Month: July 2013

Daily Inspiration 7-31-13

Daily Inspiration 7-31-13

Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:


First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.



It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.

“Accept–then act.

Whatever the present moment contains,

accept it as if you had chosen it.

Always work with it,

not against it.”
 

— Eckhart Tolle

When I was around 12 years old, my stepdad and I took some Judo lessons in southern California. Some of what I learned there even though a short-lived experience are with me today. This quote by Eckhart Tolle brought back much of that memory, especially with the last line in the quote, where he says to “always work with it and not against it.” That is my recollection of the basic idea of Judo.

Yesterday I wrote about resistance. In Judo, as I recall, the idea is to never resist your opponent, but to go with their flow while managing the opponent by utilizing their own movement and balance. If they are coming at you, it is easy to use their energy by directing our position to send them flying over the top of us to the ground. In moving them gently off balance, we can use that lack of control to our advantage and trip them and control the outcome.

As events and situations come into our experience, rather than resisting them, we are far better off to go with that energy and allow it to help us go beyond the experience to a better place. Yet when we resist the energy, we remain helpless in the ‘battle’ of the experience and the ill feelings that come along for the ride.

When we accept a situation as if we actually created it on purpose, that alone gives us an energy that dominates. It is easier and more fruitful to see the situation, realize that we created it however unwanted we think it should be, and by acknowledging it as being present, we can make a better choice anytime we want. This allows us to use that energy to move beyond.

A better question then rather than ‘why is this here?’ is ‘what is right about this?’ or ‘how can I benefit from this?’ and so on. That is accepting the reality of the experience in front of us while at the same time looking beyond it and using the energy of it to move beyond.

Going With The Flow Has More Meaning Now.

Spread Some Joy Today–Send someone a nice card today. Just for the heck of it.

Daily Inspiration 7-30-13

Daily Inspiration 7-30-13

Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:



First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.



It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.

“Most of us have two lives.

The life we live,

and the unlived life within us.

Between the two

stands resistance.”
 

— Steven Pressfield

I think resistance is something that we think differently about than what it really is. Steven Pressfield has a lot to say about resistance, and it isn’t kind. He says that “resistance is the most toxic force on the planet.” He talks about how it keeps us from our more creative self by putting up all kinds of roadblocks, warning signs, fearful self-talk. He thinks we need to push through it, confront it, conquer it.

About writing, he says, “it’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is resistance.” I can sure relate to that.

Resistance is like the ego and the ego is all about fear, and confronting it is one way to go, but it often may require extra courage and we may choose to consider that (procrastination) by looking at more options.

To me, the more I try to fight resistance, the more resistance there is. The harder I try (courage), the harder it fights. It’s like war and who has the biggest bomb and the most persistence wins. Yet, there is a better way I think. It is release.

It’s good to recognize, or become aware that this struggle is going on. Often we may not be paying attention and struggle out of habit or because we think that’s the way it is. Awareness is good. It tells us that we are struggling, fighting, using up our energies to stay in place. But, that’s the only attention to it that need be paid.

Getting past it is 1) the awareness of it’s existence, 2) allowing it to be (not resisting the resistance), and 3) relaxing into a different place by what I call ‘letting go of the rope.’ Sometimes when the resistance is strong, a good way to let go of the rope is to do something that doesn’t require much thought. It can be a physical activity like working out, working in the yard, or it can be something like going to a movie, or listening to music. In other words, a distraction. Once returned from the distraction, the resistance is often gone completely or so small as to not be a threat anymore.

It will be back. That’s its job. It’s all about ‘what if.’ Never fear. You create your own reality and you can choose one with far less resistance if you want.

“To Yield To Resistance Deforms Out Spirit. It Stunts Us And Makes Us Less Than We Are And Were Born To Be.” — Steven Pressfield

Spread Some Joy Today–Let go and allow your joy to express itself.

Daily Inspiration 7-29-13

Daily Inspiration 7-29-13

Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:


First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.


It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.

“Do not judge lest you be judged.

For in the way you judge,

you will be judged;

and by your standard of measure,

it will be measured to you.”
 

— Matthew 7:1-2, The Bible, NAS

You will and you will. We can’t help it. We see something and we make a judgment about it–whether we like it, how we feel about it, and often there are many judgments about a thing, event, or person. And, when we judged, we are then judged in the same kind of way. We attract it to ourselves by our own thoughts and actions.

Yesterday, I was on a trip and stopped at a Starbucks to get a coffee. It was busy. I saw two females behind the counter and the one on my left had a strikingly beautiful face. It was the kind that would be on the cover of a magazine. The girl on the right was not. As a male, I would have in times past thought, ‘I like this one, and not that one,’ or some sort of similar line. But, today I think differently.

As a salesman and sales manager, I was involved every day many times in negotiations and other kinds of communications with customers, potential customers, sales people, and others. One scenario that came to mind this morning was the idea of what we called the third baseman. In this, a couple would bring along an authority figure who supposedly knows the ins and outs of car dealing. We always looked at them with disdain because generally all they did was muck things up and give bad information and bad advice. If we could get rid of the third baseman, we could easily close this sale, or so we thought. But, today I think differently.

The difference in my thinking now is that I changed my approach to judging. Instead of seeing what I liked and what I didn’t like, now I only see what I like. Whatever I see that I like, I praise. As an example, in the Starbucks, I see the beautiful face on the left and I like it and I praise it by saying to myself, ‘you are very beautiful and deserve to be on the cover of the best magazine.’ I might even go into more detail about how that beauty can be described. For the other girl, I loved her hair. She had dark hair with a blond portion and it was quite engaging. I loved the way it attracted attention and I praised her hair and her choice. I loved them both instantly.

As a salesman or sales manager now, I will look at the third baseman with a whole different attitude. I might be praising him for his knowledge of the business and his or her willingness to help this couple to make a better decision. I will find things to praise and I will praise them mentally and verbally. The same will hold true of the couple that brought him. I will love all of them.

I’ve now been practicing this for some years and I get better at it all the time, and what is best about it is how I feel inside and how that person in front of me responds to me. I create my own reality this way and it works like nothing else. I often will say the praise verbally depending on the situation. I try to do this as often as I can, but sometimes the situation doesn’t allow that, or it doesn’t feel right, but it always feels right in my mind.

Try this on everyone, even those who aren’t so easy to like. You’ll be changed for the better, as I have been.

“There Are Really Only Two Types Of People. Those You Now Love. And, Those You Will Love. That’s What Life’s For.” — The Universe (Mike Dooley)

Spread Some Joy Today–Praise = Joy. Want to manufacture some joy? Start praising.

Daily Inspiration 7-28-13

Daily Inspiration 7-28-13

Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:



First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.



It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.

“Don’t seek happiness.

If you seek it, you won’t find it,

because seeking is the

antithesis of happiness.”

 

— Eckhart Tolle

The pursuit of happiness. It’s in the Declaration of Independence, and we’ve heard it many times. Many of us probably have been pursuing it most of our lives. We do things to be happier. We buy things to be happier. We live a certain way to be happier, and as we chase that feeling of happiness, or what we think it is, we may find that the destination is not all it was cracked up to be.

I love how Eckhart says not to seek happiness. It is truly not something we find, but something we choose to be, and that choice can be made in a moment–in fact, any moment we make that choice.

I was thinking about things, looking around my office and home at the thousands of things I have collected over the years. It seems more like a burden now than a pleasure, but there they are in all their glory. Then I thought, if I had 5 minutes to get out because of some impending disaster, or some other radical excuse, what might I want to take with me. Let’s say that I have a truck and I can take anything I want to take in 5 minutes, what would I take? It’s an interesting question.

The truth is that I have no idea what I would take. The next thought was, how important is this stuff really? It cannot be very important if I have no idea what I would take. If this is true, why do I still have them?

I’ve carried them with me from place to place, adding as I have gone, and letting go of very little in the process. The vast majority of the stuff has not been touched in years. Now, I am beginning to think about all this differently. It is sort of like dragging all your past into the present. Does it define me?

“You Can Only Lose Something That You Have, But You Cannot Lose Something That You Are.” — Eckhart Tolle

Spread Some Joy Today–What is really important to you?

Daily Inspiration 7-27-13

Daily Inspiration 7-27-13

Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:



First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.



It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.

“The first step in exceeding

your customer’s expectations

is to know those expectations.”
 

— Roy H Williams

Many of us in the game of sales understand the quote above–at least on the surface. Sure, we know, how can we meet or even exceed a customer’s expectations if we don’t know what they are. So we think we do, but often, we are far more focused on our own needs, desires, plans, accomplishments.

We may be so enamored with our plan, our value and our magic services, that we gently pass by without much notice of what our customer’s really want or could expect. In other words, sometimes we’re so sure it’s broken that we focus on the fixation rather than determining what the real need or desire is in the other.

Then again, how will we know if we are meeting, missing, or exceeding the customer’s expectations? Do we have a plan to know this ever so valuable information?

If you’re in sales (we’re all in sales!), consider these statements and questions. It is valuable to consider and even more valuable to implement.

I Might Think I’m Doing Great Just Before The Firing.

Spread Some Joy Today–Focus on finding better feeling thoughts as you travel through your day. The state of appreciation is among the best of destinations.

Daily Inspiration 7-26-13

Daily Inspiration 7-26-13

Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:



First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.



It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.

“A rose is not its thorns,

a peach is not its fuzz,

and a human being is not

his or her crankiness.”
 

— Lisa Kogan

There are many rose bushes at my place, mostly in the backyard along a fence. I did not plant them. I would not have planted them. I like roses, but I don’t much like working with them. I have tried many types of gloves and those thorns have found their way into my fingers regardless. Roses are beautiful and delicate and sensitive, and yes, they are rather thorny too.

I love peaches. I can’t stand the peach fuzz on my hands or on my lips. It gives me the creeps. That’s why I prefer nectarines as raw fruit, though they do not taste the same. So I buy peaches in the jar in the refrigerated section and I love them. No problems, just good fruit, along with a bit of sweetness.

I love people, but I cannot stand crankiness, even though I’ve done my share of being cranky. I like people when they are laughing, smiling, feeling good, acting good. In all other attitudes and demeanors, I am less liking, while I give my best shot at being loving regardless.

This quote above by Lisa Kogan was interesting to me. It was cute about the crankiness, yet also instructive. In everything we have pluses and minuses, pros and cons, things we like and things we don’t like so much, yet in everything there is both. We can focus on one or the other, even recognize ourselves in them.

Hating fuzz doesn’t stop me from loving peaches. Hating thorns doesn’t have any real effect on my love of roses. Hating is too strong a word, I think. Disliking is far better and far more accurate. And, disliking crankiness whether it is coming from me or another human being doesn’t really stop me from loving people or myself.

We are complicated, and that is a good thing. I have learned to look for something I like in everything and everyone, and when I focus on that, I always find it. Maybe that’s the lesson if there is one.

To Some We Are Parts Of The Sum; To Others, The Sum Of Our Parts.

Spread Some Joy Today–Pay attention to what you are focusing on today.

Daily Inspiration 7-25-13

Daily Inspiration 7-25-13

Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:


First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.



It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.

“Who can you let love you more today?”

 
— Alan Cohen

We are often encouraged and even cajoled to love others. We are almost never told to let others love us. So, I thought this was a fascinating question to share today. Notice that it is specific when it says, “WHO can you let love you more today?” Go ahead. Ask yourself: Who can you let love you more today? The idea is then to let them.

This goes to something I wrote a few days ago in that we are easier to give than to receive. We are that way for the same reason as we are easier to love than to allow others to love us. But, I said without the willingness to receive, giving is not real. The same might be said about loving and being loved.

So, I’ll leave you with the idea of considering this question today: Who can you let love you more today?

“Love And Be Loved Is To Feel The Sun From Both Sides” — David Viscott

Spread Some Joy Today–Allow your joy to spring forth naturally.

Daily Inspiration 7-24-13

Daily Inspiration 7-24-13

Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:



First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.


It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.

“But though I am an old man,


I am but a young gardener.”

 
— Thomas Jefferson

This is as good a secret to life and living as I have ever read . . .

Don’t Ya Think?

Spread Some Joy Today–Look at your personal garden as a young gardener.

Daily Inspiration 7-23-13

Daily Inspiration 7-23-13

Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:


First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.



It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.

“Our limitations and success

will be based, most often,

on your own expectations for ourselves.

What the mind dwells upon,

the body acts upon.”

 
— Denis Waitley

Expectations of others; what they will do, when, how, and in what way is something most of us probably do a good part of the time. It’s probably not the best path. It reminds me of the financial reports on the news where they say that the company announced its earnings, but it missed the expectations of the financial analysts, so the stock took a dive. In fact, I heard it on the news a day or so ago that Netflix quadrupled their profits in the last quarter, but it missed the expectations of the analysts, so the stock dropped 6%. It made me laugh aloud. It was hilarious.

Our own expectations of ourselves is much more a mine field than our expectations of others will ever be. What we think about ourselves determines us. We create ourselves each and every moment and much of that is created I think through our expectations.

Many of those expectations, if not most, are based on looking at what was, or our past. The more we look backward, the less we can ever move forward. It doesn’t matter what the subject is. It could be our weight, our fitness level, our financial prowess, our relationship quotient. What we expect is most often what we will get in one form or another.

This is a really good place to get some Eckhart Tolle going and do whatever we can to focus in the present and let go of our hold on our past. Whether we are trying to sell something in our career field, create a business, build a relationship, save a relationship, our focus on the present is of benefit. As we do so, the expectations on ourselves can change dramatically. It could even be that we let go of expectations completely.

Every Day Can Be And, In Fact Is, A New Day.

Spread Some Joy Today–As we focus on our joy, we create our environment.

Daily Inspiration 7-22-13

Daily Inspiration 7-22-13

Special Note To CTS Daily Inspiration Readers:


First of all, THANK YOU for being a reader and thank you for all the wonderful comments that I’ve received over the last four years.



It has been suggested by many people that I create a book out of the CTS Daily Inspirations. I had mixed feelings about this. As people have continued to make the suggestion of the book, I had an idea that I think would make this an interesting and unique book. If many of you who are readers, have been touched by one or more of the inspirational messages, wrote about what inspirations inspired you, encouraged change and growth and generally how they affected you in a positive uplifting way, I would gather these into what I think would be an interesting and powerful book. If you are interested, please send them to me in an email to tminion@commercialtrucksuccess.com. I will include this message for about one month so that all can see it. Feel free to send as many as you like and I will keep you posted on the progress of this idea.

“Courtesies of a small and trivial character

are the ones

which strike deepest

in the grateful and appreciating heart.”
 

— R.H. Blyth

I am so thankful that I have become a grateful person. It is something that creates unbridled joy for me, and now I experience that joy daily. I don’t know yet what it would be like to live in that space constantly; however, I have learned to practice being thankful, expressing thankfulness, and experiencing the joy that comes from doing so more often to the point that it is part of me many times during each day.

Yesterday, I was watching a TV Miniseries from HBO on DVD that I only now became aware of. I found myself in some tears of joy in my gratitude for the fact that I could watch it and it was so good, so well acted, perfectly chosen actors, great storyline, and more. I found myself being grateful for the author and creator of the show, the producers, the company that invested in the show. It is flat amazing to me how many people, hours, testing is done to bring just one hour of this, or any other show, concert, athletic event to fruition–and I get the benefit for so little money and just a bit of time. What value is created for so many, and I am grateful to be one of them, and when I find a show or movie that resonates with me, I think they made it just for me.

I went to a wedding on Saturday, and I found myself in such gratitude and joy to just be in the magnificent church building. I was in awe of the design and all the people, the artists that sang and played piano, the joy of the families, the perfection of the day. I rejoiced in the generosity of the parents who fed so many, offering drink and dance to help their daughter to have that special day in her life, while at the same time sharing it with all who attended, along with all of the benefactors in the service of the guests.

It doesn’t matter how big or small a thing or gesture is to me. I rejoice in them all. And, I rejoice most of all in two things. One is my awareness and willingness to be a grateful person, and two is the opportunity I have to live this life God gave me to be able to experience this joy.

Yes. I Have Become Such A Softie. I Think It Is Actually A Return To My Real Self.

Spread Some Joy Today–See the joyful expression all around you today. You can only see that with a heart of gratitude.

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