Posts Tagged ‘action’

We Are Righter than We Think

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

We all spend so much time second guessing ourselves even when there is no real good reason to do so. It would be beneficial to us to understand that we are really and truly righter than we think.

We think we don’t know as much as we wish we did but in fact know more than we ever thought we could.

We think other people have things all figured out when they know absolutely no more than we do about the best way to live.

It’s always easier to look at someone else’s experience and instinctively know what they should be doing but when it comes right down to it if we were in their shoes would we really make a better choice?

No we would not because we are not them and have absolutely no idea what it is like to be them!

Life is a series of conversations decisions and actions.

We can have a conversation make a decision and take an action that may prove not to be in our best interests and based on that one decision decide that we are not good at knowing what is best for us.

That logic is unfair to us.

Each decision we make is a step forward in life.

The decision may cause us to go backward but if it does in the long run it will help us move forward because of the knowledge and wisdom we will gain from having relived something a second or third time.

The trick is to be aware of the road we are traveling on.

To be aware that we’ve been down this road before and examine why we find ourselves back there again.

Awareness is powerful. The more aware we are the more likely we will lean toward a different decision than we have made in the past.

If we blindly end up at the same crossroads yet don’t see that we are there we have a much bigger problem.

Awareness is key.

Reflection is paramount but not so much reflection that we decide we can’t trust ourselves to move forward.

Just enough reflection and then onward and forward. If your gut thinks the journey you are about to embark on is ill advised it will let you know. Again–awareness is key.

Zero into your awareness.

You are righter than you think.

You’ve got yourself to where you are right now, don’t underestimate your ability to move yourself in a direction that will serve you.

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Deep Water

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Jumping into deep water when you’re fairly uncertain is not the best course of action to take but…

if you’re in the wading pool too long you run the risk of never getting out.

Head for the area where you can look over your shoulder and see the wading pool but not so far away that you’re unprepared and leave yourself open to drowning in the deepest part.

As you gain momentum and experience you will be able to navigate through to deeper water.

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What Needs Done First?

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

What needs done first? I asked myself this question at 4:30 this morning–way too early to be thinking about it but apparently my mind didn’t think so.

Eventually I did go back to sleep but not until I figured out why this question was gnawing at me so early in the morning.

There are usually too many things that need to be done on a daily basis and it’s not always easy to figure out what should be done first.

So the question becomes: What needs done first? What has got to be done first thing; right now; yesterday?

Is there one thing that’s eating at you and deep down you know if you just go and get it done you’ll be relieved?

In my case, I knew there were about twenty things but couldn’t put my finger on which one needed to be done first

until I realized that I couldn’t put my finger on it because I kept tripping over it on the floor!

 

It was a pile of stuff–papers. For at least a couple of months it was always there every single day.

And every single day I kept staring at it thinking yep, got to do something about it, but not now.

Later; always later…

So at 4:30 this morning that pile flashed in front of me and lo and behold, I figured out my what’s on first and today I finally took care of it.

It’s gone.

Thankfully.

Now, I can move on to the second, third, fourth and the other things on that list of stuff that ‘s got to be done.

I’m relieved.

So what do you keep tripping over, running into, ignoring, the thing you know you’ve just got to do when you’ve got the time?

What needs done first for you?

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Given the Key

Friday, January 13th, 2017

I would wager that billions of dollars are spent each year to get key information to finally get us over the hump and bring us the things we desire to reach our goals and/or bring us prosperity. However, when given the key information we want what is said to us is never ever as significant as what we do!

The true reward comes in our journey.

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Assume Nothing

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Assume nothing when it comes to other people, situations, circumstances involving others, opportunities, business dealings etc.

You simply don’t have enough information to assume that you know everything there is to know when it involves anything or anyone outside yourself.

As a salesperson I have caught myself thinking that I can read my customers and almost to a one I am wrong.

You don’t know the back story about any person before you meet them. You don’t know the series of decisions they made before getting to the point where your paths crossed. You don’t know anything about them yet every day people assume a lot at surface level about others. When you first meet another individual all you’ve got to go on is the physical presence of the person standing before you–a visual.

Would you buy a house without going through the front door and walking around the perimeter?

Would you buy a new car without opening the door, sitting in the driver’s seat, putting the key in the ignition and going for a test drive?

A house and a car are two of the biggest purchases we make and if we do our due diligence we stand a much better chance of making a positive decision than if we don’t.

As a business owner, I conduct new employee interviews. The interviews I wonder most about are the ones I never have. The applicant doesn’t show up and they don’t call to tell me they are not going to show up. I end up wasting valuable and precious productive time on a person who must have assumed something about the outcome, their interest level, or the employer and didn’t want to bother.

In life the only time you can assume anything is when it directly relates to you and even then your decision is based only on your past actions and reactions.

When you assume you just may be missing out–on valuable learning experiences, wonderful people and fantastic opportunities.

On the house–Walking through the door is a must.

On the car–The test drive speaks volumes.

On the interview–You may surprise yourself.

Assume nothing.

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Can’t Sit Back if You Want Change

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Note: this was posted a year ago and still feel it has much value.

Below is what Beyonce has to say:

http://on.today.com/L8361z

Here is what one 15 year old has to say:

http://bit.ly/1gHhgRL

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Nothing Doing

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

If you’re overwhelmed bewildered or too tired to do one more thing it may be time to do nothing.

Doing nothing is often the best course of action to take when you’re unsure about doing anything else.

When there is no clear plan of action, inaction may be the wisest alternative.

When other people are involved in the situation you’re struggling with it becomes even harder to know what action to take. The issue also becomes more sensitive when others are involved.

If you decide that doing anything is better than doing nothing you’ve got to feel that the action you take is reasonable.

 

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Sometimes Doing Nothing Is the Best Action

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

I recently read about research that was done studying soccer goalkeepers and how they deal with the tough high stakes decision of how to act to stop a penalty kick at the goal.

Researchers found by analyzing data on more than 300 kicks, that the most likely action to prevent a goal from being scored is to stand in the middle of the goal and do nothing until the trajectory of the ball can be seen.

That means the the goalkeeper faced with a player sending a ball at them coming 80 miles per hour would have the highest success rate, 1 in 3, if they did nothing until they see which direction the ball is coming from.

Yet goalkeepers hardly ever do this.

They usually try to guess the ball’s direction before the player has even put his foot on the ball to kick it by diving left or right and neither is a good option. Diving left resulted in a 14% success rate. Diving right 12.6%.

Researchers imply that goalkeepers’ let their emotions get in the way.

They think that if they take an action by either going left or right they will be seen as having done something.

Goalkeepers fear that if they stand and wait until they know the direction the ball is coming others will criticize their inaction.

Doing something is better than doing nothing?

In the business world action is preferred and often forgiven more than inaction.

New managers step into their new jobs ready to change the face of the company sometimes making sweeping changes before the ink is dry on their new contract.

They’ve got to show whose boss and if heads roll so be it–sacrifice is for the betterment of mankind and for progress.

Right?

Not so much…

Warren Buffett, probably the world’s most famous and successful investor is famous for his inaction. He has been known to apologize to company shareholders that profits would have been higher if he’d have done nothing rather than invest their money. He often opts to look at the long term and ignore the short term ups and downs.

The same can be said for other life decisions. There are times when doing nothing is just the best thing to do.

The house is on fire–you get out.

A two year old runs in the street–you get him.

A bicycle, motorcycle,car, or speeding bullet train comes at you–you high tail it out of there.

Other times and the trick is to know when those other times are…

You might want to sit on the decision for awhile.

Is there a chance that jumping too soon may mean trouble down the road?

Is expediency absolutely critical?

Only you know the stakes.

Only you know if it feels better in your gut to wait.

Sometimes…

Nothing may just be your best action.

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Extraordinary Results

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Extraordinary results require taking extraordinary actions.

You get something out of what you put into anything you do.

There is always a risk that the action you take will result

in the loss of something.

The loss, whatever it is, will not overshadow the

gain you will receive by being brave enough to face possible loss.

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Coming Alive

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Do not ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that because what the world needs are people who are alive.

Howard Thurman

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