"Slow Down You Move to Fast"
Hello Everyone! What a great day!!
Imagine opening up my profile and seeing Ambassador Badge!
2 months ago, I was appalled at my high number WA ranking! I was so reconnected from the community, and this had to change! I made a commitment to participate every day, without fail, and kept that commitment to myself!
With a goal to get to the top 200 hundred, and I got into action!
2 weeks later I was in the top 200, and the number kept going down from there!
Now, I'm top 50 and Ambassador! This is a personal victory!
Discipline turned into Momentum, and it's still going strong!
Inertia- Friend or Foe!
When in my rut of inactivity, inertia was my foe!! Easier to sit and plan in my head, but that doesn't make for success!
By creating simple small tasks and actions, like reading WA blogs and commenting, welcoming new members, and reviewing basic training, little by little, the Momentum grew.
Inertia became my friend!
Baby steps got the Ball Rolling!
Growing up in Michigan, snow was hit-and-miss at times. I remember hoping for a snowy Christmas, but wouldn't bet on it!
When we did get that snow, it was game on!! Snow ball fights, turned into making snowman and snow angels!
My snowman started out with just a handful, we (it was always a group effort) packed in our hands, until it got too heavy!
Now it's time to roll each part! Little by little, one ball after another my snow masterpiece took shape!
Sure, this one's not that outstanding, but it is finished!
Why are people in such a hurry?
Perhaps, they are always playing catch up!
Perhaps, they have no plan!
Perhaps, they are running late, as usual!
Have you ever tried to just PAUSE, and think about the day ahead?
What's the cost?
"Haste makes Waste!"-Ben Franklin
Think about the commuter going to work.
5 Days a week, same route, but running late, again.
In and out of traffic, hurrying and putting others in jeopardy!
Bam! There's an accident and many others suffer the consquences.
Can we stop those crazed drivers? No!
We can however, plan for this in advance.
When teaching, the commute was 45 minutes, to school each day, and only one highway from home to my school.
I was late, but once, when an accident tied up my route for miles and hours. Actually, I wasn't late at all! I never did arrive that day!
PLANNING, allows us to anticipate possible problems that may arise, and to adjust accordingly.
Having to clock in by 7:30 am, I would arrive 6:45-7, depending on the traffic.
Leaving early allowed for less traffic, and less likelihood of the late folks, disrupting my daily sojourn.
"Slow and Steady, wins the race!"
Just a few minutes, to walk through my next day, the night before, helps to get me up on time, and have things at home go smoothly, first!
Family is fed, and gotten on their way, because clothes were ready! No looking around for books and socks, they are where they belong. Lunches made to night before, ...kids can learn to make these!!
Delegating responsibilities, gives everyone a job, and helps them take personal responsibility! ...and they start to grow up!
Little plans, like these, make for an easier start to the day!
How to adapt to change?
I very wise man, once said,
"The measure of one's intelligence, is his ability to adapt to change." Albert Einstein
Since Co-Vid hit, we have all had to deal with many changes!
Some adapted easier than others!
We were, collectively, forced to "Put on the Brakes!"
WE were in CRISIS!
What is a Crisis?
...a need to make a decision!
Are you living in "Crisis Mode"?
We make decisions all day long, but some folks live minute to minute, forcing many quick decisions! Some may be good, but some create major errors, and take much more time to correct, IF they can be corrected, at all!
Think, again, about our hurried driver.
When we want to make a turn, on a street, there are often stop signs!
Stop, Look and Listen,
BEFORE You Cross the Street!
When we practice this same principle, in our thinking, we make wiser decisions!
By stopping, one can ACCESS the situation.
We need to know the question, before the answer.
When we relax a bit, we allow our intuitive thinking to match with our factual thinking.
Creative mind, meets with logical mind
Ever heard someone say, "I'll sleep on it, before I give you an answer." ?
There's a good reason! By relaxing or sleeping on the situation or problem, answers will begin to appear that one never would have considered, at that moment!
Once, accessment has been made, one may decide that, they can proceed this way, or...Maybe they should do nothing at all, at the present!
Maybe, this is something out of your control at all, like Co-Vid!
When Co-Vid hit, we were resisticted from hospital visits. My boys Dad, was there and had been for 12 years, after a stroke left him with left hand and legs immobilized.
Our routine was Russ, picked him up every Sunday to bring him home! Football and cigarettes were simple pleasures, and visiting with family and friends tht would stop by.
This was a CRISIS! My son was devastated! His norm was shattered!
We could do nothing, at first but watch and listen for news.
Eventually, we had to take action!
Calling VA and finding some way to see him, eventually paid off!
He did pass away, as many of you know, last October 25th. It just occurred to me, that's just a couple of days away. INTUITIVE thinking!!
We were at peace and so was he, after we could be there at the end of his journey.
My son loves to throw stuff out there, and expects me to hop!
Sorry, I don't think nor act that way.
Change takes time!
Here at WA, we are all in our own personal race! It's a Marathon, not a Sprint!
Each person, who participates, wins!!
We cheer each other on, and lift others up, when they are down.
That's the race at WA!
Make some simple plans, and be willing to go slowly at first. Momentum will pick up, but we must first start!
Jay's tarining Marathon, has been wonderful incentive, to take another look at my site.
Pages the should be posts need correcting, and many other mistakes, corrected.
I was in a real hurry, when I started, 2017!! WA ADDICT with no sleep, running on empty, 'til I crashed. ...and an Ambassador!
Recovery took time, and all momentum was gone.
This time, slow and steady is winning! I'm not taking 2 steps forward, and 3 steps back, but making daily progress.
We have much to learn about how all this internet marketing works, and creating a firm basis of knowledge, is something time and work will provide.
Keep your vision alive, Do the next right thing, and "WA all will win!"
Sign off song...
"Feeling Groovey"- Simon and Grafunkel
"Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and Feeling Groovey"
With a song in my heart, I bid you all a pleasant farewell!
Ambassador, ...(title I"ll use just for tonight")