Posts Tagged ‘initiative’

The Secret to Living Your Dream: Do It!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Emma Morano died the oldest woman in the world, at the age of 117. She was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Her secret to living to 117 was eating raw eggs and cookies. It is never too late to live out your lifelong dreams. Age, lack of talent, education, connections, or status are all self-limiting beliefs, which we use to talk ourselves out of taking the initiative to begin a lifelong project or goal!

 

Start Now

In my book, Ask for More, Chapter 2, “Start Here: Taking the Initiative,” I discuss the importance of taking the initiative to change the course of your life. When you take the initiative, you recognize the need to take action and are not satisfied with waiting for an opportunity to present itself to you. I encourage readers to start wherever they are in life and not to wait until something else happens that pushes them to take the initiative.

 

Don’t Wait for “If”

Many people tell themselves that they will get married when they buy a house. Many people say that they have a great idea for a small business that they want to start as soon as they get the required capital. Many people say that they will go back to school to finish their degree when the timing is right. Making one action contingent on another is a waste of time and energy. The time to take action is always now!

 

Take the Initiative

Research suggests that 95% of all people who make New Year’s resolutions break them by January 15. We make these resolutions because everyone is making them, so we are swept up in this wave of change. Since the calendar is changing, we feel that we have to change with it. For that matter, why don’t we make monthly resolutions? The calendar is changing, so, why not? Look for reasons to take initiative. Find ten things you would like to change about yourself and get to work. Look around your home; if there is clutter or unwanted items around, donate or sell them. If there are negative habits in your life that bring you down, replace them with positive ones.

Start Anywhere

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The root of the word initiative is ‘to initiate or bring into being.’ Whatever it is that you want to achieve, you have to begin at some point. In Chapter 2 of Ask for More, “Start Here: Taking the Initiative,” I discuss the importance of taking initiative at work and at home You have to take action toward your goal.

Break out of the Cubicle

When you take the initiative at work, you handle duties and responsibilities autonomously without the direction and tutelage of others. Taking the initiative means coming up with creative solutions to problems that arise, helping co-workers with projects by lending them your expertise, and volunteering your time with another department so you can learn new skills along the way.

Break Your Personal Patterns

In your personal life, taking the initiative means being the first to break an uncomfortable silence after a long disagreement with a partner or loved one. It means seeing someone in a café, a stranger with whom you could possibly spend the rest of your life, and starting a conversation. Taking the initiative means being the one to fix a damaged relationship or to know when it is time to let someone go.

Break the Mold

When it comes to your life-long dreams, taking the initiative means starting from where you are right now. If you want to get a star for acting on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, start by acting in high school, college, and local productions. If you want to run a marathon, start by running a few miles every day, for about a month, and build up your endurance. If you want a promotion at work, learn the duties and functions of the position you are after a year ahead of time and research the position completely. Work alongside the person who has the position you’re after and ask him or her to mentor you.

Taking the initiative means working with the skills that you currently have and building on them gradually until you reach your ultimate goals. Don’t be discouraged if you feel that you don’t have the right skills, background, or education. Use what you have and go for it!

What’s Your Number?

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

 

Number 42, Breaking Ground

On April 15, 2017, Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. It was on April 15, 1947, that Jackie Robinson wore #42 to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was Jackie Robinson’s major league debut. Robinson’s debut in the world of major league baseball was a huge, groundbreaking event for African-American civil rights in the United States. By putting on his new uniform and wearing #42, Jackie Robinson stepped into the world of responsibility, of standing up for himself in a game that had been traditionally played a certain way, namely without African-American players. He displayed singular acts of courage and faith to wear his uniform and bear the responsibility of changing the way we view professional athletes in general.

 

Number Beyond Measuring

Now, 70 years later, the world understands that professional athletes around the world bear the responsibility of performing to the top of their individual games and setting a higher standard for the young people who admire them, the fans who come to their games to support them, and the consumers who demonstrate belief in them by purchasing the products they endorse.

We all love a hero. We love an athlete who takes the spotlight after months and years of grueling training and self-denial. We admire the talent, exuberance, and sheer force of will that they display in their respective sports. To name just a few, this includes players like Julius Erving, #6 for the Philadelphia 76ers, Michael Jordan, #23 for the Chicago Bulls, and Tom Brady, #12 for the New England Patriots.

 

Putting Number One First

In my book, Ask for More, I ask readers to ask for more responsibility in their lives and in their careers. Ask for the raise. Ask for the promotion. Ask for the business that you always dreamed about. By asking for more, we are asking for more of ourselves. We are looking for the #42 in ourselves; we are looking for the courage to face our dreams and not settle for a mediocre life.

We should ask for the larger vision, the bigger dream, for ourselves and our families. By asking for more, we are raising our standards and using our faith to believe in ourselves, trust our instincts, and find our inner hero. Ask for more today, and reap the benefits in your life tomorrow.

The Uniforms We Wear and the Responsibilities We Bear

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

 

What Sets Us Apart

When I was in elementary school, I was enrolled in a private, Jewish school. The students were all assigned uniforms. The boys were required to wear gray slacks and powder-blue shirts, while the girls were required to wear powder-blue shirts and navy-blue tunics. While public opinion on the importance of uniforms in schools has changed over the years, as a teacher, I believe that students’ uniforms may actually affect their mindsets. The wearing of the uniform allows one to bear the responsibility that it carries. Since we all wore the same uniform, what set us apart was how we performed in the classroom.

 

What a Uniform Stands For

This is why it is so important to wear a clean suit to a job interview. By stepping into our uniforms, we are stepping into our roles and responsibilities every day. Whatever your uniform, wear it proudly and accept the responsibilities that it represents.

In my book, Ask for More, I present the uniforms we wear every day in our lives to represent the responsibility they carry for us. Police officers wear their uniforms to set them apart from the civilian public and show civilians that it is their responsibility to serve and protect the public. Workers in retail stores wear uniforms in order to show the public that they are prepared to offer them service while such uniforms also indicate rank and file in the company.

 

Choose to Change

By accepting the responsibility of wearing the uniform, you are stepping into the world of choice. You act autonomously in your life without the authorization of others. You accept the consequences of your actions. Just as I have changed uniforms several times throughout my careers, it is never too late to change what you are doing and take on a new responsibility.

By changing your uniform and accepting new responsibilities, you will unleash your real potential. By stepping into responsibilities, you will notice how your true talents shine through and you will wonder why you never asked for these responsibilities years ago. Ask for More of yourself and you will be able to get more for yourself and your family! Ask for More today!

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