Sometimes You Gotta Put Your Head Down and Work Hard(er)

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I am a hard worker.  By this I mean that I develop a plan, analyze my progress, challenge myself daily and put the time in; basically I show up every day to succeed.  I know not everyone does this because I watch people’s actions.

Living in the world of sales and marketing affords me the opportunity to watch a lot of business people and compare and contrast.  Living in the world of sales also allows me to watch other sales people and compare and contrast what I do against what they do.  I have learned that if you aren’t doing it, then one of your competitors is doing it; so get busy!

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I see a lot of mediocre habits.  I watch people go through the motions every day.  I hear people talk as if they want to be the best, but then watch their actions say otherwise.

Hard work.

I’m not so sure people these days want to work hard.  I’m not sure people in our age understand what working diligently means.  I am convinced that people have tricked themselves into believing they are doing their best when in fact they are operating at 60%.

The vast majority are coasting; flying under the radar.  They live in a world below the top 10%, but above the bottom dwelling 10%.  Flying under the radar isn’t a compliment. It means you put effort into not being noticed; going undetected.  Those living in the world of the 80% do so because they are comfortable there.  The expectations are lower when you live in the middle.

The funny thing is those who live in the top 10% never think about it because they are too busy working.  And most times those who think they are a top producer are not and make excuses.   Those who say “I’m an asset to the company” or “they couldn’t run this place without me” are the ones who have tricked themselves into believing they are a top producer when in fact they are not.

They are living in the realm of “good enough”.  I’m not sure what “good enough” is, but it isn’t okay with me.

The real question is where do you stand?  Have you tricked yourself into believing you are functioning optimally when in fact you are coasting at about 60% efficiency?

No Security Without Trust.

Horse Addict!

HorseAddict

This weeks Word Press Photo Challenge is the word  “Security”. How does that relate to riding a horse?  How “secure” do you feel on a horse?  Can you be secure if you do not trust the horse? Let’s face it, riding horses is dangerous.  People can die riding a horse. Well,to be precise they usually die or are injured when they come off the horse.  It can happen even to the best of riders.

Horses are prey animals. They have survived the millennia by being aware of potential dangers and being ready to flee in a heartbeat.  In my experience there are two types of horses. There are horses that perceive a danger and decide they must flee, immediately, and they must get rid of that person on top of them to do so. The rider is seen as an added danger.

The other type of horse is the one…

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I Hope For a Greater Later (Daily Word Prompt is Later)

My Loud Bipolar Whispers.

My Loud Bipolar Whispers

What is later?

Later is not right now.

Later is the future.

Later is a dream,

a dream of hope,

a hope that I will wake up in the morning

a hope I will be healthy and happy,

a hope that I will have a good life,

a hope that my children will be safe, healthy and happy,

a hope I will make a difference in people’s lives,

a hope that I have a purpose,

a hope that I matter,

 a hope that someone loves me,

a hope that I will always be a good person,

a hope that I will have a later

a hope that I will be here tomorrow.

I hope for a

better

later.

Do not be a

later

hater.

I hope for a

greater

later.

Later is a dream,

a dream of hope

for a better now.

We do not know if we have a later

 so we need to enjoy now.

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Today’s Featured Reblog is…Tropical Affair!

Tropical Affair!

Tropical Affair

Everywhere you look around….

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It’s somethin’ that I must believe in,

and it’s there when I look in your eyes!

Spread some love….it will come back to you!

Copyright photos 2017

Cheryl KP

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Road Trip

Who’s My Favorite Today?

Who's My Favorite Today?

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If you have not traveled with a three year old lately, take my word for it that it is an adventure!  We recently went on a road trip with our three girls and just got home today.  A trip that usually takes other people 5.5 to 6 hours, took us 9.  Yes 9 hours.  In the car.  5 people.  2 teenagers, 1 toddler, 2 adults.  Use your imagination here…..

Kate (3) and Brooke (15) are prone to car sickness and it’s not unusual to have to pull over for one of them to vomit.  We have learned dramamine is our friend : )  On our trip today, it was Brooke who was struggling with nausea, especially through the “hairpin” turns in the mountains.  We stopped for her 2 times : (  

When all was said and done, we made 5 stops on the way back and got…

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Recuperating

Peace From Panic!!

Peace from Panic

Two weeks ago today, I had surgery. While I won’t go into details, it was for a female issue and also something else. I figured while I was under general anesthesia, I may as well get the two things fixed together. Nothing to worry about, it was partially elective.

The procedures at the outpatient center went fine and I felt good when I got home. I was told to take a pain pill and not let the pain get ahead of me. I ate a piece of toast and took my antibiotic and pain medicine. An hour later, I was nauseous and couldn’t keep anything down. I was sick to my stomach for eight hours, on and off. I knew it couldn’t be good.

It wasn’t. The result was broken blood vessels that developed into a hematoma, which had to be drained. Six days later, I was back at the…

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Isn’t copy and paste wonderful…

Misty Books!

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I know, I know.

Don’t keep on!

‘If I carry on like this I’ll never get anything done.’

Whinging on like that!

I’ll log out in five minutes, o.k?

…hang on, just got to…

…well, did you ever?

I’ve never seen one that shape before.

Have you?

I didn’t think so.

What?

Yes, I’m coming. (not in that way madam, you’re on the wrong blog site! If you want that sort of stuff I think you press ctrl, alt, delete and ask for Tarquin).

Where were we?

Ah yes, you were trying to get my attention.

And I was…

…any minute…

…hold up!

Did you see that!?

Blimey! She’s extremely flexible.

For someone with an Adams apple.

Yes I know.

It’s an addiction.

My name is David J Robertson and I’m a social media addict.

Extreme measures are called for – I really should write out one hundred times:-

I…

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This Video on Racial Discrimination Will Change Everything

One More Shot Please in the house!

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Is there an ounce of hatred or irritation that you have for another race? What if I told you that is the country where your ancestors were from. It is so easy to finger-point distinct qualities that are not yours, but when you take a look at yourself in the mirror, you fail to address the fact that someone may feel the same way about you, or you may be just like them. There is no need to generalize an entire race. I am completely different from the Indian next to me, who has nothing in common with the Indian next to them. This video will change your world and the way you judge people based on their ethnicity. Open your heart and love one another.

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There’s No Guarantee You Will Reach Your Goal

When we were young society tried to instill in our minds the belief that if one works hard, takes their vitamins, is a good person and does what’s right, life will turn out pretty good. And for the most part I guess this could be true.  That doesn’t mean life is easy or that you will get your way or reach your goals.

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There’s no guarantee you will reach your goal.  There is no magic wand to be waved which instantaneously produces that for which you desire.  Sometimes bad things happen to good people.  You can work your tail off to achieve a certain objective only to have success ripped from your grasp.

So what does this tell us about life?   I believe this reality teaches us there is more value to be found in the seeking than in the attaining.  It reminds me of how much fun I have planning a vacation and then anticipating the trip.  I almost enjoy that part of the vacation more than I actually enjoy the vacation itself!

And so it is with working toward goals.

I might be disappointed that I didn’t reach a goal, but if I worked hard and gave my best then I actually did achieve something…didn’t I?

I’ll be curious to read your view on this idea so be sure to continue the conversation in the comment section.