The best way to predict the future is to create it.
“Seize tomorrow” is the simple definition. However, the message and meaning are much more important than that. The fact is that each of us has only one future. It is ours to define and design.
In lieu of just spending time – invest wisely. Create your future as you want it to be. Carpe Mañana!
This article was written for a new company (First You Dream) designed to encourage young people (or the young at heart) to discover and realize their possibilities. Hopefully none of us ever gets to the point in life where our dreams / hopes / possibilities are ignored or worse yet abandoned.
A BB in a Boxcar - Discover and Realize your Possibilities
Motivation @ only $15.00 a Letter
I bought a motivational wall hanging this morning. It cost me $15.00 a letter. My wife thinks it’s ridiculous and overpriced. She’s a school teacher now retired. Hers was a world of lesson plans, tenure, benefits, and a consistent paycheck. I’m a recovering insurance agent and now a consultant. I’m an ENTREPRENEUR.
Change is like an Arrow…
Change is like an arrow flying through the air. It’s going to hit something – us, the bull’s eye, someone or something else, or it will fall aimlessly to the ground. The good news is that we may be safe for a moment. The bad news is that the archer of the future is loading another arrow and pulling back the string.
Ambivalence – n 1. Simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person or action. 2 a: continual fluctuation (as between one thing and its opposite)…
Ambivalence is mixed feelings – a part of the real world, our everyday life.
Two Cajun examples of ambivalence follow:
Ambivalence # 1 - Boudreaux pilot of the Cajun Airlines announces to the passengers – “I got good news and bad news. The bad news is dat we is lost and runnin out of gas. The good news is dat we is making good time.”
Be a Survivor
The greatest threat to the future of America and us as her citizens can be reduced to six words:
I am a victim of ____________________________.
By declaring oneself a “victim” we create a self-fulfilling prophecy of limitation and forfeit our freedom and opportunity. We build an insurmountable firewall between ourselves and the possibilities of tomorrow. We declare and accept as lord and master a person, circumstance, or condition that will control our destiny. We allow ourselves to be enslaved.
The following was written in the late 1990s for a presentation to Hospital Administrators regarding trends in the new century.
A VIEW FROM THE EDGE
Directions for the Next Millennium
“Success is a journey, not a destination.” Yet as leaders and their organizations venture into this new century, most want assurance of the destination, not the opportunity.
Jim Mullen's column in the Sunday Advocate (February 3, 2008) was titled - "Treadmills are great clothes racks." It reminded me of the article below. Enjoy.
The Leadership Pill – Now only $19.95
It’s about 5:00 on Memorial Day morning. The TV is providing background music to my efforts to write an article.
As a follow up to yesterday's posting - I offer the following column that was published in the Baton Rouge Business Report during the 2004 Gubernatorial runoff in Louisiana.
THE SKY IS FALLING AND THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS!
The bad news is “the sky is falling”. At current inflation trend our Health Care and Health Care Financing Systems will collapse in the next few years. The good news is “the sky is falling” so ignoring the problem is no longer an option.
The timing is right – the opportunity is great – the challenge is doable. Now is the time for Louisiana to LEAD the nation.