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What Have You Done for #21 Lately?

We do a lot of things for many people.  The higher we grow, the more we do.  If we do our job well, we often find ourselves with more and more people attaching their projects to our time and less time for us to have to ourselves. It is all right to do well for others as long as you take care of #21. I have to ask you today, are you taking care of #21?

Granted, #21 is not at the front of the pack. Usually doesn’t get all the limelight deserved. And can often get lost in the stampede to get things done. Yet, the team would not be a whole one without this valuable player.

When you’re checking your roster of contributors and lineup of required actions, be sure to look out for the little guy. Ensure that even #21 is given a calculated blend of playing time, training time, and time for recuperation. The balance is essential because without the correct balance you will not get your best performance.

Thank you for being here with me and allowing me a little play on words. This blog contains a puzzle, and in solving it, please tell me a little bit more about #21 in the comments section. I’m not sure where everybody is reading this from. I do know where #21 lives.  #21 lives within our hearts.

I hope to be with you again soon, in the meantime don’t forget to take care of #21.

What’s your story?

Do you know your own story? Most of us can remember some of the critical points. You need to be able to talk sensibly about the important who, what, where and when. Can you give someone your story in about 90 seconds?

I thought I could until the one day a new college president found out that I was finishing a Masters degree in adult education. He looked at me and said, “Tell me your story?” I’ve done a lot with my life. But at that point, with the question coming out of the blue, I found it hard to tell him something that made sense.

I’ve had an exciting life, I was an Eagle Scout, I was in the Air Force for almost 22 years where I worked on five of the seven continents. I built computers for Apple. I have taught people how to use computers, how to find jobs, and how to write resumes.

I was a process engineer who designed the assembly lines, and the process is to build the computers. I have tracked satellites, modified satellite ground stations and worked in research and development. I have an Associate in Applied Science in Electronic Systems Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and finally a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training. Getting caught flat-footed, how could I put everything understandably in 90 seconds or less?

The trick is to actually think about it and practice beforehand. If I’m going to talk to the head of a technical college, I may need to emphasize different points than I would if I had to speak to a manufacturing vice president. It is not that I’m hiding anything, or over exaggerating certain aspects, I just need to talk to what they’re interested in when they ask.

Getting caught flat-footed was my own fault. We never know when an important question will come or what setting it will be. If we think about the questions that could be asked, by whom and where then we can be prepared. Running over them in our mind from time to time, just to keep them fresh is good. Taking 10 minutes a week to practice it a couple of times is even better.

There is a saying I hear a lot that talks about people not caring what you know until they know how you care. Sometimes you will never even know that people are watching you as you do something good for someone else. They see that you care and want to know more about you. Most life-changing moments are serendipitous and come out of the blue. You may not know when they’re coming, yet we can fall back on our scout training.

Be Prepared!

Powering Through

Sometimes in our lives, things do not always go as expected. Sometimes we have to accept detours, hardships, and pain. To keep going, we have to find alternatives along the way. The truth you have to understand is that you are more significant than anything trying to block you from your goals.

Sometimes you can use a superhighway to go directly to your final destination. Although, sometimes you have to find your way around obstacles. Yet, you never let those obstacles stop you from getting back on your track or cause you to throw your hands in the air, give up, and walk away.

Sometimes when you’re on the road toward success, you get hit with a deluge of bills or other costs that were not expected. This does not give you permission to quit. You need to take a step back, figure out a better budget that you can stick to, and look for other ways you can do things that are either free or less expensive.

You may not have ever experienced an avalanche of health concerns, yet I assure you they do exist. You don’t want to give up with that avalanche on top of you. You grab the shovel of determination, and you dig yourself out. You talk with the professionals, and you figure out what will keep the problem from slowing you down. You design your plan of what you have to do so this does not slow you down in the future. You take care of yourself, your body and your mind because they’re the only ones you’re getting. And you move on, to get back on that highway to wherever your goals in life take you.

I have seen people in pain. Hurt with migraines, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, and more surgical scars than you can imagine. These people do not quit. They power through the pain and learn new ways to cope because they understand they cannot reach their goals this side of the mountain. To succeed, they have to move over, around or through that pain to reach and achieve their goal.

I have seen this my whole life. What I’ve learned from this is to never bet against anyone. Some of the direst cases will come back to surprise you. They will not quit, and that is what allows them to obtain their goals.

If you hit obstacles on your way to your goals and are not sure of what to do, the answer is easy. Don’t quit…  Get the right information and power through.

Take care of yourself and thank you for being with us today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

 

 

Free Mapping Your Future Book

For all those who follow me on WordPress and other Social media, I thank you.  You have seen where I have come from and where I am going.  Having your company on this journey to the future is something I really cherish.  If you are looking for something I could help you with, please let me know.

Thank you for being so understanding while waiting for the book I promised.  Here is the free book and the workbook I promised you on Mapping Your Future:

Mapping Your Future 101518   and  Mapping Your Future Free Workbook 101518.

Please remember there are no strings attached to these.  I am not even asking for your email address.  If you have questions, you can contact me through the comment section on my WordPress, or through Facebook or Messenger. The books also list other ways to contact me.

How will you know when I have new items out?  You will see them on my blog and other places.  I am not going to talk about them exclusively on the blog, and I promise my offerings will not dominate the blog ideas I write on.

Thank You for being with me today.  Please enjoy the book and workbook, and I hope to be with you again Tomorrow.

 

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Do you ever feel surrounded by too many things? Things that duplicate other things? Are the things you have taking over your life?  George Carlin used to joke about stuff, and how we all had stuff and house stuff grew, and we ended up having to rent storage Spaces to save all of our stuff. I find myself more and more in this type of a dilemma.

When I was in the military, I moved a lot, when I retired, I stayed in the same place, going on 27 years now. I know that when I moved every 3 or 4 years, I did not have this problem. When you get ready to move you get rid of the things you don’t need to take with you, and you take the things you do. I imagine we have all had this type of experience at one time or another.

Lately, I’m starting to wonder who’s running the house the things or me. I know the old saying is ‘a place for everything and everything in its place.’ The problem now is all the other junk in the house is banding together and looking for a place for me. I am not sure what I need to do about this. However, I have a plan.

Every time I see something sitting around that annoys me, I ask a couple of questions. Why do I have this? Where did it come from? Where and how do I use this?  (Where I use it gives me an idea of where it should be.) Do I need to have more than one of these? Do I need more than one?

As I work at this, one item at a time, the great people at Goodwill get some excellent benefits of my trimming down. I used to watch a cooking show by Alton Brown, and he always talked about using multi-use tools in the kitchen. In other words, a tool that would allow you to do more than one particular task with it. I like that idea. Using that idea,  I remove unneeded junk from the house.

If you want to feel better, you need to release some endorphins from the brain. One way of releasing those endorphins is actually completing tasks that you know need to be done. Removing excess things from the house also gives you a better view of where you live and helps you to keep those good feelings. 

Thanks for being with me today, I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Thank You and Please

I want to take a moment and thank all those who helped during hurricane Michael and everyone helping with the aftermath and the cleanup. Right now, there is much to do with the search for survivors and providing the services for those without food and housing. If the track had moved a few degrees to the West, precious members of my own family would have been at or near the ground zero for this horrific event. I pray for everyone involved, and I thank everyone who is assisting.

Life is precious. Quite often, life is also serendipitous. We don’t always know what is going to happen nor, how bad it’s going to be. What we can do is keep faith with and follow the guidance of those we pay to monitor the situation and protect us.

Many of us tend to live with the ‘John Wayne’ mentality, which makes us think we can do just about anything. The truth of the matter is, unlike Mr. Wayne who could call ‘Cut’ at any moment during his movies, we cannot stop, nor walk away, in the middle of the real scene we have put ourselves into. Once we have made the decision, and we’re there, the best we can do is play the scene out against destructive forces, sometimes far more significant than anything we might be able to handle.

When the call comes out for us to do our boarding up, securing of our valuables and leaving, we need to do so. If it turns out not to be as bad as predicted that’s great. It would be better than having to be caught in something that was far worse than we ever imagined. We can rebuild structures, we can buy new things, we can rebuild our lives. And remember, we’re the only one of us there is.

Please be kind to others and take care of yourself. You would be amazed the number of people who would be a little bit lonelier without you.

Thank you for being here today, and we look forward to being with you again soon.

 

 

 

 

Two Things to Think About

In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, here is a piece from October of 2015.  I have cleaned it up a little, the sentiment is the same.

You are capable of great things.  And, if you don’t try, you will never know.  Why don’t we spend more time believing in ourselves and what we want to do?  This failure in self-faith is often a conditioned response.  It reminds me of a Christmas movie where everyone told a young child he could not have a B-B gun because he would shoot his eye out.  Where these people being mean, or trying to keep the child from fulfilling his dreams?  No! Those advising him were trying to protect him from misguided tragedy.

How many of us have held off on dreams or not gone on to fulfill our destinies because of the misguiding of well-meaning friends, family, or other sources?  Does this mean they were not concerned about you?  Did they speak out of spite or jealousy? Is there really no danger involved? The answer to all is no. 

Anything worth doing will have a risk involved. To keep us from getting hurt, others who are concerned for us, and even our own thoughts, will point out problems and roadblocks that could be there along the way to our success with the project. The trick is to believe in yourself and your goals enough that you can overcome the warnings of everyone else and to overcome your own fears.

 If you have that much determination, then you are on the right road to solving those problems, removing those roadblocks and actually bringing something new into being in our world. Just remember, nothing is possible until it is done and then everybody wants to do it.

Thanks for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.