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So it is the year 2012 and technology has soared leaps and bounds. We can virtually do anything at home that once required the act of doing in “Real Life”. I am not bashing technology, as I am the first to want to try out any of Apple’s latest products or search for new and exciting virtual experiences, from the convenience of my home.

Socially I have met so many people online, from all over the United States, all the way up the North East Coast to Massachusetts and all the way west to California.
Since I normally don’t travel past the border of South Carolina, that is huge for me.

I am not downing the powers of the Internet or technology, but I am concerned about there being a balance in my life with the “Real World”. I read that there are resort vacation spots that people are paying extra for since they have no satellite or Wi-Fi and are completely remote from connections. It is sad when it consumes us so much that we have to run from it.

I think the key for me, is to let technology supplement my life and not overtake it. I am sure that striking a balance is different for all of us, but if texting is causing you to run over someone with your car, that is not acceptable behavior. It just doesn’t seem relevant to skip your daily workout time because you need to level up your online character. If there are things, projects, goals, experiences that should be in your life that are now replaced by virtual means, then I think it’s time to find your balance.

I challenge you to strike your own balance between virtual life and real life. What are the ways that you can control it? What balance will allow you to soar through this year, and make your own personal leaps and bounds?
“Find it, do it, good!” ~Catlas

I like to connect to people in the virtual world, exchanging thoughts and ideas, when in the physical world we might never have the opportunity to cross paths.
Demi Moore

I think you could make a completely Virtual Centre, though I have a general feeling, and maybe because I am getting very old, that you still need face to face.
Richard Rogers

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Resolutification!

Yes, that is not a “real” word but it is my word for resolving to
make resolutions that really stick!

As this comic amplifies, most of the time New Year’s resolutions turn out
to be a to-do list.
How can we stop this from happening?  I am certainly not a resolutions
expert, whatever that means, but here are some tips that I find
effective and may work for you as well.

Distinguish between your long-term and short-term goals.  You should
have both, but it is important to not overwhelm yourself into thinking that your
long term ones need to be completed in a short amount of time.  That
is where burnout comes in and fizzles us out.
Make separate lists of those in your head or on paper.

Make a daily check-list.  Whether it be on the refrigerator, the
bathroom mirror, or an application on your cell phone or computer,
lists will help you stay focused and tangibly see completed
accomplishments.

Don’t let missed days stop you forever!  When you miss a day or two,
pick yourself up and get right back to it the next day.  Once you do
something for at least 3 weeks consistently it becomes a habit.  We
all know habits are hard to break, which can be a very awesome thing,
if they are good habits.

I hope this helps as you seek to improve and clean up your new year!
Best of wishes to you as you attempt to be a better you!

“There is no achievement without goals.”
Robert J. McKaine

“This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.”
Scott Reed

“People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.”
Earl Nightingale

“You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.”
Charles C. Noble

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
Zig Ziglar

You Won!

In all of your efforts to diligently seek out a successful life, do you reward yourself when you accomplish a goal?

Do you end up at the completion of a goal by saying that the goal is reward enough?

A big part of success is to take the time to reward yourself when you make an accomplishment.

You followed your healthy diet plan all week, so go out and have a nice meal of something you have been craving.

You did your workouts faithfully and gave it your best, so take Saturday off, and relax.

Whatever your goals are and whatever you are doing to make those happen, make sure to reward yourself!

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”
Muhammad Ali

“We Interrupt this Broadcast”

How do you respond to interruptions? Do you use that opportunity to be creative, making good use of the downtime? Or do you allow it to make you upset and grumble?

My Internet service went out tonight and that put a halt to the Wi-Fi activities I had planned for the evening. At first I grumbled. “Hey, I pay for the service shouldn’t I get what I pay for?”
Well, of course, but other than making a phone call to the ISP to complain, there really is not anything you can do when it’s on the server side. At that point you have two choices one is to have an upsetting evening and end up not accomplishing anything, or make the best of it and just do something else.

This example had no crucial, or life altering interruptions in it. It was just a mere matter of me reading a book instead of being connected to the Internet. But my question to you is, whether they be great or small, how do you deal with interruptions?

Don’t let them sidetrack you. Take those interruptions and turn them into positive experiences.
Believe that everything happens for a reason, and that God is in control.

If you look for the good instead of only seeing the bad, you might find something wonderful in your “Interrupted Broadcast”.

What a Difference a Day makes!

image of CatI began writing this blog nine days ago, and already it has made a difference in my own life!

By actually expressing my inner inspiration, I have motivated myself to do more of the things I was slacking in. Blogging has brightened my countenance and improved my outlook. For all of you that are reading this, I want to thank you! Some of you have subscribed to my blog, some have “liked” it, and some have commented on my posts. I appreciate all of you very much.

Today is my birthday and I have been celebrating for the past few days. I am going out now to finish my final shebang, but I would like to leave you with this thought for today…

Do you want to make a difference in your life? What is something that you enjoy doing that would help you get to where you want to be? Search for your niche, if you do not already know what it is, and go out and make it happen!

Every day does make a difference. Go change your world today!

Go to the Ant!

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:” (Proverbs 6:6).

As I was cutting the grass in my front yard today, I plowed over many large ant mounts. We are having quite an outbreak in our yard recently.

It seems, no matter how many times I spray them with poison, or run over their lofty colonies, they either rebuild the same one, or go make a new one.

They don’t stop and they don’t give up!

They do not stop and say, “Hey I am tired of building this same home over and over again.” “I don’t feel like making that long hike to those grains
of sugar.” They just do it.

How persistent are you about your work and the things that you need to do on a regular basis?

Do you say, “Why should I keep cleaning this bathroom? It’s only going to get dirty again the next time it is used.”
Well maybe you’re not that slack, but I am sure you can think of something in your life that you know you should do, that you are not persistently, or consistently, doing as much, or as often, as you should.

The next time you have the thought, “Why should I keep doing this over and over again?” think of those little ants out there just trudging along and be encouraged to keep on keeping on!

From Umm to Umph!

There is huge difference between wanting to do something and actually doing it. There are so many goals I have for myself. I want to improve in many aspects of my life. (time management, exercise, writing, and the list goes on!)

But once you have decided what your goals are and even gone a step further and written them down, how do you get to the part where you actually work toward them? I want to go from point A to point B but somehow I never leave A. What stops me? What stops you? How do we kick that roadblock out of the way?

Well my problem is where is that roadblock? If I knew what was keeping me from moving forward I would jump over, go around or push it to the side. What impedes progress? Is it laziness? Is it a lack of wanting it? What is it?

Frankly, I don’t know what it is, but instead of saying to myself “OK tomorrow I am going to do this!”
I am now going to say: “Right now is the time to go workout!” “Right this minute I will clean out that messy closet!” Not tomorrow, because tomorrow may never come!

What in your life do you need to go from “Ummm” to “Umph”? Let’s do this! Take that goal and start today, right now!

See ya! I’m going to start on my goals!

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