Saturday, July 30, 2005

Success Bursts

Here's an idea that popped into my head at work yesterday. Basically, it's just improving in short bursts. Each burst is only 15 minutes, and allows for small changes. How much more successful will you be if you do all six each day?

Ask yourself questions like this for each of the six main areas of success:

Social: What relationships can I improve using 15 minutes of time effectively?

Mental: How can I best improve my thinking and attitude?

Financial: How much money can I earn in 15 minutes, if I put forth my effort, resources, knowledge, contacts, and enthusiasm?

Spiritual: Am I able to commit 15 minutes of this day to connect with my higher power?

Emotional: What makes me feel good or better about myself?

Physical: What better food/activity choices will I make and implement for 15 minutes today?

Can you see how the impact of these "Success Burst" questions can change your life in a substantial way? Obviously, you can alter these questions to fit your situation. Personalize them, improve them. This is only a basic idea, but one that I think has massive potential for me and you.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Good News - #21

Twenty weeks of the Good News is now behind us. This may be week twenty-one, but it is only the beginning of great thing to come. Really. (Due to the dynamic nature of news I do not know how long any of the links will remain active).

It can be tricky deciding which stories to choose each week, but sometimes certain stories really stand out. Lance Armstrong's victory is Lucky 7 for an inspirational cancer survivor.

A new development from Russia may help people survive fires in high rise buildings. It looks like a fascinating idea that may save many lives.

I understand that bad news is something that happens. I also understand that I personally don't get to decide what major media outlets will report. Here is an article that explains how the web is now delivering individuals the news they want.

I like to think of bad news as the proverbial tip of the iceberg - the bad news just barely sticks out above the water of life, while the vast majority of good news often remains below the surface. That is, not reported, but completely undeniable.

Saturday, July 23, 2005


A few choices for you to consider.

You can choose...

Success or failure (I choose success)
To persevere or quit (I choose to persevere)
Happiness or bitterness (I choose happiness)
To create or destroy (I choose to create)
To help or ignore (I choose to help)
Learning or ignorance (I choose learning)
Love or hate (I choose love)
To support or condemn (I choose to support)
Sharing or selfishness (I choose sharing)
Improvement or comfort (I choose improvement)

What choices do you make? What is important to you? What other things did I forget to include in this list?

Monday, July 18, 2005

Quick Thought

After many weeks of careful planning, contemplating, and preperation - I have decided to be spontaneous!

Friday, July 15, 2005

A Helpful Progression

Here is a way to get from "can't" to "did".

I can't leads to...
I don't know how which leads to...
I'm not sure which leads to...
I might be able to which leads to...
I can which leads to...
I will which leads to...

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


I finally got the background issue figured out. I'm not sure if I'm keeping this one, but I will leave it up for a while. Thanks again for all the help, it is truly appreciated.

Monday, July 11, 2005

A New Ideal

I have been kicking around the idea of reaching my full potential for a long time. Recently I've been thinking about breaking it down into the six areas I mention in the description under the main title of this page.

The question is: How can I reach the ideal, that is approach my full potential, in each of these six areas?

Some categories seem obvious, while others do not. I think most people would be able to recognize, and for the most part agree on, what constitutes physical and financial success. Those are areas which can be difficult to improve, yet they are easily quantifiable. Spiritual, and mental success may be easier to improve, but harder to quantify.

None of this matters to me if I cannot decide on an end point for each. So, I will be working on a list for each of the six major areas of success. I intend the lists to be a combination of goals and guidelines. That will give me more to kick around for a while.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Good News - #20

People tend to like nice round numbers, and 20 is one of those. That's right, this little experiment of reporting Good News has become enjoyable for me. (Due to the dynamic nature of news I do not know how long any of the links will remain active).

Hundreds of teens putting their faith into real action makes for an uplifting Good News story, regardless of your level of faith. How wonderful to read a story that is not about the ills of teen society.

Unemployment is at its lowest level in years. This article is not just a quick snapshot of a statistic. It's more of a detailed look at how the numbers break down, and a realistic look at other elements of the current U.S. economy.

General Motors may have been the first to offer an "Employee Discounts for Everyone" discount program, but it is not the last. Sales have been so staggering that the Ford and Chrysler are now following suit. Let the "Car Wars" begin!

I will end this week's Good News with one more story. All you have to do is fill in the blank: The best thing that happened to me this week was _____.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Where Have I Been? Hiatus.

Hello regular readers and first time visitors.

Not exactly hiatus, but I haven't been updating as much as I would like to The Success Spot, but I have an excuse. I've been working on a new blog - Random Generation. I try to reveal a little, but not too much, of myself on this blog. The reason is that I am trying to help people, and I don't think that is well-served by getting into my likes, dislikes, and opinions.

The purpose of Random Generation is to show a little bit more of what I'm about. There are lists of most, and least favorite songs, links, a blogroll (any suggestions?), radio, a challenge, and a more laid back feel. I'm aiming for entertaining eclecticism. If you get a chance let me know how I'm doing.

I'm still working on putting a few finishing touches on the new blog. I plan on updating The Success Spot soon.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

A Quote From Live8

"Where there is poverty, there is no true freedom" - Nelson Mandela

The concerts were great from a music fan's perspective. The messages were great from a humanitarian's perspective. The impact remains to be seen.