Thursday, February 11,  2015
                                     Winter Edition 292

"Don't be yourself - be someone a little nicer."

- Mignon McLaughlin


"Take a chance!  All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare."

-Dale Carnegie
By thought, the thing you want is brought to you. By action, you receive it."  

-Wallace Wattles


"Consistency is the horror of the world.

-Brenda Ueland 


Why will 2016 be different from 2015? Or, will it?

A ship that makes a small change of course, over time, travels to a much different place. It's the same with you. You can make small changes and the results will be huge over 2016. 

The above paragraphs are the same as the last newsletter. Why? Because I want to be sure you focus on them. 

We'll call him Y to protect his identity. Y confronted a family catastrophe, and it propelled him forward for over 30 years on a new course that was rewarding and helpful to him and  many others. Yet, it was not planned. It was a result of changing course and finding the course beneficial for one and all.

Would you like to be X (name withheld)? He had a medical scare and committed to going to the YMCA for 30 days. Now, 90 days later, he has a new habit. He still hates to get out of bed at 5 AM, but he sure likes the results. Plus, it's now easier to get up, he feels better, he's more flexible, and he lost weight.  One scare can spur you to action. Do it before the scare!

Action, just one small step, and you can amaze yourself. If you don't try, you've failed.  If you keep trying until you get it right, you've succeeded.


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Who are You?

Who are you? Do you know? Have you asked yourself that question? Have you found the answer?

Actually, it's simple. You are your habits, you are what you do on a daily basis.  In addition, you are the sum total of all your years on earth.

The reality is our habits run our lives, almost on automatic pilot. Reflect on a day and see if you can count the number of things you do automatically. Have you ever driven to school or work and not remembered driving? That's because your subconscious was in charge.

Now, what about your bad habits? We all have them, I know, I have them, too.  Bad habits are the toughest to change. Yet, it does not have to be hard.

Use your bad habit as a trigger, a trigger for a new, better habit. We have to replace habits with new ones in order to eliminate the bad habits. So, when you feel the trigger for the bad habit, such as wanting a cigarette, or candy, use that urge to do something different.  Rather than a cigarette, spend a few minutes thinking what you'll do with an extra ten years of life, think about watching the kids, and grandkids grow up.  Instead of the candy, reach for fruit.

Picture the person you want to be, find the role model you'd like to follow, and then act as if you are that person.  Act the way the role model acts. The saying is 'fake it till you make it'.

You can be whoever you want to be. You can. You just have to pay the price, you have to do the work. There are no shortcuts.  You need to be in character 24-7.  After a while you will be that person. You will be who you want to be.

Who are you going to be for 2016? At different times, we are different people. It's about where we are and what the influences are around us. Yet, we need to be our best selves based on our surroundings, and the things we decide to do, the challenges we take on, and life itself. Life itself is the family, the economy, our surroundings, and the things that happen over which we have no control.

You can only control how you react to what happens. How will you react to the current stock market pullback? Will you be fearful, or will you embrace the changes you need to make? Will it spur you to action in your own business, or to start a business?  Will you pay more attention to how you are spending your money?

Start now, and who you are on 12-31-2016 can be much different from who you are today. Think, the better you!