shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight
in the hills;
we shall never surrender..."
Have you ever suffered a set-back, defeat, or
been stuck on a detour in your career, company, or community
involvements? Have you ever had one of those days when you felt just
a bit disillusioned and down? Have you ever felt like you were alone
in your battles and wanted to throw in the towel?
have and I'm sure everyone who has achieved any level of
success has gone through several dark seasons of the soul
enroute to their success.
Recently my friend Michel Neray (www.neray.com
) and I
chatted about this...
He said, "Sometimes the hardest
thing is to figure out whether you are doing the wrong thing and
that's why you're not getting the result you want, or you're doing
the right thing and you simply have to give it more time. There's no
guru or simple formula to help you figure it out -- you just have to
let your heart, head, and gut battle it out, and then do whatever
Taking inspiration from someone who has
experienced seemingly overwhelming odds might provide a small
inspiration in your situation. For example:
was June 4th, 1940 (68 years ago today)
and it was painfully clear that France was about
to collapse under the military might of Nazi Germany. There was
still an Anglo-French alliance, of sorts. The United States was
still keeping its neutrality and it was obvious that
Britain stood to all intents and purpose - alone. How would you like
to deal with that less than 3 weeks after being given this
leadership role following the resignation of Prime Minister
Chamberlain on May 10th, 1940.
This is exactly the situation
Sir Winston Churchill took on and this famous quote was from his
June 4th speech delivered in the house of commons to gain their
support and to rally the support of the British people.
did not gloss over the challenges or the strength of their
enemy; in fact he was more than accurate concerning their abilities
and their intent. He did however speak to the soul and the
commitment to fight this enemy for how ever long it
Here is the quote in its full
- How solid is
your commitment to your growth, your career, and your success?
- How committed
are you to fighting through and giving it what ever it takes to
reach your goals and to see your ideas become reality?
- How committed
are you to dealing with the challenges enroute to proving to
yourself, your family and your friends, that you have what it
takes to be a winner?
"Even though large tracts of
Europe and many old and famous states have fallen or may fall into
the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule,
we shall not flag or fail.
"We shall go on to the
end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and
oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength
in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we
shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in
the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for
a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated
and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by
the British Fleet would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good
time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to
the rescue and the liberation of the Old."
fought they did and they won. You can too!
Take a fresh look
at the challenges you face and dig deep into your courage and
conviction to fight again and to win.
(c) 2008 Bob 'Idea Man'
What ONE coffee can
Quick note from Bob: I took the liberty
of quoting directly from the company website for this very special
day. Go out and buy a coffee to support the kids.
"Wednesday, June 4th, 2008, is a special
day for Tim Hortons store owners, staff and customers. It's
Camp Day - the one day a year when 'every
penny' raised from coffee sales at participating Tim Hortons
stores across Canada and the United States, will be donated to the
Tim Horton Children's Foundation.
What One Cup of Coffee Can Do
Every time a customer buys a coffee at Tim Hortons on
Camp Day they will help send over 13,000 kids - who could otherwise
not afford it - on the camping adventure of a lifetime. All children
who attend the Foundation's camp sessions are selected from within
the communities where Tim Hortons stores are located. Tim Hortons
store owners work closely with local youth organizations and schools
to select appropriate children, between the ages of nine and 12, to
attend a 10 day summer camp session or seven day winter camp
session." Read the complete article on the Tim Hortons
Lessons in Life
For over 7 years, Regia Brett was a columnist at The
Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio. During that time, she was
diagnosed and successfully treated for breast cancer. Regina is now
a columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. Her
column runs on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
Lessons in Life
To celebrate growing older, I once wrote
the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most
requested column I've ever written.
rolls over to 50 this week, so here's an update:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No
one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards
6. You don't have to win every
argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with
someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first
10. When it comes to chocolate,
resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your
past so it won't screw up the present.
OK to let your children see you cry.
compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is
14. If a relationship has to be a
secret, you shouldn't be in it.
can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never
16. Life is too short for long pity
parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
You can get through anything if you stay put in
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a
19. It's never too late to have a
happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one
20. When it comes to going after what you
love in life, don't take no for an answer.
Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.
Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is
22. Over prepare, then go with the
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old
age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex
organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of
your happiness except you.
26. Frame every
so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone, everything.
other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time,
31. However good or bad a situation is, it
32. Your job won't take care of you
when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you
because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does
make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the
alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children
get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
Read the Psalms. They cover every human
39. Get outside every day.
Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all
threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the
most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that
isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that
truly matters in the end is that you loved.
Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you
45. The best is yet to
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress
up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms
48. If you don't ask, you don't
isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Regina Brett This thought provoking article shared with us
courtesy of my friend, Marja Broeksma, CKD
A Simple Truth
Interesting how things appear
when they are supposed to isn't it? As I was cleaning out my emails
after writing this month's Point to Ponder, I found a note from Mac
Anderson who left Successories to found SimpleTruths.com.
My friend Christine Oxley
shared this amazing, inspirational site with me on a recent visit to
Las Vegas. Thanks Christine.
Mac shared about a new book and
DVD based on a poem called The Race and I share it with you here. It fits
with the thread that is being woven through this issue. Enjoy and
employ its simple truths in your life.
Last Minute News and ideas
May: May continued with travel from Philly (where I
followed Brian Tracy and worked with 10 leaders from various
furniture retailers) over to Boston to take part in NSA's Branding
and Promotions Lab. Great weekend learning some new ideas and being
reinforced in that I was on the right path in many of my
Working on a new 'year two'
format for our Secret Selling Tips online sales leader's success
program. We are starting to get renewals for year two, following our
visit to Philly, and I want to make it even better than year
Catching up on a few things around the office and home
after being away more than home in April. Good to sleep in my own
bed for a change.
Spent some time with my 'brilliant'
friend Michel Neray (Essential
Message) from CAPS Toronto while he was in Edmonton to present
for our CAPS Edmonton Chapter.
Co-hosted a special Wild Rose
Toastmasters evening (May 29th) with a focus on technology. Lots of
fun and a few new ideas for each of us to apply in our
Saw another of my articles published in Software Sales Journal May '08 issue. 3rd
one since I was originally invited to submit last fall. Nice to find
another audience for my ideas. Am humbled to be included in the
caliber of writers who contribute to this publication.
Coached a couple of clients for a big presentation they have
planned for June in Canmore. One more final rehearsal session on
June 2nd and away they go.
Starting work on our Secret
Leadership Tips series. Working on the website to support
this new venture as well as writing the first dozen issues.
Thanks to Tracy H., one of
our subscribers, for kindly recommending me to her boss. I am
looking forward to working with their Western Region Sales Directors
in Kananaskis, AB on July 16th of this year.
June: June will be jumping with continued
work on "The Power of ONE! - Pocket Wisdom for Leaders"
as well as our co-operative leadership work, "In the
Company of Leaders" for launch August 15th at my Toastmasters Leadership Keynote.
the studio yesterday (June 3rd) to do a few sales and leadership
clips. Hope to get in and do a bit more filming later in June so I
can have a full year's worth to pull from in building this series.
Kudo's to Dale and his team (Sean and Chris) for their help in
making this work. They are amazing.
Looking for a sponsor or
two to help offset the printing for "The Power of ONE! -
Pocket Wisdom for Leaders." If you know of anyone, or would
like to help us, call me at: 780-736-0009
Just got a note
that the sales article, where I was interviewed, will be in the
Globe and Mail's Report on Business, June 12th
issue. I'll have to get a copy or three. Be interesting to
see what ideas the writer got and pulled from our interview.
Have agreed to sit on the Speaking of Impact (CAPS National)
editorial board. Our first meeting (bridge call) is June 6th.
June 20th and 21st: Our second annual CAPS
Edmonton and CAPS Calgary meeting in Red Deer. Last year was a
resounding success in both programing and fund raising for our two
Chapters. Two great speakers again this year. Last year 3 people
paid $625 each to pick my brain for a half day. Wow! Will donate my
time again this year. I had fun working with my successful bidders.
Hoping to get some away personal time as well and to catch
up around the yard.
"To the world, you may be just one person.
But to one person, you may just be the world."
Mac Anderson & Lance Wubbles
Special note: June
15th is Father's Day. I still miss my dad, 10 years after
he passed away. I miss being able to call him to chat, to share good
news, challenges, successes and even failures. He was my hero, my
champion and my cheerleader. In fact, the last words I heard from
him on my answering machine the night before he passed away were,
how proud he was of me and that he loved me. He volunteered to serve
his country during WWII .
Make this a special day for
you both. Spend time with your dad if he is still with you,
call and send a card. He may not say much, but he will be pleased
you did. Some of my best memories are simple times we spent
Mac Anderson and Lance Wubbles created a little
book entitled: To a Child LOVE is Spelled
T-I-M-E. Here is a link to a promo about this delightful little
PS: To our aging
parents, LOVE is also spelled T-I-M-E. I remember an
old folk song (1974), "Cat's in the Cradle" by
Harry Chapin... its last line is: "And as I hung up the phone,
it occurred to me/He'd grown up just like me/My boy was just like me
...". I would be proud to be just like my dad. I wish I could
tell him again how important he was to me and how much I loved him.
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