Sunday, June 26, 2005

Good News - #19

Three stories intended to show there is good stuff happening in the world all the time. (Due to the dynamic nature of news I do not know how long any of the links will remain active).

Amazing medical breakthroughs make 'impossible' science fiction a reality. The ability to control prosthetic limbs with thought, along with the eventual ability to feel temperature and texture are one example of that reality.

Frequent reports of our credit card information being compromised can cause anxiety. After all, what can be done? The answer to that is 'plenty'. A home shopping network shows how practical prevention keeps consumers safer.

Fletcherizing, Atkins, Scarsdale, South Beach, low-fat, no-fat, Pritikin, cabbage soup, grapefruit, Hollywood Detox, blah, blah, blah. What do they all have in common? They are all fad diets. Now, the American Heart Association has published No-Fad Diet: A Personal Plan for Helathy Weight Loss.

I consider the Good News to be an inoculation against all the negative news that seems to get the bulk of coverage. To paraphrase a line from a mega-successful movie franchise: "May the Good News be with you".

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Just For Today

A few affirmations that popped into my head before starting my day.

Today I will break free of the self-imposed imprisonment of my comfort zones.

Today I will show them just what I'm made of.

Today I will look at things in a new, refreshing, and invigorating way.

Today I will approach my full potential.

Use these affirmations yourself if you like. What other affirmations would you like to add?

Friday, June 24, 2005

Not really about success...

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Early Bird and Proud Of It

Flexible hours are one of the benefits of my job. I can generally start any time I want, just as long as my work for the day gets done. I think that's one reason why people seem to have such a hard time understanding why I choose to get up so early. Here is stereotypical conversation:

"So, what time do you get up for work?"

"A quarter to four"

"In the morning?"

"Yep, 3:45 AM"

"Why?"

(This is the part of the conversation I always like best)

"On the way to work I often get to see gorgeous sunrises. In the summer I get a large portion of my work done before it gets too hot. There is virtually no traffic on the way in to work, and on the way home it is minimal. Also, by punching in at about 5:00 AM, I get to leave at about one in the afternoon - I still have plenty of day left to do other stuff."

"Oh. Well I would never get up that early"

I just smile when someone says that. Not because I think they are wrong, but because I have just given them several reasons why it's sensible to do so.

To be honest, I do not enjoy getting up that early. (If it weren't for coffee, I don't even know if it would be possible.) But the rewards outweigh the inconvenience. Well, time for bed;)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Not Exactly "Back to the Future"

Time travel has long captured imaginations. One of the reasons is that people have regrets, make mistakes, feel guilt, and experience loss. People think: "If I could only go back in time and change one little thing...things would be so much better today", but we all know with certainty that you cannot change the past. Or can you?

How can you change the past? By choosing how to remember it. At the subconscious level, you do it all of the time. Here is a simplified example. The same event happens to two people, yet they may vividly recall very different versions of what happened. Does this mean they are both lying? Does it mean they are both telling the truth? The answer is yes and no to both questions. How so? They both remember it differently due to subconscious memory selection (SMS).

By definition, you cannot control your subconscious, nor can you control your SMS. You can however, aid your SMS by consciously choosing what you would like to remember. Think of when you were a child and you scraped your knee. Do you remember how long you cried? What caused the scrape? Which knee it was? What you were wearing? Or, do you remember how your mother comforted you? Hugged and held you? How she kissed your knee and made it feel better?

I am not saying bad stuff doesn't happen. In fact some bad memories can be helpful. Right now you can go back and find a memory that has held you back, and change it. From now on, you can choose how you will frame your memories. There are infinite opportunities to change the past. In effect, you can say "I can go back in time and change one little thing...things will be so much better today and tomorrow".

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Good News - #18

Here is another batch of Good News stories to help enlighten your upcoming week. (Due to the dynamic nature of news I do not know how long any of the links will remain active).

Until recently no-one had survived rabies after untreated symptoms appeared. The innovative treatment used on a Wisconsin girl is now being tried elsewhere.

Some farmers in Australia are so happy about a four year drought coming to an end that they are dancing with joy. One thing I learned was that Australia ranks second in world wheat exports.

This one isn't exactly news, but it shows how many people have hopes, dreams, goals, and desires. I plan on spending plenty of time browsing 43 Things. I love lists, and these are the kind I like the most.

I really hope you find these news stories uplifting in some way. If you do, please pass them on to someone else. Doing so is one way to combat negativity, and promote what is good.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Hardest Truth

For whatever reason, I've been on a slightly more philosophical bent lately. Here is another post in that fashion. Please forgive me if I seem to ramble, or come across as esoterically vague.

Honesty and truth are two of the most vital elements of true success. In fact, the very first post I made on The Success Spot was about honesty. If honesty is the absence of deception, then truth is the result.

The concept of being truthful with others is promoted from a very young age; sometimes successfully, sometimes less so. What about white lies? What about lies of omission? What about truth that is delivered without tact? What about truth that is intended to harm? These questions are all valid and point to the apparent difficulty of what real truth is. I think the answer can be summed up with this intentionally vague statement: "It is always best to tell the truth, sometimes".

What then is the hardest truth? It is any truth one does not want to face - the avoidance of which can lead to destructive behavior. Truth of this nature is often covered with layers of justification, excuses, misinformation, avoidance, and denial.

When your experience is in conflict with this type of elusive truth it results in irritability, stress, anger, or any number of negative reactions. You may not even know why you are feeling this way. To further complicate things, when you do feel negative, it may not even be due to a experience/truth conflict.

It is important to find these truths. Please keep in mind that it can take a while. So, how do you start finding these truths? By examining, identifying, and then removing the layers of deception which cover them. And that is a personal exercise, I cannot do it for you. (Heck, I'm not even 100% sure I do it for myself)

The time spent discovering the hard truth will be rewarded. You will find things getting better in other areas of your life as well. Truth has a way of breaking down previously impenetrable walls. In the words of Stiv Bator(s?): Truth is the sword of us all.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

A Personal Challenge

Where I am lacking is in specifics. I know I want to help people. It may sound a bit naive, or even corny, but I really want to do my part to make the world a better place. At this point in my life I think The Success Spot is a good starting point.

My main purpose is to influence other people to help people. In this way I hope to reach out and improve your life, and in turn through an osmosis of sorts you may improve someone elses.

So, that is the basic idea, but I feel I need to formulate a more specific idea - the where, why, when, and how. The greater the initial impact of positive input, the greater the long term effect.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

My Least Favorite Day

It seems that countless people have a universal disdain for Mondays. People even have written hit songs about it: "Blue Monday", "Monday Monday", and "I Don't Like Mondays" spring to mind. When something goes wrong on this widely loathed day people often say in disgust, "Well, what do you expect? It's Monday". I am not one of the countless horde.

Monday to me is a day full of promise for the upcoming week. I can choose to set my attitude first thing. Also, it is the day of the week that I can have the most impact on others. The lower they are, the more room I have to boost their spirits. So, now you know I like Mondays, but the title of this post promised my least favorite day.

Any day when I can't seem to control my responses, and choose to frame things in a positive yet realistic light, qualifies as my least favorite type of day. These days happen. As I grow in my quest for success and self-improvement, they seem to happen less and less.

Typically my least favorite day of the week is Sunday. Because I'm still working for someone else. It almost drives me nuts sometimes, because I know it won't last forever. I am not resigned to a fate that I did not purposely decide. How do I cure my negative Sunday self-talk? Easy. I just think about Monday and the possibility of curing someone elses "Monday blahs".

Friday, June 10, 2005

Quick Thought

False optimism is the result of ignored reality.

Monday, June 06, 2005

A Vision of the Future? Good News - #17

Here is this week's Good News. I've changed the format a bit, just because I thought the stories had a common theme. (Due to the dynamic nature of news I do not know how long any of the links will remain active).

A few positive news stories always make me feel better about life. Rarely, do they strike a chord that gives me hope beyond the day or week. How is this for a vision of the future?

First of all you will be able to live a lot longer so you can enjoy all the advancements that are going to be made. Then you will also save tons of time checking your email, because new weapons are being developed in the fight against spam. (I, for one, will enjoy the relatively spam-free future.) Sorry, no stories about flying cars, but I'm looking forward to those, too.

The cost of housing may also be reduced substantially. How? By moving off of terra firma, and living underwater with the promise of a new invention that will allow you breathe more like a fish. Best of all, you may get to enjoy all of these things and more with the person you love; just like this happily married couple.

It sounds like a great future to me - I can hardly wait! More Good News is out there, let's all have fun finding it.