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.