“The key to change… is to let go of fear.”
I will be so glad to get our upcoming elections behind us. It is not that things are anywhere they need to be for far too many people. My problem is that the hour after hour of negative ads just feeds the fear folks have even if the negative ads have little basis in fact. If you are experiencing the same things I am you too must be dismayed by the level of negativity all around us these days. My greatest fear is that many of the people I know seem to be on the verge of giving into a belief that nothing will ever get better. If enough of us give up you can be sure that doing what needs to be done will be much more difficult.
Even though I worry I have faith in our resiliency and our traditional belief in ourselves. My hope is that those who have given up are only temporarily blinded to what each of us might do. It seems that those who angrily holler the loudest want to blame everyone else while wanting somebody else to fix the problems, they are of little help.
You and I can wait for everyone else to do something or we can get out there and do what we can ourselves. You would be surprised how often a lone individual who goes out on the point and starts to work is soon joined by others who see the value of what is being done and then come to lend a hand.
Quite awhile ago I got the following from consultant Jon Gordon. I hope you see in his message that each of us can enlist others in our efforts to rise above the fray and do something besides flailing against the wind. Here in part is what he suggests.
WAYS TO BEAT NEGATIVITY
1. Tell yourself a positive story. Life is a story. The story we tell ourselves and the role we play in that story determines the quality and direction of our life. Successful people are able to overcome adversity by telling themselves a more positive story than the rest. You may not be able to control the economy, but you can influence the outcome of your story.
2. Model yourself after success. Are there people in your industry succeeding today? Of course there are. Seek out those people in your industry and ask to meet with them. Learn from their advice and model their attitudes and actions. If they can succeed, so can you.
3. Focus on the important stuff. Tune out the negative voices and start making positive choices. Don’t focus on the negative things other people and the media are saying. Every morning ask yourself this question: “What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?” Then take action on those items.
4. Replace “have to” with “get to.” This simple word swap can change your mind-set and your approach to work and life. It turns a complaining voice to an appreciative voice, and acknowledges that life is a gift not an obligation. In reality, it’s not about what we have to do. It’s about what we get to do.
5. Refuse to participate in the recession. Professionals who’ve thrived during past recessions continued to go about business as usual regardless of market conditions. As others are paralyzed by fear, take the opportunity to charge forward.
6. Create a positive vision. Instead of being disappointed about where you are, make the decision to be optimistic about where you are going. Create a positive vision for your future. Vision helps you see the road ahead and it gives you something meaningful and valuable to strive towards.
8. Invite others on your bus. Invite colleagues to board your bus for a positive ride. Share your vision with team members and ask them to join you in making this vision a reality. Be a positive influence.
9. No more complaining. Abide by the “no complaining” rule. When you realize you’re about to complain, replace your thoughts and words with positive actions. Let your complaints help you identify what you don’t want so that you can focus on what you do want.
“You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith.”
Mary Manin Morrissey
A lawyer was trying to console a weeping widow. Her husband had passed away without a will. “Did the deceased have any last words?” asked the lawyer.
“You mean *right* before he died?” sobbed the widow.
“Yes,” replied the lawyer. “They might be helpful if it’s not too painful for you to recall.
“”Well,” she began, “he said ‘Don’t try to scare me! You couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with that gun.'”
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday and avoiding today.”
As a traffic safety consultant, I often gave talks on accident prevention. One night after I spoke to a PTA group, the program chairperson thanked me profusely and gave me a check for fifty dollars.
“Giving these presentations is part of my job,” I said. “Could I donate the money to one of your causes?”
“That would be wonderful!” she gushed. “We have just the program that could use it. We’re trying to raise money so we can afford better speakers.”
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
Two Irishmen in a bar and one said to the other.
“Hey! Can you tell me what the date is please?”
“No idea.” says the other.
“But you’ve got a newspaper in your pocket,” he says.
“Sorry mate, its no use, it’s yesterday’s!”
“If All the World’s a Stage, I Want Better Lighting”
A man entered a busy florist shop that displayed a large sign that read “Say It With Flowers.”
“Wrap up one rose,” he told the florist.
“Only one?” the florist asked.
“Just one,” the customer replied. “I’m a man of few words.”
“Pray to God but Keep On Rowing Toward Shore”
Murphy’s Top 10 Laws Of Computing
1. When computing, whatever happens, behave as though you meant it to happen.
2. When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it’s probably obsolete.
3. The first place to look for information is in the section of the manual where you’d least expect to find it.
4. When the going gets tough, upgrade.
5. For every action, there is an equal and opposite malfunction.
6. To err is human…to blame your computer for your mistakes is even more human, its downright natural.
7. He who laughs last, probably has a back-up.
8. The number one cause of computer problems is computer solutions.
9. A complex system that doesn’t work is invariably found to have evolved from a simpler system that worked just fine.
10. A computer program will always do what you tell it to do, but rarely what you want it to do.
Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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