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1001 Blog posts and now it’s time to shift gears


1001 Blog posts and now it’s time to shift gears 

When I first started to blog it was frightening experience. It was also exhilarating. I had no idea what to expect. After 6 years of writing at least three posts a week I am glad I persevered. Collecting material, sorting it, and then typing it up into a value added post such that you the reader would get something out of it has been fun. It also helped me have clearer thoughts and enjoy a less cluttered mind. Furthermore, it opened up time for me to listen to folks rather than me trying to share information. That info is now available for me and you to tap into online on this website.

No worries, I will still post here. I will however shift my focus toward helping fellow business leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs how to attain and then retain the up and coming young Millennial and GenZ workforce. There is more to come about this and I will share more of it here. Stay tuned!

What would concluding a thousand posts be without sharing some of the top posts?

https://ralfweiser.com/2013/11/19/when-people-say-interesting-what-does-that-really-mean/

https://ralfweiser.com/2012/10/21/have-you-thought-of-one-person-that-has-changed-your-life-forever/

https://ralfweiser.com/2012/06/10/lack-of-planning-on-your-part-does-not-constitute-an-emergency-on-my-part/

https://ralfweiser.com/2012/11/18/illuminators-how-can-you-become-a-person-other-people-look-up-to/

https://ralfweiser.com/2013/02/24/what-does-being-weak-as-water-really-mean/

Thank you for your followership.

Ralf

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Using this Easter holiday to reflect and be grateful – plan your life using two great books


Using this Easter holiday to reflect and be grateful – plan your life using two great books 

Today’s post is about two books that will help you put your life in high gear. Use the Easter Holiday for some downtime and deep reflection.

The first book is by friend Alvin Brown. He is a personal trainer for top notch athletes who are determined to achieve excellence in whatever field they are in. 

Alvin wrote and released his first book “Journey to Personal Greatness: Mind, Body, & Soul: A Blueprint for Life Balance & Self-Mastery” (Discover more of the book here). It is based on his personal journey that took him and his family from Jamaica to Eastern Canada. His mom could make barely ends meet and he was living in the poorest conditions. Yet one decisive day he refused to live a mediocre life any more. He choose nothing but greatness and along the long way to success he managed to work himself up to where he is today: I consider him one of the most inspiring personal trainers and coaches I know.

I am glad that he took what he learned and placed it into a powerful book that invites you to also invite greatness into your life (that in itself is a sign of him being a great coach). Please make it a point to read his book – you will not regret it.

The second book is by friend May Lore. It is called Managing Thought. Stop letting people who do so little for you, control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions. Easier said than done, right? The problem is actually not with the person you are having an issue with. It is your own thoughts that make your life miserable. 

Mary Lore @ManagingThought is a battle hardened thought leader on this subject. I am totally with her assertion that you are not your thoughts. A thought is only a thought and we can learn how to shape our thoughts so they work better for us.

The process is surprisingly simple. If you are older then you may remember the Viewmaster kids toy that featured all sorts of discs with neat pictures on them. You inserted them into the main red body of the device. Then you pulled a lever to advance to the next picture while viewing them through the lenses while holding the whole thing facing a bright light source. The significance lies in likening the discs to your thoughts. When a thought does not work for you, take that mental disc out and put another one in that works better. This mental re-framing works really well. It rests on the premise that you actively choose whether or not you allow someone to have control over your thoughts and how you feel about this.

NO ONE has power over you – power is granted. When someone is making you mad or sad realize that they are not doing that, but you are. Next time you feel getting angry etc make sure to take a deep breath and take that bad mental Viewmaster disc right out and substitute it with one that works better for you.

 

Ralf

7 most important things you should have learned in Kindergarten


7 most important things you should have learned in Kindergarten 

Who hasn’t seen life hacks on your private, but also business social media platforms? “Sleep longer”, “drink more water”, “exercise more”, “treat people with respect”, etc. (discover a few of them here: Men, strong people, and efficiency). Isn’t it fascinating that this advice is strictly for adults? Did we all skip the many lessons Kindergarten, school, and our parents tried teaching us? It is ironic that a whole people and business coaching industry is teaching us adults the same things all over again. Who is the adult here? Shouldn’t we know better?

Now compare and contrast the poem at the end by Robert Fulghum who wrote the book “All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten”. Are we incapable of learning our lessons? I guess in the end it does not matter. It is however very easy to go back to the basics and it does not have to cost a blooming fortune.

There are a few ways to remind yourself of those basic methods living a rich and full life:

  • Print out a copy of the poem below and tape it to your bathroom mirror. At least twice a day you will get a quick memory boost when you read through the list.
  • Buy by Robert Fulghum’s book “All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten”. Download the Kindle version such that you can read it on the Kindle, cell phone, or tablet wherever you are. Read and re-read it from time to time.
  • In the event you have children, hang out in their classrooms when you get a chance. The vast majority of them will have posters with lists reminding the kids how to behave.

To get a new lease of life then you need to do something about what you have read. And that, my friends, is the commonality between our children and us adults: nothing ever happens without an actual change of our habits.

Ralf

 

“All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”

 

by Robert Fulghum

 

Most of what I really need

To know about how to live

And what to do and how to be

I learned in kindergarten.

Wisdom was not at the top

Of the graduate school mountain,

But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

 

These are the things I learned:

 

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don’t hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don’t take things that aren’t yours.

Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.

Flush.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life –

Learn some and think some

And draw and paint and sing and dance

And play and work everyday some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out into the world,

Watch out for traffic,

Hold hands and stick together.

Be aware of wonder.

 

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One better way dealing with air travel trouble


One better way dealing with air travel trouble 

Chances are that you are just like me traveling a lot. Especially air travel is more often absolutely no fun. Many people do not handle delays, and stressed out airline folks well at all. When the weather turns bad like it did this week and flights are canceled en mass, there were a few raw emotions. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out motivational speaker and professional road warrior John O’Leary’s frequent encounter of this here (More details).

What is fascinating to watch are two basic ways dealing with this malady. While once again sitting at Philadelphia International Airport waiting for an Atlanta bound flight to take off, first one flight got cancelled and then the second one also got totally cancelled. One set of folks – unfortunately the majority – was groaning and moaning and even quite a few expletives were muttered loudly. Yikes, the griping went on and on. It was miserable just having to listen to these folks.

Meanwhile the other group of travelers got busy dealing with the situation and got going again right away seeking new flights. It was very clear to see that the folks who were much more positive got going faster and they got a lot farther too. I got myself on a flight the next day. Just smiling at and treating the check-in agents, security folks, and most of all the flight attendants nicely got me to and from Atlanta without grief. In fact, I got through security more smoothly. On board I got a better seat, a whole drink (instead of just the cup), a heck of a snack. In all I was treated so much better because I sincerely treated my counterparts nicely.

Just think of folks that you have observed yelling at customer service folks. Did being nasty really get them farther in the long run? If you want to be a beacon then your light must shine. When your light shines bright and you manage a smile no matter what comes your way, then you are a true beacon for others.

Ralf

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