Choose the Right Person to Imitate
It is said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. However, being a copycat is perceived to be unauthentic and often looked down upon. Why?
Imitation doesn’t have to mean we emulate exactly what another does. It means we can step back and discern what they do from a distance; take away the essence of what they do and learn.
We crave to find success stories and examples because they inspire and encourage us. Who we imitate is a powerful motivator.
Grant us the wisdom to choose the right person to imitate today.
How Can I Help?
The simplest way to make a difference is to ask, “How can I help?”
It’s the fastest way to let another person know they matter.
If we sincerely mean it and are willing to extend our energy, it shows we care about their success and well-being.
It also inspires them to clearly define what they need, which is the first step in determining what needs to be done.
The side benefit is helping another is the fastest way to improve our own lives.
Let our willingness to help another be our most powerful gift today.
The Magical Word: YET
In the time still remaining, before all is done, there is YET still time.
The word YET motivates us to keep improving.
Think about these statements:
Then, add the influential word YET to the end of each of these statements.
It’s like a breath of fresh air that shifts our attitude and level of enthusiasm.
Our brain responds to every word we hear.
Let us use the magical word YET in every challenge we face today.
August 21st, 2019
We strive to be perfect, but the reality is we will never be perfect.
Being perfect is a relative perception of an idea. It doesn’t exist. We make it up.
Maybe being perfect is when we see everything in perfect order and see the beauty in all of life?
Life is filled with highs and lows. Nothing is ever perfect. Nothing is ever permanent.
When things aren’t perfect is when we appreciate the amazement of life.
Let us see our imperfection as a way to be better and appreciate more today.
Is Your Response YES or NO?
When posed with a request we are invited to say yes or no.
If we say yes, we are saying no to something else. Once we say yes too many times, all those yeses become obligations and we become overwhelmed.
When we say no, we are saying yes to something else. If we say no too many times, all those no’s turn into missed opportunities and we become stagnant.
Knowing what we value helps determine how we respond: yes or no.
Otherwise other people’s values become more important than our own.
Let us say yes to less so we have space to do the impactful things we love today.
Who Cares About Our Success?
No one cares about the number of mistakes we make or successes that didn’t pan out. Chances are, they don’t even know and aren’t concerned.
All they care about is the final delivery, the finished product that is a success.
Once we achieve success, no one knows how hard we worked, how many sacrifices we made and how much energy we expended.
Equally important, no one knows how many times we failed before we were successful. All of our struggles and mistakes go by the wayside. They don’t count.
Let us know what it takes to deliver success and let that be our measure of success today.
Cool, Calm, Stable and Confident
Equanimity is the steadiness of the mind, the ability to be at peace during stress and chaos.
It’s not being aloof or disconnected.
It’s the capacity to not get caught up in the drama or not taking anything personally.
It is the ultimate state of balance when the mind is cool, calm, stable and confident.
Take a deep breath and see the impermanence of most situations that are not life or death.
Let us see the big picture and be centered in the middle of whatever is happening today.
Owning the Outcome
Accountability is being responsible and explaining our actions to someone for something.
Personal accountability is holding ourselves accountable.
We can misrepresent ourselves to everyone else except ourselves. When we are personally accountable, we are completely free and in control of the result.
It’s the #1 success principle.
Let our personal accountability be the example that speaks for us today.
Stop and Start Anew Tomorrow
Highly, intrinsically motivated people aren’t challenged when it comes to starting to work on their goals. They are more challenged when it comes to stopping.
The motivation to stop is just as important as the motivation to begin.
When we get to a stopping point or need to make a transition to do something else, or it’s the end of the day, we must find the motivation to say I’ve done enough; I have confidence that tomorrow will bring a new day with a fresh start.
Let us trust when it’s time to stop so we can freely move to the next great thing today.
Balance with Inner-Stability
Balance is the alignment in how we distribute our time -- then being present in each slice of each time allotment.
It’s the ability to embrace what we are doing in the current time slide and release any qualms about what we should or should not be doing about anything else.
Why take a day off, go on a vacation, go out to dinner, spend time with who we love or do what we love…. if we are worried about something else?
When can use this as our guide, we are more balanced.
Let our minds be aligned and reinforced with inner stability today.