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Success lies just beyond apparent failure

Thursday, April 16, 2009

How many times have we been on the verge of giving up and then trying it "just one more time" only to succeed?

In "Think and Grow Rich", Napoleon Hill tells the story of a man who invested all of his money in going to Oklahoma to mine for gold. After several abortive efforts, he sold his equipment and his stake and used the money to return home and start over. The purchaser of his stake and his equipment went back to the site and continued mining and found gold just three feet from where the man had stopped digging!

We have all stopped three feet short of the gold at one time or another in our lives. The key is not to give up but to keep on plugging. The Japanese proverb says "fall seven times, get up eight". This is the exact same principle.

Just because something looks impossible or we have tried it and it didn't work doesn't mean it can't be done, it means that the way we have been approaching it might not have been the best way. When faced with apparent failure, examine the way you have been approaching the situation. Ask yourself if there are different ways to attack the opportunity (there are no "problems", only "opportunities"). Then try one of the new ways. Maybe there is no other way to do it. If this is the case, then try again. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Success lies just beyond apparent failure

  
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INCEPERSON 4/16/2009 9:48AM

    So very, very true! Thx for sharing. Your words are so positive and remind me to focus on the good!

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Be a Little Kinder Than Necessary

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The title advice is credited to James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. Think about the concept of being just a little kinder than is necessary. How many times have you been confronted with a surly salesperson or service person and thought you might be willing to do just a little bit more business with that person if he or she wasn't such a jerk? How many times when confronted with a choice between doing business with two people have you remembered being treated shortly by one and gone back to the other?

People are creatures of habit and we like to be treated nicely. As creatures of habit we realize that a leopard does not change its spots so if a person was short or surly in the past, he or she probably will be again.

If we make it a practice to be just a little kinder than necessary, people will remember it and in the future, when they are deciding with whom to do business they will tend toward the person who was nice to them.

Additionally, what goes around comes around. No man is an island (no woman either) and we must look to each other from time to time for some assistance. If you've been just a little kinder than necessary toward someone, they will be more inclined to help you out when you need it.

Be a Little Kinder Than Necessary

  


Act as if!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

In life, often the perception is far more important that the reality. That is why, once you have set a goal for yourself, you should comport yourself as though you have achieved that goal! That way, when you do actually reach the goal, there will be no lifestyle adjustments to make.

In practicing this, one must be careful and realistic. If you weight 250 pounds and your goal weight is 160 pounds, you are going to look a little silly acting like a 160 pound person and taking part in activities of a 160 pound person. This is not to say that you shouldn't envision yourself as that 160 pound person because that is where you are going to get but you have to make a few stops along the way.

When you are the 250 pound person, start taking part in physical activities like you were a 240 pound person and every time you reach another five pound milepost, ratchet your activity level up a notch to stay at a level ten pounds below your current weight.

In Weight Watchers, they say "By the inch it's a cinch!" That's why they set mileposts at every five pounds lost. That way you are not taking little steps on a ninety pound journey but are completing five pound mini-journeys and pretty soon, what do you know, you have completed 18 mini-journeys for a total of ninety pounds!

Always act as if you weigh ten pounds less than you do. That will keep your activity level within a range that fits two criteria: 1.) It is achievable and 2) It does present a challenge.

Act as if!

  


Attitude, not aptitude determines altitude!

Monday, April 13, 2009

All of the self help speaker tout the value of attitude in facing all of life's challenges. In fact, there is no more valuable tool than attitude. Most people have heard the saying "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, man can achieve". Most people attribute this to either Napoleon Hill or W. Clement Stone, self help writers of the first half of the twentieth century. in fact this phrase originated with Marcus Aurelius in the year 4 BC so it has been around for a long time. As Panasonic would say, "an idea whose time has come".

Perhaps the finest example of the difference between attitude and aptitude is the comparison of two baseball players (Men love baseball analogies), Pete Rose and Bob Horner. Pete Rose had, at best, probably a little better that mediocre talent while Bob Horner might have had more natural talent than 90% of the players in the league. The difference is that Pete Rose always gave the mythical 110% no matter what he was doing. Pete Rose would slide into base head first in the All Star Game, an exhibition game which meant nothing but that was the way Rose played for his entire career. Bob Horner never really seemed to give it his all. He often appeared to be phoning in his performance. Were it not for the tragic flaw of his gambling addiction, Pete Rose would have been on all of the writer's ballot for inclusion in the hall of fame. People still talk about Pete Rose and whether he should be included in te Hall of Fame is a perennial topic of discussion (argument) during the off season when there are no games to watch. On the other hand, Bob Horner (Bob who?) has faded from the limelight and from people's memories except for the real aficionados.

Always give more than your best and nothing but good things will await you.

Attitude, not aptitude determines altitude!

  


Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

What a glorious time Easter is! It looks as if spring has finally arrived and once again the world rises from its slumber, dons it's finery and blossoms forth. Easter marks a time of new beginnings.

We each have a chance at a new beginning each and every morning. Upon arising take a few minutes and reflect on what you have and be thankful for it. Even if your glass appears to be half empty, the half that isn't empty is full. There is something in your life to be thankful for, find it!

Next, plan to make today happen in such a way that you will have something else to be thankful for tomorrow! Maybe the scale will go down a few tenths of a pound! Maybe those pants won't be quite so tight! Maybe some of the aches and pains will have gone away! Maybe you will have been able to walk a block farther than yesterday! It doesn't have to be a big thing. Be thankful for the small things and the big things will happen!

Happy Easter!

  


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