Sunday, January 31, 2010

Quote #311, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #311...

"Nothing increases the size of a fish like fishing all by yourself."

It's Sunday. This one got a chuckle out of me. Thought I'd throw the fisherman a bone...err...a bass.

Nothing like the old 'tall tale.' Stories. That's how we all connect. That's how we relate.Have an enjoyable Sunday. And watch out for them fish; I hear they are biting these days, almost as much as the listeners to these fish stories!

That's my view...what say you?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Quotes 309 & 310

Here goes blog quote #309 &310

Today I found a few quotes that gave some wisdom on BREVITY, SPEECHES and CONVERSATIONS. Something all of us can never be reminded enough of, as it happens to us on a daily basis, several times a day.

Quote #309

"No matter how brilliant or original you are, if you monopolize a conversation, the minds of others will wander. Hold the conversation ball briefly. Then toss it."

Quote #310

The recipe for a good speech includes some shortening."
-Gene Yasenak-

Always love the double meanings! Some good food for thought this beautiful Saturday afternoon, as I write.

That's my view...what say you?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Quote #308, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #308...

"You may never know what results come of your action,but if you do nothing there will be no result."
-Mahatma Gandhi-

The second half of Gandhi's statement is so powerful because it is virtually unsdisputable. If you don't do a thing, we know there will be no result.

Now on the contrary, how many times in life have you done something, and weeks and months later you think to yourself, why did I do that. It was useless. What a waste of time. It didn't help anyone. It didn't affect anyone. Then about a year later you get a call out of the blue asking you if you remember doing so and so, and how that act turned a persons life around. Happens all the time.

In my business I send out a daily email to improve peoples lives, even if in a tiny way. I don't always get immediate feedback, but more often than not, I hear 'down the road' how helpful I have been. Message: Do something. When in doubt, it's better to act than to do nothing.

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Quote #307, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #307...

"One ship drives east and another drives west,with the selfsame winds that blow. 'Tis the set of the sails and not the gales, that decides the way to go."
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox-

Ok, be honest. Did anyone think when first reading this, that it was a quote from Dr Seuss? Something about a rhyme that makes a good comment even that much more special.

Key word in the quote: DECIDE. In this example, same winds, yet different people decide which way to angle their sails. In other words, the person CHOOSES which way he/she will go. Given the same set of circumstances, there are many different options and choices to pick from. A wise man once said,"Choose wisely your friends, and, your decisions." They make all the difference in the world.

When put in this context it's pretty cool just HOW MUCH POWER and CONTROL we truly have. Isn't it?

That's my view...what say you?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Quote #306, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #306...

"Don't ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
-Matthew 6:34-

Some quotes need very little explanation. There is plenty going on today, worthy of your full attention.

Stay in the present. Today. Now.

That's my view...what say you?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Here goes blog quote #305...

"Time spent getting even would be better spent getting ahead."
-Coach John Wooden-

How profound is THAT statement? And what happens after you 'get even' with someone who did something wrong( probably against you)? You almost think you feel good. You settled the score. You gave him/her the 'I'll show you' attitude.

Since Wooden's expertise was basketball, let's use an analogy to hoops. During a hoop game, someone keeps stepping on your toes, holding your arms down, checking you illegally, all which the ref hasn't spotted it yet. So, to get even , rather than you CONCENTRATING on you, your fundamentals and how to score and stop them on defense, you start to see how you can get even with your cheating opponent. He wins, as you are now off focus and more concerned with getting even than doing your job/ your mission to the best of your ability. To add insult to injury, the ref catches you shoving and stepping on your opponent and calls you for the foul. Double whammy!

Spend your time on you, on getting ahead. It will be 1000 times more productive, and it's the right thing to do!

That's my view...what say you?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Here goes blog quote #304...

"Expectation that is not followed by action is not's just hoping. And hoping has never achieved very much."
-Mike Dooley-

Another great line from the creator of and, 'the universe.' Dooley makes a solid point here. He suggests that if you are wondering what might happen next, as in, what's coming up this week, this month, this year, it all boils down to one thing... EXPECTATION. But do not confuse expectation with hope. Expectation must be followed by action. Action that has a plan and passion and desire and drive. Most likely, you will get what you expect, if you have all the aforementioned ingredients.

That all adds up to some pretty good things. You mean, we can control what's to happen next? I believe we have more power than we can imagine. HMMM

That's my view...what say you?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Quote #303, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #303...

"Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."
-Vince Lombardi-

Coach Lombardi, one of the tougher, yet more successful coaches that ever lived, had a pretty darn good point here. I never thought of quitting in that perspective, but it's got some merit. Like anything else, repetition falls into habit. Unfortunately, more habits are bad than good, and there is no doubt that quitting is a nasty habit (unless your talking about quitting drinking or smoking).

A sign was posted on the wall of the outpatient ward of the chemotherapy and radiation department at a local hospital. It had Lombardi's message, loud and clear! Kudos to someone for using a quote for maximum inspiration!

That's my view...what say you?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Quote #302, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #302...

"Go as far as you can see. When you get there, you will be able to see farther."
-J.P Morgan-

I took this as a reminder that people have no idea where their boundaries are until they push themselves to the limits. Let's take an extreme example of an Olympian. Do you think when they start out training they ever even dreamed, times 10, how far they would push their bodies? How about the new, aspiring marathoner. Starts running 2 miles, then 4, then works his way up to 12, then 20 and all the sudden... training for 26 miles. Loking back says are you kidding? Wow Look how far I've come.

And what about infants? When they crawl, they attempt to take their first step and wipe out. Heck, 4 years later, they are popping wheelies on their bikes in the streets.

I believe Morgan is suggesting to push yourself as far as you can. Stretch. Each time you do, it won't feel as awkward. Then, you can go further in a new 'out of comfort zone.' Soon you are well past what you ever imagine you could do.It's pretty cool stuff.

That's my view...what say you?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Quote #301, My Thoughts and YOUR thoughts

Here goes blog quote #301...

"A baby is born with a need to be loved- and never outgrows it."
-Frank Clark-

What a prolific statement. Any Dale Carnegie fans out there? Does this ring along with the statenment that man's greatest desire is the need to feel important? Along those lines, another famous psychologist William James said that people have a CRAVING to feel appreciated.

When you think about it, life really isn't all that complicated. The golden rule. Give others some attention and affection( or love or appreciation or whatever adjective you'd like to use). Be nice to others. Life seems to go pretty well when thses simple tactics are put into play.

That's my view...what say you?