No, I’m not talking about becoming engaged to marry someone! Hey, a few years ago (37 and change) I did become engaged to my high school sweetheart, Shaundra, and that has certainly helped me live a fulfilled life! BUT, that’s not the kind of engaged I’m talking about today.
In today’s blog when I say engage, I mean action. For example, “engage the car in first gear and let’s go!”
You can read about hundreds of ways to live healthy, live successful, live fulfilled, live happier in general. There are books on goal setting and go-getting. Today I will share with you a proven concrete action you can take this year that will accomplish all of the above…plus some!
In this blog you will learn the key to:
1) Getting and staying more focused
2) Honing your people skills
3) Lowering your blood pressure
4) Reducing stress
5) Reducing heart disease
6) Adding years to your life
7) Being more productive in your work
8) Making more friends
9) Creating deeper friendships
10) Being generally happier in life
I like to keep things simple so I’m going to give you one single word that will accomplish all of the above. AND, I’ll show you a Harvard study that backs my claim up! Are you ready?
You could be if you are setting goals without knowing your mission!
Goals should be a means to an end. In other words, goals should be the WHAT and your mission should be the WHY.
It is great to have goals, and you should. Setting goals without knowing why you are setting them, is sure to guarantee unmet goals.
We are in the middle of the Advent season.
The word advent comes from the Latin word adventus. It means coming. The advent season starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on Christmas day. It signifies an expectant waiting on someone who will change everything. This event we celebrate, truly was a “game changer.” This event we celebrate each year at this time represents the greatest gift ever given…PERIOD!
Do you feel like you are growing? I don’t mean your physical dimensions. I mean are you growing in your relationships, your career, your business endeavors, your spiritual life? If your answer is no, or maybe not as much as you would like, then maybe you are too comfortable.
Is it possible you are living in the comfort of familiarity? Let’s take a look.
What do you REALLY, REALLY cherish more, titles or testimonies? A very good friend of mine shared the idea of titles or testimonies with me this week. I want to challenge you today with this thought; “Titles will fade away but testimonies will last forever.”
Never underestimate the power of saying thank you. Whether at work, at home, or even church, offering sincere gratitude can improve production, relationships, and cooperation.
A recent Maritz poll revealed that only 10% of employees said they have supervisors who say a daily “thank you” for a job well done. More than half of employees said they were never or seldom thanked!
To put “lipstick on a pig” is a rhetorical expression, used to convey the message that making superficial or cosmetic changes is a futile attempt to disguise the true nature of a product. – Wikipedia
One can use this rhetorical expression to drive home a point on many subjects. For instance, Obamacare comes to mind, no matter how you dress up that health care plan…it is still a pig!
Will you have a good day or a bad day? The answer lies in understanding the parts of a day and which part affects the other parts.
Everyday has a:
Morning – Afternoon – Evening
Another way of looking at a day is: beginning – middle – end.
Any event that spans time has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Think about it. A sporting event, a school class, a marriage, a work day, a song, a movie, a scene in a movie.
Now what if I told you that the middle and the end of our day depended a whole lot on HOW you got your day started, or the beginning of your day influenced the rest of your day?
I would say this philosophy is fail proof but I can’t because I was a Saint’s fan when being a Saint’s fan wasn’t cool.
You may recognize the title to today’s blog as a line from a movie. The movie? A Few Good Men.
In this courtroom thriller, Lt. Daniel Caffee, a Navy lawyer played by Tom Cruise, defends two marines accused of murdering a colleague. At one point in the heated courtroom scene, Lt. Caffee tells Col. Nathan Jessup, played by none other than Jack Nicholson, that he just wants the truth. Col. Jessup responds, as only Jack Nicholson can, “You can’t handle the truth!” That short line becomes probably one of the most famous lines Jack ever delivered in a movie.