Archive for December, 2013

It is What You Make it.

December 24, 2013

“It is what it is.”  This is a phrase I’ve been hearing a lot lately, and it drives me nuts.  Now, before you ask, I’ll tell you why.  It is another way of saying that the situation is forced on you, and you have no control, and therefore bear no responsibility, for the outcome.  If you know what I’ve been seriously researching this year, and committing to learn, you’ll know that I don’t believe that, and if you’re serious about success neither will you.

I’m not saying that you can control the actions of others.  Here’s an example from work that illustrates this perfectly; one of my jobs is to sort the load onto metal boats, and wheeled out to the individual aisles.  In order to sort the load properly, we need a minimum of 26 boats, and that will reduce walking, and increase productivity.  During this time of the year, other departments take the boats we need leaving us with a severe shortage. If you say “it is what it is” you are resigning yourself to that fact, and you will end up frustrated in the end, because you won’t see any other options.

If, however, you say to yourself, “it is what I make it” you will no longer be so frustrated, because you will know that you control the outcome, and your mind will begin searching for solutions, instead of making excuses; and yes, there are always options.

In Jack Canfield’s book “The Success Principles” the first principle is, take 100% responsibility.  Every speaker I’ve listened to, and every book on success I’ve read says exactly the same thing.  You must take 100% responsibility for your life, and success.  If you don’t, you are giving control of your life to someone else, and you will have no say in it.

Situations will happen in our lives, and this is unavoidable, but how you respond emotionally is what gives it the power in your life.  Going back to the boat situation, let’s look at just the facts.  We need 26 boats to efficiently process the load, to make it easier for others to do their jobs.  Fact number 2, is we don’t have that number of boats available.  There it is, those are the plain and simple facts.  How we respond will determine how we remedy the situation.  Others will have different ways of looking at the situation than ourselves.

The only thing that matters, in the end, is that we find a solution, and get the job done; but you will never reach that point if you resign yourself to the situation by saying “it is what it is.”


Don’t forget to check out the motivational photographs on my website

That’s Not My Job!!!

December 18, 2013


That’s Not My Job!!!

Anyone who knows me knows that there are four words I never say at work; “That’s not my job.”  I have always believed that when you say that, what you are really saying is “I don’t respect you enough to help you accomplish your objective.”  Another thing you are telling your employer is that you are unwilling to become versatile, and that you are happy with the position you currently hold.  This leaves the question; does that mean that I don’t believe there is ever a time to use that?  The quick answer is “no”.

As with every rule, or guideline, there are exceptions.  I ended up learning this last week, at work.  For those who are new, let me first say that I work overnight stocking shelves at Hannaford.  It’s not a glamorous job, but it keeps the money coming in while I try to get my business going.  In the thirteen years I’ve been working there, I’ve done just about every job that a person at night can come up with.  This includes handling power outages, and being one of only two people left after the rest of the crew got caught doing drugs in the break room.

I’ve had a lot of supervisors in that time, and one of my policies has been to make one promise to each of them.  My promise to the last two supervisors was to maintain the stocking standards by correcting the problems I come across each night.  I made sure nothing was hanging out beyond the shelves, shelves were not stocked too high, and any damages I come across, I remove them.  I realize that this should be the job of every member of the nightcrew, but we’ve had a recent influx of new hires and they haven’t received proper training in maintaining the standards.

What this means for me is that my part of keeping the store in standards, and undamaged product has become an almost solo job, and it’s taking a toll on my performance.  Last week, it got so bad that I had to step back and, as hard as it was, tell myself that if the new supervisor is unwilling to maintain the store’s integrity, then it’s not my job to do it to the detriment of my own performance.

Of course, I will maintain the standards with my own job, and if I see damaged product, I will remove it, but I won’t try to seek it out.  I’ve already talked to the supervisor about training the new employees for this, which now makes it his job to act on that.

I have said all that to say this; “Is there a time to say it’s not my job?”  When it comes making your productivity suffer, the answer is YES!


Whether you are making goals, or resolutions for the new year, there is still time to order motivational photographs on my website.  They can be placed anywhere you need motivation.  I don’t include the frames because they usually break in transit.  The website is  just go to the store and see what inspires you.


Gift Idea

December 12, 2013

If you still don’t know what to give someone for Christmas, why not give the gift of motivation and photography.

I have just gone down on the price of my photographs for the holiday season.  The website is and I currently have 16 photographs to choose from.

Here is just a sample.


I hope to see you there.