Month: November 2015

Daily Inspiration 11-30-15

“When you have the choice 
to be right, or to be kind, 
choose to be kind.” 
— Wayne Dyer 

Here are a few good questions: How often does being right actually serve you? How often does being right serve those you love? How often does being right serve you at work? How often does being right serve you with your children? How often does being right serve you with your spouse? How often does being right serve those around you?

How about this? How often does being kind actually serve you? How often does being kind serve those you love? How often does being kind serve you at work? How often does being kind serve you with your children? How often does being kind serve you with your spouse? How often does being kind serve those around you?

Hmmmmm. That Is A Bit Of Perspective. . . 

Spread Some Joy Today–by being kind. Why? It serves you, and everyone around you.

Daily Inspiration 11-29-15

“Once you find your why
you will be able to find your way.” 
— John C. Maxwell 

Continuing reading in John C. Maxwell’s newest book, Intentional Living, I love the chapter titled, Search Until You Find Your Why. Here’s what John says about why our why is important:

“If you know your why and focus on going there with fierce determination, you can make sense of everything on your journey because you see it through the lens of why. This makes the way so much more meaningful and complete because you have the context to understand the reason you’re on the journey in the first place.”

I would rather use the word focus than fierce determination; nonetheless, understanding why we want a thing, why we do things can be very enlightening.

At the end of the chapter, John shares an idea about starting with one word: “Another way to help you discover your why is to focus on the core of who you are and see what grows from that.”

He shares that in his book, Aspire, Kevin Hall writes, “The first thing I do when I’m coaching someone who aspires to stretch, grow and go higher in life is to have that person select the one word that best describes him or her. Once a person does that, it’s as if he or she has turned to a page in a book and highlighted one word. Instead of seeing three hundred different words on the page, the person’s attention, and intention, is focused immediately on that single word, that single gift. What the individual focuses on expands.”

I thought that was fascinating. If someone asked me, “how would I describe myself,” I might have come up with several paragraphs and touched on many key attributes, but to distill it to one word? Wow. That seemed hard at first thought. Then all of a sudden I got excited and the first word that popped into my head to answer that question is Love.

Then this morning, I took that one step further. Why not describe all the major things that we do each in only one word. So, I thought about our business, Upward Trend Management Services, and the first word that came to me was, Relief. Our customers are or can be relieved to know that we are taking care of posting information about them consistently week in and week out for as long as they choose to be a client. That spells relief to me. We relieve them of that burden. We relieve them of that seeming necessity, and we relieve them of worrying about it. We’ve got their back so to speak, and we do it with or without any help from them regarding needed content. That’s relief!

Then I thought about Commercial Truck Success, our consulting company. I thought, Teaching. Yes! That’s what CTS is all about. We help expand knowledge about the beginning, building, and operating commercial truck departments from top to bottom, and especially the management of them. The book, Commercial Truck Success is helping change the game for many dealers all around the country–or at least, plant that seed in their mind in the reading of it. And, of course, this CTS Daily Inspiration is a teaching.

In my overall work-related life, I would use this word: Student. Constantly learning and wanting to know more. In my personal life, I would use this word: Appreciation. I am always finding things and people and events to appreciate and now that is pretty much all I see. It is certainly what I pay attention to. In my spiritual life, I would use the word Awe. The more I learn, the more I am in awe of all of life.

So, before this gets too long, what one word describes you in your career, in your personal life, in your business, in your spiritual life, and so on. We have all these life-compartments that we are in and out of, all of which make up our whole life. For my overall life, as I stated, the word is Love. And if I could use two, it would be Unconditional Love. It’s an inspiring process to consider these one-word descriptions and I hope that inspires you today, tomorrow and beyond.

I Have One Word For You Today: Enjoy! 

Spread Some Joy Today–by realizing that when you are connected with joy, you are connected with God, Source, All-That-Is.

Daily Inspiration 11-28-15

“The only thing that holds you back 
from getting what you want 
is paying attention 
to what you don’t want.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

They say that it is hard work that creates success. I don’t believe that anymore, but I used to believe that to be true. I have come to believe that being a success is about focus. It is about focusing energy (not physical energy), time and resources (not physical resources) on a specific objective. In fact, I think that focus is more important and beneficial than knowledge, skill, and talent.

Years ago when I was a sales manager in auto dealerships, I would take note of the salespeople who did well and those who did not. The ones who did well were not better or more skilled than those who didn’t do well, but there was something there in the ones who did well that was missing in those who did not.

I remember one in particular that I kept somewhat longer than I probably should have. I really wanted him to succeed. He was a cheerful and delightful person. He had a lot of general knowledge and tried really hard. I might be close by so that I could hear if it was the things he would say that would cause the prospect to not buy, but I didn’t find that to be true. In my awareness of life at that time, I would have to chalk it up to being lucky or unlucky. But, I didn’t really believe that it was just that I couldn’t explain it then. I know it now.

Have you ever seen anyone who seemed to be joyous but inside they were a complete wreck? It’s probably pretty rare, but this guy was that I think. The Law of Attraction brings to us that which we are in alignment with–that which is like unto itself is drawn. So you would think he would have drawn happy, easy-going, easy to sell prospects, but that wasn’t the case. I know now that he was drawing toward himself those that matched how he was inside not how he was on the outside. A better way to say that is that it isn’t our actions, but our thought, and even more accurate is that it is the way we feel from what we are thinking.

I remember hiring a salesman who had a good deal of experience, had a confidence about him, and had an enjoyable personality. He was a massive success from day one. He was at or near the top of the board every month. Yet, he seemed to not try. He just seemed to be very lucky. His closing ratio was the highest I had seen in my entire career. I wanted him to stay forever, but he was not with us for long. Soon he was off to become the General Sales Manager, then the General Manager, then part-owner of a dealership. You just knew he was going places, and he was one of the nicest people you’d ever want to meet.

He was skilled, but it wasn’t his skill that caused him to succeed. He was knowledgeable, but that wasn’t it either, and he had talent, but it wasn’t that. He was in alignment with his desires, lined up with his objective, lined up with his inner being and as a result of that, he couldn’t help but succeed. They call people like that naturals, and the reason they say that is because it just seems natural to them. They are comfortable in what they do, where they are going, who they are. They are in alignment with themselves.

In my long career, I saw a lot of salespeople, successful and no so successful. It’s an emotional journey that sets them apart. It’s something that is so powerful that you can actually feel it coming from them. It’s a resonance within. Whether they are visually focused, or whether they are so-called naturals, they are in tune with what they want and so they attract that. They attract the buyers instead of the lookers. They attract those that cause larger commissions than minimum commissions. They may not always be on the top of the board, but they are always in that vicinity and they also enjoy what they do. In fact, they love what they do. They can’t help it.

One last thing. This is true in every aspect of our lives, whether it is being a great parent, or a lousy one, a generous person or a stingy one, a truly joyful person or one who tries to make people think they are. It is the emotional journey within that creates the life without. When we line up our thoughts and our consequential emotions with our desires, or what we want, we will feel good. That is how we know that this is happening. When we are not feeling good, that is how we know that it is not working and it might be time to make a change.

Focus On What Is Desired. Line Up With That. That IS Success In A Nutshell.

Spread Some Joy Today–real joy. That real joy that wells up within you and begs to spill out. You know it from the way you feel. Let your heart lead the way.

Daily Inspiration 11-27-15

“We see what we want to see. 
Change what you want to see, 
and what you see will change.” 
— Alan Cohen 

Do you remember what it felt like to graduate from school? As I remember, it felt so good to get to move on to a whole new adventure, while leaving all that it took to get there behind. Like a snake casting off its skin, a butterfly coming out of the cocoon. Yesterday, I felt as if I graduated. It was an interesting realization and feeling.

It’s been coming for some time. I realize the Law of Attraction working to help me along my chosen path. I wanted to see the good in the world. I wanted to see the good in other people. I wanted to see the world growing and becoming and serving. As I would find one thing that matched my desire, another would come, and another, and another, and now it has become rather consistent and predictable.

Can you look at tragedy and see the value of it? Can you look at the negative things going on in the world and see beyond it to the positive things? Can you see beyond the inflamed anger and unhappiness expressed by other people and see their cry for love? Can you find peace within regardless of what may be going on without? These were issues that I struggled with, but no more. 

Earlier in my life, I didn’t even struggle with those issues, I joined in. I wrote a song many years ago mirroring the ideas in the book and movie, 1984 by George Orwell, called Watching You. The world against the individual and all that stuff. It was my reading, and better said, my re-reading of a book that changed my direction. I’ve bought and given hundreds of copies away. It is Love Is Letting Go Of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky, MD. Such a simple, easy fast read, and yet so powerfully profound. That book started me on my healing journey.

Much later and so many authors later in April of 2007, I found the audiobook version of The Secret, and that led me to many authors and it was the Teaching of Abraham as presented by Jerry and Esther Hicks that resonated the most with me. I’ve mentioned this a few times, but on my wall for many years now is a statement from Abraham, Esther Hicks: “Today, no matter where I’m going and no matter what I am doing, it is my dominant intent to see that which I am wanting to see.” I took that idea to heart and began practicing it. And yesterday, I feel like I graduated to it becoming me.

I’m so excited about this that I can hardly stand it. There is much ahead of me that I want to realize I already know deep inside, and yet I am reveling in the sight of new eyes as if I were blind and now I can see.

I can look through the newspaper without any qualms now. I can see past it. I can see past the pain. But more than this, I just don’t see much of that stuff anymore. I see good things, people loving people, people serving people. I see people struggle too, but I see that they are in charge of that and that it doesn’t come from the outside, but the inside, and that they can let go of that rope any time they choose to do so.

I hold ill will for no one. I have no enemies. My enemies from the past were always from within, not without. My previous blaming of others, holding grudges, feeling mistreated, was my fault, not theirs. I have realized something, that at first, and even so long on this path, was very hard to accept at full value. It is this: We really do, or rather, let me say it this way, I really do create my own world. I create what I see. I see what I choose to see. I feel as I choose to feel. Any contrast that I see is there to spur my desires to what I would rather see next. I choose it all.

To realize that I am there at that place now, with a whole new, fresh, bright, fascinating world ahead is something to celebrate. I am celebrating still, and will for some time I’m sure. I am so grateful, thrilled, joyous.

It Works. All This That I Have Learned And Taught, Is Real If You Want It To Be. It Is Always Our Choice Of What We Will See And Believe.

Spread Some Joy Today–Wow. The magic of all of this is mind-boggling. I am in joy!

Daily Inspiration 11-26-15

“Though I may not always succeed initially, 
I intend to practice what I preach 
and do my best to lead by example.” 
— Terry Minion 

Good day to you! It is Thanksgiving Day in this part of the world, and so it is completely appropriate to do just that: Give Thanks.

Yesterday, I shared some quotes from Jeffrey Gitomer about changing things up and thanking ourselves first by finding those things about us that we appreciate, can sing about, be proud of, and love about ourselves. From that foundation, we can be more sincere in our appreciation of others. So, I will lead by example.

Here is a list of things, attributes that I appreciate about myself that I give thanks for and celebrate today:

  • I celebrate my sense of humor. I love to laugh, and I’ve even learned to laugh at myself. I love being around people who help me to laugh. 
  • I am grateful for my desire and appreciation of learning. I am constantly learning and I think this is one of my greatest assets. 
  • My willingness to invest in myself. Since I was about 21 years old, I have constantly invested in myself and my personal development. 
  • I celebrate my willingness to try things and to choose the things I try. I am willing to learn how after I begin doing it anyway. 
  • I completely delight in my desire and practice at being an unconditional lover. I have always loved, but it used to have conditions. Now, I love mostly without any conditions. That alone has changed my life forever. 
  • I’m happy about my willingness to share; to teach. This has become my life’s “work.” 
  • I appreciate my work ethic. It is amazing what I am willing to do when I am delightfully and/or intensely focused on an objective. 
  • I love with an open heart. I can still remember the day in my kitchen when that change happened within me. The Holy Spirit softened my heart to never be the same again. Now I cry at the drop of a hat and mostly about the good things that happen and the spirit in others. 
  • I appreciate my ever-expanding spirituality, and one thing interesting about this is that I now appreciate my body more than I have before as a direct result of stepping outside of it. 

There’s my shortlist. I haven’t really focused on gratitude about myself like that, but it is a powerful and enchanting process. I hope you try it yourself and see how it causes you to feel or see yourself. 

And, now, I am so thankful for all of you. Thank you for subscribing, for reading, for skimming, for allowing me to share and perhaps touch a resonant chord within you. I am so blessed by those who share with me and so I know how that can feel when it really hits home. Thank you for being a part of my life, however long or short. It is my delight to share and I grow by doing just that. I haven’t got a clue how many people read these things I’ve done daily since September 2009, but I know they are all over the planet. I am blessed by all of you.

I give you my love and my best intentions for your day today and your life as you grow. I celebrate you.

Happy Giving Thanks To YOU! 

Spread Some Joy Today–and every day.

Daily Inspiration 11-25-15

“People try so hard to express
good cheer in these holiday seasons
that they often miss the mark. . . 

Here’s my idea: 
Why not start by thanking yourself.” 
— Jeffrey Gitomer 

I’ve been a long time subscriber to Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Caffeine weekly email newsletter. I love it. Today’s message from Jeffrey was quite fresh. In the last week, I’ve received a bunch of typical writings about Thanksgiving, and especially how commercial the holidays have become, etc., so to read Jeffrey’s article #1226, titled, A Different Kind of Thanks. Yours, I had to share the essence of it here.

He said, “Here’s my idea: Why not start by thanking yourself. Thank yourself for your success, your good fortune, your health, your family, your library, your attitude, your fun times, your friends, and all the cool things you do that make you a happy person.

If you’re having trouble thanking yourself, that’s an indicator that things aren’t going very well. And in that situation any thanks you give to others, will be perceived somewhere between ‘less than whole’ and ‘totally insincere.'”

He continues: “I don’t think you can become sincerely thankful to others until you have become fully thankful TO yourself and FOR yourself. And once you realize who YOU are, your message of thanks will become much more real and passionate to others.” 

Insincerity in communications during the holidays? Bucket loads. It’s all around us. “How are you?” Answer: “I’m fine, how about you?” I cannot stand small talk because it is so small that it is insignificant. Better not to say anything than such dribble.

But, what really got me in his message is that we so often during Thanksgiving, and at other times, think about giving our thanks to others, to God, whatever, and we leave ourselves out like that would be selfish or something. It’s not selfish. It’s a perfect place to start. I think more focus on our gratitude for ourselves and what we believe about ourselves is of value, opens the floodgates for sincere gratitude to flow toward others.

We are worthy of our own gratitude, appreciation, love, respect, and belief in ourselves on our way to seeing those virtues and qualities in those that we come into contact with. Don’t you agree? Let us start there this time.

Make A List Of What You Are Thankful For About You

Spread Some Joy Today–and from recognizing that joy in yourself, you can no longer store it alone.

Daily Inspiration 11-24-15

“You are always choosing
which self you will love from. 
In your choice lives your destiny.” 
— Alan Cohen 

The other day, I said that allowing is loving; that to become an allower is to become a lover. It has a beginning, and that beginning is in us.

From Abraham, Esther Hicks: “The not allowing of self is usually where the not allowing of others comes forth. Usually, the one who is most disapproving of a quality in himself notices that same quality in others and disapproves of it there as well. And so, an accepting, an approving, an appreciating, and an allowing of oneself is the first step in the appreciating, approving, or allowing of others. 

And that does not mean that you must wait until you are, by your standards, perfect, or that they are, by their standards, perfect, for there will never be that perfect ending place–for you are all ever-changing, ever-growing Beings. It means looking and intending to see in you what you want to see, or intending to see in others what you want to see.” 

That last sentence is worthy of repeating to take note of it and the power of its message: “It means looking and intending to see in you what you want to see, or intending to see in others what you want to see.” The most powerful part in that to me is looking to see in us what we want to see outside of us. That says so much.

Feel free to replace the allow words with love. As we learn to allow or love ourselves, we then have the understanding and capacity to allow and love others.

Let Us Begin Our Week Of Thanksgiving Inside Out.

Spread Some Joy Today–by seeing that joy within yourself flowing out and touching others. They will feel it because you do.

Daily Inspiration 11-23-15

“Prayer is sitting in silence 
until it silences us, 
choosing gratitude 
until we are grateful, 
praising God 
until we ourselves 
are a constant act of praise.” 
— Fr. Richard Rohr 

Wow. This is one of the most powerful, insightful and useful quotes I’ve ever seen. You might do as I did and read it over and over and let it tickle you in the process.

A Worthy Inspiration For Your Monday. . . And All The Rest Of The Days Too. 

Spread Some Joy Today–until we ourselves are a constant act of joy.

Daily Inspiration 11-22-15

“The Art of Allowing is: 

I am that which I am, 
and I am pleased with it, 
joyful in it. 
And you are that which you are, 
and while it is different perhaps 
from that which I am, 
it is also good.” 
— Abraham, Esther Hicks 

I’m always looking at how to translate the idea into practical living. I’ll share some examples from the last few days to demonstrate.

Friday evening, I was outside a busy restaurant to pick up some take-home food. I saw an older lady (it’s funny to me to use this phrase now since she was probably not much older than me!), I said hi to her and she asked me if I happened to have a set of jumper cables. I said that I didn’t know, but I normally do and that I would look in my truck. Nothing in the back, so I said I would look behind the seat. There they were.

When I brought them out, she was obviously relieved. Her car wouldn’t start. Then out comes a younger man talking briefly with her. He was obviously unhappy. In order to jump the batteries from his car to her car, her car had to be moved. It was no big deal as it was downhill. She tried to do it but the guy was having issues with the way she was going about it, so he got her out and did it himself. As he was doing that, she said it was her son.

There was a lot more impatience from the son about the mother’s unfortunate circumstances and his unhappiness about his inconvenience. I was smiling and calm throughout. To me, there was nothing to be upset about. The mother said thank you to me and sorry for my trouble, and I said, I had the easy part as it wasn’t me in need, and that I was very pleased to be able to be of assistance. Then, she thanked me for being a soothing influence with her son.

We get to choose our mood in every circumstance, don’t we?

There were three other situations where someone was calling a person by a name that ties them with a group. This is always the first step in creating enemies. We call them some kind of name that takes away their humanity. Now they are easy to kill because they aren’t really human. Regardless of what group we throw real human people into, it is all about dehumanizing them for our ego’s own comfort and safety. It could be the color of their skin, the religion we think they belong to, a particular type of activity we think they are associated with or could be associated with. It could be an ideology, and the list goes on.

Whenever we do this, it is always based on fear and it is always intended to dehumanize the other. To say that every Muslim is the same, every Christian the same, every Buddhist the same is impossible in reality, but easy in our use of language. We might as well say every politician is the same, every CPA is the same, every drug dealer and drug user, every grade school teacher, every social worker, every President, every anything is the same–that they are all to blame because they are part of something more than themselves. It’s pure ego. It’s pure fear. It’s purely irresponsible. It’s totally and undeniably unloving.

We get to choose our mood at every moment. We get to choose our thoughts of ourselves and others in every moment. We get to choose how we associate one thing with another. We get to choose. We are the only ones who choose. The outcome, or the reality, is the result of those choices.

We Choose To Allow (Love), Or Not (Fear). There’s Really Only Two Choices. Which Will You Choose Today, This Moment, In This Situation, In This Interaction? 

Spread Some Joy Today–That choice would be love. Joy and love are interchangeable.

Daily Inspiration 11-21-15

“We have no idea 
what tomorrow will bring, 
but today 
is overflowing with potential.” 

— Allan Lokos 

I just finished a six-lesson course by Mike Dooley called, Playing the Matrix. I enjoyed it, and the entire course, in my mind, can be distilled into this:

1. Decide what you want. Without desire, nothing happens.
2. Visualize your life and how it feels after you have what you want, as if you have it this moment. 10 Minutes a day is all that is necessary. Every day.
3. Avoid specifics. Don’t pay any attention to how it may come about. Be open to the magic and wonder. Be open to more than you imagined, and
4. Move in the direction of your desires in whatever way you can and however small your steps may be. It won’t be your action that gets you there, but you can’t get there without action.

He calls them ‘baby steps.’

It’s simple, right? Here’s a test: Which steps are you not doing?

That Question Applies As Much To Me As Anyone. 

Spread Some Joy Today–by moving in the direction of your joy.

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