Why are you the way you are? Have you ever considered the reason why you do what you do, behave how you behave, are who you are?
If my behaviour (being polite, well spoken, restraining from certain actions, actively doings things, etc) is done to make me look good, or fit in or appear to be someone of value, then I am governed by my circumstances and when those circumstances change, so will I. I will change like the wind.
And likely as not I will achieve nothing of lasting substance.
But if my behaviour is governed by my values, what I believe to be right, I will not change unless I choose to rethink my value base. I will have integrity and I will be able to accomplish many things because I will be lead by an internal compass and not the ever changing whims and fashions of society.
Why do you do what you do? Why are you who you are?
Failure is not final. In fact to get stuff wrong and make mistakes is merely learning something new. But failure IS difficult. It is tough to come to terms with sometimes. It knocks our self confidence and it can have a big impact on us.
One sure fire way to lessen the impact is to do more. Doing more insulates us against failure. It’s simple maths. Let me explain.
Imagine two salesmen who both make phone calls for a living. Salesman one, we’ll call him Bob, makes seven calls on this particular day. Salesman two, we’ll call him Bill, makes 70 calls on this particular day. Suppose they both fail to make an appointment in five of their calls each.
For Bob that’s a 71% failure rate. That’s a pretty big failure. Not a good day for Bob.
For Bill that’s just a 7% failure rate. A 93% success rate. Way to go Bill.
In fact even if Bill failed in twice as many calls as Bob, that would still be an 86% success rate. You see, Bill took massive action and insulated himself against the few (relatively speaking) failures that he had. Bob, took relatively little action and so a few failures became nearly total failure.
Which man do you think went home happy that day? Same number of rejections, but totally different outlooks on the success of the day, because of massive action.
Insulate yourself against failure by taking massive action!
Do you ever find yourself thinking things like, “if I won the lottery, then…”, or “if only people would listen to me then….” or “if someone would offer me a job doing this then…”
“…THEN life would be sorted!”
It seems you’re looking for a get out clause! Looking to a random event to save you! Hoping in something that more than likely will never happen!
Stop living life expecting to be saved from yourself.
Choose to do something starting today to change your own situation! Dream is great, but action is more important!
Professor: You are a Christian, aren’t you, son ?
Student: Yes, sir.
Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD good ?
Student : Sure.
Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?
Student : Yes.
Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?
(Student was silent.)
Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Is satan good ?
Student : No.
Professor: Where does satan come from ?
Student : From … GOD …
Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student : Yes.
Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor: So who created evil ?
(Student did not answer.)
Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor: So, who created them ?
(Student had no answer.)
Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.
Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Student : And is there such a thing as cold?
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.
(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)
Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?
Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class was in uproar.)
Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class broke out into laughter. )
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)
Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.
The student was EINSTEIN.
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favour underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
These commandments were created and copyrighted © by Dr Kent M. Keith in 1968 and updated in 2001.