Friday, August 31, 2012

Don't Wait for the Mail Man



Don’t Wait for the Mail Man
44 sec.


Many good things come in the mail.  For some, the arrival of the mailman might be the highlight of their day. 

However, there are some things that just can’t be shipped by US Mail, UPS, FedEx, email or slow boat across the Atlantic.

Want to know?

Here it is.  This is important.


“Your self esteem
isn’t going to arrive
by mail.”
Anne Lamont


You have to go looking for it. 
You have to explore yourself.
You have to read 
some trusted authors.

And you have to believe in your own goodness, your own abilities, and your own sense of worthiness.

You are a worthwhile individual. 
You have to believe that and accept it.

Your own inner qualities will amaze you once you believe in YOU!



P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hold onto Your Essentials



Hold onto Essentials
50 secs

When I was in the ninth grade, I carried a snare drum in the high school marching band for the first time.  This was HUGE!

At our first half-time show, we lined up on the goal-post line.  The whistle sounded and off we marched. 

Between the goal-post line and the goal line I dropped one drum stick.  Between the goal line and the ten-yard line I dropped the other drum stick. 

I had to march 90 more yards simply holding onto my drum instead of playing it. 
 
You see, I dropped my essentials. 


What are your essentials?


*To a drummer – sticks.
*To a minister – reputation.
*To a retail store – customers.
*To a married couple – love.
*To business partners – trust.

We have to hold onto our essentials.  We can’t afford to let our guard down, fumble, or take our eye off the prize for even one minute.

Get a grip.  Hold onto your essentials.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Monday, August 27, 2012

Faith


Faith
46 secs.



When it comes to faith, many are non- believers.
-They believe they will fail.
-They believe the light at the end of the tunnel is a train.
-They believe there is a difficulty in every responsibility. 

And the big one – Difficulties seldom defeat people; their lack of faith in themselves defeats them.

It’s good when others have faith in us, but unless we believe that for ourselves, we will continue to spin and sputter in self-doubt and self-distrust. 

Faith is an inside job.  We have to grab onto the belief in our abilities to do a thing, and once we do, then watch out world. 

Never stand in the way of a believer.
Never stand in the way of a doer. 

Believe you can.  Go and become a doer.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Friday, August 24, 2012

Size Matters


Size Matters
40 sec.

Are you big in the areas that matter? 

You know – the size of your hope, for instance?

Just how big is your hope?  Has it grown into a dream?

Zig Ziglar once said …

"Men are limited
not by the color of their skin
but by the size of their hope."

I am not content just to be a blog writer.  No way.  I have bigger writing dreams.  They started with these blogs and now encompass finishing my first book and getting it published.  Then I’ll add a more active speaking schedule, other books, and all the while I’ll continue with these blogs. 

I have a stated goal of having 2 million readers around the world. 

This is my hope.

My hope has become my dream.

What is your dream?


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Jonathan was No Ordinary Bird



Jonathan was No Ordinary Bird
51 sec. to read

It’s story-time.

Jonathan was no ordinary bird.  He was a seagull, but he was not ordinary.  You see, he was willing to try and try again.

He loved to fly.  Jonathan would rather fly than eat.
Sometimes he made mistakes, but he learned from them. 
… and he got very good at flying.

Most seagulls were afraid to fly in the dark, but not Jonathan.  Jonathan painted outside the lines, you see.

A person can learn a lot from Jonathan. 

No, Jonathan was no ordinary bird. 

He was a Great Bird.

And he became great by trying, and flying, and sacrificing, and making mistakes, and flying in the dark, and painting outside the lines. 

He Became GREAT.

The End!


 
And now, you get to make whatever applications you wish from our story today. 

Above all, have fun flying.



P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

This is based on Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Validate



Validate
33 Seconds

Have you validated someone lately?  To validate someone is to give them a word that speaks to their nature, or to their potential.  When we validate, we confirm that a thing is so.

Some examples:
-“You really handled that sticky situation well.”
-“Love the way you painted that fence.”
-“Your creativity really came through yesterday during your presentation.”

One of the great human desires we have is to be validated.

We crave approval. 

We seek it.
We need it.
We want it.

Give someone your stamp of approval today, right now.


Validate!


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Friday, August 17, 2012

Things to Do


Things to Do
44 Sec

If you need something to do, choose some of these …

Avoid texting and driving.
Exercise in some form or fashion 3 or 4 days per week

Read four good books each year
Make one of the a biography

Tell your spouse the “I love you” words
Forgive past grievances
Say “please” and “thank you” often

Let someone into your lane on the freeway
Pay for the person’s coffee behind you
Encourage a young person

Be a role model
Call your Mom
Clean the bathroom for your wife

Make your spouse coffee tomorrow
Talk with your spouse during breakfast
Be kind to retail sales people

Buy gas if you borrow someone’s car
Hang up your clothes
Laugh often

And above all …

Live a quality life!


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

See It Before You See It



See It Before You See It
50 sec.

If you can see it before you see it,
then you are almost assured to see it.

Ray Kroch, founder of McDonalds, saw it.
Lance Armstrong, cycling champ, saw it.
Bill Gates saw it.
Steve Jobs saw it.

Love this story: 
At the dedication of Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, Card Walker, then CEO of the Disney Corporation, turned to Lillian, Walt’s wife, and said, “Isn’t it a shame that Walt didn’t see this.”

Lillian’s response …

He did.  “Why do you think this is here?”

Walt died 20 years before this big extravaganza, but he saw it nevertheless.

Dreamers always see it before they see it

Are you a dreamer?

Can you see it
 Your dream
 Your goal
 Your future

Open the eyes of your mind. 

Imagine!


P Michael Biggs
Offering Moments of Possibilities
One Possibility at a Time

Monday, August 13, 2012

Processing



Processing
37 Sec.

I’m a huge fan of processing.  After a major event, say a family gathering such as I attended this weekend, I like to review all that just happened. 

There were forty-one of us at my family reunion.  We have a history that stretches back a few years.  We have experiences for decades that need to be handled carefully and put away gently, and preserved for another day.

I love to savor these moments.  I relive the laughter.  I replay how each looks now, and the sound of their voice.  And I remember the good days gone by and the memories we created.

I love processing.  It’s almost like still being there in their presence – almost.

Relationships are the most important possessions we own.  Guard them and their memory jealously.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Friday, August 10, 2012

When Heartbreak Turns to Hope



When Heartbreak Turns to Hope

The American Red Cross uses the title of this blog as their motto.  Here’s the thing.

Sometimes we become the hope that counterbalances the heartbreak.  The question is this:  “Are we willing to be hope for someone?”

-Twice in my life I’ve been given a sum of money when the bank balance was low. 
Hope abounded.
-Hope has shown up to some through a bucket of fried chicken.
-Hope visited a family or two during a recent hurricane tragedy, carrying a shovel.
-Hope was an anonymous sack of groceries left on someone’s doorstep recently.

It’s good to receive hope.

It’s good to give hope.

In the next week, look for opportunities to be hope for someone.

Heartbreak turned to hope is a good thing.



P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Great Fall



A Great Fall
42 sec.

Gabby Douglas is a star.  The world has been watching this young lady perform at the Olympics this week.  And last night, with millions of people watching, she fell off the balance beam.

What does one do after a great fall?

We get back up.

It takes courage to get back on the beam after a fall, but that’s what Gabby did, and that’s what we should do after our great failures.

Guess what.  Gabby is still loved and adored by her millions of fans, even after her fall. 

After any kind of failure one might name, it takes courage to approach God.  But that’s what we do.  And we find grace. 

We find grace, and we learn after a great fall.

Words to live by.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Words
One Word at a Time

Monday, August 6, 2012

Imagination



Imagination
47 sec. 
          Mental replay. 
   
                    Movies of the Mind. 

They both mean the same thing – reviewing your event in your mind, by seeing yourself perform a flawless routine.  This applies to Olympians, speech givers, bowlers, or whatever it is you want to do with stellar accuracy.

Earl Nightingale said it.
So did Christ.

"You become what 
you think about."

"As a man thinks 
in his heart, so is he."

Olympic athletes have used this technique for years.  In 1980, Denis Waitley served as Chairman of Psychology for the U.S. Olympic committee’s Sports Medicine Council.  They trained the athletes to mentally perform their routine with perfect precision and to to do it often.

Denis says, 

Worth remembering next time you want to perform at your peak levels.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Friday, August 3, 2012

Treatment



Treatment
41 Sec.


Treat me well, and I’ll buy from you again.
Treat me poorly, and I will tell three others.

We meet people every day.  How do we treat them?

Love this quote:

Treat a man as he appears to be
and you make him worse.
But treat a man as if he already
was what he potentially could be,
and you make him what he should be.
 –Goethe


People can tell whether you care or not.


In the Bible, if Christ had listened to the gossip about Zacchaeus he would have walked on by that tree.  But Christ believed in what Zacchaeus could become, so he invited himself to dinner.  

                                           -And a life was changed. 

It’s all in the treatment. 

How do you want to be treated?
Pass it along.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Art in Being You



Art in Being You
Read in 41 secs

Let’s see. 
We each have our own unique finger prints.
We each have our own unique voice print.
We each have our own unique DNA.

Therefore, we are unique individuals, unlike any other who has walked this earth. 

Why would I want to mimic you, or you mimic me? 

Let’s be uniquely individualistic.  That’s the way we were made.
 
You have likes, dislikes, talents, inclinations, and a style all your own.  Why would you want to be anyone else?

Cute story:  Israel Schwartz bemoaned the fact that he was not more like Moses, when all along God just wanted him to be his beloved Issy, just like he was made.

There’s nobody like you.

Really!


P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time