Archive for May 2015

Inspiration for the month

inspiredI came across several quotes this month that have impacted my life and I wanted to share them with you. Hopefully one will inspire you this week.

Basketball player

I read about a young man who was in a small town on a basketball team and had learning deficiency. He had never scored a basketball goal in his life, whether at practice or at home. He got into a basketball game for the first time in his life, they gave him the ball, he runs down the court, flings it up and makes a basket in front of everyone. After the game he was being interviewed and he said “no dream is ever too big and no dreamer is ever too small.” For me, it reinforces the fact that you live every dream twice. Your dream exists first in your mind and second in reality.

Zig Ziglar

Another quote I came across was from Zig Ziglar, who said “you are free to choose but you are not free from the consequences of your choice.” This is interesting to me because if life we have endless choices and we tend to think that if the choice is there then it’s ours for the taking.  We jump to a conclusion and make the choice without thinking through the consequences.

Extraordinary

“One man’s ordinary is another man’s extraordinary.” This goes to say if you think it, say it. I’m really bad about holding my tongue because I don’t want to offend someone. What you think is ordinary might be extraordinary for another person. Something you say off the cuff could change someone’s entire way of thinking and change their life forever.

Four minute mile

Prior to 1954, running a four minute mile was a fantasy. Track athletes had always been told it wasn’t possible until John Landy and Roger Bannister broke the barrier. Today, the “four minute barrier” has been broken by many athletes and is now the standard of all male professional distance runners. It’s this story that reinforces the truth in the saying “don’t let someone else’s perception become your reality.”

Faith

Lastly, “faith is the oil that takes the friction out of living.”  I think this applies in so many different ways. It’s faith in God and it’s faith in the gifts that God has given me. Sticking to your faith will be the vehicle that will carry you through you the tough and challenging times. Keep fighting and you will be amazed at what your faith will do for you next.

I hope one of these five quotes has inspired you as much as they have inspired me. I’d love to know which one has impacted you the most.

What has your bandwidth?

notebook-paperDo you ever feel overwhelmed? Do you find yourself worrying about things you can’t control? If you feel like you’re at your maximum capacity, it might be time to evaluate your bandwidth.

Bandwidth is a like a sheet of lined notebook paper. When turned horizontally, you have vertical lines. When I’m mad at my wife I might occupy five of those lines. When I’m upset at work, I occupy another three lines. When my child is not doing well at school, there’s another five lines. All of a sudden I’ve taken this notebook paper that’s 11 inches long and I’ve now condensed it down to six inches.  That’s the bandwidth I have, I’m not operating a full capacity.

My bandwidth is only 11 inches long because that’s how big the paper is. I can’t stretch this piece of paper to make it longer. I have to work with the bandwidth I’ve been given. If I use 15% of my bandwidth on things that are going to distract me and serve no purpose, like worrying about things I can’t change or unknowns, it’s going to reduce my bandwidth further. If I eject that 15% I can focus on something else that’s going to add value to my life and allow me to operate at a larger capacity.

Those more I can expand and contract; expand and contract and focus on what really needs my attention, the better I can recognize when something is creeping back into my bandwidth and take care of it before it gets out of control. Then when I gain a percentage back it allows me to fill it with something else. The question then becomes what do I fill this 15% with? That’s when it gets really exciting because it creates opportunity and I can be fully present and operate at peak capacity.

What would you do with your time and energy if you could free up 15% of your bandwidth? Would you spend more time with family? Take up a new hobby? Find more success at work? Think about the ways your life could improve if you eliminate the unnecessary stresses in your life.