Friday, November 29, 2013

Inspiration Is Perishable

Inspiration has a short shelf life.  It doesn’t last.  That is a great reason to re-read and review significant material on a continual basis.

If you are like most people, you can read something today that you read three months ago and it can seem like fresh material to you. 

If it was good the first time around, can you imagine how good it will be in rerun mode?

To keep the motivation and inspiration flowing, read, re-read, review and re-visit as often as you need.

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


Monday, November 18, 2013

So Afraid to Jump

(Nov 18-28 I'll be on vacation in Tennessee. Enjoy this post - new one back on schedule on Friday, Nov. 29.  Thanks so much for your loyal readership. Drop me a note occasionally.  I love hearing from my readers.)

When we want to change and improve, sometimes the only recourse is to make the jump.  And that is a terrifying prospect at times.

Until a writer actually shows his/her words to another person, they are nothing but a want to-be writer.  I know this firsthand.

This quote is often in my mind.  Allow it to encourage you as well.


“The jump is so frightening between where I am and where I want to be…because of all I may become, I will close my eyes and leap!”



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


Friday, November 15, 2013

The Monitor

It is a good idea to be open to input. 

Ah, but the secret is to monitor the input.  I don’t buy everything I read, nor do I accept every idea presented through reading material, news reports and media commentators.

You and I have a brain, and it is a good idea to engage this amazing organ and its reasoning faculties. 

Just because someone says so doesn’t makes it so.  What is the back story?  How and why are they presenting that particular slant on thing? 

Do you operate a revolving door or a draw bridge?

We get to choose. 

Choose wisely!


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


Monday, November 11, 2013

Push the Edge

What is your limit?  At what point have you operated at your absolute maximum capacity? 

You can do that again. 

If we skate on the edge of our ability, then sooner or later we expand the edge.  We master at that level.

Wayne Gretzky, hockey great, was famous for his skating antics in practice.  He would try every conceivable body position and awkward skating move he could imagine just to see if he could improve upon it.  His teammates thought at times that he was losing his keen edge, yet Gretzky was actually sharpening it. 

He would find a new edge, exploit it, and push it out further.

That is why Wayne Gretzky is The Great Wayne Gretzky.



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


Friday, November 8, 2013

The Quota

I will be brief so please remain as you were.

The quota for good ideas hasn’t been used up yet, so go ahead and produce some.  The idea bank is open for business and you can deposit as many good to great ideas as you can possibly generate.

Just because someone has created something similar to your idea doesn’t mean your slant on things is wrong or will fail.

Amazon shows over 7,000 books about starting a startup company.  Eric Ries didn’t let that stop him.  He had a New York Times bestseller on his hands with The Lean Startup.



Tell your story as only you can tell it.
  
P Michael Biggs
Offering Up-Moments
One Moment at a Time


Monday, November 4, 2013

Some Thoughts on Failure

Believe it or not, this is a very positive blog. 

Failure can be positive?  You bet!  Listen up.


Failure is an event, not a person.

Sometimes our best teachers are pain, heartbreak, bankruptcy, divorce, agony and “NO”.

The most common cause of failure is quitting.

“Courage sometimes hides in “I will try again tomorrow.”

Every successful person is someone who failed, yet never regarded themselves as a failure.”
~John C. Maxwell

“If you’re going to doubt something, doubt your limits.”
~Don Ward


“Every artist was first an amateur.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson



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


Friday, November 1, 2013

A Shattered Dream

What do you do with a shattered dream?  Why, you pick up those pieces and you start all over. 

Dreams are fragile things.  We handle them with care, nurture them, feed them, and occasionally show them to others until one fine day we are ready to launch our dreams. 

And if, during the course of dreaming, your dreams get shattered, all is well.  You pick up those pieces and you continue creating your dream, only better.  Now you know what caused your dream to shatter.



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