Point to Ponder
What is important
With all the news of
floods, earthquakes, and other disasters around the world and the
devastation they've caused in people lives I wonder what is
really important to you and me?
Thousands have lost their
homes, their livelihoods, and even members of their family. In some
areas many will be losing their jobs. In Cuba there will be 500,000
people who will be laid off in the tourism sector this
Here in North America
there are many who are still out of work or under-employed,
struggling to make ends meet. And, yet I hear many who are, in
my opinion, blessed and spoiled who are complaining and whining
about trivial things. Sad!
Makes me give my head a
shake at times. I know full well what it is to go through rough
patches and to be so close to loosing it all. I also know what it is
like to be living in a life of blessing and abundance. Have to say,
I prefer the abundance.
The real secret
is how we look at what we are dealing with... good and bad.
On the other side of the coin:
Irene's cousin is overjoyed her son came thru his open heart
surgery. And my speaker friend Catherine Armstrong can hardly wait
to fly to Australia to meet her grandbaby for the first time. And,
as I write this my wife, who loves me is working at her computer not
4 feet from me, and our furry kids are laying in their respective
baskets... so life is good!
- Are we grateful
for what we have?
- Are we grateful
for the challenges in our life?
- Do we see them
as important in making us who we are?
Irene and I were in Cuba early last month for her
birthday and came away with an increased appreciation for what we
have and what is important to us. Our new friends in Cuba taught us
that you can have virtually nothing and still enjoy life if that is
important to you.
What is important
Who is important in your life?
What do you want to accomplish that is important as a
See you next
This is me with my friend
and fellow author/speaker Kelly Falardeau who just published her 1st
book. I had the privilege of being included in the book as well as
endorsing it. She is an amazing young lady who has an important
message to share. I am pleased to play a small part in her journey
and am inspired by her energy and enthusiasm.
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joining CAPS so will be a member soon.
Don't Be A Spectator
By Alan W.
Dennis Waitley once said that perhaps the
greatest torture that could be devised would be for us to be forced,
in our later years, to watch a continuously repeating movie of the
lives we could have led had we dared to believe in and pursue the
dreams and goals that were available and attainable in our
DON'T BE A SPECTATOR
we all say we don't have enough time to do justice to our goals and
dreams, each of us has all the time there is. None of us really has
a time-management problem. We really have a self-management or dream
and goal-focus problem. We spend too much energy worrying about the
things we want to do but can't, instead of concentrating on doing
the things we can do but don't. It is the regret for something we
did or didn't do yesterday and the apprehension of what we can't do
tomorrow that is the biggest energy drain on our lives.
dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. It is
what you would like your life to become. A goal is what,
specifically, you intend to make happen.
individuals become spectators, resigned to experience success
vicariously through others' accomplishments. They can see success
for others, but they can't imagine it for themselves. Dreams and
goals are previews of coming attractions in your life. You can be
either the script writer, the star and the producer of an
Oscar-winning epic life, or an extra in a "B" movie that someone
else wrote and directed for you. Which is it to
STAY FOCUSED ON YOU
that your goals are not measured in comparison with others'. Avoid
the tendency to measure your own progress by looking over the fence
at greener pastures. There are many others who have started a little
earlier than you, and you may become discouraged if you see them
harvesting success when some of your seeds are barely in the ground.
Comparison rarely benefits anyone. You'll always be able to find
someone smarter, younger, older, wiser, richer, more clever, better
looking, or working harder or more effectively than you
When you make comparisons in which you place yourself
beneath others, you're in for a discouragement that will keep you
procrastinating and perhaps even from seriously pursuing your life
goals. You can also find others who don't measure up to what you
have become or are aspiring to be. Avoid the tendency to compare
yourself with them as well. You will lower your goals and settle for
average when you could have excellence.
You may come to
think that you deserve more success than others
or that success
lies ahead for you no matter what you do. Both are false assumptions.
Success isn't a pie with
a limited number of pieces. The success of others has very little
bearing on your own success. You and everyone you know can become
successful without anyone suffering setbacks, harm, or downturns.
Neither is your success measured by what others say or accomplish.
Only you can truly define your success, and only you can measure
(c) 2011 Alan Goff, All
rights reserved. Article courtesy Alberta Speakers.
Last Minute News
As you know Irene and I
had a great week in celebration of her birthday in Cuba. Always
great to go somewhere warm for a few days each winter. Great month
in Feburary with CAPS National President Ravi Tangri coming to visit
our local Edmonton Chapter. Two good webinars for The Business Link.
Two more webinars next month as well as a keynote for a Road
Construction firm later in the month.
Working on a couple of
publications: Revamping and expanding Thinking Beyond The
FIRST Sale as an ebook for launch and sale this month.
Already sold the first copy. I am also working on Talk, So
People Will Listen for sale. It will be available in both
paper and pdf formats.
I continue my
work as the Director of Progamming and Development for the CAPS
Edmonton chapter. Fun recruiting speakers to come and share their
wisdom each month. Also, still having fun as a member of NSA's
Chapter Leadership Council and have been asked to stay on for
Our March CAPS Edmonton meeting (12th) has two of my long
time friends Michel Neray from Toronto and Sarah Eaton from Calgary
as speakers. Also looking forward to hosting an evening with my
friend Peter Legge (March 22nd) who is flying in a day early just to
spend the evening with our CAPS Edmonton Chapter.
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This shot was actually on the beach in Mexico last
year, but I wanted to at least mentally be somewhere warm right now.
I know we just came back from Cuba a few weeks ago, and I promised
Irene I would be good and stay home this year so we can save up her
holidays for next year in Australia... but I would still love to be
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