Sunday, November 20, 2005

The Choice Is Yours

Making good choices will propel you to success faster than poor choices. The only way to get better at making good choices is to make more decisions. Then learn from the decisions that are made.

Don't be paralyzed by the grip of indecision. When faced with too many choices - pick one. Often you will not know what type of choice you have just made until many variables have been played out. Of course, it is this very idea that can lead to that paralyzing grip.

This quote brilliantly encapsulates the truth about making choices: In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. -Theodore Roosevelt

The right thing. Some decisions seem to come in a flash of original and almost divine inspiration. These are the decisions that are so good that you may wonder where they came from. Well, the answer is that they came from your persistence, preparation, and practice.

The wrong thing. You may at first regret such poor decisions; that's okay. The trick is to make that regret no more than a mere glance when compared to the long vision of the lesson to be learned from them. If a decision is so bad you just cannot learn from it, pat yourself on the back because at least you did something.

Nothing. This is an excuse that will surely lead to failure. You will never know if you would have made the right decision, and you lose the opportunity to learn from a poor decision. The only antidote to this is to do something.

What will you do the next time you are faced with a difficult decision? The choice is yours. Success awaits.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Principles - A Brief Nautical Analogy

A few thoughts on principles with a nautical current.

There will be storms, there will be calm, and there will be times when the ship of life is off course. It will be your principles that will right the vessel and eventually lead to the proper destination.

Principles are the map, compass, and rudder; while goals are the itinerary.

You are the Captain of your life, and will face no greater joy than when you arrive at the proper port of call.

Consider the principles of fairness and respect when dealing with (and selecting) members of your crew.

Bon voyage!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Quick Thought - Getting Better

We all can keep getting better and better by helping each other get better and better.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Success Basics Pt. 5 - Discipline

Here is the fifth installment in what was the Basic Ideas About Success series. While the concept is the same, the title of the series has been changed to Success Basics.

Discipline is the key to how long your success will take. Gary Ryan Blairsums it up nicely: "Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results".

There are systems in place to discipline people who do wrong. Arriving late for work, driving to fast, stealing, and many other things often result in this type of discipline. Discipline imposed by authority is not the type being discussed here. Self-disciplinewould be the more precise term. Here is a working definition: Discipline is doing what you need to do when you would rather do what you want to do.

Discipline takes focus, commitment, motivation, and willpower. It is difficult to be disciplined when you don’t know why you ought to be doing something. Applying discipline to firm and specific goals eventually results in success. If your goal is important enough then motivation will come quite easily. Less important goals, by their nature, call for more willpower to sustain successful discipline

Avoiding what is unpleasant, yet necessary, often creates more problems later. In effect, it compounds unnecessary failure. Setting up a self-imposed reward system is a good way to overcome this type of procrastination. For example, promise yourself you will not play your favorite video game until you have balanced your checkbook. In the long run, the discipline will pay bigger dividends than the initial reward.

Success is determined by your level of discipline. I'm not pretending it is fun or easy. It is, however, vital to achieving great things.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Search Engine Success

A while back, I mentioned that The Success Spot was not even listed in the top 1,000 search results at Yahoo!(for the search term success). This may not seem like a problem to some people, and my apologies to those of you who may find this a dry topic. It was to me, though. Here's why.

One of my major goals is to reach out to others to help them achieve their full potential. It has been my hope that The Success Spot can help in some small way. If it is not listed in a major search engine/directory, then it means it's range is severely limited.

Instead of complaining, I decided to do what I could to move it up in the rankings. I know it has been said countless times, but keyword rich content is vital. That doesn't mean padding your writing with these words to the point of incomprehensibility (smaller word for this???), but rather maintaining focus on the words you want to be found under.

So, anyway...

After trying to move up for a few weeks, it finally started to work. The first time I checked again (using the word success) this blog appeared at 743, better but not good. Then a big jump to 519, then 343, then 286, and then today - 150! That's more like it, but still not where I want it to be. I'm shooting for a top 10 'success' placement.

Any ideas?

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

How (Not) To Be A Success

We have all encountered people who exhibit one or more of these traits. Like me, maybe even you do some of these more often than you like to admit. So, how to be a success? Don't follow this...

How not to succeed

Use a weak and ineffectual handshake
Better yet, don’t shake hands at all
Talk when other people are talking
Be rude, impolite, and inconsiderate
Use a lot of swear words when you talk
Tell vulgar stories and jokes
Blame other people when things don’t go your way
Whine
Complain
Find fault in others and point them out to other people
Don’t identify yourself when making telephone calls
Remember, always tell – never ask
Talk about yourself exclusively
Keep in mind that no one you are listening to knows more than you
Mumble
Frown, scowl when possible
Make sure you have an excuse ready for any occasion
Don’t look people in the eye
Gossip
Avoid the truth
Procrastinate
Strive to be unfair
Ignore other people’s input
Criticize other people, because it makes you look better

Then…
Blame your lack of success on bad luck.

Suitable for framing, isn't it?