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When you fall down, get up!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

It doesn't matter how many times you fall down. What's important is how many times you get up! I don't know who said that originally, it may have been Sun Tsu or Confucius, or Dale Carnegie, or Napoleon Hill or W. Clement Stone or Wayne Dyer, or even George Carlin. In point of fact, they all probably said it at one point in some form. Whatever the task and whatever the journey, it is not going to be accomplished without some pitfalls and roadblocks. If you are the mythical journey of a thousand miles and you stumble after five miles, you have gone five miles. If you get up and go another three miles before you stumble again, you are three miles farther than you would have been had you not gotten up. Take your journey or your task and break in down into smaller components and accomplish these components in order and you will be constantly moving toward the culmination of your journey. Remember, any movement toward completion is success.

When you fall down, get up!

  


Do it now!

Friday, March 27, 2009

If something has to be done, go ahead and do it. By putting off a distasteful task, you have a chance to worry over it and make it more distasteful. As I said a few days ago, "If you have to eat two frogs, eat the big one first" (Twain) then the small one is no big deal. An added benefit of doing it now is satisfaction. Imagine you have a task to do by noon tomorrow. If you pout it off until 11:30 tomorrow, you have spent a full day fretting over the task and thirty minutes doing it. If you do it now, you spend thirty minutes doing it and twenty-four hours of satisfaction for a job well done.

Do it now!

  


Be the Message!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Roger Ailes,President of Fox News tells his on air reporters and commentators "You are the message." What this means is similar to the crux of the issue in Bobby Darin's comeback in "Beyond the Sea". Sandy told Bobby that the audience only hears what they see. This is true of any audience you have for any message you are trying to deliver. Would you be more likely to accept nutrition and exercise advice from a person who weighed 150 or 350 pounds?

In order for your message to be well received, you have to be a part of the message and appear to sincerely believe in what it is you are saying.

  


Be the candle or be a mirror!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

WILL ROGERS SAID TO LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF OTHER BECAUSE YOU WON'T HAVE TIME TO MAKE THEM ALL YOURSELF. IT IS THE SAME WITH GOOD IDEAS. YOU WON'T LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO THINK OF THEM ALL YOURSELF SO FEEL FREE TO REPEAT THE GOOD IDEAS OF OTHERS. IF YOU ARE SPREADING THE MESSAGE THE FACT THAT IT MAY NOT YHAVE ORIGINATED WITH YOU IS IRRELEVANT. fEEL FREE TO QUOTE THE ODEAS OF OTHERS BUT BE SURE TO GIVE THEM CREDIT.

  


Do what you don't like to do!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What sets successful people apart from the run of the mill that successful people are willing to do what they do not like to do. Mark Twain said that if you have to eat two frogs, eat the big one first.

In every endeavor, there are tasks which have to be performed which we find distasteful or just plain don't like. That dislike aside, that task stands between us and success and it must be done. What are the choices? If we want to be successful, we can do the distasteful task immediately and get it over with or we can put it off and fret about it until we finally face up to the task. What have we gained by putting off the task? We have gained a period of worry. And what are we worried about? We are worried about something that has to happen for us to achieve success. We have violated a cardinal rule in that we have spoiled several of our precious minutes or days avoiding something that has to be done anyway.

Do not waste time on worry. Do what you don't like to do! Do It Now!

  


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