Monday, March 28, 2016

How Would You Do On the Test?

“Life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been real life, you would have been instructed where to go and what to do.” 

I ran across the line above in Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Men, one of late-author, Richard Carlson’s Small Stuff books. 

Carlson’s point is that when life gets too crazy it might be a good idea to pull the line out, read it, and believe it. 

Thing is, I’ve always liked tests. I was never great at studying or going to class, but I liked the focus of pulling an all-nighter and then, the pressure of test day. 

The more I’m able to see some of the bigger challenges—the things that seem overwhelming—as tests, the more I understand there’s a time when the test will be over.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Three Thoughts We All Need

Last night I ran across three acronyms we can all use:

FAIL....First Attempt At Learning

END....Effort Never Dies

NO....Next Opportunity

Thursday, March 10, 2016

You Know You're Doing This...Don't You?

Ok, hang with me on this…I promise I’ll have a point you can use.

I read a short devotion every morning; a new one every day. They’re one-pagers in a magazine I subscribe to. It’s a small-format magazine, kinda like Reader’s Digest used to be and I keep them in the bottom drawer of a cabinet about 6 feet from my reading chair.
Over time I realized I might not completely close the drawer when I took the magazine out; there’d be a crack open a few inches. So, when I finished reading and would sit and think about the day’s lesson I started to try and toss the magazine through the little opening (I know it’s childish, but it’s a guy thing…a little competition with my self).

Then, I evolved to believing that if I made the shot I’d have a good day…you know, kind of a victory first thing in the day. I didn’t assume I’d have a bad day by missing, I’m not that superstitious, but a made shot was a good thing.

However, one day I thought, “Why start the day off with the stress of making the shot? Why not start every day with a made shot, a good feeling, and the positive expectation of a good day?” 

You know as well as I that if you expect good things, good things happen.

So, I started making sure I left the drawer open a little farther. Not enough for a slam dunk, but wide enough that I was pretty sure I’d make the shot.

Now, every morning when I finish reading my devotion I look over, toss the mag, and 9 out of 10 times I make the shot…and expect a good day.

Here’s the point: If you can line up your day, week, month…health…relationship…work…life…in a way that it’ll be successful, why not do that? There are so many ways we get in our own way and keep ourselves from experiencing success in simple, or complex, issues in life. Doesn’t seem very smart, does it?

In what areas of life are you getting in your own way? 

Stop it.