We are wrapping up a record-setting month (September) and launching into another great month (October) as we prepare to just crush the fourth quarter. We owe it all to our great Ambassadors, people who are out there referring clients to us and speaking highly of us to others. We couldn't do it without them.
So my excuse is that I've been busy. :) But no excuses. There is no reason to miss a note to you for two weeks!
Luckily, in this case, no news is good news. You are still kicking and from all doctor appointments, healthy! Yeah! Keep up the good work in there.
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Today, let's talk about The Helix of LIFE. A Helix is a type of spiral. Everybody is made of DNA, the building blocks of life come in the shape of a double helix. To understand a helix, think of a Slinky (the toy). You start at one end and follow the Slinky and even though you are going in circles, you are still never going back to the tip, you are actually going to the other end. Look at the other end of the Slinky as Perfection and look at the starting point as Today. With all aspects of your life, you will start at Today. Today may mean a quality of poor, average, great, or even fantastic. Nevertheless, you are at Today.
The Helix of LIFE is how we step towards Success, Excellence, and Perfection in all that we do. Perfection is non-existent, but a vision to set our sights. LIFE is an acronym for Learning, Implementing, Failing, and Evaluating.
We first Learn what to do. Like walking for instance. You see others walking. You understand that you are supposed to be on two limbs and not four, like the dog. You get a coach (mom and/or dad) and the coach holds your hand. You Implement. You try to stand. You fall. You Fail. You rub your bottom and you Evaluate your results. Does the sore bum overcome the value of learning to walk? No. So you go through LIFE again.
Learn - last time it hurt your bottom to fall, don't want to take a step off-balance like that again.
Implement - take a step with Papa holding hands.
Fail - fall down again
Evaluate - Okay, this is definitely worth doing, but need to keep balance.
Finally, you walk.
1) First, you have to never stop learning. Ever. Less than 30% of adults read a book after college or high school. Most people get into a rut of getting up, going to work, doing the same duty over and over again, then going home, watching tv, eating dinner, going to bed. No learning takes place. A wise man once said that the Learners will inherit the earth while the learned are dealing with a world that no longer exists (paraphrasing and misquoting in words, but not meaning). Always continue to learn, to improve, and to strive for more.
Think of a spectrum, a line in front of you. Imagine a monkey on one end, to your left and a human on the other end, to your right. When you improve your brain and challenge your mind, you are becoming more human. Every day you rest on where you are, you take a step towards monkey. In your quest to become more human, keep challenging your brain.
2) Ideas are a dime a dozen, while implementation is priceless. Many read books, magazines, trade publications, and see others succeed, then never DO anything about it. That isn't necessarily "learning" per se, but it's a start. The next step is IMPLEMENTATION. DO something. Take ACTION. As Nike advertises, Just Do It! Put your fear, what-ifs, and excuses in a box over to the side called "So What" and make it happen.
3) Failing is part of LIFE. Failing is part of life. If you aren't failing, you aren't growing. When you attempt something, you'll never do it perfectly. Even if you just did it better than any human ever has on the planet, you will have room for improvement. Just realize and understand going in, that you aren't doing it to get it perfectly right from the beginning. You are doing it to improve. Failing is just part of the normal process.
4) Evaluate your results. Is spending time on this task worthwhile? Is it worth it to cold call businesses? Or is it a better use of time to do something else, like calling people you know to find out who they know that could use your services? Many people are becoming really good at things that aren't important. Take a step back to evaluate the task, your implementation, your improvement, and quite frankly, how this task aligns with your passions and life's goals. Is the reward for success worthy of your time and effort?
The Helix of LIFE will keep you in a state of continuous improvement. It mixes the humility of knowing that you aren't perfect with the confidence of being in control of your destiny. Eventually, your mistakes, your failures will be better than 99% of all your competitors' perfect days. And you'll be more human.
Learn, Implement, Fail, Evaluate (Repeat).
E (You, only better. :)
To Your Success,
Bay-Bee's Papa (Michael)