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A Mirror On The Wall

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Believe it or not, I heard a story on the news tonight that actually was very heart warming. It was the story of a school in the District and a mirror on the wall.

The same idea was shown in a recent movie on the Hallmark Channel – The Good Witches’ Garden. A young boy wanted to be accepted and was taking up with a wrong crowd. He was told to look in the mirror. It was enough to make him have second thoughts about his decisions and actions.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you happy with the person looking back at you? Do you give that person positive self talk or are you always putting yourself down?

The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thought and the quality of your actions.

If you thoughts are tied with petty, negative, vindictive and cynical ideas, your life will be pretty much the same. If you thoughts are full of hope and expansive in nature, if your actions are bold and determined just imagine where it can take you.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Bank Line

With only two tellers working at the bank, the line
I was standing in was moving very slowly. As I waited,
I began to fill in my withdrawal slip. Not sure of the date,
I turned and asked the woman behind me.

“It’s the fifth,” she replied.

A man from the back of the line advised, “Don’t write it in yet!”

Thought for Today:
“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.” -Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Tips and Techniques

Try this exercise for the next thirty days. On the back of the door you go out of every day, put a mirror right at your eye level. Around that mirror put photographs of those people you look up to the most, your heros. Above the pictures put the words “I can be whatever I decide I want to be.” Look at this every day several times a day for the next month, then take a minute and tell me what happened at the end of that month.

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Passion is that quality that moves a person beyond the ordinary execution of a task. With passion the objective becomes a personal quest. Extra hours do not mean anything. Skipping meals is a natural occurence, believe me it doesn’t help and can actually make matters worse. The objective has given certain meaning to existence and the fulfilment of the goals is a journey of excitement and most often pure joy.

People who have broken out of the ordinary learn to love their participation in life. They often go against the grain. When others shy away from a task, they seek it. They may be the first to volunteer. They tackle it with excitement. This kind of attitude spreads to others and the person may become what tom Peters calls a “champion”

Champions are the building blocks of a successful business. They may be hte owner, or an up and coming affiliate in the program. Champions know that they will make mistakes nad fail, but they also know that it is precisly these mistakes and failures that help them succees as they perform tasks that are deemed impossible by ordinary standards.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
The I.D. Pun Tragedy

I was somewhere in the South, driving a little over the
speed limit, when a police officer pulled me over.

A big, burly trooper who looked like Sheriff Buford T. Justice from the Smokey and the Bandit movies approached my window and asked, “You got any I.D.?”

I asked him, “About what?”

Thought for Today:

“Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.” -Anonymous

Tips and Techniques

Two of the most useless pharses:

What if… I had only …

Why me …

We waste so much energy thinking about what we might have done and wishing we had acted or reacted differently. Don’t wonder and wish. Just do something!

Here is a good test for you:
Can you find the B
(there are 2 B’s)

RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
RRRRRRRRRRRBRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
RRRRRRRRRRBRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Once you’ve found the B

Find the 1

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
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IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
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IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

Once you found the 1…………..

Find the 6

9999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999
9999699999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999
9999999999999999999999999999999999

Once you’ve found the 6…

Find the N (it’s hard!!)

MMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMNMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMM

Once you’ve found the N…

Find the Q…
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOQOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Happy designing!

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Slow Down

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Do you find yourself hurrying all the time, working harder and faster only to get less done?

Try slowing down. Calm down and see how much more productive you can become. It is possible to find enjoyment and happiness in the task at hand.

Have you ever watched someone wolf down a meal so fast, you wonder how he could ever enjoy what he is eating. Slow down savor the flavors. Slow down and enjoy your surroundings.

Delight in the beauty of everything around you, the companionship nad love of others and the stimulating challenge of your owrk. Stop regretting hte past or worrying about the future. Focus on doing your best and on being your best right now and with what you are doing in this very minute.

Find truly meaningful things for your and give them the time adn attention they deserve instead of empty quantity, live with true quality. The satisfaction brings you something truly valuable. It brings you peace.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
I Don’t Want to Go

Thanksgiving day was approaching and the family had received a Thanksgiving card with a painting of a pilgrim family on their way to church.

Grandma showed the card to her small grandchildren, observing: “The Pilgrim children liked to go to church with their mothers and fathers.”

“Oh yeah?” her young grandson replied, “So why is their dad carrying that rifle?”

Thought for Today:
“To try to be better is to be better.”
–Charlotte Cushman

Tips and Techniques

Successful people maintain a positive mental attitude. Even under pressure or change or unrealistic demands, no matter what the circumstances. They don’t allow themselves to become negative because they know negativity serves no useful purpose.

Happy designing!

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Thoughts

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

It’s our thoughts that create the life we live. How we think about the activities before us is very important.

If we think cleaning the garage for instance is hard, dirty work with no chance of fun, that’s exactly how it will be.

However, if we approach it like a treasure hunt, expecting to rediscover some long-forgotten treasures, we enjoy the task more in fact, it actually becomes fun.

The thoughts we carry in our mind determine whether our tasks are fun or not. What good fortune it is that we can control our thoughts.

If we approach an assignment believing that we are totally able to do it even if it is something we feel we have never done before, we will finish it with ease.

Our thoughts determine our success, in this way, or life and decisions can be based on positive decisions.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Burp

Several years ago my family and I were at our attorney’s
office to sign some papers. While we were waiting, the
secretary offered us soft drinks. After a while my son,
about five or six years old, burped rather loudly.

“What do you say?” my wife scolded him.

“I’m not finished yet,” was his reply. After he burped
again, he excused himself.

Thought for Today:
“The beginning is the most important part of any work.”
-Plato

Tips and Techniques
Successful people work with purpose. They have a sense of mission. Winners know where they are headed and have figured out how to get there. They are focused. They plan their work then work their plan.

Happy designing!

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Something Different

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Never has it been more important or interesting or more fulfilling to be curious. The world is changing at an explosive pace. Those who win or succeed in today’s world are those who can recognice and embrace new ideas and concepts, while a maintaining strong foundation built on moral ethics and values.

Experience is a wonderful teacher, however, don’t let your past experience limit your thinking today. Unfortunately, the older we get the more we are in danger of becoming close minded. Experience is best used when it is continually renewed and updated with current information.

Try something new today. Meet a new person. Turn down a road that you have never explored before. Consider an opposing position. Read a magazine that is out of your field and completely foreign to you. There is a whole new world out there to explore. Don’t miss it.

Think for just a minute suppose no one ever asked, “I wonder what if…?” Would we still be living in the dark ages?

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Name The States

An old pastor made it a practice to visit the parish
school one day a week. He walked into the 4th grade class, where the children were studying the states, and asked them how many states they could name. They could only come up with about 40 names.

He jokingly told them that in his day students knew the
names of all the states.

One lad snickered, “Yes, but in those days there were only
13.”

Thought for Today:
“Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so.”
– Thomas Carlyle

Tips and Techniques
Succesful people sharpen their skills. They never stop developing, growing, learning, improving it takes more than desire to excel, it takes skill. Always remember that you are never wasting your time when you are sharpening your ‘axe” Continually upgrade the skills necessary for your success. The dinosaurs became extinct because they couldn’t adapt to a changing environment. Can You?

Happy designing!

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A Balancing Act

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

A good productive day of work enables us to rest well at night, don’t you think?

Life is a continuous cycle of work (effort) and rest. The effectiveness of each depends on the other. Sleep too much and you will feel awful. Sleep too little and you will feel awful. Work too much and your whole life suffers. Work too little and your whole life suffers. It is a balancing act for sure. Get out of balance and nothing works right.

I have a theory on why we get sick. We get sick because we have allowed something to get out of balance. To be well, stay alert and be effective in what we do, we must have balance.

Goal setting is no different, there must be a great deal of balance in your goals. They must be challenging enough to stimulate the imagination and they must be real enough to be met. They must address all areas of your life from personal, professional, spiritual, in your relationships, diet and exercise.

Create balance in your daily activities and you will certainly get more from life.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers
Bachelor Cooking

Two confirmed bachelors were sitting and talking. Their
conversation drifted from sports to cooking.
“I got a cookbook once,” said the first, “but I could
never do anything with it.”

“Too much fancy cooking in it?” asked the second.

“You said it. Every one of the recipes began the same way,

‘Take a clean dish and…'”

Thought for Today:

“If you don’t learn from your mistakes, there is no use making them.”
– unknown

Tips and Techniques

Successful people work with enthuasiasm. They live by their commitments, not their emotions. Most of what gets done in the world is accomplished by people who do the right thing even when they don’t feel like it.

Happy designing!

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Performance counts

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

By setting goals and measuring their achievement, you are able to see what you have done and what you are capable of. The process of achieving goals and seeing their achievement gives you the confidence self-belief needed to achieve higher and more difficult goals.

It is very important however when setting goals that you choose performance goals rather than outcome goals. To be successful in achieving your goals you need to have as much control as possible over the results. There is nothing as dispiriting as failing to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond our control such as bad weather, poor judging, injury or Mr Murphy being hard at work. Goals based on outcome are extremely vulnerable to failure because of those things over which we have no control.

If you base you goals on personal performance or skills or knowledge to be acquired, then you can keep control over the achievement and gain satisfaction from them.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Is It Raining

A flight attendant was on the red-eye to Manila when a
water leak developed in the galley, which eventually
soaked the carpet throughout the cabin of the 747.

A very sleepy passenger who had become aware of the
dampness asked the attendant, “Has it been raining?”

Keeping a straight face, the attendant replied, “Yes,
but we put the top up.”

With a sigh of relief, the passenger went back to
sleep.

Thought for Today:

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tips and Techniques
We must have vision to see our potential and faith to believe we can. It takes courage to act with conviction, to become the you – you might very well be.

Happy designing!

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