Do I have a question for you!
Here we go.
Do you snore?
Tell the truth!
All kidding aside, here’s the deal.
Some snoring sounds like a thunder’s roar.
Others have a rhythmic beat. But snoring is not music; there is nothing entertaining about it.
Yes, I snore!
Fairly loud, but manageable, I am told!
I wish that I didn’t snore. I would like to lay across the bed without a thunderous roar disturbing anyone.
I, like you, if you are a snorer have little, if any control regarding those sounds that come out of our mouths.
We can however use techniques to lessen the sound.
First, let’s understand why snoring occurs.
Medically, snoring occurs when air cannot flow between the nose and mouth during sleep. Because of this airway obstruction, snoring, and the sounds thereof, occur! Sleep apnea and other medical conditions can also be involved. You see, snoring is not a choice. No one snores for the fun of it! Sure, the sounds are embarrassing to the snorer; while, at the same time disturbing to those that the sounds keep from sleeping.
There are aids for the snoring population including nasal strips, masks, mouth pieces, better pillows, etc. We conscientious snorer seek those aids.
Now let’s see… There are a number of interesting “snoring stories” that I can share such as my friend’s roommate who during a retreat vacated the bedroom and slept in the bathtub to get away from the sound. Laughter or not, keep in mind that both parties (the snorer and the person who hears the snoring) are affected! With experimentation and devices, a “quieter” solution can be experienced where no one is disturbed, embarrassed, or kept from a good night’s sleep!
Getting enough sleep is crucial to our health, our work performance, our driving alertness, and so many critical life functions.
There is no better time than now to start a good sleep regimen – including dealing with snoring.
I’m up to the challenge.
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Is your nose in the air?
To have your nose in the air is an expression, an idiom, in fact that is
used to describe the way someone behaves when they think they are better than other people and do not want to speak to them.
Haughty, disdainful, and conceited are synonyms that accurately describe this arrogant behavior.
Where I’m from, the impoverish streets of Glen Allan, Mississippi, we were royally taught better.
We were told that what goes up must come down.
We were taught that it doesn’t cost anything to speak and were chastised if we failed to do so.
We were also taught to be appreciative and humble.
Thinking that you were better than someone else was and is still considered insulting.
Values go a long way; they take you far; they form character that will sustain and guide you no matter where you go.
That character keeps you grounded. It gives you a foundational and a reminiscent voice that resounds over and over … “You are no better than the other person.”
Get your nose out of the air, put your feet on solid ground.
Watch your steps, lower your inflated ego, and stay on a level playing field … so if life knocks you down, you’ll have a shorter distance to fall.
It is highly likely that the people that you turned your nose up to might be there to pick you up.
Then, with a lowered nose, your mouth will automatically open with a lowly voice that speaks to all loudly and clear; a voice that gives thanks; a voice that wreathes of humility!
Keep your feet on the ground!
Arrogance does not always smell good.
Just ask your nose!
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Today, let’s look at the general classifications of people who regularly surface in our lives.
Amazingly, there are Three Basic Types of People.
Generally speaking, we are driven toward classifying any and all things. The number three is a common benchmark. Easy to remember, three symbolizes a harmony that includes and synthesizes two opposites.
Allow me to share the widely accepted “people” categories.
1. First, there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask, what happened?
2. There are Givers, Takers, And Matchers (With the most successful and least successful being Givers).
3. There are those who helped you, left you, and put you in difficult times.
Three basic types in three primary categories essentially boil down to one thing –
Who will be by your side and unconditionally love you through your ups and downs; through thick and thin?
Like magnets, we naturally attract to us – who we are!
What category best describes you?
Turn the mirror to yourself.
It takes one to know one!
Before you start dissecting others, look at yourself!
When will you fix what is broken on you?
Have you acknowledged your deficiencies?
Isn’t it easier to change you than them?
Thank goodness, for second chances (and more).
Aren’t you glad that you have more than 3 times to get it right … as you realize that all missteps in the wrong direction may cost you …probably more than thrice!
When we can see us clearly, the people floating around in our space are easier to read and see!
It then becomes easier to determine – who leaves and who stays!
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First impressions are lasting impressions. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
People size you up within seconds after meeting you.
Therefore, put some serious thoughts and efforts into the process prior to meeting someone for the first time. Approach is key. Lasting impressions can be enhanced if our moves are right. The ultimate goal is to be – memorable.
According to experts, there are several steps to this process. Read below:
10 Tops Tips for making a great First Impression:
1. Maintain eye contact.
2. Keep an opened friendly face.
3. Have good body language.
4. Be genuine.
5. Don’t boast.
7. Appearance matters.
8. Use the person’s name.
9. Have a positive mindset.
So plan your meeting.
Be prepared; be smart.
Make your first impression count.
Have a good introduction and a firm handshake.
Look good; smell good.
Leave knowing that you will be remembered.
Achieve the objective of the meeting … by walking away leaving your mark!
As a final tip – Please don’t be late!
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When we face challenges, though they may seem insurmountable, we can turn to the all-powerful Creator.
God’s strength and renewal can help us face our fears and do the impossible.
Here are seven scriptures that will uplift and strengthen us in times of adversities.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble.”
“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.”
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”
2 Corinthians 4:16
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
God knows what is best for us. He is always there for us. We just need to listen and adhere to the commandments of his Word.
There is strength in his Word.
Learn from it.
Draw from it.
You will be strengthen.
Yes, God’s strength and his Word will strengthen you.
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Our time is so valuable. How it is used determines integral outcomes in our life. There is “never enough time in the day,” is an old adage whose meaning becomes more realistic daily. Thus, we need a plan, particularly when our utilization (of time) determines our income. What’s primary; what’s secondary? How do we make those determinations? As an entrepreneur, making a daily plan makes sense. Four questions / commands of relevancy may determine how our business grows.
1. What tasks make money now?
2. What tasks make money in the future?
3. Schedule money making tasks everyday.
4. Delegate tasks that need to be done, but not necessarily by you.
In quick simplistic terms, the answer as I see it, is a what and a how.
What can bring in the $$$ now, in the future; and how will it be accomplished.
Time management is a science with our utilization of same equating to outcomes … with generation of revenue being one.
How we spend our time – directly and indirectly – determines how much money is in our pockets!
What is our next step? There may be many. Hiring a full time employee may not be financially affordable, but support – be it virtual or a consultant – may be an avenue to explore.
Many of us learn by example. Oddly, some of us can’t resist learning the hard way. We may insist on experimenting with the “bought sense vs. learnt sense” hypothesis.
With quantitative and qualitative measurements, eventually, we will learn that we cannot do it all … by ourselves. When that realization clicks, we will “be in the money!”
Green is such a spendable and vibrant color! Get started planning the “how’s” and “what’s” of your day!
“The early bird catches the most worms!”
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Centuries ago, Chinese philosopher, Lao-tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Making that first step may not be easy. Often times, the first step is the most challenging of the entire journey. I know this to be the truth all too well!
Stop waiting on the opportune time. Too many months may escape. Start your journey now. Sometimes, you have to just step out on faith.
Stumbling blocks such as procrastination, excuses, doubts, and fears prohibit progress. They can be conquered. Don’t let temporary deterrents become permanent roadblocks! Worst yet, don’t convince yourself that you can’t do it or talk yourself out of doing it.
Once you take the first step, even if they are baby steps, the closer you become to accomplishing your goal.
If you keep moving, you will eventually cross the finish line. “Nothing beats a failure but a try!”
We all need a nudge every now and then.
By the way, these words of encouragement especially resonate with me.
There are times that I too need a cheerleader of motivation so that I can keep going!
We all do!
If the initiative to do better rubs off on you – terrific!
I hope you join me; the journey is always better with company!
Let’s start a stepping.
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We entrepreneurs dance to the beat of a different drummer. We are different with unique traits. Here lies –
15 Common Characteristics of Effective Entrepreneurs:
1. “You take action.
You Invent as you go.
2. You’re insecure.
Your insecurity drives you to achieve your goals.
3. You’re crafty.
You figure things out.
4. You’re obsessed with cash flow.
Liquidity is the name of the game.
5. You get into hot water.
You are never satisfied with the status quo.
6, You’re fearless.
You always see the potential.
7. You can’t sit still.
You are energized.
8. You’re malleable.
You are consistently evolving.
9. You enjoy navel gazing.
You are always evaluating yourself and your effectiveness.
10. You’re motivated by challenges.
Motivation comes naturally.
11. You consider yourself an outsider.
You are not a copy cat.
12. You recover quickly.
If you fail, you don’t stay still; you move on.
13. You fulfill needs.
You fix problems.
14. You surround yourself with advisors.
You hire smart people, not “yes” folks.
15. You work and play hard.
When you fall down, you pick yourself up.”
If you are self-confident, perceptive, hard working, resourceful, a risk taker, creative, goal-oriented, optistimistic, flexible, independent, visionary, get along with others ….sounds like to me that you are an entrepreneur.
You fit the mold!
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Before you read this lengthy description, please know that I wasn’t born writing books or marketing plans!
Certainty, I wasn’t born talking! I know many of you find the latter hard to believe, but it’s true.
I do however believe that I was born to follow my passions and dreams. They placed me in the world of entrepreneurship. I am so glad that I landed there! Though a “Mom and Pop” operation, I grew up in a small business environment in Mississippi. The entrepreneurial spirit has always been in my bones. I love what I do! I’m happy!
Maybe, we might be joined at the hip in this entrepreneurial experience if this describes you. Let’s see.
Here are “50 habits that born-to-be entrepreneurs can’t help but show. How many do you possess?
1. You can’t sit still. You’re always itching to come up with something, and do something great.
2. You’re always coming up with ideas. Good or bad, the flow of ideas never stops.
3. You can pinpoint flaws in other ideas. It comes naturally to you.
4. You marvel at successful business owners. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, John Johnson, Bill Gates are just a few of your heroes.
5. You get excited when you see a successful business in action. Whether it’s a local bar or a supermarket franchise, you can’t help but smile when you see a good business.
6. You constantly think of ways to improve your employer’s business. When you’re at work, you only think about how it could be better.
7. You hate being told what to do. You’re resentful of taking orders.
8. You love to learn new things. How To’s and tutorials are what you’re all about.
9. You take things apart to see how they work. Remotes, toasters, phones — you love to see the inner workings.
10. You dream of wealth. Money isn’t everything, but you can’t help but have it on your mind.
11. You don’t give up easily. You face tough challenges but keep going.
12. You’re disciplined in your habits. You have set routines that don’t get broken easily.
13. You aren’t afraid of hard work. You give everything in your life 100 percent.
14. You have a high threshold for risk. You don’t take blind risks, but you don’t stay complacent either.
15. You meet as many people as you can. You aren’t afraid to branch out and meet new people.
16. You talk to everyone you meet. Strangers aren’t intimidating to you.
17. You bounce back from failure. You’ve experienced crushing failure, but it’s never stopped you from coming back.
18. You like calling the shots. You like the sound of being a director.
19. You set goals for yourself. Big or small, goals fill your life.
20. You help people whenever you can. You’re interested in the greater good.
21. You find challenges in everything you do. You seek out opportunities to challenge yourself.
22. You find ways to inspire people. You’re inspired by inspiration.
23. You plan everything down to the little details. Plans are a prerequisite for any activity.
24. You’re proud of yourself. You like who you are.
25. You help your friends solve their problems. You’re great at problem analysis.
26. You effectively delegate tasks and assign resources. In household chores and business operations alike.
27. You set deadlines for yourself. No excuses.
28. You like telling stories. You love to tell people about your experiences.
29. You’re hyper competitive. You can’t even play a board game without flipping that switch.
30. You get involved with things. You always ask if you can help.
31. You cut out things in your life that don’t work for you. If it’s inefficient or bothersome, it’s gone.
32. You negotiate whatever you can. Flea markets and salaries are just the beginning.
33. You see the potential in people. You don’t see people for who they are. You see them for who they could be.
34. You’re calm in a crisis. When stuff hits the fan, you still think logically.
35. You follow up with people when you want something. You don’t let opportunities go.
36. You avoid things that waste your time. You’re immune to mobile games and idle social-media time.
37. You persuade people to your side. You’re a natural rhetorician.
38. You make rational decisions, not emotional ones. For the most part, you trust your logic over your emotions.
39. You don’t forget people’s emotions. Still, there’s great sympathy in you.
40. You lose track of time when pursuing passion projects. Time seems to fly when you’re heads-down working on something.
41. You frequently start new passion projects. Every week, a new idea is transformed into a hobby.
42. You constantly upgrade your house (or car or anything). There’s always something to tinker with, replace or improve.
43. You’re crazy about new technology. You’re addicted to learning how new technologies can improve your life.
44. You read the news every day. It’s an ingrained habit.
45. You read books voraciously. Every book offers something new.
46. You listen to that internal voice. You trust your instincts.
47. You listen to others’ advice. You make your own decisions, but listen to others’ opinions too.
48. You don’t dwell in the past. When bad things happen, you keep moving forward.
49. You make sacrifices for what you want. You know you have to give things up to see greater success.
50. You never write off your dreams. You take your aspirations seriously. They’re a part of you.”
Welcome to my world!
This description fits me!
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Yes, technology particularly via my cell phone and other gadgets has eliminated selected facets of my memory.
I came to the realization of this very fact recently.
My late Mother in her 90’s could rattle off dates, addresses, and phone numbers from her head.
Impressive, I’ll say!
I cannot do that any more.
How did it happen? How did I lose my sense of recollection?
I figured it out!
My wise and brilliant Mother relied on her mind to provide the answers.
I rely on technology!
I rely on retrieval of numbers, addresses, and other pertinent information that have been stored in my cell phone and other apparatuses.
You see, I convinced myself years ago that I would only use my mind when necessary. Why carry around information in my head when I can pull it up on the computer?
And just like everything else when you don’t use it, rust consumes it!
Now, unfortunately, I don’t know any of the simple stuff!
Technically in a figurative mode, I pushed the delete key.
It is no wonder that the Internet has become the brain’s “external hard drive.” Amazing!
I didn’t realize the severity of my lapse of memory and my dependency on technology until I observed my Mother’s computer mind. She could run circles around most of us youngsters without showing off!
Which brings me to these questions.
Would I be lost without my Ipad and cell phone?
Do I need to be retrained?
For certainty, I have become spoiled and incessantly reliant upon technology.
What about you?
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