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Finish strong!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

There was a song in the mid 60's called "Hey Little Cobra" It was a car song about this guy's Cobra sports car and his racing the car. The last verse of the song ends "the Singrays and Jags were so far behind, I took my Cobra out of gear and let it coast to the line". That may be good in a song but it is an extremely dangerous mentality in real life.

At the same time there was a movie about Grand Prix racing in Europe. Appropriately enough, it was called "Grand Prix". In that movie, the protagonist, Jean Paul Sarti, was being interviewed after winning at Monte Carlo and he was referring to a particularly bad crash during the race and he said that when he sees a wreck, he pushes the accelerator down harder because he knows the other racers are lifting their feet.

A tendency that people have is to ease up a little when the end is in sight. In these days of political correctness, people have developed an attitude that in sports, particularly youth sports, winning is not important, only that you participated. Well if winning isn't important, why do we keep score? In fact though, the score is not important until a certain point in the game. In baseball, the score is only important when the last out is made in the ninth inning. In timed sports like football, basketball, soccer, and hockey, the score is not important until the clock reads 0:00. My son played on a youth basketball team one year and in a certain game, his team scored the first points of the game and led the entire game. WIth one second showing on the clock they led by one point and a player from the other team threw up a Hail Mary shot from near half court. After the buzzer sounded, the ball went through the hoop and the game was lost.

Just because the goal is in sight, does not mean to ease off or slow down. to the contrary, approach the goal like a long distance runner or a swimmer. These athletes always have what they call their "kick". When the finish line is in sight, they reach back and find a little bit extra and sprint to the finish line. Easing up when the end is in sight is akin to the hare in Aesop's fable who had a big lead and was resting on his laurels (and his butt) while the tortoise passed him by to win the race.

When the end is in sight, redouble your efforts to get there and then you can rest.

Finish strong!

  


The you you see is the you you'll be!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This is a continuation on yesterday's theme of "when you believe it you will see it". Studies have proved that the human subconscious mind cannot differentiate between what has actually happened and what is vividly imagined. We should use this knowledge to our benefit.

There are a lot of key phrases which people use for this phenomenon. One that springs to mind is "Act as if". This means to act as if what you want to happen has already happened. Your subconscious mind will act on these actions and govern your life accordingly.

Most people on a weight loss program begin with the thought "I am a 250 pound person who needs to lose 75 pounds" What does your subconscious hear? "I am a 250 pound person" Your body then reacts as if you are indeed a 250 pound person. If you change the mind set and the affirmations to "I am a 175 pound person who is temporarily carrying an additional 75 pounds around with me" then your body will act as if you are a 175 pound person. Your subconscious will adjust your hunger and your metabolism so that your body will approach the 175 pound mark, which is not a goal in so much as it is a starting point from which you have temporarily deviated.

The you you see is the you you'll be!

  
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PLANSEEKER 6/17/2009 11:40AM

    Like this positive way of looking at it. It does kind of change the image of yourself in your mind's eye and kind of eases the depressing feeling. Thanks for the insight!

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When you believe it you can see it!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

No, I did not get the quote inside out! Most people say "I'll believe it when I see it". The fact of the matter is that if you don't believe it, you will never see it.

How many things in life do we believe that we never have seen. A very small portion of the world's population has ever seen the Great Wall of China, or the Eiffel Tower, or the Grand Canyon yet no one disputes their existence.

When Walt Disney World first opened in Florida, a common comment was that it was a shame that Walt Disney didn't get to live long enough to see Walt Disney World. Mike Vance, who served as the dean of Disney University, the training ground for the Florida complex would answer that Walt did see it, that's why it's there!

Walt Disney said "Trust in yourself, believe in God, and dare to dream". Few of us are the dreamers Disney was but we all have our personal dreams and if we believe they can come true, they will.

When you believe it you can see it!

  


Be just a little nicer than necessary!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Actually, the quote from James Barrie, author of Peter Pan, is "Be just a little kinder than necessary" It's a minor distinction and one that matters not.

If you think back over the people who have made a difference in your life and who have stuck in your memory, you will find that it was the ones who did that little bit extra for you. Not necessarily going the traditional extra mile but sometimes only going the extra foot.

Maybe it was a waiter who made an appropriate suggestion, or maybe the grocery store check-out clerk who noticed a new piece of clothing or commented on your hair, or the bellboy who filled up the ice bucket for you. When you need to go back and get these services again,m you remember those who treated you well and return to them.

If, in your dealings with others, you will do just a little bit more than you have to, give an extra compliment, provide a little bit extra, these people will come back again and again.

Cast your bread upon the waters and it will return to you one hundredfold. Be just a little nicer than necessary!

  
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MNABOY 6/16/2009 7:36AM

    Took the granddaughters to see Kathy Rigby in "Peter Pan" in MO recently and the play really impressed the girls. The thoughts they created from the experience is a motivator for me. As you point out in the blog about extra effprt, they too picked the same point up among others. The were kept busy for weeks after, according to their mother.

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This is a day the Lord has made, rejoice & be glad in it!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Every Sunday morning, Robert Scheuller opens the Hour of Power by quoting the Psalm in the title.

In these stinkin' times, these words are an excellent guidepost. The stock market is in the toilet, the job market stinks, unemployment is rising, we are treated like animals on the way to slaughter if we want or have to ride on an airplane, but, to quote Dr. Pangloss in Candide, this is still the best of all possible worlds!

Recall the lament of the man who said "I felt sorry for myself for I had no shoes and then I met a man with no feet".

It is easy to focus on the negative but that produces nothing but what Zig Ziglar calls "stinkin' thinkin'" Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and don't mess with Mr. in between. Even if your glass is half empty, the half that isn't empty is full!

Look for the good things in your life and build on them.

Remember: This is a day the Lord has made, rejoice & be glad in it!

  
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HICALGAL 6/15/2009 5:54AM

    amen!

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