Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Jaden 2

We had a great party on Saturday. It was amazing with all the people over. There ended up being 9 kids running around and even more adults. Despite all the craziness I don't think anyone felt cramped during that.

Here's the shirt Erin and I got him, I love it.

Happy birthday to my little boy.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Marathon complete

It's amazing to look at our goals as we accomplish them. For me the marathon in many ways was a disappointment. I wanted to run it in a certain time and I didn't. But that's because I've put in 12 years of running. I've put in thousands of miles of training, I felt like I was ready, and still the distance beat me. Somewhat.

Sunday morning was cool, and started great. I stood in line with the other 4,000 or so runners, many of which had just left one of the 100 porta-johns lining the start line. At one point as the runners meandered up to the start line I was the absolute last runner in the race, when it came to the finish I ended up not far from that.

Disappointment aside though, I set out to achieve a goal. It was a great goal that was far beyond my abilities. Through lots of tough times and many things that sidetracked me from accomplishing it, the idea of the goal never left. In the end I couldn't allow myself to not accomplish it.

What things in your life are sitting left undone. Is someday maybe waiting for you to make it some day soon? For me that's what this year was for the marathon. It was time to take that dream goal and make it a reality. I am now a marathoner, and I can achieve any of my goals if I set my mind to it and act.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Don't quit

Don't, quit, never give up. These are phrases I'm constantly saying to myself. I love the Successories card for "Never Give Up" It says, "Go over, go around, or go through. But never give up."

Last night in my Dale Carnegie class a good friend was talking about some of her struggles and she had used a poem to help her through it. This poem with an unknown author was very inspiring and I wanted to share it with you.

Don't Quit
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh
When care is pressing you down a bit
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won, had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst that you musn't quit.

Here are a few additional quotes that are related.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison
"Impossibility—a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools."
Napolean Bonaparte

"Nothing is impossible, we just don't know how to do it yet."
Cudmore, L.L. Larison

"There aren't any great men. There are just great challenges that ordinary men like you and me are forced by circumstances to meet."
Halsey, William F.

"We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough."
Keller, Helen

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Good News Weekly

I think too many of us get so caught up in the things that we are always doing and the things that are still sitting on our plate in front of us, that we sometimes forget about the amazing things we have already accomplished.

I'm not a big fan of looking back on our failures, but we need to be able to stop and realize our own accomplishments and pat ourselves on the back.

Along with my GTD weekly review, I am going to implement a Good News Weekly, my very own magazine with a subscription of 1. I'm going to think about the accomplishments of the week, and write myself a little pick me up paragraph that summarizes those accomplishments and then I'll keep it somewhere that I can review at the end of the year. I think it will be interesting to see what I have accomplished and when I think about the goals that I am going to set out before me for the next year.

Do you take the time to think about your accomplishments? Do you take the time to congratulate yourself, or are you too busy focusing on the next thing? Maybe it's time to do something similar yourself.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The art of apologizing.

Ady has inherited her mothers ability to apologize and not at the same time.

The other day she ran to Erin and ran into her hard. As Erin was complaining about the hit Ady said "I'm sorry I was loving you mommy."

Erin is good at apologizing without apologizing by saying things like "I'm sorry you feel that way", without apologizing for what she actually did.

It's funny how Erin can get around apologizing when she's joking, but when it comes right down to it, she is a pretty good person. Erin knows how to apologize. When she's wrong she will stop immediately and apologize for what happened. It's a good lesson to learn from.

If you do something wrong, don't wait to apologize. The sooner it happens the more likely that it will be recognized as honest. Get it out there and be sincere about it.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

What would you do?

A friend of mine was hard at work at a factory in my hometown when he heard a loud crash. He looked up and could see that two trains had just had a head on collision. Without even thinking about it he left the line and ran to the accident to help people off of the trains. The factory is only a quarter mile or so from the accident and many of his co-workers went too. What would you do? When you see a train wreck will you run to help those in need?

How many times have we seen someone having trouble with something and commented that it's like a train wreck, I can't look away? Why? Aren't we the type of people that would help if there's a train wreck? Think back to those situations in your life, when someone needed help, when someone was in an accident. What could you have done?

I think we are all responsible for doing our best in all that we do, including helping others. Leaving a scene like that without the offer of help is dreadful. Remember that the next time a train wreck is staring you in the face. At the very least you'll feel better about looking back on the situation knowing that you did what you could to help.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Pirates look for new scapegoat.

For 15 years the Pittsburgh Pirates have lost. For 15 year they change managers without changing the system that is wrong. Albert Einstein said Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The Pirates have been and continue to do more of the same. They can complain that they are not a big market team, and do not have enough money all they want, it's just an excuse. The Pirates don't try to build a team. The last several big signings in Pittsburgh were Brian Giles and Jason Kendall, both of whom were traded the following season to get rid of their contracts.

In order to be a winning organization, that has to be the goal of the organization from top to bottom. From what I've seen that's not the case here. Pittsburgh is solely looking to make money. The more of it the better. A few years ago they had a payroll of only 32 million, at the same time they made 35 million from revenue sharing in the league. That means that without a single fan showing up they would have still had 3 million profit.

What the Pirates really need to do is to stop looking at the money and look at building a team. It won't happen in 2 years, it will probably take at least 5. They need to have good draft picks that develop well, and good rule 5 pickups that make the team. Then they need to pick up very serviceable free agents for a decent price. The Marlins have proven that you don't need to have players that were known as marquee players before starting on your team in order to win it all. It is possible to build an organization from the inside out. They need to resign themselves to losing for the next year or two more while those young prospects develop, and they need to pay them to keep them there when they do. They need to make sure to keep Jason Bay and Jack Wilson and find a hitting coach that can bring Adam LaRoche out of his hitting slump, he was great in Atlanta. At the very least they can be like Tampa Bay and be exciting while losing games while they continue to build their club from bottom to top.