There is always a natural law or an eternal principle that can be applied to solve the problems we as humans face. Brian Regan has a routine about pop-tarts having instructions printed on the package – the joke is that it is hard to imagine someone standing with a pop-tart and being totally stumped about “How do I get this goodness in me?!” Principles are powerful to change people’s lives, but we have that same dilemma – “How do I get this goodness in me?!” There is a five-part theory of change that outlines our challenge. In order for principles to truly create change in someone’s life they have to go through a predictable process: 1. Encounter – you have to first encounter or be exposed to the principle 2. Recognize – something about the encounter has to ring with you to recognize the principle as truth. This is…
Art Berg inspired millions by refusing to place limits on his potential. After a car crash severed his spinal cord leaving him quadriplegic, doctors told Art that he would never marry, participate in sports, or do some of the other things he loved. Arts mother told him at his hospital bed, “Art, while the difficult takes time, the impossible just takes a little longer.” Art went on to become an elite wheelchair athlete, and a powerful speaker and author who inspired millions before his death in 2002. Those who think that something is impossible should get out of the way of those of us who are doing it! bad credit no
A new client and friend, Chad, said to me this week that his mission in life is to help those who are leading quiet lives of desperation. Another new friend, Brad Barton, quotes Benjamin Disraeli in his book Beyond Illusions as saying, “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” There are people in YOUR world today who don’t understand their own worth and what they have to offer – speak truth to them!
Often when we are right in the middle of a difficult situation, it is tempting to look at our results as a disaster. “I’ve failed!” we might lament, feeling completely certain that life’s test has defeated us. A few days ago I was meeting with a client who expressed something like this and his embarrassment at being in the kind of situation that he was. I responded to him that from my perspective he was describing not a failure, but the MIDDLE part of a very inspiring story. Think about how some of the stories that inspire you the most have some very difficult stuff in the MIDDLE. Everything is OK in the end – if it is not OK, it is not the end! Keep working on your story – you’re not done yet.
I mentioned Mark Sanborn’s new book, The Encore Effect last week. I’ve got another gem from his book about living with passion. Mark tells about John Wesley (p. 47), who was the cofounder of what eventually became the Methodist Church. John Wesley was such a powerful speaker that before long, large crowds would gather to hear him. Someone once asked Wesley how he was able to create such encore performances that impacted so many people, and his response was, “I simply set myself on fire and people come to watch me burn.” Now that’s passion!
I had the privilege recently of previewing a copy of Mark Sanborn’s new book, The Encore Effect. You might remember my interview with Mark where we talked about his best seller, The Fred Factor, in which he tells the story of his postal carrier who did his otherwise ordinary job in an extraordinary way. Mark reminded me again in this book about the power and importance of doing whatever you do with passion and purpose. Even if you are not sure of what your unique purpose and contribution to the world is, do whatever you are doing purposefully and with enthusiasm – your purpose will eventually emerge. Try this out today with someone who isn’t suspecting it. Use a little more eye contact, a little more smile, a little firmer handshake, or a little more service. The difference between good and great is often very small – like the .01…
STARTGOODNESS.ORG/DEFAULTTUTORIAL/ Yesterday on our Parental Power call, Vicki said something that really caught the attention of the whole team. She said, “Exhaustion is NOT a prerequisite for relaxation.” When we are exhausted, we are not really even capable of living in a joyful way. Give those you love a gift of a better you through taking regular time for relaxation, recreation, and rejuvenation. I also really like what Dan Sullivan said about rejuvenation – the definition of that word literally means “to make young again”. Just think what you could do with some renewed youth! Personal Loan Agreement Template Free
I was saddened recently to learn of the death of Randy Pausch, who inspired millions with his “Last Lecture” given in September 2007 at Carnegie Mellon University. The lecture was given after he learned that he was dying of pancreatic cancer. Rather than being morose about it, Randy set out to summarize the most important things that he had learned in life. I would encourage anyone to view his lecture and start thinking about what it is that you would say if you were giving your “last lecture”. What are those most important parts of life and living that you would summarize for others if you knew you were on your way out? Today’s M-Power is dedicated to Randy Pausch and anyone else who finds their own way to Live On Purpose.
When you are bitten by a venomous serpent, you have at least two courses of action you could follow. You could find a rock, then rumble around vigorously looking for that snake behind every rock and tree until you find it – then you smash it and beat it until it is destroyed (all the while pumping that venom even faster through your system). Your other option is to forget about the snake and make haste to get the venom out of your system. Think about some of those grievances you have been packing around, and consider forgiveness – let the snake go. http://ikaland.hu/quick-cash-loans-perth emergency line of credit Check out my interview with Julie de Azevedo Hanks on K-Jazz TV that included this particular discussion at the following link: http://www.kjzz.com/video/25996499.html
I have found through the course of my career, that we are often our own worst critics. There is a passage in the New Testament in which we are encouraged to love our neighbor as ourselves. But wait a minute… what would happen to all of our friends and neighbors if we actually treated them like we treat ourselves. Can you imagine saying to your neighbor, “you’re just not good enough” or “you can’t do anything right”. Be cautious about how you talk to yourself – use the same level of compassion and understanding that is easier to generate for others. WWW.THERICHTERRECO.COM/SHARONRICHTER/ Befriend yourself!