Time is Now!

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Time only exists in your mind. Your mind often wants to live in anticipation of

the future or in memory of the past. This is what also creates psychological time

to a large extent. This is another ‘time’. There are many forms of illusionary time,

and psychological time is one of them. You experience this type of time when

your mind is in anticipation of something in the ‘future’ or in memory of the ‘past’.

This ‘waiting’ and ‘remembering’ creates time, and a lot of pain and stress. It is

unnecessary. The most fruitful thing to do is not to remember or wait, it is to

observe, experience and create Now. Observing, experiencing and creating Now

is timeless and true of the true nature of the universe.

Everything happens Now. You remember your past Now. You dream your

future Now. You learn from your past Now. When you were actually in your past,

it was still Now (at that point in the past, if someone were to ask you ‘what are

you doing now?’, you would notice it was still Now). You work towards your future

Now. You will get to your future Now. You will live in your future Now. You are

always Here, Now. You cannot Be anywhere else. Being, Isness, is only Now.

There is nothing you can do in any other moment except Now. Try it. Do

something yesterday or tomorrow right now. Impossible!

You can only Be and Do Now. It is all Now.

Ecc 3:15 Whatever has happened in the past is present now. Whatever is going to happen in the future has already happened in the past

Know What You Want

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The fastest way to achieve success in any area of your life is to know what you want before you start. You might be thinking to yourself that what I am saying is perfectly obvious yet how many people actually know exactly what they want. I mean most people have a general idea of what they would like, but that is normally all they have, just a general idea. If you don’t know exactly what you want, how can you make a plan to get it?

When you look at the lives of very successful people a pattern quickly emerges. Most successful people knew early in their lives exactly what it was that they wanted from life and immediately started moving in the direction of getting it. Just because you know what you want does not mean you will not make mistakes since making mistakes is just a part of achieving success. However, when you know what you want, you will quickly move past your mistakes and any failures along the journey since you are focused on the end result with conviction.

Before I moved to Asia to live a few years ago I had been in Thailand on a number of occasions on holidays long before I moved here. During these Asian holidays I had such a wonderful time that I could not get out of my mind how much I would like to live in Asia, not necessarily forever but at least for an extended period of time. For a couple of years I simply dreamt about living in Asia but I wasn’t sure what I would do if I moved to Thailand, I worried I might not be able to get a decent job and subsequently I made no concrete plans to go ahead with my fantasy idea, since that was all it was, just a fantasy.

Over time I cemented my desires to move to Asia when I made the decision that living in Thailand was exactly what I wanted to do and so I set a date to leave Australia and set in motion an entire series of events that all came to work out in my favor. Although I tied up all the loose ends in my life before I left Australia, I had no definite job lined up in Thailand for after I arrived but subconsciously I believed everything would turn out ok since I knew what I wanted and the rest is history.

I said to myself before I left Australia that I would spend the first month in Thailand on holidays and then find a job after that. I remember taping a piece of paper to my refrigerator that read, I believe in miracles, and I would constantly see this sign every time I was in the kitchen. The miracle I believed would happen was to find a great job in Thailand and be happy. The end result was, I started working in a senior management position with a great salary package and free accommodation exactly one month to the day after I arrived in Thailand. It really was a miracle and I’m certain it all happened for me just like I envisioned it would because I knew what I wanted.

During the course of my life I have seen similar miracles happen when I got clear about what I really wanted and things just fell into place nicely. Sure there might be a few rough patches along the way sometimes but hey, that’s life and these interruptions usually provide valuable lessons and strengthen our resolve to get what it is we really want. As soon as you know what you want you will surely figure out a way to get it since you will not take no for an answer.

John Hill

We under-estimate goals!

argus-2009-pic2I think we under-estimate goals.

I recently completed my 10th Argus 109Km Cycle Race (that’s a story all by itself) I had pretty much decided before hand that it would be my last.              Now here I am a few days later brooding and mumbling, I don’t want to let it go. To be honest I don’t really want to do it again. I have ‘got the T-Shirt,’ literally, many of them. I know what it’s like in pretty much all weather conditions – they say this last one was the worst conditions in 20 years, it was gusting up to 150km/hour – totally ridiculous weather to ride in. Apparently 10 000 sensible people turned back. I came within the top 15% of 35 000 starters, that takes a lot of hard work and training and I’m not getting any younger. I don’t really want to train so hard. You have to stay fit during winter, which means riding on cold, dark mornings and if you miss a week or heaven forbid two then its just so much harder to train.
The problem is if I don’t have the Argus as a goal what do I fill it with. No driving force, no reason to exercise I have nothing to look forward too. I will just lounge around in bed and get bored, fat and lazy.
The looking forward to stuff is for me very important and I’m sure it’s the same for everyone. Otherwise life becomes tedious and same old, same old.
So what’s the answer? Well we need goals. What I mean is not just the actual goals themselves, but just setting and having goals is therapeutic, energising, motivating. It forces you to visualise your dreams and ‘cut them up’ into manageable portions, which becomes our goals. For those who understand Afrikaans “dit sit murg in jou pype”. They are just such fantastic things to have.

goalsposters1Without goals we are going nowhere slowly and it’s not okay.

So get some goals.

If you have some, great enjoy them, get some more, we should have goals for all aspects of our lives. Without vision people perish. If we are not growing – moving towards goals – we are dying.
As for me the goal posts have moved. I’ve been there done that. I’ve got to get myself a new goal! Maybe mountain-biking The Epic 3 day Cycle race or something. But for now my goal is to get a new exercise/cycling goal!

because goals any goal are what make us tick!

Tell time where to go!

time3All great achievers, all successful people, are those who have been able to gain control over their time. It has been said that all human beings have been created equal in one respect: each person has been given 24 hours each day.

We need to choose to give our best time to our most challenging situation. It’s not how much we do that matters; it’s how much we get done. We should choose to watch our time, not our watch. One of the best timesavers is the ability to say no. Not saying no when you should is one of the biggest wastes of time you will ever experience.

Don’t spend a dollar’s worth of time for ten cent’s worth of results.

Make sure to take care of the vulnerable times in your days. These vulnerable times are the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. I have heard a minister say that what a person is like at midnight when he is all alone reveals that person’s true self.

Never allow yourself to say, “I could be doing big things if I weren’t so busy doing small things!” Take control of your time. The greater control you exercise over your time, the greater freedom you will experience in your life. The Psalmist prayed, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” [Ps. 90:12]. The Bible teaches us that the devil comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy [John 10:10], and this verse applies to time as well as to people. The enemy desires to provide God’s children with ideas of how to kill, steal, and destroy valuable time.

People are always saying, “I’d give anything to be able to…” There is a basic leadership principle that says, “6 x 1 = 6.” If you want to write a book, learn to play a musical instrument, become a better tennis player, or do anything else important, then you should devote one hour a day, six days a week, to the project. Sooner than you think, what you desire will become reality. There are not many things that a person cannot accomplish in 312 hours a year! Just a commitment of one hour a day, six days a week, is all it takes.

We all have the same amount of time each day. The difference between people is determined by what they do with the amount of time at their disposal. Don’t be like the airline pilot flying over the Pacific Ocean who reported to his passengers, “We’re lost, but we’re making great time!” Remember that the future arrives an hour at a time. Gain control of your time, and you will gain control of your life.

EXTRACTED FROM JOHN L. MASON’S BOOK “An Enemy Called Average”

Ducks Quack, Eagles Soar

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No one can make you serve customers well. That’s because great service is a choice.
Harvey Mackay, tells a wonderful story about a cab driver that proved this point.
He was waiting in line for a ride at the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt, black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey.

He handed my friend a laminated card and said: ‘I’m Wally, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk I’d like you to read my mission statement.’
Taken aback, Harvey read the card. It said: Wally’s Mission Statement:
To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.
This blew Harvey away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab matched the outside. Spotlessly clean! As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, ‘Would you like a cup of coffee? I have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.’
My friend said jokingly, ‘No, I’d prefer a soft drink.’ Wally smiled and said, ‘No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular and Diet Coke, water and orange juice.’ Almost stuttering, Harvey said, ‘I’ll take a Diet Coke.’
Handing him his drink, Wally said, ‘If you’d like something to read, I have The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.’
As they were pulling away, Wally handed my friend another laminated card, ‘These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d
like to listen to the radio.’
And as if that weren’t enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him.
Then he advised Harvey of the best route to his destination for that time of day. He also let him know that he’d be happy to chat and tell
him about some of the sights or, if Harvey preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts.
‘Tell me, Wally,’ my amazed friend asked the driver, ‘have you always served customers like this?’ Wally smiled into the rear view mirror. ‘No, not always. In fact, it’s only been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard the personal growth guru, Wayne Dyer , on the radio one day. He had just written a book called You’ll See It When You Believe It Dyer said that if you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. He said, ‘Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your competition. Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd.” eagle

‘That hit me right between the eyes,’ said Wally. ‘Dyer was really talking about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to
change my attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time. When my customers responded well, I did more.’

‘I take it that has paid off for you,’ Harvey said.

‘It sure has,’ Wally replied. ‘My first year as an eagle, I doubled my income from the previous year. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. You were lucky to get me today. I don’t sit at cabstands anymore. My customers call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering machine. If I can’t pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to do it and I take a piece of the action.’

Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab. I’ve probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years, and only two took the idea and ran with it. Whenever I go to their cities, I give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all the reasons they couldn’t do any of what I was suggesting.

Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking like ducks and start soaring like eagles. How about us?

A man reaps what he sows. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up .