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The beetles have a song with lyrics that say, “nothing’s going to change my world.” This means that no matter what is going on in the world around you don’t let it take your joy. Smile when no one else is. And even if something does take your joy don’t stop smiling.
If you keep smiling you will get your joy back faster. Your smile will allow you to feel a little better and you will attract peace back into your life. When you are sad and down many times you want to be alone and people will leave you alone because they don’t know what to say. When you can get yourself to smile the world will smile with you.
The next time you are in a room full of people just start laughing and I guarantee someone else will start laughing too. Now they may be laughing at you but that is not the point. Before you know it everyone in the room will have some kind of smile on their face.
There are going to be some tough times but in the midst of it all there is something to smile about if you look for it. There may be a baby being born, a pet doing tricks, a television show you love or a sale at your favorite store. Smile and before you know it things are going to get brighter. When you smile you look better and you feel better. If you ever have to choose between a smile and a frown, choose the smile. You know it’s the right choice.
Getting through temporary situations…Now That’s Presidential!
When you are an over-achiever you are likely to go into robot mode from time-to-time. Never backing down, never being scared, you are a go-getter. You give your all, you make few mistakes and you correct the few you make quickly. You practice to make perfect, you make great decisions and you make them without delay. You have massive amounts of intelligence and energy. You are almost super human.
This makes you more accomplished than most people you know. You know it and they know it…but for some reason you expect everyone to be like you. That is impossible. Don’t go around expecting everyone to be perfect. In order to know what strong is you have to have weak. The same goes for slow and fast or wrong and right. Let people take their time and live their lives the best way they know how. Let them make mistakes and let them think them through on their own. Don’t attack them. If they ask you for help, gently offer a helping hand. Don’t cripple them but give them a nudge in the right direct and then back off.
The statement that all men (women) are created equal is not true. Some people are smarter, faster, stronger and wiser than others. People may have equal opportunities but may not know how or have what it takes to utilize those opportunities. That doesn’t make them bad it just makes them human. Often times they are doing the best with what they have at the time. Forgive them for being weak, scared, ignorant, indecisive, unorganized, late and most important, not like you.
Perfection is extremely hard to come by. So let most people be human and put away the judgment. If you want to strive for perfection go right ahead, but remember you are not competing against the world. That is your own personal competition with your inner super hero.
Excepting others…Now That’s Presidential!
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Now is a very powerful word. It holds no excuses, no ways out and it is a huge commitment. It is so easy to think of reasons why we should put off until tomorrow (or later) what we could do today. And sometimes you don’t even need an excuse you actually convince yourself that it is the best time.
The next time you are thinking of coming up with an excuse why it is best to wait until later I want you to ask yourself, “why not do it now.” In most cases there is no good excuse. I have used them myself but the truth is we are just being lazy, fearful, or ignorant. Do the research it will take to educate yourself. Push yourself to find the energy. Fear may never go away so work through the fear. That’s called courage. Don’t let these excuses deprive you of your success.
NOW is the best time to do your best, give your all and get what you want, especially if you have been putting it off all this time. In your heart you know there is no better time than now. Make the commitment, set the plan and take the first step. You will be so proud of yourself that you will take the next step.
Going for NOW…Now That’s Presidential!
You don’t have to compare yourself to others and you don’t necessarily have to win all the time. What you should do though, is give your all. Do your best no matter what everyone else is doing. No matter who is or isn’t watching. You don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations of you except your own. And you should make sure that you expect the best from yourself at any given time.
There is never a good reason or excuse to do less than your best. You should be at 100%, 100% of the time. Sounds impossible and crazy I know but understand that I’m not suggesting you give something you don’t have. Giving 100% means giving all that you have. Even when your 100% is low you still give all of it. You may have the flu, may have a broken leg or may be mentally tired. It is ok to go through difficulty. Just don’t let it stop you from giving 100% of what you have inside of you.
Do what you are capable of. When you give your all you can’t be disappointed in yourself because there was nothing else you could have done. And the great thing is you have less regrets in life when you put your best foot forward.
Do your best on your job, in your relationships, when you volunteer, during practice and in everything you do. There is only one way to be completely proud of yourself and that is to know you gave it everything you had and didn’t hold back.
Being your own competition…Now That’s Presidential!