11 Observations

1. If you “open” your eyes, you will see “everything.”
2. Talk to “it”, not about “it!”
3. Communication is a crucial component in any relationship.
4. Understanding is the “truth” you stand under…
5. A Father’s reward comes much later. Good father’s aren’t even recognized until their gone.
6. There was a time that Ten dollars could get you by the week.
7. Don’t be great by yourself, even the Lone Ranger had Tonto…
8. Beginnings don’t like endings
9. Master where you are first!
10. Can you do without no one patting you on the back? Lack of acknowledgement?
11. Pay Attention.

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New Year Prep: Three Things to Do Everyday

As we get ready for the year of 2014. I thought this video would got you thinking. I hope you enjoy Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 ESPY Speech. “Don’t give up .. . Don’t ever give up.”®

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New Year’s Prep: A Dollar and Some Ambition

Jim Rohn motivational speaker and author Each of us has two distinct choices to make about what we will do with our lives. The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less. To read less and think less. To try less and discipline ourselves less.

These are the choices that lead to an empty life. These are the choices that, once made, lead to a life of constant apprehension instead of a life of wondrous anticipation.

And the second choice? To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. To read every book that we possibly can. To earn as much as we possibly can. To give and share as much as we possibly can. To strive and produce and accomplish as much as we possibly can. All of us have the choice. To do or not to do. To be or not to be. To be all or to be less or to be nothing at all.

Like the tree, it would be a worthy challenge for us all to stretch upward and outward to the full measure of our capabilities. Why not do all that we can, every moment that we can, the best that we can, for as long as we can?

Our ultimate life objective should be to create as much as our talent and ability and desire will permit. To settle for doing less than we could do is to fail in this worthiest of undertakings.

Results are the best measurement of human progress. Not conversation. Not explanation. Not justification. Results! And if our results are less than our potential suggests that they should be, then we must strive to become more today than we were the day before. The greatest rewards are always reserved for those who bring great value to themselves and the world around them as a result of who and what they have become.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

Monday Mentors: Jim Rohn’s Profits are Better than Wages

Jim Rohn motivational speaker and authorMy mentor, when I was 25 years old, dropped a phrase on me that changed my life forever when he said, “profits are better than wages. Wages will make you a living, profits can make you a fortune.”

You know it is a bit difficult to get rich on wages, but anybody can get rich on profits. Profits change your whole attitude, even if you start part-time. Whether it’s part-time on your entrepreneurial business, network marketing company or service business.

It can be a landscape business in the summer or hanging Christmas lights in the winter. It can be training, consulting or tutoring. It can be your hobby such as painting, writing, crafts, woodworking, computers or cooking. But once you start investing even part time effort into your own business, you will find how much more exciting it is to get up in the morning and go to work on your fortune, even if you’re only spending a few hours a week doing it.

How empowering it is to be able to go to work on your fortune every day rather than going to work to pay the rent. Now – it is noble to go to work to pay the rent, but if you could also parcel out part of your time – go to work to make your fortune.

Your whole attitude changes; your spirit changes. It is in your voice. It is in your face. It is in your gestures. And then you can say, “I am now working full-time on my job and part-time on my fortune because I found a way to make profits.” Wow!

Let the adventure begin…

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

What If Today Was the Day Everything Changes?

Is there a day in life when everything changes?

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Every night we go to bed and put the day to rest.  Each morning we wake up with another opportunity, another test, and somewhere deep inside the question–is today that dayTHE day when everything changes?

If fact, love her or not, Oprah Winfrey is one wise soul.  She said, “Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for the moment that is to come.”

Are you prepared for the moment to come? Those moments that move you forward in your life and business.

Perhaps today is the day to turn your life, your relationships, your career, or your business around.  Days of discontent, indecision, and uncertainty are part of life but so are the those grand and glorious days and moments that give our lives meaning and purpose.  The goal is to have less of the former and more of the latter.

Maybe your life is perfect but I would bet there is room for improvement.  For sake of discussion, lets assume some things in your life are great and some areas need a bit of sprucing or spicing up.

What would it take? First, we have to commit to doing our best in this very moment. Doing our best at a few simple things can literally start to transform our lives virtually overnight. Doing our true best at everything can revolutionize our results forever.

Not to go “all Oprah on ya” but here’s another profound “O.W.” thought to consider…

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

Making the best decisions, exercising the best choices, and taking advantage of the best opportunities.  This is how we do our best and become our best.  But how do we know what’s “best”?

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It begins with knowing where you are and where you want to be.  What do you want to change?  What are your willing to do to make that change happen in your life?  What are you willing to give up or stop doing? Knowledge is key and action is the engine.

Here are a few tips to get you started…

Understand this, before you can get the right answers, you have to ask the right questions.

1.Where are you in life in comparison to your grandest dreams and desires?

2. What do you want to change and what do you want to remain the same?

3. What other possibilities exist that you haven’t yet explored that could/would help you create the results and rewards in your life that you desire most?

4. What would you have to do, not do, do more of, do less of that would give you the time, space, and freedom to move forward toward your ideal place in your life?

5. What would be the first step in opening those possibilities and maybe even moving them to probabilities?

Like everyone else in life, I’ve gotten stuck, stalled, and stymied in life.  I’ve gotten fuzzy in my vision.  I’ve gotten lost along the way in pursuing my dreams.  Like you, I’ve occasionally gotten punched in the mouth, sucker-punched in the gut by life, and lived to tell about it (if you’re reading this, you’ve gotten through it too). Through it all I’ve learned two very important lessons.

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First, understanding that success and progress rarely reside on a straight line.  Knowing this has helped me tremendously in overcoming frustrations that can sometimes paralyze us and jerk us off the path of progress. Yes, there will be obstacles.  You bet there will be twists and turns that are often unanticipated or unavoidable.  It’s all part of the process of making progress.

Next, I’ve often been quoted saying, “As long as I’m moving in the right direction I’d rather fall forward flat on my face than backwards on my ass.”  I teach it, I preach it, and I truly believe it.  Facing in the direction of your destination is vital in making meaningful progress in your every action.

Someone else once shared with me “Fail fast but fail forward.”  I’ve learned not to fear failure but to use my mistakes and missteps as learning leverage to do better on my next step. The faster I “fail” in learning what doesn’t work the faster I can get onto finding what does.

First, decide first what it is you want, what needs to be done, and make a commitment to make today the day when you take the first step.

Second, find an example, a model, a mentor of who or what you aspire to be, do, have, or achieve.  Doing this educates us, inspires us, and helps us remember what’s possible.  The example, model, or mentor you choose can be someone you know or not, living or dead.  Even a compilation of people who possess the characteristics you admire and aspire to have can be examples to help you achieve your goals.

Third, understand things begin to change when we change the way we look at them.

The moment you look at the world and yourself with new eyes filled with a fresh perspective you’ve taken the first step to making today THE day when everything changes.

Today is the day, THAT day when everything changes–get up, get started, and get in gear moving from where you are to where you want to be.

The Major Key to Your Better Future is You by Jim Rohn

Jim Rohn motivational speaker and author Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, I believe personal growth is the greatest. We can talk about sales growth, profit growth, asset growth, but all of this probably will not happen without personal growth.

It’s really the open door to it all. In fact I’d like to have you memorize a most important phrase. Here it is, “The major key to your better future is YOU.”

Let me repeat that. “The major key to your better future is YOU.” Put that someplace you can see it everyday, in the bathroom, in the kitchen, at the office, anywhere where you can see it everyday. The major key to your better future is YOU. Try to remember that every day you live and think about it. The major key is YOU.

Now, there are many things that will help your better future. If you belong to a strong, dynamic and progressive company, that would help. If the company has good products, good services that you are proud of, that would certainly help. If there were good sales aids, that would help, good training would certainly help.

If there is strong leadership that will certainly help. All of these things will help, and of course, if it doesn’t storm, that will help. If your car doesn’t break down, that will help. If the kids don’t get sick, that will help. If the neighbors stay half way civil, that will help. If your relatives don’t bug you, that will help.

If it isn’t too cold, if it isn’t too hot, all those things will help your better future. And if prices don’t go much higher and if taxes don’t get much heavier, that will help. And if the economy stays stable, those things will all help. We could go on and on with the list; but remember this, the list of things that I’ve just covered and many more – all put together – play a minor role in your better future.

The major key to your better future is you. Lock your mind onto that. This is a super important point to remember. The major key is you. Mr. Shoaff always answered when asked, “How do you develop an above average income?” by saying “Simple, become an above average person. Work on you.” Mr. Shoaff would say, “Develop an above average handshake.”

He would say, “A lot of people want to be successful, and they don’t even work on their handshake. As easy as that would be to start, they let it slide. They don’t understand.” Mr. Shoaff would say, “Develop an above average smile.

Develop an above average excitement. Develop an above average dedication. Develop an above average interest in other people.” He would say, “To have more, become more.” Remember; work harder on yourself than you do on your job. For a long time in my life, I didn’t have this figured out.

Strangely enough, with two different people in the same company one may earn an extra $100 a month, and the other may earn a $1,000. What could possibly be the difference? If the products were the same, if the training was the same, if they both had the same literature, the same tools.

If they both had the same teacher, the same compensation plan, if they both attended the same meetings, why would one person earn the $100 per month and the other person earn the $1000? Remember here is the difference…the difference is personal, inside, not outside, inside.

You see the real difference is inside you. In fact, the difference IS you. Someone once said, “The magic is not in the products. The magic is not in the literature. The magic is not in the film. There isn’t a magic meeting, but the magic that makes things better is inside you, and personal growth makes this magic work for you.

The magic is in believing. The magic is in daring. The magic is in trying. The real magic is in persevering. The magic is in accepting. It’s in working. The magic is in thinking. There is magic in a handshake. There is magic in a smile. There is magic in excitement and determination.

There is real magic in compassion and caring and sharing. There is unusual magic in strong feeling and you see, all that comes from inside, not outside. So, the difference is inside you. The real difference is you. You are the major key to your better future.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn