How are you making a difference in the lives of your family, workmates, employees, customers, or neighbors? Do you jump out of bed in the morning asking yourself that very question? If you are like me, sadly - I don't. I do seek to make a difference but many times I find myself getting so involved in "stuff" rather than what I really want to be doing. Also, to make a difference you don't have to just do BIG things, as is shared in this touching story.
Once upon a time, there was a wise man that used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
Are You Ordinary or EXTRAordinary??
By Jeff Earlywine
I have seen several posts on the internet lately about Colonel Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Yes, his life is amazing. What he accomplished in the midst of all of the setbacks and defeats is nothing short of a miracle. You might have read a similar story about our sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. But are there “real” people out there turning their ordinary lives into extraordinary lives? You bet there are, and they seem to have seven daily habits in common. But before I get to those common habits let me quickly tell you about two people.
One is my best friends is Barry Smith (not his real name). I have known Barry for over thirty years. He started his own business back in the early eighties and quickly became known as an expert in his field. Then his life took a real nose dive. He went through a very, very messy divorce. He lost everything. He had nothing but the clothes on his back, his knowledge of his trade, and a few friends and family that cared about him. At that time his kids didn’t even want to have anything to do with him. Furthermore, so much untrue gossip was being said about him he even began to lose his great reputation.
Planning has value where new ideas are concerned. But planning only has value to a point. When over-analysis becomes an excuse for lack of courage or initiative to implement an idea, it will eventually kill great ideas and worthwhile endeavors. If this becomes a regular practice, you and your organization will have difficulty succeeding.
If you can see that an idea will improve you, your people, or your organization, it’s worth your time to implement as soon as possible. If you spend more time thinking or talking about a great idea than taking steps to see it put into action, you may suffer from analysis paralysis. The following five steps will help ensure that great ideas won’t die on the vine.
By Jeff Earlywine
Every few days I sit down and write an article around the topics of business, organization, leadership, teamwork or success. However, this time I am only passing on something that came across my desk. If this means something to you – pass it on, if not simply delete it and be looking for my next article that will surely equip you and your business to reach full potential.
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.
If you're going to take control of YOUR life and make it great, you'll need to start by taking control of your time. Time management is foundational to succeeding in any area of life. In the words of "the father of management theory" Peter Drucker, "until we can manage TIME, we can manage nothing else."
An entire industry has been born out of the need to better manage our time. You can buy leather bound planners, fancy software packages, books, tapes and hand-held computers. You can even attend weeklong seminars that teach better time management skills.
I'm sure most of those resources are very good. I'd like to suggest however, before spending your hard earned money on any of them, you try these 10 simple tips for effective time management.
It's not time management. It's self-management. You can't control time and so, you certainly can't manage it. You get as much time as anyone else. You CAN control yourself - what you be and do in each moment of time. In the words of English poet, Austin Dobson, "Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, time stays, we go."
"Change Your Attitude, Change Your Future"
When I was a fifteen year old kid a very large, and very drunk, cowboy made me an offer. He said, “Son, if you will ride a bull I will give you my cowboy hat.” Well, I really wanted his hat, but I was certainly not drunk and new better than to agree to this deal. Bulls have a way or “horning in” on your business if you know what I mean.
In fact, bull riding is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. People attend rodeos to see cowboys strap themselves to the back of an animal that has the power to not only buck them off, but to inflict major harm and injury to the rider. The cowboy only has to stay on the bull’s back for a short eight seconds. But that eights seconds turns into minutes as soon as that gate is opened and the fury of the bull is unleashed with powerful jumps, kicks, and convulsion-like moves; all meant to literally sling the cowboy "into" the ground.
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