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6 Things You Have Heard Before but You Need to Know

Truism is an interesting word because in today’s vernacular it could be considered synonymous with the word, hack.  Take a moment to compare the usual interpretation of the two words to see what I mean.

Hack can mean a lot of things in today’s world but there is one meaning germane to this discussion.

It’s the one that connotes a shortcut way of getting something done.  For example, there is a great blog site , www.lifehacker.com, that provides tips in that regard.

The usual interpretation of the word, truism, is simply a statement that is obviously true.

Because that is the case, when a particular truism relates to getting things done it becomes a hack.

hands-460872_1920Now, why is this all important to you?

Well, the more efficient and effective you can be in living your life the more you will be able to achieve all you want to be, do, or have.

For a point of clarification, being efficient means you are doing right things, in the right way, and at the right time.

Effective, on the other hand, means you are getting the right results for doing right things in the right way at the right time.

But—I digress!  :<)

The point is you achieve all you can be, do, or have by taking the most efficient and effective approaches to achieving it.

The following 6 truisms (hacks) will help you in that regard.

“Fits like an old shoe.”

Fits like an old shoe connotes a situation of total comfort. A level of comfort that could possibly be unhealthy for realizing long term potential.

Your full potential cannot be reached through a condition of comfort but rather through one of stretching beyond current conditions. Stretching toward the unknown with a sense of confidence, verve and dedication.

Too much of a sense of comfort can create complacency. Complacency and potential create an oxymoron! You can’t have one when the other is present.

So, back to the word, shoe, to make a point. Which shoe do you tie first?

Take a simple step to change that habit. Overcome your complacency with that comfort zone!

Having adapted your “how you tie your shoes” comfort zone, use that experience to change other comfort zones that may be holding you back.

You will inevitably move toward more of what you can be, do, or have.

“Trust me!”

So, you say it is extremely important in all aspects of your life people trust you. Okay!!!

But, the fact is it’s hard as granite to build trust but instantaneously easy to “bust” people’s trust in you.

Pardon the pun…but trust once busted…your reputation may permanently be rusted!

So, what is the key to building and maintaining trust in whatever is your relationship with other people?

the-eyepiece-339715_1920In a few words the answer is complete and total transparency.

The confirmation of that fact may be best illustrated by a big company with a very big problem at one time. Johnson and Johnson Company’s Tylenol product, just prior to the “big problem”, was the most successful over-the-counter product in the U.S.

Then, disaster of major proportions struck through some “sicko” lacing the products with a poison and killing seven consumers in the process.

Suddenly, a highly trusted product and its manufacturer had to explain why it was killing people. Talk about trust busted, potentially! It can’t get much worse than a situation like that.

Here’s the bottom-line on what Johnson and Johnson did to minimize the loss of trust in such a desperate situation.

To give people a sense of total transparency in terms of their motives going forward from the initial crisis, they made it absolutely clear in every action they took that the company’s first concern was saving the people first and the product second.

Tens of millions of dollars were lost through pulling the product off the shelf throughout the entire country as well as through all the other related issues.

However, today, Johnson and Johnson and more specifically, the Tylenol product, has totally regained the trust that existed before the crisis.

Frankly, they never completely lost trust during the height of the crisis because their total transparency in how they handled the situation quickly confirmed external product tampering rather than some fault of theirs.

So, in all your dealings with people recognize the formula for success in building rather than busting trust: Trust = Transparency.

A truism by which you can live your life to its true potential.

“I wish…”

Why do too many people wish instead of do; dream instead of act; know and not apply?

The answer is simple. The converse of each of the above phrases suggests the need to exert effort.

Many people want things without paying the personal price of putting forth effort. It’s as if they sense their needs or wants are entitlements and, therefore, should just come to them.

The “breaking news” for those people is:

  • No wish is realized without doing of all the things necessary to achieve whatever is wished for.
  • No dream becomes reality without taking the necessary actions to bring it into that reality.
  • No amount of knowledge is of value unless it is applied in some productive and meaningful way.
  • Period!

So, what is it that compels other people to do, act or apply?

The answer for those people is in only wanting things for which they have a great, big reason. In other words, they recognize the futility in wishing and dreaming for things for which they are not willing to put forth the effort to get them.

Effort requires an emotional connection to the object of the effort. The more emotional the sense of connection to the object the greater the effort put forth.

Whatever your wish or your dream, connect with a deep enough emotional reason why you want it and you will have it.

“Knowledge is power.”

jfk-1294966_1280John F. Kennedy said: “Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.”

And, so it is with achieving success in your life.

Life is about creating options.

When I think of the word, options, in the context of Kennedy’s thought, I see the word as synonymous with the word, liberty.

Working hard to create options in your life provides you the liberty to live your life as you choose.

But—to create enough options to sustain the liberty of freedom of choice you have to be aware of the possibilities. To become aware of all the possibilities requires constant learning on your part.

Yes, the old truism, “Knowledge is power,” is definitely true in this context.

Without learning your options will be in peril.

In summary, the final “results” of the success you experience in life will be directly driven by the breadth of the options you have created through your constant learning.

“You have two ears and one mouth.”

To paraphrase an old truism, we were given two ears and one mouth because we’re supposed to listen twice as much as we’re supposed to talk.

Now, I know you’ve heard that expression maybe a thousand times by now but there is so much truth in it!

The reality for too many of us is we can’t keep our mouths shut long enough to really grasp what’s going on around us.

We’re too busy defending our opinion or stroking our own egos through our verbal assaults to gain from the opportunity to learn from others.

ear-207405_1920I ask you, do you work as hard at listening as you do talking?

May I suggest we would all be better off if we followed the idea contained in another truism.

Always speak to express but truly listen to impress.

You will attract people and ideas to you at an astonishing pace, if you live by that truth.

So, how can you become a more active listener?

The single most effective thing you can do when listening to another person is to maintain eye contact.

There’s something about forcing your eyes to stay in contact with the eyes of the person you are listening to that helps your ears focus on listening more intently and your mouth to stay closed at appropriate times.

In short, two eyes help two ears control one mouth!

The more you listen to and understand other people the more you understand how to achieve all you can be, do, or have.

“What for?”

Good question, right?

Well, let me put its importance in perspective for you. Here’s the bottom-line on why I asked the question:

It’s to get you thinking about all of the things for which you have to be thankful. Let’s face it. We all get busy with our lives and many times don’t stop to reflect.

eye-1209039_1280What have you done to truly consider all the good things you have to be thankful for?

Here’s what I suggest you do.

First, find a quiet spot where you can quiet your mind. It could be the local library, your favorite park, your home, wherever you can truly get away from it all for just a few minutes.

Having found your quiet time and spot, begin to make a list of everything for which you should be thankful. Here’s a few categories to get you started but be creative and add your own:

  • Personal health
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Relationships
  • Spiritual
  • Personal achievements
  • Work
  • Home
  • City/Town
  • State
  • Country
  • World


Then you ask: What for?

The answer: The reflection will lift you up and give you a sense of the wonder of your life that will leave you with greater peace of mind.

Isn’t peace the ultimate thing for which to be thankful when you want to achieve all you can be, do, or have?

garylogonewbrownsmallWhich of the truisms strike you at your core enough to take some action and what will be your first action?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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