Do You Want To

All actions are processes, and all processes can be improved.

Process improvements work best if applied to a process that does not work well and needs improvement.

If we want to improve anything for the better, the first thing we need to consider is what we want the output of the better process would be.  I will always know where the car keys are?  Will I have more free time and money?  The milk does not spoil in the refrigerator?   If we do not know the desired outcome, we are trying to hit what will become a moving target.

We face This problem when we want to improve ourselves.  If a person knows what they desire, and has stability in what they normally plan and do, their processes can be changed and improved.  When’s person is not sure or keeps changing their mind; the task can become an extremely frustrating endeavor.

Anytime someone sets out to improve a process the first action is to ensure the process needs improvement.  When we want to improve ourselves, we need to know what we want and where we want to go.  If we are not sure, there are places on the internet and in most communities where we can take assessments and talk to professionals (usually for free.)

To change for improvement is to work to better something.  Even ourselves.  Work that feeds our passions is great.  We just need to be sure we want to improve the process.

Time to get rid of negativity

How many people say no to you during any given day? How many people doubt your ability to do something?  How does that make you feel? When you count the number of people with no on their minds, did you count yourself? If not, please add one more number to that list.  I find it bad when other people do not believe in my abilities.   I find it even worse when the small voice in my head doesn’t even believe in my abilities.

Even working on something I have done many times before, I still hear the voice, worried of multiple things that could go wrong and all the various actions that could go awry.  Everyone has the voice, and everyone has a choice. We either listen to the voice and go nowhere, living in constant fear, or we put the voice in its place.

Here is what I suggest.   Find a trash can. Make sure it is empty before starting because many things will probably go into the trash can.  Next, think of all those items heard in your head, all negativism.

Now this will seem silly; however, this does work. Stand in front of the trash can.  Put your hands up to your head as though grabbing one of the negative thoughts. Please throw that thought into the trashcan.  Now repeat the process by pretending to grabbing the next thought and throwing it into the trash can.  Repeat this process until all negative thoughts are thrown into the trash can. Now take the trash can outside and empty it into the garbage. DO NOT pick up and bring any of the negative thoughts back into your home or business.

If any of the negative thoughts return, remind them that they were trashed and are not welcome back.  If they persist or new negativeness arise,  an alternate disposal method is available using the bathroom toilet.   Please DO NOT place any body parts in the toilet.  And , don’t forget to flush

Changing Our Ways

A new year starts beginning of this next week.  A new calendar beginning is a traditional time that we set aside each 365 days to look at where we are, and where we want to go in life.

New years is the time when we evaluate our actions.  We promise better dietary control, more exercise, or a heightened control of our time and finances. The truth is, we are creatures of habit.

The annual exercise of betterment, spurred by a desire for growth, then plays out to ultimate failure.  Why?  Because the participants are working on the desired after-effect and not the underlying principles and actions that require a fundamental change to create the positive and desired actions. Continue reading “Changing Our Ways”

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My Four Cornerstones

Every time I go on an army base, I imagine this is true for all military bases, there are a set of signs to read after you enter the front gate. The signs are spaced out and remind me of an old Burma-Shave sign campaign. These signs hold the cornerstones of the Army.

The signs start off with I will complete my objective and ends up with I will never leave a fallen soldier. Everybody sees these cornerstones every time they drive on or off the post. It reinforces the ideals that every person in the Army lives to.

Just like the Army, every blog, website, business would be better served, Continue reading “My Four Cornerstones”

Time to Move Forward

There are times in our lives when we forget we are more than just one idea.  We are a strong country that has persevered much and will do so into the future.  We are the culmination of what our fore-parents did, and the formula of what we will leave to our future.

Democracy has never been a guarantee that you will always have everything exactly your way.  What is guaranteed is your right to pursue happiness.  Happiness itself is not guaranteed.  Just because someone did not get exactly what he or she wanted does not give anyone the right to throw a tantrum, to destroy property or to shatter the peace of his or her home or the home of anyone else. Continue reading “Time to Move Forward”