September 10, 2021
“Recognize what you have inside you.”
What lies ahead depends on how we deal with the challenges we face. While we cannot change the roadblocks we encounter, we can change how we deal with them. Too many of us seem to believe that there is not much we can do during difficult times but we do have the ability to cope with what comes our way if we have the courage to do so.
Recently Jon Gorden sent me an article that offers advice on how we can deal with our challenges, here are excerpts from the article that I think are on target.
5 Ways to Create Positive Change
1) Control What You Can Control – It’s simple but it’s true. You can’t control what people are saying and thinking about you. You can’t control most things in life but you can control your attitude, your effort and your actions.
2) Create Inside-Out – The noise, media, negativity, and criticism only have power over you if you let it. If you know the truth that you create from the inside-out, not outside in, then you won’t your circumstances define you. When you know the power is on the inside and you create the world with your beliefs, passion, positivity, purpose, work ethic, soul and spirit you become a powerful force in the world.
3) Focus on Solutions instead of Complaints – When things are not going well and you are being bombarded with negativity it’s easy to complain. But great leaders don’t complain. They focus on solutions. Instead of complaining about what’s holding you back, think about solutions that will propel you forward.
4) Embrace Change – Individuals and organizations that thrive embrace the entire process of transition and change knowing it leads to improvement and growth. Throughout history we see that individuals and organizations that embrace the waves of change ride it to a successful future. Those who resist the wave get crushed by it.
5) Stay Positive and Do the Work – It may sound cliché but it’s a huge key to success. Through challenges, adversity and negativity you must simply stay positive and continue to do the work. You control what you control. Tune out the noise. Focus on solutions.
“Inspiration comes from within yourself. One has to be positive. When you’re positive, good things happen.”
Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby.
Somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a parent normal is history.
Somebody said being a parent is boring.
Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.
Somebody said “good” parents never raise their voices.
Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see his or her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.
Somebody said you don’t need an education to be a parent.
Somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math.
Somebody said a parent can stop worrying after his or her child gets married.
Somebody doesn’t know that marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to their heartstrings.
Somebody said your parents know you love them so you don’t need to tell them.
Somebody isn’t a parent.
Somebody said a parent’s job is done when the last child leaves home.
Somebody never had grandchildren
A doctor said to his patient: “You have a slight heart condition, but I wouldn’t worry about it.”
“Really, Doc?” the patient replied. “Well, if you had a slight heart condition I wouldn’t worry about it either.”
One Sunday a pastor asked his congregation to consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.
After the offering plates were passed, the pastor glanced down and noticed that someone had contributed a $1,000 bill.
He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation, and said he’d like to personally thank the person who had placed the money in the plate.
A very quiet, elderly, saintly widow shyly raised her hand. The pastor asked her to come to the front. Slowly she made her way to the pastor. He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and asked her to pick out three hymns.
Her eyes brightened as she looked over the congregation, pointed to the three handsomest men in the building and said, “I’ll take him and him and him.”
Listen to the passion of your soul, set the wings of your spirit free; and let not a single song go unsung.
A guy was visiting his friend in the hospital who was “all torn up.”
“What happened?” he asked.
“Well, we were hunting the Mumba snake. It has yellow and black stripes, and likes to sun itself lying across a pathway in the jungle. You catch it by grabbing the tip of it’s tail with one hand and quickly running your other hand up the length of it’s body so you can grab it behind the neck.”
“Go on,” the friend urged.
“Well, I stealthily sneaked up to the tail laying across the jungle path, grabbed it by the end and rapidly moved my other hand upward … just as the procedure goes.”
“So why are you so banged up?” the friend asked.
“Have you ever goosed a tiger?”
We had Cured Ham for Christmas dinner. We all wondered what illness it was cured of.
A zoning board had just been set up in a new community. A householder went to the office to request permission to build a small tool shed in his backyard.
“Have you a plan?” asked the director.
“Oh, yes,” said the householder, who showed him a map of his neighborhood, the dimension of his yard, and a sketch of the shed.
“That looks fine,” said the director. He pulled out a piece of paper, wrote a few words on it, Xeroxed it, and said, “Here’s your permission.”
A month later, a neighbor in almost exactly the same situation also wanted permission for a shed in her yard. She went to the director, got as far as a secretary, and made her request. “Thank you, Mrs. Smith,” said the secretary, taking the documents. “Telephone me in two weeks and I’ll let you know what the director’s decision is, or what further steps are necessary.”
“But,” groaned Mrs. Smith, “a month ago my neighbor got permission right away.”
“Oh, yes,” said the secretary, “but that was before we finally got organized.”
“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.”
“The Jewish people have observed their 5758th year as a people.” the teacher informed his class. “Consider that the Chinese have observed only their 4695th. What does this mean to you?” After a reflective pause, Little Johnny volunteered, “Well for one thing, the Jews had to do without Chinese food for 1063 years!
“Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one consists of leaving about three or four things a day unsaid.”
A site foreman had ten very lazy men working for him, so one day he decided to trick them into doing some work for a change.
“I’ve got a really easy job today for the laziest one among you,” he announced. “Will the laziest man please put his hand up.”
Nine hands went up.
“Why didn’t you put your hand up?” he asked the tenth man.
“Too much trouble,” came the reply.
“To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the ‘what is next’, of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.”
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