Sunday, April 29, 2012

My wife liked these:
Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
AND
PMS jokes aren't funny, period.
Bill Gates on His 11 Rules of Life: http://ping.fm/DGeW4
Sunday, April 29, is Internet Evangelism Day!
Be still and know that He is God
For pathways steep and rough;
Not what He brings, but what He is
Will always be enough. ~ Anon

Saturday, April 28, 2012

"The plan for the paperless office looked good . . . on paper." [Source: www.cybersalt.org ]
"A lot of what we think of as neurosis is simply people who are unhappy because they're not using their creative resources." ~ Julia Cameron
Question: How many telemarketers does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but he/she has to do it while you're eating dinner.

How to Eliminate Roadblocks to Your Personal Success

"Very often we are our own worst enemy as we foolishly build stumbling blocks on the path that leads to success and happiness."

While it's true that we can't have success without failure, it's also true that we must learn from our own failures, and the failures of others. We don't have the luxury of enough time in our lives to make and learn from all the mistakes that can be made, so we must learn from the mistakes and mis-steps of others.

The following are ten of the most common causes of failure. Remedy some or all of these and you have eliminated the biggest barriers to your personal success.

1. Always blaming someone other than yourself for a failure. Rather than constantly blaming others or external circumstances for something that didn't turn out the way you wished, ask "what could I have done differently?"

2. The opposite of the first cause, blaming yourself for every problem. Self-pity defeats more people than anything else. Look outside of yourself for real circumstances leading to a failure. Be forgiving to yourself.

3. Having low goals that don't stretch you. Set goals that will grow you and then take positive action to accomplish them.

4. Choosing the wrong goals for yourself. Make sure each goal you have set is yours, has value, and is mutually beneficial to all involved.

5. Seeking the shortcut, or path of least resistance, to success. The shortcut is a myth. You must prepare adequately and put in the effort required to truly succeed.

6. Again, the opposite of the previous one; taking the longest road to your destination. Choose to take the most direct route to your objective as guided by mentors, books and courses of study.

7. Not paying attention to the details. How many stories have we been told where one little detail made all the difference? Pay attention to the little things and deal with them.

8. Giving up too soon. Have you heard that nothing can take the place of persistence? Here's the infamous quote:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

9. Carrying the burdens of the past around with you. Yes, learn from the past but live in the present and face the future.

10. Believing success is the end in itself. Each success is but a spot along the journey, keep moving forward. As Talleyrand reportedly said, "A man can do everything with a sword but sit on it."

Which one of these roadblocks is most dominant in your life today? Now that you know what it is, how will you deal with it?

Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.
 
"People create their success by learning what they need 2 learn and then by practicing it until they become proficient at it." ~ Brian Tracy
Harboring hatred in the heart
Will not lead to success;
But following truth and love and grace
Will lead to blessedness. ~ Hess

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Values drive decisions,
decisions drive behaviors,
and behaviors drive results
"Be a lifelong student. The more you learn, the more you earn and the more self-confidence you will have." ~ Brian Tracy

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Word of the Day
obtuse (uhb-TOOS), adjective:
Not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Yeah, Firing Barrels Into the Sky Looks Like Fun!
http://ping.fm/VLMZA

Feed your Will to Win

"There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow." 

Is the Will to Fail or Will to Win more prevalent in your life?

Here are some suggestions to minimize the Will to Fail and maximize the Will to Win:

Stop being "busy" and start being "productive" instead. Are you doing things just to avoid doing more important things? Constantly be aware of the best use of your time and work hard at focusing on the most important things to be done. Seek to understand why you have unproductive habits and slowly replace them with more productive ones.

Don't get caught up in making a living instead of creating a life. One way to do this is to move away from a direct relationship of trading hours for a set wage. Seek to create income producing entities that function without your direct time and attention.

Protect your prime energy for those things that are a priority for you. Know when your most productive hours of the day are and schedule the most important things to be done during those hours.

Try breaking each large and overwhelming task into a group of three smaller tasks and then those three tasks into three more, etc. It's easier to accomplish one small step than take the whole flight of stairs at once.

If you want to get more stuff done, set shorter deadlines, since work typically expands to the time allowed.

Yes, there is a Will to Fail in each of us, but we don't have to let it dominate our lives; we can put things into place that supports our Will to Win.

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Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Today from Chris G. - There will always be someone with more. When you focus strictly on more, you instantly set yourself up for failure.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. Proverbs 13:11

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Americans Making Over $50,000 a Year Paid 93.3 Percent of All Taxes in 2010
http://ping.fm/oJDdi
What do you want?
Short-term gain with long-term pain?
Or do you want short-term pain for long-term gain?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Working on the beach is over-rated (like sex on the beach) you get sand in places you don't want it. ~ Cherie Ve Ard

Sunday, April 15, 2012

"The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination." ~ Ronald Reagan
When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to 10. And when he lets out his breath, somewhere there's a tornado. ~ Reagan, 10

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Off to http://ping.fm/1euvE for dinner

Don't Worry, Be Happy, Here's How

"Feeling sorry for yourself is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have"

Why do we worry, feel bad for ourselves and experience unhappiness?

One of the big reasons is because we're focused on ourselves and not on helping others.

The challenge for today is to maintain an attitude of gratitude and realize life is NOT a zero-sum game.

Regarding worry, do you know the majority of the things you worry about will never happen OR have already happened? A survey regarding worry revealed these facts:

40% of things people worry about never happen;
30% of what we worry about has already happened;
22% of what people worry about are issues which are beyond their control; and only
8% of what we worry about are things over which we have any influence.

One of the magnificent things about being human is having the power to control your own thoughts. Put this power to work and decide not to worry but to focus on being helpful instead.

"People are just about as happy as they decide to be" ~ Abraham Lincoln

When you do happen to slip into worrying, try to think about the worst thing that can happen...can you live with that? If so, move on. If not, you had better do something about what you are worrying about!

Each morning make a habit of being thankful and writing down a few things you are grateful for.

Focus on helping others, being grateful, and see how much worry and unhappiness evaporate from your life.

Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program (affiliate link)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

From Robert Skrob today:
Only fools expect success without effort.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

As Derek Sivers once wrote: "The quickest way to double your income is to halve your expenses."

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Jesus does not give us rest apart from hard work. Instead, he is our rest in the midst of our toils and labors." ~ Alan Knox
"...in today's complex world, nobody does anything successful alone - it's all about teamwork."
~ Dr. Howard Tullman

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Watching 23 Feet Of Bubble Wrap Crushed In a Hydraulic Press Is Incredibly Satisfying...Not!
http://ping.fm/6elhy

5 Essential Ingredients of Your Personal Success

"Until you acquire 5 essential ingredients, success will never be success"

Truly meaningful success is a very personal thing. It is different for each individual. William Faulkner reportedly thought success was having a coat, bottle of whiskey and some Shakespeare to read.

What's your personal definition of success?

"A man is rich in the proportions of things he can let alone." ~ Henry David Thoreau

5 constant factors found in true success:
  1. a sense of purpose, moving toward something, on a journey towards a destination
  2. a good batting average, not constant achievement. You are not always going to be right and failure is not the end but actually an opportunity to persevere.
  3. a price to be paid; joy must be counterbalanced with the effort to achieve
  4. a sense of satisfaction, which is the inner feeling that you've done your best
  5. true spirituality, being connected with God, the author and maker of all
Success is as varied as the people that inhabit the Earth, but true success has these 5 essential ingredients.

Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.

Friday, April 6, 2012

To celebrate Good Friday, David C Cook Publishing is offering 3 free best selling eBooks by Francis Chan.
http://dccebooks.com/

Thursday, April 5, 2012

"These days people don't commit to companies or colleges, they commit to other people. That's the name of the game." ~ Dr. Howard Tullman
"The only way to lead people is to show them a vision of where you're headed and a path to get there together." ~ Dr. Howard Tullman

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

From Zig Ziglar today: The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"
Today is April Fools' Day!
How to recover from being foolish:
http://ping.fm/888Nj