Archive for January, 2008
What are values? Webster says they’re “that which is regarded as desirable or worthy.” That question was easy enough to answer, but here’s one only you can answer. “What are your values?” Perhaps you are wondering why I ask this question. As most of you know I am a small business owner (King Associates Real Estate, LLC) and I am a firm believer in business planning. My office manager, Rhonda Ford, and I were working on pieces of the plan when she brought values to my attention. We have had a mission statement since our inception, but no stated values. As I have thought more about this I realize that this is a critical piece we were missing. First evaluate yourself for your personal values. What premise do you live and make decisions by? Simply, why do you do what you do? Or why not? What is important to you? This will lead you to the explanation of your character, your values. From there, you can develop your professional values as they should be very similar. I have been amazed how this list of values has helped me focus and decipher the path for myself, my career, and my company. Bringing values to the forefront subjects everything else to the scrutiny of those values. If it doesn’t line up with your values, you shouldn’t do it. Sit down with a piece of paper and give this exercise a try. I think you will find it rewarding, as I have.
Special thanks to Rhonda Ford for her contributions to this subject.
Did you see 20/20 last Friday? Asheville was named the Happiest Place to Live in America. Is happy a place, person, or thing? No. And, you can’t even stumble upon it. Happy is a decision and the committment to personal excellence that makes the decision to be happy a reality. Now, don’t be sad. This is great news. This means you don’t have to wait, hope, pray for happiness. It’s not in your next paycheck, or your next relationship. It’s right there inside of you and within your absolute control. In feast and in famine you can be happy. Here’s 3 suggestions on cultivating happiness.
1. Put on a smile (even when you aren’t really feeling it)
2. Take a positive approach to your thinking and perceptions of your circumstances
3. Count your blessings
Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to live in the happiest place in America. Call me if your ready to move.!!
Sorry, had to throw that one in there. Here’s wishing you a happy day.
It takes a conscious effort to embrace hope and optimism in uncertain times. The fear of the unknown and the negative hype of the media can be crippling. One thing you can count on is that the media will never announce to you that exciting times are ahead and you will beat the odds. So, don’t turn to the media for direction. Be in the know, but don’t take it too much to heart. Is a recession coming? Who knows, probably. So what do we do? We keep our innermost thoughts on what we want, be careful with our money, manage expenses, expect to come through whatever is ahead better off than we were before. Close your ears and open your mind to the absolute determination to be in control of your own destiny.
3 habits for staying positive:
1. 15 minutes of quiet time each day thinking about what you want
2. Take a moment each day to be thankful for something.
3. Help/encourage someone else today.
I hope this note helps someone and I am thankful for you! Have a great day.
Welcome to my first blog posting. I am excited about this new adventure. I regularly write but only in personal journals that virtually no one sees, so here goes running naked through the street!
I have been working on goal-setting for over 4 years now. The one thing I’ve learned the most is that it’s absolutely worth every minute of time investment. Even though I have made many mistakes, I have still seen exceptional results and you can too. Most recently I have realized I lack adequate faith and consistent focus. How do we increase faith? I think a good start is self affirmations, and prayer. How do we keep focus? We must get obsessed with what we are trying to accomplish. Keep it in front of us every day, everywhere, through vision boards, notes, signs, etc. Be creative. We must believe in our ourselves, each other, The Infinite, and our goals. Keep moving forward and I will too. We will get there!!