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Start with what you you know.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

In a book I am reading, one of the characters advises a neophyte detective "Start with what you you know.". This is good advice in all of life's endeavors. As I read those words, my mind drifted back to high school geometry. We basically started out with a few givens in September and starting with what we knew, the givens, and the appropriate formulae, by June we had proved all of the theorems, axioms and postulates of Plane Geometry. So it can be with and quest for knowledge or any goal. Start with what you you know.

A newcomer to a gym or health club can be intimidated by all of the machinery and the lingo but there is something in the gym to which you have been exposed before. Start there. Observe what the others are doing and then when you feel comfortable, move on to another piece of equipment. Pretty soon, you will be the one the newcomers are looking at in awe and asking how does he or she know how to use all of this equipment?

Eating regimens are the same. Start with what you know. Begin eating the foods you like and slowly add new items to your diet. If you are a rural America meat and potatoes type of person, you can start adding small amounts of fruit and vegetables and in side of thirty or forty-five days you will be eating a balanced diet. But of you immediately change to an all vegan diet including bean sprouts, tofu, couscous and other items which are totally foreign, within ten days you will be back on the meat and potatoes diet.

Start with what you know.

  
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Half of the glass is always full!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

We hear it all the time. His glass is always half full or her glass is always half empty. Well guess what? Even if the glass is half empty, the half that isn't empty is full!

J. Martin Kohe wrote an essay called "Your Greatest Power". In this work he opined that your greatest power is the power to choose! Every day we are faced with choices. From the moment we get up we are faced with options which will determine how the day will go. There are two choices, the day can be terrible or terrific! You make that decision at the beginning of each day. Ed foreman tells the story of a boy whose mother woke him each day and told him it was going to be a great day and then proceeded to start him to work on his chores before breakfast. One morning when his mother awoke him and told him it was going to be a great day, he responded that it really wasn't going to be such a good day and he would stay in bed rather than do his chores. When he appeared in the kitchen at the usual time for his breakfast, his mother told him she was sorry that there would be no breakfast that day because when you decide it's not going to be a good day, it's a bad day ALL DAY LONG.

When you make the choice each morning, choose Terrific over terrible every time. Part of the beauty of this choice is that you don't have to make it right away. Look at the two words 5/8 of the choice is made for you. You don't have to choose the T or the E or either R or the I. You only have to determine the last 37.5% Will it be "FIC" or "ble"? Choose "TERRIFIC" every morning

Half of the glass is always full!

  


You live among acres of diamonds, mine them!

Friday, April 03, 2009

In the late nineteenth century Russell H. Cromwell delivered a speech entitled "Acres of Diamonds" over 6000 times and amassed quite a fortune in speaking fees which was used to fund a scholarship program. The speech begins with the story of Ali Hafid who was a rich man but who heard of diamonds and went off in search of diamonds, traveling the known world but never finding diamonds. Later, it was discovered that Ali Hafid's house sat on land which later was to become the Golconda Diamond Mines, the most prolific diamond mines in the world.

Mr. Cromwell then goes on and cites nearly countless anecdotes of people who had left their home and gone off in search of fame and fortune only to have it discovered that what they were seeking was to be found at their home. Statistically, most fortunes are made within fifty miles of a person's homeplace.

Before you go off seeking riches or fame, stop and ask yourself, "What is it that I really want?" and "Is there a way I can obtain it right here at home?" In a vast majority of cases, the answer to the second question is "Yes". If your goal is to become a member of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican, there is no way you can do that in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA, but that is exactly where Sam Walton started WalMart.

Somebody once defined an expert as anyone who traveled more than fifty miles to render an opinion. Another definition breaks the word down. The prefix "ex" means past, once was but is no more and the root spurt means a small drip under pressure. This is not so flattering a definition.

Look around you. There is a myriad of opportunity right where you stand. Keep an open mind and look for opportunities, they are there for you. Remember, opportunity often knocks on the door disguised as hard work.

If you are interested, a Google search of "Acres of Diamonds" will lead you to both the text of the speech and an audio so you can listen to it.


You live among acres of diamonds, mine them!

  


Life is Short. Break the Rules

Thursday, April 02, 2009

I am taking the easy way out today and forwarding the contents of an e-mail I received this morning. It is short and simple but also succinct and pertinent

Life is short,
Break the rules,
Forgive quickly,
Kiss slowly,
Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably,
And never regret anything that made you smile.

Life is Short. Break the Rules

  
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GETDONE 4/2/2009 10:55AM

    RIGHT ON!!! I HAD A STROKE LAST NIGHT---REINFORCING THAT
LIFE IS SHORT.

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Think big thoughts!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

In the '50, IBM's slogan was "Think". Somewhere along the line that evolved into "Think Big". Several years ago I read a book entitled "The Magic of Thinking Big". The underlying theme of the book is that there is nothing to be lost and everything to be gained by thinking BIG.

Suppose there is a scale of 1 to 100 and you set your goal at 50 and achieve your goal. Suppose however, you set your goal at 80 and only achieve 75% success. You are still at 60, ten points higher than having achieved your goal of 50.

Oftentimes people look at the road ahead and think it just cannot be traveled in the time available. Maybe so, maybe not. Getting into the weight loss arena, we ned to take the Think Big Thoughts idea and temper it with some reality and combination.

Suppose you have to lose 100 pounds. That is a lot of weight to lose and it looks like a big project. So what should we do, set our goal for fifty pounds? No, because when we achieved the fifty pound goal, we are still only half way there. Set the goal at 100 pounds and set it aside. Now establish a second project. That project is to lose ten pounds ten times. Ten pounds is a manageable number. Some people may feel more comfortable with five pounds. Weight Watchers uses five pound increments and give an award at each five pound mile post. Why do they do this? Because they are amassing little successes to achieve the big success and to maintain interest.

So you have your big goal of losing 100 pounds but we have redefined it as lose ten pounds ten times. Each of the ten pound goals is achievable in a reasonable period of time and the achievement of each of these goals represents progress toward the ultimate goal of 100 pounds. I can wrap my mind around five pounds or ten pounds real easily and then I can reward myself with a non-food reward as I reach each intermediate goal.

Break them into smaller pieces if you must but Think big thoughts!

  


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