Archive for February, 2009

Do YOU have IT?

February 23, 2009

Success is defined in Merriam-Webster as “favorable or desired outcome.” I asked a sample group of my family, friends, and co-workers, “What is success? What does it look like? How does it feel?” and I got a different answer for each person that I asked. Then, I asked them,

“Do you have it?”

Most answered “No.” So, from my results, I concluded (logically, I believe) that the majority of adults believe they are unsuccessful.

DO NOT TAKE MY WORD FOR THIS STATEMENT. Ask those questions in your own test group, and record the responses , with the “Do you have it?” response.

If you ask yourself that question, what is your answer? Do you have ‘it”?

What percentage of those you queried, including yourself, consider themselves “successful?”

With the world population at approximately 6.7 billion, just for the purpose of this discussion, let’s assume half 3.4 billion are adults. If we extrapolate my polling results of family, friends and co-workers, and assume for the purpose of this discussion that two-thirds (66.6%) of adults [my results were actually around 76% but that seems a bit pessimistic to me] believe they are “unsuccessful” (do NOT have success),then approximately 2.3 billion people still have the potential to see themselves differently — to see and become “successful”.

If “favorable or desired outcome” is defined differently by each individual, how can you, if you are one of those individuals, really “see” your own success, and live it? And, right now, do you “see” success as unattainable?

If that is the case, how do you make it attainable? Maybe it’s not as difficult as presumed. In fact, suppose, just for the moment,that it’s a simple “Begin at the end.”

Start by asking yourself these important questions:
a) What does success look like to you?
*Create a STRONG picture.
*Create a POSTER board with a photo of you and all the things that surround you in your SUCCCESS.
b) What would you like to have happen in your life that is not happening now?
*Focus on a positive picture of the characteristics and mannerisms of the people and surroundings in your SUCCESSFUL life.

c) What needs to happen for you to be successful?Now that you can SEE the picture of your successful life,
*Create the steps that you will need to take to BE in your SUCCESSFUL life picture.

*Create milestones with rewards — post them on your posterboard, and take pictures of yourself getting the “rewards” as you achieve the milestone.

* Begin your day with gratitude for all that you have NOW, then…
*Focus, look at your “successful life” poster, and go to work on a milestone.

Once you’ve achieved all of the milestone in your current “success” picture, create a new one. Maybe your definition of success is helping someone else, and that someone else was able to achieve their desired outcome with what you taught them. GREAT! But what’s next? Maybe it’s helping … just one more … of those 2.3 billion people who are waiting to succeed.

So… “JUST DO IT.” Whatever it takes for YOU to succeed, to see, feel, and experience SUCCESS…”JUST DO IT.” Over, and over and over. When you experience the joy of success, it shows… and it’s contagious.

Think of what the world might look like if 2.3 billion of the 3.4 billion adults saw themselves as successful; saw their lives as abundant and fulfilling. Think about how different the world would look if THAT MANY PEOPLE considered themselves “successful” instead of “unsuccesful.” If that majority RIGHT NOW considered themselves individually successful, do you really think the world economy would be where it is? Would we, individually and corporally, be allowing the media, corporations, and/or the government to control us through fear? I don’t believe so. Successful people KNOW that individual success is attainable. Collective success is attainable. Success is here. Now. Always. And, successful people find a way to attain it.

Are you… or will you… become a successful person? Start now… and “JUST DO IT!”

Here’s to your success!

Cut the Cancer; Cure the Economy

February 20, 2009

President Obama says “Start the Bailout. Let Nurture be Our Course.” Economist Tobin Smith says “Stop the Bailout. Let Nature take its Course.” Will the President’s plan make losers into winners, and winners into losers? Would the economy be better served by investing government (taxpayer) dollars heavily in 21st-century infrastructure that would be paid back in energy cost savings, while we bury the dead –the rash overspenders who took, and are still taking advantage of investors and clients without regard to long-term consequences; asking for a hand “out” instead of a hand “up.”

And what about “The Proposal” that’s floating around for Congress to set the example of Corporate responsibility– reduce the House from 435 to 218; reduce the Senate from 100 to 50; reduce staff by 25%. Do this over the next 8 years and LOOK.

Summary of opportunity:

$ 44,108,400 reduction of congress members.

$282,100, 000 for elimination of the reduced house member staff.

$150,000,000 for elimination of reduced senate member staff.

$59,675,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining house members.

$37,500,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining senate members.

$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork added to bills by the reduction of
congress members.

$8,073,383,400 per year, estimated total savings. (that’s 8-BILLIONjust to start!)

Businesses who succeed do these types of cuts all the time.

If people in Congress were required to serve 20, 25 or 30 years (like everyone else) in order to collect retirement benefits, tax payers could save a bundle.
Now Congress gets full retirement after serving only ONE term.

And what about the morgage mess? I’m in favor of helping homeowners who are threatened by foreclosure. Home ownership is still the “American Dream” and homeowners paying real estate taxes pumps money into government coffers! HELP with manageability ONLY. Create responsibility. I’m NOT in favor of rewarding bad judgement or bad spending habits. Give the $1000 delinquent homeowner’s bailout bonus to all the home-owning taxpayers who DON’T apply for the bailout and are current on mortgage payments.

NEVER have Americans had such an open forum to speak directly to their elected officials, so if you agree with this, send the link to your Congressional representatives. Or write them directly. But let’s MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and let them know we WATCH, we THINK, we ACT, and we VOTE!