Category: Respect

Quality Is Contagious

“You’re only as good as the people you hire.”

— Ray Kroc
[Classic post from 5-7-11]
This quote of Ray Kroc’s has proven itself in every business environment I have ever been in and I see it in full operation in every business I visit or deal with. This aspect, far more than any current business climate, has everything to do with the success of the enterprise. Better people will always make a better enterprise.
Any success that I have had in any operation I’ve been involved in was successful as a direct result of the quality of the people that I was working with. And, here’s the interesting part: My own quality improved as the quality of the talent around me improved and vice versa. All the more reason to surround yourself with the most talented and highest quality people you can find.
Quality Is Contagious.
Spread Some Joy Today–When you’re in joy, there are no significant problems.

Imaginary Blues In The Key Of See

“How much pain they have cost us,
the evils which have never happened.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“Every evening I turn my worries over to God.
He's going to be up all night anyway.”
— Mary C Crowley
[Classic post from 5-18-11]
It's funny now. The real troubles that I have are no match to the power and persistence of my imagination.
What's really funny is that today I am absolutely certain that I have a minimum of twice as many problems as I have ever had in my life, and my imagination can still run circles around all of them.
What's even funnier still, is that not thinking about my real problems, regardless of how many there are, or who thinks they are so damn important, makes them so much smaller than they have ever been in my entire life.
And the last funny thing is that I am in full control of my imagination, although, I think most of my life, I didn't realize that was possible.
I am eager and excited in anticipation of the place where there are no problems at all–where life is bliss and joy reigns supreme. As imaginary places go, that is as good a one as I can dream up; however, I am not convinced that it is a real place.
But, as my experience is teaching me now, having problems is not a problem unless I choose to make it, or them, one. My view is so different now. So little stress in comparison to how it used to be when I didn't really have hardly any problems.
Maybe That's What They Mean About Heaven On Earth.
Spread Some Joy Today–By seeking joy today. It really is that easy.

Greatest Stress Weapon

 “The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose
one thought over another.”
— William James
[Classic post from 5-19-11]
I was talking with a friend and associate this morning and she mentioned that she teaches and advises people to do something in a certain way, and then sometimes finds herself not following her own advice. I could instantly relate to that because I do it myself from time to time. But, I told her that the difference to me now is that I have awareness, and having awareness serves to have me recognize when I am off the path, so I can get back on quickly, whereas, in the past, I may not have even noticed I was off the path.
Now the quote by William James is so powerful and true in my own life. I know this. And yet, I sometimes fail to have it operate on autopilot as I would like, find myself over in the weeds feeling stressed. This is where my learning and study kicks in and makes me aware that I am off in the weeds. This then allows and encourages me to get back on track with the truth in my life and change my thoughts.
It is human to run old tapes and get off track. It is the learning that brings me the awareness that helps me grow beyond and overwrite the old tapes. That is how learning empowers me. The path to enlightenment is through awareness.
Though what William James says is true for me from my awareness, on a practical side it is a challenge because of past training and interaction with other people and societal norms. Here are some things I've learned to help me overcome those practical obstacles.
1. Release all rules. Realize that so many of my thoughts are from past training and other people's rules. Rules are just ideas that someone had and others accepted. Many of those rules were turned into legalisms called laws. To think for oneself, especially if the world, in general, is not in step, requires ignoring a lot of rules; e.g., you should do this, you should do that, everyone does this, everyone does that, and so on.
2. Suspend judgment. Right and wrong are judgments. I need to suspend as many judgments as possible–all if I can. Judgments like I should feel this or I should feel that for whatever reason or whoever said it can just as easily be looked at with suspicion. Some of those judgments might say that you should feel sad about this and not feel joy about that. Can if you want, but I am choosing to feel how I want to feel, and I choose joy as often as I find it possible to do so, under a wide variety of circumstances and customs.
3. Choose to feel better. I want to choose a better feeling thought in every case and there is no end to feeling better. Feeling bad even slightly will now awaken my awareness and then I can consciously remind myself that I choose to feel better, and then do so by changing my thought. Without the rules and judgment, I have more power to change my thoughts and more power to feel better.
Stress is just a view and it is a fearful view. It is 100% thought. Without judgment to encourage the fear or rules to expand it, changing my thoughts to release all stress is practical and effective.
I Choose To Feel Better By Choosing A Better Feeling Thought Any Time I Want. I Want To Do So Often.
Spread Some Joy Today–Joy is alive and full of life and optimism. Joy is real. Joy is contagious.

Choosing Our Fate

Choice Week
“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control,
but other things do fall under the jurisdiction.
I can decide:
How I spend my time,
whom I interact with,
whom I share my body
and life
and money
and energy with,
I can select what I can read
and eat
and study.
I can choose how I'm going to regard
unfortunate circumstances in my life;
whether I will see them as curses
or opportunities.
I can choose my words
and tone of voice
in which I speak to others.
And most of all,
I can choose my thoughts.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert
[Classic post from 6-5-11]
We choose so often each and every day that we don't even realize we are choosing. Life is in our choices and we have multiple ways of seeing anything and anyone. It is not anyone outside of ourselves or circumstances or events outside of ourselves that does the choosing for us, but ourselves alone. We may respond or react. We may choose to be angry or happy. We may choose to justify and judge or allow. We may love with conditions or without. It is all in our choices and our choices then become us.
Though we all may realize that we are indeed the choosers, what we may be missing is the deliberate choices that we can make to create a deliberate reality in our lives. What those only means is accepting the responsibility that our power lies in our thinking and therefore all of our choices. In this light, I blame no one and nothing and only realize that I have chosen and each choice creates results. There is infinite freedom in that realization and much joy in the practice of it.
Rather Than Choose And Then See How I Feel, It Is Much Better To Feel Good And Then Make A Choice. It Always Seems To Turn Out Well That Way.
Spread Some Joy Today–Joy begins with appreciation. Find many things and people to appreciate today. What a wonderful day it will be!

No More Victims!

 Choice Week
“I've made mistakes, and I know why I made them,
but I made that choice. Nobody's ever made a choice for me.”
— Sandra Bullock
[Classic post from 6-3-11]
I used to call it PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), and positive thinking. It's what I was learning in my mid-twenties from motivational speakers and books I was reading, but I wasn't getting it really. Oh, I could repeat it, but I wasn't living it. Know what I mean? It has taken so many more years to come back to it and then to live it and even understand it more.
Part of what is so cool about getting to this point is accepting responsibility for my choices. I did my share of blaming the economy, the current administration, the boss, and that list could go on for days. Now that I have accepted this responsibility, I need only look in the mirror if I was seeking excuses or people to blame.
It was a hard idea to really grasp for a while because when I was thinking about positive thinking, I was thinking about the inside out and when things would happen that weren't really so much fun, I would think from the outside in–as if something outside was attacking me, wreaking havoc with my life. Then, I would muster all the positive thinking I could to think my way through it.
It is a different and so much more effective thing to accept everything that I get and be fully responsible for it with no excuses, and no circumstantial evidence to try to convince others or myself that I am an innocent victim.
So, in the end, it isn't about positive thinking at all. It is about realizing that I create my own world. Realizing this fully and accepting the role of creator allows me to do more than positive thinking ever could.
I Am A Victim No More! And, It's A Sweet Victory!
Spread Some Joy Today–There is so much joy in the realization that you have more control than you thought you did. Accept the responsibility that you are in charge!

I Choose Not, Or Not.

Choice Week
“If someone throws you the ball,
you don't have to catch it.”
— Richard Carlson
[Classic post from 6-2-11]
Great advice and it puts things in an interesting perspective. If someone throws you the ball, you don't have to catch it; if the phone rings, you don't have to answer it; if the doorbell rings, you don't have to answer it; if someone wants you to argue with them, you can choose to ignore them. We make so many choices throughout our day that we don't even think of them as choices.
Sometimes we play against ourselves in procrastination or our selective attention, but more often than not it is the prompting of others that has us running around feeling as if we have to do something for whatever the reason may be in order to be polite, respectful, efficient, or responsive.
It's interesting to watch what people do when the phone rings. It's as if there is some high authority causing them to respond into fast action. Want to try something different? Put it on the buzzer and make a conscious decision to not answer it. Better yet, put it in airplane mode, and better yet, leave it at home for a time. See what it's like to not catch the ball and feel how empowering it is.
I wonder how many things we can do that with?
I Choose Not… Or Not…
Spread Some Joy Today–Who's in charge? YOU! Isn't that some serious joy?

My Choices Are My Destiny

Choice Week
“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
— William Jennings Bryan
“Our lives are the sum total of the choices we have made.”
— Wayne Dyer
[Classic post from 6-1-11]
As I consider where I am right now today, with the awareness that my thoughts create my life, I find myself curiously accepting responsibility for everything about my life. It is an act that would at any other time in my life be rejected as folly, yet now I find that to attempt to reject it is folly.
So, I look at myself in the mirror when I get out of the shower and I was thinking this morning of what a magnificent creator I have become. Just look at that body in all its glory! I created that image, along with the way it looks. If I don't like the look very much, I have only one to blame. It isn't the food, or anything else exterior. It is purely my own thinking that brought me here.
It is so empowering and also shocking and it makes me laugh and I celebrate my success as a creator. Maybe I was intending to create something a bit more athletic and lean, and honorable intentions they may have been; however, I have created successfully nonetheless whatever vision I see before me. Indeed, I am always successful at creation, though ofttimes I may be a bit confused as to the clarity of it.
The Good News Is That I Can Just Create A Better Image Anytime I Choose.
Spread Some Joy Today–In any situation, I have a choice on how I will view it, react or respond to it, feel about it. I find more joy in always–always choosing the better feeling thought regardless of what others choose or what they think about my choices.

Transforming The Power Of Thought

All emotion is thought. And, at the same time, a response to thought.

This was the 14th message of the 20-day stream beginning with the concept of everything is thought.

I have studied this stuff for a long time now and the single most powerful source of resonating knowledge for me is from Abraham, Esther Hicks. They make it simple and I love simple.

Numbers 15 and 16 expand on this: “All emotion is internal and external communication.” And, “How we feel explains our thinking. Most of our thoughts are passing and benign. The most powerful thoughts are those filled with emotion. The greater the emotion or feeling, the more powerful the thought or action.”

All emotion is communication from our Source. We could call this our soul or higher power or Source within, etc., but it is communication to our physical brain and body from that which is above and outside of our physical senses. We know it inside by how we feel and in our awareness, this demonstrates to us what we are thinking because so often we are thinking without awareness. It is external communication because how we feel is demonstrated by our physical being. It shows. Others can see it. We can see it in the mirror. It is internal and external communication of the highest order.

Our thought determines how we feel and how we feel is influencing our thoughts. The stronger the feeling, the greater the power of the thought that created the feeling, to begin with. You could see this as power, determination, conviction, unwavering resolve, and more. Emotion is a powerful thought that adds power to thought as it scales upward in strength.

If you really wanted something and felt the strength of your resolve to have it, as the emotion is extended and expanded, that something must come to you. That is how powerful thought can be.

As a young salesman in the early 1970s, I wanted to win trips that were offered and more. I focused on pumping up my emotions and resolve in many ways and these trips came to pass. I didn’t really understand it then, but it is completely clear to me now.

The power of thought laced with the power of emotion is one of the most powerful forces in the Universe.

Completely Simple

Everything Is Thought.

For the last 20 posts, which began with the simple statement here that everything is thought, I’ve expanded with each post a little insight and explanation on a grand epiphany that I had recently where I can now see how thought rules our lives and our world.  Three words say it all very well. It is this simple and yet magnificently profound. I can even make it simpler by stating that all there is. is energy, and thought is energy.

I used to think that it was much more complicated. The complications, if I wanted to call them this, come from the third statement I wrote over and over again. It only has four words; albeit, one is unnecessary: “And, Thoughts Become Things.” In other words, thought is the initiator of everything we perceive with our senses.

This answers questions such as, “how do we change the world,” or, “how do I change my life?” and more. And, the answer is clear and simple: change our thoughts. I couldn’t say that this is easy or hard, but it is completely simple.

Since we control our own thoughts and have no power to control anyone else’s, how can we change the world or change another? We cannot change them; however, we are powerful, not powerless and we change the world or others by changing our thoughts about them. In other words, or rather, better words, we change ourselves. This is our greatest power. We control all of it. Others may influence and we may influence others, but no one can think for us and we cannot think for them.

Judgment Exists As Thought

Everything is thought.

Is Thought.

Thoughts Become Things.

Things Is Our Experience.

We Choose Our Thoughts.

By Choosing Our Thoughts,
We Choose Our Experience.

To Choose A Different Experience,
We Must Choose Different Thoughts.

Since Thought Is A Choice,
Every Choice Is A Perspective.

All Perspectives Are Valid And Unique To The Perceiver.

Thought Is So Powerful
That It Directs The World And All Experience

Every Kind Of Thought Exists And Is Valid.

We Have No Power Or Authority
Over Any Thoughts Other Than Our Own.

Our Thoughts May Influence Or Be Influenced;
Regardless, Our Thoughts Are Solely Each Our Own Responsibility.

All Emotion Is Thought
And, At The Same Time, A Response To Thought.

All Emotion Is Internal And External Communication.

How we feel explains our thinking.
Most of our thoughts are passing and benign.
The most powerful thoughts are those filled with emotion.
The greater the emotion or feeling,
the more powerful the thought and action.

As a thought is thought often,
and particularly with entangled emotion,
it becomes a belief and part of our philosophy.

A belief does not require reason or explanation.
It is simply repetitive thought.

Beliefs are malleable.
Since thought caused the belief,
a changed thought can create new beliefs.

All judgment is thought.
The idea of good and evil is simply a choice of thought.
The idea of right and wrong is simply a choice of thought.
Each thought displays a perspective
which is simply a choice of thought.

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