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Don't Worry!, Be Happy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

In a song that was popular several years ago, Bobby McFerrin advised us "Don't Worry!, Be Happy!" This is about as good advice as you can get. People who have studied worry have discovered that over 92% of the things we worry about fall into four categories 1.) Things that are not going to happen 2. Things that have already happened 3.) Things that will happen no matter what we do about them and 4.) Things that don't matter whether they happen or not. This means that only 8% of the things people worry about are things that they can do anything about. Think about how much time people spend worrying and consider the consequences of that needless worry. Just the amount of good sleep lost in a single night tossing and turning over something that doesn't matter is a great price to pay for needless worry. Put the worries out of your mind. Face each situation as it arises, don't waste your life anticipating a problem which may or may not come to fruition.

So, to sum up: "Don't Worry!, Be Happy!"

  


Erin Go Braugh! Ireland Forever!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The raucous celebration of St Patrick's Day has perpetuated the perception of the Irish as a group of hard drinking partying people and that they are. The Irish are also hard working industrious people without whom the railroads in this country might not have been built and the coal mines might not have been manned. While the grammar school song makes working on the railroad seem like fun, it was hard work for the men who did it. Jimmy Dean's song "Big John" accurately describes the dangers of working in a coal mine and Tennessee Ernie Ford lamented that "you load sixteen tons and what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt"

On this St Patrick's day, I offer an Irish Toast:

May the road always rise up to meet your feet
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine gently on your face and
May you be in Heaven for an hour afore the devil knows you're dead!

Erin Go Braugh!

  


Thoughts on Huddling

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It is easy to pick one of the pre-programmed thoughts in the team huddles each day but this does me no good. Like the response to "how are you doing" which I addressed yesterday, for the most part the only one who reads my posts in the huddles is me. Therefore, I try to make my huddle posts be comments which will spur me to positive activity. I admit that I post the same thought to all seven of my Spark Teams but this is to reinforce the thought in my mind. Clicking the button to post "Woo Hoo" is simple but posting "Carpe Diem! Seize the Day!" seven times causes me pause to think about the idea. The self help world is full of pithy statements which can form a watchword for the day and influence your life not only for that day but also for the days which follow.

  


Get Off of First Base

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The "thought" accompanying one of my Spark People e-mails today was that you cannot become what you can be by remaining what you are. This is similar to the adage quoted by the self-help gurus that you cannot reach second base with your foot on first base and the statement that the definition of insanity is to keep doing what you've been doing the same way you've been doing it and expecting different results.

Successful people are successful because they do what other people are afraid to do. J. Martin Kohe wrote an essay entitled "Your Greatest Power" and he opined that it was your power to choose. This is true and the greatest exercise of that power is to choose to better yourself on a regular basis. Emile Coue, the French hypnotist and psychoanalyst had his patients look at them selves in a mirror daily and repeat one hundred times "Day by Day in every way I am getting better and better. " This related back to my blog of a few days ago, "Act As If".

Each day we must decide on where it is we want to go and what it is we want to accomplish that day, that is, define second base. Then we have to decide the best way to get there and having made those decisions, leave first base, head for second and never look back,

  


How do you do? Terrible or Terrific?

Friday, March 13, 2009

We great each other in this country and ask How do you do? What a dumb way to ask a simple question. How are you? When most people ask you one of these questions, it is because they think it is expected of them. They do not care! If you don't believe me, the next time someone asks you one of these questions answer "my mother died" or "my dog has herpes". Ninety percent of the time their next statement will be That's good, I'm good too!

When someone asks how you are and you answer, the only one who hears your answer is you! So, say something you would like to hear. Zig Ziglar answers "Fantastic, but I'm getting better" Ed Foreman advocates answering "terrific". What you answer doesn't matter. What matters is that it is positive. Yesterday I wrote that your mind cannot differentiated between what happens and what is vividly imagined. If your mind constantly hears that you are fantastic or terrific, you will get to be that way. Almost achieving "fantastic" is so far superior to reaching the goal of "not too bad". Remember "terrific" and "Terrible" are both 8 letter words and the first 62.5% of both words is identical you only have to make the choice for the last 37.5% so over half the job is done for you. Choose "Terrific" and be terrific.

  


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