Month: October 2011

Daily Inspiration 10-31-11

Daily Inspiration 10-31-11

“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.”
— Tony Robbins
“The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow.
Sow an act, and your reap a habit.
Sow a habit and your reap a character.
Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
— James Allen
I was reading something today and it caused me to think about destiny and how that has always bothered me. It reminds me of the phrase, meant to be, and the word, should, as if there is something that we were meant to be or do or become, and that is something that we should do or become because, of course, (you saw it coming, right?) it was our destiny.
Then, I was very involved in church for a lot of years and people were always talking about God’s will and finding God’s will for them, and following God’s will and on and on they would go about seeking God’s will, etc. I always thought that made us more like puppets than anything, or that when we didn’t do the thing we should, the consequences were upon us.
Then, there’s the parents, and the favorite word of my parents was should. Don’t do as I do, but do as I say. You should do this and that.
Teachers too, then employers as we became job seekers. I cannot leave out the governments, local, state and federal, you know. There’s plenty of shoulding there too.
Truth is–at least as I’ve found having been down all these other paths–that as I look back, I can see so clearly how I have shaped my own destiny and that no one, not anyone has shaped it for me. There were co-creators in the process, but I was always in control because I was always in control of my thinking and always 100% in control of my own decision making.
Every decision created a result and in the process of my life in looking back, I see some real doozies. Although, I had lots of excuses and explanations for all of them that absolved me of any real responsibility. Heck, I practiced that most of my life. Now, that in very recent years since I have accepted full and complete responsibility for my thinking and decisions and results, it is actually empowering to look back and realize that it was all my own doing all along. Yes, I made a lot of money and spent more than I earned. Yes, I quit when I could have continued. Yes, I reacted most of the time rather than responding. Sometimes I didn’t know any better, but not very dang often. Most of the time, I made conscious decisions.
The other thing that is important now for me is that I no longer look back in any regret, whereas I used to look back that way a lot. It’s all good. It’s okay. They were just decisions and results. It happens to everyone all the time. And now that I know fully what I am doing, these decisions all bring me joy. I find that fascinating!
My Destiny Is In My Mind.
Spread Some Joy Today–by getting excited about other people’s little successes. Be an encourager and joy will follow you everywhere.
Daily Inspiration 10-30-11

Daily Inspiration 10-30-11

“When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting,
I go ahead on it and make trial after trial until it comes.”
— Thomas A Edison
As I was driving today, a very confident thought about persistence came through me. It was the realization that there is only one thing standing between us and success and that is ourselves. The only way you can truly fail is to quit.
Some think, ‘I will try this and see how it works out,’ as if working out was really in question or as if working out was a destiny thing or if the success gods are happy that day. The other thing about that is the word try. It is so weak. It indicates the possibility of failure in the word itself. It might succeed. . . then again, it might not. The if, come, maybe idea of it is funny.
As I thought about it, I felt so confident in the ability to succeed by strictly having the desire strong enough and the unwillingness to fail or quit.
I love how Thomas Edison says, ‘When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting. . .’ He doesn’t determine his success later through trial and error, he determines it up front by deciding it is worth it, that it is important and that he is committed to it. Then, and only then he says, ‘I go ahead on it. . . until it comes.”
Jim Rohn says it this way, ‘How long should you try? Until . . . ‘
So, I’m absolutely confident in the fact that the only thing stopping us from doing a thing is ourselves. I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes on persistence:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” — Calvin Coolidge
“Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up!”
–Winston Churchill
Spread Some Joy Today–Think of some kind words of encouragement to say to someone you know. Now say them.
Daily Inspiration 10-29-11

Daily Inspiration 10-29-11

“Success is the sum of detail.”
— Harvey S Firestone
One foot in front of my other and I move forward. One action laced to another is progress.
One thing that I have learned to love about my life is in the act of the accumulation of it, and how layer upon layer adds what sometimes seems like nothing much at all, then I look again and see more than I was aware of. Then as I look back I see this long trail or layers–so many even, that I cannot even fully see them as individual layers, but more like clumps or groups of layers.
I’ve gotten to the point that I am excited about the smallest of layers knowing that as one is added to another, there is not only more, but a synergy of more in time. If I decide to do something, I know I can achieve a certain level by just moving and adding layers, and that whatever my speed, which is totally my choosing, the layers will still accumulate in that time.
In that I can do anything I want to do that I will focus on and grow in the experience of. Anything.
Decide. Start Moving. Experience. Grow.
Spread Some Joy Today–Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn or do? The key is deciding, then doing something toward it. The rest will come.
Daily Inspiration 10-28-11

Daily Inspiration 10-28-11

“I have a resistance to change in things
that I feel comfortable with and that I’m used to.”
— Dennis Quaid
“Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.”
— Victor Hugo
Maybe you can relate to this. . .
My computer was six or so years old and I use it almost every day–especially in the last few years running an Internet business–it gets a lot of use. My flat screen monitor was giving me fits and starts and I would turn it on just right and it would work great. Then it got slower and slower and finally it didn’t come on any more. Monitors are so cheap now, what was I waiting for? Sure, we’re a small business and we watch our expenses, but hanging on to stuff that isn’t working doesn’t make any good sense, right? I mean, most people would get that, I’m sure, but I was holding on. . .
I finally went out of dire necessity and bought a monitor. Just the basic one, of course.
Back to my computer. This thing is slow and getting slower. I don’t play games or any of that, but I’m opening programs and uploading photos, video and all sorts of things we need in our business and it’s going slower all the time. I sort of get used to it, know what I mean? So finally, it’s lethargic, so I take it to the computer shop and they de-virus it and clean out my registries and all that geek stuff. It’s better, but very slow.
So, I talk to Comcast. They convince me of the virtue of Business Class and I go for it. They finally come and set it up, its still so slow. Call the computer guy. There’s a bus problem. (Truly I think it should go under the bus. . .). It gets last rights. I go buy a new computer, bigger, faster, better. It’s hooked up and it is greased lightning! So fast I don’t know how to act. It’s awesome.
I could go on. . . Well, one more. . .
I have this chair I sit in. Nice chair, but easily 8 years old and not what it used to be. My partner prods me to buy a new one. He finds a deal and we buy it. I love it. What a difference! Who knew?
It seems that this happens a lot to me. I get used to poor performance. I get used to the keys sticking on certain letters so I learn to hit that letter harder. Little by little I get used to inferior products, worn out products, bad service, poor communication skills, being put on hold, people not calling you back, and the list could go on. I don’t focus here, but it’s here and I learn to accept and endure.
But I don’t have to. . .
Those investments in the computer, monitor, keyboard, chair, new book, audio program, whatever, are investments in my growth, my better productivity, my sanity, my peace and my joy.
Oh, How Easily We Can Become Dull Blades When The Sharpener Is So Near. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Just go get that thing or things that is going to put the fast back in speed. You’ll notice the difference immediately and wonder what took you so long. . . or is that just me?
Daily Inspiration 10-27-11

Daily Inspiration 10-27-11

“How do you deserve a fortune?
Render fortunes of service.”
— Jim Rohn
Zig Ziglar said this memorable quote: “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
Steve Jobs just passed and his biography by Walter Isaacson was just released a few days ago and I’m sure it is selling like crazy. I just downloaded it to my Kindle so I can read this massive work. As I was thinking about Steve, his legacy and how he has influenced almost an entire planet, I thought about Zig Ziglar and Jim Rohn because they taught me a long time ago that it was all about service and the more people you can be of service to, the greater the reward can be. Steve Jobs was in the extreme column when it comes to being of service to many.
It’s also interesting for me to think about the past 50 years and the technological progress that has been made. It is astounding.
My first personal computer was an Apple II+ with 64k of memory. We didn’t even know what a megabyte was. It had one 5.5″ floppy disk drive, and I added a second drive so I didn’t have to keep switching disks to save my work. It cost $2,500. I bought it from my boss who won it in a contest but didn’t want it for $1,700. Those numbers are ridiculous today, aren’t they?
One of my salesmen got one of the first Macintosh computers, and I saw the first full page screen monitor made by Apple at a friends office who did ad layouts and graphics.
My partner just bought the latest and greatest Apple 4 phone, leaving his Apple’s 2 and 3 behind. Another partner used his iPad.
When you think of all the products that have come from Apple alone it is massive enough, but what I like to think about is how those products and those ideas have been of service to humanity. Just think of how far and widespread Apple’s devices and technology has served and is serving and will be serving.
What is much more interesting to me is going back to the seed of the idea, getting together with Steve Wazniak, discussing ideas and possibilities, then in a garage tinkling and creating a first prototype product. Stop there. Now picture today juxtaposed to that shot. It makes the word incredible seem so shallow and weak.
So, now think about how each of us are of service to many or not so many. I work with a lot of businesses and see how they are of service to many and the more they can be of service to, especially lasting service, the more successful they are.
What it all comes down to is serving, doesn’t it? The rewards are different depending on how we serve, but it is all about the quality and the quantity of our service to each other.
To Serve Or Not To Serve, That Is The Question. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Think about your personal service at work, at home, to yourself. Yes, don’t forget about yourself.
Daily Inspiration 10-26-11

Daily Inspiration 10-26-11

“I do not think there is any other quality so essential
to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.
It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”
— John D Rockefeller
I was thinking about desire tonight and watched an older movie called Billy Elliot. It is a wonderful movie about a young man who eventually becomes a famous ballet dancer. He was drawn to it as a boy and he had to work very hard at doing the actual dancing, but the desire was strong in him to keep trying. Finally he got good enough to apply at the Royal Academy of Ballet, and this question was asked, and his answer was quite telling about his perseverance:
“Tutor 1: What does it feel like when you’re dancing?
Billy: Don’t know. Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going…then I like, forget everything. And… sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I’ve got this fire in my body. I’m just there. Flyin’ like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.”
The bold italic text is mine to have that part of his answer stand out.
Many times we think persistence is all about effort–nose to the grindstone, and all that. That can work, I’m sure, but my experience with perseverance and getting through is more about desire and how that desire plays in your emotions and your thinking. In this, it has nothing at all to do with effort.
Effort is a natural result of desire because part of human nature is to move; to do; to experience participation physically, but it is not something that is required in the normal sense that we might think about effort, labor, sweat, and that four letter word, work.
What drove Billy was how it made him feel. It was desire. He wanted to do it. He was not even sure why until that question was asked, but it made him feel good to do it and he enjoyed himself so much that he got lost in it.
This kind of motivation will keep us going far longer and much more joyously than working at it ever could. So desire and the feeling about it is critical to its success.
And, it’s not about the goal or the trip toward it. Sometimes people say it is the journey, not the destination. In other words to focus on the journey and not the destination. But if you think about the Billy Elliot scenario, it isn’t about the destination or the journey, it is about the desire and the feeling. I’ve heard Esther Hicks say that it has nothing to do with effort, and now I think I understand that. So glad I watched that tonight.
If It Feels Good, Do It–And Pay Attention To That.
Spread Some Joy Today–Send someone an inspiring note today. Just for the joy of it, just in case you needed a good reason.
Daily Inspiration 10-25-11

Daily Inspiration 10-25-11

“My own dreams fortunately came true in this great state.
I became Mr Universe; I became a successful businessman.
And even though some people say I still speak with a slight
accent, I have reached the top of the acting profession.”
— Arnold Schwarzenegger
Not to mention, two-term Governor of the State of California. . . or is that govenator? Ah. . . but he’s fallen from grace, hasn’t he? Along with Clinton, Ashton, Tiger and oh so many more. Then there’s more drama with the never ending Brad & Angelina & Jen triangle, the latest Demi and Ashton heartaches. Is it true what they’re saying about. . .?
It’s almost impossible to miss the headlines at the check out counter, on thousands of Internet sites and more. It’s the latest what’s wrong? Why is it wrong? Who did the wrong? Who else thinks it’s wrong? The outrage and disappointment.
I remember realizing many years ago that whenever a manager leaves an employer, they can never do right again. It just seems like human nature to feed on the dead and wounded. Or is that vultures that do that? I can’t remember. Hell, they could have been superstars, but once they leave, they’re losers.
There’s two ways to have the tallest building and not very many people seem interested in construction when you see the headlines, hear the squawking and gossip, feel the hot emotion.
Or, at least that’s what it seems like. . .
Truth is, there are plenty more folks than we might think who are very much interested in construction rather than destruction, what’s right instead of what’s wrong, excited and enthusiastic about the future instead of disappointed and dismayed and holding on to the past.
It all comes down to that word that began in the Garden of Eden: judgement. Or was it Judgement? In either case, it is something that we all have the power to use and we all have the option to use it in any way that we choose.
That other thing I learned in that book woke me up to the reality that the log in my own eye was larger than the specs I would see in others. Yet I grew up with that judgemental influence all around me and it is still with me in others today, so I could go back and join the crowd, or. . . I can practice looking in the mirror.
I Choose Practice!
Spread Some Joy Today–Today is what’s right day. Anything and everything you look at today, or experience, ask what’s right about this? It’ll change your life!
Daily Inspiration 10-24-11

Daily Inspiration 10-24-11

“The real measure of your wealth is how much
you’d be worth if you lost all your money.”
— Unknown (The scribe was on vacation)
As you consider this phrase, you might think, ‘I’m not wealthy, so this doesn’t apply.’ I beg to differ, as I think we are all wealthy and some of us just haven’t discovered our own wealth. To some it might be money, to others something else.
Regarding money, I love how Jim Rohn puts wealth into perspective: “After you become a millionaire, you can give all of your money away because what’s important is not the million dollars; what’s important is the person you have become in the process of becoming a millionaire.” Coco Chanel says it her own way: “There are people who have money and people who are rich.”
If you really think about it, the only thing money can buy that is really important is physical comfort. It cannot buy happiness, peace of mind or any of the other gems of life because those are attitudes that can be adopted by the poorest of the poor should they desire to do so. These are states of the mind. And, so is health, and so is wealth.
In my experience, what so many people live with for far too long, including their entire lives sometimes, is their perceived lack of wealth. As we focus on the lack of anything, we create a deeper and wider chasm of lack and our view across the chasm to prosperity is blocked by our discontent.
One of the best ways to let this all go is to realize that we are all wealthy and to recognize our wealth. In this way we can become more generous, comfortable within ourselves, experience more joy.
Yesterday, I briefly talked about some writers like John Grisham. Think of the wealth that he has brought to us with his work; his passion; his joy. I’ve been thinking and appreciating Jack London lately as well. What magnificent wealth he left behind as if it is a superfund foundation for the betterment of humanity.
Maybe we don’t all reach this far. No matter. We all have sufficient wealth and it is the discovering, reinvesting and distribution of that wealth that is our greatest joy.
Here is a much simpler lasting legacy that continues to provide joy:
Open Your Vault Of Wealth. There Is Plenty To Share. It Will Buy Things Money Cannot Buy.
Spread Some Joy Today–Joy is contagious, and it is such an easy thing to have. To have it, decide to be joyous. It is really that simple.
Daily Inspiration 10-23-11

Daily Inspiration 10-23-11

“Discipline is the bridge between
goals and accomplishment.”
“We could all use a little coaching.
When you’re playing the game,
it’s hard to think of everything.”
— Jim Rohn
Three on our team went to a author/writing seminar put on by two people, A J Greer, an author, and the other author which is also a client of ours, Wendy VanHatten of VanHatten Writing Services. This was part two of a two part class and I’ve learned much from it, as has others on our team.
One thing that came up today gave me the inspiration for today’s daily inspiration, and that was finding time to write. We are all so busy with our lives and since we aren’t full time, highly paid writers, we need to fit writing that book, novel or whatever into that busy life somewhere.
Just over a year ago, I made a decision to finally actually write this book called Commercial Truck Success that I’ve been wanting to write for several years. To help me along, I hired Wendy to help me get that job done. We got going pretty good for several weeks and then I began getting busier and prioritizing in such a way that the book didn’t make the cut.
In the last 60 days or so, we have made so much progress to the point that the book is almost done. We are just doing the final editing and rewrites with a goal of that process being done by the end of the month. I feel very good about the product and expect to have it published next month.
Here are some things that I’ve learned from this project:
• My first book was written in 1990 and I did it all myself and would never do it that way again. It is so great to have an editor and people to help remind me to stay on track, help me to be better and so on. We all could use a little coaching. I like having a team. Yes, it costs money, but it is so worth it–every penny.
• Allow time for mistakes. I had this idea of talking the book and having Wendy write it. It wasn’t being lazy, but somehow I thought that would be more conversational or more interesting. We found out that it was a tough project that way, and I found out that I talk so differently than I write, liking the writing better.
• Set a deadline. I never had a deadline until about 30 days ago or so. I should have remembered C Northcote Parkinson’s famous quote: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
• It gets better and better by rereading and rewriting. Allow time for that process between you and the editor.
• Don’t share it with others until it is in the final edit arena. I sent out some copies for feedback a little prematurely in that since they were sent, I have rewritten at least half of the book.
• Practice is a key ingredient in becoming a better writer. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a teenager; however, I never spend much time practicing toward that end, and especially not with any kind of consistency. It wasn’t until I read about some famous authors and how much writing they did every day that I got a better perspective. It’s easy to think that it comes without much effort, but it is generally a fallacy.
• Write a lot. One of my personal motivations to writing this Daily Inspirations is to practice writing and thinking. It’s easier to get better with practice.
• Pay the money, get the help. It is so worth it that it is silly looking back thinking about the expense. It’s not an expense, it is an investment in yourself.
• Share what you know. One of the things that came up in class today was making money by selling your book or writing. That’s cool, but what I think is far more important is the sharing of your expertise, knowledge, perspective, and experiences. We all have something to share with one another and since I am an avid reader, I so love that those people took the time and energy to put themselves out there for me to enjoy and learn from. I hope they got rich in the process, for I know that I did.
So, if you’re thinking of doing a book, hire Wendy or someone like her. Put your team together. You can be sure that John Grisham has a team, and James Patterson has a team, and Jim Rohn had a team. And, though they had a good team, it was their willingness and desire to put themselves into writing that makes it all worthwhile.
If A Tree Falls In The Forest And No One Is Around, Does It Make A Sound?
Spread Some Joy Today–Share your talents with others for the joy in it.
Daily Inspiration 10-22-11

Daily Inspiration 10-22-11

“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned
his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and
devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the
essence of life, contemplation, meditation. . . tooting, howling,
screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling
bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void
spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.”
— Jean Arp
Well, I don’t know for sure, but maybe Jean Arp is going a bit far. But today, it sort of felt that way.
Had a meeting that we recorded at Starbucks this morning. It is noisy inside virtually every Starbucks I’ve ever been in. It’s either the machines to make drinks, grind coffee, people talking or the music playing. So we tried sitting outside thinking it was a little quieter. And it was for about two minutes, then a Harley drove up to the stoplight, a bus turned the corner belching out noise, the tuned exhaust of the pickup, the boom, boom of the subwoofers. It was deafening or so it seemed. We went back inside and dealt with that noise.
I’ve heard all of these noises many, times–almost every day, but today it was like all these things were in slow motion; like they were all coming to me. I longed for silence.
There was a time when I couldn’t go to sleep without music, listened to music in the car all the time, listened to it at home. It seemed like I had to fill that empty space with something and music was the preferred thing.
In recent years as I have gotten older, I’ve discovered a relative quiet in comparison. I work at my computer with no added noise other than the keyboard. I can hear the birds outside with the door open. Cars go by once in a while, but it is fairly quiet.
I think I used to be afraid of silence. That sounds strange to even write, but I think it was true. I had to fill that silent space with some kind of out front or background noise. Now, I delight in the lack of it, love nature sounds, and the peace of hearing myself think.
Where Is That Cone Of Silence When I Need It?
Spread Some Joy Today–Find something to compliment people on around you and express it to several. It need not be elaborate, just sincere. It can be as simple as, ‘I like your hair.’ You’ll leave a trail of joy behind you.
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