My Daily Inspiration 3/30/10

Happiness…is not a destination: it is a manner of traveling. Happiness is not an end in itself. It is a by-product of working, playing, loving and living.
~ Haim Ginott

Conquering Adversity Today’s quote comes to you from Conquering Adversity: Six Strategies to Move You and Your Team Through Tough Times.

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Learning to Dance in the Rain

After an unusually long and cold winter, spring is finally here! Although snow and blistery weather may no longer be a problem, spring showers can, at times, be an inconvenience. When I find myself wishing away the rain, I remember an old saying: April showers bring May flowers. Instantly, my mindset changes and I look forward to the “good stuff” that the rain brings.

My two good friends Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher have done a wonderful job of reminding us that “Life’s not about waiting for the storms to pass….it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” If, like me, you find yourself a little down because of one of “life’s showers,” I think you’ll find Learning to Dance in the Rain to be both invigorating and memorable. I know I did.

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Eric Harvey
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Excerpted from Learning to Dance in the Rain by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~Melody Beattie, therapist, author

Someone wise once said, “Circumstances don’t determine your character—they reveal it.” Who we are as human beings is revealed most clearly during times of struggle, hardship, pain, and suffering. It’s easy to be a good person when things are going great. But when times get tough, that’s when you’ll really find out stuff you’re made of.

Nowhere is this more true than with regard to gratitude. Are you grateful when the storm clouds gather, and it rains on your parade? Can you find gratitude in your heart when you don’t get what you want? Do you feel grateful when illness strikes, loved ones don’t show up for you, jobs and careers disappoint, and nothing seems to be going your way?

Gratitude is not a fair weather virtue. True gratitude means appreciating your life no matter what the storms may bring. Is simply being alive gift enough for you to feel grateful?

“You have within you right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.”
~Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and author

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My Daily Inspiration 3/29/10

The responsibility for maintaining good performance is the employee’s, not the manager’s. The manager’s job is to point out the discrepancy – the employee’s job is to fix it.
~ Paul Sims

The Manager's Coaching Handbook Today’s quote comes to you from The Manager’s Coaching Handbook: Practical Guide to Improving Employee Performance.

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MEETINGS!

Whoever invented the meeting must have had Hollywood in mind. I think they should consider giving Oscars for meetings: Best Meeting of the Year, Best Supporting Meeting, Best Meeting Based on Material from Another Meeting.
~ William Goldman

Hi Friends …

Would you like to save time and money, reduce team member frustration, and enhance your group’s overall efficiency and effectiveness? If so, I’ve got one word for you that pinpoints an activity you might want to focus on: MEETINGS!

Meetings are common activities in most organizations. The number that are conducted on any given business day is in the millions. And despite the fact that there’s nothing inherently wrong with them, the word “meetings” itself often leaves a sour taste in the mouths of team members. Why? Because it’s synonymous with “waste of time” for those who have suffered through countless hours of trivialities, irrelevancies, tangent chasing, redundancy, and unachievable objectives. The good news: it doesn’t have to be that way.

In TIME! 105 Ways to Get More Done Every Workday, best-selling business author David Cottrell provides a book-full of practical and proven tips guaranteed to help team members at all levels. I’ve highlighted six of his meeting-related suggestions below. They’re definitely worth reading, applying, and sharing with your colleagues. Make an effort to ratchet-up the quality of your meetings. You’ll be glad you did … and so will your people (and your bottom line)!

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT

Excerpts from TIME! 105 Ways to Get More Done Every Workday

  • Is the meeting necessary? That’s the first question to ask and answer. Before calling a meeting, make sure it has a purpose. Routine meetings – meetings that occur simply because they always happen every Monday at 10:00 a.m. – are not a good investment unless they fulfill or advance your objective.
  • At least 24 hours before the meeting, distribute an agenda addressing four important attendee questions: 1) Why am I investing time in this meeting? 2) How long will it last? 3) Who’s attending? 4) What’s the purpose, goals, and expectations?
  • Make the meeting short. Most managers say at least one-half of their meeting time is wasted. That averages out to 5 hours per week, 250 hours per year for each person involved. Wow! Make it a goal to cut your meeting time in half. If people are prepared before they arrive, most meetings could be accomplished in half the time.
  • Make a point to start on time. If people come in late, ignore them and keep going. Don’t recap what’s already covered. If you do, you’re simply rewarding the tardy person and punishing on-time folks.
  • If it’s not important they hear what is scheduled for the rest of the meeting, consider offering participants the option of leaving after they have completed their portion.
  • Meeting’s over. But wait! Do you really think everyone knows what they’re supposed to do next? Don’t assume anything! Before leaving the meeting, recap so everyone knows who’s responsible for any next steps, when action should take place, and how results will be communicated.

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Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow

If you don’t like what you are thinking, particularly if it is harmful to you or others, you can change it!” It sounds like such a simple idea. Yet by internalizing this one statement, which is the premise for Karen Casey’s Change Your Mind and Your Life Will Follow, your life can change. The wisdom that Karen shares in this life-altering book is simple, yet powerful; intuitive, yet profound. If you decide to change your mind, your life will follow.

In response to many discussions with a number of people about how to take the ideas presented in Change Your Mind and apply them, Karen wrote It’s Up To You. This companion book contains twelve weeks’ worth of messages, two for each day, allowing you to take the ideas presented in Change Your Mind and incorporate them into your own life.

After reading through Karen’s books, I was filled with a sense of freedom. She reminds us that in all of life’s situations, we have a choice. We may not be able to change the circumstances, or other people, but we can choose the thoughts that enter our minds and our subsequent responses. I connected deeply to the message. And I believe that you will, too.

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We can have better lives if we make up our minds to do so. The choice is ours. Wherever we go, there we are, as the people we have decided to be. We decide. That’s the revelation. We decide if we are going to live lives that are bitter or sweet. We decide, in every moment, to respond from peace or from fear. We decide.
The truth is, it doesn’t take very much effort to make our lives “sweeter.” It does take willingness, though – willingness to make tiny shifts in how we perceive our experiences and our fellow travelers. Instead of perceiving everyone and everything as a potential threat or obstacle, we can choose to approach each moment as an opportunity to be peaceful. And each time we choose the peaceful response, we are paving the way not only for our own happiness but for a peaceful world as well.
Joy is always available to us, moment by moment. But we must keep our minds open and pay attention. A closed mind or a mind filled with fear or judgment will never know joy. A red rose beginning to open, a willow tree swaying in the breeze, the rainbow after a shower, the dew glistening on each blade of grass in the early morning, a baby taking her first steps–all these moments hold the potential for joy.
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“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”
~ Louisa May Alcott

When your “life storms” come, do you duck for cover or, like Louisa May Alcott, are you able to face them fearlessly, secure in your ability to “sail your ship”? Learning how to properly respond to life’s events can make the difference between a life full of aggravation and turmoil and a life filled with inspiration.

In Simply an Inspired Life (SAIL), authors Mary Anne Radmacher and Jonathan Lockwood Huie explore letting go of fear and learning how to navigate our own lives. The truth of the matter is that the more we like ourselves, the fewer expectations we have, the more consciously we make choices—in everyday matters large and small—the more inspired our lives can be.

Mary Anne said this about the book, “SAIL is a great reminder for students of life who need uplifting. It is a clarifying instrument for people who are struggling with failed expectations and consistent disappointments in their lives. Jonathan and I bring our two voices and differing life experiences to the ‘compass point’ of this book. Our two voices bring an interesting perspective to the Eight Points which we identify and explore in living simply an inspired life.”

If you’ve ever felt lost at sea, Simply an Inspired Life is a book that will provide you with navigational tools and insights to help you find smooth sailing despite any type of waters.

To Your Success,

Eric Harvey
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Excerpted from Simply an Inspired Life by Mary Anne Radmacher & Jonathan Lockwood Huie
What does an Inspired Life look like?

You are living an Inspired Life when you are consistently joyful, compassionate, loving, and thankful to be exactly who you are, regardless of external events and circumstances. You no longer suffer from blame, disappointment, and worry. You appreciate the distinction between events and your feelings about those events, and you are consistently able to choose a joyful interpretation of events.

If I’m living an Inspired Life, can I still break a leg? Unfortunately, yes. An Inspired Life is about choosing your response to physical events rather than about changing those events.

Have you heard the ancient story of the blind men and the elephant? One man touched the elephant’s leg and concluded that the leg was the elephant. One touched the trunk and concluded that the trunk was the elephant. One touched the tail, and concluded that the tail was the elephant. Others touched other parts, and each concluded that the part he touched was the elephant.

Each blind man touched the part of the elephant that was nearest to him and assumed that he had learned the nature of the elephant.

Like the blind men, we touch some part of life and assume it to be the entire nature of life. We look at life from the perspective of our heritage, our community, and our experience and we assume we fully appreciate all of life.

We invite you to challenge your perspectives and your belief systems—whatever they are. Together, we will create a little crack in your assumptions and expectations of life, allowing light to shine through.

My Daily Inspiration 3/23/10

Good presentations have a persuasive opening and killer closing. In the middle, you find a body supported by powerful stories, facts, exercises, and quotes.
~ Lorri Vaughter Allen

Speak to Success Today’s quote comes to you from Speak to Success:Present with Power, Panache & Purpose.

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My Daily Inspiration 3/22/10

Say no to anything that is not a high-value use of your time and your life.
~ Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog Today’s quote comes to you from  Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.

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My Daily Inspiration 3/19/10

Life is not made up of great sacrifices and duties but of little things: in which smiles and kindness given habitually are what win and preserve the heart and secure comfort.
~ Sir Humphry Davy
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Even Eagles Need a Push Today’s quote comes to you from Even Eagles Need a Push: The Power of Encouragement.

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