass half full or half empty? Is it getting better or getting worse? Is there hope, or is there despair? Although these are opposites, it doesn’t matter the difference between two views as much as what we see and how we feel about it. Therein lies our individual reality, or what we believe to be true–and our individual choice.
Hope is a good place to get to. When I can get to hope, I can go higher on my journey to joy. Just because people around me choose to accept or believe something that causes their despair, is not a good enough reason for me to do so. In fact, it seems that the more something is discussed with each other, on the news, in the paper, on the Internet, the more easily it is accepted as THE reality, when it is truly only A reality.
When I allow myself to feel down at all because of some THE reality thinking, I have the choice of remaining there, or moving away. To move away is to get into hope. Hope is the anticipation of something better–and acceptance of the real possibility. It’s not about positive thinking, but just finding a way to feel better instead of feeling worse. And, it is this finding a way to feel just a little better, then a little better, and a little better that allows me to move toward something I want rather than something I do not want. When I move up to hope, I know I can get higher.
Sometimes stuff happens. How it got here is not the issue at the moment, but how I feel right now is. Feeling badly is going in the wrong direction, so I need to forget about everything else except for one thing: find a better feeling thought. I need to be thankful for something; anything. I need to appreciate something; anything; anyone. If I find one thought that way, however pathetic it may be at the start, I can move higher with another thought like it.
Maybe I can’t change the circumstances right now, but one thing is certain that I can change and that is how I think about it and consequently, how I feel.
Feeling Good Is The Most Important Thing I Can Do, And It Is Something I Have Full Domain Over.
Spread Some Joy Today–Quietly consider how powerful you really are at controlling your own experience. Once realized, this knowledge will guide you well the rest of your life. If that doesn’t bring joy, I’m not sure what would.
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