With a Great Quote from Norman Vincent Peale
My name is Joi (“Joy”) and I have a confession to make. I’m a baseball addict. There’s nothing about the game I don’t love. The sights, the sounds, the everything. Between the months of April and October, it’s on the tip of my mind and tongue 24/7.
The other 5 long months? Withdrawal.
Love. The.Game. But, I have to confess, I’m not too fond of losing. When my team (the St. Louis Cardinals) loses, I feel it right into the next day. If it’s the post season, I might even feel it for weeks.
But, even then… it’s still baseball!
Our young manager has made a few “head scratching” mistakes this season. And last season, but who’s counting?
He’s a first-class, first-rate, top-0f-the-shelf type of human being. The players love him, everyone in the organization loves him, opposing coaches love him… heck, I suspect even the umps love him.
Great guy. Doesn’t even cuss. But, that’s a misleading stat, given the fact that he has made some bullpen decisions that make everyone else cuss enough for him AND them. So, in a roundabout way…. he turns the air blue, just not with his own mouth.
Anyway, the good man made a bad decision in last night’s game. Well,actually about 7, but – again – who’s counting? After head-scratcher #4, I thought, “This guy doesn’t seem to learn from his mistakes.. instead he seems to take some sort of comfort in them.”
No doubt that’s pushing it – I’m not terribly reasonable when I’m in the midst of a baseball game frenzy.
It made me think about an old adage, “We learn from our mistakes.”
I’m just not so sure that old adage holds a lot of water. Could it be that it’s just a comforting thought that tends to take the sting out of mistakes?
Ironically, when I came to Self Help Daily to add a quote to the page of Norman Vincent Peale quotes, one of the quotes jumped out at me. I loved it so much I actually turned it into the graphic you see at the top. “We’ve all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes, but I think it’s more important to learn from successes. If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors.”
Sort of calls the old adage out on the floor and asks it, “What have you got to say to that?!”
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m reasonable enough to know that we CAN learn from mistakes. However, I’m also reasonable enough to know that…
- That’s not always the case.
- It’s better to slow down, think things out, and not make mistakes in the first place.
That second one brings me right back to the ballgame. If – prior to the mistake (pick one), our manager had simply slowed his world down for a minute and thought things through – I would be a much happier gal today.
Sometimes that’s all any of us have to do. Take a deep breathe. Gather our thoughts around and take a good, close look at them. Remove emotions from the equation and go with what we know is the decision that carries with it the largest probability of a successful outcome.
The alternative is go just go with a particular knee-jerk reaction because….
- … it’s what I’ve always done.
- … thinking kind of hurts.
- …. my heart’s telling me to.
Here’s a fact that’ll never NOT be a fact – our brain is located in our head, not our heart.
If I’m sounding preach-y, I don’t mean to. If I sound like someone who always centers her thoughts and never lets her heart have a vote…. hahaha, sorry, I couldn’t get through that one without laughing. I am THE WORST at thinking things through and THE BEST at jerking reactions out of my knees based upon my heart’s word.
Preachy? No. Just intrigued. Intrigued by Norman Vincent Peale’s words and intrigued by the concept of simply slowing down and engaging all brain cells, memories, and… yes, in the proper pecking order… emotions. The concept of slowing our world down long enough to THINK before we speak or act.
It just might be the secret to winning – games and life.
Please share your thoughts in the comments!
Also See: More Norman Vincent Peale quotes!
Just In Case You Forgot How Beautiful Kindness Is...
Kind words are the music of the world. They have a power that seems to be beyond natural causes, as though they were some angel’s song which had lost its way and come back to earth. – Anonymous
There's a Great Deal of Comfort in a Cup of Tea
Just as it approaches that time of year when my brain begins to think about the holidays, Christmas shopping, and all the wonderful things that come from September – December… that’s when my car says, “You know what’d be cool right now? A big fat Mechanic Shop bill!”
It has such a sick idea of good times.
As soon as I got back home, I did the only thing I could do or needed to do. I poured myself a big tall glass of sweet tea and everything was right with the world again.
Tea is the comfort food of drinks, isn’t it? I love it for that.
The quote at the top is from a great book I recently reviewed on my tea blog. The book’s aptly titled Tea Wisdom and it’s absolutely a little beauty. Click the title to read more about this book and see more tea quotes.
As for me, I think my day calls for another pot of tea.
3 Simple Steps to Making Your Subconsciousness Work for You
If we were to take the quote above and drain every drop of self improvement goodness from it (something we should do with all inspirational quotes), we’d realize a few things:
- First of all, we should make certain that we feel as strongly about our goals as we think we do. Have you ever found yourself struggling with a particular goal or dream only to realize it isn’t even your dream? That, in fact, you’re actually trying to live up to someone else’s goal for your life? There’s a reason that doesn’t work – YOU have to feel strongly and passionately about the goal or dream. It has to be YOUR dream. YOUR vision. YOUR passion. If it’s someone else’s dream, let them work on it while you work on your own.
- How do you make sure the idea is “buried deep” in your subconscious mind? At the risk of grossly oversimplifying… you put it there! Think about the goal you want to achieve and think about it often. You aren’t working some sort of mumbo jumbo – trying to bring the fulfillment to you, you are taking yourself to the fulfillment. Proactive beats inactive or reactive every single time when you’re going after goals. Goals and dreams aren’t on wheels, you can’t coax them to come to you, you have to lace up your own skates and roll to them. Frequently thinking about these objects of desire puts the wheels in motion. This particular step is why things like “vision boards” (picture collages of images that represent goals and dreams) are so popular. It’s also why so many experts recommend “picturing” yourself where you WANT to be. Both of these exercises are ways of burying the idea deep in your subconscious.
- When you’ve put your subconscious mind on the path to your goals, let it works its magic. You’ll find yourself with fresh ideas for making your way down this particular path.
Your subconsciousness is your own personal superhero and he/she is just waiting for you to call them to action.
The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfillment. – Earl Nightingale