“Better is a dream worth dreaming”

Great blog post by Seth Godin called “Is Better Possible”.

Excerpt:

If you accept the results you’ve gotten before, if you hold on to them tightly, then you never have to face the fear of the void, of losing what you’ve got, of trading in your success for your failure.

And if you want to do this to yourself, well, I guess this is your choice.

Thanks to Hasseman Marketing for sending it my way.

 

The “List” I Am Happy To Be On

I am 100% positive that I am on several “lists” that aren’t good ones to be on (trust me on this), but today I am celebrating the fact that the organization I head up has risen to #3 on “The List” in Columbus Business First.

I can remember looking at The List when I started working for the Chamber 10 years ago, (when we only had 490 members) and thinking how I wanted the Chamber to get into the top 3 and Ta Da – we did it!

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Thanks to all my co-workers and the 1,000 members who helped to make this possible.  I am proud to live and work in Licking County Ohio.

Things I Learned Today

In the book The Fred Factor, the author encourages you to keep a log of things you learn every day.  I like that idea.

So. . .on this first day of a new year, I kept track of a few things that I learned today via various readings.

  • I knew the story of Noah and the Ark, but didn’t realize that the next destruction of the earth will come from fire  2 Peter 3: 6-12  Yikes.
  • The U.S. sees roughly 1,300 tornado’s a year – the most of any nation in the world.  (from the book Tornado Hunter)
  • 160,000 patients each year receive misdiagnosis and many of them can be prevented (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Eating breakfast can keep you slim.  Family Circle magazine reports that women who eat in the morning have lower body mass indexes and consume fewer calories during the day. Guess I need to start a new habit.
  • Want to get rid of some gift cards you will never use or buy some at discounted prices?  Go to giftcardgranny.com (found this in Family Circle magazine)

I feel smarter already.  Don’t you?

Happy People

Do you know someone who is simply a happy person?  It’s as if they were created with 100% happy cells throughout their bodies.

Do you know someone who you would say is a negative person – someone who always sees the bad in everything?  They wake up that way and go to sleep that way.

Now. . .which person would you prefer to spend time with?

“The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being so except that they are so.”

-        William Ralph Inge

If you are having trouble being “happy” try serving others.  In the book 101 Ways to Have A Great Day at Work, by Stephanie Goddard Davidson, it says:

To be of service to others can be a path to happiness.  Where can you be of service to the people you work with?  Try looking at everything you do today as helping someone else instead of another checkmark on your to-do list.

The Fred Factor

Over the nine years I have been at my current job, I have collected a good number of leadership books and motivational books.  One I want to share with you today is called The Fred Factor, by Mark Sanborn.  It is not a new book, (published in 2004), but its principles on how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary in everything you do remains current.

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

In one of the last chapters in the book, Sanborn asked “Fred” what motivates him to be a  “Fred”.  Here is the summary:

  1. Do good and you’ll feel good.
  2. The best never rest.
  3. Treat customers and others as friends.
  4. The impact you have on others is the reward.
  5. Live the golden rule.
  6. Fear nothing except to waste the moment.

“Look to every day as a new day, and make each day better than the last.  Even on my days off, I have goals, and I feel like I need to get a lot done.  If I feel like I wasted the day, I don’t sleep quite as well at night.”  - Fred

Make today an extraordinary one!