Tuesday, June 30, 2009

An excerpt from
The Power of Discipline
By Brian Tracy

Why are some people more successful than others? Why do some people make more money, live happier lives and accomplish much more in the same number of years than the great majority?

I started out in life with few advantages. I did not graduate from high school. I worked at menial jobs. I had limited education, limited skills and a limited future.

And then I began asking, "Why are some people more successful than others?" This question changed my life.

Over the years, I have read thousands of books and articles on the subjects of success and achievement. It seems that the reasons for these accomplishments have been discussed and written about for more than two thousand years, in every conceivable way. One quality that most philosophers, teachers and experts agree on is the importance of self-discipline. As Al Tomsik summarized it years ago, "Success is tons of discipline."

Some years ago, I attended a conference in Washington. It was the lunch break and I was eating at a nearby food fair. The area was crowded and I sat down at the last open table by myself, even though it was a table for four.

A few minutes later, an older gentleman and a younger woman who was his assistant came along carrying trays of food, obviously looking for a place to sit.

With plenty of room at my table, I immediately arose and invited the older gentleman to join me. He was hesitant, but I insisted. Finally, thanking me as he sat down, we began to chat over lunch.

It turned out that his name was Kop Kopmeyer. As it happened, I immediately knew who he was. He was a legend in the field of success and achievement. Kop Kopmeyer had written four large books, each of which contained 250 success principles that he had derived from more than fifty years of research and study. I had read all four books from cover to cover, more than once.

After we had chatted for awhile, I asked him the question that many people in this situation would ask, "Of all the one thousand success principles that you have discovered, which do you think is the most important?"

He smiled at me with a twinkle in his eye, as if he had been asked this question many times, and replied, without hesitating, "The most important success principle of all was stated by Thomas Huxley many years ago. He said, 'Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.'"

He went on to say, "There are 999 other success principles that I have found in my reading and experience, but without self-discipline, none of them work."

Self-discipline is the key to personal greatness. It is the magic quality that opens all doors for you, and makes everything else possible. With self-discipline, the average person can rise as far and as fast as his talents and intelligence can take him. But without self-discipline, a person with every blessing of background, education and opportunity will seldom rise above mediocrity.

In the pages ahead I will describe seven areas of your life where the practice of self-discipline will be key to your success. These areas include goals, character, time management, personal health, money, courage and responsibility. It is my hope that you'll find a few "nuggets" that will help make your dreams come true.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Diet Challenge Update


I have lost 15 pounds so far this year. Whoooo-hooooo! Last year I lost 20 pounds from March until December and I wanted to double that this year and lose 40. So I am doing really well! I don't think I can lose another 5 pounds in just a week and a half but I am really trying!

I started out last year not being able to wear a pair of 26/28 jeans. I could get them on, but not wear them. This skort is a 16W. My shirt has gone from a 26 to a XL(16).

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Non Scale Victory

At 9 p.m. I asked Aerin if she would like to go on a bike ride with me. Of course, she said yes. We went by a round about way to the city park, which has new swings. I went to the city council meeting and asked for them! Anyway, we were swinging and playing, twirling to get dizzy and I decided to go down the slide. First of all, I fit up the ladder and in the top part of the slide! I was kind of worried about that! Then I remembered that last summer I was with the kids in the same park and sat on the bottom of the slide. I couldn't fit! The end of the slide was too narrow! This year guess what!!!!!????? I could sit on the end of the slide with room to spare!!!!!!! YEEEEE-HAWWWW!!!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009



Look what I did today! I am so proud of myself!

I did not sleep well last night, there was a mosquito in our room and by 4 a.m. I couldn't take it anymore and got up. I read for awhile, and then napped on the couch. Therefore, I was tired this afternoon when my son wanted to go to the playground and play tennis. I didn't want to go, I wanted to take a nap. But I decided to ride bikes to the playground and play with the balls and raquets. We went to the store on the way home for ice cream (I got a diet soda) and while I was there I saw they had rope by the foot for sale. My kids have been wanting me to put up a rope swing in this tree. There have been other swings there before we moved in, but the ropes were broken. I bought some rope and went across the street and borrowed a ladder. I CLIMBED the ladder and cut off the old ropes, and put up the new one. I cut a length of tree for the seat and tied that on. I learned how to tie the knot from the man I bought the rope from.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

***Marilyn***

I don't have an email address for you. Please contact me again!!

I am looking for someone to quilt some tops for me. I am looking for someone to do this as charity work, or for very little cost. I give quilts away to kids in my small town, and if you would like more info on what we do, click here. I need 10 couch size tops quilted, nothing fancy. Please comment or email if you could do this for me, or know someone who could.

These are some of the tops I need quilted.