Sunday, November 30, 2008

Planning for success in 2009

You can't hit a target you can't see.
What targets do you want to hit in 2009?
It's that time again to get ready to go for the gold in 2009.

Here are some steps to take to help you insure hitting your targets in the New Year.

1. Develop your Goals, directly aligned with your Mission.
2. Make realistic Plans to support each goal.
3. Have an Attitude that is positive and enthusiastic.
4. Maintain a focus on your Priorities and have the physcial Energy to
    take the Action necessary to produce exceptional results.

Want some help?
I can help you with this process! My focus at Wilson Motivational is to help you increase your personal and business productivity.

My record of success helping others to improve their personal discipline, leadership, communication and motivation skills is outstanding. Just call or email and let's set up a time at a Panera's so we can get together and talk about how I can help you.

The Real JimWilson

Click -- Here's Brian Tracy with a powerful thought on goal setting.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Improve your ROE - Time

Here's number 2 on my list.

2. Be on Time.

"I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!" -The white rabbit.

My mother use to say, "you can never be on time - you are either early or late, so just be early and you will be on time."

I believe most people are much more irritated by lateness than they show or will admit; it can dampen everything from promotions and raises to friendships. Late people crowd you, physically and mentally. When people show up late, it undoes your schedule and disrupts your day. Showing up late or sending something in late -- no matter how well done -- still means a black mark against you.

Yogi Berra on time," I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early."

Just remember, if you are early you will always be on time.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Yogi Berra "Pair up in threes"

Yogi Berra's baseball career record:
15 All-Star Game appearances
10 World Championships, and
three MVP honors


But, Yogi is probably remembered most by his famous phrases. Berra's hilarious and insightful malaprops have become ingrained in everyday language.

Here's a collection of some of his most (given credit for) famous phrases.

Read and enjoy the fun contained within...


"Pair up in threes"
"It ain't over 'til it's over"
"It's deja vu all over again"
"When you come to a fork in the road ... take it"
"I usually take a two hour nap from one to four"
"Never answer an anonymous letter"
"I didn't really say everything I said"
"I want to thank you for making this day necessary"
"We made too many wrong mistakes"
"You can observe a lot by watching"
"The future ain't what it used to be"
"It gets late early out here"
"If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be"
"If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them"
"Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel"

My favorite - "It's deja vu all over again."

What's your favorite? The Wit and Wisdom of Yogi Berra

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving before Expectations

My professorial looking friend James Henry McIntosh, consultant, speaker, coach and writer, has allowed me to post the following article during this Thanksgiving week. (A thanks gift.)
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Thanksgiving before expectations.

This week we enter the period of gratitude and then we jump straight into the period of great expectations.

Actually, this is the correct order of things. Gratitude first, then expectation.

A common mistake we make is to withhold gratitude until we have received. In other words, until we can judge whether what we have received is worthy of our gratitude.

Imagine being served by a waitress who treats you poorly because she doesn’t know whether your gratuity will be worthy of better service. Or by a salesman who is aloof because he does not yet know how much you plan to spend.

Successful businesses don’t treat customers that way. They do two things differently. They are pleased to serve you before they expect you to reach for your wallet.

And their understanding of the word ‘expectation’ is different. They ‘look forward to’ you reaching for your wallet; they don’t act as if ‘it is their due’.

Copyright: 2008 James Henry McIntosh

Improve your ROE

Here is number 3 on my list.

3. Say Thank You

Hello! How will this increase my ROE?

Here's a just do it and find out exercise:
  1. Tomorrow count the number of times you say "thank you".

  2. The next day double the number times you say "thank you" from the day before.

  3. The next day double the number of times you say thank you" from the day before.

  4. By the fourth day you will be a NICER different person.

The people around you will notice a more pleasant you but won't know why.

Research shows that, people who are encouraged to express gratitude report feeling happier, more excited and joyful, and even have fewer headaches and colds.
—"Counting blessings vs. burdens: Experimental studies of gratitude and subjective wellbeing in daily life," by R.A. Emmons and M.E. McCullough (2003).

Thank you for reading this blog.

ROE = Return On Energy

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A metaphor for success.

At 211 degrees, water is hot.
At 212 degrees, it boils.
And with boiling water,comes steam.
And with steam, you can power a train.

One degree more =Exponential results.

What a great metaphor for success. Operate at 212 degrees in all you do and steam your way to the top.

Watch the 3-minute video.
Written and directed by Sam Parker

Friday, November 21, 2008

Economy in Turmoil

Go for it!

Go for the opportunities.

In an article written by Gayle Turner, a consultant with Catch Your Limit Consulting, points out...
"The Chinese symbol for crisis contains the symbols for danger and opportunity. With the global economy in turmoil most people are sitting around holding their breath; hoping and praying they will be able to survive the threat. There’s no question this time of change is threatening. But, this is also a period of great opportunity; one of which is the opportunity to get to know your customers better and to strengthen your relationship with them."
Go for the opportunities.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Improve your ROE

Here's number 4 on my list.

4. Don’t make excuses.

Don't make excuses. Make things happen. Make changes. Then make history.
Doug Hall
The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.
Jules Renard
Don't make excuses - make good.
Elbert Hubbard
He who excuses himself accuses himself.
Gabriel Meurier
Maybe you don't like your job, maybe you didn't get enough sleep, well nobody likes their job, nobody got enough sleep. Maybe you just had the worst day of your life, but you know, there's no escape, there's no excuse, so just suck it up and be nice.
Ani Difranco
How strange to use "You only live once" as an excuse to throw it away.
Bill Copeland
No one ever excused his way to success.
Dave Del Dotto

ROE= Return On Energy

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Improve your ROE

Here's number 5 on my list.

5. Listen more talk less.

God gave you two ears and one mouth. Why not use them in that proportion.

Ask lots of questions and actively listen to the response. Active listening goes like this:

1. Look at the person, and suspend other things you are doing.
2. Listen not merely to the words, but the feeling content.
3. Be sincerely interested in what the other person is talking about.
4. Restate what the person said.
5. Ask clarification questions once in a while.
6. Be aware of your own feelings and strong opinions.
7. If you have to state your views, say them only after you have listened.

These steps, quoted from The Self Transformation Series, Issue no. 13, are simple; however, becoming skilled in active listening requires considerable practice.

So practice, practice, practice and become a "Magician in listening".

ROE=Return On Energy

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Be a kind boss.

It's just common sense - Right?

Kind bosses inspire greater effort and loyalty from their employees, according to a study completed by the American Management Association.

Of people who described their boss as kind, 84% reported that they planned to stay in their jobs. Of people who described their boss as a "bully," only 47% planned to stay in their jobs.Click here to learn more about kindness in management.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Improve your ROE

Here’s number 6 on my list.
6. Work smarter not harder.

So how can you start to work smarter? Well, its very simple. If you just step back and analyzed everything you did during the day you could probably see a better way to do many of the things you did. Just by making a few small changes you can make things work out better.

ROE = Return On Energy

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Good times ahead.

Do you see problems or possibilities?

Stay Positive and Thrive in Any Economy!

Action plan...
Reframe your thinking. See difficulties not as problems, but as possibilities.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.

Consider the lesson you'll find in meeting each new challenge.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Improve your ROE.

Here’s number 7 on my list.

7. Stop blaming other people.

Everyone blames someone else at one time or another. Nobody's perfect. And you may even be thinking, "But it WAS my spouse's/parent's/boss' fault that I missed my plane/don't trust others/don't make enough money."

And it very well may be, but the key to living a long and happy life is knowing how to accept personal responsibility and not blame others -- even when it may be their fault. This does not mean you have to go through life letting others walk all over you. On the contrary, accepting personal responsibility means you have to take the high road and be the bigger person, even when it's hard.

ROE = Return On Energy

Monday, November 10, 2008

Personal earnings. What do you think?

It's up to you. Don't believe everything you read.

According to recent article about birth order on CNN, your unique position in your family may have helped to determine your career... and your earning potential.

Research shows that firstborn children - as well as only children - are most likely to earn $100,000 or more a year. Middle children are the least likely to earn big bucks, while youngest children are the most likely to work in sales, advertising, and the arts.

While it may be fun to trace the influence of factors like birth order, keep in mind that your own determination to succeed also has a tremendous effect on your career.

Most of the time all it takes is a little coaching to get more of what you want out of life.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A new President

Congratulations to our newly elected President Obama.

I have lots of questions about his readiness and qualifications to be the President but only his performance will deliver the answers.

I will trust in God.

Incidently, there was a rumor that our new Dollar Coin did not have "In God We Trust." It was incorrect. Here's the real story:

According to the U.S. Mint, an unknown number of new one-dollar George Washington coins (at least 50,000 of them, by one estimate) were erroneously struck without the motto "In God We Trust" and found their way into the batch of 300 million issued on February 15, 2007. A rumor began circulating soon afterward to the effect that the religious slogan, which has been a standard inscription on U.S. coins since 1938 and the national motto since 1956, was intentionally omitted from the entire run of one-dollar coins. The rumor is false, though it remains unclear whether it was inspired by the minting error or the fact that the newly designed coin, properly manufactured, bears the inscription "In God We Trust" on its outer edge instead of its face, per the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005.