Posts Tagged ‘business’

First Look Photo: Determination

September 12, 2018

Determination will get you through any journey.

Determination

First Look Photo: A Study in Contrast

March 21, 2018

I was photographing this section of Portland, where graffiti reigns.  After a couple of shots, I noticed a clean cut business man walking through the area.  This added an element of contrast to the cluttered art work.

Contrast

First Look Photo: Where Beer Flows like Wine

October 4, 2017

Today’s photo is of a place that seems mostly inactive until the sun goes down.  One side of the street is made up entirely of bars.

The Bar Street

Success Sunday: How You Do Anything

March 8, 2015

How You Do Anything

I was listening to a Secret Seminar on Audible, and T. Harv Eker was having the audience stand up.  Some of the people weren’t standing as fast, and he said something that now makes perfect sense to me.  “How you do anything is how you do everything.”

Since my last computer crashed, one of the ways I found to keep me entertained was to add pool on my IPhone, where I can play others online.  I would play 20 or more games in a sitting, and spend most of the time losing, fast.  I would get lucky on some games, but for the most part I would lose, then, a couple of days ago, I remembered that saying, “How you do anything is how you do everything.”  (I know I said it in the first paragraph, but it is worthy of repeating)  I started playing to win, not just to play, and I started winning more often.  The first day I played 10 games, and won 9.  Even when I lose, now, the games are much closer.

I know it may seem silly talking about online billiards when discussing success traits, but there is a lesson to be learned from this.  How I treated these simple games is how I’ve treated everything in my life.  I approach my goals with the attitude of trying to reach them without the effort needed to excel.  It was only when I applied a little effort, and focus that I saw the results I wanted.

In all my successes in the past, and there have been a few, I saw the same effort and focus.  It doesn’t have to be complicated, or strenuous, to bring you to success, but there does have to be effort, focus, and you may have to leave your comfort zone to see the desired results.

I could go on and on with this subject, but instead of boring you with the War and Peace of success, there are just a couple more things in line with “How you do anything is how you do everything” that should be mentioned.  You must be persistent when doing things towards your goal.  You are going to run into temporary defeat, often, but if you are persistent, you will learn from your mistakes, and ultimately reach your goals.

The last thing I should mention is to prioritize your goals.  Life is full of distractions (like my wife, lol) and when you let those distractions get the better of you, you will eventually lose interest in your goals.  Yes, there are bills to pay, and there are chores to perform, but you must make your goals a priority, if you are ever going to succeed.  When you give your dreams the time and attention they deserve, you will be happier, and they will pay off.

Photo Friday: Shadow Play

March 6, 2015

Today’s picture came courtesy of a sunset.  One of the biggest photo clichés is, of course, the sunset.  Everyone with a camera has hundreds of pictures, at least, of sunsets.  To be fair, no two sunsets are exactly the same (foregrounds, cloud formations)  all different.

In the case of today’s photo, I decided to show the beautiful effect the sunset was having on my surroundings, rather than the sun.  I still get the warm glow, and with the angle of the sun through my window, it created a perfect silhouette of the flowers on my entertainment center.

flowery shadow

Sometimes the sun is the only light source you will ever need.

Photo Friday: Can you tell the difference?

February 27, 2015

On today’s video, on my NaturallyPhotographic channel on YouTube,  I am talking about how good photographs come from the photographer, not the camera.

Digital Rev has a series of videos in which they give a professional photographer a really cheap camera, and have them take pictures with it.  The resulting photos are always good, proving that the photographer is the key to better pictures; not the camera.

When people come up with “bad” pictures, they try to justify it by saying, “Well, I do have a cheap camera.”  This leads many people to believe that when they see really good pictures, it must be a superior camera.

On this video, I showed four photographs I took.  Two were taken with an SLR camera, and the other two were taken with a point and shoot.  I asked people to leave it in the comments which is which.  I’m going to ask you to do the same.  Here are the photographs.

guitar man

unrelated twinshold

snowy winter

Here is the link to my latest video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xDCtc0iKHI&feature=youtu.be

2013 accomplishment recap

January 1, 2014

It’s that time of the year again; time to recap some of the highlights of 2013, and make a few plans for 2014.  Since this is my new year blog, I thought it appropriate to post it right at midnight (eastern time US) which is where I am.

In 2013, I had three primary accomplishments that coincidentally, (or not) fell in my three vacations.  In the first vacation I rediscovered my love, and ability, for drawing.  I bought the supplies, and went right to it.  It was great remembering my love for art, and it helped me develop my patience even more.

In my second vacation, I watched the movie The Secret, and started a major research project into success, leadership, and the law of attraction.  I believe this learning is just the tip of the iceberg, and I realize this may be an ongoing project for years to come; but I’m up to the challenge.

Of course this leads me up to my last vacation of the year, last October, where I learned it’s easier to start a business than I realized, and during that week, I started a business account, and a website, which I continue to try drawing business to.

These three accomplishments are the reason I’m calling 2013 “The year of learning”

I am dubbing 2014 “The year of action”.  Obviously I haven’t learned everything I need to in the area of success, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t start putting my current level of learning into action now.  No one ever got rich, or succeeded in helping others with their nose buried in a book, so I will start now in making plans, and putting them in action. Here are just a couple of my goals for 2014.  I have too many to put in this blog.

My first goal is to not only increase the amount of blogs I’m putting out, but I also plan to write a book on “self leadership”.  Next week, I’m going on my first vacation of the year, and I will be mapping out the chapters.

My second goal is to post a lot more videos to Youtube, and increase my subscribers to 100,000, at least.  This will be a part of my wish to leave my current job at Hannaford, and go full time in my passion.

My third goal for 2014 is to get back down to a healthy weight, and regain a physical strength that I used to have.  This is not a resolution, as I don’t believe in them, but a goal that I never give up on.

These are my 2014 goals, and even if I don’t succeed in these the way I think they will, I will never give up on them, and I will make it.

Thank you for your support in 2013.

Allen

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Believe in Your Dreams

October 21, 2013

Believe

When you first start working towards a purpose, or dream, your excitement level is up to a full ten, and you feel there is nothing that can stop you.  The next step, of course, is to write down those little goals that will move you in the direction of that dream, and you start daily affirmations, and visualizations.  You may even have a vision board set up where you can see it every day.  That only leaves many of us with one question.  “Why isn’t anything happening yet?”

I could say the reason for this is simple, but I would be lying.  On the outside, we are doing all the work from the dozens of seminars we’ve attended, the books we’ve read, and the audio programs we’ve listened to.  The problem is not coming from our work ethic, or any outside influence like the government, family, or aliens from the planet Ork.  The problem we are experiencing is coming from inside.

Whether we succeed, or not, has to do with our true beliefs about success.  Have you ever wondered why most people end up just like their parents when it comes to financial matters?  It has to do with what most experts call the “money blueprint.”  The money blueprint is made up of everything we heard, saw, and experienced around money that has lodged itself in our subconscious.  No matter what we tell ourselves on the outside, we will not become successful until we work on what we have stopping us on the inside.

 I know I’ve mentioned this, but I grew up in a house with six kids, and two adults.  My dad worked hard for a corporation, and my step mother ran a small day care out of our house.  To say we weren’t rich is an understatement.  We were living on the lower end of middle class; that is to say, the bills were paid, and we had a roof over our head.  All the lessons I learned centered on hard work, and just getting by; even if it was by the skin of my teeth.  While on the outside I know I have the potential for so much more, I have been living with the same inner beliefs that have stopped me from reaching the next level to my dreams.

If we wish to break free of our limiting beliefs, we need to reprogram our subconscious with a whole new set of instructions concerning money.  A good idea is to make a list of everything you were taught about money, (some will be positive, and some will be negative) giving yourself the time needed to think about it.  Don’t rush this; there is not a test on it in a week.  When you have finished this, determine what is negative, and write down the opposite.  At least twice a day, focus on the positive statements for more than 10 minutes.

  Here’s an example from my own life.  What I learned: I don’t always get what I want.  This statement is very limiting, and forces most into the belief that what I want isn’t worth pursuing because I probably won’t get it anyways.

The positive statement: I have anything I want, and more.   Instead of saying “I can have…” Say “I have”.  The reason for this is important.

 Part of achieving success is the belief that you already have the success you want.  Mark 11:24 says “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it is yours.”  By believing you already have what you want, you will be heightening your awareness to the opportunities present around you; all you have to do from there is act on them.

Since the negative beliefs have been with you your whole life, it won’t be easy changing them, but it can, and must be done if you want to see the fulfillment of all your dreams.

Allen

Thank you for reading this.  If you want to see any of the videos I’m posting on success, pleas check out my website www.jrnytosuccess.com and please visit the store if you would like any of the inspirational photos in these blogs.

Day 78: Change is Inevitable

March 12, 2012

Change is Inevitable

 

Industries fail

Technology is always new,

Change is inevitable

But without it

We can not grow.

Fight for it!!!

April 25, 2011

Let me ask you something.  Are you tired of being passed up for promotions; or are you part time, and just want to go full time?  The harsh reality is life isn’t always fair, and you always get what you deserve, but you have to look at what is within your power to change, and what isn’t.  In the case of those two questions, there are ways you can make them happen, but you are going to have to fight for it.

One of the things you can do is become versatile.  Be the first to volunteer if another department needs help.  You may not know what you are doing, but more than likely they will train you.  If you apply yourself, listen to what they say, and do the job well, you will be the first person they ask when they need help in the future.  This will have two very positive results.  First, you will learn something new, and that will add to your list of credentials that you might need for a promotion.  Second, it will show your supervisors that you are more than just reliable; but that you are also willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Another thing you can do is adhere to all attendance rules, and when possible, take advantage of opportunities.  What do I mean by attendance rules?    Punch in right at your scheduled time.  If you punch in too early, you may be wandering around looking for something to do, and that just doesn’t look good to any supervisor.  I usually stick to a five minute rule; never more than five minutes early, or late.  As far as breaks are concerned, never punch in early, EVER.  Try to keep your time exact, or if you can’t, try for within three minutes.  This really looks good.  If you can, don’t ever call out sick, unless you really.  Calling out too often will be looked at as indifference to your job, and any sign of indifference can cause your boss to say, “You are the weakest link; bye, bye.”

What I mean by “take advantage of opportunities”, is seize opportunities to show that you want the job, and are willing to do what they need.  If they offer overtime, take it. This will give them the help they need, and give you extra money on the paycheck.  It’s a win/win situation, and you always want to look for those.  If there is any opportunity you don’t want to take, it is the option of leaving early.  When a supervisor says, “Once all the work is done you can cut out early.”  Sometimes they are waiting to see who will stick it out.  Remember, just because you have finished your assigned tasks doesn’t mean there isn’t work that can still be done.  There is always work to do, and if not, you can be trained on something else.

The point is, be reliable, versatile, and seize opportunities when they arise.  This will let your supervisors know you are serious about the job, and are worthy of every chance they give you.

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