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Monday, February 20, 2017

contribute or commit?


The late Zig Ziglar told a story that went something like this:

The easiest way to determine a persons attitude about success is to look at a plate of bacon and eggs.
The chicken made a contribution 
The pig made a commitment

The first question I ask myself most mornings is Are you ready to commit today?

Commitment is hard. It's supposed to be. It means we throw all of our energy and focus into the thing(s) we want the most. 

It means no excuses

It means no giving up.

If it were easy anyone could do it. 

For me, that's the rub some mornings. I forget I am not just anyone. Anyone can find a million reasons to give up.

I can't and I won't

Some how and somewhere, someone convinced us it was supposed to be smooth sailing all the way. If you follow a certain prescription then when the day is done you are at the top of the heap.

Except when you aren't.

Ever play King of the Hill?

One person stands on a hill or mound and everyone tries to knock them off the perch. Then you become King of the Hill - Until someone knocks you off.

The king is dead. Long live the king.

You see, it's not an event frozen in time as some would want you to believe. It's a serpentine process. Almost like riding a roller coaster. One minute your hands are up in the air and you are screaming Woooooooo. What a rush. The next moment your stomach is in your throat and you are twisting and turning and clutching your chest for breath.

Once we are committed, there is no turning back. Good or bad we are in it for the long haul.

When the day is done I think that's how its supposed to be. We savor our victories, lick our wounds for a bit, snuggle under the covers and wait till mornings light gives us another opportunity to have at it agian.

Most us us?

We push through.

I think that's how its supposed to be.

#forsarabell

John Jurkiewicz is the CEO of New Career Creations a unique approach to happiness and success in our lives by gaining satisfaction and fulfillment in our careers. He has over forty years of experience in operation management, human resource management, training and development and has owned his own business for over 17 years. John is certified as a life coach, a career coach, and an intuitive career coach. He and his wife Joan have been married for 42 years.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We have an opportunity.....


It's easy to throw stones, to defend our position as being the ONLY option available and suggest the other person has some deep, moral flaw for not agreeing with our take on things.

Some nights I lie in bed and wonder what we could do with the energy we expend on hatred and invest it in healing. I am not suggesting we give up our belief system(s). I am suggesting we start to get in touch with the part of us that can begin to heal.

Maybe we start by stopping all the hateful meme's, all the shrill and vulgar articles, most of which, on either side of the equation aren't factual just designed to inflame our passions.

We have the same hearts, the same minds and the same souls. We don't have a gene that says Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or Socialist infused in us at conception. We do, however, possess the capacity to understand and to heal. That's one thing we all share in common.

It would be easy and convenient to do what so many have done here, "unfriend" the people whose points are a stone in our shoes. I choose to preach. What I'll preach is understanding, compassion and equality for everyone, not just the people who agree with me, or I with them.

Namaste


It started as a one sentence tag for a meme I shared on Facebook recently.

I sat back and smiled when I read my own posting. I sounded like one of them-there old guys shaking his fist at the cosmos and yelling When I was a kid......

I grew up smack dab; dead in the middle of the Civil  Rights revolution. I saw in real time the remnants of Jim Crow and even 10 years after Brown v Board of Education people being refused equality in employment, housing and not being able to sit with other people in a restaurant or use the same rest room.I guess some things never change. The faces and the situations evolve but our prejudices don't

I was on a spring break when I walked into the house with a basket ball under my arm on April 4, 1968 and I hear Howard K. Smith from ABC News say, We interrupt this program..........  I do not understand and I never will.

I didn't hate. I don't now and I never will.

I walked down the block on June 6, 1968 to connect with the guy I walked to school with every day He asked You heard didn't you? They killed Bobby!


I didn't hate. I don't now and I never will.

Yeah, there was rioting and protesting and a very deep angst within a part of my generation.

I know what you are thinking. Just another old guy living somewhere in the past. 

We were for lottsa things. We were for peace, for justice and for equality and we did it in a way that showed were weren't against anything. We just wanted everyone to take notice and do their part.

We did not hate and sadly some of us have forgotten.


We forget about history unless Fox or CNN or our favorite internet media site directs us to believe it is only as long as the most recent news cycle. All great societies, from the beginning of time, have crumbled not from foreign invasion, disease or natural disaster, but from within . From the inability to resolve problems and issues.

From the inability to heal





Monday, February 6, 2017

don't let fear stand in the way of your success




I read awhile back, that human beings have only two emotions. One is love and the other is fear. Anytime we are faced with the great unknown, our fear kicks in and manifests itself in a lot of different ways.

We may lash out at someone or a group of someones

We may rely on a long ago ago hurt to be a millstone around our necks that keeps us from moving forward.

If you pause for a moment and close your eyes you can add your own "reasons"

Lemme ask you something?

How many times in your life have you had a conversation with yourself that went something like this:

Ya know, I wish I'd gone ahead  with  ***fill in the blank.*** 

I have.

What holds us back is fear. It's the fear of achieving those things we think about when we wake up in the middle of the night.

If I had a nickel............Better to be safe than to be sorry.

What I am learning is that fear along with failure is a natural part of a successful and fulfilled life.

I think about a quote the late Zig Ziglar shared once

If you want to know where you stand in life all you have to do is reflect on a plate of bacon and eggs. The chicken made a contribution but the pig made a commitment.

I ask myself which one am I?

Committing to something new is a scary proposition.

What if I fail? You will!

What if people doubt me? They will!

Do not let that stop you.

Don't let your fears stand in the way of your success




John Jurkiewicz is the CEO of New Career Creations a unique approach to happiness and success in our lives by gaining satisfaction and fulfillment in our careers. He has over forty years of experience in operation management, human resource management, training and development and has owned his own business for over 17 years. John is certified as a life coach, a career coach, and an intuitive career coach. He and his wife Joan have been married for 42 years.