Ohhh… That’s the Reason…

We all fail sometimes.  After all, we’re not perfect.  But…

The biggest reason we fail isn’t a lack of talent.

The biggest reason we fail isn’t lack of a good idea.

The biggest reason we fail isn’t lack of support.

The biggest reason we fail isn’t lack of planning.

The biggest reason we fail isn’t lack of resources.

The biggest reason we fail isn’t lack of time. 

The biggest reason we fail isn’t that we CAN’T do it.

The biggest reason we fail is that we QUIT before we succeed.

Does this change the way you think about failure?

 

Fence Building and Patience…

I saw something this weekend that made me think a lot about how I handle patience. For the past six months or so, a neighbor of mine has been buiding a wooden post and rail fence around part of his property. It’s been quite a bit of work for him. He started by first digging the post holes. Next came the setting the posts in the ground. Now he’s working on attaching the rails. This hasn’t been a simple job. It’s taken six months to get to this point because he’s building it by himself. Oh, and it’s about 1000 feet long…

This weekend, I saw he had finished a small section of the fence line. I gotta tell you, it looks great. I can now picture in my mind what the whole thing is going to look like when he’s done. It’s going to really serve to dress up his property. He’s done as good a job as any crew from a fencing company could have. He should be proud…

This gentleman has worked a little each week on this fence for the past six months or so. He’s getting closer and closer to finishing. When he’s done, probably in about another month, he will have a functional and attractive fence that he built with his own two hands. Also, I’m sure he saved quite a bit of money doing the job himself. This project has taken a lot of planning, work and patience to get it where it is today. He’s come a long way from digging that first post hole.

What could have messed this project up? Without the proper planning, he could have built a crooked, ugly fence. If he had skipped corners in the work, he might have a fence that wouldn’t stand up to the elements very long. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, a lack of patience could have derailed (no pun intended) the whole project.

So many self-improvement projects require the same three elements to complete: planning, work and patience. Have you ever lost patience trying to lose weight and quit your program? Have you ever stopped exercising because it seemed like too much work? Have you ever come up short with money at the end of the month because of lack of planning in the budget? These situations are pretty common. But, if we work on these elements, like my neighbor has with his fence, each time we try something new to improve our lives, we drastically increase our odds of success.

Are there any projects you’re working on right now that could use a little more patience? Could you use a little more with your kids? What about your spouse? What about in your job or with that new exercise program? With more patience, there’s no telling what great things you can build in your own life!

For Thought Over the Weekend…

These are three quotes that can change the way you think about you life…

1. Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. – Henry Ford

2. If you will change, everything will change for you. – Jim Rohn

3. This is the day the Lord hath made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. -Psalm 118:24

Really ponder these over the next couple of days and see if your thinking has changed a little by Monday…

Have a good weekend!

Five Facts and One Question About Our Bodies & Food

1.  Our bodies are constantly making new cells to replace dying ones. 

2.  It takes about a year for every cell in entire body to be replaced.

3.  Our new cells are made from the nutrients in the foods that we eat.

4.  It’s easier for our bodies to make healthy cells from healthy foods.

5.  It’s more difficult for our bodies to make healthy cells from unhealthy foods.

5.  Does this make you think a little differently about the food you eat?

 

 

New Opportunities?

The economy has softened.  The housing market has crashed in many areas of the country.  The price of everything from gas to food continues to increase.  There are some hard times out there.   Obviously, the gloomy headlines are everywhere.  People that were already living on the financial edge are at their witt’s end.  The next coming crisis – credit cards.  Instead of taking equity out of homes for cash, people have returned to using credit cards to make ends meet and unsecured debt is skyrocketing.  Over the next few months, you’re going to start hearing much more about how the credit card situation is worsening.  It’s going to get tougher before it gets better…  It’s just the pattern we’re in…

But, if you’re observant….  If you can spot trends…  If you listen to what’s happening in your community, your town, your state, your country, you can find new opportunities to do well economically even when it seems like it’s all going downhill.  These opportunties are out there whether you’re tuned into them or not.  Here are just a couple of thoughts to ponder if you’re wondering what you’re going to do…

1.  If gas prices are high and people can’t afford to drive their cars to work, are there new opportunites to support people who set up home-based offices or businesses as more people look for ways to not spend so much on gas?  I predict you’ll hear much more about this in the coming months as oil prices rise to even higher levels and more people get creative to work from home or start home-based businesses.

2.  In some parts of the country, there is a shortage of people trained to install solar panels.  There are more jobs out there than are workers (especially out west).  If you have any kind of construction or engineering experience, what can you do to take advantage of the fast-growing wave of “green” energy companies?  Billions in investment money are being poured into green energy technology right now.  There are hundreds of start-up companies trying to figure out creative ways to power this country without oil.  Some of these companies will become energy titans over the next few years with lots of jobs being created in these realitively new industries.  Keep your eye on this.  How can you take advantage of this now?  Google search “jobs in green energy”.  Can you start a business to train people for these new “green” jobs?

3.  If so many people are losing their homes to foreclosure, where will they live?  If you like real estate, owning rental units may be something to investigate.  In your community, is there a need to supply housing to families who have lost their homes and are needing a new roof over their heads?  If they can’t buy, they’ll rent or lease…

Begin asking yourself questions about the needs and opportunites of which you can take advantage in your community.  Some are going to start new businesses in this down economy and will thrive.  Can you be one of them?  What other opportunties do you see out there in this ever-changing economic environment? 

What Makes a Good Day for You?

It’s easy to fall into a daily routine that we don’t particularly like.  We end up doing the same thing over and over, day after day.  We get up after not getting enough sleep, hurry ourselves and our kids while getting ready for work and school, run out the door to a job which we may or may not enjoy all that much, get through a mundane work day, sit in traffic on the way back home, walk in the door exhausted from our crazy day, make and eat a dinner that probably could be more healthful, turn on the t.v. and watch a show we hope will take our minds off of real life for an hour, go back to bed a bit later than we should only to get up and do it all over again the next day.  Weekends seem like mini vacations compared to our hectic weeks.  We live for Saturdays and dread Mondays.  Are you familiar with this?

We THINK that this is the way it HAS to be.  It was the way we grew up.  It’s the way all of our friends do it.  It’s the way everyone with whom we work does it.  But, that’s not true.  If you’re not happy with your routine, it doesn’t have to be that way.  You can change it.  It can be different.  It can be better.  But, it takes effort.  It takes effort to analyze your day to discover what you can cut out to make more quality time with your family.  It takes effort to look at how you can use your time at work more effectively so that you’re able to actually get your work done and leave the office on time.  It takes effort to get to bed a little earlier so that you get more sleep and feel better the next day.  It takes effort to talk to your kids about what’s going on in their lives.   It takes effort to find quiet time to renew your mind, listen to your thoughts and pray.  It takes effort to tune out the noise and find true voices of value that add to your life experience.   After you expend a little effort to begin doing these things, you gain momentum and change comes more naturally.  It gets easier.  The hardest part about starting something new is just starting.  Once you’ve spent a few days trying new things, finding a routine that you like better, examining your life to find what brings you true joy, it becomes something you’ll want to do.  It’s a great feeling to experience change for the better.  It’s great realizing that life can be different from the same old routine.  People are changing every day.  They’re finding a new path that takes them where they want to go.  I’ve seen it.  I’ve done it.  It’s fun.  And a great way to start your life change is to simply ask this question:  What makes a good day for me?  Once you answer that, your goal should be to do what you can each day to make that happen.  A little effort, a change here and there, some thought, some planning, some action and before you know it, you’ve created a life in which your good days happen more and more.  You CAN do it.  Just give it a try… 

 

Websites for Weather Junkies…

I talk a lot about following your passions in the Life Barometer life balance program.  With that in mind, if one of your passions is weather, this post if for you…

As a meteorologist, I’m often asked about websites for weather junkies…  Here are four if you’re into severe weather…

http://blogs.discovery.com/storm_chasers/

If you love STORM CHASERS on the Discovery channel, this blog is for you.  The chase season is in full swing right now and this blog follows the chasers while they’re out shooting the series to air this fall.  It’s a great blog with some interesting behind the scenes pictures….

http://www.tornadovideos.net

The folks who do this website are chasing along with the TIV, DOW and the entire STORM CHASERS crew this year.  Lots of great video and frequent updates during the severe weather season.  You can also follow along with their live webcams during chases (You might see something if you log on Thursday of this week as a tornado outbreak is possible in the Plains and I’m sure they’ll be out).

http://www.severestudios.com

This is another website where you can watch live streaming video from chasers out in the field.  During big outbreaks, you can also watch live coverage with radar of breaking storm events…

Here’s another one that you need to know about if you enjoy chasing…

http://www.stormtrack.org

This is perhaps THE website for all who are interested in chasing and severe weather.   The forum section is frequented by experienced chasers and meteorologist who love to chat about storms.  All storm junkies must visit from time-to-time…

Have fun!