Fast quick start of a red-letter day

A red-letter day is defined as a day that is pleasantly noteworthy or memorable. It is any day of special significance or opportunity.   The word comes from the late 1300s when important days were marked in red ink in calendars made in monasteries and convents.

I choose to start each day with a planned perfect start.  This is a habit; I believe this habit will change and improve every area of your life.  This will make every day special, a red-letter day. Design your life each day. Create a Legacy to prepare those you love to grow through the most difficult challenges of life.   I intentionally invest in the first part of each day to personal development and planning the day to accomplish my top priorities.

My personal start of the red-letter day:

5 minutes; Prayer and quiet time with God. He knows my concerns and situations; He is big enough to handle them. I ask God what is the plan and what is my part in it.  I simply listen to God.  He always answers.

20 minutes; Read Scriptures and daily devotionals.  I am concerned about the right mental and spiritual input. I read inspirational, uplifting and educational books.

5 minutes; Write in journal.  my thoughts, my feeling and my insights; always list three things for which I am grateful.

10 minutes; Write in performance planner daily goals, priorities and objectives for the day

5 minutes; Envision mentally important calls, meetings and appointments.  Review potential questions and needs of others.

5 minutes: Thinking deeply about the most important objective I need to accomplish today.

If you are pressed for time or maybe you are not familiar with the concepts of preparing, planning and performing a red-letter day set aside 10 minutes to begin working on this habit.

3 minutes:  Write three items for which you are grateful and thankful.  Meditate on the good in your life.

3 minutes:  Read positive affirmations and use positive self-talk. A great start would be, “I am getting stronger and stronger every day in every way.

4 minutes:  Write down major goals and problems to solve.

Message of Encouragment & Hope

This is Kenneth O’Neal. I am reaching out to you with a message of encouragement and hope during this challenging time; a moment in time we will not soon forget. We are in this together and I want to share some ideas I believe will allow you to become STRONGER. Some of you know I am Ziglar Legacy Certified Coach and Trainer. In addition, I am trained and educated as a former CPA. I believe our thinking and our attitude is more important today than ever before; the writings and philosophy of Zig Ziglar lives on today through his son, Tom Ziglar and the Ziglar Family. I am sharing several concepts to benefit you in these difficult times.

Over the last few weeks, I have been reflecting on our current situation with the COVID–19 virus, the falling stock market, the shut-down of sports and the cancellation of many events.  Zig Ziglar had a great quote which Tom Ziglar made a small but significant adjustment. The quote is as follows:

“Expect the best; Prepare for the worst; Maximize on what comes”.

Allow me to fully explain.

Expect the best is all about your mindset and your belief system. Focus on solutions and the things you can do. Choose your mental input wisely. Use your extra time to develop yourself and your business. A positive mindset has great health benefits. A negative mindset creates fear and harms your immune system.

Prepare for the worst is to use wisdom in your travel and social interactions. In preparing, talk to yourself and tell your mind you are going to do all the things you have been putting off.  Focus on the things you can do, instead of the things you cannot do. Wash your hands.

Maximize on what comes because nobody knows what tomorrow or next week or next month will bring us.  Create the right mindset and focus on serving others. Be intentional about growing and developing yourself, and you will be positioned to make a significant difference allowing you to have a major impact in this world.

I am here to help if you need anything. I can be reached by telephone at 830-285-7010 or by email merger@windstream.net. In fact, I am happy to set up a complimentary call with you to identify specific strategies to help you become STRONGER during this time. Let me know how I can help.

Criticism and Evaluation

The Effective Communication Class at Greystone Preparatory School consists of three specific components:

  1. Planned, prepared and presented speeches
  2. Profound thinking extemporaneous comments
  3. Evaluation and feedback, commonly called Criticism

All of our students are leaders and high-performance candidates for the military service academies. The following is a portion of my lecture and class presentation on Becoming the Best You.

“Worthwhile leaders with vision can count on receiving criticism. It is a hazard in most occupations and professions.  Criticism can be constructive and positive; it can also be negative and destructive. Intense critical comments have caused many leaders to throw in the towel, give up and quit. I am reminded of the remarks of Theodore Roosevelt when speaking about this subject,

“it is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena – – – – – far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat”.

Leaders must have a sense of humor and the ability to receive criticism.  Additionally, the leader must be able to filter any criticism from fact or fiction. Criticism is best handled by holding on to your wits; responding instead of reacting; asking questions; listening more and talking less; do not be emotional, keep your voice lower and your inflection slower; consider the source; refuse to be discouraged and keep marching toward your goal, vision and mission.

Time is important

Time is an important asset. Time is indispensable and irreplaceable. The average age of life expected is approximately 74. Divide that number by 2 and you get 37.  Middle Age, Maybe ?? Do you have more yesterdays or tomorrows? What is the value of time in your life expectancy?

The Value of A Minute:
24 Hours in A Day;
x 60 minutes in an hour
1440 minutes in a day
x365 days in a year
525,600 minutes in a year
x 10 cents a minute paid for the year – assumed
$52,560 paid for the year – assumed


With the time remaining what will you do to create a Legacy for your life?
Time is priceless. Do not waste it; Do not kill it:

“How you spend your time defines who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey


 

Time is short

I am an Effective Communication Instructor/Coach at Greystone Preparatory School at Schreiner University and my students will be arriving at the end of July.

Words for the 2020 class of Greystone Preparatory School

Time has no direction; time is devoid of thought, reflection or expression. Time does not require a plan of action.  Time can be full of high-level successes and personal accomplishments.  For a meaningful life, you must perform deep profound thinking and prepare a well thought out, well written plan of action. We want to look at the past years with a grateful heart knowing we have performed at our best.  Planning is required.

Time is short.  Mediocrity is over. Opportunities are knocking.  Answer the call and be blessed.

You can achieve your dreams.  The size does not matter. The bigger the better.  Little things become big things.  You must approach all things as magnanimous. Impressive, grandiose projects require the success of the details. Our world depends on the small details. We live in seconds, minutes, hours and days.

To become a successful military officer, you must understand details are important and all details matter.  In all walks of life, high performance achievers know the slightest mistake can result in a major tragedy.  The nominate factor in quality and excellence in every area of life is performing the little details correctly all the time.  Consistent, persistent, working of small differences produce significant positive long-term results. The philosophy of “details matter” and earning a military commission takes planned intentional work, tremendous self-discipline and a soul depth commitment.