|| Point to Ponder
"Today, I will experience something new. I will learn
from the world around me: from the words I read, the sounds I hear,
the touches I feel, and the faces I see.
Even through the
course of my daily tasks, I will try to search for a new
perspective, lean towards understanding, and make the commonplace a
wondrous place to be."
Think about the past
Looking back over the past year, what have you
What is different in your life based on your
'on-the-go' education and experience path?
Are you better equipped to lead, love, learn, or
serve than you were a year ago?
What successes have you experienced and who shared
in helping you achieve them?
Is there something that you wanted to do and for
some reason didn't get it started or completed?
Our life is made up of interactive
Each April, I take a short planning
break and ask myself probing questions like these. My life goal
and intent is to live my life to make a leveraged difference in the
world. I take time to revisit my dreams and see how I have done in
building solid foundations for success under those sky condominiums
(castles). I also know that what gets measured gets rewarded and can
be adjusted for finer focus. It works well for me and has helped me
keep focused along the way to deal with challenges as I sought to
successfully learn and enhance my life.
If you, like me, have found a missing piece or
two in the last year, be of good cheer and resolve to move ahead on
it today. Life is too short to live in regret. Live forward!
"It is never too
late to be what you might have been."
Here are a few suggestions to help maintain an attitude
of constant learning:
- Take a class at the local college or community center.
- Join Toastmasters and work on becoming a better leader and
- Explore that hobby you've found intriguing.
- Start a journal, begin a blog, sign up for Facebook.
- Take up a sport. It's a great way to meet interesting people.
- Explore your own city or town as though you were visiting for
the first time.
- Resolve to read selectively and strategically to advance your
career. Commit to finding and reading one book a month that will
serve this quest.
I know when you come home after a long and sometimes challenging
day at work this might not sound like fun to you. However, your
energies can be replenished when your mind is actively engaged in
something that challenge and engages you.
I challenge you to invest time thinking, reflecting, dreaming,
scheming, planning, or just plain working on your future. It
will be an investment that will bring dividends beyond your wildest
Let me leave you with one more thought from Vincent Arcoleo:
"Life can be so hectic, leaving
you with little choice but to be swept up in the hustle and bustle
that each day brings. Make today special. Slow down for awhile,
maybe even stop time... forget your responsibilities and concentrate
on your dreams."
© 2008 Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, All rights reserved. www.Ideaman.net
PS: Picture is me exploring a semi-deserted beach in
Australia a few years back.
Seven Steps to Success
by Brian Tracy
Discipline yourself to do what you know you need to do to be the
very best in your field. Perhaps the best definition of self
discipline is this: "Self discipline is the ability to make
yourself do what you should do when you should do it, whether you
feel like it or not." It is easy to do something when you
feel like it. It's when you don't feel like it and you force
yourself to do it anyway that you move your life and career onto the
What decisions do you need to make today in
order to start moving toward the top of your field? Whatever it is,
either to get in or get out, make a decision today and then get
started. This single act alone can change the whole direction of
Seven Steps to Success
is a powerful seven step formula that you can use to set and achieve
your goals for the rest of your life. Every single successful person
uses this formula or some variation of this formula to achieve
vastly more than the average person. And so can you. Here it
Decide What You Want
Step number one, decide
exactly what it is you want in each part of your life. Become a
"meaningful specific" rather than a "wandering generality."
Write it Down
Second, write it down,
clearly and in detail. Always think on paper. A goal that is not in
writing is not a goal at all. It is merely a wish and it has no
energy behind it.
Set a Deadline
set a deadline for your goal. A deadline acts as a "forcing system"
in your subconscious mind. It motivates you to do the things
necessary to make your goal come true. If it is a big enough goal,
set sub-deadlines as well. Don't leave this to chance.
Make a List
Fourth, make a list of
everything that you can think of that you are going to have to do to
achieve your goal. When you think of new tasks and activities, write
them on your list until your list is complete.
Organize Your List
Fifth, organize your
list into a plan. Decide what you will have to do first and what you
will have to do second. Decide what is more important and what is
less important. And then write out your plan on paper, the same way
you would develop a blueprint to build your dream
The sixth step is for
you to take action on your plan. Do something. Do anything. But get
busy. Get going.
Do Something Every
Do something every single day that moves you in the
direction of your most important goal at the moment. Develop the
discipline of doing something 365 days each year that is moving you
forward. You will be absolutely astonished at how much you
accomplish when you utilize this formula in your life every single
Here are two things
you can do to put these ideas into action
First, decide exactly what you
want, write it down with a deadline, make a plan and take action -
on at least one goal - today!
determine the price you will have to pay to achieve this goal and
then get busy paying that price - whatever it is.
©2008 Brian Tracy, Used with permission. Brian Tracy
has been empowering business and sales professionals by
sharing his knowledge all over the world. His techniques will allow
you to reach your goals and achieve the unthinkable. Brian, also a
former Edmontonian, has graciously allowed us to access and share
from his vast wisdom and experience. Brian graciously offered his
help when I launched my www.SecretSellingTips.com last year. Please visit
Brian's website and invest in yourself by adding some of his
value-added books and other programs to your success library. Visit:
PS: Brian and I will be working with a group of 10 North American
furniture retailers in Philadelphia, PA at the end of the month.
Brian will be speaking to the whole group, including owners and I
will be facilitating with their sales group following his
- March 1st: Great start for the month with a
special session in Hinton on how to be an effective Emcee. Also a
chance to visit with a friend who had 4 of his sales team in my
Speaking for Success program the day before.
- March 8th: CAPS Edmonton with special guests
Kristin Arnold and Joseph Sherren.
- March 10th: Had dinner with Toastmasters
International President Chris Ford and about 60 excited
Toastmasters in St. Albert.
- March 15th: CAPS Calgary with special guest
Stephen Hammond, Past President of CAPS Vancouver.
- March 20-25th: Road trip to Vancouver,
BC for Easter. Nice time, visiting Granville Island Market,
friends and family for Easter. The trip home was an adventure.
Almost made it up the Coquihala summit until a truck jackknifed in
front of us. We sat for 4 hours until a very nice tow truck
operator stopped and pulled us out. He took us right to the toll
both. I was very grateful for his assistance.
- March 27th: Actually in town so I can attend
my Wild Rose Toastmasters club.
- Interviewed by reporter from Globe and Mail for a sales
article for their Report on Business Magazine.
- Software Sales Journal published a second
article in their February issue.
- Canadian Manager published by Canadian Institute of Management
featured two of my articles in their Winter 2008 issue. 7 Leadership Laws, Changing Leadership Skills
- Webstuff: Finished templates for conversion
to Aweber delivery system of Ideas @ Work and sent out first
request for confirmation. Expanded several of our speaker sites
with new speakers signing on for 2008.
April arrives in style
Lots of last minute details: Learning
guides and other paperwork for several April Events as
well as my Keynote for Toastmasters International in August.
Couple of holds for prospective programs.
- Continue writing and work on my new, "In the Company of Leaders" for publication
and release in August. Continue my writing and work
on "The Power of One! - Pocket wisdom
for Leaders" for same deadline. I want to find
a corporate sponsor for this Pocket Wisdom publication so I
can give one to each who attends, all of the District Leaders (93
countries), as well as the incoming Toastmasters International
Board of Directors. Anyone have a
suggestion or contact for a company who might be interested?
- April 8-14th: Heading to Las Vegas for
NSA's Presentation and Performance Lab. Heading
down a few days early to visit some long time (30
years) friends and catch my breath. Will take the laptop and
do a bit of writing in the mornings.
- April 18th: Celebrating My Personal
New Year. I take my birthday as a time to reflect, re-energize
and refocus each year.
- April 18th: Co-hosting CAPS Edmonton's new
member fireside chat with my friend and colleague Catherine
- April 22-23rd: Calgary for CPSA's annual
Corporate Sales Challenge.
- April 24th:
Facilitating the morning session
for the Association of Administrative Assistants annual
professional development event in Edmonton.
- April 25-27th: Calgary. AB for my friend
Mark LeBlanc's Achiever's Circle. First time he has offered it
in Canada. He's told me about this over the years and I am going
to be able to experience this success weekend first hand.
- April 29th-May 1st: Philadelphia, PA
facilitating a group of sales leaders from 10 North American
furniture, appliances, and home electronics retailers.
May 2-4th: NSA Branding and Promotion lab in Boston,
Then back home in time to launch our 4th year of Ideas @
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