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International Try Something New Day

Have you ever gotten to Monday morning and you can't really remember anything you did over the weekend? You know you did stuff but nothing really stands out to you. Have you ever arrived and the end of the year and thought, "What made this year special?" Or does it seem like the years come and the years go and life pretty much moves along at a constant and comfortable speed? Well, I'm on a crusade to help people overcome their ruts. I never want anyone to get to the end of their life and say, "I wish I would have tried _____." or "I regret never doing _______." So we are starting "National Try Something New Day" which will occur every year on September 7th. I don't actually know how you start your own holiday but my guess is that it starts with a few people doing it and sharing the idea until eventually it gets big enough to be recognized. This is where it begins. With us. I'm not expecting it to rival Christmas, Thanksgiving, or even Flag Day but I am hoping that it will give people a reason to get out of their rut and experience something they have never done before. Life is about experiencing the good things the world has to offer. We only fail when we stop learning and growing.

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Motivated Monday! – Playing the Game

Monday MotivationIt’s Monday again! Let’s start the week off right with this poem from an unknown author about the game of life. This poem in particular talks about daring greatly and doing more than just talking, we have to start doing.

Remember to write down your goals for this week today. It is amazing how much more you can get done with written goals! Make your game plan and then get in the game!

Kris

Playing The Game
Author Unknown

Life is a game with a glorious prize,
If we can only play it right.

It is give and take, build and break,
And often it ends in a fight;

But he surely wins who honestly tries
(Regardless of wealth or fame),

He can never despair who plays it fair
How are you playing the game?… Read the rest!

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20 Reasons Why Intelligent People Fail

Intelligent Failure Woman

This is a really interesting list from Robert Sternberg’s book,

In Search of the Human Mind

1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.

2. Lack of impulse control. Habitual impulsiveness gets in the way of optimal performance. Some people do not bring their full intellectual resources to bear on a problem but go with the first solution that pops into their heads.

3. Lack of perserverance and perseveration. Some people give up too easily, while others are unable to stop even when the quest will clearly be fruitless.… Read the rest!

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Friday Dilemma #1 – The Tumor

friday tough-questions

This is the first in a new series I will call “The Friday Dilemma.” Every Friday I will post a thought provoking question or situation for you to think about going into the weekend. I would love to hear your responses!

Some of these will come from Chuck Klosterman’s game “Hypertheticals” which can be found HERE

So here goes #1. Remember to comment below, that’s the fun of it!

The Brain Tumor

friday dilemma_brain_tumorsYou have a brain tumor. Though there is no discomfort at the moment, this tumor will unquestionably kill you in six months. However, your life can (and will) be saved by an operation; the only downside is that there will be a brutal incision to your frontal lobe. After the surgery, you will be significantly less intelligent.… Read the rest!

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A Wish for Our New Graduates

graduation hats

To continue our Graduation Week posts, I wanted to share this wonderful short poem from Donald Kaag, a high school teacher from Moscow, Idaho. He shared it at a high school graduation in 2006, the year he was retiring. These were his final words to his students and I think they are applicable to all of us:

Seniors

I’d wish you a nice life

If I didn’t care about you so much…

What I wish for you is freezing cold graduate homeless-man

So you will appreciate warmth.

Real hunger

So food will taste wonderful when you get it.

Loneliness

So that when you find a true friend you will appreciate

The work and the difficulty of earning…and keeping…friendship.

graduates friends-fingersI wish you love

And loss

And love again…

That you find something so precious you would give your life for it,

And then the sense…the heart…to live for it.… Read the rest!

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7 Tips for High School Graduates

graduation-caps

     This week all around the country many teenagers will graduate high school. All the years of homework, minimum wage, and social anxiety will culminate in the wonderful event we call graduation. Many will consider it their move from adolescence into adulthood. Some will go on to college, some directly to careers. Some will enter the military or leave on a religious mission abroad. No matter what the future holds for you, young graduate, there are some tips that I would like you to know as you enter “the real world.”

#1 – Enjoy your time at home. These are your last days with your parents and siblings. Once you leave it will never be the same, even if you come back. You may be in a hurry to get out on your own and experience the “freedom” outside the walls of your home but, trust me, it is a whole lot more complicated than it sounds.… Read the rest!

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