Motivation

Trust your instincts

Over the last few weeks, I’ve made some mistakes. Fortunately, none of these mistakes were serious, but they did make my life more difficult. In most of these cases, something just didn’t feel right to me and I ignored my gut. Had I just gone with my instincts, I would have avoided some problems.

My gut has always been guiding me, and as I look back, I can’t think of time when going with my instincts turned out to be a bad choice. I never put much thought into it until recently and now I’m starting to realize that men also possess intuition.

Addiction Takes Many Forms

I just came across an article about a couple that allowed their two children (one is 22 months, the other 11 months) to nearly starve to death because they were too busy playing video games. Now I love video games and I actually know someone that called in sick to work for two days a while back because a new game came out, but this takes addiction to a new level.

Sticking to your guns

Decisions are what make or break us. Or, to be more accurate: the decisions we make when things get tough are what make or break us.

Life is a series of journeys (with each aspect of our lives representing a journey). Like a journey that you would take on foot or by car, knowing your destination is the most important key to success. But a close second is how you get there (and if you choose to continue to go there).

The Power of Dreams

I recently heard a quote from the opening day of Walt Disney World in 1971 that really inspired me. A reporter said to Roy O. Disney (Walt’s brother) “it’s sad that your brother didn’t live to see this” and Roy replied “Walt saw it first which is why you’re seeing it today.”

If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World Resort, you’ve probably found it to be a pretty amazing place. There is an attraction in one of the parks called “One Man’s Dream” which is a walk-though exhibit focused on the life Walt Disney and his dream. Walt Disney was a dreamer. He had big ideas and big goals.

You can’t fool yourself

I really like this time of year. Where I live, it’s not too hot and winter has finally passed. I like the outdoors so I jump at every opportunity to do outdoor activities. I even find yard work therapeutic.

Last week, I was picking up some items for a project at one of the national chains and an incident occurred that got me thinking. The way the stored worked was that you paid inside and then picked up your items outside. I was in a rush so when I went outside and noticed the attendant busy loading up someone else, I loaded the things I had paid for in my car. When I was done, I walked over to the attendant to show him my receipt. Before I reached him, he waived me away telling me he trusted me and to have a good day.

Painless Time Management

Wouldn’t be great if you could get an extra hour or two of productive work done each day? Forget about cutting your sleep back to three hours a night (trust me, it’s not a good thing to try), you can do this by mastering Time Management.

There are probably hundreds of books and courses out there on Time Management, and someday I’ll probably offer one too. However, sometimes people spend so much time trying to manage their time, they become even less productive.

Two envelopes

There’s an old story about a manager being fired and leaving his successor two envelopes. The envelopes, labeled #1 and #2 are to be opened in that order when the new manager gets in a tough situation. The story goes that the new manger gets in a bind, opens #1 which has a note inside that reads “Blame it on me.” This works for a little while and then another major problem arises. The new manager opens up #2 which contains a note that reads “Prepare two envelopes.”