HANDLING ACCOUNTABILITY

Accepting Responsibility and Consequences

Accepting Responsibility and Consequences

In the professional ranks of the business world, much is said about accountability, but exactly what is it? God gave us all the necessary talents and gifts we need to make a worthwhile contribution to the world in which we live. What we do with those gifts are entirely up to us. We can choose to ignore them or pursue them. We should exert an effort to explore the opportunities and alternatives available to us; totally without fear. How else can we know for ourselves about anything? I wasn’t born liking the taste of apples. I had to bite into one, and enjoy the flavor before I could develop a taste for apples.

Only I, determine what I will do with the day that has been given me. Every day we should ask ourselves, “Am I doing the very best with what I have been given? Am I using my gifts; my talents well?  If not, am I willing to take the necessary actions to change?” One of the best ways of getting in touch with our inner thoughts is to share those thoughts with others. Doing so verbally allows for too many mistakes, and doesn’t always translate into what you really meant. By scripting out your thoughts you will give more attention to what you’re saying and how you say it. The internet has totally changed the way we communicate with each other. [Read more…]

Secrets of Discipline

When we think of discipline we normally think in terms of disciplining our children, or we reflect on times that our parents disciplined us. Discipline is almost always considered a consequence of a result from some action that has been taken. It seems that discipline is always considered a punishment.

THIS IS REAL DISCIPLINE

When we think of discipline we normally think in terms of disciplining our children, or we reflect on times that our parents disciplined us. Discipline is almost always considered a consequence of a result from some action that has been taken. It seems that discipline is always considered a punishment.

Many words have multiple meanings and uses, therefore the reader or listener determines their own perception. Hang with me for just a moment while we think about the words we use. That apple is green, when in fact, the apple is red and yellow in color and we use the word green to mean that it isn’t ripe yet. A Granny Smith apple is always green so how can we determine if it’s ripe when it doesn’t change colors. That’s simple; you bite into it and if it’s good you eat it and if not, you throw it away. We seldom say exactly what we mean; neither do we use the best word or phrase to express ourselves. Surely the weatherman doesn’t want to always sound negative but they do when they say “There is a 40% chance of rain today,” which is negative. Wouldn’t it be much more positive to say, “There is a 60% chance of no rain today?” [Read more…]

HANDLING ACCOUNTABILITY

Handling Accountability and Consequences

Handling Accountability and Consequences

In the professional ranks of the business world, much is said about accountability, but exactly what is it? God gave us all the necessary talents and gifts we need to make a worthwhile contribution to the world in which we live. What we do with those gifts are entirely up to us. We can choose to ignore them or pursue them. We should exert an effort to explore the opportunities and alternatives available to us; totally without fear. How else can we know for ourselves about anything? I wasn’t born liking the taste of apples. I had to bite into one, and enjoy the flavor before I could develop a taste for apples.

Only I, determine what I will do with the day that has been given me. Every day we should ask ourselves, “Am I doing the very best with what I have been given? Am I using my gifts; my talents well?  If not, am I willing to take the necessary actions to change?” One of the best ways of getting in touch with our inner thoughts is to share those thoughts with others. Doing so verbally allows for too many mistakes, and doesn’t always translate into what you really meant. By scripting out your thoughts you will give more attention to what you’re saying and how you say it. The internet has totally changed the way we communicate with each other. [Read more…]

You Can Have Anything You Want if You…..

It Is So Hard to Decide

It Is So Hard to Decide

I can personally guarantee that someone who read this, if not a lot of people who read it will totally disagree with this statement, “You can have anything you want if you want it bad enough.” Even if you disagree, the statement is accurate 99% of the time. We pretty much do what we want to do all the time. Some will say, “I don’t want to go to work but I have too.” No, we don’t have to go to work if we don’t want to. We do, however, have to accept the consequences that come from not working. If we elect not to work, then we won’t receive a pay check. It’s just that simple. Which do we want more? We are a people of choice in that we decide for ourselves our wants, our desires, and our needs. Life is filled with choices we have to make and each decision results in a consequence; whether good or bad. We simply must evaluate each situation prior to making a decision and determine which consequence is best, or most desirable to us.

One of the most common complaints that arises in my sales training classes are, “I didn’t do my assignment because I ran out of time.” My reply to them is, “Whose fault is that?” It certainly isn’t mine. Time management is a problem that every sales person has to work on every day. It’s like a cancer. If we don’t manage our time very closely, our time will be eaten up and we won’t accomplish the things that might be most important to us. [Read more…]

It’s Your Little Red Wagon…..You Have to Pull it!

Red Wagon

All Choices Have Consequences

If you are anywhere near my age you will have heard the phrase, “It’s your little red wagon, and you have to pull it.”  There’s another phrase used for the same meaning; “If you make your own bed, then you have to lie in it.” Both phrases are generally used to express that everyone must be accountable for their own actions. When I was growing up on the farm I heard these phrases a lot. I was always bringing home some type of strange animal that I wanted to keep for a pet. Mama would say when you have your own home, you can do whatever you want to, but I won’t have these animals in my home. Her statement had basically the same connotation as the other two phrases. I was a hand-full as a child. I didn’t get into bad trouble but I was constantly getting into mischief. I am so thankful for the lesson’s my parents taught me because I use them every day. [Read more…]

The Process for Listing your Home for Sale

Cluttered -vs- Appealing

Selling your home is a very simple process isn’t? You simple contact a real estate agent, tell them what you want for your home and they list it. Correct? No it’s not quite that simple even though you won’t have any trouble finding a Realtor® to list it for you. Buying and selling real estate is one of the largest financial decisions most people make during their life-time. Both are very legalistic processes.  Every action we take is based on own personal decision that we make which have consequences. Those consequences can be either good or bad. Since selling a home could affect you financially for years to come, we need to make sure all our decisions provide favorable consequences.  A few weeks ago I wrote about the process of buying real estate so today I want to address the process of selling a home.

 Selecting a Realtor

First and foremost select a Realtor® who has a good reputation, is honest, trustworthy, and has integrity. Another important character you should look for is someone who doesn’t tell you what you want to hear, but instead, tells you what you need to hear. After interviewing several Realtors®, select one that you feel you can openly communicate with and hire them to represent your best financial interests. This is generally done by entering into as agency agreement for that agent/broker/agency to represent you. If you don’t thoroughly understand the relationship, ask them to explain it until you do understand. [Read more…]