Creating the A+ Life February 2007

Last month I asked you to get in touch with the mission in your life by asking yourself some questions:

  • What would I do if I didn't have to worry about money?

  • What would I do if I knew I could not fail?

  • What would I do if I had the power / money / resources / intelligence / training to do anything?
  • What responses did you come up with? Did you discover any surprises? What one step can you take his month that will help you accomplish something on your list?

    February is a special month
    February is the month for letting people know you love them and as this month's article will remind you, it's a great month to "do good."

    Do Good
    "Good things happen when you do good." --Wesley Autrey

    Have you ever heard of the author of this month’s quotation? Wesley Autrey is a construction worker in New York City who was waiting for the subway when he saw a young man having a seizure who had fallen from the platform between the rails. With no time to pull the young man up onto the platform, Mr. Autrey dropped on top of him and held him in a foot deep space under the oncoming train. Five cars passed over the two men until the train was able to stop. Mr. Autrey said he doesn’t think of himself as a hero. He just believes that he did what was right. You can read his story here.

    What have you done lately that could be considered “doing good”? I’m not talking about the good things that people expect you to do. And I’m not talking about heroic behavior like that performed by Mr. Autrey. What have you done lately that is above and beyond the usual good behavior that I know everyone who reads my newsletter does on a regular basis? You don’t have to save a person from being run over by a subway train to “do good.”

    Small Acts of Kindness
    The other day, I stopped in Starbuck’s to pick up my usual and the man in line in front of me reached in his pocket to pay for his drink. As he pulled his money out, an extra 5 dollar bill fell out. I picked it up and handed it to him. He told me to keep it. I was quite insistent that I couldn’t do that. So he offered to buy my coffee. I agreed to that. I know I felt good all day. My guess is that he did, too. And from the look of the smile on the cashier’s face, she felt good, too. You see, doing good is contagious and so is that buzz that you get when you do it. (It wasn't just the caffeine.)

    We know we feel good when we do good things. So why don’t we do more of it? I think the stress of our lives tends to make us forget how good it can feel to let someone into the line of traffic, to allow someone to go ahead of you in line at the grocery store, to do a favor for a complete stranger.

    No appreciation? No problem.
    Those skeptics out there will say that no one these days appreciates it when you do good. You’ll tell me that Mr. Autrey was lucky that the young man he saved didn’t sue him for the bruises he suffered from being held in that space under the train. And I can’t disagree with you. We are living in what seems to be an angrier, more defensive, more aggressive time. But isn’t that all the more reason for trying to “do good”?

    One of my favorite speakers, Wayne Dyer, talks about the increase in serotonin (that chemical in the brain that makes you feel better and may increase your immune system) that happens to you and the people around you when you “do good”. I have yet to see any scientific evidence that supports Dyer’s claims, but I believe it. I know that when I “do good” I feel better. I feel happier. I also know that when I feel good, I tend to stay healthy. The reverse is also true – that when I am unhappy, I am more likely to get colds and the flu. So if there is a chance that I can increase my immune system by doing good, why wouldn’t I do it, especially when it makes me feel better?

    Creating your own A+ Life requires you to focus on the positive aspects of your life, to understand that what you focus on expands. If you look for opportunities to "do good," I believe you will have more beneficial things happen to you.

    Try it this week. As you go through each day, look for an opportunity to do someone a favor. Put on a smile and let people know you feel good. Do good – for the people around you, for yourself, and for our community.

    Puzzle Results
    Last month, I asked you which positive whole number is equal to triple the sum of its digits. Was this one too hard? I didn't get any correct answers. The answer was 27. (2 + 7 * 3 = 9, 2 + 7 = 9).

    This month, a verbal puzzle. When you try to open a business, it is said that you have to go thorugh a great deal of red tape, meaning governmental and legal delays. Where does the term "red tape" come from? If you can't come up with the right answer, make up something fun. I'll give gift certificates to both - the correct answer and the funniest answer.

    If you get a chance, watch Oprah's show on February 8. She will be interviewing some of my favorite people, including Jack Canfield, Michael Beckwith, Lisa Nichols, James Ray, and Rhonda Byrne, all instrumental in creating the movie, The Secret. If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it.

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