JAM with Mike

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

Discipline vs. Regret

Tuesday April 11, 2017 #878

“Everyone must choose one of TWO PAINS: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

~Jim Rohn

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Most if not all meaningful goals are challenging to achieve.  There are skills to learn or master, obstacles to overcome, and constantly changing environmental factors to deal with.  When we fail to achieve these goals, we usually have ourselves largely to blame either through lack of true desire or lack of discipline to deal with and overcome the challenges.  Don’t live a life of regret for what could have been.  Push yourself to have the discipline necessary to achieve the goals you truly desire to achieve.  The pleasure of achievement will make today’s pain worthwhile.

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April 14, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Changing Your Direction

Tuesday December 20, 2016 #853

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.”

~Jim Rohn

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As you move through mid-December, prepare for the holidays, and prepare for the New Year, it is time to reflect on what has gone well this year, and what areas of your life you want to improve.  In this reflection, you may come to realize that something you’ve been aiming for needs to be rethought.  It could be a relationship, a professional goal, or something physical or spiritual.  It may involve determining a whole new path.  It might seem overwhelming to contemplate a different destination or goal.  But rather than focusing on reaching the destination, the best way to start a fundamental change is by simply taking a step in the direction of your newly defined destination.  Talk about your idea with a close confidant.  Gain knowledge by reading on the topic.  The important thing is to begin.

Need to change your destination?  What can you do today to change your direction?

February 2, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Learning Through 700 JAMs!

Thursday February 5, 2015 #700

“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.”

~Jim Rohn

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As I reflect on the milestone of writing my 700th JAM with Mike, I am most grateful for all I have learned from and about you, and about myself in the process.  I don’t always follow my own advice, but I try!  And, whether you have been with me since the beginning in 2008 (and thank you for that!), or have just recently joined, I hope you have learned something about your ability to help yourself and others achieve greatness and find joy in living.  I have learned from so many of you and I look forward to our mutual learning in the next 700 JAMs!

February 14, 2015 Posted by | JAM with Mike, learning | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We are who we meet

Tuesday August 31, 2010 #250

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

~Jim Rohn

One of the first things to consider when assessing your satisfaction with your life is your circle of influencers.  Think about the handful of people you spend the most time with.  For each of them, describe them as, on balance, enriching and adding value to your life or draining and subtracting value from your life.  The result may shock you. Too often we allow negative influencers to dominate our inner circle.  Make sure – today – to surround yourself with more positive influencers, people who leave you energized and ready for the next challenge, rather than exhausted and drained.

April 24, 2011 Posted by | intention, Take Action | | Leave a comment

Motivating thought

Thursday February 11, 2010 #194

“If you want motivated people, you have to find them, not motivate them.”

~Jim Rohn

As leaders, we cannot motivate people.  We can only create an environment in which people can choose to be motivated.  Our task is to find those individuals who want to be motivated and then provide the environment that fosters their motivation.  What are you doing to provide a motivational environment for your team and/or your co-workers?

March 14, 2010 Posted by | leadership | , | Leave a comment

What really matters

Tuesday February 10, 2009 #94

We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life.”  

~Jim Rohn

This JAM is a little longer than usual.  My Dad sent me the following message.  I’d heard it before, and maybe you have as well, but it is a timeless piece of wisdom that bears repeating.  Enjoy it and thanks, Dad, for sharing!

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.  When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.  He then asked the students if the jar was full.  They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly.  The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.  He then asked the students again if the jar was full.  They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled up everything else.  He asked once more if the jar was full.  The students responded with a unanimous “yes”.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand.  The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided,

“I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.  The golf balls are the important things – your God, family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.  The sand is everything else – the small stuff

If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.  The same goes for life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.  Play with your children.  Take time to get medical checkups.  Take your partner out to dinner.  Play another 18.  There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter.  Set your priorities.  The rest is just sand.”

One student raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.  The professor smiled, “I’m glad you asked.  It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple cups of coffee with a friend.”

February 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment