We have a choice each morning. A choice to make it a great day or to make it an ordinary day. Although it’s challenging to muster up the strength and courage to make it a great day, the benefits are substantial. As Tom Peters once said in the Pursuit of WOW, whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability, If you are a waiter, then be the best waiter. Why should you accept mediocrity when your best is possible.
At the end of the day, what you believe will happen. Attitude is 80% of our success in life. In sales, I do an exercise with new sales representatives which involves getting them to tell me the top ten one word traits required to be successful in sales. Invariably, the list looks like this . . .
- Product Knowledge
- Good listener
Take note that 8/10 are attitude and 2/10 are skills.
You know the old expression, life is about the journey, not the destination. I have spent part of my life always looking forward to what’s going to happen next instead of living in the moment. Dale Carnegie calls it living in day tight compartments, The beauty of living in the day is that we can’t change the past and there is no purpose in worrying about the future. Now when I walk my dog in the early morning, I appreciate the flock of birds flying in formation or the sun rise or the thrill that Nikki (my dog) get when she is able to enjoy a stroll.
This one is self explanatory.
This quote needs to be absorbed for a moment. But when you think about its meaning, the reality is absolute. Why are we here? What is our purpose? The answer is simple. We are here to love people. What does that mean? It simply means that we are here to help, empathize, listen, support, encourage and be there for others. My personal mission statement which is modelled after my late father is to “ help others “ And that’s what he devoted his life’s journey to – helping others. He actually founded the church group called “ Helping Others “ and its sole purpose was to assist parishioners in need. The best way to describe my father is that he was a humble servant. I will leave you with the following quote as a tribute to the way my father lived his life.