One Day

Preface to this blog post:  I originally wrote this blog to submit to Jim Norman, the President of The Zig Ziglar Foundation, who in turn told me that I took too long to meet my submission committment.  He was right about that.  I procrastinated and didn’t follow my motto to “DWYSYWD” (Do What You Said You Would DO).  However, Jim also told me that it had no substance and that he wasn’t interested in wanna-be speakers.  My  hope is that this means more to you, my followers, than it did to Mr. Norman.

ONE DAY 

One day you will regret all the time you missed to spend time with your kids as they were growing up.  The potential memories you can build with them will go with them for years, and will very likely make them parents that share the same experiences with their children. 

One day you will regret the hours you spent at work doing little things that had nothing to do with your career or the growth of the company.  Examine your contributions, determine if you are helping yourself or your company, and if you think you are not, then rebuild your game plan.

One day you will wish you had spent time with your parents when they were younger and alive.  You will think of hundreds of questions you should have asked them.  And it will be too late to turn back time when you realize this.

One day you will wonder why you procrastinated on your dreams, and allowed other low priority tasks keep you from doing at least one thing every day to move you further toward your ultimate goals.  Have you been known to focus on all of the lower priority things because they are easier to do?  Don’t ruin your opportunity to do something magical and important by allowing yourself to procrastinate.

One day you will recognize the impact that you could have had in someone’s life.  Many people are looking for that one role model, that one example to follow.  Don’t let fear or lack of confidence hold you back from being the one that someone thinks of when they say “they changed my life”.  Leave a legacy.

But I have good news for you……

One day is all that it takes to change the time you spend with your kids.

One day is all that it takes to assess your contributions to your company and your career.

One day is all that it takes to call that parent, have dinner with them, or give them a visit.

One day is all that it takes to document your dreams and begin working on them in priority.

One day is all that it takes to show someone you care and give them a helping hand.

One day you will realize that every day is a blessing.  Zig Ziglar once said “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.  We all have twenty-four hour days”.

One day, this will all make sense to you.  Don’t waste your time.  Get started!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog followers!  Through the past few years, my connections on this site, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media has grown so fast – consisting of family, friends, co-workers, new friends met in the testing world, leaders, speakers, and some folks who have decided to follow me (and make me feel like I’m someone important!)

In 2013, I am so thankful for:

  • My family for supporting me all of my life & encouraging me, most importantly for understanding all the times I put into my career and my speaking/writing
  • My long time friends – especially ones that have been there many years!  I wouldn’t take anything for the times I had growing up.  I met so many great friends – most of you are here on Facebook now!
  • My church friends – thanks for welcoming our family in with open arms and for giving me so many opportunities to be part of it
  • My new friends – who have became very close friends – my network of friends is growing so fast that it’s hard to believe sometimes.
  • My co-workers – who make work fun instead of just a “job”.  We’ve had ups and downs over the years, but after a long time, it feels good to love the work we are doing – and we’re just getting started on great things!
  • My testing friends – I have learned so much from so many – and I hope that in the past few years I have been able to return the favor
  • The publications and magazine folks – who gave me a change to write, even when I was not even known in testing and the literary world
  • The conference folks – who gave me a chance to speak for them, especially to STP for giving me the opportunity to teach an all day course and most importantly on the opportunities that are coming in 2014!

I love the many quotes of Zig Ziglar, especially the ones around being grateful.  He had a quote that said “Among the things you can give and still keep are:  Your Word, Your Smile, and A Grateful Heart“.

I pray that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving – be grateful for what you have today and throughout.  I’m thankful for each of you in my life and I look forward to what 2014 brings us!

Time Does NOT Equal Money!

time is moneyHow many times have we heard the phrase “Time is Money”.  While I get what is being said, it’s far from the truth.

I’ve had plans to write on this topic for some time, and while surfing the internet, I found one with all the same points already out there.  I encourage you to check out this blog/article – it makes a lot of sense!

http://spearsmarketing.com/1302/time-money/

Zig Ziglar once said “you have never heard someone on their deathbed saying ‘I wish I had worked more hours'”.

We should all evaluate our lives and determine where we can give time back to ourselves and our families – and to the things that matter most in life.  Work hard, give 110%, but look around you and determine where you are wasting time and focus on giving certain tasks and ownership away so that you get back the time you are losing every day.

As the article states, you can make more and more money.  Even when you run out of money, you can start making it again.  But once time is gone, it’s over.  There is no regaining lost time.

Spend your time wisely – it’s an investment that does not return equally to you.  The benefits of how you spend your time will be returned to you in family and friends who see the value of your time management.  It will be returned to you in children who admire you for the efforts you make to spend valuable time with them instead of wasting it on things that have no value.  It will be returned to you in finding the right career or opportunity that will allow you to maximize your time doing the things you love in your work and career, and giving you back time to do those things that are most important.

The clock is ticking….what are you doing today to change tomorrow?

 

Bucket List – Another Item Checked Off

Through my life and career I have created a bucket list of things I want to do before my time here is up on Earth.

Recently, I was honored by the folks at http://www.ziglar.com by being featured in their weekly newsletter. I am forever grateful to them for allowing me to be part of this, and I hope that I get another opportunity to do this again soon!!

The following link will take you to the article, and if you are not already a subscriber, I would encourage you to do so!

Zig Ziglar Newsletter

This is only the beginning for me. While Ziglar was one of my first stops, I plan to write for many more soon!!!