It occurred to me this morning as I was working through various social media feeds that there were some folks who were all taking the same actions to work toward different goals. While it’s vital to understand that everyone has different goals, or at least different definitions of what a particular goal is, it’s perhaps more important to understand, and integrate into your planning and process, that your end goal determines what your actions should be. Further, as you evolve through the process of striving toward your goal, your skill sets will change, as will your knowledge base, and if you don’t make adjustments as you go, then eventually you stagnate, lose faith, lose motivation or simply don’t work as efficiently. Let’s take a look at fitness as an example. Continue reading
WARNING: This is my OPINION. As such I don’t need to justify it, support it, argue points of it, etc. If what I say upsets you, you are welcome not to read it anymore.
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It’s morning in America. It’s Wednesday; middle of the work week. Happy Hump Day. You made it to the half way mark. That might seem easier or harder this week because election day was yesterday. For some, that meant the day off. For others, that meant an extra long work day. For kids around the country it meant schools were closed since so many are used as polling places. What it meant, in general, was that Monday was a lower-than-usual productivity day as everyone debated and prepared for election day. Tuesday was election day and even though voting usually only takes a couple of hours AT MOST (and only if the line is long), the day centers around the election and discussions about candidates, pros, cons, etc. Then Tuesday evening is spent by a lot of people – all around the world in fact – waiting to see who won. Continue reading
Per dictionary.com: one definition of “dream” is, “an aspiration; goal; aim.” Per the same website, one definition of “achievement” is, “something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort, great courage, etc.” So what sets apart the people who ONLY dream from those who dream AND achieve? The answer is simple: hard work. Continue reading
In every kind of relationship: personal, work, friends, whatever – in EVERY kind of relationship there are requirements of both parties involved if the relationship is going to be successful. No relationship can be forever carried by one half; both have to participate. The three things that are required are communication, motivation and initiative. Let’s take a look at all three and see how they can have a positive impact on any relationship, and how lacking any one can cause serious problems in a given relationship. Continue reading
In the military and law enforcement fields of endeavor – where I have spent almost my entire adult life – time is a precious commodity. Sometimes there is absolutely nothing going on and it’s easy to get bored. Time moves SO slow then. Then there are those moments of utter chaos with potential for great harm and time flies by faster than you can keep track of. In a dangerous conflict, the value of time is literally immeasurable. Think of it this way: If you’re in a gun fight, what would pay for a one second head start? Reality is that a single second, for better or worse, can have an impact on someone’s day. Continue reading
We ALL have dreams. Some of them are big dreams: a bigger house, to be married, to have a dozen grandchildren, etc. Some of them are smaller dreams: a better (newer?) car, to date someone we like, to get that promotion, etc. Most of us recognize that “dreams” are also goals – and we can work toward our goals. One of the biggest challenges we face in making our dreams come true is realizing that WE have the power to make them come true. We simply have to figure out the necessary steps to work toward the desired end result and then start accomplishing the steps. It’s really that simple when you think about it and, if you can realize that, then it’s easy to see why your dreams will never come true unless YOU work for them. YOU have to work toward making them reality.
Every day it’s inevitable: I talk with someone who, at some point during the conversation, says, “I wish…” WHAT they wish for may be highly improbable. “I wish I could win the lottery.” “I wish I could go back in time and change blah blah blah.” “I wish…” But some of what they utter a wish for IS obtainable if only they would ACT to make their wish come true. “I wish I could control my future.” “I wish I was skinnier.” “I wish I was built better.” Hmmm… I’m pretty sure you can make such wishes come true.