Friday, December 13, 2019

Find Something Positive

“Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.”  --Thornton Wilder

In order to be a better person and seek the greater things in life, you must first be appreciative of the things that are already good in your life. After all, you can’t know  ‘good’ without first experiencing the ‘bad.’

As hard as it may be, strive to find something positive  about every single day.

         When met with negative things, take a minute to search for the upside of the situation.
         Positivism breeds the same.
         Take time to find joy in the little things in life.

Self-Reflection Questions:

I.      Am I a positive person?
II.     What happens if I see the glass half full instead of half empty?
III.     Will my positive attitude help someone else through a difficult situation?

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Know Your Strengths

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.” --Confucius

There are people in this world who will never admit when they are wrong. However, in order to fully understand something and reach true wisdom, you must know what areas of your life could use improvement. After all, you can’t possibly know everything. That’s precisely why you have to be willing to constantly learn and improve upon your skills.

         Know your strengths.
         Always be open to learning.
         Work to improve your weaknesses.

Self-Reflection Questions:

I.          Do I know my limits?
II.        Am I willing to acquire the necessary knowledge to complete my work?
III.      Once I know where I’m in need of development, am I willing to take the steps necessary to improve?

Monday, November 25, 2019

Be Helpful

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

This idea may seem unusual especially since many people are only concerned with themselves. The truth is, if you reach out to help others attain their goals, they will be more willing to help you reach yours.

There’s an old saying, “What goes around comes around.” You may be surprised how true this is.

Be helpful when others need it.
Maintain an attitude of abundance and community.
Accept help from others when they offer it.

Self-Reflection Questions:

I. Am I only concerned with myself and my goals?
II. Am I willing to help others, even if it won’t benefit me?
III. Do I allow others to help me?

Friday, November 22, 2019

Stay away from people with no vision

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you’re just starting out, some people may tell you that your dreams are far-fetched. Instead of listening to people who can’t see your vision or don’t believe in you, find people with a vision of their own. By spending time with visionary people, you can learn how to become all you dream to be.

         Stay away from people with no vision.
         Share your vision with those who have their own.
         Reach for your goals despite what others say.

Self-Reflection Questions:

I.      Do I have a clear vision of my future?
II.     Do I dwell on criticisms?
III.   Am I surrounding myself with like-minded, positive people?

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Set Attainable Goals

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Many people are so focused on achieving their goals that they don’t enjoy the process or the journey along the way. Yes, it’s true that we set goals with the hope that we will achieve them, however there’s more to life than merely meeting a goal. We must become better people as we strive to meet and exceed the goals we’ve set for ourselves.

Set attainable goals.
Work hard to achieve those goals.
Take the time to learn and grow along the path to your success.

Self-Reflection Questions:

I. Am I aware of my growth as I work toward my goals?
II. Have I set attainable, realistic goals?
III. Am I determined to follow through at any cost?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Never Wait On Success

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.” – William Butler Yeats

You can’t always wait for success to come to you. You have to be proactive to ensure that you will attain the success you desire. Take the initiative to do more than what is expected of you each day. Be excellent in your work so you will be noticed. Then, when the opportunity presents itself, take the steps you need to make the most of it.

         Be proactive.
         Always take the initiative.
         Do what you can to make opportunities happen.

Self-Reflection Questions:

I.      Am I aware of the opportunities around me?
II.     What will I do to create new opportunities?
III.   What additional tasks will I take on so I can excel in my life?

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

When Life Gets You Down

When life gets you down, it’s easy to give up, scrap an idea or fail to see a greater opportunity when it presents itself. It’s in those moments when a little motivation can do wonders to help you move forward.

In this booklet, there are 13 motivational quotes, along with easy to remember tips and self-reflection questions to ask yourself so you can get through nearly any tough situation in your life.

Read through each quote and reflection carefully, then choose one that speaks to you. Print it out and place it on your fridge, desk, and throughout your workspace.

Next time you need a pick-me-up, have a glance at these quotes and remember that there is a beautiful light awaiting you, at the end of the darkness.

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.”--Confucius

There are people in this world who will never admit when they are wrong. However, in order to fully understand something and reach true wisdom, you must know what areas of your life could use improvement. After all, you can’t possibly know everything. That’s precisely why you have to be willing to constantly learn and improve upon your skills.

                 Know your strengths.
                 Always be open to learning.
                 Work to improve your weaknesses.

Self-Reflection Questions:

I.          Do I know my limits?
II.        Am I willing to acquire the necessary knowledge to complete my work?
III.      Once I know where I’m in need of development, am I willing to take the steps necessary to improve?

Monday, November 18, 2019

Everyone Needs To Be Motivated

Everyone needs to be motivated at one point or another.

No one is immune to the feelings of sadness, loneliness, or even laziness. When faced with these feelings or when you feel like your energy is lagging, try reflecting on these motivational quotes to give you the push you need to refresh your spirit.

Let’s begin...

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit."-Aristotle

If we’re honest with ourselves, this quote will resonate within us. We are often known by what we do, not what we say. If we are consistent in our actions, especially in our work ethic, people take notice.

Don’t do a good job, do a great job! Your consistent behavior in your life translates into excellence, and that is what your employer rewards.

         Be consistent
         Do a great job
         Do more than expected

Self-Reflection Questions:

I.        Am I consistent in my actions?
II.       Do I do my best work each and every day?
III.      Am I providing my employer with excellence rather than mediocrity?

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Stay Inspired

Once upon a time a crow was flying around on an unusually hot summer day looking for water. He comes across a pitcher of water on the back porch of a house, but when he tries to stick his beak in he can't reach the water. He tries and tries, slowly getting more dehydrated. He is about to give up and accept his fate when he has an idea: he begins dropping small pebbles in the pitcher until the water level rises to the point where he can now reach it.

The Lesson: Where there's a will, there's a way. Persistence is the key to solving any problem you have because eventually, even if the situation seems horrible, you will find a solution. Your new idea might not be as bad as you think it is.  Just keep plugging away.

Now let’s move on out to the other side of the farm for another one of my favorite stories about persistence. It is an ole one but well worth repeating.

Once upon another time….J

there was a donkey….a simple, stupid, stubborn old donkey and even the farmer who owned it didn’t really like him.

The farmer owned a large farm and one day he heard in the distance the loud, distinctive braying of the donkey.  He wondered what the stupid donkey had done now, so he looked all over his farm until at last he found the animal at the bottom of an old abandoned well.
The angry farmer called his neighbors and asked them each to bring a shovel.  He’d had enough of the stupid donkey, so he had decided to bury it in the well.

All of his friends came over and together they started to shovel dirt into the hole.  At first, the donkey protested loudly, braying with all of his might, but after about 10 minutes, he stopped.

The farmers kept shoveling……
After a while, someone decided to have a look into the well to see what had happened to the donkey.  What he saw astonished him.
Instead of being buried, the donkey would shake the incoming dirt off his back and then step up on the new mound.
Now the mission changed and the farmers went from trying to bury the donkey to trying to save him, shoveling more and more dirt into the abandoned well until the donkey reached the top and stepped out.
Upon his release, the farmers all dropped their shovels and applauded the old stubborn donkey with a newfound admiration.

The Lesson: There are times in life/business when it seems as though we are that donkey.  Trapped and feeling as though life is trying to bury us.  Don’t go under, shake it off and continue to find a way to overcome your challenges one at a time until you too emerge successful.

Take care, stay inspired, and keep at it.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Top 10 Inspirational Sayings

We all have those moments when we need inspiration to gain confidence and build momentum.  That's why inspirational sayings are so popular!

When you live a life without inspiration, it can be a life without any real joy or passion.  In those moments where you need a little pick me up or a reminder of the many great things you have in your life, you can turn to the power of inspirational words. You need to have a collection of inspirational sayings in your toolkit that resonate with you so you can get more done and still feel great!

The Top 10 Ten Inspirational Sayings You Can Use Everywhere!

There are a lot of great motivational sayings out there that we can turn to when we are feeling down, but we should be using them all the time, rain or shine!  Strive to incorporate inspirational sayings into your every day life, using them to inspire you to reach higher and push harder so you can achieve all of the things you have set out to do and more.

Some wonderful inspirational sayings include:

1.       There is a beautiful light at the end of my tunnel.
2.       I take small steps in life and value my time.
3.       In order to share happiness with others, I must also be happy.
4.       As I let go of dissatisfaction, I feel happiness in my life.
5.       My life is full of purpose, exciting change, and many recognized deeds.
6.       No matter the challenge, I will see it through.
7.       I am becoming more focused and confident every day.
8.       I welcome positive energy and I use that feeling to accomplish more.
9.       My life is already full of success.
10.   I keep only two mental snapshots of myself: where I am and where I want to be in life.

These are all very simple inspirational sayings that work to affirm positive thoughts and attitudes in your mind.  Affirmations are simply positive statements that remind you of your goals and positive uniqueness so you can boost your self-confidence. 

Accomplish More with the Power of Inspirational Thinking

Inspirational sayings and affirmations can help us move forward in life and accomplish greater things than we could have ever imagined.  After all, we can't deny the power of a can-do attitude.  If more of us incorporate inspiration into our lives, we would all be happier and more successful people.  When you incorporate positive sayings into your life, you'll find that you'll respond on a subconscious level and you'll no longer need to look very far for inspiration!

If you're down or lacking confidence, you can use inspirational sayings to find the courage to move forward and force out any negative thoughts that may be cycling through your mind.  When you say these statements with gusto, you are re-affirming positive thoughts in your mind, making them a part of who you are.  Remember to use these sayings at any and every occasion to give you the inspiration you need to get through any challenge, both big and small.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Jot This Down-Week Two

Here are a few more thoughts worth remembering. Hopefully each will kick start you thinking in the right direction.

Karma Is Real

Change It Or Get Over It

No Deposit No Return

Good Medicine Tastes Bitter

Action Gets Results

You Can’t Buy Back The Past

Worrying Is Praying To The Wrong God

Now This:

Many years ago two salesmen were sent to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.The first salesman reported back, "There is no potential here, nobody wears shoes."

The second salesman reported back, "There is massive potential here, nobody has shoes."The  above short story is a good example of how a single situation may be viewed in two different ways, negatively or positively.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Wisdom From The Wise

I have always enjoyed reading the quotes of famous people. Not just because they are a lot of fun to read, but because there is so much truth in them. I also feel they are the shortcuts to learning, and they can be great motivators. I can remember a time when I had them stuck up all around the house and office. The post it notes work great.

Look what others have said about the quotes:

Winston Churchill said, “Every man who didn’t go to college can largely make up for that lack by reading the wise sayings of the great men of the past.”

Thomas Jefferson said, "Mankind would lose half its wisdom built up over the centuries if it lost its great sayings. They contain the best parts of the best books."

WM. James said, “To neglect the wise saying of great thinkers is to deny ourselves of our truest education.”

Samuel Johnson said, “He is the most useful teacher who condenses the most knowledge into short sentences.”

Many of the famous people of the world have left us with their thoughts, experience, and wisdom, all condensed down into short sentences. Call them proverbs, quotes, wise saying, or whatever you like, but do understand, they all come from people worth listening to.

Benjamin Franklin once said, "Reading a simple wise saying changed my life."

It's unbelievable how reading one little wise saying or proverb has changed so many people's lives.

"Learning from the wise sayings of great men is like riding to success on the shoulders of giants." --Elbert Hubbard

Reading wise sayings is like consulting with the worlds' highest priced experts.  Don’t be afraid of using the quotes as your shortcuts to success. The quotes are fun to read, and they really are the shortcuts to success. Study them often.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Jot This Down

Jotting (Writing) it Down helps you to remember and just a few words is all it takes to jog your memory and kick start your thinking.

Here are a few things worth remembering that you could jot down:

Straighter Is Greater


Loyalty Is Royalty

Commit Or Quit

Little Things Matter
Enemies Are Made, Not Born 

Prayer Works Period 

Now This:

A little boy was having difficulty lifting a heavy stone. His father came along and as he noticed the boy struggling, he asked, "Are you using all your strength?" "Yes, I am," the little boy said. As he continued to watch, the father asks again, "Are you sure you using all your strength?" "Yes, I am," the little boy said. "No, you are not," the father answered. "I am right here just waiting, and you haven't asked me to help you."

Asking is the key to getting. Some never ask yet they wonder why they didn't get. If you want something you should ask for it. Never Be Afraid To Ask

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Be Like A Bee

One day I was sitting on the deck out back when I spotted a bumble bee. The thought hit me that maybe bees might be a good topic for my blog.  I ran inside to get the camera but when I returned the bee was gone.

I never did get around to writing the article about bees in the garden. But seeing this huge bumble bee did remind me about the saying, bumble bees can't fly, they just do it anyway.

Really, in theory bumblebees should not be able to fly. According to the great minds of science, the bumblebee cannot fly. Why? For one, its wings just aren't big enough. The body is too big. Aerodynamics says it is impossible. The biggest computers in the world all come to the same conclusion, it can't fly.

Another fact about the bumble bee is, and maybe the smart people didn't think about this one, the bumble bee doesn't have any ears.

Really, the bumble bee doesn't have any ears.

Nope, the bumble bee doesn't have ears, so maybe this explains why it ignores the smart minds, the computers, and the skeptics, and it just goes ahead and flies anyway.

This is a good reminder that maybe there are times in our lives when we need to be more like the bee, and just do things anyway.

How many times have we listened to others and never even tried something simply because they told us we couldn't?

So the next time you face a challenge, remember the bumble bee.

The next time you feel like you can't, remember the bumble bee.

The next time you need to get things done, remember the bumble bee. 

The next time you need to get up off the couch, remember the bumble bee.

The next time somebody tells you that you can't,  be like the bumble bee and just do it anyway.

Just Do It.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Chicken or Eagle

Once a farmer found an abandoned eagle's nest and in it was an egg still warm. He took the egg back to his farm and laid it in the nest of one of his hens. The egg hatched and the baby eagle grew up along with the other chickens. It pecked about the farmyard, scrabbling for grain. It spent its life within the yard and rarely looked up. When it was very old, one day it lifted up its head and saw above it a wonderful sight - an eagle soaring high above in the sky. Looking at it, the old creature sighed and said to itself, "If only I'd been born an eagle".

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

How to make a simple and FREE TV antenna

I have one room in my house without cable but I do have a tv in it. I didn’t want to pay extra for a cable hook up because it was no big deal if it didn’t play in that room; in the past I had no luck with the old rabbit ear antenna on it. But today I started searching antenna ideas on the internet. I found this one and decided to give it a try. I wasn’t expecting much but low and behold it works. I couldn’t believe how well it does work

Thursday, January 17, 2019

January 17 2019

TODAY IS: National Bootlegger’s Day and January 17 is also the birthday of famous whiskey bootlegger Al Capone.

The Value Of An Idea