[WHAT TO DO IN TIMES LIKE THIS]: Take responsibility for your life because you are the creative force of your life. Fellow great minds, we cannot afford to leave our lives in the hands of other people. Remember if you do not take charge of your life now, other people will do so for you. TAKE CHARGE OF YOURSELF AND OF YOUR WORLD!!!
IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE.
A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.
He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.
He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.
The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.
He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”
“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.
The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car.
The sand is everything else. The small stuff.”
“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life.
If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.
Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”
No risk, no reward.
There have been billions of people throughout history who have had the ability to achieve greatness, whether it was the talent or smarts, they had it. What they didn’t have was the guts to risk the life that they were living. They also didn’t have the work ethic to see their talent realized.
The greatest tragedy in life is wasted talent ~ A Bronx Tale
Whatever your dream is, give it enough of a chance to be realized. Risk if you truly want to see the reward.
Find your dream. Then risk everything to get it.
On wasted time: A bucket with a small hole in the bottom gets just as empty as a bucket that is deliberately kicked over. -Paul Meyer
So, you have complained or griped about wasted time, the bottom line is today is new day to make it right. You can wasted a little time or a lot in not accomplishing your goals, either way it is going to be on you to make it happen.
Its simple - JUST Keep Going! Determination, consistent habits, and constant evolution - YOU CAN DO IT!
No one wants to be just adequate. Our goal is to be more than adequate. Decide today to excel, focus, and be intentional about a particular area of growth in your life. The only way you will see growth is by daily giving your effort, energy, time and priorities to be more than just average.
Choose to take responsibility, to take the initiative, and to take action. Make it your business to make real progress, and you will. Regardless of where you are in life, always strive to learn, teach and inspire...kpg
On a personal note - I stopped by my church today to pickup some things for my 6 month old, Ella Louise at the community services department. So, I decided to stick around and asked to help out. It was moving to spend time just helping others outside of the training environment. Now, I have volunteered many times in the past, but this was different. I actually paid attention to others, folks picking up clothes, food and such.
There are so many people in need, some who were there for a hot meal, something we can take for granted. I looked up and realized an hour plus had went by, there are things in our lives where we say "that is time wasted I will never get back". Well, that was cherised time.
I enjoy volunteering my time, especially when it comes to fitness and health, but this was special, mostly humbling because our time is precious, if we have, then we are called/charged to give to those in need.
Visit me on FB to share your giving moments, really :-)
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
2nd CUP of MOTIVATION: Have the Courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to BECOME. - Steve Jobs
Love is patient enough to gently lead you when you are afraid and encourages you with confidence, to keep going in the right direction, even when you cannot see.