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Daily Attitude Email 10 05 20

Personally I’m always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. – Winston Churchill

Leave it to good old Winston to give us this little quip to show our natural human tendency.

We’re eager to learn and want to grow and struggle all the same because we don’t like being taught or being told what to do.

Humility is step one to growth.

We don’t growth without accepting that there is room for growth.

Life is full of opportunities to learn and grow.

Each day is filled with them.

We get to choose our attitude and openness towards those opportunities.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 09 30 20

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I’d also like to add the quote of “The Lord loves a cheerful giver.”

For some reason, the way things work on this planet is that the more you give, the better off you are.

To me, this falls into the “gravity” category – it just is.

We could think really hard about why or how it might be different, but that doesn’t do us any good.

Giving does us good.

Choosing to ignore this or to try and put your needs first, just doesn’t work.

There’s no way around it.

So, what to do?

Get on with the giving.

The more the better.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 09 29 20

Happiness is the natural flower of duty. – Phillips Brooks

One of life’s many two sided coins is that happiness depends on discipline.

We can’t flourish and succeed without striving and effort.

We can’t make progress without continual difficulty.

Finding joy and contentment in the difficulties of life isn’t the norm.

Most of us spend much of our time working towards our own comfort.

We take the easy route – with our money, exercise, relationships, etc.

Only we work diligently to discharge our duties do we actually succeed.

What in your life requires more discipline?

How could you get started on something small?

How could take on something big?

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 09 28 20

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. – Jack London

Jim Rohn talks about discipline being the ultimate virtue, as it unlocks so many other opportunities.

This quote is a reminder that we can’t wait around for life to come and inspire and motivate us. We can’t wait for the brilliant idea or perfect opportunity.

I think Jim Rohn was talking about this very idea when he described discipline as the most important virtue.

Only when we have the discipline to continually pursue growth and change do we get the inspiration we desired at the beginning.

We fall into the trap of thinking that when the inspiration comes along we will have the motivation to develop the discipline.

It’s just not true.

The time to start developing discipline is today.

Begin with something small.

Drink water instead of something sugary.

Skip the drive through for coffee and save the money and brew your own.

Pick up the dirty clothes on the floor instead of waiting for your spouse to do it.

Make the bed.

Come into Jake’s office and do a few push ups.

Get started.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Friday Morning Toe Tapper

https://youtu.be/jdiB3cISeBk

I asked Maggie for a toe tapper and she suggested this one.

Not sure what or who the rubber band man is, but this song always makes me smile.

Music is a great mood changer.

If you need a pick me up today, pick out a favorite and crank it up.

If you don’t need a pick me up, play something inspiring and fun to keep things headed in the right direction.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 09 24 20

"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." – Joshua Marine

Often a change in perspective can make a huge difference.

The way we view challenges is a great example.

We can choose to become the victim.

We can choose to complain.

We can feel like life is unfair.

Or we can find them interesting and the path to meaning in our lives.

We choose.

Make it a great day.

Jake

Daily Attitude Email 09 23 20

Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa

I like smiling, smiling’s my favorite. – Buddy the Elf

I’ve been asked a few times to speak to the young kids over at ISU about interviewing. Every time I introduce them to my number 1, topic secret, ultra-sophisticated interviewing tip – smile, a lot.

Whether it’s an interview with a perspective employer or a waitress taking your order – if you smile more, it will go better.

The quote above gives a good hint as to why.

If smiling is the beginning of showing someone love, we will get a lot further in life by smiling.

Human beings were made to feel and be their best when they feel loved.

If we want the best from ourselves and those around us it makes sense to work to make them feel loved.

And a smile is a great way to start.

Smile more today.

Make it a great day.

Jake