2.1.2013 Compliance: having to do something. The result is completing the task.  The personal physical and emotional result often is fatigue, apapthy, resentment.  Commitment: choosing to do something. The result is completing the task.  The personal physical and emotional result is excitement, high energy.  Day by day are you merely being compliant…or have you made a commitment to something, or someone bigger than yourself?

1.15.2013  Focus is critical.  It’s important to be able to say no. Kim Klaver training. Kim quoted Steve Jobs on focus: “and it comes from saying no to 1000 things to make sure we don’t get on the wrong track or try to do too much.  We’re always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it’s only by saying ‘no’ that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.”

1.3.2013  Excellence is a choice.  Set your bar yourself.  Don’t let others set it for you.  Average people do enough to get by- they don’t do enough to be excellent.  Average people are not comfortable with excellence.  Find out what you do well.  Commit to excellence.  John Maxwell

1.1.2013 “You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.  You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.  You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.  You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.  You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.  You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.  You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence.  You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”  Abraham Lincoln.

12.29.12 “Identify the major obstacle that stands between you and your goal and begin today to remove it.” — Brian Tracy  In evaluating 2012, and admitting that you are not where you wanted to be, it is crucial to ask, ‘Why did ‘it’ not happen?’  No point in dishonesty—the discovery of the truth will be the start of a different outcome in 2013.  Go for it!

12.13.12  PERSEVERE.

12.12.12 FEAR.  A key to resisting fear is to have an eternal perspective.  (recent sermon notes) Take your eyes/focus off of the temporary.  What difference will this make in 5 years, 10 years if it happens? In light of eternity, does this matter?

12.10.12 FRIENDS. Friends are the greatest. Friends make you laugh till your cheeks hurt.  Friends can pull you out of a dumperday.  Friends are always there for you.  Friends are heart-to-heart talks and remember-when stories.  Friends are good times shared.  Friends are the best…especially friends like you! (Thoughts shared by a good friend)

6.3.12 You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don’t have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills, and take new classes. Jim Rohn.  MKD:  It is sooo easy to develop ‘blame-itis’ easily recognized because my conversation consists of complaining about any number of factors (the government, politics, prices, family, and on and on!) and accepting no personal responsibility for my situation.  The symptoms are barely distinguishable from ‘victim-itis’ in which a person is obviously the victim of his/her circumstances (genetics, family, geography, sickness, and on and on!) Make a commitment today to take personal responsibility for who you are, where you are, and where you are going…and if you are not 100% satisfied with who you are, where you are and where  you are going, make a plan…get clarity…get focused…and execute the plan!

6.1.12 What is the big bold action that I have been avoiding?  At the beginning of the month, looking at almost half the year gone…this seems like a great question to ask.  Now that you have asked it…and have your answer…go and take bold action!

5.27.12 Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt.  Benjamin Franklin.  Even with a cursory look at today’s culture, it is obvious that this is not a popular personal philosophy!  If debt is overtaking you, however, it is important to make some changes.  This is a step in the right direction!

4.4.12  You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.  Charles “Tremendous” Jones  MKD: So what books have you read since January 1? Who are the new people in your life who have become new friends?

3.27.12 He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing. Marcus Aurelius Cicero.  MKD: Very interesting thought by an ancient Latin philosopher.  Seems like it would be a great test of our persistent busy schedules to examine if we ever have the freedom to do simply nothing!

2.18.12  Remember not only to say the right thing in the right moment, but far more difficult, is to leave unsaid the wrong thing in the tempting moment. Benjamin Franklin

2.6.2012  People aren’t afraid of hard work; they are afraid of hard work not paying off. Daniel ‘Rudy’ Reutigger.  MKD: That may be true for some, but that is not our family work ethic.  Here’s a complementary thought by Jim Rohn: The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch.

1.26.2012 Character is like a tree and reputation is like a shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.  Abraham Lincoln.  MKD: What character traits are reflected in your reputation?

1.24.2012  It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.  Edmund Hillary.  MKD: A powerful thought!

1.17.2012 If you can improve your operation by 1% each day, in 70 days you are twice as good.  Alan Weiss, PhD.  MKD: Isn’t this a fascinating thought? Seems doable. Go for it!

1.1.2012  One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.  Jim Rohn. MKD:  Whether you are involved in a conversation with your spouse, your child/grandchild, a friend, a potential business partner or a customer: this sentiment expressed by Jim Rohn rings true.  As we start the new year, let’s make a commitment to eliminate multi-tasking during conversations. Numerous studies are validating that multi-tasking is not efficient! Instead, show your respect for the other person (or people), and give them your complete attention. See what a difference it makes!

12.3 “We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.” Jim Rohn. MKD: In today’s economy, many people are considering change because of the desperate nature of their circumstances.  It’s December.  2011 was perhaps not stellar for you and your family.  You don’t want 2012 to be a repeat!  Desperation may get you jump-started to consider change, but I have not observed it to provide lasting motivation for change.  However, if you are committed to personal development, inspiration enters the change-scene. You can discover why you want to change (typically it needs to be more than money!). You can discover how to change. Inspirational motivation could lead you to then inspire family and friends.  Don’t you want to be involved in that process?

11.26  You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.  Jim Rohn.  MKD: Have you made any significant changes lately?

11.22.11 Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.      Henry David Thoreau.  MKD: Is your life reflective of your dreams? If it’s not, what can you change so that you are headed in the right direction?

11.19.11  The results that we create are sometimes harsh but always fair.  Brian Klemmer.  MKD: Can you identify with this evaluation?

11.18.11  You never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Christopher Columbus.  MKD: What ‘shore’ are you hanging on to…and what ocean are you not crossing?

10.31.11  DONE is better than perfect.  Alan Weiss PhD

10.25.11 The other person has to discover, and feel for him/herself, the difference between having and not having the benefits of my solution.  Michael Oliver, Natural Selling.  MKD: This guideline further illuminates the age-old saying, A man convinced against his will, remains unconvinced still.

10.15.11  It’s pretty easy to blow off a Saturday. However, here’s another thought from Jim Rohn from the Time Management section of Treasury of Quotes: Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.  MKD: His sentiments reflect this verse from the Bible: …be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time…Ephesians 5:15,16.  What are you doing today?

10.14.11  Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what?   Jim Rohn, Time Management, Treasury of Quotes.  MKDIn operating a for-profit business, it is important to identify your income-producing activities.  Commit to spending your day engaged in THOSE very specific activities!

10.13.11 Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.  Jim Rohn, Time Management, Treasury of Quotes

10.10.11  We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Ronald Reagan.        MKD: Whom did you help today?

10.9.11 “Give me a clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history.  Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.”  J.C. Penney.               MKD: Do you have your goals written down?

10.8.11  Focus on the success of others to attain personal success. (Anonymous)

10.7.11  Those closest to us determine the level of our success.  Are they pouring gasoline on the fires of your life or dousing them with water? (Notes by Mary McGloughlin from John Maxwell’s Leadership Seminar, 9.11)

8.11.11  View your relationships as your most valuable asset.  Preserve them for life.  Nurture them.  When someone is not interested in our service (or product) or opportunity, continue to treat them with generosity, honor, respect.  The right people will join you at exactly the right time as long as you have not burned any bridges.  Jordan Adler, top rep with SendOutCards

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8.9.11 Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do. John Wooden, UCLA Basketball Coach

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8.8.11 News headlines. Not very pretty these days. Not encouraging. Not good input if you are working at keeping a positive mental attitude.

So here’s a tip: Go on a news fast.

Yep, do without the news.

Try it for one day, two days. One week.

You may find

  • that you have more time available to spend with your spouse/family.
  • that you have time to be creative.
  • that you have time to read.
  • that you are a nicer person to be around.
  • that you have time to work on a hobby.
  • that you have time to work on a business.
You may find that the world will go on its negative path without you- and so will everyone around you!
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.
If you want to be in the top 5%, you have to do things that other people won’t do.
What are you willing to do differently today?
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