Month: February 2012

Daily Inspiration 2-29-12

Daily Inspiration 2-29-12

“A Yale University management professor in response
to student Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight
delivery service: The concept is interesting and well-formed,
but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible.”

— Frederick W Smith
It’s really easy to laugh at this quote now because everyone knows about FedEx. In 1971 Fred Smith began Federal Express and in 1973 began overnight service on April 17th. That first night only 18 packages were carried, and the rest is history as they say. Ten years later in 1983, they passed one billion dollars in sales revenue. That was over 29 years ago. Last year it was almost 40 billion.
The best way I’ve ever heard of thinking of a billion dollars is that if you had a billion dollars and you spent $10,000 per day, every day, seven days a week, it would take you 274 years to spend it all assuming it was gaining zero interest the entire time! To spend it all in a lifetime, you would have to spend around $50,000 a day. At that rate, it would still take you 54 years to spend it.
J K Rowling wrote a book called Harry Potter and was turned down by the first 12 publishers that it was sent to by a literary agent. A year later, one publisher took it and the rest is history as they say. J K Rowling went from a single mother on social security at the poverty level to now a billionaire.
How many people do you think can recognize a billion dollar enterprise in its seed form? Do you know anyone who might have a billion dollar idea? How about you? How about a million dollar idea?
Have you ever saw an invention, product or service and then said that you had that idea some years ago?
There are seeds in all of us to excel in certain areas when we allow them to be; when we decide to do it; when we are willing to risk. You might even be the next billionaire in the seed.
“Throw Your Dreams Into Space Like A Kite, And You Do Not Know What It Will Bring Back, A New Life, A New Friend, A New Love, A New Country.” — Anais Nin
Spread Some Joy Today–“Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.” — William Shakespeare
Daily Inspiration 2-28-12

Daily Inspiration 2-28-12

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the
situation but thought about it. Be aware of the
thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the
situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is.”
— Eckart Tolle
How something is said is so important to the understanding of it. That is why repetition of a subject is important for better understanding in anything.
I’ve talked about the idea that there truly is no right or wrong unless you choose those thoughts about the subject. Many would choose differently about the very same circumstance or situation. What Eckart Tolle says above is the same, yet the he adds the nuance of the word ‘neutral.’
He says an event, situation, circumstance is just what it is. It is neutral. It is not good or bad. There is no judgement in neutrality. It is when we enter the equation with our own thoughts that judgement comes in and we judge based on our own past training and experiences and beliefs and customs. In other words, WE CHOOSE how to judge this, and we normally judge it off center to the right or left, toward good or bad to varying degrees. We see a hurricane’s effects and call it bad, a humanitarian’s efforts and call it good, and so on.
Yet, you will find so few thinking about it as neutral. And, this is one of the choices available to all. What if you could see things neutrally? The event would certainly have a different response in us if we thought about the event in a neutral way compared to judging it good or bad.
There is a popular phrase, ‘good, bad, or indifferent.’ In this, one might think that being neutral is being indifferent. I know a lot of people think that when they encounter someone who is just observing the event with neutrality, but looking at a situation as it is and not reacting as so many do, is not at all being indifferent. Being indifferent is more a judgement, as if to say that one does not care, whereas neutrality is like being above it enough to see the whole picture and to just see it as it truly is rather than what we make it out to be.
In Another Sense, It Is Like The Difference Between Responding And Reacting.
Spread Some Joy Today–Try not reacting to some situation or event this week and instead just observe. Pretend it is a dream and you’re watching your dream from on high and just seeing it play out without any judgement at all. Then just enjoy your moments. That is one way to joy. You can choose joy at any time you want.
Daily Inspiration 2-27-12

Daily Inspiration 2-27-12

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today.
It is already tomorrow in Australia.”
— Charles M Schulz
A friend sent me a forwarded email titled, The Charles Schulz Philosophy and it contained the quiz below. For what it is worth, according to, this cannot be attributed to Charles Schulz, however, that doesn’t change its validity as far as I’m concerned. I hope you enjoy it:
You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just ponder on them.
Just read the e-mail straight through, and you’ll get the point.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4 Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.
How did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the
most credentials, the most money…or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most
“A Whole Stack Of Memories Never Equal One Little Hope.” — Charles M Schulz
Spread Some Joy Today–Share hope with someone.
Daily Inspiration 2-26-12

Daily Inspiration 2-26-12

“Worry pretends to be necessary
but serves no useful purpose.”
— Eckhart Tolle
I cannot recall any instance in my life where worry helped in any way whatever. I find that though I had been trained since childhood in the art of worry, it is now nothing but fear about something in the future run amuck effectively using up many present moments.
Somehow it was taught as good to worry about things as if we were “paying attention” to them, so as to not ignore them. The milder form of worry is called “concern.” It’s just more fear and more commonly used, though still unnecessary and counterproductive.
Here’s what is better. If something doesn’t feel right, decide then and there to do what you can and then let it go. This way we at least spring to action as opposed to projecting limitless possibilities of a yet to occur event.
Most Of The Things I Worried About Never Happened.
Spread Some Joy Today–When you’re joyous, you attract more joyous people. Good enough reason to me. . .
Daily Inspiration 2-25-12

Daily Inspiration 2-25-12

“Building attitude insight and awareness are the
first steps in building a positive attitude. But most
people take the words “positive attitude” for granted.”
— Jeffrey Gitomer
If you’ve never read a Jeffrey Gitomer book, I strongly recommend getting one today and that should automatically lead to two and so on and so on. He has quite a wonderful collection and they are among my favorite books in my library. His books are small in size and large in character. The quote above comes from one of his leading books, The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude.
In Chapter One, page 38, he has a questionnaire that is fun to do and very telling. If fact, you don’t have to wait to the end to see how you’re doing because it becomes obvious as you go. One of the questions really stood out for me. He asks, “How many hours of positive attitude training did you get. . . in grade school. . . in high school. . . In college. . . at work?” Next to each, Jeffrey has a blank so you can fill in the hours and next to the blank is a circle that says “none.”
I know from my experience that when it came to personal attitude training in grade school, it amounted to how to fit in or conform to normal behavior, and simple courtesy, but that was about it. In high school, it would be none, in college, none, and at work it would have been none at many places I worked, but when I got into sales, having a positive attitude was in the training, but even then it was minor on the list of sales skills.
At the very beginning of the book, Jeffrey says that, “Positive attitude is defined as the way you dedicate yourself to the way you think. The definition for a negative attitude is exactly the same. This book is dedicated to the way you think.”
“A YES! Attitude is the difference between saying “I’m Sorry,” And Saying “Thank You!” — Jeffrey Gitomer
Spread Some Joy Today–“Your smile is one of the greatest attributes and assets you can possess–and its’ free. All you have to do is use it every minute of every day.” — Jeffrey Gitomer
Daily Inspiration 2-24-12

Daily Inspiration 2-24-12

“A genuine leader is not a searcher
for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr
This I know from long experience: Line 10 people up and ask them what should be done, and the variety of answers will be astounding. This phenomenon is what caused the use of committees so that small groups could meet for extended periods to try to agree on what to do, then report to the decision maker their findings. This frustration led to Blue Ribbon Committees because the standard committees weren’t getting the job done. Now, of course, there is facebook.
Our company is growing very rapidly of late and no matter how large it gets and I am involved, it will never be run on the idea of seeking consensus. I may seek and opinion to help clarify my thinking, but make a decision and move on.
I’ve worked for people who seemed to take forever to make decisions. They wanted to study the issue, analyze the information, test the theories, adjust the assumptions, rationalize the data, whittle the time, create the charts and assign the blame. I would think, ‘come on, let’s just DO IT!’ The response was always that of a seasoned politician.
How do you get a committee to make a decision? By giving someone on the committee the power to decide. Procrastination and lack of decision is effectively a decision of inaction.
We often do this with personal decisions. Now, of course, there is facebook.
Part Of My Power Is That Of Decision.
Spread Some Joy Today–by letting go of what others think or say, and being joyous by your own decision.
Daily Inspiration 2-23-12

Daily Inspiration 2-23-12

“Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
— Viktor E. Frankl
Today was an interesting day. It began with a righteous opportunity to be pissed off, indignant, frustrated and disgusted, and these would have been justified in the life I used to live. Indeed, many people I know would have lost it and blurted out stuff they might have later too late reconsidered.
I am proud and pleased to report that I have successfully overcame another of those situations we all periodically face. I remained calm and though I took note of the stimulus from the other, I chose not to react to it, and to respond to it instead. It would have been easy to react, but not very positive in the potential outcome. I prefer the response of today.
To take that one step further–and this is the part I’m really proud and happy about–my internal response was so different and so much more compassionate than it would have been at any other time in my life. I thought, ‘you’re being rude and I don’t understand it, but I’m sure you must be under pressure in some way. I want to turn this around and have a positive outcome as I’m sure you do too.’
As it turned out, the lack of reaction on my part (our part, as there were two of us), was perfect and it ended on a much more positive note than it appeared it might.
I am practicing my own preaching and it is most enjoyable. The thought always comes before the action; before the habit.
Inwardly, although I hardly knew this person at all, I was trying my best to love him and to be loving, caring, and understanding of THEIR perspective on things. In other words compassionate.
My recommendation is to practice this as often as you can for that is how I have been winning the battle in my mind of the misguided stimuli that I get from all those unintentional and careless providers.
I might also add this quote I recently read that helped me today from Father James Keller: “Three hundred years ago a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved on the wall of his cell this sentiment to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: ‘It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.'”
Rejoice In Our Ultimate Power Of Response!
Spread Some Joy Today–Give a co-worker a hug instead of a handshake. It will make all the difference.
Daily Inspiration 2-22-12

Daily Inspiration 2-22-12

“The first principle of success is desire–knowing
what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.”
— Robert Collier
“One of the secrets of success
is ideas mixed with inspiration.”
— Jim Rohn
Success is a very shiny, brilliant word that a lot of people have trouble grasping. To many it is this illusive goal, and to many more it is something they want but aren’t sure they are capable or worthy or whatever. Some think you have to do something a very long time and become an expert at it to be called a success, maybe even a lifetime. The best that I can say about what I now know about the word is that it is something that each of us must define for ourselves.
I had a realization this evening at age 62: I am a success. I’ve always wanted to say that–and mean it, and now I just did. I used to think that success was always in front of me and some of it is, but I’ve succeeded all my life and never really recognized it as that until now. In fact, I’ve been a success all my life.
I’m not a fan of rules, so I try to break them whenever possible. When it comes to a fancy definition of success, I prefer it to be this simple: To have a desire and to act on it. Pretty simple and it is that easy to be a success.
Here are some of my successes (not in any particular order) that I now look on and celebrate:
When I was a teenager, I wanted to play the guitar, so I learned how to play the guitar and I’ve played it off and on all of my life. I wanted to play music and sing on stage and I’ve done that. I wanted to learn how to play bass guitar and did that. I wanted to play in a band as a musician and I’ve done that too. I didn’t do all these when I was a teenager, but at different times in my life.
I wanted to become a writer and became one. I wanted to write a book and I’ve written two. I wanted to become a teacher and I’ve been one since 1975 in one way or another. I wanted to become a business manager and have done that most of my life.
I wanted to be a songwriter, so I learned how to write them and wrote almost 200. I wanted to record music and I learned how to do that and I owned a recording studio. I wanted to learn how to run sound for music groups and I did that. I wanted to do a songwriting class to teach songwriting and did that.
This is fun!
I wanted to own my own business. I’ve done that several times. I wanted to make a good deal of money and have done that. I wanted to get involved in the Internet and have done that. I wanted to inspire and encourage people and I am still doing that. I wanted a large personal library and I own thousands of books. I wanted to own a bookstore and did that too. I wanted to have an eBay business and did that. I wanted over 10,000 feedback score on eBay and I am at 11,300. I wanted to own lots of guitars and have done that. I wanted to own a musical instrument store and have done that. I wanted to get involved in commercial trucks and I do a lot of that. I wanted to be a leader and I am.
Well, I could go on! I am really enjoying the idea of being a success, and I suppose the best reason to do this is to share how much of a success each of you who might read this are. If you’ve had a desire for something–whatever it may be–and have expressed the courage to act on it and do it, you have succeeded in my eyes. And, better that this is the idea that you can succeed over and over and over and over again throughout your life. I know that I am not slowing down at all, and perhaps am more motivated than I’ve ever been in my entire life. So there is much to look forward to while we enjoy each experience and each success.
I am a success. Say it! I am a success! Louder! I AM A SUCCESS!
Spread Some Joy Today–Life is experience. To enjoy and be in joy in your life experience is your own choice and your own legacy.
Daily Inspiration 2-21-12

Daily Inspiration 2-21-12

“What would your life be like if you could take all the
negative emotions you ever felt and lower their intensity
so they didn’t impact you as powerfully, so you were
always in charge?”
What would your life be like if you could take the most
positive emotions and intensify them, thereby taking
your life to a higher level?”
— Anthony Robbins
When I first read Tony Robbin’s book, Awaken the Giant Within, I made notes and put post-it notes to easily see places that really helped me. The most post-its are in Chapter 9, The Vocabulary of Ultimate Success. It has been so powerful for me that I have come back to these pages so many times to remind myself that I have the power to change and one of those powers is my choice of words that I use with others, or say out of my mouth, on paper and electronically, as well as the choices I make in my self-talk, which is infinitely more important overall.
The two quotes above are two of the best questions for us to ask ourselves because sometimes we feel a certain way that can be counterproductive and even make us ill. At the same time, we can feel those joyous feelings of love, enthusiasm, joy, elation and we can have more of that if we choose to change some of the words we have come to habitually use.
On pages 226 through 231, Tony has some lists of emotions and action words that are commonly used and what they might be changed to in order to lessen the negative feeling or enhance the positive. All we need do is pick a few and begin changing for the better today.
Here’s just a few that he suggests about common negative emotions:
Change I’m feeling anxious to I’m feeling expectant; I’m feeling exhausted to I’m recharging; I’m feeling frustrated to I’m feeling fascinated; I’m angry to I’m disenchanted; from being disgusted to surprised; from overwhelmed to in demand, or overwhelmed to maximized; from sad to sorting my thoughts; from stressed to blessed; from irritated to stimulated; from impatient to anticipating.
To bump up the positive feeling, here are some he suggests:
Change a good word into a great word, like going from being attractive to being gorgeous; from confident to unstoppable; from excited to outrageous; from feeling good to feeling vibrant; from being happy to being jazzed; from loving to passionate; from motivated to compelled; from moving forward to moving at warp speed; from okay to perfect! and from feeling pretty good (a common answer to how are you today?) to coolamundo.
Buy the book and get the lists and make use of the great changes in perspective that these word changes offer, and make your own list as well. I try to change them up at will. One of the most common ways is when people politely say how are you? I used to say, ‘I’m good,’ and now I might say ‘off the chart!’ or ‘it’s crazy how good it is!’ Or, they ask ‘how was your weekend?’ and I might say, ‘incredible!’ or ‘I love Mondays!’ or one of my favorites, ‘every day is perfect for me now.’
When I first began, I didn’t really feel the way the new word or phrase indicated; however, and I think you will find the same thing–the more I did that, the more I actually felt that way, even if it was right then.
Try changing some of your old, worn-out vocabulary and watch your life change!
A Word Is Worth A Thousand Pictures. . .
Spread Some Joy Today–Begin today to respond differently to questions. People will begin to see joy walking into the room surrounded by your body.
Daily Inspiration 2-20-12

Daily Inspiration 2-20-12

“One has to wait without impatience for what should come,
and yet at the same time do everything within one’s power as
though one were impatient and as though one were solely responsible.”
— Rodney Collin
Impatience is such a common thing in today’s world, yet most don’t seem to realize that impatience is fear. We want to control the outcome and control destiny.
This quote by John Glenn demonstrates most people’s attitudes about the subject of control: “To sit back and let fate play its hand out and never influence it is not the way man was meant to operate.”
I understand these sentiments and this philosophy and have dealt with it all my life until late and the results were not commensurate with the desire to succeed. Instead, I had more fear in the form of disappointment, worry and sometimes even desperation.
Ever try to pound a square peg in a round hole? Trying to control the outcome to a predetermined agenda is like that.
Here’s another interesting quote on this subject by Frank Goble: “Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible–he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.”
I certainly believe in knowing what you want, but what I have found is that it is best to be flexible about that idea of an outcome. It is entirely possible that you might get more or better than you originally planned out in your mind. I know this from experience and I know it from other peoples experience.
When one thing didn’t seem to work out, I began to relax in that knowing that something better was on its way. It is the essence of faith in what you want and belief that you will have it, but getting tied to how it will happen is a perpetual problem.
I’ve said this a few times, but is worth repeating. I have a big sign on my wall to remind me every single day. It says, “WHAT is my job. HOW is God’s job.” We decide what we want and we imagine the outcome as best we can. Then as we are inspired to act, we act with what we have available at the time and we let go of the rest and it will all work out perfectly–probably even better than we imagined. That is the essence of trust.
Ask, Believing And It Is Yours. Relax In That. Trust.
Spread Some Joy Today–As you’re doing your thing today, relax in your ability to choose and desire and to act. We don’t have to know how we will get it. Smile, knowing that it is already on its way! People will see your joy.
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