Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Second Wind

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.
-- William James 1842-1910, Psychologist, Professor and Author

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Free! Help Yourself!

To whom or what or where do you go for advice?

I’m not sure if research would prove this, but it seems the younger someone is the more likely they’ll go to the Internet for advice, suggestions, directions or instructions.

I think that’s a good thing.

Why wouldn’t you use the most incredible source of information in the history of mankind as a resource?

And yes, I know there’s a lot of squirrelly stuff on the Web and it’s a sarcastic cliché to say, “Well, I know it’s true because I saw it on the Internet.”

Got that.

But, try this: simply go to whatever search engine you use and search, “How to have a great life,” and see what you get.

You’ll find a number of list articles with 50, 10, 7 or 3 ways to have a great life. The wonderful thing is that there will be suggestions on the lists you never would have thought of!

Use the search phrase strategy for anything you want to learn and see what comes up. 

If you’re like me and you love learning it’s like walking into a candy store that has a big sign saying, “It’s Free! Help Yourself!”

And, that’s what you’re doing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Heading Out of Port

On this date in 1912, at 11:42 pm, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and began sinking; over 1500 people died when the ship sank in the early morning of April 15.

On April 10, when the ship began its maiden voyage, it was the largest ship afloat and was considered unsinkable. No one could have imagined what would happen five days later.

 We rarely begin voyages of life planning to fail. But, staying in port is not really an option unless we want lives devoid of love, excitement, challenge and fun.

Over the weekend, as I appreciated all the birthday wishes (oh, did I tell you Saturday was my birthday <62>?!), I thought about the love, excitement, challenges and fun of the last few months, years and decades. There are some situations, people and decisions I’d consider changing, but if I did I might not have the moment in life I have now.

And this moment is pretty great.

Even understanding the challenges I probably would have still have headed out of port.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!!

My birthday is tomorrow. 62. Who’d have thought?

Someone once told me that anyone over the age of 9 who gets excited about their own birthday is childish…I’ll take the rap on that.

Birthdays mean one more year of life, of learning, of leaning into the wind of experience.

There’s a lot of truth to the old saying that if you don’t like getting older think of the alternative. I have a cartoon framed in my kitchen that says, “If you don’t like working out 1-hour a day maybe you’ll prefer being dead 24-hours a day.”

I wouldn’t like that, but I don’t think I’d be aware of it.

Try this: Google your birthday. You’ll see lots of things that have happened on your day and it’s a surefire “Are you serious?!” moment.

On April 12, 1962, Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space!

I have lots of good activities planned for the next 72-hours (yes, it’s never a birth DAY…it’s always a birth-WEEKEND…at least) and a friend has promised a surprise on Sunday. So, Happy Birthday to me! I can hear you singing now.

Have a great weekend! I’m planning to!

See you Monday.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Get Ready!

What would you do if you were presented with a wonderful opportunity?

This chance-of-a-lifetime could be in relationships, career, health/fitness, spirituality or any area of life you can imagine.

You’re thinking, “I’d take it?!” Right?

You’re making an assumption, though, aren’t you?

You’re assuming that you’re prepared to take advantage of the opportunity?

Here’s the usual scenario: You come up with an idea you KNOW could make a ton of money and think, “Great! This is my ticket to the life my family and I always wanted!”
But, you don’t have the knowledge base to make the idea a reality and you certainly don’t have the bankroll to fund it.

Granted, those two obstacles, low knowledge and low funds, never stopped anyone who really wanted to be successful…but…the challenges did slow them down.

That’s the point here…are you ready for a wonderful opportunity when it comes along? Or, do you have to start from the back of the pack and fight your way through a variety of obstacles before you can take advantage of the opportunity…and what if it’s gone by the time you get ready?

Here’s the key: If you have even an inkling of what you want in life are you preparing yourself—at least a little—every day to grab the opportunity when it cruises by your front door.

Because, a wonderful/horrifying truth of life is that opportunities come our way EVERY SINGLE DAY. They come in the form of an idea/comment/person/hardship/joke/pain/problem.

I was simply sitting in the right place at the right time when the greatest opportunity of my life walked in the room and stood next to me. I stood to offer my seat and when I looked her in the eyes I felt like I’d been Tazered. The relationship has created a wide range of opportunities to learn and experience life on levels of which I had only dreamed.

What are you doing, reading and thinking? Who are the people you come in contact with on a regular basis and what can you learn from them? What do you spend your time on the Internet reading and watching?

Spending a few minutes each day preparing yourself for the bluebird that will fly through the window or that diamond you have to dig out of the dirt is a small investment when you consider the potential payoff.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I'm Sick of Talking About This!!!

A good friend is getting ready to break the news about some big changes in his organization. He’s a good guy and his heart is definitely in the right place, but I fear that he’s going to be disappointed at the number of people in his organization who will drag their feet, push back and flat-out refuse to change.

The vast majority of people don’t like to change unless the change is what they want when they want it and they get some sort of reward for doing it.

I once asked some executives who had led change efforts what the most difficult part of the change initiative was for them.

Every one of them said the same thing: You have to talk about the change until you are absolutely sick of talking about it and hearing about it. 

And then, one of them added, “Because about the time you are sick of talking about it your people are just getting it.”

If you want to lead change or change yourself you have to keep the change out in front to see, feel, smell, hear and touch. Without the reminders we, and the people we want to help change, slide back into the comfort zone.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rats and Bugs, Yummmm!

If you’ve never seen Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern on The Travel Network you’ve missed a wonderful opportunity to gag.

If it flies, floats, flips or flops Zimmern will eat it raw, boiled, fried, grilled, baked or roasted.

Last night he was out in the countryside in Thailand eating rats and bugs.

The show noted that as a poor population the Thais learned to eat anything and everything in order to survive. You have to wonder if it shows what an “advanced” society we live in that everyday food for living-in-the-countryside Thais is a novelty gag-a-thon for us.

A friend and I wondered how many of us watching the show understood how fortunate we are to be able to walk into a grocery store and simply pick clean, inspected and safe food off the shelf.

Be appreciative of something simple today. We don’t know how good we have it.