Monday, November 24, 2014

Trust Who You Are

The great quest in life is to know and understand self, and then to trust that marvelous person living inside your skin.

It starts with skill assessment and discovery.  There is an abundance of material on that subject and it is readily available.  After establishing your identity, how about spending some alone time in assessing your discovery and coming to grips with whom you really are. 

A personal example:  I am a writer of words offering hope, encouragement and inspiration.  The bulk of my work has been in blog and essay form, allowing many of these texts to be turned into speeches and messages of hope for mankind.  I’ve written a few fiction pieces and even have a stellar idea for a novel, but so far that idea hasn’t come full circle.

This I do know – people will read my messages of hope and encouragement.  I know for a fact that I can write those kinds of messages.

In the movie Shrek, there is a great line that helps our focus for this thought.

What labels do you bear from some mean and depreciating individuals?  Remember this – they are only labels, and just because “they” say it, that doesn’t make it so.  Cast off those labels.  Ignore them and reach for a higher ideal.  Reach for your true calling.

Trust your heart to reveal what it is you do best.  It takes guts to become a full-blown version of who you are meant to be.  Happiness lies just around the bend once we discover and embrace this discovery.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What Is Your Value

Here is a bit of hope in our thought today.  You control your own value.  YOU!

And how does one build value?  The question is so simple, yet so predictable, isn’t it?

We build our value by becoming more valuable.  This is not a cheesy response.  It is actually very profound. 

We increase our value by doing a few simple acts.

Read good stuff.  There is an abundance of reading material available at our fingertips, however, not all of it is worthy of our time.  What you read is your choice, and I hope you’ll make wise choices.  Charlie “Tremendous” Jones once said, “We are the sum total of the five people we spend the most time with.”  Improve your value by exposing yourself to some great minds in books.

Biographies always teach us something – struggle to victory, life is hard – yet the survivors find a way to survive. 

Personal development books do an inside job if we allow them to.  They instill seeds of possibility and words of hope inspiration.  They stimulate ideas, philosophies, and growth.

Seminars in our chosen field can add an immense body of knowledge, if we dare expose ourselves to them. 

A great mentor or even several mentors can pay huge dividends.  Mentors can help us fast-track to the next rung on the ladder, or whatever metaphor works for you.  A quality mentor can coach us on self-development, irritating quirks, lazy habits and faulty thinking.  The great mentors teach us great work habits that produce results.

Have you noticed that we haven’t yet mentioned money as a way of adding value?  Money comes later, after one proves his/her worth and value. 

Until you learn to change the course of the world, the weather, the political landscape and global warming, then I suppose the best place to start is by improving one’s own value.

Just imagine how valuable you can become! 

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Your Greatest Power

You have a power at your fingertips that is so awesome it staggers the imagination.  What can you and I can do with this immense power?

“What might you be referring to” you may ask.

Why, it is merely the power of your mind.  And the trigger to this tremendous force is our ability to CHOOSE. 

We are endowed with the power of choice.  We choose to believe in our own worth or not.  We choose our destiny, we choose our career paths, we choose our mates, the food we eat, where we live, and the song goes on.

And we choose our thoughts

Where are your thoughts taking you?  Are you on a good path or a rocky road?  You can make a change by changing your thoughts.

You alone hold the key to the lock on your thoughts. 

What do you choose to do about that?

Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, says this about that.

“You will never find any
peace of mind by allowing
others to live your life for you.”

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Don't Miss This

I've missed a deadline or two in my careers.
I've missed a few favorite TV shows.
I've missed buying some stellar best sellers.
I've even missed buying some great stocks that ultimately soared.

What have you missed?

Really, it doesn't matter much.  The only thing is this.

We shouldn't miss what matters to us.

Oprah Winfrey said that in the October 2014 O Magazine end-of-magazine article called “What I Know for Sure.”

If we are smart, by now we know and understand our core strengths and talents.  We know our chief objective in life. 

So, if we know our chief objective, then we better make sure and “hit” everything that matters in our pursuit of that goal.

Class dismissed.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Initiative Can't Be Bought

I went to my local grocery store yesterday to buy a bucket of initiative.  They were out.  The manager said “We stopped carrying that a long time ago.”

I asked for a bag full of initiative for my last birthday.  I didn't get even one drop of initiative.  What a sad birthday.

And then I discovered this:

You’re not given initiative.  You take initiative.

Ah.  Yet another secret to success.

Class dismissed.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Thursday, September 11, 2014

How Long Will You Last

I know of a man who is eighty-three and he still works 40-plus hours a week at his retail job. 

I know another man who retired at 52 and died at 53.

How long will you last?

Yes, part of the answer is found in health and lifestyle, proper eating and adequate exercise, AND the balance of the equation seems to be found in purpose and meaning one finds in life.

Those with goals have good aim.  Good intention.  Good purpose for planting one foot in front of the other each morning.

The answer lies in the meaning one finds in life.  Find some cause or activity that is good and worthwhile and pour yourself into that. 

And then, perhaps we’ll help you celebrate your 85th birthday in grand style.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Sunday, August 10, 2014

How to Bounce Back

The greatest thought I could give do you today is this:

Failure does not 
make you a failure.
~John C. Maxwell

If that isn't a come-back story I don’t know what is.  I am collecting quite a collection of quotes around the idea of “What failure is not”. 

Failure is not …
Falling down
A moral failure
A business or a person going into bankruptcy
Losing all your money in one decision

Actually, the secret – YES - THE SECRET to overcoming any failure is the examination of the facts and the execution of a sound action plan that follows.

“Resilience” is the word.  It boils down to what we do after failure.  What is the mindset?  What does one do with failure?

Will we bounce or break?

I choose bounce!

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time