Game

Most people talk a good game.
Some people are in the game.
A few people play a good game.
A rare number of people give their all in the game.

 

Success takes work.  Your best work.Success takes work.  Your best work.  Consistently over time.

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Retirement: A Beginning

When I retired from my job with the University, many asked me how it felt to retire.  Well, it felt exciting.  Still does!  You see, now ALL of my time is my own to do with as I wish.  I can spend all day lazing around the house.  Play with the grandchildren more.  Garden when I feel like.  Travel at will without asking my boss for permission to take time off.  Sleep in or not.  Eat lunch on my schedule.  My time is my own to use or waste.  Do I do some or all of this?  Sure. I retired from a job, not life.  Ask me what I retired to and I will tell you I retired to LIFE.  Living Intentionally For Excellence.  I alone am responsible for all of my minutes so I choose to spend my time maximizing my relationships, health, personal development and effort to serve others.  When you retire, what will you retire to?  Tractor Dudes, in abstract copy

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Would you go after that new degree?

Would you get married?

Would you train for the Olympics?

Would you become a parent?

Would you start a business?

Would you found an animal sanctuary?

Would you start an international childrens’ charity?

Would you tell your boss it was time for you to move on to a new life that didn’t include working for someone else anymore?

Would go on a diet?

Would you move to a new State or even a new country?

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Everything worthwhile involves some failure.  The trick is to stay focused on where you are going rather than what you are going through.  Fail your way to your goals and dreams.  It is worth it in the long run.

Mirror, Mirror

What does a three year old child see when looking in the mirror? “Me!”

  • There is a sense of awe and wonder about the image in the mirror. “That’s me!”
  • It is fascinating to watch the image move and change expressions.
  • There are great conversations held with the child in the mirror.  “Such a grand playmate!”
  • “Aren’t I awesome!”

 

What does a nine year old child see when looking in the mirror? “Not enough.”

A bit of the awe and wonder remains but it is quickly squelched by the ever present feeling of “I am ok, but I am not enough.”

  • I am not smart enough.
  • I am not athletic enough.
  • I am not popular enough.
  • I am not pretty / handsome enough.
  • Everyone is more than I am.

 

What does a teenager see when looking in the mirror? “I don’t matter.”

  • No one cares about me.
  • No one cares if I live or die.
  • No one cares if I show up for class.
  • No one cares to ask me to the prom.
  • No one cares enough about me to give me their time and attention, therefore I must not be worth caring about.

'Gadget,' a long-haired Chihuahua looking in mirror

What does a 21 year old adult see when looking in the mirror?  “I am afraid.”

  • I am afraid of the future.
  • I am afraid of the unknown.
  • I am afraid of making mistakes.
  • I am afraid to fail.
  • I am afraid I may not be good enough to make it – whatever “it” is.

 

What does a 45 year old adult see when looking in the mirror? “Never.”

  • I am never going to get out of debt.
  • I am never going to amount to much.
  • I am never going to get ahead.
  • I am never going to achieve my goals.
  • I am never going to, so I might as well settle for less.

old beagle looking in mirror

What does a 60 year old adult see when looking in the mirror? “Too late.”

  • It is too late to go after my dreams.
  • It is too late to fix my relationships.
  • It is too late to fix my finances.
  • It is too late to take care of my health.
  • I should’a, could’a, would’a.

Remember, the mirror only reflects our beliefs, limiting or otherwise.

Help each other see a better reflection by acting as a mirror for others.  Reflect the beauty, strength, value, and heart of each person you encounter.

Help them see themselves through kind eyes.

Decisions

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You are in the condition you are today is due to choices you’ve made yesterday.

Your marriage is in the shape it is today due to choices you’ve made.

Your relationship with your family is in the shape it is today due to choices you’ve made.

You are in financial bondage or freedom today due to choices you’ve made.

You are in good or poor health today due to choices you’ve made.

Your life style is limited due to choices you’ve made.

Your past decisions influenced your present and your present decisions influences your future.  If you don’t like something about your life, now is the time to start the change.  You have the power to change your results.  You have the power and the responsibility.  Start now.  Make smart decisions!