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Taking the First Step

August 31st 2006

I’ve been thinking about the different ways people accomplish their goals, and how for some, just getting started is difficult.

A couple days ago I wondered aloud, “Why is it hard for some to get started and for others it’s quite easy?”

Many factors go into all the reasons why some people find it easy to get started and why some find it hard to take that all important first step.

Some people have an abundance of confidence and some lack confidence.

Some people don’t think too much and simply respond to what they see or perceive as an opportunity, while others look down the road and see danger, road blocks and challenges and don’t take the first step.

We can’t always be certain how things will turn out, but we can all have faith and go for it. As they say, you can’t steal second if your foot is still on first!

The next time opportunity knocks, don’t even hesitate to steal second…and don’t forget to slide!

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Set Goals, Review and Execute

August 30th 2006

For some, getting started on a major league project is the hardest part. But for others, starting a diet or anything else is easy, and the difficult part is finishing what they started.

How many people do you know – including yourself – who have a hard time getting started? Now, think about those people who have an easy time getting started but they struggle with remaining committed to their goals.

Why is it that many people fail to stay the course? What’s the difference between those who start and finish and those who either have a hard time getting started, or don’t start at all?

For one, people who are successful usually set goals – on paper! They review them consistently – some do this daily and others less frequently – but none the less, consistently.

The bottom line, people who set goals, review them regularly, and remain committed to achieve their goals are focused, determined and relentless in their execution.

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The Choices We Make Each Day

August 29th 2006

Do you ever think about the choices you make?

Is it hard for you to make choices or do you find it easy? For the most part, I find making choices fairly easy, but I know for some people, making a decision – whether small or big – is difficult.

Why is that? I guess it’s just all in how we’re wired.

To me, Nike’s “Just Do It” mantra is a good motto to follow when trying to decide whether or not to do something I know I should do. There are also those times I think to myself “Just Do It” when I’m uncertain if I should tackle a project or take on a challenge.

It’s great to have choices, and that’s something many of us are blessed to have.

So today, when you’re faced with a challenging opportunity, don’t analyze it too long…”just do it” and enjoy the ride!

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There Are Far More Choices Today

August 28th 2006

As our kids continue to grow, I think back to my childhood days and know I had it much easier. For one, I had far fewer decisions to make. I guess for some that could be good and for others not so good.

I didn’t have the kind of technology options available to youth today, as well as so many other entertainment options that kids have to choose from today All the choices and decisions youth need to make today is amazing when you think about it. I love options, so I likely would have enjoyed growing up as a child in today’s technology-driven world.

There’s no doubt I’m enjoying the technology today, but there’s so much more to explore and experience. Maybe the best way to approach it would be to take my kids lead and just jump in and experiment with all the different technology offered today.

I guess that means making an investment in an iPod – which I’ve yet to do – and experience first-hand what everyone is raving about.

The purchase is the easy part; learning how to use it may be the challenging part!

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Some Thoughts for Today

August 18th 2006

I received an email recently that states it was created by the Anthony Robbins organization and forwarded to me by a friend for “good luck.”

It was one of those emails you’v likely received that states if you pass the email on to 10 friends in the next 12 hours, something special will happen to you by 11 pm. Depending on who sends the email, I either delete or set aside for leisure reading when time permits.

Well, I finally read the email and enjoyed the thoughts. If you haven’t received this one by email or read before, I think there are a few thoughts you’ll enjoy.

ONE: Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

TWO: Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.

THREE: Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.

FOUR: When you say, “I love you,” mean it.

FIVE: When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.

SIX: Be engaged at least six months before you get married.

SEVEN: Believe in love at first sight.

EIGHT: Never laugh at anyone’s dream. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.

NINE: Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

TEN: In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

ELEVEN: Don’t judge people by their relatives.

TWELVE: Talk slowly but think quickly.

THIRTEEN: When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”

FOURTEEN: Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

FIFTEEN: Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze.

SIXTEEN: When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

SEVENTEEN: Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and responsibility for all your actions.

EIGHTEEN: Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

NINETEEN: When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

TWENTY: Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

TWENTY-ONE: Spend some time alone.

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Gatorade Two-a-Day Safety Donation Day

August 17th 2006

With this summer being one of the hottest in recent memory, check out this neat program being offered by Gatorade in collaboration with the NFL.

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Hotels React to Heightened Security

August 16th 2006

A few of the national hotel chains have done a great job of quickly responding to the heightened security requirements at airports that have resulted from the alleged airline-bombing plot involving liquid explosives.

I’ve received a few email communications from hotels ensuring that they have taken measures to accommodate guest needs when they arrive on their hotel properties.

With passengers having to throw away liquid substances from their carry-on luggage, some of the hotels have taken steps to replenish nearly all forms of liquid and gel “basics” travelers have relinquished at airports across the nation.

This a great move by the hotels to respond to what could be a stressful situation for travelers and ease their concerns by providing these complimentary items to its guest at their hotels.

Here’s what one hotel email communication stated:

“We know you will be inconvenienced by these unexpected security changes, so we want to do whatever it takes to make your travel experiences less stressful.

Effective immediately, we are offering the following complimentary items:

Facial Skin Care Products

Women’s Cosmetics

Hair Care Products

Sunscreen

Toothpaste

Contact Lens Solution

Nail Polish and Remover

Guests can also find a list of nearby pharmacies with their telephone numbers and hours of operation to refill prescriptions or other over the counter medications.”

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Quick Change Artists

August 15th 2006

If you’re looking for one very entertaining halftime performance for your fans for your next sporting event, click here to view video from a TV show where people said, “Hey, I have talent!” and the judges decide if they do or do not have talent.

When this couple performed their act, there was no question. Everyone was floored; a great performance. Enjoy.

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Stop and Smell the Roses Today

August 14th 2006

I read a quote from Dale Carnegie and it made me stop – if just for a few minutes – and give thanks and enjoy the moment.

Here’s the quote:

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon, instead of enjoying the ones that are blooming outside our windows today.”

I hope you’ll stop and smell the roses today.

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“No” Doesn’t Mean “No”

August 11th 2006

Mark Bozzini once said, “’No’ never means ‘No.’ It just means ‘Not now.’”

My kids often use Mark’s definition of “No,” except they think it means “maybe.”

There are also some very successful sales people who have the same definition of “No,” and as a result, have been very successful sales professionals.

So, if you work in sales, remember Bozzini and my kid’s definition of “no,” – “No never means No.” It may not mean “Yes,” but it may mean “Not now.”

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Focus on Today

August 10th 2006

So many times in life we think about what we don’t have or wish we could have versus being thankful for what we have today.

We look for the big opportunity that’s down the road when in fact in may be right in front of us and we miss it because our focus is on the future versus enjoying today.

Napoleon Hill once said, “Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.”

Don’t look too far ahead, today may be your big opportunity.

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Go the Extra Mile Today

August 9th 2006

Do you naturally go the extra mile? Do you make an extra effort, or do that extra something for someone? Are you someone who continually strives to do a little more than what people expect you to do?

If going the extra mile is common practice for you, you’ve likely experienced great success, and as Roger Staubach once said, “There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”

Look for opportunities to go the extra mile each day and you’ll be on the fast track to success.

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Do You Believe in What You Sell?

August 8th 2006

Many people sell products and services because they sincerely believe they are selling the world’s greatest product or service, and there are some people who are in sales because it’s an opportunity to make a living or collect a paycheck.

Do you sincerely care about your customers, and believe in the product and services you sell?

Joe Girard once said: “Being sincere is the easiest part of selling. It’s simply a matter of caring about your customer and believing in what you sell. If you don’t feel this way, my advice to you is to seek other employment or find a product to sell that you believe in.”

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Is Your Cup Half Full?

August 7th 2006

How do you view things – as opportunities or challenges? Do you see the opportunities in what looks to be insurmountable challenges, or do you only see the challenges and no solutions?

Akio Morita once told this story: “Two shoe salesmen found themselves in a rustic part of Africa. The first salesman wired back to his head office: ‘There is no prospect of sales. No one here wears shoes!’ The other salesman wired: ‘No one wears shoes here. We can dominate the market. Send all possible stock.’”

How will you view those opportunities that are disguised as challenges?

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Going, Going, Gone!

August 4th 2006

I recently came across an advertisement from June for the 2006 Prostate Cancer Foundation Home Run Challenge and think this is a great event.

Here’s what the ad had to say:

Going, Going, Gone. That’s what they say when somebody knocks one out of the park. Until we can say the same thing about prostate cancer, we’ll be searching for a cure. And now you can help make every home run bring us one step closer.

Pledge as little as a quarter for every home run hit between June 7th and Father’s Day, June 18th.

We’ll tally the home runs and your total donation. Or you can make a flat donation of any amount you choose.

Call 1-800-798-CURE to pledge.

It also featured the web site – http://www.prostatecancerfoundation.org/ 

I’m not affiliated in any way with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and this is actually the first I’ve heard of it, but it looks like a great cause to invest our time and money. Check out their web site here.

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Wyndham Subscribes to Business Unusual

August 3rd 2006

In yesterday’s blog post, I challenged our readers to try business unusual versus the same old business usual.
 

The Wyndham is doing business in an unusual way and different than other hotels.  Not only is the Wyndham offering complimentary high speed internet access to its guests, it’s offering complimentary long distance calls.  No, not local calls – complimentary long distance calls.
 

Now that’s business unusual.
 

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How About Business Unusual versus?

August 2nd 2006

I’ve often heard the phrase, as I’m sure you have as well, “business as usual.”
 

Hey, how are you doing? Oh, it’s just “business as usual.”
 

How about if we tried: “business unusual?”
 

Why not think and play outside the box?  Why not be innovative and creative?  Why be usual when you can be unusual?  Why be like everyone else, look like everyone else, when your business has the opportunity to stand out from everyone else.
 

Give it a shot – business unusual.
 

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