Hello September

Why wait until January to resolve to make a change?

  • “I find that waiting until an arbitrary time to start achieving my goals is the best way to do it.”
  • “I want everything to be perfect before I start.”
  • “The people with the most success wait until January 1 before making their resolutions. I’ll just follow the crowd because it works so well.”

Have you ever uttered those words or something similar? Has it really helped? A friend has challenged a group of us to start working toward our goals today – not waiting for the perfect moment or the perfect setting or anything dealing with perfection.

You’re going to fall. You’re going to want to quit. You might even think your goal is too high or too impossible. If it were easy, (come on, say it with me), everyone would do it.

So I’ve written my goals. I’ll figure out the steps along the way. I might have to make a few detours but I’ll keep my sight focused on the finish line. Along the way, I’ll draw on my training from the last 55+ years as a human and 10 years as a student of the Disney Institute. You want to be the best? Then why not learn from the best?

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney

Take the first step. Make good choices. Does the donut or the dumbbell help you more?

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Dreams of the future

How do we get everyone to do their best?

Had a great conversation with a mentor recently. Just hearing his voice brings back great memories.

I told him that I’m still holding on to one of my goals in spite of a (possible) age restriction.

Can’t let it deter me. Don’t let it deter you.

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Just a little suggestion

What is your favorite mode of transportation?

It’s not Hump Day. But if you’ve been to Walt Disney World and you know this scene, then the song should be running through your head.

You’re welcome.

And while you’re thinking about it, even with over 7 billion people on it, this world is kinda small after all.

Here’s a suggestion. Make today a nice day wherever you are. A customer pulled on the door this morning 30 minutes before our scheduled opening. I let him in and that set a positive tone on the day.

The last customer that came in was a Vietnam War veteran. He has several health issues and just wanted a good night’s sleep. He shared with me some of the things he experienced overseas and when he came home. It was worse here at home. But his attitude is great even in the face of a cancer diagnosis and his other health problems.

“If I can survive the war, I can survive anything.”

Thank you, Wayne, for your service and for making my day better.

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And in 15th place

From up here, things don’t look as grand.

On this day in 1908, the Grand Canyon National Monument was created.

It was the 15th national monument designation by the United States. But it’s been around for many years. What took so long?

Theodore Roosevelt described it this way

“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison—beyond description; absolutely unparalleled through-out the wide world… Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

You can still be great but only be listed 15th. It doesn’t change your greatness. Don’t let your worth be determined by a list.

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What does commitment look like to you?

Not a single brick out of place.

You’re staring at a plate of eggs and bacon for breakfast. Who gave more? The chicken made a contribution (eggs) but the pig made a commitment (bacon).

What does your commitment look like? Is it a mere contribution that doesn’t cost you much or are you fully committed?

A lot is said about the approach certain generations have toward jobs, goals, and life. You may have started a project and found out the process is more involved than originally thought. What do you do?

Dig in. Brace yourself. Move forward.

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