Friday, March 13, 2009

It's Your Attitude, You Know

I had a meeting today. I hate (most) meetings, and this one in particular, because 99% of the time (I feel) it has no relevance to me. Worse, I had to walk 10 to 15 minutes, in the Syracuse c-c-cold, to get there!

So I got my grumpy self up (as grumpy as I get, at least) from my desk, donned my coat, hat and gloves, and headed out. It was cold so I walked briskly -- picked up the pace. Crossing the street, dodging cars, walking fast, up the hill, jump over that pothole... when I noticed that I was humming a catchy little tune, thinking pleasant thoughts and... and... enjoying the walk -- cold and all! I laughed at myself.

My morning would have been much more pleasant if I had chosen that attitude -- instead of the one I did. You might say, "but you didn't choose" the attitude, but in fact... I did. I didn't want to go to the meeting, I intentionally adopted that attitude, that mind set, and then I fed it... kept reinforcing the feeling, telling myself how much I hated meetings and how silly it was and staying annoyed. Then, during the walk I got side-tracked and forgot to feed it and my natural (habitual) mind set took over and there I was... happy, enjoying the walk and the exercise, the brisk winter air and the beaming sunshine.

Be aware of the attitude you choose, and be aware of what you tell yourself to feed it and keep it going! If you're angry over something, listen to your self talk and see if you're not continually feeding that anger. If you've been sad about something for a while, listen to your inner conversation and you'll discover that you're constantly telling yourself how sad you are and why, and how "whatever your circumstance" is unfair and ... actively blocking any thoughts to the contrary, because... that attitude must be feed, to live.

So, take control of your mind ! It's your attitude -- choose one that's better for you, and and feed that one!

Let me know how you do.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Theory Versus Reality

I received an email, recently, from Nightingale Conant. It read -- in part -- like this:

Well said, Yogi. There are two versions of you that exist.

There’s the “theoretical you” that exists somewhere between your wants and desires and your worthwhile intentions. Perhaps that part of you got up at five this morning and ran six miles or got to work an hour early or made a five-course dinner for your family last night.

Then there’s the “real you.” The one people see every day. The one that produces real results.

Your best advice to improve your life: Introduce the “real you” to the “theoretical you.” The more you learn from each other, the further in life you’ll go.

Good advice, don't you think?

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Good News Order of the Day?

Apparently, I wasn't the only one asking for good news to share with my readers, but I guess this fella had a larger audience to work with than I did :-)

Still? Good news is good news, so... feel free to still pass it on, if you are so inclined.


Monday, March 02, 2009

Fortune Cookie

I got a fortune cookie recently that read: "All things in moderation; including moderation..."

Is it time to kick it up a notch?

Lessons in Excellence

If you're reading this blog, then chances are you're a winner -- or at least want to be. You come here looking for something uplifting, invigorating, motivating or even funny :-)

If you're accomplishment oriented, one of the things you might consider are the daily Lessons in Excellence published on my website at These little daily nuggets get you going and help keep you focused on your goals... and they're free.

So once a day, hop on over to and grab a lesson in excellence.

Go ahead. You deserve it.