Thursday, September 18, 2014

Life's Little Instructions - Treat Everyone You Meet Like YOU want to be Treated!

Treat Everyone You Meet Like You Want to Be Treated
Life's Little Instructions

It's the golden rule - hard to argue with this one.  Both Luke and Mark talked about this in their Biblical contributions.

You never know who you are dealing with.  You never know what they are going through.  You have no idea how what you will say or do will impact the person in your proximity.  Often, they are on a brink of some sort. Your positive word could be the one that push that makes the DIFFERENCE - it could be the one word or smile that moves them into a positive action they have been considering.  It COULD be the one word that keeps them from tipping over the brink.

 You can be a positive influence or a negative one - YOU CHOOSE.    But what if you choose negative?  What if your voice is the one that keeps them from making their next move?  What if your scowl is the last straw?  The consequences could quite literally be fatal.

If you can't get out of yourself - look at it this way - when you send good things around - Good things will come back to you!  If you are treating someone with the kindness and encouragement that you yourself desire- the environment in the room immediately improves.  Smiles are contagious - rarely will you give a smile that is not returned.  Want a smile?  Give one!

Part 2 of the Life's Little Instructions Series

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Life's Little Instructions - Sing in the Shower

Sing in the Shower
Life's Little Instructions

Sing in the shower - belt it out!  

The day usually begins in the shower.  You can start it dull, or you can start it with a smile - you choose.  Singing has a way of releasing endorphins.  It makes you feel better.

Singing warms up your vocal cords.  It wakes up your brain. It might even encourage you to MOVE and warm up your body in addition to your brain and your vocal cords.

You're all alone.  If you can't sing anywhere else because you would cause people's ears to bleed, singing in the shower is the best place to let out your inner Pointer Sister without offending friends and family.

The acoustics are great.  The tile will cause the sound to swirl around you and make you sound even better than you thought you were!

Get in the habit - sing in the shower  - you'll feel better!!

Life's Little Instructions

Life's Little Instructions

There is a poster on the inside of my bathroom door.  I can't tell you how many years it has been there.  It wasn't bought for the bathroom door.  It was bought with the intention of framing it and posting it in a prominent place in our little apartment when we first married.

We were married 22 years ago, and the poster remains unframed and wrapped in plastic.  It never made it to a place of prominence.  At some point it got tacked with painter's tape to the inside of the door to the master bathroom 'throne'.

Because we are a captive audience when in the throne room, I have had many occasions to read and ponder the sayings H. Jackson Brown Jr. put together.  They are short, sweet, yet meaningful.

For the next few weeks, I will explore the sayings one by one and share what they have come to mean to me.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunrise Epiphany

Sunrise epiphany for the day 

Clouds allow us to fully appreciate the sunshine. 

Clouds provide the backdrop for magnificent color and texture. 

The same is true in our lives. 

Without challenges, we might never know how truly capable we are of lighting the world. 

We might also never fully appreciate the light our friends, family and Heavenly Father provide.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sneak Peek!

I have the honor of being one of only 26 people who can claim they are Ziglar Legacy Certified.  The certification experience was beyond anything I can put into words.  Our class decided to write a book!  Following is an excerpt from my chapter:

I forwarded the e-mail to my husband and said “I don't care what it costs, I want to go.” “It” was the Ziglar Legacy Certification Class. He knew I was convicted and didn't bat an eyelash. “Okay, we will make it work” he said. His response was my confirmation that this was meant to be. You see, my husband does not make financial decisions lightly. This man takes six months to buy a car. Between his normal reluctance, and the fact that our discretionary income at the time was close to nil, getting the nod to move forward was nothing short of miraculous.

My history as a Zig fan had been paving the way to this moment for quite some time, so I suppose the request did not come as a complete surprise.

In 1990, I was a 19 year old receptionist at AMRE in Irving. Two professionals from Ziglar came to train some of our salespeople. We struck up a conversation as they waited. One of them handed me a cassette as they left for their appointment. It was an hour-long recording of one of the original See You at the Top presentations. The cassette did not leave the tape deck of my Honda Civic for many months and it played constantly. At one time I believe I could have recited the entire thing. From Mr. B to tales of working FOR the railroad, I soaked up every word.

The concepts were simple perhaps, but even simple information must be presented in a way that the listener not only understands, but can identify with and put into practical use in their own life. Zig was a story teller. His stories had meaning, depth and impact. With the lilt of his southern accent and a smile you could hear, he shared. He never professed to be the expert or the last word on right and wrong – he didn't have to – he simply WAS. Humble to the core, willing to admit mistakes and defeat, yet on fire with a desire to do nothing more than make the lives of others better through an exploration of his own life. What worked, what didn't and how to navigate in a way to avoid the pitfalls.

His words guided my actions and attitudes at a very fragile point in my life. 

For more, look for the book - Ziglar Legacy: First Class All the Way  Coming in March!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Are you a toddler in the grocery store?

Are you the toddler in the grocery store? Imagine being a parent with a toddler in a grocery store. Not just a toddler but a toddler not in a grocery cart. A toddler with free will. How long do you think it would take your parent to get through the grocery store?

To God, our parent, we are the toddler in the grocery store. He lets us roam around exploring all of our options. And even tells us if we'll get through the grocery store will have something more exciting at the end. Like a visit to the park. But we get distracted and all the shiny things all the juice boxes all The cereal.

We try to pull things off the shelves. God corrects us.

We say we want the shiny toy, want a candy bar. God tells us no. He answers us. But the answer is no. Then we pitch a fit and have a tantrum and tell him how much we wanted. And he tells us no again because he is consistent. And then we finally get through the grocery store to discover that if we had only listened and followed, we could have been at the park hours ago!

How much 'park time' are you giving up?  Choose to listen and follow so you can spend more time in the sun!