Monday, November 15, 2010

Have an “A-C-T-I-O-N Packed” Week

And so we enter a new week – a week filled with hope and endless possibilities. It’s also the last week before the holiday season officially begins. In the United States, next week Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and then the holiday shopping bonanza begins.
To many individuals and companies, this will likely be the last productive week of 2010. I’m a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and I know that traditionally, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are as slow as molasses. People are mentally checked out of life as usual and get into the festive spirit as the year draws to a close.
Having said that, I’ll just do a brief post as you get back to work today. Productivity is the name of the game this week because after this, it may be January before things get back to normal – whatever normal might mean for you.
In order to become productive, we have to take A-C-T-I-O-N.  The following poem from my book Poems of Inspiration: A Daily Dose of Self-Motivation is one I wrote to help us focus on the tasks that lie ahead. I have shared it on the blog before but I think it’s worth repeating today, as it’s so relevant to our topic.


Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses

Consider the limitless possibilities of what you may accomplish

Take small steps daily toward realizing your dreams

Inspire others to join you on your journey

Obey your instincts and work relentlessly

Nurture your dream until it becomes reality

This poem applies to both our professional and personal lives. If we want to accomplish great things in the workplace, we have to be proactive and take action. Likewise, if we want the families we dream of, we have to make it happen.
Our children live what they learn from us. If we want them to reach for the stars and conquer the world, we have to lead by example. How can we expect them to make good grades when the very thing that brings good grades – hard work – isn’t taught to them? If they see us working diligently, they will learn that success isn’t something you sit and dream about, but rather something to reach out and grasp for yourself.
Let’s take action today so that all the good things we envision for our families and ourselves will become reality.

Enjoy your A-C-T-I-O-N filled day!
The Upbeat Dad

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