Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day 9 - Positive Thoughts

I have run 10 miles in 3 days.

Day 1 - 4 miles
Day 2 - 3 miles
Day 3 - 3 miles

My goal is to complete 18 miles before the end of a 7 day period.  Then I just might do it again.  I weighed in at 175 this morning, which is my goal weight.  Now that fluctuates and I'm sure I am lowest in the morning.  But that is when I weigh myself every day, so at least I am consistent.

What's positive about this?  Being intentional.  I've been trying to convince myself to run 18 miles in 7 days for a couple of weeks.  In fact, I have probably come close just through normal activity.  But I had a great run on Saturday and just told me myself to keep on going.  Now I'm over half way there and I'm excited to complete my goal.

I'm still working up to 10K or half marathon level (I'm not convinced I really want to).  The reason I keep doing this is to be healthy.  One indicator of my health is my weight, so I can easily keep an eye on that.  the other indicator would be the spare time around my waist.  Some people would say I don't have one, they would be lying.  I have a layer of fat around my waist and I'm going to minimize it as much possible.

So for now this is a good week.  I'll make sure to get 3 miles in today.  If I'm lucky, maybe I can go a little longer.  Nobody said I can't exceed my goal!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day 8 - Positive Thoughts

Last night I ran 3 miles on our treadmill.  I just cruised through it and finished in 28 minutes.  I recently completed a 5K outdoors in 26 minutes, so I obviously wasn't pushing myself for this little run at home.  But it felt great just to jump on and knock it out.

I believe I am an extremely hard worker but working out has never been a hobby of mine.  I prefer physical activity like playing sports much more than going to the gym.  So it is a mental challenge to get my exercise/workouts done.  I am always better off if I just force myself to start.  Then I feel so good when I finish.

So what is positive about all this?  I set a goal at the beginning of the year to weigh 175.  I was around 185 and wanted to get that down.  I'm currently averaging 177 so I'm happy about that.  I believe with a little more focus (exercise is pretty consistent, need to improve my diet a little bit) I can hit 175.  I'm even thinking 170 might be a better goal at this point.

Also, this past weekend I went running outside and completed 5.4 miles.  I don't think I have run that far (just running) since high school.  And even then I'm not sure I did that.  We used to run a 3 mile loop for warm up before soccer.  I only walked about 1/10 of a mile during that run and that was because it was a ridiculous hill at the end of the run.  It felt really good to complete this run and I am going to try and do it again.  I know that jumping on the treadmill for a 1 mile run doesn't really do too much for me by itself, and I used to do that for my sole exercise for the day.  Glad I am past that.

Anyways, I'm doing all this for a couple reasons.  1.) to be healthy. 2.) to get in shape and play soccer again.

Can't wait to be back on a soccer field!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Day 7 - Positive Thoughts

Surround yourself with people that are smarter and more successful than you.

Yesterday I was able to sit down with the CEO of a competing company in my industry.  In fact, his company ranks in the top 25 in the country and is a great model of how I want my company to be.  I won't get into details about our industry topics but I will point out that you need to surround yourself with successful people.  There is the old saying, you are what you eat.  And it is also true, you are who you spend time with.  We've all seen a good kid go bad because of the friends he chooses.  The same applies throughout your entire life.

If you want to be successful, you shouldn't hang around with people with zero motivation.  You should spend as much time with hard working, intelligent people that are going to motivate you to be a better person.  That's what happened to me yesterday.  I thought I was brilliant for spending time with this CEO.  And he was sitting there telling me how he spends time consulting with his competitors.  With people who are smarter and more successful than him.  He is really successful.  I assumed he didn't apply this. What an idiot I was.  Of course he surrounds himself with successful people!  He wouldn't have gotten to where he is without applying this principle.

So you should take a look at the people you spend the most time with.  Are they inspiring?  Are they successful?  Are they the type of person you want to be?  Or not?  If not, you should change it up.  I know I need to seek out more counsel with people that are more intelligent and more successful than I am.  I learned a lot just spending 1 1/2 hours with this CEO.  I read books.  I read as many books as I can and they help.  But I need more interaction with more successful people.

Great experience.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Day 6 - Positive Thoughts

I took a personality profile test for the first time last year.  It was interesting because it gives you a Natural style, the way you are when you aren't under pressure, and an Adaptive Style, they way you are under pressure or at work.  My natural and adaptive were extremely different.

At work I am a 'C'.  This means I like to get all the details and go out of my way to try and make sure things get done correctly.  I don't jump to decisions quickly and I like to analyze my options.  At home I am an 'I'.  This means I am very social and don't care about the details much.  I like to have fun and enjoy myself.

I have this ability to treat my work life and my home life separately.  I'm sure my wife would argue a little bit, as I trust her and sometimes bring my work home to her.  But I noticed this weekend my friends asking about my work.  And I gave a two sentence answer.  I didn't think anything about it but as I think about it, it is a perfect example of my adaptive I personality when I am being natural.  I didn't want to talk about work or even think about work!  I just wanted to have fun.

So why is this a positive thought?  I was just thinking that an I personality would be even more social than I am.  That I would know hundreds and hundreds of people (I do know them) but I really don't want to.  I value true friendship.  I value people that I trust, people that I believe have integrity.  I am fortunate to have several good friends that I have known since middle school.  I have several more I have known since high school.  And of course good friends from college.  I definitely focus on quality over quantity when it comes to friends.  And I have great friends.  So that is the positive thought in this post.  My friends are awesome and I am happy that I can say that.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Day 5 - Positive Thoughts

My company has hired 1 new person per month, for the last 3 months.  I anticipate another new hire within the next 30 days.  Why is this positive?  Because we are cheap and we don't hire someone unless we have to!

We are very fortunate to be growing in a time when many businesses are struggling.  I am proud to be developing opportunities for others and giving them a way to make a living.  Entrepreneurs are a special kind of person (and a special kind of crazy).  I fall into that category.  Even though I believe I could have a very successful sales career in just about any industry I wanted, I have this strange disease that makes me want to do more than sell.  It makes me want to create, develop, and build successful organizations.

And right now we are doing it!  I try to constantly improve myself.  I try to be humble (kind of!).  I try to appreciate what I do have.  I have always thought I was a hard worker.  But I have pushed myself in ways I never imagined in the past 13 months.  And we are just getting started.

Good things happen to good people.  Just try it.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Day 4 - Positive Thoughts

Yesterday I invested time going door to door with a sales rep in our company.  I had only been out for about 45 minutes with him and needed to find more time.  Fortunately, I got out and spent over 2 hours working closely with him.

Door to door sales are a very powerful way to generate business and create opportunity for yourself.  I believe it is a skill any salesperson should develop.  And if they do, they will be successful at any type of selling.  So it is exciting for me to have a sales rep that is willing to get out and put in the hard work that door to door takes.  If a person is willing to try, I am willing to train them.

With a great attitude you can enjoy yourself and it doesn't have to be as difficult as people might think.  I am always reminded how much experience I have when I am training a new sales rep.  It takes me back to my first summer and the tough experience I had as a 19 year old kid.  I say kid because I was so immature (I of course had no idea at the time).  I developed myself in so many ways that first summer of selling and I believe it drastically changed the course of my life.  It instilled in me and independence and ability to manage myself that some people never develop their entire lives.

So I am thankful for my past experience.  I am thankful for the young college students I have worked with in the past, hopefully because I have helped them develop in the same ways.  And I am thankful for the opportunity to continue giving the experience to others, no matter their age or experience.  I believe I will have a positive affect on many more lives thanks to my summers selling door to door.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Day 3 - Positive Thoughts

This weekend my wife and I took out our new to us boat for the second time.  It was awesome.

The first trip out alone was a cloudy/sunny day with temperatures in the low 70"s and the surface temperature of the water was 57 degrees. Yikes!  We had a good time driving the boat around and being on the water, but it was a little chilly for a great day.  Well, fast forward one week and we experienced fantastic conditions.

The temperatures were low to mid 80's outside and the surface temperature had jumped to 66 degrees.  We had a couple of friends on the boat and we were really able to enjoy ourselves.  We even opened up the Bimini top and enjoyed the shade for a little while.

I'm extremely excited about this summer and appreciate that we have such a nice boat.  We have worked hard for years and it seems to be the one place that I am able to spend money without being too cheap.  It's great because we really enjoy being on the water and it is a good social activity. We take out family and friends all the time.

Also, my wife was able to water ski a little bit.  She has a brand new slalom ski that is more aggressive than anything she has ever used before.  She couldn't get up on it but she was able to start on two and drop the extra.  I need a lot more practice driving the boat and she needs more practice without an audience to learn her to new ski.  Excited about the next few months!!