Friday, October 28, 2005

Hope this helps...

Enviroman gets his wish.

In my attempt to help anyone on a daily basis, I thought it would be fitting to help out one The Success Spots' readers. The original comment was as follows...

At 10:55
, Enviroman said...

Nice of you. How about doing a good deed for the environment and for
Enviroman who is on a campaign to increase environmental awareness.
To see how you can help, visit Support Enviroman

Enviroman Says

Some may think his promotional method borders on spam, but it is not my place to decide his plan for success. So in the spirit of good faith, I decided to send 500 visitors his way. I used 150 of my credits at WebmasterQuest and 350 of my credits at Traffic Roundup. This should be a nice start, I wish for him and all of you to be successful.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

So far, so good (A Year of Success - Update 1)

This is a brief update on A Year of Success, as well as a few ideas about it.

First of all, let me say thanks for all of the thoughtful comments so far. They are as helpful as they are encouraging.

Well, I figured I was probably going to start small, and so far I would say that is correct. My updates will not include simple smiles, being polite, nor other general niceties. I think these are things that should be done anyway.

Day 1 - Stopped to remove a large piece of debris from the road. Other people were driving around it. The road wasn't too busy. I stopped my car, put on my hazard lights, walked over to the debris, and simply moved it to the side of the road and safely out of traffic.

Day 2 - Brought doughnuts into work for my birthday (which was yesterday). That is just what is expected so that alone doesn't live up to the spirit of what I'm trying to do. I did, however, send some of the doughnuts to our new facility. These are people I have only met once, but I hope they enjoyed the surprise. I also tried to call someone who helped me out 18 years ago, but my initial attempt was unfruitful. I'm not giving up, but it will have to wait for another day.

Here are a few thoughts that came to me about A Year of Success:

1. I will have to be on alert for success opportunities when they arise.

2. Things I would have ignored before will now have to be acted upon.

3. I'll have to get out of the house more. This allows for more interaction with people who I may be able to help.

4. Sometimes it will be easy, and other times more difficult. This will not be an excuse to avoid doing something.

5. Writing down ideas on who to help and how to help have already come in handy. I'm sure this practice will continue coming in handy.

6. I won't always know the impact a simple act will have, but assume it will have a successful outcome.

Thanks again for the wonderful comments and suggestions.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

A Year of Success

Starting tomorrow, October 24th, I will do at least one thing every day to help improve someone's life. This may be done with or without their knowledge. The improvement may be something small or something larger. It may involve lending advice, lending a hand, or lending some money.

The plan is to do it for one full year. I will keep track of what is done and post it here. The updates will vary in frequency from daily to weekly. Remaining accountable is important to making A Year of Success successful.

Ultimately, things may go so well that others will get caught up in the momentum. What kinds of things would help? I'm not sure yet, but that is obviously no excuse to not start. Any ideas?

Saturday, October 22, 2005

The Time Is Write

"The palest ink is better than the most retentive memory." - Confucius

How many times has this thought occurred to you? "This idea is so good, there is no way I will forget it", only to find mere moments later it has vanished, never to return. It is not only frustrating, it may also hinder your ultimate success.

Get in the habit of writing things down. Put paper and pen within easy access. Where you work, by your bed, in the bathroom, on your desk. When an idea strikes get it written down quickly. If you do not have the idea fully developed, that's okay, you can elaborate later. Keep writing without taking the time to edit. After you have the idea written down, then you can take the time to polish it as needed.

There are, of course, times when writing something down may not be possible. What then? Here are a few techniques that could help:

1) Repeat it to yourself at frequent intervals.

2) Politely ask someone else to help you remember.

3) Leave a message on your answering machine.

4) Make it into a little tune or simple rhyme.

5) Visualize the idea to cement it in your mind.

Use any of these techniques, but make sure you still write down the idea as soon as you can.

It is true that some of your ideas may never come to fruition. Still, it is better to write down ideas you will not use than it is to need ideas you have not written down.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Quick Thought

Weakness erodes the character, while humility strengthens it.

Friday, October 14, 2005

From Nothing To Success In Nine Sentences

Here are nine simple sentences designed to get anyone from absolutely nothing to success. It can be thought of as the essence of achievement.

You are. Whether you believe in Creation or evolution, you are one of a kind, and...

You are aware. You have senses through which you receive different types of information. Because of your senses...

You are able to experience,think, and feel. These mechanisms allow you to process incoming information. Sometimes it is enough, other times you realize...

You have wants, needs, and desires. That is, a realization that something is missing. Because of the previously listed statements...

You are able to plan. To think of a way to achieve your wants, needs, and desires. But here's the catch...

You are able to fail. The larger the gap between where you are now and where you want to be, the greater your odds of failure. Failure would be bad, except...

You are able to adjust. Assess the situation, avoid repeating mistakes, and adjust your methods to achieve. Trying again is possible because...

You are able to persist. People have this ability due to intangibles like: belief, vision, courage, dreams, hope, faith, willpower, and discipline. Persist in all of the above steps and one thing is guaranteed...

You will succeed.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

ACT Against Violence - Please Help

Normally I like to avoid negative news stories, but I feel the need to do something about this one.

Wow! Was my blood boiling yesterday morning. There was a news story about a Wisconsin man (the word 'man' is used here to denote the sex of the individual, not character) who had used a canine shock collar on his 8 year-old stepdaughter. What put me over the top was the little girls' quote: "I cried a lot, because it hurt a lot". The maximum sentence is $10,ooo and 6 years behind bars - that is not enough.

I cannot change what has happened, and can only say that my heart goes out to the girl. There is one other small thing...

Please help spread the word and place a link somewhere on your blog to ACT Against Violence. Their home page can be found at . It isn't much, but it is a start. Thanks in advance to all who help.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Knock Knock

Oppourtunity only knocks once - well maybe two or three times, but how do you know when it has knocked for the final time?

That is why it is so important for people to think positive. It prepares them to recognize and seize opportunity when it comes their way. These are the people who are most likely to achieve the things life has to offer.

It may seem, to some, that they have nothing but bad luck. Nothing goes their way, and they are happy to let anybody within earshot know it. These negative thoughts prevent them from seizing opportunity - even when it is recognized. This is self-fulfilling prophecy at its worst.

Which group do you find yourself in most often? If you are in the 'ready for opportuinity' group you are well on your way (but you probably knew that). If you are in the 'resistant to opportunity group, there is still good news - you have lots of potential.

Opportunity will come, how ready are you?

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Basic Ideas About Success Pt. 4 - Integrity

Basic Ideas About Success is now going to be a monthly feature. In case you missed the previous posts you can find them at the end of this article.

Not doing what's wrong is a given. If you're not doing this already, it's probably a good idea to start. Integrity is more than that though. It is also doing what is right. This can be hard. Gossip is a good example. It may be easy to not engage in gossip, that's not doing what is wrong. Doing the right thing would be confronting the gossiper and the person being gossiped about. Not in an underhanded way, but in an open and friendly manner. Tact is key. Yes, doing what's right may be difficult or uncomfortable, but it is a key element of integrity.

Keeping your word. To be a success you will need the help of people. Who would you rather want to help? Someone who is unreliable? Makes excuses? Goes back on their word? Or, someone who reliable and trustworthy? Being known as a person of your word will get you farther than almost anything else on the path to success. Trust me;)

Take responsibility. If you make a mistake the right thing to do is admit it. A person of integrity does even more; they try to fix it. Taking responsibility does not mean making excuses (see above paragraph). Just saying you are wrong may not be enough either. Take charge and do your best to make it right.

As promised, here are the previous posts in the Basic Ideas series. Look for Part 5 sometime in November.

Basic Ideas About Success - Honesty

Basic Ideas About Success Pt. 2 - Seek Advice Properly

Basic Ideas About Success Pt. 3 - Enthusiasm

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

I'm Not Perfect.(Shhhh...Don't tell anybody)

Nobody's perfect is an age-old phrase. This is usually said in reference to somebody doing something dumb. It can also be said in reference to vices. I must admit I have a few vices.

Coffee. I drink a few cups a day, so it is probably not a serious vice. There is something about that first sip in the morning that has the ability to pry my eyelids open. I used to only drink it in the morning, but sometimes I find myself craving it in the late afternoon. Real coffee has a rich aroma and a depth of flavor that cannot be duplicated in its instant form.

Chocolate. I prefer a nice deep dark chocolate to other kinds, but will not say no to the others. It has a wonderful richness that seems to envelop the tastebuds. While white chocolate is not truly chocolate, I enjoy it as well. Chocolate is one thing I have a hard time eating in moderation.

Lost. Yep, the television show. I'm hooked. It not only keeps you guessing, but it also has a way of making you wonder what you missed in previous episodes. The writing, filming, and cast are all top-notch.

So, I have to admit I have a weakness for these things. But like it is often said, nobody's perfect.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Quitting Time?

Striving for a goal sometimes becomes more work than you think it is worth. This is a taboo subject in most self-help success books. I am not suggesting you change course at the slightest problem. Obstacles are to be expected in attaining any worthy goal. Q-U-I-T is a four-letter word, but it may be the right thing to do.

How do you know when to change course, or when to keep trying? Often you will not. You will second guess yourself, and may regret whichever decision you make when things go wrong. You can combat this feeling of uncertainty in a few ways.

Before you start expending time, capital, and energy, you must ask yourself if the goal is really something you want. Take your time. Often you may find you are trying to fulfill someone else's goals for you. Analyze your goal to see if it fits with your principles. It is much easier to modify a goal than it is to modify your principles.

Next, realize there will be a price to pay along the way. Be willing to make balanced sacrifices to reach your target. Remember, sometimes the best thing you can do is take a break for a while to re-charge.

Finally, find a mentor to emulate, and a coach to guide you. Share your goal with someone you trust. This serves the dual purpose of having a sounding board and someone to be accountable to.

After going through the whole process, you may still feel like you have chosen the wrong target. That's okay. Don't' dwell on the negative. Try to take what you can from your current situation. Learn what you can and move on.

I will probably get a lot of criticism for using the 'Q' word, but that is not really what I am suggesting here. What I am suggesting is that as you grow, your goals may change. That is a sure sign of progress, and one I hope you experience.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The Success Spot - 1 Year Old Today!

Well, it's been one year since my first post on success. It has been an enjoyable process. Over the past year the most common question I've received is what the definition of success is. I would have to say success is approaching one's full potential, and success is self-defined. Look for more to come on that definition.

The description directly underneath the title is being revised. It will be refined occasionally to reflect The Success Spot mission.

I will be making updates throughout the days and weeks to come. I have added a blogroll, so if you know of any positive, or success related blogs please pass them along.

Another feature I plan on adding is an advice column of sorts. I will do my best to answer your questions on just about anything. You can send your questions through the comments on any post.

Once again, a heartfelt thanks to all who have stopped by over the past year. Here's looking to the "new year", and many more to come.