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Remember to Smell the Flowers

June 8th 2009

Every now and again, I receive an email from a friend sharing a short story.  Like many I’m sure you receive, some are inspiring and impacting, and some you simply hit the delete key and move on with your day.

This past week I received one of those “impacting” emails that once in a while move me to forward via email to those I believe will also appreciate the message.

Below is that message, which I hope you’ll enjoy and pass along as I have in this post: (more…)

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A Great Reminder to Believe and Achieve

May 25th 2009

The NBA conference finals have been fun to watch, especially with the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic surprising many people with how they’re competing – and winning – against the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Most news stories and even advertisements have the Lakers and Cavs in the Finals with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James facing each other, but the Nuggets and Magic have turned plenty of heads and have people believing they each have a chance to defeat the Lakers and the Cavs.

I’ve often said I enjoy watching an underdog compete, especially when (more…)

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Create a Mindset to Always Play Forward

June 16th 2008

A professional golfer – who had just won a tournament for the first time in many years – was asked how he was able to mentally overcome years of not winning a tournament to win a championship, and the golfer said, “I simply build on the good shots and I forget about the rest.”
 

It sounds so easy. It’s one of those things that make people say, “That’s easier said than done,” which for most is probably true since this type of attitude serves winners and champions very well. (more…)

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Is a Problem Really a Problem?

June 9th 2008

Someone once said, “When trying to solve a problem, focus on its positive aspects.”
 

I really like that and wish I could condition myself to consistently be positive when faced with challenges, but the reality for me is I don’t always face life’s challenges in a positive way.
 

I’m generally optimistic.  I’ve been told I’m (more…)

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Do Something Significant for Others

April 28th 2008

I was on a flight recently and I witnessed a passenger ask another passenger if he’d be willing to change seats so he and his wife could sit next to one another on the flight.
 

The man quickly replied, “I’d prefer to keep my seat,” and went back to reading his newspaper.
 

Hearing the original request, another man seated next to the wife said, “Excuse me, sir, I’d be happy to switch seats with you so you can sit with your wife.”  The man smiled and said, “Thank you very much.  I really appreciate you changing seats with me.”  The man said, “No worries, sir, it’s my pleasure.” (more…)

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Make the Best of Everything

March 24th 2008

The below message is one I’ve read before and received recently by email.  It emphasizes the old saying that the happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they make the best of everything.
 

Whether you’ve read this story or not, I encourage you to take a few minutes to read and reflect.
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A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, (more…)

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Fear Nothing and Be Remarkable Today

July 9th 2007

I was reading a Seth Godin book this past week and also watching a few of his presentations, and his latest book – The Dip – challenges people to face when they are about to be mediocre versus remarkable, which if you’ve read Godin’s Purple Cow, you’ll know why being remarkable is important to those desiring to be successful in business.
 

I then came across this quote, which didn’t have an author, but I thought was a terrific compliment to Godin’s thoughts on creating something “want to talk about.”  Here’s the quote: (more…)

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Youth is a State of Mind

July 6th 2007

 I received the following thoughts on how youth is a state of mind and thought I’d share the thoughts below.  The author is unknown and I hope you enjoy:
 

“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind;.  It is not matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees, it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, it is the freshness of the deep springs of life. (more…)

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Jay Leno’s Thoughts on Newsweek Poll

June 15th 2007

I received an email from a friend that included some interesting thoughts shared by Jay Leno. Here’s the email with Jay’s thoughts:
 

“The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right? (more…)

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Be Careful How You Label Yourself

May 18th 2007

Do you ever think about how you view yourself?  I’ve read many times how we view ourselves – the words we use and what we internalize – has a significant impact on our self-image.
 

What goes inside certainly impacts our outward actions.  It’s amazing to me how powerful – negative and positive – our thoughts can be. (more…)

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Look to Solve a Problem Today

May 17th 2007

I read a great quote today from Jim Rohn about how to solve a problem.  Here’s what he said: “To solve any problem, there are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, whom could I ask?”
 

What problem will you help solve today?
 
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Seeing Problems in the Right Light

May 14th 2007

John C. Maxwell, who I’ve had the pleasure of hearing speak and have enjoyed reading many of his books, wrote a neat definition of “problem” to help him see problems in a different light and he shared this in his book, “The Difference Maker.”
 

It’s worth reading and keeping on hand the next time you, or someone you know, is faced with a problem. (more…)

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Be As Passionate As Your Fans

April 30th 2007

We all know a fanatic – someone who lives and breaths sports or who supports their favorite sports team through thick and thin.

They’re long-time season ticket holders, and for some, are second oe third generation season ticket holders. (more…)

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Morning or Night Person

February 23rd 2007

Is there really such a thing as a morning person or a night person, or is this something we choose to be?
 
Personally, I believe it’s a choice we each make each morning and evening.
 

We listen to our body and respond accordingly, or we don’t feed our brain the positive thoughts we need to get up early and have a fun and productive day, or stay up late and be in the same positive and productive mode. (more…)

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Youthful Confidence

January 10th 2007

There’s something about youthful confidence that makes me smile. I love to see and be around people with positive attitudes, but there’s just something extra special about youth and young people being positive and feeling like they can do anything they set their minds to that I love.
 

While traveling on business this week, a flight attendant struck up a conversation with me and asked what I do for a living.  When I told her I work in the sports business, she responded without hesitation, “I’m going to do the same thing, except I’m going to be a sports agent representing athletes.” (more…)

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Soar Like An Eagle

January 8th 2007

What would it be like to soar like an Eagle?

David McNally, in The Eagle’s Secret, says, “All eagles were born to soar. It is why we were created. Our power, however, comes not from what we can see, it is the unseen. It is the wind, not our wings, that lifts us to the high places. It is our vision, not our eyes, that makes us rulers of the skies. But, above all these, it is our spirit, not our speed, that leads us to be strong and free.”

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Lessons from an Oyster

November 22nd 2006

As we give thanks this week for our many blessings and lessons learned over the years, I share this lesson learned from an Oyster.  The author is unknown and it’s a great lesson for all of us. I hope you enjoy.  Here it is:
 

There once was an oyster
Whose story I tell.
Who found that some sand
Had got into his shell.
It was only a grain,
but it gave him great pain.
For oysters have feelings
Although they’re so plain.
Now, did he berate
the harsh workings of fate
That had brought him
To such a deplorable state?
Did he curse at the government,
Cry for election,
And claim that the sea should
Have given him protection?
‘No,’ he said to himself
As he lay on a shell,
Since I cannot remove it,
I shall try to improve it.
Now the years have rolled around,
As the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate
Destiny ­ stew.
And the small grain of sand
That had bothered him so
Was a beautiful pearl
All richly aglow.
Now the tale has a moral,
for isn’t it grand
What an oyster can do
With a morsel of sand?
What couldn’t we do
If we’d only begin
With some of the things
That get under our skin.
 

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Driven to Succeed

October 2nd 2006

I recently read the article Driven to Succeed that featured TV host Montel Williams and it shared how he is driven to succeed and he’s always been an overachiever.  The article is an interesting piece on Williams, who is an author, actor and entrepreneur, and who continues to be motivated each and every day to not only succeed, but make a difference.
 

Williams, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – an incurable, progressive neurological disease – in 1999, says “I have MS, but MS does not have me.”
 

He takes 70 pills each day, works out rigorously, and likely is an inspiration to many.  I hope you’ll take time to read the article.
 

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Significantly and Positively Impact Someone

September 27th 2006

Will you accomplish something of significance today?
 

How will you know if it’s significant?
 
Who would it be significant to – you or someone else?
 

Will you impact someone in a significant way today.  Will it be positive or negative?  How can you ensure it will be positive?
 

Each of us have the ability to impact others in a significant way, and it’s up to each of us how, when, where and to what degree we impact someone and whether we will choose to have a significantly positive or negative impact.
 

I encourage you to make someone’s day by significantly impacting them in a positive way.
 

I hope you have an awesome day!
 

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See It to Believe It

September 15th 2006

We’ve all heard the saying “You have to see it to believe it.”
 

And, if you believe it, you can achieve it!
 

Just the other day I heard this and thought back to my days in sports. One of my coaches used to say, “Visualize the race – the whole race from start to finish – and visualize winning.”
 
I transferred this same visual concept to football where each night before I went to bed, I’d visualize myself making big plays in practice or in game situations.
 
Now, here we are in business all these years later and the “see it to believe it” concept applies just the same.
 
If we can see it, we will believe it.  And, if we believe it, we can achieve it.
 
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Does Your Job Description Define You?

September 5th 2006

I recently heard someone compliment a co-worker when he said, “She doesn’t let her job description define her. She does whatever it takes and I’ve never heard her complain.”

When I heard this, I thought it was a great way to describe someone who arrives early, stays late and does whatever is needed in order for a customer to have an excellent experience.

We all have worked with someone like this, or maybe you’ve witnessed someone in action who obviously loves their job and who would do anything for anyone.

If the garbage needs to be taken out, this person is the first to step up and deliver. If someone calls in sick, this person volunteers to work a second shift.

What’s the difference between this person and your average business person? Quite simply: their attitude.

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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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Secrets of Motivation

July 3rd 2006

Some time ago I read “The Master Motivator” by Mark Victor Hansen and Joe Batten.

It’s one of those great short reads I encourage managers to add to their reading list.

Here are five gems Hansen and Batten layout in the book to inspire motivation: 1. “Clear expectations (goals and motives) requested firmly with caring confidence and consistency.” 2. “Base all requests (not orders) on known and suspected strengths and on the emphatic awareness of needs, desires, and fears.” 3. “Insure that full training, mentoring, and support are scheduled at all times.” 4. “Continuous, confident, and caring feedback.” 5. “Expect the best, being firm and caring.”

If you haven’t read the book, I encourage you to order a copy today. Even if you consider yourself a master motivator, you’re likely to take away several other gems besides those above.

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The burnt Toast Mantra

June 23rd 2006

I’m not sure who wrote the following quote I’m about to share with you, but I ran across it this week while traveling and thought it would be beneficial as a blog post: “If you get upset when the toast burns, what are you going to do when your house burns down?”

It’s a great reminder to those of us – myself included – who get upset over trivial things. Life’s too short to get upset over burnt toast!

I hope you have an awesome day and a most enjoyable weekend!

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Gap Analysis

June 13th 2006

Have you thought about where you are with your life and career and where you would like to be?

Do you get caught up in the future and dream about what it could be like for you years down the road? Do you think about the action steps and strategies necessary to convert your dreams to reality?

Have you been motivated enough by your dreams and what you could achieve that you’ve taken your thoughts, dreams and action steps and written each of them down so you can develop a roadmap to achieve your dreams?

We all have dreams, and we all know how to make those dreams come true. The difference between dreamers and achievers could be traced to one’s attitude. Successful people look at negative situations as opportunities to learn, improve and achieve.

Whether your dreams become reality is your choice. Add dates to your dreams and now you have goals.

As Napoleon Hill once said, “Whatever your mind conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

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I Choose To Be In a Good Mood

June 8th 2006

A friend sent me this short inspirational story this week that I thought I’d share in this post:

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!”

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, “I don’t get it!

You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”

He replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or … you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.”

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or… I can point out the positive side of life. I choosethe positive side of life.

“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested.

“Yes, it is,” he said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.”

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw him about six months after the accident.When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins. Wanna see my scars?”

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.

“The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter,” he replied. “Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or…I could choose to die. I chose to live.”

“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked.

He continued, “…the paramedics were great.

They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘he’s a dead man’. I knew I needed to take action.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

“Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said John. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes, I replied.’ The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Gravity’.”

Over their laughter, I told them, “I am choosing to live. Operate on me
as if I am alive, not dead.”

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude… I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart

May 17th 2006

Do you remember the song “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” by Annie Lennox? Well, it’s a song I haven’t heard for a long time, until this past weekend during our worship service at church.
 

We attended the contemporary service and the worship band decided to play “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” for the congregation to sing along, and it turned out to be one of those songs the majority participated in singing.  People were singing and swinging back and forth and really enjoying the music and lyrics.
 

Have you ever been some where and heard an upbeat song that seemed to make you and most everyone in ear-shot of the music start singing the words, tapping their feet and smiling? Well, that’s the same kind of effect this song had on our congregation and it was neat to see most everyone showing enthusiasm, smiling and enjoying the singing of this song.
 

I’m not much of a singer – just ask my wife and those who sit near me at church – but even I found myself singing a bit louder and swaying to the music.
 

Henry Wadsworth once said “Music is the universal language of mankind.” That sure seemed to be the case this past weekend.
 

I hope you hear a song today that has the same kind of uplifting effect on you.
 

Have an awesome day!
 

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Having a Good Time

May 8th 2006

I’ve heard from time-to-time – and I’m sure you have as well – “That’s what it’s all about, having fun,” but how often do we really have “fun” or look to have “fun” in all we do?

I asked a similar question of myself several years ago and realized there certainly were times I was not only having fun, but having a blast, and other times things were fairly average.

Those average times usually came at the office, while traveling on business and away from family, or when I did something that “traditionally” is not defined as “fun.”

Well, I asked one of my favorite questions – “Why not?” In this case it was, “Why not have “fun” and view every day, interaction and situation as an “opportunity to have fun?”

I’m not sure if it comes with age, maturity, experience or all of those things and more, but I’ve learned over the years that we can have “fun” in all we do…and that includes work and situations not traditionally defined as “fun.”

Depending on how we view a situation or the attitude we choose in certain situations, we can have fun or not have fun. “Why not” choose fun? We do have a choice and sometimes I think we forget to choose “fun” in all we do…even when at “work.”

Over the years – with age, maturity and experience – I’ve chosen more times than not to have fun. As they say, “That’s what it’s all about…having fun!”

I hope you have a fun day in all you do!

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Responding Positively to Negative Situations

April 26th 2006

I was with an associate this week in Los Angeles and he was searching for an open parking space when we spotted one after several minutes.
 

As the vehicle in front of us passed the spot, and we were just about to pull into the open parking space, the vehicle ahead of us stopped and started to back into the spot.  My friend immediately applied his brakes so the woman in the SUV could back into the spot.
 

My friend expressed his surprise she decided to back into the spot, knowing there weren’t too many open spots and the fact we were following fairly closely behind her, and she likely had an idea we too were in search of a parking spot.  He actually had the pace – and time – to pull into the open space, but chose to be courteous and allow the SUV to have the spot.
 

As the woman maneuvered her SUV into the spot, she looked at us and mouthed a word I won’t repeat, but let’s just say it had to do with a person’s backside and a hole, and her enunciation was impeccable as she slowly and emphatically mouthed the word.
 

At first, I was stunned, but I then smiled and laughed. I couldn’t help but laugh.  I guess I was expecting her to smile and mouth “Thank You” and instead, we received a sour look and anything but thank you.
 

It’s kind of like when I thought I picked up my cold glass of skim milk, and instead, I picked up my glass of orange juice and took a sip; except in this situation, it was the woman who had the sour look.
 

To me, it seemed a bit “crazy” this person was upset and felt the need to express her anger by mouthing her frustration in our direction. I don’t know what motivated her to be so upset and to mouth what she did, but it often happens when people are driving, and usually when that person is just a little too close to your back bumper.
 

In these situations, how do you respond?
 

I can tell you that as I grew up, I recall the common response from most people – at school, at the grocery store, or just walking down the street – was to have an even stronger negative reaction to the person; to essentially “top” whatever behavior was directed towards them.
 

As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned over the years these situations don’t have to be negative on both sides, that we have choices in how we respond to similar situations, and we can actually respond in a positive way or respond by showing no response.
 

In the case of this person who mouthed what she did to us, I chose to smile, laugh and let it go as someone likely not having a very good day or that she may have viewed the situation differently than how we viewed it.
 

I didn’t always handle situations that way, and there certainly are occasions when I could handle situations much better than I do, but I have found it much more fun to respond in a positive way or to respond by showing no response, than it is to respond negatively.
 

I encourage you to look for a similar opportunity today and see what you can do to defuse the situation by not showing a negative response, or surprise the other person by showing a positive response and see how you feel.  You may even smile and laugh as I did, which feels a whole lot better than getting upset.
 

In fact, I’m smiling and laughing right now as I think back to that LA parking lot!  Have fun, smile and laugh today…no matter what situation is presented to you.
 

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Have an Enthusiasm for Life

April 11th 2006

The enthusiasm of a child can be contagious.
 

Last night, as I was reading a book, I heard our six-year-old daughter and her cousin – who were enjoying a “sleepover” – chanting in unison, “What’s it going to take? Team work!  What’s it going to take? Team work!”  They just kept repeating it over and over and over again.
 

I couldn’t see them, but I could hear them marching through the house and I could tell they were smiling, giggling and enjoying themselves.
 

It was a catchy chant that I overheard my daughter say she picked up from a movie.  All I know is I was envious of their enthusiasm and energy, especially since it was going on 11 pm!
 

How many times have you looked at a child and said, “Wow, I wish I had her energy!”  Why is it that kids seem to have tremendous amounts of energy and enthusiasm the majority of their waking hours and most adults don’t seem to have that same kind of youthful enthusiasm and energy?
 

And when an adult is smiling, happy and bouncing around the house or office with youthful energy, we feel compelled to ask: “What are you so happy about?” as if it’s a rarity versus the norm.  Why isn’t this the norm for most adults?
 

Although the girls were still sleeping this morning when I climbed out of bed, I could still see their smiling faces marching through the house as the chant replayed in my head, “What’s it going to take? Team work!” I couldn’t help but smile and feel motivated to have that same kind of enthusiasm and energy today.
 

As the late Jim Valvano once said, “How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life.”
 

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