The Last Time

While we were eating at the Mexican restaurant, I leaned over and asked my sister how she was taking all this in. She said, “this is the last time Tiff will live at home.” My niece, Tiffany, is officially moving away from home to start a career in video and marketing. New apartment, new furniture, new job and a whole bunch of new opportunities! From the air, it’s easy to see this is just a bend in the road. From the windshield, I’m sure it looks like a dead end. 

-The last time you change a diaper.
-The last time you smoke a cigarette.
-The last time you go to school.
-The last time you are here.

-The first time you don’t smell like poop.
-The first time you are a non-smoker.
-The first time you have a career.
-The first time you are there.

Be encouraged… “THE LAST TIME” is never “THE END”.

Optimism

“A Fresh start”
“A New adventure”
“The best is yet to come!” 

According to Trevor Moawad, in his interview with Tom Bilyeu, “if somebody says something out loud, it’s 10 times more powerful than if they think it.” He goes on to say, studies show that negative statements have a 4x multiple over positive ones!

Got some sorry negative thoughts? Crush them.
Got some positive and optimistic thoughts? Speak them.

Optimism and positive words aren’t magic, they’re just a step in the right direction.

Zero-Sum

Suppose there is only one well in your village. It produces just enough water for your tribe with very little to spare. A rival tribe moves into your village and tries to take the water for themselves.

What do you do?
Well, it depends on what you believe. (pun intended)

If you have a scarcity mindset, you go to war over the water.
If you have an abundance mindset, you dig another well.

We often think, if I win then someone else must lose. This is absolutely true in competition sports and board games, but in life it just ain’t so. Life is a little more like golf. Did you know…the 100th ranked golfer on the money list, Charles Howell III, made over 250k last year?

Life is not a zero-sum game. 
Even if you don’t rank #1, you can still win.

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

Deuteronomy 30:15 KJV

Where I Come From

My family does it like this.
My grandma taught me this.
I’ve always done it like this.

Right or wrong, it’s what we learned; the experience is real. But, an experience doesn’t always teach the truth. To a certain extent, we are all handicapped by the unfinished business floating around in our heads. 

Search out the truth. Put to rest the lies, doubts, fears and insecurities. It’s your responsibility to surround yourself with people that will help you identify, confront, and correct. Then, help someone else do the same.

There is nothing wrong with where you come from, but don’t let it keep you from where you are going. 😉

And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

Deuteronomy 24:22 KJV

Flip Side

Good – Bad
Heads – Tails
Health – Sickness
Rich – Poor
Full – Empty
Blessing – Curse

Sometimes we don’t get to choose a side, but we always get to choose our attitude and actions.

Be encouraged, there is a flip side. 😉

Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

Deuteronomy 11:26 KJV

Trading

We trade and barter goods and services every day. Each of us takes something to the market in expectation of trading it for something we want or need. The free market provides for innovation and opportunity unlike any other system in the world.

I think we get confused from time to time and believe that the results are the reason. This is far from the truth. Our free market system is NOT what America was built on! Yes, the free market is how we operate; but, America was built on honesty, integrity, character and hard work. If you trade any of those, the entire system will fail.

It’s never a good idea to trade eternity for today.

And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?

Genesis 25:32 KJV

Memento Anima

Stoic Philosophers coined the term Memento Mori – a Latin phrase that means “bear in mind your mortality”. In other words “remember you will die”. The Bible expresses this same truth in James 4:14. “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

Getting acquainted with death and realizing your own mortality will help you live a life of honor and virtue, but it’s not enough. The real question is – What happens next?

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Personal Accountability

Someone invented cigarettes/juules… so I am addicted to nicotine.

There was a wreck on the interstate… so I was late.

I did not have the information… so I made the wrong decision.

Realize that every outcome in your life is due to the DECISIONS YOU MAKE. Face the consequences of your actions, both good and bad, without excuse. Personal accountability might seem cold and hard, but it’s the way.

It’s the way of freedom.
It’s the way of success.
It’s the way out of your current mess.
It’s the way to stop people from using you.
It’s the way of living a life of no regrets. 

Please read Jocco Willink’s book Extreme Ownership. It is the de facto manual on personal accountability that should be taught in every home and school in the world.

And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

Genesis 3:12 KJV

Base Hit, Better Life.

I was talking with Mark, a sales rep for one of our suppliers. He has been coming by the shop for so many years now, he is more of a friend than a salesman. We were talking about the economy, growth, new equipment, etc. and he told me his division was up over a million dollars in sales this year! He was very pleased and excited with the increase. I asked him how they did it, hoping to glean some information and ideas. His countenance changed a little from happy to calm and serious, then he said “The growth and new business we are experiencing this year is the result of 4+ years of hard work.”

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