Pass on the “Seeds of Greatness”

Pass on the “Seeds of Greatness”

I wanted to pass on this absolute gem of what I call universal wisdom. It was written by Mr. Denis Waitley the best-selling author, speaker, poet and lyricist. I read it on his ezine, and it is a keeper!

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Seeds of Greatness by Denis Waitley

The Safari Called Life Check-off List:

• Learn from those who have gone before

• Travel lightly; no extra baggage

• Be prepared and expect the unexpected

• The more you learn the less you fear

• Slow down, watch and listen

• Respect your environment

• Leave your ego behind

• Anticipate, innovate and make do

• Be optimistic; tomorrow did not exist before

• Collect memories instead of souvenirs

• Enjoy the journey

• Celebrate all life, not just your own

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Reproduced with permission from the Denis Waitley Ezine.

To subscribe to Denis Waitley’s Ezine, go to www.deniswaitley.com

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I Wasn’t Born A Smoker

I Wasn’t Born A Smoker

When I was thinking of or actually trying to quit smoking cigarettes I was always thinking that this is hard to do or this is impossible to do. One truth that I kept returning to and gave me comfort was the thought that “I Wasn’t Born A Smoker”.

I smoked cigarettes for so long that I had a hard time visualizing myself being a non-smoker. If I could not visualize myself being a non-smoker, it was unlikely that I would achieve my goal of becoming a non-smoker. So along with other positive thoughts to help me quit smoking I kept referencing the fact that I wasn’t born a smoker.

I wasn’t born a smoker – what a beautiful thought. If I wasn’t born a smoker and I was smoke-free for a large part of my life then was I a smoker or someone who smoked cigarettes? I then proclaimed that I was born a non-smoker and that I will return to being a non-smoker. These thoughts along with other positive thoughts, and a lot of hard work, has brought me to the point were I can proudly say. I am a non-smoker — I am smoke-free.

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2 Pounds Per Week

2 Pounds Per Week

I am still on track with my goal of eliminating one to two pounds of body fat per week. My goal is to weigh between 150lb to 160lb by Dec. 31st, 2008. I have been recording my weight weekly ever since March 10th, 2008. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.

First, some background, as I mentioned in my “A Win-Win-Win Situation” article, one of the “wins” was weight reduction. So here is the time line.

I quit smoking and started light aerobic exercise (walking) in November 2007. I increased my walking gradually and added other exercises in early January 08. Between November 07 to February 08, my weight was 230lb plus or minus a couple. So I didn’t gain weight after I quit smoking, but there was an anomaly that I noticed in March. I was gaining weight – What???

It went like this. I was substantial increasing my exercising, and to compensate for that, I was also increasing my food consumption. At my annual physical I learned that I weighed 244lb. The first thing I did was to buy a bathroom scale. The second thing I did was to figure out what I had to do in order to stop gaining weight and to start losing weight.

My assumption was that if I am exercising strenuously every week then I should be losing weight. This assumption was obviously incorrect. After a lot of research the “magic” answer came to me. It is just a matter of simple math – the net result of calories consumed minus calories expended. You do not need to be a member of Weight Watchers in order to understand this. So I started counting calories (1800 calories a day works for me) and every since, along with exercising, I have been slimming down slowly but surely. Below is my weight chart.

* Consult your health care provider before engaging in

exercise and or a change of diet.

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A Way

“A Way” in My Life

It is funny how sometimes we need other people to remind us of our beliefs. Oneonta Taekwon-Do recently put on an excellent seminar. My Taekwon-Do instructor Mr. Raymond Mannion, 2nd Dan brought up an excellent point in which he learned from his instructor Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim, 9th Dan. That Taekwon-Do is “a way” of thinking and living – it is not “the way”. Meaning there is more than “one way” in given areas of life. I believed in this principle before this seminar, but sometimes we need reminders to apply this principle to all areas of our lives, and for this, I am grateful.

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Timing and Change

Timing and Change

Unfortunately sometimes a change that we are working on will not produce the desired result that we want simply because of the timing. It does not mean that we should not work on the desired change because the timing might be wrong. In fact we might need to fail at the wrong time, so we can learn how to succeed at the right time.

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Expert on not being an expert.

Expert on Not Being an Expert.

I do not claim to be an expert on anything, but if I had to have a claim, I would claim to be an expert on not being an expert. I most likely have skills and talents in some areas that would fall into the expert range, but I would not want to be classified as one – that is just me. I have nothing against the title of expert or people who really are experts; in fact I admire a lot of experts, especially humble experts. I have respect for people who excel, but for me, expert – no thanks. I get jazzed when I am learning, so for me I wouldn’t mine being known as a student, maybe a very good student, a life long student, but not an expert student.

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Rattzilla, Mark, and the Good Deed

Rattzilla, Mark, and the Good Deed

What started out as a small favor to a biker friend of mine turned into quite a story. Rattzilla is Mark’s beloved bike – yes I said beloved. He loves his “rat” bike. Rattzilla is unique, and so is Mark – a good soul but unique.

I have some metal working skills, and Mark asked me to give a “little help” modifying his saddlebag brackets so he could quickly detach his saddlebags. He is not rolling in money, so I volunteer my services for a couple of hours. What started out as a couple hours turned into a day and a half of a lot of freaking frustration, but in the end I was grateful for this journey – go figure.

Mark did not have any details worked out in advance for modifying his saddle bag brackets, so after a couple of hours of “fun” we had one bracket done. I modified the second bracket another time on my own – no frustration. He also asked me to weld on a “suicide shifter” to his foot shifter, and this brings us to the “good deed” part of the story.

Rattzilla’s pilot has two unique riding characteristics. One is his erratic bursts of speed – he likes to twist-a-grip. Second he bends down while he is riding and shifts his foot shifter with his hand. Mark has been riding this way for ten years. He has a prosthetic leg. Mark down shifts with his prosthetic, but it is easier for him to up shift with his hand (he doesn’t clutch while up shifting, yea I know). So Mark is bobbing up and down when he is rolling down the road.

Basically there were three parts to the making of the suicide shifter which I will keep brief. First was performing Mark’s original request of welding a given hand shifter to the original foot shifter – bad idea, lots of frustration, Second was the enjoyment that I had in designing and fabricating a custom one off hand/foot shifter. But the best part was the end result of a good deed.

Mark And Rattzilla With New Shifter.

JB Built Hand/Foot Shifter.

I Don’t Know About A Happy Camper

But That’s One Happy Biker!

Mark Is Ready To Roll With Less Bobbing.

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