JAM with Mike

An Archive of Mike Osorio’s Jammin’ twice-weekly email service

Critics & Naysayers

Thursday May 28, 2015 #729

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

~John Wooden

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We all have had big dreams and aspirations.  Hopefully you still do!  However, most people’s inner critic (as well as well-meaning and not so well-meaning external critics) tells them all the reasons why they can’t achieve their dreams.  Other than a pragmatic assessment of our limits, it does you no good to focus on these naysayers, even yourself.  Instead, focus on all the talents and strengths you do possess and surround yourself with people who support you and remind you of what is best about you.  Don’t ever let the reality of your limitations stop you from leveraging your strengths.

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May 31, 2015 Posted by | achievement, Dreams, Talent | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vision and Intent

Thursday March 19, 2015 #709

“Things never happen on accident. They happen because you have a vision, you have a commitment, you have a dream.”

~Oscar de la Renta

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As you work to achieve the things you want in life – personally and professionally, the key is to have clarity on what you are striving for, and intentional actions to get you there.  As you think about your progress, ask yourself if you are truly clear on how you define success and whether your actions are in alignment with the path to achieve that success.  Is your time being well spent or are you drifting?  It is important to do this status check regularly.  Have and know your vision, stay committed, and act.

April 4, 2015 Posted by | intention, Success, vision | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Inner Child

Thursday January 29, 2015 #698

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”

~Aldous Huxley

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Today, think about how you can bring a little bit of child-like wonder, playfulness, and naiveté to your life.  All of us face the significant challenges of adult life:  driving our professional careers, dealing with financial pressures, handling family issues, keeping up our health in our ever-aging bodies, etc.  It isn’t what we face, it is the attitude we bring to our normal daily trials.  The secret ingredient to seeing life as relatively joyful on balance is a sense of enthusiasm.  That enthusiasm can come if we can pause and find the child within us – seeing the possibilities ahead of us, and our capacity to hope, to dream, and to believe we can do anything!

February 14, 2015 Posted by | Belief, Dreams, enthusiasm | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Dreams

Thursday January 22, 2015 #696

“There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, ‘Yes, I’ve got dreams, of course I’ve got dreams.’ Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they’re still there.”

~Erma Bombeck

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It is wonderful to reflect on your potential to improve your personal and professional life, to dream big dreams and imagine great things.  But…  Isn’t it time you stop dreaming and imagining what you want for yourself and the people in your life and actually do something about it?  Keep dreaming, AND, start doing!

February 14, 2015 Posted by | Dreams, Take Action | , , , | Leave a comment

Happy New Year!

Thursday January 1, 2015 #692

“New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.”

~Sarah Ban Breathnach

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On this New Year’s Day, I wish for you a year of significant, if not dramatic growth for yourself and all that you hold dear in your professional and personal life.  That growth will not come without purposeful and persistent action on your part.  Don’t wait for good things to come to your door!  Get out in the world and push yourself forward to the amazing potential that is within you.  Perhaps more importantly, be intentional about helping others accelerate their own growth.  You have amazing talents and gifts that if shared, will give others hope, challenge their thinking, and spread the potential for improved circumstances across your family, community, and workplace.

My best to you and yours as you launch your best year ever!

January 3, 2015 Posted by | change, Talent | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Looking Inside

Tuesday September 16, 2014 #662

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”

~Carl Jung

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People work hard every day, searching for meaning, success, wealth, happiness, and love.  Too many never seem to find these things because they are searching for them “out there”.  Somehow if they try hard enough, they believe they will find the elusive things they seek.  I have found that those who seem most at peace with their lives are those who have spent time with themselves, determined their core principles and what is most important, and then lived a life in accordance with these principles.  In this way, the people and experiences that bring fulfillment and all life’s abundance come to them – still requiring great effort and perseverance, but far more naturally.  Look inside, find yourself.

September 22, 2014 Posted by | Happiness, Perseverance, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Inspiration

Thursday July 24, 2014 #647

 “Doing doesn’t come from inspiration, inspiration comes from doing.” ~Billy Cox

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Many people spend their lives searching for the inspiration they need to finally do the thing they dream of most.  Sadly, most of these people will never find it.  Don’t be one of them.  Start doing the thing you dream of.  NOW.  It is only in the doing that you will find your inspiration.

July 27, 2014 Posted by | inspiration, Take Action | , , | Leave a comment

Enjoying the Journey

Thursday June 5, 2014 #633

“Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.” ~Samuel Smiles

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It is common to get discouraged on the long path to achieving our dreams.  Anything worth achieving is going to be challenging and may result in many failures as we attempt to move forward.  To not only achieve our goals, but more importantly to enjoy the journey, we must allow ourselves to recognize the many small victories along the way.  This is the definition of the joyful, happy life – the ability to enjoy the journey.  We do this be recognizing the steps taken, and being grateful for the people and the experiences we are fortunate to have along the way.

June 7, 2014 Posted by | achievement, Goal Setting, Gratitude | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Direction of Your Dreams

Thursday May 29, 2014 #631

“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” ~James Allen

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The speed and the quality of your journey to achievement and success are largely determined by how you spend your time and resources.  It is easy to drift into long periods of doing what gives us comfort and pleasure, which could include excessive TV/internet viewing, overindulgence in comfort foods or alcohol, gambling, gossiping and other negative but fun social behaviors, etc.  These are known as controlling desires, because they pull us into their web of comfort but add no value to our quest for achievement.

But it is up to us to decide to limit or even eliminate these controlling desires by focusing on those actions that pull you toward the positive achievements you aspire to.  When our thoughts are dominated by our dreams, it is easier – but still difficult – to ignore the natural pull toward those activities that waste our time and resources.

Start each day with powerful thoughts of what you want to achieve and both what you must do, and what you must avoid today to move you in the direction of your dreams.

May 31, 2014 Posted by | achievement, intention, Pleasure, Take Action | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Opposite of Courage

Thursday November 21, 2013 #578

 

The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice – it is conformity.”

 

~Rollo May

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There are always opportunities to improve your situation, new ideas to help others, and cool things to be discovered and invented.  You have the power to affect amazing positive change, but you must have the courage to act.  Don’t get lost in conforming to popular thinking and common beliefs.  If you can imagine it, you can begin to take the actions to make your dreams possible.  What can you do today to move yourself, or someone or something you care about forward?

November 23, 2013 Posted by | Belief, change, courage, imagination, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment