Month: December 2018

Daily Inspiration 12-31-18

“By appreciation, 
we make excellence in others 
our own property.” 
— Voltaire 

[Classic post from 12-16-14]

I want to tell you the most powerful change in me in all my years. It is becoming someone who appreciates. I look around me and find things to appreciate. I listen to things and find something to appreciate. I do business with people and I find things to appreciate. I now find things all around me all the time to appreciate.

I want to tell you the next most powerful change in my in all my years. I tell them. I find ways to express my appreciation. Maybe it’s a bigger tip, or maybe it’s a note, or maybe a phone call, or maybe I say it in person. No matter. I find things that I appreciate and I express it.

These two things alone have changed my life dramatically. I cannot express well how much joy it brings me to have these feelings of appreciation and then to let them be expressed to others directly or indirectly.

Yesterday, I went on’s Facebook page and wrote out how much I appreciated them and not just the CEO, but all the way down to the person who fills the boxes for shipping. They are at the top of my list of companies I love to do business with and they always meet or exceed my expectations. On Facebook, they have 26 million likes, so they have a lot of praise, but I gave them mine anyway.

I told my friend, Phil how much I enjoyed and appreciated the work he and his band members put into making their debut record album. I am amazed at how much I enjoy it and I enjoy it more every time I listen to it. I know how much went into that because I have recorded an album and have written songs and such. It is a fantastic contribution and I so much appreciate it. At the same time, I bought a lot of them to share with others, which helps him, but it helps me more because I get to share.

I’ve never communicated with so many people that I have appreciated over the years. I remember something that a woman that shared an adventure with me in 1986, whom I love and recently reconnected with said.

She said that she imagined that whenever she was thinking of me, that I was thinking of her and vise versa. That caused me to think that as I am appreciating and loving that fantastic album, Frenesi by Linda Ronstadt that she is receiving that love somehow. I hope so because that would be so cool.

I somehow know that we are all connected even though we consciously think we are all so separate. So, it makes sense that if I am appreciating someone or something they had a hand in making or being a part of, that they might feel that love. Yet, saying it aloud to someone is so much more appropriate and helpful in this separated world of time and space. All the more reason to reach out and express ourselves.

The more you find to appreciate, the more you will find to appreciate. The more you express your appreciation, the more opportunities you will find to express your appreciation. 

Try it today. Reach out whether by email, actual mail, telephone by voice, or texting, or some other form of actual communication and express how someone has brightened your life just a bit by what they have done. I think you will find it an amazing experience and so rewarding at the same time that you will want to continue doing it for the rest of your life. Even if you’ve never done anything like this before, I think you will find what I’m saying to be true and a huge blessing all around.

Just Tell Them How You Feel And What You Think And Don’t Forget A Few Details. 

Spread Some Joy Today–Just do it.

Daily Inspiration 12-30-18

“Every thought-seed sown
or allowed to fall into the mind, 
and to take root there 
produces its own, 
blossoming sooner or later into act
and bearing its own fruitage 
of opportunity and circumstance.”
— James Allen, 
As A Man Thinketh

[Classic post from 12-14-14]

When I read this I am reminded of a brief conversation I had this morning about the definition of insanity: Doing the same things and expecting a different result. How many times have we all done that!

In this case, I see a similar situation: Having the same thoughts and expecting better results. Of course, the quote is indicating that whatever the thought-seed that is allowed to grow will bear that fruit, good or bad, in act, opportunity, and circumstance.

It matters not whether those thoughts are intentional. If you think about that, it would seem that choosing your thoughts would be so much more productive in a positive act, opportunity, and circumstance.

I underlined the active part: blossoming sooner or later into act. We generally don’t think about that aspect, but thoughts do become things.

This all leads me to this: Better thoughts produce better acts, and more positive opportunities and circumstance. The best place to start is with gratitude. It just gets so much better from there.

Expand Into An Awesome Day!

Spread some joy today–Because it is contagious!

Daily Inspiration 12-29-18

“If you would perfect your body, 
guard your mind.

If you would renew your body, 
beautify the mind.

Thoughts of malice, envy, 
and disappointment, despondency,
rob the body of its health and grace.

A sour face does not come by chance; 
it is made by sour thoughts.”
— James Allen,
As A Man Thinketh

[Classic post from 12-13-14]

Know any devil’s advocates? Who wants them? Naysayers, complainers, gossipers? What good do they do? People who are always having things “happen to them” with no fault of their own? Victims. Persecutors. Rescuers. Around and around they go and what good they do, no one knows.

Know someone who sees everything that is wrong and almost nothing that is right? Like a newscast, only in person? Should, should, should. Worry, worry, worry. What good is it?

See any sour faces as you travel your day? “A sour face does not come by chance; it is made by sour thoughts.” Forget about them and all their petty little (monumental, catastrophic) problems. Ask yourself, do I want to be like them? Of course not! Not when you can see the cause and effect so clearly. And, you know that there is a cause for every effect and an effect for every cause.

“There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with goodwill for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow.”

Ever walk around smiling most of the day just because you feel great today? Ever had anything really good and special happen that just filled your mind and heart with love and gratitude?

Remember those thoughts and create some more! Do it daily. Your smiling face depends on it. Look for something right and praise it. Learn to be thankful regularly. Here’s a real treat: find a sour face and tell them something you like about them. Give them some praise. I tell you this–they will respond to that as if they were dying of thirst in the desert and you just gave them a drink from your canteen. Do it often and you will find a new friend. Such a simple thing and oh so rewarding! It is life changing for both of you.

Ain’t Life Grand?

Spread Some Joy Today–Tell Several People Something You Notice and Like About Them. You Choose, Then Tell Them!

Daily Inspiration 12-28-18

“There is no physician like cheerful thought 
for dissipating the ills of the body; 
there is no comforter to compare with goodwill 
for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow.

To live continually in thoughts of ill-will, 
cynicism, suspicion, and envy, 
is to be confined in a self-made prison hole.

But to think well of all, to be cheerful with all, 
to patiently learn to find the good in all–
such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven; 
and to dwell day by day 
in thoughts of peace toward every creature 
will bring abounding peace to their possessor.”
— James Allen,
As A Man Thinketh

[Classic post from 12-12-14]

Perhaps you know someone who always seems to have something going wrong with their body. They have this symptom and that disease and take several types of pills to keep things in control. They complain of feeling tired, sore, worn out, overworked, stressed, and persecuted. And, I will bet that you rarely hear a cheerful word from them.

They love the drama, the excuse that the “reality” of illness (because a “doctor” prescribed something, or acknowledged a name for their condition) makes it legitimate to complain because they have officially diagnosed symptoms, perhaps with statements like it is hereditary and such. That takes the blame clearly away from themselves they think, but it is a self-made prison. Almost anyone who is really watching and listening can see that because it is easy to see it in others.

Now, think about someone who is almost always cheerful, upbeat, complimentary, excited, enthusiastic, or generally grateful and happy. They complain about little or nothing and their health shows it with a glow that is unmistakable.

Is the difference genetics? It is the choice of thought. I know it extremely well because I changed mine and it changed me.

In today’s world, there are so many things each and every day that could get you down if you would let it and many do. Those same things can also give one a grateful attitude, a cheerful disposition, or even joy. The things did not change, but only the thoughts about the things. We have absolute control over but one thing: thought.

I underlined one sentence in the quote above: “to patiently learn to find the good in all. . .” because it is a powerful tool to lead one toward being cheerful and happy. It isn’t easy necessarily, but it is very doable. I now strive to be thankful for and find the good in every person, situation and thing. I can assure you that some are a serious challenge to my commitment, and some take longer, but I am getting there step by step. It takes practice. You don’t just wake up one morning and find yourself there. You decide to be there and accept the challenges with the easy. The good news is more are easy and less are challenges as time goes forward!

Bob Proctor taught me a good way to help this along. He said, “React? Respond!” If you allow yourself to react to people, things, and events, you will be challenged often. If you respond instead, you have control. When I was a kid, my mom used to tell me to count to 10. Some take more than 10, but that strategy works too.

All in all, the best way is to spread joy yourself. It catches people off guard and is a powerful strategy for you as well. It is delightfully contagious!

Choose Yourself A Perfect Day!

Spread some joy today–by spreading those thoughts that feel good. It’s a safe bet they will feel good to others too.

Daily Inspiration 12-27-18

“Man is buffeted by circumstances 
so long as he believes himself 
to be the creature of outside conditions,

but when he realizes that he is a creative power, 
and that he may command the hidden soil 
and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow;

he then becomes the rightful master of himself.”

— James Allen, 
As A Man Thinketh

[Classic post from 12-11-14]

The powerful messages of this book continue to excite me. As I was on a walk a few days ago, I recalled something my ex-wife said to me many years ago. She said, “If you ever truly start believing in yourself, there will be no stopping you.” I never forgot that moment. You see, I thought I believed in myself then, but it was obvious to her that I was just putting on a show, yet she could see enough to see that the power was there waiting for direction and focus. That was 30 years ago. . .

The time has finally come all this time later and even though I took my time, I am so grateful for that remark. To me, it was a huge encouragement and I have remembered it many times through the years–not ignoring it, but thinking about it.

The truth is that I didn’t really know what believing in myself really meant. Hell, I taught it every day as a sales manager and I was going through the motions, but it took until a little over seven years ago to finally cross the threshold and go for it. Though I am learning more every day, I think I really get it now and in that, I can be a more effective teacher as well.

“Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions. . .” I sigh a relief of having passed this on to understanding so clearly now that I wonder how I believed the old way. I look around and see so many who complain of circumstances which are controlling their lives and I see myself. It was always something, you know. Always somebody in the way, somebody’s attitude, the boss, the weather, the stock market, the interest rates, gas prices, strikes, whatever. No more.

“. . . BUT! WHEN HE REALIZES THAT HE IS A CREATIVE POWER, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow. . .” So here’s the line that does it. Get a strong understanding of this line and you too will believe in yourself. You have such awesome power to control and create circumstance.

The good news about that is that you can choose what to create! You have control! You have the power! I guarantee that understanding will rock your world! You will make decisions that you have never had the courage to do before. You will open the floodgates of your creative thinking and the world will never be the same. Does one person have power? How about Abe Lincoln? Theodore Roosevelt? Bill Gates? Andrew Carnegie? Absolutely they have the power and you have the same exact power. They just believed.

“. . . he then becomes the rightful master of himself.” Amen and amen. I wish that for you–even if it takes you 30 years. . .

You are an awesome creation. Go rock the world! TODAY!

Have an awesome World Rocking day!

Spread some joy today–smile!

Daily Inspiration 12-26-18

“None but himself can alter his condition.”
– James Allen, 
As A Man Thinketh

[Classic post from 12-10-14]

This is so, so true. For many years I tried changing other people to no avail. When I realized that the only person I can change is me, it was a revelation. As a result of that, I have focused on my own learning, mental and spiritual growth.

At the same time, we absolutely do have an effect on other people. The question is what kind of an effect? We have total control over that effect since we are in total control of our own thinking.

Here’s an example of what I mean. I realized some time ago, one of my main passions, and it is this: I am an encourager. I love that about me and that is something that gives me energy and drives me and fulfills me. I love lifting others up. If I can brighten someones hour or day with a kind word, I am thrilled. If I can offer a thought that helps someone to think better about themselves, I am overjoyed. When I can encourage someone to see how powerful they really are but are not currently recognizing, I am ecstatic.

We don’t all have this passion, but I know that everyone has one or more passions which if not now recognized, are under the surface waiting to be exposed to the light. Once exposed, exposing it will change them forever. I can only be a catalyst, but the change is up to them, for truly, I can change no one but myself. And, yet I know that I can be an influence. I take that seriously, and. . . boldly.

What kind of influence are you? “None but himself can alter his condition.”

Help Someone Else Have An Awesome Day By Recognizing Your Own And Sharing Your Own Joy!

Spread Some Joy Today–Smile a lot. People will wonder what you are up to. If they ask, tell them it’s JOY!

Daily Inspiration 12-25-18

“As we grow older, 
our Christmas lists get shorter, 
because the things we want 
can’t be bought.” 

[Classic post from 12-24-14]

I must be really old because my list is nonexistent. In things, that is. In those things that can’t be bought, I am a picture of wide open arms.

For the last few days, you may have noticed that I gave some focus on the idea of abundance. Although there is an abundance of things at the mall and on the Internet, it is those non-things that hold more meaning to each of us and that includes people of every age.

W. Clement Stone was an early mentor of mine. He founded the Success Magazine at the beginning of the last century, was a self-starter and huge business success, and shared his positive beliefs with the world through books and in other ways. Here is a wonderful quote from him that is worthy of sharing:

“Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You and you alone can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving.”

May The Gifts That Only You Can Give Bring You The Abundance You Rightly Deserve. 

Spread Some Joy Today–because you can and as you do so, you will be swept along in all its glory.

Daily Inspiration 12-24-18

“The subconscious mind. . .
makes no distinction
between constructive
and destructive thought impulses. 
It works with the material we feed it, 
through our thought impulses. 
The subconscious mind 
will translate into reality 
a thought driven by fear 
just as readily 
as it will translate into reality 
a thought driven by courage, or faith.”
— Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

[Classic post from 12-9-14]

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out of the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will–
It’s all in the state of mind

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
— Walter D. Wintle

Yes, I Can Because I Think I Can!

Spread Some Joy Today–Give Praise To God (or whatever name you like) For Everything You See Today!

Daily Inspiration 12-23-18

“O. Henry discovered the genius 
which slept within his brain 
after he had met with great misfortune, 
and was confined to a prison cell, 
in Columbus, Ohio. 
Being forced, through misfortune, 
to become acquainted with his “other self,” 
and to use his imagination, 
he discovered himself 
to be a great author 
instead of a miserable criminal and outcast.”
— Napoleon Hill,
Think and Grow Rich

[Classic post from 12-8-14]

I absolutely love these kinds of quotes and stories of people who became very famous, yet some were very late bloomers. It ain’t over, till it’s over!

Long ago, I bought a huge collection of business books on tape and most were biographies of famous business people like Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and famous businesses like Xerox, IBM and so on. There is one that stood out for me with this aspect of late bloomers. It was Col. Harlan Sanders and Kentucky Fried Chicken. He didn’t even begin to become successful until he was 65. He failed so many times that he stopped counting and just kept going. It’s an amazing story.

Abraham Lincoln failed at everything he tried until after age 40. Edison, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Robert Burns, they were all failures until they were successes. And the list goes on and on and on.

Just because you fail at something, that is no reason to believe that you will fail again. Failing is not a problem. Giving up is. Edison tried over 10,000 times to make the electric light he dreamed of in his head a reality. He failed that many times and more before he succeeded. Reggie Jackson is a star baseball player who happens to lead the pack in career strikeouts at 2,597. Nobody talks about his strikeouts.

You will be served well if you allow yourself to fail. If you are willing to fail, you have a far greater chance of succeeding. I have made and continue to make mistakes. I used to brood about them, now I learn from them. Yet, I am willing to make more of them because I know that each failed attempt or missed target is an opportunity. I learn and grow and become more.

There’s an old saying, “wisdom comes from experience and experience comes from making mistakes.” And, of course, learning from the mistakes.

Give yourself the gift of hope and patience, along with a good dose of eagerness. Be willing and keep trying. Some of the world’s greatest people were still trying at a late age and I’m sure that we are all glad they kept trying.

It’s all good. You’re covered. Take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back!

There’s Always A Way!

Spread Some Joy Today–Treat Yourself To Something You Want. People Will Notice That Look On Your Face!

Daily Inspiration 12-22-18

“Do you want the problem 
or do you want the answer?”
— A Course in Miracles 

[Classic post from 12-6-14]

How often have I focused so much on the problem that this is all I would see. I couldn’t see the problem solved, I was far too busy repeating and even exaggerating the problem to keep it alive and well. Though I would outwardly state that I wanted a solution, I would often fight anyone who wanted to help me find a solution. The fact remained that I was getting something from the problem that the solution could not provide.

Then, other times, I might be ready to solve the problem and stop yakking about it to everyone, but my stinking thinking was like a dog chained to a post. I just couldn’t get away from the problem.

Albert Einstein’s great quote about problems is still helpful even today. He said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” In other words, I have to find a new way to think and act and be focused far more on the solution than on the problem.

It’s amazing how many problems can be solved when we let go of them. In some cases, that is all we need to do–just let go–and in the letting go, the solution is immediately apparent. At the very least, just turning away from the problem is enough to get on to a new kind of thinking that will help us solve it.

This, Of Course, Assumes That You Are Ready To Have The Problem Solved. Not Everyone Is Ready. 

Spread Some Joy Today–It’s Saturday. Have a wonderful day.

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