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About the Daily Positive Thought

Well – I sent out the first Daily Positive Thought with the new program for this morning, and I had a lot of email bounces, and i’m thinking quite a few didn’t get delivered because I didn’t get my copy :(

I’m going to keep trying, and trying different mailing programs that are free.  The program I tried allows me to send out 15000 emails a month.  I stupidly assumed that was plenty.  I didn’t realize that  each person on the mailing list would count as 1 emai, so I’ve already set out over 500 emails.  I feel stupid lol.  I did get the PO Box, and I’m still accepting donations to help defray the costs.  For those of you reading this on Live Journal, the donate button can be found on the think positive 30 website http://www.thinkpositive30.com

I really want to keep the mailing list going, but if I can’t, I can’t.  There are great programs like aweber and constant contact for mailing lists, but those are incredibly expensive, and since I don’t do any serious markting on the website, there is no way to offset the costs unless people are willing to donate – and so far, people aren’t.  That’s something I actually do get.  Money is tight for everybody these days, and a dollar donated here could just as easily be put toward a bill.

Hopefully, it will work out and I’ll find the perfect solution – like today’s daily quote said:   Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire brings a small amount of heat.  – Napoleon Hill If I really want this to happen, I can make it happen :)

Desire

Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire brings a small amount of heat. -  Napoleon Hill

It’s all about desire and it’s not all about desire.  Yes, you have to desire something, you have to want it to bring it to your life, but what’s really important is how MUCH you want it.  Think about it for a moment.  If you want and desire something with every fiber of your being, you are going to do whatever it takes to get that thing into your life.  So when you want something, really WANT it.  See yourself holding it, wearing it, riding in it or living in it.  If you are only feeling kind of meh about it, chances are, you’re not going to achieve it.

True Grit

True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. John Wayne

 

So many people say that making decisions is hard.  Making decisions is easy, making GOOD decisions is hard, and making the right decisions and doing what must be done is the hardest thing of all.  Probably because the right decision goes against popular thinking.  It takes an inordinate amout of strength to make the right decisions, the right choices and to stick to them.  But people do it every day.  So when you are faced with a decision, know that you have the strength and fortitude do make the right one.

I Need Your Help, Please

So thanks to Ellyn, I found a new way to send out the mailing list, which is great, and it’s FREE, which is even better! Now comes the but – because you knonw, there is ALWAYS a but. It’s free, but to use it, you have to provide a regular snail mail address which will go out on EVERY email.

Now, I’m not at all comfortable with putting my snail mail addy out there for the world to see. Call me silly. So the next reasonable course of action is to get a P.O. Box which I am willing to do. The cost for a year is $62.00 which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a lot of money, but in my scheme of things, it’s huge. I’m going to pay it, but if any of you would like to contribute, I wouldn’t say no. There is a donate button on the right that goes to paypal. If you can spare a dollar or two to help defray the costs of the PO Box, that would be great, and hopefully the Daily Positive Thought will be back in email form by the end of the week.

Figuring it Out

No cheerful quote today, no inspirational post, just some thoughts.  Many years ago, well just over 6, a wonderful friend and I were talking about how blah our lives were.  She had made a decision to post one positive thought a day in her live journal for a month.  I decided to take it one step further and create a live journal community called Think Positive 30. For a while, it was really cool. We were posting, and then Live Journal made us a spotlight community and the community EXPLODED. People were posting left and right. It was great, but a bit overwhelming because I was determined to respond to every post. From there came a very poor website with very little content. Over time, content was added and deleted and the website got a little more organized thanks to WordPress. I also added a mailing list which allowed people to receive a “Daily Positive Thought” via email. It was quite nice. There were a few people on the mailing list, and I got up every morning and emailed the thought via a free program provided by my web host called PHPList.

The list started growing, and while this was great, the volumn of mail being sent out during peak hours made my hosting company kind of cranky (something about bandwith or such, I’m not reall sure) and I was in a quandry. A very kind friend of mine did that thing he does (it could be voodoo, but I think it was more along the lines of programming) and set things up so that the list would go out automatically, during the non-peak hours, thus making me happy, and more importantly, my web hosting company happy.

Well things happen, and the phplist thing was upgraded, which was great, but it wiped out all the programming my friend did to make it run overnight. This meant I was getting up at 1:00 in the morning to set the list to run manually, and it also meant I had to leave my computer running all night so the mail would go out. I’m not going to lie, this got old quickly because I need my sleep, uninterrupted sleep, and I wasn’t getting it. In the end, I made the hard decision to disband the mailing list and just post the Daily Positive Thought here on the website.

There was a huge problem with this. I hardly ever seem to get it done. I post it on twitter, but there, I’m limited to thoughts that are 140 characters or less. I want to do more. I love sharing postivie thoughts, and inspirational posts, but I need to figure out what exactly how I want to do this. I’m going to be honest here, it’s never going to be perfect, no matter what because I’m NOT a perfect person, in fact, I’m kind of lazy, and I lose focus easily. I also have a life, I have a job, and I have a family and those things take time. I try, but I’m not perfect and I am never going to even get close to perfect.

So thanks for sticking with Think Positive 30 while I figure out how I want to do things. I have lots of dreams and visions for this whole thing, as many of you know. I even want there to be a book, but that lazy, and loss of focus thing keeps coming in to play there :) Who knows, maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t (the book I mean) but I WILL figure out the best way to get the thinking positive message out there. I believe that it is far too important to give up on. Remember, we all know that life isn’t always wonderful, and we can’t control the things that are going on around us, but the one thing we can control is how we view those things. I choose to find the good and look for the positive, and I hope you will too.

Overcoming Difficulties

New difficultie can be overcome. It is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. – Theodore Vail

Limitations are Imaginary

The realisation that limitations are imaginary will make you strong and overpowering.? Stephen Richards

If You Want, You Must Do!

You must do today the things that others won’t do, so you can have tomorrow the things that others won’t have.~ Anonymous

It’s a very simple fact of life for most people, if you want something, you need to work for it.  Things are not just handed to you.  Skills are not acquired simply because you want them.  To achieve these things, you need to work for them.  It’s simple, but so many people don’t get it.  They think it should just be handed to them.

I’m a high school teacher in an inner city environment, and we have some students that work so hard, they do well in school, and they go on to college and do well there and get great jobs.  We also have students who believe they are owed everything, and they don’t need to work for what they want.  They’ll get welfare benefits and SSI and be all set for life.

The fact of the matter is, they are always going to be wanting, because those benefits come with a cap on them.  You can only get so much.  The people who are wiling to work, and push themselves are the ones who will have so much more.  Yes, they’ll have more material things, but they are going to have something even more, they are going to have the knowledge that they can, and more importantly, they did!

 

Getting Up When You Fall

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Nelson Mandela

 

When I was younger, I used to ski, and I always prided myself on not falling.  To me it was a successful day if I didn’t wipe out.  That’s just common sense, right?  Yes and no.  I wasn’t taking any chances or risks, I wasn’t hurting myself, but I also wasn’t improving my skills.

I think it’s like that in life.  You can’t live your life encased in a bubble.  You need to take chances, and risks, an step out on that proverbial limb.  Some times you’re going to be successful, and sometimes you’re not.  The thing is, your success is not, or should not be measured on if you fail.  It should be measured by how you react to that failure.  Do you give up and never try again, or do you, much like the phoenix, rise up from the ashes, stronger and ready to try again.

Heck, you may not rise up stronger – that’s okay, what matters is that you keep rising.  Keep getting up, and keep trying, over and over again.  That is the way to live your life.

The Benefits of an Open Mind

Seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well prepared to receive them. -  Joseph Henry

There really are tons of great ideas all around us.  You can see it all the time with the things people come up with on shows like Shark Tank and stuff.  How come then, some people seem to have a perponderance of great ideas, while others seem to live in an arrid wasteland of novel thoughts?

I’ve thought about this a lot, especially at work when my students have to do a project or write a paper.  “But Miss, I just don’t know what to write about?  I don’t know what to do?”  It’s a familiar refrain in my classroom, and one that I personally don’t get.  I always have tons of great ideas – I’m not so great on the follow through, but that’s a blog for another day.  I really had to think about why it’s like this, and when I started thinking about this quote, the answer (well MY answer) came to me.  Some people are so focused on the here and now that they don’t open their mind to what may be.  They don’t look at possibilities, they look at the concrete.

Focusing on the concrete is great, but don’t be SO focused that you don’t allow yourself to dream.  Take a five minute break from responsibilities and open your mind to the possibilities and see what wonderful ideas take root in your mind.

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