March 23rd 2009
I was reminded this morning of how important and powerful choosing a positive attitude can be no matter what circumstances are presented.
We’ve enjoyed some spring-like weather in Utah the last several days, and today’s forecast called for high winds and rain. Instead, we received snow flurries and several inches of snow.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the snow. There’s something special about fresh falling snow and (more…)
March 30th 2007
Do you see the positives in everything? Are you that optimistic person that, no matter what the situation is, you believe the cup is half-full?
I’d like to think that’s how I am and how I respond to each situation thrown at me, but the truth is I’m not as consistently positive as I’d like to be. (more…)
September 20th 2006
Do you know what your gift is in life? Have you been blessed with an ability to speak, to connect people, to adapt to almost any situation?
How do you use your gifts?
Do you take full advantage and leverage your gifts for others benefit, or do you simply take your gifts for granted?
Do you say “one of these days,” or do you choose to say “today is the day and I’m going to seize the moment?”
September 13th 2006
Some people choose to focus on positive things and some choose to focus on negative things.
Choices. We all have them and we all make them. Choose to be positive today and confident in all you would like to achieve.
As someone once said, “The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
Believe you can achieve the impossible today!
May 26th 2006
It’s easy to catch people doing things wrong, isn’t it? We see someone make a mistake or not do something the right way and we highlight their mistake.
Isn’t it just as easy to catch someone doing things right? Sure it is, but how often do we focus on what’s right versus what’s wrong? I know I could use some improvement in this department.
I’m optimistic for the most part, and would consider myself positive – again, for the most part. But I also like to get things right, and appreciate it when people around me get things right, and for some reason, I’m quick to spot mistakes…and I need to be just as quick and sensitive to when things are right. And not only recognize when they’re right, but take time to celebrate when they’re right.
What do you think would happen if instead of the norm being to catch people doing things wrong, it was to always look for people doing things right and reward them?
My guess is we’d have happier employees – and family members - who would strive to do more things right so they could be rewarded.
So for the rest of the day, let’s see what we can do to extenuate the positive and minimize the negative, and see what kind of positive effect it has on our day…as well as those around us.
April 28th 2006
It took me three tries but I finally accomplished the 10-Day Challenge, which according to Anthony Robbins, is going 10 days without a negative thought.
When I first attempted the 10-Day Challenge back on April 5, I thought it would be as easy as it sounded, but found myself falling short. I’ve always been optimistic and positive…so I thought, but through the 10-Day Challenge and staying focused on my attitude continuously, I learned where and when I display and express negative thoughts.
On my third try of the 10-Day Challenge, I actually found myself focusing on each of my responses daily. I’d consciously think before I spoke and ensure positive thoughts and positive words.
I didn’t think it would be a difficult thing to do, but I discovered a key ingredient to being positive through the process. I learned that if I look for the “good” in every situation I’m likely to find good things, think good things, and catch those around me doing good things. Sounds fairly simple, right? Well, for me, someone who expects and strives for the best effort and the best outcome, it was easier said than done.
But finally, I accomplished the 10-Day Challenge, and as a result have learned I need to continue to do a better job looking for the good in every situation.
April 20th 2006
Have you tried the 10-Day Challenge Yet? If this is the first you’ve heard of the 10-Day Challenge, you can go here to learn more about it in last Friday’s blog post.
I’ve enjoyed the 10-Day Challenge. It’s making me think about my choices much more than I usually do and there’s no question I’m more positive. If you haven’t given it a try, I encourage you to take the challenge. For some of you, it may be easy and for others, it may be challenging as it has been for me. Either way, it should be a worthwhile experience for you.
Let’s make today an AWESOME day!
April 18th 2006
In today’s Sales Team Thoughts for Today, I have the following thoughts from Jeffrey Gitomer:
“Fifty percent of success is believing you can. Simply put, you become what you think about. Why do salespeople fail? Because they think they will. Do you have a positive attitude? Everyone will say yes, but less than 1 in 1,000 actually do! One-tenth of 1%. Are you really in that small percentile?”
For many of you, Gitomer’s thoughts and question make you think and ask the same question “Am I really in that small percentile?” And the answer is “yes.” But the answer doesn’t have to remain “yes.” It can change today to a confident “No I’m not!”
Think about it. Before today’s 8-mile training run, I have two choices of thought – to either think about negatively and let it bring my attitude down or I can think about it, smile and get excited…take it head on and enjoy the run, enjoy the pain, and enjoy the fact I’m moving a few strides closer to accomplishing my goal of running a marathon.
Heck, simply choosing to be positive puts us halfway there! Whether it’s in sales, a long run or the attitude we choose today, all we need to do is BELIEVE in ourselves. How easy is that?
Thinking positive isn’t very difficult for me. I like having positive thoughts and enjoy believing in myself and others, but we all have those challenging moments when life throws us a curve and something isn’t as easy as we thought it might be. Those are the moments that test a person’s optimism. Those are the moments I’m going to focus on today.
Let’s look for the curve balls today. Let’s be prepared, because someone at some point is going to throw us one. And when they do, I can visualize hitting it out of the park and just smiling. As Gitomer says, “Fifty percent of success is believing you can.”
Believe you can and you will be successful.
April 14th 2006
On Wed, Apr 5, I shared with you information on the 10-Day Challenge, which according to Tony Robbins, all you have to do is go 10 days without a negative thought to successfully complete the “Challenge.”
What I’ve learned is this isn’t as easy as it sounds. I’ve been trying it the last nine days, and due to a negative thought and here and there, I’ve had to start over, which Robbins outlines in his book “Awaken the Giant Within.”
I’ve found this challenge to be a great exercise, and one that has shown me how and when I’m negative.
Today I’m going to give it another shot by starting off the day with positive thoughts and hope I remain positive, no matter what the circumstances may be today.
Give the 10-Day Challenge a shot and see how you do.
Ron Goch, The Telios Group
April 13th 2006
John C. Maxwell in Failing Forward asks the questions: “What’s the root of achievement? What makes the difference? Why do some people achieve so much? Is it family background? Wealth? Opportunity? High Morals? The absence of hardship?
“No, none of these things are the key,” according to Maxwell. “When it comes right down to it, I know of only one factor that separates those who consistently shine from those who don’t: The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure. Nothing else has the same kind of impact on people’s ability to achieve and to accomplish whatever their minds and hearts desire.”
An intriguing question I’ve often heard and one you may want to ask yourself today is: “If the possibility of failure were erased, what would you attempt to achieve?”
Ron Goch, The Telios Group
April 5th 2006
Have you ever heard of the “10-day challenge?” Well, I read an article about it and it’s simple…well, I better first try to execute it before I call it “simple.”
According to Tony Robbins, to accomplish the10-day challenge, all you have to do is go 10 days without a negative thought. What do you think? Sound pretty easy? It’s probably a lot harder than it sounds.
Here’s the kicker, if you indulge in a negative thought, you have to start over, according to Robbins in “Awaken the Giant Within.”
Can you do it? What the heck, give it a shot! It sounds like a neat challenge and one we could all benefit from achieving.
Ron Goch, The Telios Group