I just found this on one of the promotional sites that I often visit. While I didn't write it, I wish I had. It has some good reminders that we all might benefit from.
In good times, in bad times and in between times, the same rules apply. If you want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will make excuses.
The future of our industry is not in some new technology or exclusive new product. It’s in the minds of the people. The mentality that holds many people back is due to “elephant thinking.” Elephant
thinking stems from when a baby elephant is strained for the circus.
The baby elephant’s leg is chained to a pole in the ground. The baby elephant wants to get away. He pulls and tugs, but he can’t escape – the chain is too big and the pole is too deep in the ground. So he stops trying. As he grows up, he just assumes he can’t get away. Today, he’s a six-ton elephant. He could sneeze and pull out the chain, but he doesn’t try.
Circus trainers say they can put a piece of string around that six-ton elephant’s leg and he won’t break away. This assumed constraint (string around the ankle) is a belief you have based on past experiences, embedded in your mind at a very early age. Your parents, your siblings, your friends and your environment have all shaped you, along with things you were told you could or could not do. These same constraints are still around in your life today.
We all have invisible walls in our own minds that keep us from getting to our full potential. These walls keep us from seeing problems as opportunities. They keep us from going after what we want because we think we just can’t do it.
The first step is to admit you have a string around your ankle.
Some of us have a three-inch thick steel shackle around our ankle holding us back from some amazing things. This string needs to be broken or you will be old and gray, wondering “what if?”
I see everybody attending all the same classes, the same presentations – we all
have the same need to be motivated by an outside force other than ourselves.
These classes promote “sales techniques” that will increase sales, new “team building” that will revolutionize your workforce, and marketing expertise from self-proclaimed experts that increased an old account by 1,000 percent.
All this info means nothing and does you no good if you are not in the right
It goes in one ear and out the other. You don’t need a new sales or a marketing consultant to help you increase your exposure. You need to sit down and work on yourself. You need to work on the most powerful tool you will ever have the ability to use – your own mind.
The saying “It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all” has nothing to do with love. It has to do with trying something out and seeing if it will work or not. It’s about taking that opportunity and failing, rather than not taking a chance at all--”What if?”
The first step in getting out of this mindset is to get out of the blame game.
Stop blaming your spouse, your kids, your job, the government, the economy or whatever else people complain about to rationalize why they are not where they want to be. Too many people are in the complain-and-blame mindset, and it’s holding them back from simply taking action and making things happen. Those people who take action on their ideas, whether they fail or succeed, will be so far ahead that everyone else won’t be able to catch up.
By Charley Johnson, President of Pay it Forward Foundation, http://www.pifexperience.org/
1. Physics teacher used an imprinted yoyo in class. He
demonstrates such phenomena as momentum, centrifugal force, gravity, tension,
1. Yoyos are great attention-getters at a trade show, because they are an active, moving item, and will draw people into your booth. You can exchange a yoyo for their business card and you will have added a new prospect to your call back list!
2. Glow in the Dark yoyo adds excitement to a night time event. Imagine trying to do yoyo tricks in the dark!! You can see the yoyo clearly, even on a dark night, and your skills will shine.
1. The organizers of a rodeo offered SPF 30 Sunscreen lotion as a fund raiser for this amateur event. The rodeo was held outdoors in 106 degree July heat, and no cloud cover. The people who used the sunscreen reported that they experienced no sunburn at all during the two day event.
2. A bank held a golf tournament for its business clients, and offered spray sunscreen (SPF 30) as a gift to the players. The players said the spray sunscreen allowed them to keep their hands from getting slippery, and the sun protection was great. With a minimum order size of just 100 units, the bank continues to order custom labeled sunscreens for each outing it holds.
1. Pocket spray sunscreen (SPF 30) is perfect for people who travel. It fits perfectly in a handbag or pocket.
2. Stick sunscreen (SPF 30) is great for quick sun protection without the mess. It will keep nicely in a golf bag or purse,and is odorless and non-greasy.
1. Golf tournament … sun visor as a promotional gift for the players.
2. An Ohio bank gives a sun visor to customers who open a new checking account, decorated with the bank’s two color logo. Used this way, the wearer makes the bank’s logo highly visible.
3. A South Carolina beach resort gives sun visors to each guest, and the guests take them home as a memento of their visit.
4. A radio station in Austin TX used an amethyst visor imprinted in gold metallic in a summer promotion, and the visors were visible all over town.
With the presidential election upon us, it is more important than ever to get out and vote. Many
people think that their vote does not matter. Imagine if everyone felt that way
- we would never elect a president! There have been many, many elections - not
just on a local level - that have been decided by less than 100 votes. So
thinking that your vote does not count could not be farther from the truth.
Maybe you feel that when it comes down to it, all the candidates are the same, so why
bother voting. Even if this is how you truly feel, remember that the winning
president-elect may have an enormous impact on our children's future, not just
for four years but for 40 years. How? Because with each new president that is
elected, there is a chance that a United States Supreme Court Justice will
retire. The president alone has the power to nominate a new Justice, and Supreme
Court Justices hold office for life. While Congress and
the President may pass laws and veto bills, ultimately it is the Supreme Court
that interprets the Constitution and consequently determines how each American
will live his or her life.
If you are still not convinced of the impact the Supreme Court has had on this country
and the differences in the various presidential appointments to the Court,
compare the Supreme Court decisions of the late 60's and early 70's - Miranda v.
State of Arizona, Roe v. Wade with the Court's decisions of the 80's that have
gradually whittled away at the decisions of a more liberal Supreme Court.
Chances are the next president will nominate at least two Justices to the
Supreme Court. This will affect not only your life but that of your children
and grandchildren. So the question then comes down to which candidate would you
prefer to choose the most influential position in this country, that of a
United States Supreme Court Justice.
Without minimizing the importance of the presidential election, it is also important to
vote in your state and local elections as well. Do you complain about the
policies of your children's school? If so, ask yourself, "Did I
vote for the members of our school board? Do I even know the
members of the school board?" Change starts at a grass roots level whether you
live on a farm or in the inner city, and all change starts by electing people to
implement change, whether it is a mayor or a president.
Remember, too, when you are unhappy with the condition of your town's roads or your
state's tax rate, being involved, voting for and knowing your elected officials
will enable you to voice your complaints to the appropriate representatives. You
voted for them and they work for you. Some other useless reasons for not voting
ares that the polls are too crowded, or you cannot get there on time, or you do
not have transportation. There are many organizations that volunteer their time
to enssure everyone's right to vote. If you need a ride, call the League of
Women Voters; if you know you cannot get to the polls on time, request an
absentee ballot. What could be easier than voting by mail?
Whether the excuse is apathy or laziness, voting has become a privilege that far many
too Americans take for granted. The next time you neglect to vote, ask yourself
how you would feel if you didn't have a choice - to elect a president, or choose
a job, or decide how many children to have. There are many countries where a
person does not have a choice, and I'm sure they would gladly change places with
you for the fundamental privilege of voting!
(This article was found on e-ssortment.com