Start Your Day Right

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in General, Leadership, Motivation

If you start your day with these four questions, you’ll make every day a more productive day:

1.  What’s the BEST thing that can happen today?

2.  What’s the WORST thing that can happen today?

3.  What can I do today to make sure that the BEST thing does happen?

4.  What can I do today to make sure that the WORST thing doesn’t happen?

The True Goal

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in General, Motivation

If you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it, to work day and night for it, to give up your time, your peace, and your sleep for it . . . if all that you dream and scheme is about it, and life seems useless and worthless without it . . . if you gladly sweat for it and fret for it and plan for it and lose all your terror of the opposition for it . . . if you simply go after that thing you want with all your capacity, strength and sagacity, faith, hope and confidence and stern pertinacity . . . if neither cold, poverty, famine, nor gout, sickness nor pain, of body and brain, can keep you away from the thing that you want . . . if dogged and grim you beseech and beset it, with the help of God, you WILL get it!

~ Les Brown, Live Your Dreams

Afraid of Success?

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in Leadership, Motivation

We all experience fear.  It’s a normal part of life that we either learn to control or it can grow to control us.  Fear has become so prevalent for some as to be debilitating enough to prevent them from even leaving their own homes.  Fear is something wired within us as a defense mechanism, it protects us from harm, but it is an emotion we must grow to understand and manage.

While fear of failure is very common, it is the fear of success that is more challenging to comprehend.  Have you felt it before? Have you been afraid that something you strived for would actually exceed your wildest expectations and then what do you do? Were you afraid that you didn’t deserve success?

I loved the new perspective I gained from Marianne Williamson who wrote “Our Deepest Fear” contained in A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles and share it with you:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Embrace your success! Celebrate the wins of those around you!

What Are You Thankful For Today?

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in General, Motivation

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States and Canada, a day when many pause to reflect on those people and things in their lives for which they are most grateful.

On August 5th, 1620, the Mayflower and the Speedwell set sail from Southampton, England, for the Hudson River, in what is now New York.

Not long after they departed, the Speedwell began to leak and the ships were forced to stop in Dartmouth, England, for repairs. On August 21st, they left again, only to have new leaks force them to return to England once more, this time to Plymouth. There it was decided that the Speedwell could not be made seaworthy for such a voyage.

On September 6th, the Mayflower again set sail for the New World, this time alone. There were 102 passengers on board, most of whom were Pilgrims fleeing religious persecution.

For two and a half months, the passengers and crew endured cold, sickness, bad food, leaks that threatened to scuttle the ship and storms that blew them far off course, before landing at what is now Provincetown, on Cape Cod, on November 21st. After determining that the area was not suitable for settlement, they landed at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts, on December 21st.

Despite the hardships, it was a successful crossing for that time in history, as only one person died. Nearly a year later, the Pilgrims celebrated a good harvest with the first Thanksgiving in the New World.

We extend our admiration and appreciation to those courageous English travelers on that early transatlantic cruise. It was their dedication and persistence that afforded us the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy today.  Take a moment to express your love and appreciation for those you care about most!

On behalf of the entire team at TAI, I’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Not Everything Is As Seen

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in Motivation

At a Special Olympics track meet, a young girl had just won the 50-yard dash and was jumping up and down all excited.

She yelled out to her parents, “Look, Mom and Dad, I won!”

Her parents instantly burst into tears.

At the awards ceremony, the young girl proudly stood there as a medal was placed around her neck.

Then she ran over to her parents, who were crying now even more than before.

The three of them hugged …. as the parents kept crying.

A Special Olympics official who had watched this whole scene became concerned and went over to the parents and said, “Excuse me, is there anything wrong?”

Through her tears, the mother said, “No, nothing’s wrong.  Everything’s right …. We just heard our daughter speak for the first time.”

Be Careful What You Ask For!

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in General, Motivation

A young man once asked God how long a million years was to Him.

God replied, “A million years to me is just like a single second in your time.”

Then the young man asked God what a million dollars was to Him.

God replied, “A million dollars to me is just like a single penny to you.”

Then the young man got his courage up and asked:  “God, could I have one of your pennies?”

God smiled and replied, “Certainly, just a second.”

Get Off The Sidelines!

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in General, Leadership, Motivation

How do you approach life? Do you lead your life actively and blaze your own way? Are you willing to take risks to get to where you want to go? Do you strive to help others in their journeys?

Are you the negative force that sits on the sidelines criticizing everyone around  you? Are you the one that always has the answers of what went wrong, but you’re never the one leading the way or offering a better alternative?

Spend a few minutes today reflecting on how you think others perceive you.  How would they describe you? Do you give flight to others’ ideas and dreams or are you the proverbial albatross around their neck pulling them down? Do others want you on their team because they know you will help and bring value or do they consciously strive to keep you away?

One of  my favorite quotes that draws the contrast between these two extremes comes from President Theodore Roosevelt and I offer it to you today to use for comparing your own life and see where you fall:

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and come up short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Personal Power

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in Leadership, Motivation

Communicating a sense of personal power comes from a belief that you can reach your goals in your own way.  Powerful people empower others and encourage others to express themselves openly.  You communicate a sense of personal power by developing these traits:

Authority.  Authority is inner confidence — a trust in your skills and abilities.  It comes from the inside, from an attitude of “I can do that.  I deserve success.”  This attitude radiates outward as you assert your rights, honestly ask for what you want and need, and develop a willingness to give to others and yourself.

Assertiveness.  Assertive behavior is active, direct and honest.  It communicates an impression of self-respect and respect for others.  By being assertive, we view our wants, needs and rights as equal with those of others.  An assertive person wins by influencing, listening and negotiating so that other people choose to cooperate willingly.

Accessibility.  The powerful person is a master networker.  Good networking increases your visibility and gives you a valuable circle of people from whom you can give and receive support and information.  Imagine yourself as the hub of a wheel surrounded by spokes of contacts.

Image.  You communicate power through your image.  Do you project an image consistent with strong leadership? Stand tall and walk proudly, remembering that you have value as a person.  When you meet others, make direct eye contact and keep your handshake firm and friendly.  Clearly state who you are and what you do.

Communication habits.  Take deep breaths to project a firm voice.  Avoid slang, jargon and vocal hesitations that can hinder effective communication.  Use only the body movements and gestures necessary to make your point, no more.  Learn how to write clearly and succinctly.

~ Patricia Haddock, Leadership Skills for Women

Look for What Isn’t Obvious

Written by Jerry Justice. Posted in Leadership

The history books are full of stories of gifted persons whose talents were overlooked by a procession of people until someone believed in them.  Albert Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read.  Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school.  A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had “no good ideas.”  Werner von Braun failed ninth-grade algebra.  Haydn gave up on making a musician of Beethoven, who seemed a slow and plodding man with no apparent talent.

There is a lesson in such stories:  Different people develop at different rates and the best motivators are always on the lookout for hidden capacities.”

~ Alan McGinnis, Bringing Out The Best In People

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