Is it spring already

This morning in Starbucks, as I diligently worked on a client project, I saw the following:

A young lady in bright orange pants – bell bottoms from the 70’s

A mature lady with a black hat, bright yellow top, white pants and strap sandals with clear crystal heals.

A lady in a flowing black & white dress, looks like she just had her hair all “done up” with a flower stuck in her bangs.

Lots of men in short sleeve shirts, some bright in nature.  Shirt colors like bright orange, glowing green and at least one fabulous purple.

A lady in all white with bright red toenails, 6″ high strapped heals and a bright green purse.

Lots of guys in sandals and short.

Another guy in a purple shirt and shorts.

A lady in all yellow – BRIGHT Yellow and a pink scarf.

A few more turquoise and bright orange shirts.

Lots of bright pink, green and even some flowery shirts & pants.

A few people in bright blue and lots more sandals and bright colored flip flops.

WOW Dude – That Orange is BLINDING!

I think this area of the world thinks it’s Spring. I better break out my spring wardrobe.

I hope I still have that silk flowery shirt.

I do to – I love SPRING!

Writer note – I captured these images from 6:45AM – 7:45am. What bright clothes do you see today?

 

 

The job still needs to be done


This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Be the somebody who does something.

 

The author is unknown to me

A different perspective

Give a Man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day

Teach a Man to fish and he’ll eat for his lifetime

Build a Man a fire and he’ll be warm for a day

Set a Man on fire and he’ll be warm for his lifetime

This morphed parable was created by an individual who really does not like people. Can you tell.

He pulls up his Pants like the rest of us

Every day he awakens and drags himself out of the bed. He heads into the bathroom and fires up the shower as one of the many steps of his morning ritual.

He shaves, brushes his hair and his teeth and considers whether or not his ear hairs need trimming.  This morning he opts to leave them alone. He pulls his suit pants and a bright white shirt off their hangers.

He heads out of the bedroom gives his wife and kids a kiss good bye and heads off to the garage with his coffee, car keys and backpack.

Off to work he goes, just like hundreds of thousands of us in North Carolina every day.

Does any of this sound unusual? Not really.  In some way or another we all do nearly the same thing every morning. We all put our pants on the same way.

Yet, many of us forget this once we get to work. I too used to suffer from the disease I call C-Phobia or Exec-Paranoia.

This is the not so uncommon fear of calling on the CEOs, CFOs, Executive VPs, Division Managers, CIOs and many other influential business men (& women). Lots of people would rather go to the dentist and get a root canal done.

These diseases stem from the inappropriate statements we here every day. Stuff like:

“He’s the big man, don’t bother him”
“You’re a peon and are not supposed to talk to Mr Big Britches. Better not knock on his door or call him.”
“He is far too busy to talk to you”
Etc.

Add your own statement here – Why did you fear calling on these people?

For the most part, these statements are not true. I don’t want to mis lead you. There are a lot of Mr Big Britches out there who for no real reason think they are better than the rest of us. This is unfortunate and shameful.

Most men (& women) put their pants on the same way the rest of us do.

Yeah, they have a important job and maybe a fancy-dan title, but they are people like the rest of us and their needs are very similar to the rest of us:

  • They want to have open and honest conversations about business & life
  • They don’t want to be sold or taken advantage of
  • They don’t want to be told what their problems are, they want to figure it out themselves (likely with help when they ask for it)
  • They want to discover good solutions to their personal and business problems
  • They want access to people with ideas who can improve their business, team, revenue and families
  • They want to know good people who they could consider adding to their team
  • They want business ideas and opportunities that can create value for their organizations and clients
  • They want to know what is going on around town, state & world that can have a positive (or negative) effect on their business & life
  • They want to capture knowledge that can help their team and business.
  • They event want to hear a good joke (at the appropriate time)
  • They want the same things the rest of us want

Knowing that these folks are busy and that they have the same needs as everyone else in business, how do we get over our C-Phobia or Exec-Paranoia?

  • Keep the points above in mind when we call, email or walk up to these good people.
  • Don’t waste their time trying to sell them. Spend time getting to know them and what is really important to them.
  • Be respectful, honest, transparent and willing to help them where we can and they want help. When we help a C-Level executive he will want to help us in return.

They put their pants just like the rest of us. They’re busy and have hectic lives but still need the same stuff we do.

What else do you need to know in order to call or walk up to him (or her) and say, “Hello”?

Does this help – picture his bare white legs and black socks. Can you see him pulling his suit pants up, tucking in his shirt and putting on his belt?  He puts his pants on the same way the rest of us do. Really.

 

Thanks to Nick D for reminding me of this point today.

Why I’m unbelievably Fantastic every day

My Positive Attitude

This guy nailed it for me.

Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.

It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home a relationship.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

TLB – So I play off My Positive Attitude

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our Attitudes.

Thanks to my good friend Charles R. Swindoll, American Writer & Clergyman, (b.1934) for sharing this with me.

In order to maintain my positive attitude every day, I wake up and say this to myself every morning, “I am unbelievably fantastic, hovering near ecstasy. Right now it’s not chemically induced.”

I have My Positive Attitude statement do you have yours?

Come up with your own positive statement for the mornings and say it to yourself every day.

How are you doing today?

I asked a friend this morning how she was doing.

She replied, “I am unbelievably fantastic”, with an attitude in her voice that told me she was being honest about how she wants the day to go.

Of course, I jokingly responded with, “Good to see you put drugs in your oatmeal this morning.”

But honestly a part of me wondered, am I rubbing off on others? Or was she just saying what I say every day, before I got the chance to say it.

Either way – I am glad she is doing unbelievably fantastic.

We all need to be, despite the stuff.