Happy New Year Fam! I’m so glad I’m alive to see this new year – the beginning of another cycle. For me, 2012 brought so many blessings, victories, and very few disappointments. Now, I realize that this might not have…
Recently, I have been giving serious thought to everything I’ve ever believed in. Not to go into much detail, I’m one that has grown to believe in a lot of things. Some realistic, some larger than life, some a little…
Hey fam! I hope you kicked off your day with a positive attitude! I know that’s hard to do most of the time; especially since we’re constantly surrounded with problems that just won’t go away! Problems with varying intensity – from something as serious as gas prices that keep fluctuating to very negligible things such as your very obnoxious, discouraging, and self-obsessed boss whose perception of you determines whether or not you’ll be promoted, and hence, how much you earn and the quality of your life!
Hey fam! As we all know, Christmas is the season of giving. It’s a season of sending gifts and gift cards to friends and loved ones. Above all, it’s a season of appreciation and celebration of God’s greatest gift to man – Jesus. It sure is a fun season!!
However, today, I want to urge you to do more than just give wrapped gifts. I want to encourage you to give the people around you the gift of a smile…You don’t have to have an incredible sense of humor to do that. You don’t even need a sense of humor at all!
“Of all the attitudes we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing.” – Zig Ziglar
I can’t explain how it works, but we’re all prone to it: We’ll ALWAYS give more sacrificially to the ones that show appreciation to us. It might be a small favor we did, or perhaps a huge one. But regardless, we all have a bigger heart for the people that come back to say, “Thank you.” Even God! He gives more to the ones that remember to say, “Thank you.”
I’ve become an unrepentant fanatical believer in the power of showing appreciation; I’ve made it a vital part of my life. Here’s a secret I’ve learned: though people almost always say, “Oh it was a pleasure,” or, “Don’t mention it,” or better still, “You’re so welcome,” very casually (as if they could care less about it), they take note of the fact that you even bothered to thank them.
“Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.” – Publilius Syrus
I intend on keeping this one short so that both our “I don’t like reading” and “I love reading!” fam can get something out of it.
We often get the most inspiring and most insightful ideas when we shut our traps and listen to the right people. But let’s face it, doing this is not very easy! I mean, we’ve got to get our own ideas out there. We’ve got to let them know that we’ve got our acts together too right?! Wrong!
When we ask the right questions and listen attentively for the answer, we not only walk away with our perspective to the issue, we walk away with the other person’s perspective as well. And by the end of the conversation, we would’ve increased the wealth of our minds. But we’ve got to ask the RIGHT people though. We’ve got to ask the people we know will give us genuine information, genuine insight on the subject.
“This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men” – Captain J. A. Hadfield
It’s true we’re supposed to set goals for ourselves, and live everyday trying to achieve them, but becoming obsessed with success is probably the most unhealthy habit ever! In our quest for greatness, we tend to be so focused on the goal that we forget about ourselves. We forget to take care of ourselves. We forget to eat right, sleep right, and make a little time to just seat back and relax.