Full Version: Keys to Success

From: Laura (ELLEMD628) [#1]
 19 Jul 2005

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night, mind racing and swirling with ideas, things I need to do, etc. When I’m *really* lucky I have what I call a “working dream” where I actively dream all these things and consciously think about them yet sleep soundly enough all night and remember most everything in the morning long enough to jot some notes.

Tonight was not one of those nights.

I forced myself to stop working in the workshop about 11:30 PM, and then forced myself to shut down the laptop and stop working in bed around 1AM only to wake up about 3:30 AM. Not sure what idea or to-do it was exactly that woke me up (second thought, perhaps it was the Starbucks Frappuccino I debated whether or not to polish off before turning in?) but I decided to pull out my thank you cards and write a couple notes. Once I got writing I couldn’t stop and the following is the result of my sleepless night:

I reserve the right to change this title at any time...check back with me in 10 years to see how they've worked for me!)

- Do what you love or learn to love what you do.

- Build what you can, with what you have, from where you are.

- Make it a point to give back on a regular basis – volunteer your time, donate your money or materials (even modestly) to a worthy cause, or simply smile genuinely say “thank you" and mean it.

- Get in the habit of sending thank yous to friends, family, co-workers, employees, vendors, an old teacher, or anyone who has ever directly or indirectly done something nice for you.

- Secretly do something nice for someone else and never tell anyone about it.

- Take time to handwrite notes when possible; writing is food for your soul and will enhance the feel-good feelings you will get from actually writing a note as opposed to sending a quick e-mail or a mailing store bought card. Plus the recipient will notice, appreciate and respect the extra effort on your part.

- Keep a copy of thank you notes you send and receive. Read them again when you need a boost.

- Remember where you came from, what it took to get where you are, and what it’s going to take to get where you want to be.

- Every now and then stop what you’re doing, close your eyes, block out any noises and just breathe.

Please feel free to add to the list; I enjoy keeping such things handy to keep me in focus when necessary. Some of these I’ve read before, some are my own thoughts (it seems I'm in an awful cheery mood?!)so take them for what you will.

It’s now almost 6AM and the sun is on its way. Better get up and moving, I’ve got another long day ahead of me. >.< 

From: Peter [#2]
 20 Jul 2005
To: Laura (ELLEMD628) [#1] 20 Jul 2005

Just saying...

You speakin our language girlfriend !!!!

Its amazing that others have the same mindset!

all the best

Peter and Kathy

From: Harvey only (HARVEY-ONLY) [#3]
 20 Jul 2005
To: Laura (ELLEMD628) [#1] 20 Jul 2005

-Be kind to others just because it is who you are. If it is not you yet, it will become you. It also will bring peace of mind.

From: UCONN Dave &amp; Lynn too (DANDL48) [#4]
 20 Jul 2005
To: Laura (ELLEMD628) [#1] 20 Jul 2005

Simpley wonderful :-) 

From: Cindy (CINDYM) [#5]
 20 Jul 2005
To: Laura (ELLEMD628) [#1] 20 Jul 2005

Great list to start off with and what a great way to start my day by reading it!

The power of "down-time" is amazing. That's when I get my best thoughts. Wrote both my kids graduation poems for their photos in their year books at 3 am and received tons of positive comments on both. I keep a note pad and pencil on my nightstand and write down all kinds of things in the dark - then try and decipher it all in the morning.

My contribution to the list:

Contribute to your community - not for what you get back, but for the power of being a part of the solution of making your community a better place for all.

Have a great day everyone,
Cindy M

PS - speaking of dreams, mine the other night involved an award dealer about 50 miles away who sells at very low prices and me giving them a stern lecture about customer service and quality. Who knows where that all came from!

From: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#6]
 20 Jul 2005
To: Cindy (CINDYM) [#5] 20 Jul 2005

May I copy that and use it for my Rotary club?


From: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#7]
 20 Jul 2005
To: Laura (ELLEMD628) [#1] 20 Jul 2005

Would you mind if I cut/pasted/and printed your thoughts? I would like to share them with my Rotary Club.


From: Laura (ELLEMD628) [#8]
 20 Jul 2005
To: LaZerDude (C_BURKE) [#7] 20 Jul 2005

Not at all! Enjoy!

Of course, maybe I ought to be there when you share...please send a round trip ticket to... ;) 

From: Cindy (CINDYM) [#9]
 20 Jul 2005
To: LaZerDude (C_