Thoughts for the Day

Knowledge

Increasing your knowledge base will ensure you have the necessary skills for most occasions.

Lack of knowledge is ignorance and displaying ignorance is rude.

Control

Yes we all like to be in Control, but be realistic. Control what you can, be the focus of everyone’s attention, but don’t be a control freak.

Think, feel and behave as if you are in control of yourself and other people/events and you will be.

Don’t blame luck, other people or external forces for your lack of control. Live in the moment and enjoy the sense of control this brings.

Dont lose control and drift, take responsibility for your actions and remain calm and controlled.

Whenever possible, remember, too much control stunts personal (and other people’s) development.

Teaching

Pass on whatever you have learnt to others, at least that will stop them making the same mistake!

The best people I know realise they cannot operate by simply issuing instructions and that no one can possibly know everything that is needed to be known to get the job done.

Highly effective people are those who are prepared to teach.

You may feel that reliance on others whom you have taught actually diminishes your stature. The reverse is more true.

Change

You are capable of changing. You change your underwear, hairstyle, partner, job because you want to.

When other people want you to change, review your capabilities to change. If you don’t want to go along with the change then remove yourself from that environment.

If you do accept the change then embrace it.

Resisting change because you don’t accept it is purely selfish and you should spend your time elsewhere and not block other people’s progress or willingness to change.

Resistance to change is a huge drain on your emotional and physical energies. Go somewhere where you are more comfortable and your energy is projected onto positive change rather than obstruction.

Competition

Use and learn from competition – some of the best brains work for other people. Listen and learn what and why they do.

If you want to remain sharp you need to be in the company of smart individuals who will push you.

Mission Statement

If your Personal or Corporate Mission statement is not something like “Increase the net worth of the entire universe”, then ask yourself why.

If it passes the test of “doing exactly what it says on the tin” then equally this is good.

Somewhere between the two is probably meaningless.

Success

The greatest obstacle for your future success is your present success.

Process

Love what you are doing and apply your talents to love the process of doing. The more you enjoy the process, the easier the goals become. If you don’t enjoy the process and the Now, make a change and enjoy something else.

Personal

Keeping personal human contact is the best way to build and maintain relationships. A follow-up email, telephone call, letter is nice but nothing can replace the sensory experience of a face to face meeting. You can get an awful lot more information out of social interaction than you can in a two dimensional piece of print or a telephone call.

If you can’t be motivated to go and see someone then question your motivation.

Half a Glass

This is the old conundrum, is your glass half empty or half full? which is supposed to elicit whether you are  an optimist or pessimist.

The trouble with this question is that it is constrained by the fact that there is a container and by definition a boundary to your thinking.

What about a world in which there is no glass and so there are no limits to  optimism or pessimism? Mere physical boundaries should not exist when it comes down to personal characteristics as the world is what you make it.

A lot of Eastern Philosophy is going on in that last paragraph which makes the whole issue of what governs are thinking open to debate.

Many suceesful (and Western) business leaders have developed the ‘can do/think outside the box/paint the sky blue’ thinking which has it roots in this philosophy.

One thing is certain, if you believe there to be a boundary to your thinking there will be.