Watching the recent Winter Olympics, I was struck over and over with the idea that those who won medals consistently pulled out all the stops and risked everything. On the other hand, those who gave “safe” performances ended up with mediocre results.
These short messages from our company president, Bill Mansell, are filled with timely principles of success and motivation. (We call this our company blog.) They are designed to help you and your team stay motivated and to sharpen your success skills and attitudes. Each takes only one minute to read, but the profound principles could fill an entire seminar. Why not take a weekly one-minute break from your hectic schedule to read and internalize each message.
One of the saddest words in the English language is the word “almost.” I’m not speaking of someone who gives it their all but barely misses their goal. (That person is sure to double his or her efforts and demolish the goal the next time around.) I’m talking about the person who “almost” get’s started, or who “almost” sets a goal, or who “almost” gives it their best shot.
Life doesn’t always go as you planned. I recently read the story of a man who deeply desired to be an artist but faced great opposition from his family and friends.
Thoughts are the building blocks of our actions. Just like a well-prepared blueprint is critical to constructing a safe, efficient and beautiful building, so our thoughts become the plan for our actions in building a life.
This time of year, we hear a lot about Santa “making a list and checking it twice.” I choose to believe that Santa, like all of us, when confronted with a big task and a busy schedule, knows the value of making a list to keep himself organized and on track.
When I was a child, I loved to go to the local amusement park. There, they had a building called the “fun house.”
Blind, deaf, and for many years speechless, Helen Keller said:
“Recently I asked a friend who had just returned from a long walk in the woods what she had observed.
One of the most important attitudes of a successful person is a firm belief in the Law of the Harvest. That is, the more you plant, the more bountiful the harvest. If you work, you will win. And setbacks actually pave the way to your future success.
As we age, our eyes tend to lose their flexibility, making it more difficult to see up close. This presents an interesting challenge for those of us who already have trouble seeing far away objects.
You can learn a lot about life by watching ducks. One summer afternoon, years ago, we took our young children to the park to feed the ducks.
This week, as the weather turned colder and autumn leaves began to fall in my neighborhood, my thoughts have turned to winterizing our home.
We all tell stories. They help us to communicate and to relate to one another. They help us to share family history, bond with friends, and even add a humorous flair to your conversation. Most importantly, they can be used to illustrate an important point and flesh out your presentation.
Time. Too many waste it or kill it rather than wisely investing it.
Information is all around us just waiting to be discovered and utilized. And the more knowledge you have, the more you can put this information to work.
In our family, we try to teach positive thinking, especially when it pertains to school and homework. So, when my 11-year-old son came home from his first day of 6th grade, I was excited to hear his evaluation.
Traveling with my family to a remote ranch near Zions National Park in Southern Utah, I spied this unusual sign marking a narrow dirt road which jutted off the main road. It said “End of the Road”.
I love the classic story told by Zig Ziglar. Before conducting a motivational seminar, he was asked by a reporter, “you’re going to get everyone motivated?” “Yes, I’ll certainly try” Zig replied.
Much of our frustration in life stems from the following reality: there are things we THINK we CAN control, that we cannot.
“Where did you learn to do that so well?”
“You’re #1 this week.”
“I really appreciate the extra effort you put into that.”
We can learn an important lesson from boat racers. A professional racer came to a local boat club race. He practiced running at top speed from the starting point along the course.
Have you ever wondered why you are drawn to certain people and love to be around them, or why some people seem to attract confidence, success, and friendships with a variety of people?
One of the great skills of successful people is their ability to concentrate.
As we celebrate American independence and rejoice in the freedoms that we enjoy in many countries, we are reminded again that each of us as individuals is free to select our path, choose our own attitude, and to work until we succeed. I am reminded of the story about the Oyster and the Eagle.
If you work in a group of two or more people, chances are you are considered by the management as a “team.” The question is: do you consider yourself a team member? Are you really acting as a team? Or, do you, at times, think of the other people in your company as competition? After
Think of something amazing that you have done. Perhaps you built a successful business or created a work of art
What would you need in order to double your effectiveness? More time? More education? Better planning of your day?
Self-improvement is any activity that stretches and engages your mind, improves your attitude, enhances your skills, or motivates you to action.