It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times …

If you’re familiar with the classics, you’ll recognize this quote from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.  Sounds like this could be today, doesn’t it? 

So I ask you “which describes your situation best?”  Are you making today “the best of times” or are you complaining that these are “the worst of times”?  Are you  taking advantage of today’s economy or are you waiting for times to change so you can stay in your comfort zone and keep doing what you’ve been doing for years?  Now, I’m not criticizing … I’ve been there, too! 

If you’re waiting for the right person to come along to make you happy — or the right job that pays you what you think you’re worth – or the right political party to do whatever you want it to do – or the winter to end – or your inheritance to come due  …  it’s time to take a reality check.  These thoughts are immobilizing you.  You’re not moving forward, in fact, you’re moving backwards!  We don’t know what the future holds for us but I believe we must all live for today!  We can’t do anything about yesterday (except learn from it) and we can’t do anything about tomorrow because we don’t know what it will bring.  But we CAN do something about TODAY! 

So, I have a question for you:  Are you ready to take control of your personal and financial future and make good things happen for you and your family?  Are you ready to look at creating a second income – one that you can do from home, on a part time basis at first, and build it into your vision for your future? 

If so, I’d like to share some thoughts with you from Stephen R. Covey, someone who devoted his life to helping others realize their dreams.  He is famous for writing the bestseller “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”  In this book Covey proposes that you:

  1. Be proactive. You are responsible for your life – make things happen!
  2. Begin with the end in mind. Define and visualize your goals. You need to know where you are going so you can take the steps that guide you in the right direction.
  3. Put first things first. Focus on the tasks that will move you towards your personal and professional goals and eliminate time wasters.
  4. Think win-win. This is not “my way or the highway”!  Remember what Zig Ziglar said:  “You can have anything in the world that you want if you’ll just help enough people get what they want”!
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. We have been given two ears and one mouth … so listen more than you talk! Be an empathetic listener.
  6. Synergize. Ally yourself with accomplished people. The combination of unique talents will contribute to the success of the whole group.
  7. Sharpen the saw. You’ll become more effective if you take time to balance all four aspects of your life – physical, spiritual, mental and social/emotional. Sharpening the saw means doing this through exercise, faith, self-improvement, connection with family and friends and service to others.

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