Notes from the boss - The Power of Persistence
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The conventional definition of persistence is: "Refusing to give up or let go; persevering obstinately; firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition." Is it any wonder then, that persistence is the fundamental difference between a successful outcome and a failed outcome? In that case, it behooves us to develop the vital quality of persistence.
Here are some tips on developing persistence or perseverance:
➢ Decide what you want to accomplish and set goals.
If you don't have a desired destination or goal then you will most likely wander. This is true of making big goals or small daily goals. In a study done in New York several years ago researchers surprisingly found that people who set clear, concise goals succeeded in achieving them 95% of the time!
➢ Prepare for Obstacles and Setbacks. Know and accept that there will be obstacles and setbacks; then prepare for them. Nothing important was every accomplished without adversity, setbacks and difficulties to contend with along the way. Persistence is often the difference between a successful outcome and a failed one due to giving up.
One of the ways you can prepare for setbacks and obstacles is to anticipate potential problems and have a contingency plan.
➢ Take the first step. You cannot persevere; much less succeed, if you never try to accomplish something. So many of us procrastinate, fear failure or are too frozen in our tracks to take the first step towards achievement. You will not fail if you don’t try something, however, you will never succeed either.
➢ Review, reevaluate and revise. If things do not work out the way you hoped then review the steps you took and the process you followed. Reevaluate by examining what went wrong and where. What didn't work? What could you have done better? Did you have all the necessary skills and tools? Your findings will be most illuminating, and in turn, allow you to set up a better, more comprehensive approach. You will revise and improve the current strategy.
➢ Garner support and encouragement. Stay away from naysayers; instead seek wise counsel and advice from those experienced in your endeavor and those who want you to succeed. They can assist you by making suggestions and recommendations based on their experience and expertise. You will still have to do the hard work, but there is nothing more encouraging than having positive reinforcement.
➢ Maintain focus. One of the obstacles to attaining success is losing motivation and focus. Avoid getting caught up in negative or unproductive thinking such as, "This will never work." "I can't do this."
➢ Enjoy! The greatest feelings of accomplishment derive from knowing you've overcome obstacles and conquered adversities to achieve your goals. Your ultimate success will be exponentially more satisfying and fulfilling when you know what it took to get there.
Adapted from The Power of Persistence - By Z. Hereford
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Safety - Driving Awareness
Hey guys I want to emphasize our driving safety. We have had great success in this area of our business and it's a credit to your professionalism. But it only takes a moment of distracted driving to change that. Please stay alert and be safe. This is a news article from yesterday about a truck driver who got arrested and charged with himicide on Sunday.
OGALLALA, Neb. (NSP Press Release) - A semitrailer truck driver has been arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle homicide following a collision that killed five people and injured six others Sunday on Interstate 80 in western Nebraska.
The injured were taken to Ogallala Community Hospital. From there, three were flown to hospitals in Colorado, the Nebraska State Patrol said. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.
The crash happened in a construction zone about 4 miles west of Brule, just before 11:30 a.m. MDT. The semi was heading west when it collided with the rear of a westbound van, the State Patrol said. The force of the collision pushed the semi and van into three other passenger vehicles. The semi and van both became engulfed in fire.
All five who were killed had been in the van, the patrol said. The semi driver, identified as Tony A. Weekly, 53, of Baker, Florida, was treated at a Julesburg, Colorado, hospital and released. He was then taken back to Nebraska, where he was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle homicide and jailed in the Keith County Jail, the patrol said.
Interstate 80 was closed for about 10 miles in both directions for about six hours. The Keith County Sheriff’s Office, Ogallala police and rescue units from Big Springs, Ogallala and Brule responded.
Fun and Interesting
Rivas and Weinberg play on our sponsered church softball team. They are showing off our teams runner-up plaque and the team shirts.