Learn From Yesterday

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Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is
not to stop questioning.
~ Albert Einstein

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Last week, as I felt summer approaching, I found myself longing for a retreat. After all, time away from my usual routine creates balance, fills me with a sense of peace, and lowers my stress levels. However I, as we all do, have obligations and responsibilities which prevent me from just picking up and taking off at a moment’s notice. So instead of packing the car and heading off on an impromptu cross-country vacation, I wandered over to my bookshelf and found two books by David Kundtz: Quiet Mind: One-Minute Retreats from a Busy World and Awakened Mind: One-Minute Wake Up Calls to a Bold and Mindful Life.

David’s words reminded me that I don’t have to escape my current surroundings in order to find balance and peace. By taking a one-minute retreat, I’m able to find what I’m looking for…right here, right now. Contained within these two books are ideas, concepts, and thoughts which will stretch your mind, gladden your heart, and nourish your soul—one minute at a time. If you’ve been longing for a retreat from your too-busy life, this may be just what you need.

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Excerpted from: Quiet Mind: One-Minute Retreats from a Busy World
Welcome to a new way to cope with the demands of a too-busy life. Welcome to a way that requires no difficult skills, adds no new burdens, and accommodates all spiritual systems and life-styles. Welcome to all who want to do nothing—more often, more creatively, with joy, and without guilt. Welcome to one-minute retreats that can be yours at any time of the day or night. Welcome to a quiet mind—tranquility, calmness, and clarity—in the midst of a too-busy world.

Here you will find brief invitations to take time for yourself, to rest, to find peace, to awaken, to remember and to find ways to recognize what you may have forgotten, and how not to forget again.

Each of the reflections can serve as a Stillpoint—a pause for a purpose—to draw you to a moment of both rest and insight. You will also find meditations on longer times of rest and peace, and encouragement to fit them into your schedule.

Excerpted from: Awakened Mind: One-Minute Wake Up Calls to a Bold and Mindful Life
“How you do anything is how you do everything.” ~Zen Master

I had just finished my training as a psychotherapist and was enthusiastic about beginning a career as a family counselor. A key element in my training were my clinical supervisors—one especially whom I admired and valued.

The thought came to me that this person, who was a skilled, insightful, and charismatic therapist, could be doing any kind of work and would still be skilled, insightful, and charismatic. Because that’s who he was, in himself. You could change his training and his work, and he would be the same; whether a business man, a lawyer, a farmer, a social worker, a fireman, or a therapist, he would be skilled, insightful, and charismatic.

Granted, certain kinds of work fit certain kinds of personalities, but, for the most part, how you do anything is how you do everything.

I believe the thought holds true, for the most part, within the lives of us all. How you wash the dishes tells me something about the kind of physician you may be. How you make the bed is how you will practice law. How my accountant keeps his home says something about how he will keep his books. How a woman presents herself to the world tells me something about the quality of her nursing. The way a carpenter treats his tools says much about his work.

Always pay attention to the feel of the office space when you look for a therapist. It has nothing to do with amount of money spent, with sophisticated or common tastes; it has to do with the quality of care.

And the same, of course, is true for me—and you. Do we care? Whether we are making life-altering interventions or performing day-to-day tasks to maintain family life, do we care?

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Say it Right!

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Choose your responses carefully. Whether you incite or inspire is your decision.
~ Lorri Vaughter Allen

Say It Right: Converse With Confidence, Tact and Care Today’s quote comes to you from Say It Right: Converse With Confidence, Tact and Care.

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Just In Time: Solving People Problems at Work

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The best way to escape from a problem
is to solve it.
~ Alan Saporta

Just In Time: Solving People Problems at Work Today’s quote comes to you from Just In Time: Solving People Problems at Work.

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The Ten Golden Rules

Consider the quote which says Friendship is a relationship in which two people come to share the same soul. It sounds like something that, today, you could find written inside of a greeting card. Yet, this quote is attributed to Aristotle, who lived around 300 BC. Or what about No act of kindness is ever wasted. Doesn’t that sound like something that you’d hear people say today? Aesop, who lived around 500 BC, is the author of this quote.

When we look to the great minds of the past, we find insights which can be applied to our lives today. In The Ten Golden Rules, timeless wisdom has been condensed into ten memorable and easy-to-understand rules that, if lived by, can enable us to have rich, meaningful lives. This book speaks to the mind and the heart with rules such as:

  • Examine Life
  • Worry Only About Things You Can Control and
  • Treasure Friendship

In The Ten Golden Rules, you can learn from great teachers on how to live the good life.

Please pass this along to others so that they, too, can be inspired.

To Your Success,

Eric Harvey
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The Ten Golden Rules The Ten Golden Rules by M. A. Soupios, PhD

Living the good life doesn’t require a lot of money or even any faith. The Ten Golden Rules condenses the wisdom of the ancient Greeks into 10 memorable and easy-to-understand rules that, if lived by, can enable modern readers to have rich, meaningful lives.

Excerpted from The Ten Golden Rules
Examine life, engage life with a vengeance; always search for new pleasures and new destinies to reach with your mind. This rule isn’t new. It echoes the thought of ancient Greek philosophers and most notably that of Plato through the voice of his hero, Socrates. Living life is about examining life through reason, nature’s greatest gift to humanity. The importance of reason in sensing and examining life is evident in all phases of life—from the infant who strains to explore its new surroundings to the grandparent who actively reads and assesses the headlines of the daily paper. Reason lets human beings participate in life. To be human is to think, appraise, and explore the world, discovering new sources of material and spiritual pleasure.

Worry only about the things under your control, the things that can be influenced and changed by your actions, not about the things that are beyond your capacity to direct or alter. This rule summarizes several important features of ancient Stoic wisdom—features that remain powerfully suggestive for modern times. Most notable is the belief in an ultimately rational order operating in the universe, reflecting a benign providence that ensures proper outcomes in life.

Friendship is a reciprocal attachment that fills the need for affiliation. Friendship cannot be acquired in the marketplace, but must be nurtured and treasured in relations imbued with trust and amity. Friendship is a near sacred bond between individuals, a mutual nobility that requires duty, obligation, commitment, and sacrifice, a difficult and challenging standard seldom found in the majority of relationships experienced in life. Yet, when on some rare occasions we are fortunate enough to forge such a relationship, our entire life is changed. All that we experience takes on a new meaning when we are in a position to share completely with a person who has become “another self.” No amount of power, money, or status can substitute for the precious joys of a true friend.

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Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

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Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
~ Napoleon Hill

107 Ways to Stick to It: Practical Tips to Achieve the Success You  Deserve Today’s quote comes to you from 107 Ways to Stick to It: Practical Tips to Achieve the Success You Deserve.

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Human Nature 101

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Hi Friends …

A senior manager has an important operational change that has to be implemented. A team leader is given a new goal and deadline for the group to meet. An employee is assigned a task that requires the involvement and assistance of a coworker. Three different individuals, three unique situations, one common requirement for success: COMMITMENT FROM OTHER PEOPLE AT WORK.

Fact is, very few people do their jobs totally independent of others. Most of us interact with coworkers on a daily basis. We rely on other people … we need other people … we get our work done with and through other people. And the more committed employees are to doing their best for each other and the organization, the more success EVERYONE will experience and enjoy. It’s just that simple. What’s not so simple, however, is encouraging, building, and getting the commitment from others that we all want and need. Addressing that never-ending challenge is what my new “Just In Time” series handbook, Building Commitment at Work is all about.

Excerpted below is one of several commitment-building techniques included in the book: Communicate “Why’s as well as “What’s.” I encourage you to read it, remember it, and pass it along to your colleagues. More importantly, I encourage you to APPLY IT. It’s a simple strategy that really works!

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Building Commitment at Work
Excerpt from Building Commitment at Work

Communicate “Why’s” as well as “What’s”

If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance that sometime in the past you’ve committed a de-motivating, yet all too common, mistake: telling people what to do without explaining why it needs to be done.

Perhaps the mistake was unintentional on your part – you just didn’t think before issuing your directive. Or maybe it was intentional – and justified in your mind with a rationalization such as: They don’t need to know why … I don’t have to explain my decisions … I don’t have time to list all the reasons. Either way, it was still a mistake … and a clear demonstration that you had forgotten how lousy it felt when others had done the very same thing to you.

So why was it a mistake? Because it borders on childlike treatment (“Do it because I said so!”) which tends to produce anger, resentment, and half-hearted effort. More importantly, it’s a squandered opportunity to get people on-board with, and committed to, what needs to be accomplished.

Here’s a good rule of thumb to guide your future actions: Unless it will violate a legitimate need for confidentiality, always tell people the good reasons for doing what you want done. That’s your WHAT. Your WHY? Because it’s the appropriate way to deal with adults, it produces positive results, and it’s a courtesy that’s simply the right thing to do.

And one more thing
If you ever find that you can’t come up with good reasons for acting, stop worrying about others’ commitment and start questioning the action, itself!

Human Nature 101
Adults are more likely to be committed to actions
and behaviors when they understand the
good reasons behind them.

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Choose Hope!

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Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
~ Christopher Reeve

Welcome The Rain Today’s quote comes to you from Welcome The Rain: Choosing to See Beyond Life’s Storms.

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Who Inspires You?

Who inspires you? Is it your child, your spouse, or notables who have turned tragedy into triumph? I was recently inspired by a hero and after reading his words, I have a feeling you’ll be inspired as well.

In A Tender Warrior, Lieutenant General Hal Moore, military hero, accomplished author, and national speaker on leadership, shares his letters to America. Told with the passion and wisdom that only someone who has truly lived can convey, General Moore’s letters are timeless treasures that will be priceless to future generations. As Memorial Day approaches here in the United States, now is a wonderful time to be inspired by a message that will be sure to fuel our patriotism and confidence in this great country.

Please pass this along to others so that they, too, can be inspired by this tender warrior.

To Your Success,

Eric Harvey
Eric Harvey
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A Tender WarriorLearn More… A Tender Warrior

by Mac Anderson

Lt. General Hal Moore is one of America’s greatest Generals and military leaders of all time. But, it’s his profound love of humanity that radiates from his soul. In this very special book, General Moore, shares five very special letters to America on the true meaning of leadership.

Excerpted from A Tender Warrior By Mac Anderson
I pledged my life, my sacred honor, for America many years ago. Millions of men and women have made a similar pledge. Having lived with that pledge my entire adult life, after graduating from West Point, I can speak with great humility that it has been a privilege of the highest order to serve at the pleasure of The Commander-In-Chief.

An unequalled pledge of sacred honor took place on April 9, 1865. Before General Lee surrendered his whole Army to General Grant, all communications between the two leaders leading up to the surrender ended with, “Your obedient servant.” It was a closing used by many great American leaders and presidents. But somehow, it became less important to emphasize civility in communications as America became more sophisticated and technology rooted.

America used to be the proud home of civility. We can be again. Seldom does civility stand alone. It is seldom a one-time act. It invites compassion and sacred honor as sister pillars. It serves others and strengthens the bond in relationships.

As Lee rode “Traveller” to surrender to Grant at Appomattox, Grant formed his Union troops in two lines. They stood with their swords at attention as Lee, with great dignity, progressed the final yards to the farmhouse, riding between the “formed lines of respect.” With the slow, high-lifting discipline of each hoof, leader was preparing to meet leader at his and America’s best – in the worst of times.

During the surrender, a personal movement of appreciated civility occurred. “General Lee removed his sword and handed it to General Grant, and Grant handed it back.” After the surrender, as general Lee mounted his horse to depart, General Grant stepped down from the porch, and, moving toward Lee, saluted him by raising his hat. All officers present followed him in this act of civility, compassion and honor. Lee raised his hat respectfully, and rode off in great dignity…loving America still.

Although both were West Point graduates, they had met only briefly once before. During the surrender, from their letters in the beginning through the raising of hats at the end, the “good-by” was a leadership exhibition in civility for all. It took the two of them to teach the soldiers present why, and how, we should serve one another – even during military surrender.

The surrender had been elevated to a moment of grace. That is what civility, compassion and sacred honor produce when the servant heart leads the best of leaders. They paved the way for future leaders to emerge in history by leading through authentic practices of civility.

Such leadership moments are never lost in history. Whether signing the Declaration of Independence, leading a platoon into battle, or surrendering to one another, there are two duties of a leader at all times: He or she is in that role to serve others first and concurrently to lead them to an objective. A crucial and delicate balance is required. To achieve this, to serve well, he or she must serve with honor and lead with civility.

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Every interaction with a new person can be a golden opportunity for a new networking connection. When connecting: explore for commonalities, show genuine interest, look for common values and goals, ask open-ended questions.
~ Peggy Collins

 Network Smart: Connect with Purpose for Knowledge, Help &  Opportunity Today’s quote comes to you from Network Smart: Connect with Purpose for Knowledge, Help & Opportunity .

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