Here is a video that is about 6 minutes and packs a great deal of motivation in it. Don’t worry, it looks like sports and it shows a lot of sports, but if you are not a sports type person, you will get a lot out of this!
I am not sure what you are looking to accomplish. This applies to everything! Sports. Business. Goals. Personal ‘limitations.’ Breaking through beliefs. Changing who you want to Be.
My goal is to watch this everyday. Bookmark this and come back to it with me. Everyday.
What is your favorite line/quote form the video? Leave a comment below and share it with everyone.
The Gratitude Guru
Happy New Year! Here it is, just about 2014 already – where does the time go?
Are you a resolution type of person? Do you have your goals in mind, the changes you want to make, and a list of accomplishments planned out for the next 3, 6, or 12 months? Many people use today to start over. It is a Renaissance of a sort – a rebirth!
If you do have a list of things, are you really interested in achieving them? Are there things on the list that you want to have (materialistic things)? Are there activities that you want to engage in this year (things you want to do), like running a 5k, or taking a trip? How about items that directly affect your well being? Are there any of those on your list?
If you re-read the above paragraph, the order I listed the questions are generally the order that people have for their lists. In fact, if you really want to accomplish your list, you need to load up in the opposite manner.
Huh? You should first Be, then Do, so you can Have. It is so easy to get caught up the other way around. “When I have a new car, then I will start to find a new job, so I will be happy.” In reality, you should Be happy and you will find a new job which will put you on the path to having a new car.
My focus the first 3 months of 2014 involve 2 items – one deals with being more healthy and the other is in the area of my websites. My mindset is one of being healthy. That makes it easier to get to the gym, to eat right (and not eat poorly). This will lead to me having a smaller tummy, more energy, a better physical feeling, and overall strength. In effect, I am continuing the process carried forward from this year.
I am not using ‘excuses’ like I am too out of shape, so I can’t keep up at an aerobics class. I am not saying, “I am tired. I don’t want to work out.” Nike says it best – Just Do It! It is all about a series of small, incremental changes made on a daily basis. I am going to start out by giving up sugar – all sugar – for the first 2 weeks.
I will BE healthy so I can DO the things I want in order to HAVE the energy I want to have. When you think of your New Year’s Goals (or resolutions) with the ‘Be, Do, Have’ mentality, you certainly will accomplish them much easier.
And that will bring you more gratitude in your life!
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2014?
The Gratitude Guru
(This is a previously posted post that I updated. I frequently get asked, “You send out a Gratitude Burst? Everyday? How interesting! Why?”
I think it is time to outline the history of the Quote, and how it came about. I do not know the actual start date of the Quote of the Day, but something came up at work one day when a manager somewhere in the company made a decision and it was absurd; this was back in 1990, I think. I remember the project (AWS – for you former Continental Insurance people), I remember the group, and I remember the people. Anyway, the decision that was made was one of those things that you stop and ask yourself, “How in the world does that decision make any sense?” Some manager decided something that I certainly did no agree with, so I sent out a snippet to my coworkers as “The Quote of the Day.” This little sarcastic habit was very infrequent, and was only emailed out to a handful of people in my immediate department.
The rest of the history is a blur! I started to send out a quote on a regular basis. It was a lot less on the sarcasm, and it was based on something I read, or heard, or thought was inspiring. No longer was the email restricted to my coworkers, but I started sending it out to friends over the internet. Back in the early 90s, the internet was still relatively new and not everyone had an email address. Everything was done manually back then. I maintained my own distribution list, and would have to add someone by typing in their email address. When someone no longer wanted the Quote, I would get an email and I would have to delete them… again manually.
The Quote of the Day started to become popular. Recipients of the list would forward it on to people whom they thought would enjoy it. After some time, they would get tired of forwarding on the email, so I would get requests to add their friends to the list. Again, another manual process. I remember adding people based on what a friend would say and then getting back a harsh email from the recipient asking to be taken off the list! This was well before spam was an issue and double opt-in lists did not exist!
After a couple of those emails, I started to have people send me an email if they wanted to be added (“If you want your friend to get the quote, please have him/her send me a quote requesting to be place on the list.”). Again this was a time consuming effort. But, I enjoyed it. The quotes that I would send out made people smile, laugh, it gave them something to think about, it helped inspire some people to do things they may not have done. I enjoy the quotes, and I just wanted to share.
Maintaining the list became too much of a burden, so I started to look for some sort of service to help me out. On May 11th, 2000, I signed up at http://lists.topica.com and the administrative aspects were automated for me. Topica handled all the requests for subscribing, for removing, etc. It was like getting a vacation!
Every day at work, the first thing I would do is send out my Quote of the Day email. Every day, this was still a manual task. Again, I was happy to do it. I actually wrote a computer program once to send out a quote a day and all I had to do was load them up, in bulk, every once in a while. I abandoned that project (or I should say, I never implemented the program) because I wanted to keep it personal. I would say that about 50% of the quotes are sent out with some hidden meaning in them. You can tell the way I am feeling by the quote I send out. Or, the quote has a theme for the day. (If you have your old quotes, look at April 15th, or March 13th, Nov. 30th)
With the launch of the new website, http://www.AllAboutGratitude.com, I decided that it was time to bump up the List Management aspect of the list. Whereas Topica is a free service, I am now paying a monthly fee to have the quote list maintained. I am hoping that with the service I am using, Aweber, the list will become a more reliable than the free service.
If you have any quotes you would like to share, please send them to me. If you just enjoy receiving them, have fun with them. With that said, I am grateful for those subscribers who are on the list, and for those of you who send me your comments every once in a while. If you are not on the list and would like to become a member, please sign up at: http://www.AllAboutGratitude.com
(Note: this post was updated )
Today’s Gratitude Burst that was sent out was from Andy Warhol. I remember the first time I saw his work. My Mom took my sister and my brother and I to the Museum of Modern Art on West 53rd Street in New York City where I grew up. One of the first pieces I saw of his (or at least that I remembered when I was about 5 years old) was Warhol’s painting of the Cambell’s Soup Can.
I remember seeing and wondering how in the world this could be art! Of course, I also thought that I could give Jackson Pollack a run for his money as well. Actually, I was more of an artist like Pollack than Warhol! I had a lot to learn about art at that point!
I also remember trips to the Guggenheim Museum on 5th Avenue (across from the Central Park), as well as trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just about 6 blocks away from where we lived. My favorite museum of all time, however, is the Museum of Natural History on Central Park West. We lived about blocks (2 LONG blocks) from the Museum of Natural History and went there frequently. I remember going there on School Trips as well (P.S. 87 was only a block away!).
What childhood memory do you have that makes you smile? As soon as I think of the Museum of Natural History, I just smile Leave a comment and share!