Month: May 2013

Daily Inspiration 5-31-13

Daily Inspiration 5-31-13

“The more we look without,

the more we go without.”

 
— Albert K Strong

This one is interesting, and seems so true in my own life. The more we look without; that is, outside of ourselves, the more we go without because it is those things that we accept and rejoice in that are real. Everything else is potential.

The other thing is that by looking outside of ourselves, we are essentially claiming lack. We are saying, ‘this is missing from my life and I want it and I want to find it, and it is out there. Either they have it, or God has it, or I’m destined to find it someday, or I wish I had it. And, it doesn’t matter what ‘it’ is. It could be love, a partner, a child, a job, a home, money, fame, or a million and one other things.

I think we have to look within, not without. To find strength, we need to look within. It was here all the time, we just misplaced it. To find love, that is all around inside us just waiting to be acknowledged and shared. To find God, we won’t find Him by looking in church or anywhere else outside. He is inside and always available every nanosecond of every millennium.

Even if something is not fully manifested and visualized by our human eyes, if we cannot find it within us, it cannot be found outside of us.

Here’s a few great words from a favorite author and teacher, Alan Cohen: “You just need to know the truth about your power. Belief is the vehicle through which power manifests. The word “believe” comes form two original words: “leave be.” What we are willing to leave be, or let be, becomes real. We do not have to create good in our life, for all our good has already been created, and it is waiting for us to claim it.”

“The Easiest Goal To Attain Is To Claim What You Already Are” — Alan Cohen

Spread Some Joy Today–Celebrate all that you are and all that you have today.

Daily Inspiration 5-30-13

Daily Inspiration 5-30-13

“On teaching people a lesson:

You’re actually not teaching them a lesson,

because the people who most need to

learn a lesson, haven’t, and won’t.

What you’re actually doing is diverting yourself

from your path as well as ruining your day

in a quixotic quest for fairness,

fairness you’re unlikely to find.”

 
— Seth Godin

I was thinking about holding grudges and knowing some people who hold some with companies and people for a variety of reasons. They boycott the companies or do something else that is bent on teaching them a lesson, and it is a colossal waste of time and energy.

Like the quote above says: “what you’re actually doing is diverting YOURSELF from YOUR path as well as ruining YOUR day.” Not much revenge or justice there. And, it is so true that as we are angry, hold grudges (angry, resentful thoughts), we really do a disservice to ourselves more than anything.

Love Is Allowing Others To Be What They Choose For Themselves (Or Choose To Do) Without Any Insistence They Satisfy Us.

Spread Some Joy Today–Love them anyway. It’s all good. And, love yourself in the process.

Daily Inspiration 5-29-13

Daily Inspiration 5-29-13

“Sometimes letting things go

is an act of far greater power


than defending or hanging on.”

 
— Eckhart Tolle

Perseverance can be an important tool to help us get through some tough spots and help us get through to a successful conclusion. It can also be a great stumbling block and keep us on a path that is likely not to succeed no matter how much we want it to.

A friend knows I read a lot and suggested a book that he found interesting and helpful. The title is Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud. I read a good part of it and it reinforced much of what I have learned in my own life. Like the song, The Gambler made popular by Kenny Rogers said, “you’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em,” Henry Cloud makes a case about the possibility that not giving into perseverance is a good strategy from time to time.

We’re so often taught that sticktoitivness is a virtue, that perseverance is a virtue and that only the strong survive and many other popular ideas of overcoming is the best thing we can do and that when we fail to do these things, we risk being “three feet from the gold” in failure. This is such a strong thing that is taught us that we are repelled by the idea that to give in can be a good thing.

I know in my life that there are times when I have persevered and it paid off and I also know there were times when I let it go before it was done and it was the right thing to do. We are the only judge of that. It doesn’t matter what others say (and remember they are probably enamored with the perseverance and hero ideals) about what we do. We need to make our own choices, have the courage to make them and then act in faith that we are our own best judge.

Quitting Is Not Necessarily A Bad Thing After All.

Spread Some Joy Today–Good on you for the choices you make. Keep making them!

Daily Inspiration 5-28-13

Daily Inspiration 5-28-13

“You block your dream when you allow

your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”

 

— Mary Manin Morrissey

Fear may be an indication that we are on a path that is not in our best interests; however, our ego loves fear and loves to feed fear and fear can easily grow from a concern to a ten-foot-thick brick wall.

Here’s a good question: How much energy are we giving this fearful thinking? Where are we letting it take us? Are we really fantasizing the future in a negative way?

Faith will abide if we let it. Faith will help us survive the trauma of fear if we let it. I think the best thing is to at first acknowledge that there is this fear thought, take a quick look at its character, and I am confident that as we move our attention and all of our focus to the successful accomplishment regardless of how far away it may seem, that the fear will take its proper place in the rear.

The Best Alternative Word For Faith Is TRUST.

Spread Some Joy Today–Trust in yourself. Trust in your ability. Trust in your worthiness. Trust in your actions.

Daily Inspiration 5-27-13

Daily Inspiration 5-27-13

“Too many people overvalue

what they are not

and undervalue

what they are.”

— Malcolm Forbes

I loved this quote, and I think a better way of saying it might be that many people overvalue what they do not have, while undervaluing that which they already have.

Thoughts To Consider, Yes?

Spread Some Joy Today–Focus on what you already have and rejoice while you joyfully anticipate more.

Daily Inspiration 5-26-13

Daily Inspiration 5-26-13

“The beginning is always today.”
 

— Mary Wollstonecraf

I used to begin things on the first of the month, the first day of the week, the middle of the month like the 15th, or even the 20th. It was always in the future somewhere though often not very far in the future. I guess you could say that it was always tomorrow. A clean break. A change. A fresh start.

The trouble with this is that tomorrow became today and then my plans were extended to another tomorrow, another week, another month, another year. Yet I always knew inside that tomorrow never really comes. It is always tomorrow.

There is only today and only this very minute. If I am to get anything going, it must be right now this very minute.

If I am going to get my marketing plan in order, that will have to be done today. Leave the cell phone, go to a neutral location and get it down on paper and get it started. Call the people who need to be called and get on with it.

Whatever it is that needs to be done, begs to be done, needs the priority of right now this minute and a commitment to the action of beginning it.

I Only Know This From My Vast Experience As A Planner.

Spread Some Joy Today–Create a perfect day!

Daily Inspiration 5-25-13

Daily Inspiration 5-25-13

“Beauty without expression is boring.”
 

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty is. Beauty is not. It only exists in the mind of the beholder through the eyes of the receiver. In fact, two people can look upon the same thing and one would call it beautiful and the other would call it something else–maybe even ugly.

Eyes can learn, the mind can learn to see and think differently. What once may have been seen as ugly, plain, uninteresting, bad, can become beautiful, elaborate, fascinating, and delightful by looking with clearer eyes and thinking with a more open mind. It is expressed as it is observed.

Awareness Is Everything. Literally.

Spread Some Joy Today–Seek beauty around you.

Daily Inspiration 5-24-13

Daily Inspiration 5-24-13

“It’s deja vu all over again.”
 

— Yogi Berra

Did you ever go to a house that used to be yours and it hasn’t been for some time and now you see it again? Maybe even go inside? It’s weird. It’s deja vu all over again as Yogi Berra said.

In late 1986 and through 1987, I and two partners owned a recording studio in an old bank building in Suisun City CA built in the 1920s that was and is owned by a local businessman that I knew. I worked at the Chevy dealership in town as a day job and the music when I could.

In the building, it still had the old counter and inside the counter area where desks would have been for the bank manager and other services, we built a rectangular building which became the sound room. You could crank up a guitar amp in there and barely hear anything outside the room.

There were two big bank vaults with huge thick doors and inside one of them, we made a drum booth with wires going up through the ceiling into the recording console area upstairs. The drummers I’m sure felt strange when we closed the door to do a recording session.

We left there in late 1987 and moved to a different location, and we turned the building back the way it was when we left. It later became a dance studio and probably other things.

Fast forward to 2011. I’m following a hair stylist from one place she worked to another and she told me she was in a new place a couple blocks away. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that old bank building again transformed very nicely into a hair salon called the Knotty Hair Salon. Now inside the vaults is where you get your hair washed, and the whole place has been redone very nicely. It was deja vu all over again to see the place, have my hair cut there, my hair washed in the vault and more. It was almost hard to believe.

Within a few months the owner became a client and we built their website (www.knottyhairsalon.net), their blog, manage their social media and more and they’ve been a client since then and I still go there every two weeks. I can’t help but have memories pop up here and there as I’m in that building. Some things come and never go away. They just change appearance.

All The More Reason To Never Burn Bridges. You Never Know When You’ll Be Going Back Over It.

Spread Some Joy Today–Enjoy your journey wherever it takes you.

Daily Inspiration 5-23-13

Daily Inspiration 5-23-13

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

— All too common job interview question

Sometimes I just think of strange things. Today I was thinking about job interviews. Since I’ve been a sales manager since 1975, I’ve hired a lot of people, and I’ve employed a lot of different tactics and questions in the interview process. Some were just total experimentation, others testing expert theories.

Then I began thinking of the job seeker and how so often they don’t know what they are getting into and many times the odds are against them in various ways. I know this from personal experience of working for employers, and by observation watching others go in and out of a position more quickly than would have been imagined at the beginning. I’m talking about well qualified people who know how to perform, are skilled in what they do and still they are in and out all too quickly.

That idea took me back to the questions at the interview and the fact that the job seeker asks such lame questions because they don’t want to jeopardize getting the position, and they want to put their best image forward. This caused me to think that this idea is not such a great strategy. Indeed, it may be a recipe for failure.

So, I took it upon myself to create a list of appropriate questions to ask potential employers–especially those with whom you are excited to potentially work with. Feel free to add more of your own. Here they are:

1. How will my performance be measured specifically?

2. Will I have control over each measured parameter?


3. If so, what kind of control?


4. How will the company support and encourage my successful performance?


5. In what ways is company growth analyzed and measured?


6. In what ways will my growth within the company be analyzed and measured?


7. When I have any problems or issues (within the company), how can I expect them to be addressed?

I didn’t want to make it too long, but I think that these questions are extremely important. Some times I have been expected to perform and be measured by that performance without any control to speak of over how to achieve that. There have been many times where question 7 would have helped a great deal to know up front. I’ve been under the bus plenty and I know others have as well.

Some companies measure everything surrounding growth in number of sales and/or dollars of income as if the reality of life would always and forever have that on an upward trend. In down times, and they do come as we all know, how can we grow in other ways and have it accepted as growth?

Regardless of my experiences, these questions may be of benefit as long as there is not a desperate need for the job. Better to have one with serious potential for success than one that was not questioned.

How Old Are You? Oh, Sorry, I Can’t Ask That Can I?

Spread Some Joy Today–Turn the tables. Now, you’re in charge!

Daily Inspiration 5-22-13

Daily Inspiration 5-22-13

“It makes no sense to worry

about things you have no control over

because there’s nothing you can do about them,

and why worry about things you do control?

The activity of worrying keeps you immobilized.”
 

— Wayne Dyer

Worry is taught in school, at home, at the office, on the television, radio, and the Internet. It is everywhere. We are thoroughly trained in worry even without classes called Worry 1 or Worry 2.0. Worry is so pervasive that it is impossible to avoid hearing it, reading it, even thinking it. Yet, we all should know by now that all of that is just a lie.

Here’s some sentiments about worry to consider:

“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.” — Glenn Turner

“Worry is the only insupportable misfortune of life.” — Henry Saint John

“Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” — Henry Ward Beecher

“I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” — Mark Twain

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” — Corrie Ten Boom

“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles. . . by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.” — Mark Twain

Worry is sinister and is like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The solution is always simple, yet not always easy. There are two parts to the solution.

The first is being aware that you are worrying. It is like being outside yourself observing yourself being worried. Look at how uptight you are, how immobilized you are, how you have an extended length movie going on in your head about all the different scenarios that “could be.” It’s just like watching CNN all day long. So often, we don’t pay attention to ourselves and especially from that perspective.

The second part is incredibly simple: think a more pleasing thought. Then keep doing that. It matters little what the thought is or on what subject. One thing is certain, you have to get it off your troubles. Sometimes, I think of being on the beach in Maui in a beach chair close to the sand with my hand and forearm in the sand and I’m filling my hand and emptying it. I have a Mai Tai ice cold. The breeze is so pleasant. The water is lapping on the beach near me. I can hear music playing a little way down the beach. I’m looking at Lanai and Molokai, feeling the warmth of the sun and drinking all of these things in. My troubles have vanished. I have no troubles. I am on the beach in paradise. . .

Try It. You’ll Like It.

Spread Some Joy Today–Worry will make your life blurry. Don’t worry. Be happy!

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