Archive for December, 2010

December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

As you get ready to welcome 2011 tonight, stop for a moment and think of one thing that you accomplished in 2010 that you’re thankful for. Then think of one thing that you want to accomplish in 2011. I know, you want to accomplish way more than just one thing in the coming year, but think of the one that is most important to you, based on what you know and how you feel today.

Take those two thoughts, file them in your brain, and go out and enjoy the ringing in of the New Year! Be happy, be safe, and be well. Happy New Year!

December 24, 2010

Forgot My Own Advice

I’m a little ticked … I ordered something off the web earlier this week, and selected ground shipping instead of 2-day because the price was double. I didn’t need it before Christmas, and I figured I could save the extra dollars for another day. Then I received the shipping confirmation and realized that my stuff will arrive when I’m out of town. If I paid the extra few dollars, it would have arrived before my trip, so I could have enjoyed it then.

I forgot my own advice … to realize the value of paying for a service if it benefits my time schedule. See, that happens to even me, once in awhile!

But I’ve learned and moved on. Since it’s Christmas Eve, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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December 22, 2010

No Humbugging Allowed

I was out running a couple of errands today, and happened to overhear a conversation while waiting in a checkout line. The person behind me was complaining to her friend that with three days to go until Christmas, “everything’s just terrible.” Her friend asked what was wrong. The woman’s answer was long and drawn out, but I heard bits of the answer that involved keywords like “Wii”, “XBox”, “bicycles”, and “sold out.”

Admittedly, I didn’t hear every word. But this didn’t sound like worry over a life-threatening situation. To characterize this as “just terrible” seemed like a severe overreaction. Not to mention this woman was essentially making herself feel bad. I felt like turning to her and saying something like “You should be thankful that you can easily consider buying things like Wiis, XBoxes, and bicycles.”

Of course I didn’t. But next time you, or anyone else you know has thoughts about how bad things are, try to take a moment and think about what you can be thankful for. According to Oprah Winfrey, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Christmas is getting close!

December 21, 2010

Time is Money

Sometimes you have to remember that time is money. When you spend time trying to do something, and it’s not happening, think if there’s another way to get it done. Even if you have to pay someone else to do it. The time you spend unsuccessfully trying to do something could be spent instead working productively on something else, to greater profits.

Time wasted, is lost. Money spent to save time, is an investment.

December 5, 2010

Staying the Course

Life is hard. You make plans, put them in motion, and often have to wait to see what happens. All the while, you make more plans, put them in motion too, and wait some more. Whether you run your own business, or you’re looking for your next great opportunity, after awhile, you might think, am I doing the right things?

Chances are, yes, you are doing the right things. The main thing is that you’re doing something. Which is far better than doing nothing, and just hoping. And if you later find out that the “something” is not the right thing, you can make adjustments so it becomes the right thing.

So stay the course … keep at it. Take action. Pronto.

December 1, 2010

Holidays A’Coming

December’s here … already. Another year coming to a close. Did you accomplish all of the things you were aiming for, when the year started? Half? One-quarter? Don’t feel bad; you’re not alone. For this last month remaining, think of one thing that you can accomplish, that you can add to your “Done” list. You’ll feel great about it.