Weekly Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom: 6 Quotes for Enjoying Life

Happy Wednesday!

It’s the middle of the week and my mind is filled with a list of experiences for my family to pursue in 2017.  Not a goal list mind you, an experience list.  A list of activities, people and places we should participate in for meaningful and comical memories.

As I make this list, I am considering how I can make each interaction fun and appealing to their various ages.  Then a realization occurs, the most important aspect of the plan is to do it.  Make the plan and enjoy the adventure.  I don’t want to focus on worries that I eventually miss the fun and the love that surrounds me.

This is my wish for you today.  Focus on making life a new experience each day instead of worrying about what could or did happen.  The only good worry can do is make you exist instead of making you truly live.

Here are six quotes to inspire you:

1.  “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” – Abraham Lincoln

2.  “There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way and not starting.” – Buddha

3. “Every man dies. Not every man really lives.” – William Wallace

4.  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

5.  “The Purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne

6. “The Purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama

Til next time,

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

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Five Inspiring Podcasts for Your Holiday Preparations

Black Friday is over and somewhere you are planning for Cyber Monday or travel back home.  Maybe you have decided to finish your Holiday preparations early.

No matter the situation – Traffic is, well traffic.  Frustrations are high.  Whether you are on the way to the office, shopping or traveling later; chances are you are getting there by car.  At least for part of your travels.

A few of my favorite travel tools is my iPod, Kindle and iPhone.  If I have at least one of those devices, I know I can be transported away from a mental vacation or education session.  It is so tempting to use one device for everything but it has been my experience that holiday traveling, even if you are staying home, always comes with the need for a headphones required break.

If I have less than two hours to spare (even incremental), I find it beneficial and comforting to listen to podcasts.  Of course each time I open my podcast app, I hear Zig Ziglar’s voice in my head explaining automobile university.  If you have never heard Zig Ziglar speak, look him up on YouTube.  He has the greatest drawl and simplistic manner of explaining the importance of personal growth.  

Here are five podcasts which lift my spirits while enriching my mind:

1.  Robin Roberts: Everybody’s Got Something – This podcast reminds me that everyone has a story to tell, no matter how beautiful or how famous.  The podcast is a conversation between friends and 

2. Read to Lead – The title hooked me from the beginning.  Anything that begins with read makes me interested.  The tag line eludes to the interviews to come with personal development being a core mission.  Check out  Episode 118 and Episode 136.  Both contain information that could be helpful while you plan to take action for your “it.”

3.  The Love What Matters Podcast – I can only speak for myself, but I am tired of negative news stories of crime, corruption and overall bad behavior.  This podcast is my antidote, it focuses on the good that occurs in the world.  I like the episode Stranger and the Sunflower as well as Helpers and Heroes.

4.  Operation Self Reset – I love to do the scream at the beginning of each episode: “I’m freaking awesome!” Jake is that crazy cool friend that helps you get out of your comfort zone and remind you of how great you are with the awesome sauce!   Check out episodes Getting Things Done, Author David Allen and How to Make Great Decisions.

5.  1 year Daily Audio Bible – My daily listen.  I enjoy being a part of the daily audio bible family and appreciate the way each week is a different version of the Bible.  At the end of the readings are updates on prayer requests as well as new ones.

Til next time,

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Wednesday Wisdom: 10 Quotes on Making a Difference

Happy Wednesday!
It’s Thanksgiving Eve in the United States.  We are surrounded by talk of turkey, sides, desserts and families.  We reflect on what we have to be thankful for, at least we should.  

We  will eat to much and exercise to little. 

We will remember stories and life experiences from way back when.

We will laugh til we cry but also may feel sadness for those unable to be present around the table.

We will welcome new members and visitors to our tables and homes while wishing other people didn’t show up. (There is always at least one Thanksgiving recap that has the rolling of the eyes because someone was there.)

No matter the area of this great world we live in, this week is a good week for introspection.  Time to look at our life and say, how can I make this world better.  How can I make today better.  How can I make sure everyone feels welcome at my home and table.

Sometimes its easy for me to get consumed with my corner of the world, it seems I don’t see or acknowledge the frowns or sadness on people around me.  I forget when I see people cut in front of me in traffic that I don’t know their story and they don’t know mine.  

As we prepare for the holiday madness, I want to share ten quotes which remind us of our ability to change – make a difference in someone’s life. Who knows that someone may be the one we see when we look in the mirror.

1. “One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain.” – Rick Godwin

2.  “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

3.  “We are all broken, That’s how the light gets in.” – Ernest Hemingway

4.  “Why fit in when you were born to stand out.” – Dr. Seuss

5.  “I just wake up hoping that I don’t screw up today.” – John Krasinski

6.  “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

7.  “Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child

8. “Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” – Dalai Lama

9.  “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.” – Tao Te Ching

10.  “This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” – Maya Angelou

Til next time,

Give a smile and a hello to everyone you meet. Your may be the only friendly greeting they receive today. A smile & a hello can create a little sunshine in someone’s life.

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2 Clever Marketing Techniques for the Holidays

A mom, a dad and two boys walk pass old navy and into Michaels.  A few moments later they stop to donate money to the local pet rescue agency.  Without a second thought they reach down to pet a chocolate boxer lab mix and move on to the next destination.

Somehow a puppy ends up with a new home.  Now please tell me how a 2 and 6 year old manipulated their parents into a new pet?  Still shaking my head to empty the cobwebs out that seem to cloud my memory bank of this experience.  I know I was there but I am having a hard time explaining it to myself.

The more likely scenario includes mom and dad falling into the trap of clever marketing techniques.  As we complete our shopping for the last four days before the holiday, I feel it’s necessary to acknowledge two clever marketing techniques that can empty your wallet.

1.  Visual heartstrings

There was something about the photo collage of four helpless puppies that made many families stop to check out the adoption event.  I can’t help but think that none of us had the plan to walk over and actually adopt, I believe we each wanted to give a little love and encourage others to take one home.  It was probably more like we were curious and had no actual thoughts or intents but then if that was really the case, I would have to admit that I am a sucker for sad puppy dog eyes.

While the picture and crowds caught at least my initial interest. It was the visual of seeing the puppies snuggled up to each other like no one else could protect them but each other.  One by one they were adopted and we couldn’t fathom one of them being left alone without no one to love them.

That’s the power of a visual representations, they allow the viewer to insert their own observations while also associating oneself with what is right in front of them.

2.  Emotional heartstrings

Compelling story lines that tug at the part of our hearts which make us dig out our wallets.  The storyline we succumbed to detailed the needs of the rescue organization along with the sad puppy faces displayed in the photo collage.

The difference in emotional & visual marketing is that the emotional component can help override the brain when it says keep walking! The brain says, “don’t buy that!” while the heart says, “turn around and take a second look.”

I know! I know! This is the time of year that fills us with gratitude and thanksgiving .  It makes us want to give to those who are less fortunate while also extending additional grace and empathy to those we care for.  We want to make their wishes come true.

If you are finished with your shopping – great for you.  Congratulations!  If you procrastinated and still need to shop, do not succumb to the power of visual and emotional marketing.  Remember, this holiday season comes one time a year but the bill can last for months.

Try not to incur extra expenses that it results in a delay in working on your “it.”

Til next time,

“It’s difficult to follow your dream if you are still paying for fulfilling someone else’s wish.” – themidaproject.com

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Wednesday Wisdom: 10 Quotes for Affirmations

Happy Wednesday!  No matter the time of day or what the weather report indicates, it’s a beautiful sunny productive day.  (At least in my mind that is.)

That is the power of positive thinking.  You can find the good in most things. The same is true for motivational quotes.  There are a multitude of people who have been there and done that.  The lessons they’ve learned can be encouraging and a source of affirmation.  You only need to find the right quote.

Here are 10 quotes for your Wednesday workday.

1. “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” – Robert H. Schuller

2.  “Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.” – Teddy Roosevelt 

3. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi

4. “A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.” – Richard Nixon

5. “Invest in yourself. You can afford it. Trust me.” – Rashon Carraway 

6. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

7.  “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce

8. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein 

9. “Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

10. “You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot in front of the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.” – Elizabeth Taylor

Til next time,

“The best revenge is massive success.” – Frank Sinatra

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Three Steps for Finding Your Purpose from Fast Company

Happy Sunday!

Today is a good day to consider what you want the remainder of your 2016 to indicate as accomplishments.

Are you interested in losing weight?

Are you interested in taking a trip?

Are you interested in selling a product?

Are you interested in speaking in front of an audience?

What about starting a new career?

What about writing a book?

Maybe it’s starting a business?

Maybe it’s starting a YouTube channel or podcast?

Ever thought of going back to school?

There are so many options, I could go on and on.  Your options are as limitless as your imagination.  They say you can create a new habit in 21 days, that means by the end of this month you can create a new habit that will take you closer to your “it.”

Whatever the desire, I came across an interesting article which gives the reader three prompts for finding your purpose.  This article is written for entrepreneurs but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t value to be gained from it.  

I find that I relate most to prompt 2.  But when I replace the word company in prompt 3, with something important to me – prompt 3 also becomes meaningful.  Either way, I can think of a couple of ways to utilize each prompt as I plan my next steps.  

Maybe these prompts from the Fast Company article – Sir Kensington’s Three Prompts For Finding Your Purpose will help you find your purpose.  At the least it will be an interesting read.

Til next time,

“Happiness depends on ourselves.” – Aristotle