Acting on lessons learned.

Posted November 26, 2007 by inspiredminds
Categories: Business, life, personal, poety, random, thoughts, writing

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all had a happy and healthy one! I made it thru mine ok. Spent some quality time alone, but did call some good friends, my Aunt, and my girlfriend. They were all happy to hear from me cause they worry..lol.

I made some kick-ass progress lately and i’m so psyched!

I recently got my 1st check from job #2 and promply went and finally got my laptop! YEAH!. Even got a wi-fi card FREE! And i was finally able to load my mp3 player. No more 5lb cd player..HA HA. I feel like i’m part of society again..now if i can just upgrade from my ol’ 19″ b&w tv…hmmmm

Anyway, had a lesson learned moment today. Went back to my favorite library and got the “gotta put a few dollars on your acct, you can’t rent these” speech. Sheesh. I am beginning to think they have a quota..:)

Well this time, i held on to my items, smiled politely and went upstairs to my secret “no questions asked” desk . This clerk promptly checked out my stuff with no problem.

Was almost a deja-vu moment, then the lesson kicked in. I was ready!

So- the question is- are you learning from your daily travels? Are you actually taking notes and making neccessary changes?

Life throws us lessons over and over again till we get it right. It can be frustrating till you let this fact sink in. How many times can you butt your head against the wall, you know?

When life throws a wall in front of you and you success, go over it! Around it! Get some spiritual dynamite and blow that sucka up! LoL. Just don’t let anything or anyone stop you. From finding financing for your start up or even just renting stuff, or finding work.

The answers are out there waiting for you. Act on the lessons given to you.

When you take positive action-you’ll always be rewarded.

 Now go out there and kick some a$$!

Give Thanks.

Posted November 21, 2007 by inspiredminds
Categories: Business, life, personal, poety, random, thoughts, writing

Ahhh, the holiday season is upon us yet again.

The time of year to once again stop, reflect and give thanks for what we have and what the year has brought us.

After my mom passed away years ago, i did not really celebrate thanksgiving (or any other holidays, for that matter) anymore. I felt alone and heavy with a sense of loss.

But upon reflection, and thru other trials and tribulations i have survived and feel better about this time of year.

In the cycle of life, there will always be loss.

But if you open your eyes and your heart, you will find plenty to give thanks for. I do.

I give thanks for being alive.

I give thanks for being healthy.

I give thanks for my family-who love me no matter what.

I give thanks for my friends who are always there for me.

I give thanks for having a job (actually 2 of them..lol).

I give thanks for having food and a roof over my head.

I give thanks for the goals i have set and accomplished.

I give thanks for all of you, who have looked at this blog and for all your positive energy!

This year, stop and give thanks for what you have.

You have more than you think.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Enjoy!

Winter…

Posted November 21, 2007 by inspiredminds
Categories: life, personal, poety, random, thoughts, Uncategorized, writing

Woke up @ 4:30am feeling dreary tired and cold. Not really feeling well, so i decided to take a day off from work. I went back to sleep and woke up at 3:15pm!

Guess i needed the rest.

I’m not a fan of cold weather & am planning to move to a warmer climate soon. I think i am one of those who get the “winter blues”.

I did some needed work around the house and ended up going thru my poetry book. I found one that seemed to be fitting for today…

WINTER  (tm©right Jan 2003 InspiredMinds/C.S.B)

Winters disdain for warmth reflects the hibernation of joy within me.

The shadows & darkness reflect the den of misery inside.

I sleep and escape only to wake and whisper to the coming day-

                                                   no joy…

                                                           no joy.

We all get down sometimes. I feel it is best to embrace it because there is a lesson in it. Then, let it go.

Put it on paper and then throw it away. Or call and tell a close friend. Maybe even just scream into a pillow.

The important thing is to just get it out.

I’m sure you’ll feel better.

Just remember your not alone.

A Pretty Good Day!

Posted November 19, 2007 by inspiredminds
Categories: life, personal, random, thoughts

Despite the wet cold weather today, my day went pretty smoothly.

I credit this to my new habit set, and it seems to be working.

1: I watched only 1 t.v. show and 1 movie last night(The Amazing race-and-Ravenous). I usually watch alot more.

2: I kept the phone conversation with my girlfriend to a min, so i got some decent sleep and was able to get up early to get to work without stress.

3: Got up early enough to get my breakfast casually without rushing.

4: Well rested and fed, i breezed thru my day unstressed and un-interrupted. Finishing 85% of what i needed done, i was able to leave on time and proud of the work i accomplished.

5: Went to the library on time to make my appointment,and was able to make an appointment for tomm-thus saving me stress of worrying if i would get a computer.

Except for the weather(which is out of my hands anyway), it was a great day.

By having a plan and sticking to it, i felt that i maximized my time and really got stuff done.

Premium planning+positive action=primo results! 🙂

Now get out there and kick some a$$!

Always have a Plan B.

Posted November 16, 2007 by inspiredminds
Categories: Business, life, personal, random, thoughts

Multiple Streams of Income.

Ask yourself, “Am i prepared in case i somehow lose my j.o.b.*? What about my spouse? “.

Life can get crazy when it comes to this issue.

Having lived thru my fare share of “oh sh*t-what now?” moments, i can speak to the need for some type of backup plan. A “plan B”, if you will.

Not too long ago, a local beef plant sold some “tainted” meat and had to conduct a recall. This hit the company hard, and corporate decided to close its doors.

Interviewing a woman as other employess came and went to say their goodbyes, she told of how she was worried about her health care. And that she now had to find a new job and start all over.

OUCH.

Many of us, myself included get stuck in our jobs. We get bogged down in the day to day hustle and get into our “comfort zone”.

But how comfortable is it, if you can lose your job at a moments notice-even if it is something out of your hands or had no control over?

Stories like these are popping up all over America. It is especially prudent nowadays to have a backup plan. Something. Anything.

It could be just having some savings in case of emergency. Or just keeping abreast of your job market for openings and opportunities.

I just recently got a 2nd job to help finance my current goals.  Here are some of the things i did to make it happen in a timely manner.

1: Always have your resume updated, and printed. You never know when a golden oppurtunity make arise. 10 copies is a good start.

2: Have your resume backed up on a disk, and stored in a safe place.

3: Have your interview clothes clean and pressed. It would be bad to get a quick interview,only to have to run to the cleaners and have them delay you.

4: Stay on top of your desired field. An ear to the ground type of thing. If they post for your dream job, will you be ready?

5: Have your interview skills up to par. Practice answering standard questions with a friend or relative.

6: Keep your resume language engaging. Be specific and honest. If you mangaged a staff of 100 employees, say so. Don’t just say you were a manager.

7: Have an Emergency Fund. This is priceless. Always have one. 1 month – 3 months savings for important expenses. Rent, housefood, carfare & utilities. 3 months is better. 6 months is best, but have something for that rainy day.

These are a good start. Keep these in minds as you search for your next job. Hopefully you are starting your own business, or creating some other income stream, but at least you won’t get caught in your bosses crosshairs unprepared.

Now get out there and kick some a$$!

 

*J.O.B. = Just over Broke. 🙂

Never take “NO” for an answer!

Posted November 13, 2007 by inspiredminds
Categories: Business, life, personal, random, thoughts

Scene: Checking out book and video from local library.

Players: Inspired Mind & Ms. Library clerk.

Inspired Mind: Hi, how are you?

 Library clerk: Fine.(takes my materials, scans my card and makes a face)                        

LC: You have an outstanding balance.

I M:  Yes, i know. (smiling because i am well under my limit)

LC: Well, you have to put something on your balance. You’ve had this balance for sometime now.

IM:  I’m under the limit. I come here everyday. (she knows this) What can i give you? .50 cents?

LC: 2 or 3 dollars..

IM: What?!

LC: Sir, if there is a problem, you can go talk to my supervisor (giving me that “i know she will back me up” look)

IM: Well, i don’t have that…

LC: (pulls my materials across desk so i can’t take them back) Well, sorry-you can’t rent these today.

IM: No?

LC: NO.

I walk away at this point, wanting to knock her teeth out..then i calm down, make my internet appointment and leave.

The next day…

I pick up the video and book off the shelf and walk over to another clerk i know-sitting right next to the same clerk from yest.

She smiles, scans my card, checks my stuff out-never even mentioning my balance-and wishes me a goodnight. I take my stuff and not so silently give yesterdays clerk the finger as i walk past <smile>.

THE LESSON: NEVER take NO for an answer.

Not until you have exhausted every option, and tried your best to obtain the materials or knowledge you need.

It is usually the ones with the least real power who seem to block our paths from time to time. Is it a power trip?  Are they on the rag* that day?

Or perhaps they are just not in the know of what could or should be done.

Don’t let that stop you. Go for yours. Exhaust all avenues, and walk away with you head held high knowing you did your best.

Now go out there and kick some a$$!

*Feel free to comment. It’s just an expression after all.  🙂 

Open Your Eyes

Posted November 7, 2007 by inspiredminds
Categories: life, personal, random, thoughts

It’s always a good idea to keep your mind & eyes open. With life going by so fast, we sometimes don’t see what is right in front of us.

Literally.

We overlook our family, friends and golden opportunities. We get caught up in the moment. But, instead of it being a moment of intention, purpose and focus, it is usually more like a moment of hectic chaos and worry.

We truly need to slow down sometimes & look around. Smell the flowers. Hug our children or even just re-affirm our faith or goals.

Try and take a moment today & notice things and people. Even if it’s just on a lunch break, or the commute home. Let your mind think of the good things in your life. And how you can make them better. Think of your family and how you enrich their lives by being true to your own.

And last but not least. Really keep your eyes open. I’ve literally found hundreds of dollars in my daily travels. Yes-hundreds. Just by keeping a keen eye on what was in front of me.

Something to think about. We sometimes really do have what we need-right in front of us.