It's been a long time coming... but I needed to get back to my blog page. It got me thinking about how long since I've done a post and that I need to be more active in doing more. This is from an article that I gave my students to complete their Blog #7 assignment in my classes - "21 of The Most Inspirational Quotes. Find the article HERE.
This thought - "It is always the simple that produces the marvelous", is one that I connected with this past weekend. So many simple things that I try and do with my wife, our kids and even our dog. We went out to dinner Friday night, the 4 of us - me and my wife and our two adult children. We normally don't do that too often any more due to so many different schedules, but for this time it sure was a nice treat being out with them. My wife and I also took our dog out for a walk Sunday - actually more of a run at our local middle school track. It was cold and windy, but watching him sprint back and forth across the football field a couple of times was a lot of fun. The simple things like that ALWAYS bring me a lot of peace, joy and a reminder as to what's really important.
The second one that I connected with is about making our future now! I'm working on this so that some ideas and dreams that I have can become my reality sometime soon. Amazing to think about how much time I've let go by without going after these dreams and goals. But, instead of letting this thought get me down (which I've done for so many years), I'm working on starting to make them happen now. I don't care that I'm 52 years old, I still can make things happen in my life today. Doesn't matter my age. What matters is that I start and things will change for the better soon. The key for my students is to realize just because they are young and seem to have all the time in the world - which we all know isn't really true... we don't know how much time we have. The younger we are when we start going after dreams and goals - the more time we will have with living them into reality! :-)
"One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day." - Author Unknown
One of the many things I enjoy about my days is the fact that I always look to get up early and get started with each day in some positive way. Many times I check over somethings - favorite & inspiring tweets or posts on Facebook that I look for inspiration and a positive message. When I saw this quote I really was reminded why I try and start my day off with something positive and inspiring. It does get my day going in a great direction.
It's important to take just a few moments, I think in the morning is best as we get our day started to find this positive message. In the past that is when I read a book for 15- 20 minutes, with my cup of coffee of course to start my day. I am reminded often that spending that much time a day reading, typically we can get through reading a book a month. Just think how much more enriching our year would be after reading 12 books? I need to get back to that, as I have plenty of great books ready to be read.
Often I listen to a short podcast on my way to work. There are a few that I spend my time listening to that are roughly 10 minutes or so and I find myself really in a better frame of mind when I get to school. I need to do more of this and I also need to look at putting more podcasts out there in that format that others can start their days off in a great direction for things that I can share with them.
One other point - once we have our positive start to our day, I think we need to look at what can we do to help others have a positive start to their day too. Just a simple hello, a smile, an encouraging word, etc., can do it for someone else to have a positive start to their day.
"We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation." -- Jim Rohn
When I saw this quote I knew it was speaking to me, and hopefully you feel the same now that you have read it. Change is happening all around us, all the time. Sometimes we need to make changes too, it just all depends for what reasons and when we do it.
I’ve been working harder to have me change some things more so to inspiration along with things being under my control rather than having it due to desperation and things being out of my control. I must say though, at times when it’s desperation that is driving me, that’s when things seem to have a stronger impulse to help me change, even though it’s usually a lot more painful.
The more inspiration that I have in my life and not just sit there and read it, memorize it, or put it on a wall; but really take action because of it, that’s when powerful changes can happen. I really want to do more of that throughout all parts of my life instead of just doing things out of desperation. If it’s out of desperation, then it seems there are others that feel the pain, not just me.
I will be starting a new endeavor of re-reading my all-time favorite book again, but this time I will be reading it slower, underlining more of the key point that stand out to me and then I’ll be doing something with the information that I pull out of it. Something for the use in helping share it with others so they too can find some success from the points in the Magic Of Thinking Big!
What are you changing from the most? Is it out of inspiration? Or is it from desperation? That’s a great question to ask yourself as we start the week out and the key is to keep asking yourself as I need to do for me. Then depending on the answers that you get, that will help you decide to seek more inspiration or to start to work on getting rid of the desperation causes going on in your life. Either way, share some of your thoughts, ideas, questions, etc., with me so that I can learn from you too along with maybe helping you too.
“Three Ways To Raise Your Happiness Instantly:
1. Look at pictures of your loved ones.
2. Start your day with positive statements.
3. Compliment 3 people.”
- Dr. Jonathan Fader
Great way to not only start out a week, but how about every day! Just try this – see how many people you can help change their day by doing this. I know it won’t help everyone you come into contact with, but it will for sure help you!
Since I’ve been home recovering from back surgery, there hasn’t been one day where I haven’t looked at pictures of my family and friends. We have them all over the house, on our fridge and yes, I’ve obviously looked at those pictures online too that are out there. For me, what a great focus on the important fact that I want to continue to try and do things to help them. It also hammers home the point for me not to let them down with my choices that I make in life. There is also plenty of inspiration from these pictures too. Always great to connect with pictures of our loved ones, lot’s of lessons there.
Starting my day with positive thoughts, ideas and statements is something I try to focus on every single day; that and my first cup of coffee. There are plenty of examples out there for us to focus on. Since I usually work on my Blackboard sites for my classes every morning, I see first thing my quote of the week! This helps me so much, you don’t think I do these quotes just for you?? These positive statements help get my day going in a direction that I want it to start out in. Since I know I will encounter plenty of negative during my day, this is an instant defense to that.
The complimenting of 3 people – that one I have always tried to do for a long time, but I never really thought of doing at least 3 people. That is something I will be doing more of for sure. It’s amazing to see the look on someone’s face when you say good morning to them, or good to see you this morning, or even that they look nice today. At times, this really works on someone who is mostly negative or even someone that you might not get along with too well; this can work wonders on. Try it sometime, you might like the results.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” -- William Penn
When I saw this quote, it came on the heels of watching a FANTASTIC movie with my wife on Sunday night. We saw "About Time" and then saw a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony and then we made our way to dinner. The movie was one of the best ones I have ever watched as it had so many important messages that I guess I needed to see and hear at that time in my life. The messages are similar to others that I've had before, but I guess it stood out to me more at that time than ever before.
I tell my students over and over again that time is really our most important resource. Unlike most other resources, including money that can be re-used or we can get more of; time is not like that at all. Once it's gone, we can't get it back. As we walked out of the movie I remember thinking that I wanted to really notice what was going on around me. I looked a little bit more at things going on around us that night. At the people, the kids especially - their faces, what they were saying, the gentle smiles that were all around at this outdoor mall's Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
The dinner that Sunday night with my wife - one of the best we ever had at TGI Fridays no less. I had to fight back the tears that started as I watched the movie (and as I am typing this now) as I thought about how blessed I am and what I have in my life. Like the movie (without giving too much away) - we all have our issues, but the one thing that we have for such a brief period of time it seems is our families and friends, both young ones and the older ones.
First off... see this movie. Secondly, see how you spend your time throughout your days and nights. How we do that dictates a lot of what happens in our lives. The one resource we can't get back is the most valuable to us. We see that some times too late. The key is I think to realize that as we are in those moments so that we can enjoy it while we are in it. Then looking back we will hopefully have less regrets and worries on how we spent those years that seem to go by oh so fast. I sure wish I spent a lot of my past years differently than I did, but I've learned from them that's for sure. What about you? Spend some of your precious time thinking about how we spend it. Then start making some changes; in our thinking, what we say, how we react to others, how we spend our time on our own and with our loved ones. Such an in depth topic here, I know I need some help in some feedback discussions - so, what do you think? Let me and others know.
"Do you ever doubt or worry that the sun may not rise tomorrow? Sunrise must come, it's an immutable law of the universe. And so must your dreams if you simply plant good seeds and continue to nurture them." ~ Russ Whitney
Interesting points Russ brings up here. Not sure I doubt that the sun won't come up tomorrow. In fact, that is one thing my dad always would say - "don't worry John, the sun will come up tomorrow." Sometimes I would get worked up about something, worry about it, and my dad would always help bring me back down to earth a little bit.
I think what Russ is talking about here is that we need to have the faith that our dreams are the same way. We need to work at them everyday, just like the sun comes up every day. It goes back to a very simple idea that Mike Litman (best selling author of "Conversations with Millionaires") would always talk about - yet it's more difficult to do than people think. Mike would mention the idea about working on your goals and dreams just 1% everyday. Do little things here and there, everyday that would get you closer to your goals and dreams. He would say that after a month, look as to how far you got toward them. After half a year - wow! Especially after a year would go by... great progress for sure.
This quote struck me right in the nose. It got me thinking about the changes I have to make to start getting the believe and expectation about my dreams and goals. I need to get out there and not only expect that everyday something will get accomplished or started towards them, but also that 1% factor really connects to this point too. Where are you at with this thought? Is this concept something you have thought about before like I have? Is it something that you need to get back to doing everyday, like I do? I always welcome your thoughts, ideas and discussion as I really get something from anyone that takes the time to share. Writing this has helped me remember a 1% choice I can make right now in getting something done. How about you?
"Sharpen your interest in two major subjects: life and people. You will only gather information from a source if you are interested in it." -- Jim Rohn
What a great quote - summertime or during the school year, it doesn't matter. We all should "major" in these two subjects. The key is - where to find the info on these two important topics? One is from the man that gave us this quote. I suggest that you find him on Twitter (@OfficialJimRohn), find his pages on Facebook, check out his website (http://www.jimrohn.com) and find any of his outstanding books that are out there too.
These two subjects should be something that we are all passionate about. Getting good in these two areas will open up the doors for so many other areas. Since we only get one shot at life, we might as well do all we can to make our journey the best it can be. Along with the idea that so many people come in and out of our lives throughout our lifetime, it too is something we might as well handle the best we can by learning as much as we can about people. As I tell my students and my two kids all the time about finding things to be passionate about and then chase after those things.
Study, read, learn all you can about these two subjects. They are simple by just the words - but oh so difficult to really learn about. There is not a better time to learn and study - it's summer! A perfect time to do some reading, thinking and learning. In fact, I will be doing just that. Look for some more things coming out that not only might help you, but I know for sure it will help me. Speaking about help, help me and others by letting me know what you think about this quote. Leave some thoughts here or get in touch with me.
“The goal in life is not to live forever, the goal in life is to create something that does.” – John Maxwell
John Maxwell always has great thoughts. This is one of the many that I enjoy reading about. I guess as I get closer and closer to 50 years old - still a couple of years away - I get to thinking about the bigger picture about what is life all about. This idea that he brings out, should get all of us thinking. As usual with many success and leadership principles, the earlier you think about some of these things, and then start to implement them into your life, the better off you can be.
Everyone should understand that we can't live forever. But John Maxwell is correct in getting us to think about creating things that do go on and on, even after we are gone. It could be a book, articles, or other writings that we might produce that will be around for a long time. It could be an invention maybe or even starting up a business that goes beyond our years. But I tend to view this as the investments that we can make into other people that are the best things we can create that will last longer than we will.
The investments that we make in our own children that will pass onto others. The way we treat and interact with others; both in and outside of our families will carry on after we are gone. The example on how we lead our lives, do get picked up and noticed by others. If we are leading our lives with positive examples - those will be remembered and used by others, which in turn will be picked up by others. If it's the other way around, then others will use our not-so-positive examples in their lives and affect others with them.
Any thoughts? Are you on your way to creating something that will last beyond your years?
"The harder I work, the luckier I get" - Gary Player
With the greatest sporting event in the world coming up this week, The Masters, this quote fits in just right this week. Not only is this quote have something to do with golf, but it also (and more importantly) has something to do with life. Gary Player, the South African golfer who won 3 Masters titles along with 165 total tournaments from around the world, hit this quote just right with golf's connection to life. Actually this holds true for any sport, but the key is we don't have to be any kind of athlete at all to have this work for us in our regular lives.
From what I heard and read about Gary Player, he was a tireless worker in everything he did. To make it all work even better, he was a true gentlemen in all that he did as well. The sooner that we realize that life is all about hard work, and then when we put in that extra effort into the right things in our lives, it's then that we will see a few more opportunities come our way. It's time to figure out how to not only work harder at some things that we got going on in our lives, but also look to work smarter too. As always, it helps to be passionate about what you are doing in your life too. That's another thing to figure out - what fires you up? What do you wake up thinking about every morning that you can't wait to get started on? If you don't have that yet - find it! It makes Gary's quote that much more important to get going on too.
What's going on in your life now where you can start working harder and making your own luck? Even if you are at a place where you may not be happy doing what you are doing, figure out some things that you would rather be doing with your life and then work hard to get there. As always, share any thoughts you might have, for it will not only help me, but yourself and others too.
"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes." - Andrew Carnegie
Finding this quote on a Monday and thinking about having goals for today (a teacher meeting day) along with goals for the week ahead; got me thinking about having these thoughts going for me long term. Instead of just a Monday or a week, I'm thinking (and I know that) I need to have these going for my future. Thinking about Andrew Carnegie (the steel industry guy) and all the success that he had with people and leadership; I know it's coming from a good source too.
I had a good discussion with a colleague today about focusing in on important things in life. That there are only so many things that we can control and actually do something about ourselves. Happiness comes from the fact that we have the ability to command over our thoughts on those things that are important and that are really important to us. The key is to realize this as soon as we can for then we still have time on our side to do something with this fact. The longer it takes for us to realize the truth to this statment the further away from true happiness I think we will be.
What are your thoughts on this quote? What lessons can you teach me and others with your opinions and thoughts? Please let me know here.
I have been an educator for almost 31 years. It's about time I start sharing lessons that I have learned so that I can help others. I'm into Leadership, Teaching, Coaching Basketball, and being a Difference Maker. Coffee helps me do that :-)