Month: April 2019

My Thought for the Day…April 8, 2019…Encouragement

“Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.”

Plato


Encouragement

We all learn at different speeds.  Some catch on quickly, others take a bit more time and encouragement but eventually get it.  It may be easy to think that the person that is not catching on as quick just isn’t going to work out, but don’t be so quick to judge.

Ability to catch on quickly doesn’t necessarily equate to work ethic and loyalty.  A lot of times people who catch on quickly also get bored quickly.  The person you encourage and invest more time into to help them succeed will also be more invested in the quality of their work, the job, and the team.

Encouragement costs you nothing and pays dividends in the end.

Have a great week.

 

My Thought for the Day…April 5, 2019…Attitude

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April 5, 2019

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.”

-Henry Ford


Attitude

It is really amazing how much mindset and attitude can predict success, regardless of ability.  The grumblers usually remain grumbling and don’t go anywhere.  The one’s with positive attitudes are the ones who move.

Attitude is a choice.  Even if you’ve received more than your fair share of bad times, it is still up to you what your attitude will be when you get up, when you go out into the world.

One way I have found to change my attitude is through gratitude, for the small things, for the big things, for all things really.  Another way is listening or watching uplifting media, podcasts, or music.

And once you are out in the world, surround yourself with the positive people, not the grumblers.  The grumblers will only bring you down.  If that is not possible, plug your ear buds in and listen to something positive!  Feel good or feel crappy, you always have a choice.

Have a great Friday!

My Thought for the Day…April 4, 2019…Take the First Step!

 

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just to take the first step.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.


Take the First Step

It is easy to fall into that state of mind of fear or paralysis when contemplating starting something new because we can’t see the entire path, process, or outcome. It usually takes a leap of faith, just start and assume all will be well and things will fall into place, easier said than done, right?

We do this every day if you think about it. We get in our cars and assume they will take us to our destinations. Most of us have no idea how they work, they just do, and we assume we will safely get where we want to go, and we do.

Taking the first step can also be a barometer, the proverbial toe in the water… Just because you take a step in a new direction doesn’t commit you to that new direction, you might just be feeling the waters so to speak. But if you are paralyzed with fear, you may never know if this was a feasible option for you, or not. It might linger in your mind as a “could have been”, you will never know.

So, give it a chance and take the first step, whatever it might be. Do some research, take a class, talk it out with a trusted friend, or consult an expert in the field. Just knowing you tried puts you ahead of most people.

Have a great Thursday!

 

My Thought for the Day…April 3, 2019…Your Calling

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April 3, 2019

“Your calling isn’t something that somebody can tell you about. It’s what you feel. It is the thing that gives you juice. The thing that you are supposed to do. And nobody can tell you what that it is. You know it inside yourself.”

Oprah Winfrey


Your Calling

I have always admired those who knew what their calling was and were doing it.  I have been on a mad search for mine for as long as I can remember.  “That thing that gives you juice.”

The only thing I ever remember giving me “the juice” was creating something visual, drawing, painting, sculpture, digital art.  I am hesitant to call it art, I guess, but that is my own baggage…

That was the place where I was happiest and would find I would lose time.  Forget to eat and drink even.  But I had long since written that off as something “acceptable,” that I could actually do for a living.

I now find creating these graphics for this blog gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction, now if I can just find a way to make them pay the bills!

Have a great Wednesday!

 

Make It Happen!…My Thought for the Day…April 2, 2019

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April 2, 2019

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Michael Jordan

Make It Happen!

I am sure this quote describes all of us at one time or another.  We got caught up in wishful thinking:

     “If wishes were fishes we’d all swim in riches.”

and

     “If wishes were horses then beggars would ride,

     If turnips were swords I’d have one by my side.

     If ‘ifs’ and ‘ands’ were pots and pans

    There would be no need for tinker’s hands!”

So how do we make it happen?  That’s an easy one, you just start.  One small action takes you from being a “wisher” to being a “doer.”  You are only one small action away!  And one small action snowballs into 2, 3, 4….

It’s a brand-new day, so make it happen!  Have a great Tuesday.

My Thought for the Day…April 1, 2019…Get Started!


“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
Walt Disney


So, Get Started!

An idea will only remain an idea until some action is taken.  It may be the most beautiful idea, but it will only continue to live in your head until you initiate some sort of action.

No matter how small, any action is better than none.  Write it down, do some research, talk it out with a trusted friend, just get it out of your head.

You may find that after taking some actions that your idea really isn’t feasible anymore, but that’s ok.  At least you found out, at least you gave your idea a chance in the tangible world outside of your head.

And new ideas will quickly come to fill the place of the old.

Have a great Monday!