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What I am learning?

 

This week I read some talks that I have read before and to like the messages they portray.  Each week is different in the topics that we relate to and what they really mean.  One of my favorites is talk by Elder Bednar called A Disciple Learning center.  In this talk he is talking about the MTC.  The MTC stands for Missionary Training Center and that it is a place of learning.  He talks about the 17 training centers around the world and compares them to BYU- Idaho.  I really enjoyed this talk the first time about 4 years ago.  What I like about it is that BYU- Idaho is an intense training for a short time, there is a temple next to it.  There are standards that we as students must live by and we are expected to honor them.  I feel it is a higher standard that we must live up to, but it is also what helps us continue to grow.  I think as I incorporate it into my business, it is the way I conduct business.  I follow what I am learning and try to live by a higher standard in all I do.  I also try to do the best I can and give the time and attention to my clients that they need.

Message to Garcia is a training on being a good employee and finding the best person to take care of the jobs.  These are people who have the courage to make a difference.   There are several steps, but what impressed me the most was being the kind of person who always got things done. That’s the kind of business I want.  I want to help where I am needed.  Give detailed information where I need to and if I can’t help them, refer them to someone who can.

In Leadership with a small L by Kim B. Clark – One of the things that impressed me was to be the chief, but to also be the servant.  He was referring to Jesus Christ and how he as the greatest of all men on earth, but did not act like he was.  He lead by example, with vision and with love.  That is the kind of business owner we need to be.  As we love our clients we do the best we can for them.

Good to great was another business excerpt I read this week and there are 6 key concepts  3 are for the build up and three for the breakthrough.  It takes time to build anything up and we have to keep working at it.   Three elements were also shared about people.  1.  Disciplined People- getting the right people and keeping them. 2. Disciplined Thoughts- be brutally honest about the facts and avoid the temptation of getting side tracked.  3 Disciplined Action- what is important to achieve and what isn’t.  I liked those three concepts because they are actions.  We find the best people in our businesses to get things done, stay focused and move forward to accomplish all that we need to.  I think that is the way it is in life.  I have to move forward, not just in business but my personal life as well.  There are many things that I push for and try to achieve.  I am working on changing, growing and moving forward.  Those are my goals and they all work together with learning and doing all that I can to improve.

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Perfection is a long road of trial and error

I found a couple of quotes on Facebook which I have listed below.  I love the positive message they teach me which helps me learn and grow. As I mentioned before in one of my blog posts, I enjoy writing and there are times that I am just dying to write and can’t wait to get it all down as I express my thoughts.  This mention of writing has a lot to do with these quotes and the post below.

President Russell M. Nelson  “Perfection comes not in this life, but in the next life. Don’t demand things that are unreasonable. But demand of yourself improvement. As you let the Lord help you through that, He will make the difference.

That which we persist in doing becomes easy to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our power to do so has increased. Heber J Grant.

My thoughts pertaining to perfection are that I will never be perfect in this life, but I have goals and dreams I want to accomplish and I have to work at them little by little.  Every time I look at a big project, I wonder how I will ever get it done.  My brother often reminds me  you don’t have to eat the elephant all at once, just “one bite at a time”.  This is true.  I have to say, I have never accomplished something the first time around.  It takes practice and patience.

As I look back as some of the things I have accomplished and have yet to accomplish, I see lots of growth.  As a college student, I am doing better in school than I ever did.  I have a desire to be there, and I am learning, growing and improving in the things I do.  I also look at life and some of my other desires.  I mentioned “writing” a couple of paragraphs back which is also one of them.  I used to pour out my thoughts in my journals while listening to music and then I stopped.  I wanted to write, but the classes I took, told me I was a terrible writer.  So I quit for a long time.  Years later, with some positive thoughts of doing and accomplishing, I took another writing class.  What I learned is that many are born with certain talents, but most of us have to work at it.  As we work at it,  often times we enjoy it much longer than those who do not have to work at it.

From then on, my goal was to continue writing.  So I do.  One of the places that I write often is a journal where I write what is important to me.   I went to a fireside- its a meeting  where  people go to hear a message (like a Ted Talk). So a few years ago I went to this meeting and the  woman who spoke made quite an impression on me, she talked about PJ’S- Prayer, Journal and Scripture study.  It has made a difference in my life as I pray,  write , read and study my scriptures.

 

In this road of perfection, often we get discouraged and want to quit.  I have been there more than once.   One of the ways I do this  is by prayer, scripture study and trying to do the best I can and when I involve God in all that I do, things go better in my life.  I make it through the week with his help.

Just a word of advice; not everyone is going to like your writing style, but that doesn’t mean you are doing it wrong.  Learn the rules and then go, write, do and become better at something you always dreamed of doing.  Not just in writing, but in anything you do.  I see the progress I have made in so much and I am pleased, but I know there is much more I can do.  So I will keep working at it everyday.

Life is not easy and we deal with so much that is really hard, but we aren’t the only ones suffer and deal with hard things.   Jesus Christ suffered so much more than we do and it wasn’t even his problems or sins, it was ours!  He did it to save us and give us a way back to Him.

So on your path to perfection, one last thought from Elder Jeffrey R Holland.  “Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.”

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To thine own self be true….

To thine own self be true.  This is a quote by William Shakespeare, but it is written in a talk by President Gordon B. Hinckley in a message to young women called” Stand true and faithful”  I really liked this talk because at the mention of “to thine own self be true” it reminded me of a time when I went on a trip out of the country with a friend.    This friend and I shared a lot of things, but not our values.  I felt my times that I had to stand of for who I was and it really wasn’t easy.  I found a magnet that said these very words and I bought it.  It was the one thing that meant the most to me out of everything I bought on vacation.  Simply because, I had stood up for myself many times.   President Hinckley reminds us to be honest and have integrity and to get a good education.  He says that at this time in our lives “women have never had as many opportunities as we do now. ” We never know if we will need that education or what our lives will become without it and it is a good thing to fall back on if we need it.

We also read a section from Steven R. Covey’s 7 habits of Highly effective people.  He reminds us that being effective people get things done and they are proactive. Each step has mini steps beneath us to compliment those steps.  The seven habits are: 1. Be proactive, 2. Begin with the end in mind 3. First things first 4. Think win win 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood 6. Synergize 7. Sharpen the saw .  All of these steps can be used in our lives and in our businesses.

One of the most meaningful steps  I found had to do with Step 3 – First things first because it is how we deal everyday with our spouses, our friends, our family and our customers.  Steven Covey refers to this as an emotional bank account of interdependence and  says “if we are out of money things can be very tense.”  I like what he says about each of these steps that lead us to victories in life.  They teach us how important it is to be kind and to treat others as we would like to be treated.  In fact his supporting idea to this victory is “The most important ingredient we can contribute to any relationship is not what we say or do, but what we are”  I really like that because we have to be true to ourselves.  We can’t be fake or people will know it.  It all comes back to President Hinckley’s talk on Stand True.    Who we are comes from our very core and we show that do others in how we treat them.

In watching a video by Guy Kawasaki – he talked about being a college student and how it was one of the best times and  he said he “should have taken light loads and lived on his parents as long as possible”.  What he meant was that often we are so ready to get out there and be the adult we push ourselves so hard to get out an make  money and “it isn’t all that it is cracked up to be.”  With it comes lots of responsibility and as he looks back now, he wishes that all he had to think about was his midterms or what schools to go to.

What I learn from Guy Kawasaki is he is right.  “Money isn’t all that it is cracked up to be”  It is a lot of responsibilities and as a college student now,  my life is full of lots of responsibility.   I don’t rely on my parents to pay by schooling and my classes are not the only thing I have to worry about.  I have a home, a job and a business  and family and friends with many hats that I exchange in all that I do.  Life is busy for all of us.  If you are young and only have schooling to worry about.  Enjoy it and don’t wish your life away so soon because adulthood comes fast enough with all we have to worry and deal with.

What do you know about me?

What do you know about me?   Do you know that I have words that want to be spoken?  Do you know that I have thoughts that bubble and desire to be written?  There are times when those thoughts cannot be denied and I cannot wait to get them down on as soon as possible.  Sometimes it takes hours and other times only a few minutes to get them all down.

Do you know I have a voice that wants to be heard?  I think there are many things that we don’t know about others.  We may have grown up together or hang out often together, but do we really see and know all there is about them?  I have siblings and I can honestly say, I don’t know everything thing about their lives.  I even marvel at some of the things they have experienced and how it has affected them, by making them who they are today.  Their strength comes from the things they have experienced.

I see those experiences in my own life too and how they have taught me so much and given me so much growth.  That growth, helps me work at who I want to be and what I desire to be.   Those who know me personally know the kinds of things I share regularly on Facebook on my personal site.  There are things that inspire and help me to think positively.  They are things like quotes and recipes and inspiration thoughts.

I have alluded to it a few times here on this page about faith and Divine Guidance in my life.  Let’s face it, it is so much a part of my life and there will be moments that I will share about that faith.  It is who I am and I need it so much in my life.

Do you know I have a testimony of Jesus Christ?  I know He lives and I know He loves me.  I know and experience His love for me daily.  I am not perfect, nor will I ever be.  But knowing that helps me turn to the only perfect one who has walked this earth.

This page is about things I learn and about who I am and who I am becoming. I may be sharing funny things or heartfelt things or even things that I just want to write about in my life.  I am not always witty, but those that know me very well find my humor when others do not.  You see, it has taken me awhile to find my voice, but one of the things that has made so much difference is knowing I am loved.  So I share this with you today to really think about who we are and what we have to offer to others.  We have so much to share with others.

Life’s little errands…

There is always so much going on in all of our lives.  Errands.  We all have them.  Issues with our homes, our lives, family etc.  Well I’m no exception to all that.  I always have things I need to get taken care of and I’m sure you do too.

So far — here it is June and life has been really hard this year.  I am constantly pushing myself to be better and have come across many trials, but I have to say there have been blessings to those as well.  Life is hard, but those hardships really help us grow.  This is not something we all like to admit.

Last month, I felt like I was drowning with family issues, school and completing a program  at an elementary school where I also work.  Lets face it, life is busy.  I know I am not the only one who has a busy life.  Someone I know is always telling me ” my time is as valuable as yours”.  The thing this person doesn’t realize it I know how busy my life is, so I am assuming their life is just as busy.  Those three weeks where I felt like I was drowning and yet I still managed to get everything done; I know that wasn’t me.  I know there was divine guidance helping me along the way.  I felt it.  And I know we are watched over and cared for.  And I am so grateful for it.

So last week I posted about a couple of books I read for my class.  Well yesterday I read another book.  It was so good that I have to share.  A friend lent it to me and I picked it up after church and read until I finished it.  I even ordered me a copy today.  I want to underline in it and mark my favorite passages and the things it taught me.  I love books that teach truth.  And what I felt when I read this book is hard to put into words, but it made me happy and I wanted to share.

The book is called The Message by Lance Richardson.  He had a death experience and came back and shared his experiences with us.  One of the things he shared about is serving and helping others.  I really think that is what life is all about.  How can we help people?  There are lots of things we have been taught to do like taking dinner to someone, helping them with yard work etc.  Even smiling at someone is a service.  What are things that you can do to help and serve others?

There are lots of services that we have to pay for.  We pay to use the service of companies that help us.  It is part of life and we need those services.  We recognize how valuable those services become to us when we need them.  For example, cell phone service.  Can you even imagine not having a phone?  What would we do with out them?  There are so many things on our phones that have been replaced by just that phone and the service it offers us.  Years ago, we had to pack a camera, a day planner, a phone, a radio, an alarm clock, a flash light, a calculator, a notepad, a checkbook, money, drivers license etc.

Wow! if I carried all those things, I’d need a suitcase and not my little purse.  But we did it and look how much more simple it is now without all those things.  About 10 years ago, I bought a really nice camera for a vacation I was going on. I know I used it for a couple of years, just replacing the memory disk after each vacation.  I still have it, but  I don’t use it and I wonder when I quit using it?  I  usually use the camera on my phone,  Its just easier and I don’t have to pack so much around.   OK so I got off there just a little bit.  My point is that we need services and there are values in them.

So what kinds of services can we offer to people to help them that really come from our heart?  What extra things do you do?  I know that sharing some of these things makes us feel like we are patting ourselves on our backs, but I think it is important to acknowledge the good we do to help others.  Even in you just share them with your families.  You are doing something that helps others and bringing joy to someone’s life.

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Errand. Girl Posts

I realize as I  check this, that some of the posts are boring…. I do realize it.  However, the love of writing isn’t always pleasant nor is the joy of reading.  I love to read, but often what I read and have read in the last few years has been text books.  I do add a novel or some children’s literature in sometimes, but it isn’t often.  Some of the books I’ve read for school have been great.  In fact I loved The Ministry of Business by Steve Hitz and James Ritchie.  It is an excellent book.  But while I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved many of the concepts, I still struggled to read it as quickly as I was to read it.  What helped me get through it was that I enjoyed it and I could sometimes read while at work.

Another book I read is called Mastery: The keys to success and long-term fulfillment.   The author is George Leonard.  However, this book is a quick and easy read.  It has three parts to it.  I read the first two parts of it on a flight to Missouri and the last 1/3 on the way back home.  I did do some underlining, but i also didn’t absolutely love the book.  It has some good concepts and I had some great thoughts from it, but I didn’t love it.  Nothing really jumped out at me as really important at least in the first read through.  Since I had to write a book report on it,  I did learn much more from it and it taught me more about life and a business.  Nothing in life is ever going  to be easy as we all think.  We have trials and hard days.  We even complain about them and think that we are just being picked on, but really those are the moments we are learning and growing.

And as the author says, we have to learn to love those moments.  So what are some of the moments where you feel you are not progressing?  Think about them and then ask yourself, ” what do I need to learn from all this?  And then before we do too much reacting, wait and practice and see what happens.  There are times where I don’t react negatively , where I wait and have faith that all will be OK and you know it is.  Sometimes, there is a delay for a good reason on the other side of the problem.

But there are other times, when I do react and waste a lot of energy.  Hey I’m not perfect yet!  But I do work on being a better person daily.  I have seen changes in myself and I like the person I am becoming.

Well those are some deep thoughts for the day.  I hope you all have some time to ponder and learn from who you are.  I wish I had some witty thing to say at the end as most bloggers do, but I don’t at this point.  So until next time…

Errand.Girl

Errands

What do you consider to be the most important errand? What are things that you need done? I think errands have changed a lot. There can be many things someone would need to have done. Be creative, thing of what you need done.

Self Mastery

There are many things we learn over and over in life that sometimes we have learned in the past.  It’s a good reminder to us that every individual is different and the businesses they build are different too.  Some people never go to business school, but have successful businesses.  One of the people named in the article “How entrepreneur’s craft strategies that work.”  By Amar Bhide is Bill Gates as having never gone to school.  Another thing mentioned is that in  an “interview of 100 companies in 1989  to see who had a business plan.  41 % had a business plan, 26% had a small scribbling on a piece of paper, 5 % worked up financial projections and only 28% wrote up a full business plan.”

When I first started my business, I wanted help and one of the person’s I asked wouldn’t help without a business plan.  At that point in my business, I had no idea what a business plan was, how to do one and whether I needed one or not.  I have heard that in order to get a loan, you have to have a business plan written to start your business.   I didn’t have a business plan written until about a year into it and I don’t know how formal it even is.  In reading this article many successful businesses don’t have a business plan.  Everyone does things differently and what works for one, wi

Another article I read is called “Success is gauged by self-Mastery” by N. Eldon Tanner, he states “there are two Elements to self- Mastery. “To be a great man you must start while you are young being a good boy.  You must also apply self-control or self- mastery in accomplishing things.  I think that many of us want to be better at the person we are and we work at being the best we can.  I know for me, I am constantly working at changing and overcoming.  I wonder too, at times if I am too focused on some and not enough focused on others.

One of the books I am reading is called Mastery, It is about the “key to success and long-term fulfillment” by George Leonard.  One of the jokes used in the book is about Practice, The joke is as follows, when asked how you do get to Carnegie hall – the answer is practice.  It seems to be true with anything we do in life, in order to be proficient in something we must practice.  As we work toward anything in business we have to work at it.  We all know what we have to work on and how it will help us grow.  I have never learned anything the first time.  It usually takes me multiple tries over and over as I look for the right procedure to make anything grow. What works for some, won’t work for me.  I must and will find my own way to make it work.

Something else is what we learn and experience every day.  I think as we go through life and our experiences we are learning.  We learn from everything we do, read and what works for us.  Do we accomplish everything all at once?  No.  It really takes time in all we do.  As I look forward, I know I will be learning many things that will be a part of my business and how I run it.

References

Bhide, A. (n.d.). How Entrepreneurs Craft strategies that work. Harvard Business Review, 150-161.

Leonard, G. (1991). Mastery: The keys to success and long-term fulfillment. penguin group.

Tanner, N. E. (1975). Success is gauged by self mastery . General Conference. Salt Lake City.

Self Mastery

There are many things in life we learn over and over..  It’s a good reminder that every individual is different and the businesses they create and build are different too.  Some people never go to business school, but have successful businesses.  One of the people named in the article “How entrepreneur’s craft strategies that work.”  By Amar Bhide is Bill Gates as having never gone to school, but has had a successful business.  Another thing mentioned is that in “interview of 100 companies in 1989 interview people to see who had a business plan.  41 % had a business plan, 26% had a small scribbling on a piece of paper, 5 % worked up financial projections and only 28% wrote up a full business plan.”

When I first started my business, I wanted help and one of the person’s I asked wouldn’t help without a business plan.  At that point in my business, I had no idea what a business plan was, how to do one and whether I needed one or not.  I have heard that in order to get a loan, you have to have a business plan in to start your business.  Well my business wasn’t like that.  I didn’t have a business plan written until about a year into it and I don’t know how formal it even is.  But in reading this article many successful businesses don’t have a business plan.  We do what works for us.

Another article I read is called “Success is gauged by self-Mastery” by N. Eldon Tanner, he states “there are two Elements to self- Mastery. “To be a great man you must start while you are young being a good boy.  You must also apply self-control or self- mastery in accomplishing things.  I think that many of us want to be better at the person we are and we work at being the best we can.  I know for me, I am constantly working at changing and overcoming.  I wonder too, at times if I am too focused on some and not enough focused on others.

One of the books I am reading is called Mastery, It is about the “key to success and long-term fulfillment” by George Leonard.  One of the jokes used in the book is about Practice, The joke is as follows, when asked how you do get to Carnegie hall – the answer is practice.  It seems to be true with anything we do in life, in order to be proficient in something we must practice.  As we work toward anything in business we have to work at it.  We all know what we have to work on and how it will help us grow.  I have never learned anything the first time.  It usually takes me multiple tries over and over as I look for the right procedure to make anything grow. What works for some, won’t work for me.  I must and will find my own way to make it work.

References

Bhide, A. (n.d.). How Entrepreneurs Craft strategies that work. Harvard Business Review, 150-161.

Leonard, G. (1991). Mastery: The keys to success and long-term fulfillment. penguin group.

Tanner, N. E. (1975). Success is gauged by self mastery . General Conference. Salt Lake City.

What is your mission in life?

What is your mission in life?  Do you know? Are you looking for answers?  I know my mission in life, but I didn’t until the last few years.  As I read my assignments this week I have learn so much.  One of the things I am learning about my business is I am always learning.  I look forward to each job as an adventure and I do that so that I have a positive attitude about what I am doing.  Each job is different and not one has ever been the same that is where the adventure comes in and being open to it and what I learn from each one.

In one of the articles I read, I learned a lot from a small business owner that was thinking of expanding her business.  It gave me a thought of what could be done.  It wasn’t something I had ever really thought about and it will require additional thought as my business may expand as my life changes.

Another lesson I learned this week is about successful entrepreneurs.  Are they born or are they made?  I really think they are made by all they do.  They work hard, they persevere and they do not give up even when times are hard or people say it cannot be done.  I have had some of that in my life from people I love, but I have persevered and still work at it every day.  I don’t do it to prove them wrong, but because I know what my mission in life is about.

One of the best things I learned this week is about my mission in life.  It was in a video called a “Hero’s journey”.  The message is that I have a mission.  I am destined to change the world, but only if I have the faith and courage.”  I am also a big believer in the time in your life.  There is a right time and place for moving forward with your dreams.  This video inspired me and helped me to see the hero’s out there. Those who have changed in their course of being an entrepreneur.  Those who help others.  I love what the author said about a “Hero’s Journey” and it gives me something to think about….  A Hero’s journey is all about you and not about you at all.”  I also like how the authors ending statement is about God who gave us these gifts for an opportunity to learn and grow.  I hope you can find your mission in life and that it continues to challenge you as you help and serve others.