Twenty One Smart Thoughts for Crazy Times – by John Lloyd

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” Michelangelo

  1. Not everyone is going to like you . . . get over it.
  2. Stuff is going to happen . . . deal with it.
  3. The person who buries their head in the sand will eventually get their butt kicked.
  4. You cannot change the past, but you can create the future.
  5. Everyone you meet is a reflection of who you are, so it’s a good idea to look for the best in people.
  6. When you step into judgment, you step into ignorance.
  7. Regret is a wasted emotion and simply keeps you stuck in the past.
  8. Life should not be a fast food meal eaten on the run, but a banquet, with each mouthful savoured.
  9. When change knocks on your door it won’t go away just because you do not invite it in.
  10. Before you can be happy, you have to figure out what makes you happy.
  11. Love is not giving all that you are, but accepting the other person and all that they are.
  12. It is easier to tear something down than it is to build it up.
  13. You don’t have to play with the hand life deals you – you can always shuffle the deck.
  14. Your soul mate may not be the one you never argue with, but the one whose presence pushes you into growth and understanding.
  15. Always assume the words you speak are being spoken to you, and then ask yourself, How does this make me feel?
  16. Put your hand over your heart, feel it beat, feel it pulsate life throughout your body and know with absolute certainty there was a powerful reason why your Creative Source (God, Universe, Spirit, or whatever name reflects your beliefs) placed you on this Earth.
  17. It doesn’t matter who writes the words, the only person who can give them power and meaning is you.
  18. The only way through a challenge is to take one step at a time, one moment at a time and one day at a time.
  19. Think win-win. Always seek mutual benefit.
  20. You can get whatever you want in life if you help enough people get whatever they want.
  21. You are a divine walking miracle.

 “You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend or not.” Isabel Allende

John Lloyd is a business growth strategist, award-winning marketing consultant, speaker, trainer, columnist and author of the book Smart Thinking for Crazy Times.

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Your Health is your Wealth

‘From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.’ – Catalan Proverb

Energy determines our capacity for achievement. Good healthy nutrition and the air we breathe are our main sources of energy.

Some people don’t do well simply because they don’t feel well. Some people take better care of their pets than they do of themselves. Their animals can run like the wind yet they can barely make it up a flight of stairs. Make sure the outside of you is a good reflection of the inside of you. The outer you will always correspond with the inner you.

Treat your body like a precious temple. The mind and body work together. Your body needs to be a good support system for the mind and spirit. If you take good care of it, your body can take you wherever you want to go, with the power, strength, energy and vitality you will need to get there.

Take good care of your body; it’s the only place you have to live. You can’t control the length of your life, but you can add life to your years.

Your health is your wealth!

Action exercise

Do you want to feel more energised? Then you should make the decision to start today with regular exercise and healthy eating.

‘Health is not valued till sickness comes.’ – Dr. Thomas Fuller

John Lloyd is author of Smart Thinking for Crazy Times. Buy a copy at a smart bookstore near you today. Subscribe to his free tri-monthly E-zine at www.brandstorm.co.za

The three most important phrases in the world – Do you use them enough?

There are no nicer or more powerful phrases in the English language to use than the following:

  • “Thank you”
  • “I am proud of you”
  • “I appreciate you” or “I appreciate your efforts”

These magical words do not only make other people feel good, but they serve as a strong motivational force. But, if saying “thank you”, “I am proud of you” and “I appreciate you” is so powerful, why don’t we say them more often?

Do we forget to do so because we are too preoccupied with ourselves? Has this silenced our voice of gratitude and appreciation? Here’s the good news – Developing the habit of saying these powerful words not only benefits others, but, like all gifts that we give, it benefits ourselves as well.

Develop the habit of using them often and using them with meaning.

John Lloyd is author of Smart Thinking for Crazy Times. Buy a copy at a smart bookstore near you today. Subscribe to his free tri-monthly E-zine at www.brandstorm.co.za

Stop trying to make everyone like you

Do you like everyone you meet? Probably not! No one does. Knowing this, then why should you expect everyone to like you?

Many of us have the most trouble with this when it comes to family and friends. The hard truth is that sometimes your relationship with certain people will never be as close as you want or need. What’s the answer? Find other people to achieve the closeness you desire.

Be cool and be a person who does not try to make everyone like you, but rather a person who relies on just being yourself. You do this because you understand the impossibility of making everyone like you and to reduce stress in your social activities. Rather focus on being a laidback person who is interested in other people. This is quite effortless and I guarantee you will attract people like a magnet.

John Lloyd is author of Smart Thinking for Crazy Times. Buy a copy at a smart bookstore near you today – www.brandstorm.co.za

It’s never too late!

“You’re never too old to learn.”Anonymous

A dear friend of mine wants to fulfill a lifelong dream and go and study music. On the surface of this idea there’s nothing wrong, but she is in her fifties. When she starts her classes there’s a good chance that most of her fellow students will be young enough to be her kids. I know that she’ll be the life of the class. She is a real quick learner and will be popular with her fellow students. The only challenge I foresee is when the class forms a band we’ll have to carefully guide her dress sense (hope she doesn’t read this newsletter), but for the rest she will waltz through her studies. I’m confident that fulfilling her musical studies and goals will give her a great sense of achievement.

Question – Think you’re too old to begin a new challenge or pursue a new idea? You definitely aren’t. Being old is never a question of years. It is our attitude that determines our real age. Have you stopped giving voice to the little child within you? Have you used your age as an excuse to close your mind to a new experience or a new challenge?

In fact, the opposite is true. Our age and life experiences are tremendous assets for us when we try something new. Opportunities are endless so don’t use your age as an excuse not to pursue your dreams. Your life is a one-time deal, so make the most of it.

Is there something you’re not doing because of your age? If so, then just do it!

“When they tell me I’m too old to do something, I attempt to do it immediately.” – Pablo Picasso

John Lloyd is author of Smart Thinking for Crazy Times. Buy a copy at a smart bookstore near you today – www.brandstorm.co.za