“A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, the naive proceed and pay the penalty.”
– Old Proverb
Insurance has been a lot on my mind. The transfer of risk to another.
I recently changed my car insurance. There is something to say about big companies and then there is something else to say about them. To spare you from the details, I saved 15% or more my switching FROM Geico.
I have also been thinking about my life insurance policy and what to do in that case. For now I will leave what I got in place and think about it as time goes on. I’d love to hear your opinion on it!!
We have the opportunity to choose who our children’s parents will be.
-St. Francis of Asissi
Wow, now if that isn’t just so profound I am left speechless. I’ll come back to this one.
Ok, I am back now. I defiantly have been looking at myself in a totally different mirror. I won’t tell you what I find but I will tell you what I am going to do about it.
I am going to make sure I take 3 deep breaths before I respond, not just one!
I look back and think, wow my mom is amazing and awesome. That is also after several years of NOT being in the house and having a different relationship with her now, than I did then. I didn’t always think she was the best ever. And, you know what, she wasn’t. I find myself reacting as she did when I do what my daughter does. But that is what change and growth is all about.
I remember a trip sitting in the back of the van singing at the top of our lungs the chorus to the song Oh La La, (that’s the only part we knew).
I wish that I knew what I know now
when I was younger
I wish that I knew what I know now
when I was stronger
All I know is that I am stronger now than I will be tomorrow. Better get crackin’!
Problems are opportunities in work clothes.
-Henry John Kaiser
I have been thinking of this exact thing all week.
At church we discussed Paul. He was imprisoned
and the Lord came to comfort him. He told him
to be of good cheer why? Because he had more
testifying to do. More work! It is so perfect though.
It is when life is in it's pits that we feel the most
discouraged. Most of the time all we need to pull us
up to good cheer is to know what to do. Simply said
we need someone to come and tell us what the next
step is, to create a plan of what to do or where to go
For me this came at a time of intense financial planning.
I have gotten to a place where I need that self control to
stay disciplined so that I can create the future that I want.
So, Problems are opportunities in work clothes simply
explained as go to work! Create your opportunity to
make a better life.
Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They’re either speaking or preparing to speak.
-Stephen R. Covey
How can one really listen if they are continually thinking of their response? I think that many of us expect the conversation to move rapidly. Once we are done it is their turn. Where is the silence in communication?
It is gone.
In teaching I have learned that when I ask a question with an expectation for an answer that it takes time for that answer to come. Why? Perhaps it is because in a class people are use to being lectured to and don’t expect a turn in the conversation. Perhaps it is because they aren’t thinking of what their response is because it isn’t expected of them. Perhaps they are in some different world, time and or place. Give them long enough and everyone is able to take a turn in answering and participate.
So if we listen to listen rather than to respond when in a class or lecture why not listen to listen all the time?
When asked how to achieve success more rapidly–came the quick reply, ‘Double your failure rate.’
-Thomas J. Watson, Sr
What? Increase my failure rate? Why would I want to do that? Simply because your increasing your efforts. A friend of mine Collette Larson, a very successful business woman who helps others be successful said count the No’s. When talking to people don’t count the yes’ count the No’s. Once you get to 100 No’s you’ll have found enough yes’ along the way to be successful.
The level of success has often been compared to the level of risk. What is the ultimate risk? Failure and if you fail what does that mean? You’re that much closer to success. Thomas Edison didn’t fail at creating the light bulb. He found several ways not to do it before he found the one way to do it.
You can do it. You can be successful. Find something you’re passionate about, even if it is the light bulb and work with integrity.
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
- Alexander Graham Bell
I am sure you have all felt as I have at times that I am lost and don’t know where to look for answers. I have found that if I search for something I want that I currently don’t have, whether it be more time or a new something or other. By placing my thoughts on getting what I don’t have I find opportunities and other doors that have opened. I guess it is combining visual dreaming with a search for answers and what I get is both.
Control Your Attention- Napoleon Hill
I like the following quote on focus:
One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular. – Tony Robbins
“I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul” – Henley
We are in control of our own fate. We do have the ability to control the mind and steer it into the direction we wish to travel in. I remember hearing someone say something to the effect that: if you tell me what a man thinks about when he doesn’t have to think and I will tell you what kind of man he is.
- Keep your mind ON the things you want and OFF the things you don’t want!
- It is much easier to focus your attention on something you believe will happen than on something you believe is unlikely.
- Controlled attention is the act of coordinating all the faculties of your mind and directing their combined power to a specific end.
- Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy your mind at the same time.
- Independence starts with self-dependence.
Where is your focus?
Where is it you spend your time?
Inspire Teamwork- Napoleon Hill
I think of a family and how we start from a young age to either work as a team or to fight against it. It is my desire to have a strong team of a family and always be working with my spouse and children in forward direction. My vision board is a family vision where my goals and rewards are for us as a team. I feel more motivated when the results effect others future as well.
- There is no record of any great contribution to civilization without the cooperation of others.
- Enthusiasm is contagious and teamwork is the inevitable result.
- A good football team relies more on harmonious coordination of effort than individual skill.
- Most people will respond more freely to a request than they will to an order.
- Helping others solve their problems will help you solve your own.
Where is it your going and who are you traveling with?