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Problems become weak when they face clear goals and a strong desire to succeed.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 20, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Weak [or unaware] people think problems are troubling obstacles, which Misfortune delivers to injure us and beat us down.

Strong [and aware] people know problems are the necessary tests encountered along the road to meaningful success.

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Solutions & Opportunities | Thought Tweets

You can't teach an old dog new tricks...unless, perhaps, you praise him enthusiastically...and feed him the meat he craves.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 19, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Sometimes old sayings go too far.

If you can teach yourself some new tricks then you can teach old dogs new tricks.

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Change: Creating Positive Change | Humour | Thought Tweets

Anticipate situations you cannot control & train yourself so you avoid feeling anxiety or stress when they arrive.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 18, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When people find themselves in situations they cannot control their reaction is, naturally, one of discomfort. For some people, the discomfort is extreme. This discomfort often leads to thoughts and actions that lead to dysfunction, stress, and a host of other negative things. 

We can learn how to do better than that.

We can teach ourselves how to do better than that.

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets

When people tell you they are giving 110%, do you think they are talking in superduperlatives?

by Rick Baker
On Jul 17, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When I was a child neighbourhood parents had a habit of stopping me and asking me to answer math questions. [At one point I thought none of the adults in our subdivision knew how to count their money.] I suppose I was naturally talented at math. Later in life I found myself answering math questions during university level exams...dozens of exams. So, I understand I developed a habit of knowing math.

That knowledge of math has a few side-effects. One side-effect is, when people make claims like they are doing things beyond 100% it catches my attention and my thoughts. I have thoughts like, "Don't these people know when you've got 100% you've got it all & when you've given 100% you've given it all?

Giving 100% is superlative territory....that's the limit of your giving.

Giving more than 100% - well, that's defying the laws of at least mathematics...probably, the laws of physics...and even the Laws of Nature.

How can you trust a person who makes claims like, "Boss - I'm giving 110%!"? [Some go even higher. You hear 150% regularly and some people have the habit of claiming a preposterous 1000%!

Don't you think all of these people going overboard?...being excessive?...being exorbitant?...over-killing their point and beating it to death too?

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Communication: Improving Communication | Thought Tweets

When you know defeat has arrived muster your courage and take one more step ahead.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 17, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

As Napoleon Hill said, "Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit".

and

"When faced with defeat the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of people do. More than 500 of the most successful people America has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them."

 

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Over 2000 years ago, Roman Stoics developed the habit of waiting a day before beating slaves who had erred.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 16, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Speaking of Good Habits & Constructive Criticism...

If those ancient Romans could have that kind of self-control, just think what 21st Century business people could accomplish if they put their minds to it!

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