JAM with Mike

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

Make Your Own Luck

Thursday June 4, 2015 #731

“Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I do not believe in luck and neither should you.  Good things happen for us when we are clear on what we want, repeatedly take action to prepare ourselves, and pay attention so we recognize and take advantage of opportunities as they come along.  Don’t wait and hope for “luck” to come along.  Create your best future by preparing for it and acting to make it so.

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June 16, 2015 Posted by | purpose, Take Action, Tenacity | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Knowing What You Want

Thursday May 21, 2015 #727

“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.”

~Don Herold

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It is important to occasionally sit back and reflect on how you are living your life and how and with whom you are spending your time.  The speed of today’s life and the increasing demands on our time can easily create a situation where we can go for months or even years without authentically and critically assessing if what we are working so hard at is something that is aligned with what we really want and with what nurtures us.  Spend a little time today to think about this in your own life, and regardless of your conclusions, also schedule your next “appointment” with yourself no more than 4 months later to start a habit of regular reflection to ensure all your hard efforts remain aligned with your purpose and goals.

May 31, 2015 Posted by | Goals, Happiness, purpose, reflection | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How We Spend Our Days

Thursday April 16, 2015 #717

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

~Annie Dillard

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Our lives are built on a succession of days.  So each day is precious.  Try not to waste today on aimless wandering, or activities that do not enrich you and serve your values and purpose.  Use today to intentionally be the person you want to be, to take actions that help you move toward achieving your goals, and to make a difference in the lives of people around you.

May 9, 2015 Posted by | achievement, intention, Take Action | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Life

Tuesday March 10, 2015 #706

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.”

~Joseph Campbell

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Not always, but often, our true path lies in a direction we had never envisioned.  The moment of recognition may come as a shock as you realize that your purpose, and your path to real joy and ultimately success, requires letting go of what you and others expected of yourself.  It’s the career person who realizes they must become an entrepreneur.  It is the financier who recognizes their true passion is in charitable works.  Or a million other less dramatic choices.  What is your true purpose, your true passion? Is your current life fulfilling your potential?  Alignment to your gifts and passions will create true joy and contentment.

March 15, 2015 Posted by | Passion, purpose, Success | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Effective Leaders

Thursday November 6, 2014 #676

“Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.”

~Thomas H. Huxley

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I often encounter clever people who are able to devise amazing ways to resolve seemingly insurmountable challenges, and yet who lack the confidence and tenacity to put their ideas into place and push them to success.  Similarly, there are those who are unable to find these clever solutions on their own, but when they understand the purpose and vision of those who can they are unstoppable.  The effective leader therefore, is the one who puts together teams of complementary talents: clever problem solvers and patient and tenacious doers.

November 23, 2014 Posted by | leadership, patience, persistence | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Exceeding our Limitations

Thursday September 18, 2014 #663

“The major work of the world is not done by geniuses. It is done by ordinary people, with balance in their lives, who have learned to work in an extraordinary manner.”

~Gordon B. Hinckley

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I am energized by the possibility in all people to achieve great things.  The joy of leadership is to provide the environment in which anyone can exceed their perceived limitations and deliver exceptional results for themselves and for their teams.  This environment must be one of optimism, a clear purpose, mutual trust and respect, hard work and perseverance.  In this environment, all members contribute at a high level, rather than relying on a few stars.  Each of us, whether as a titled leader, or a leader among our peers, can create and preserve such an environment.  And in today’s complex and highly competitive environment, we must.

September 22, 2014 Posted by | achievement, leadership, Perseverance | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Passion vs. Desire

Tuesday August 26, 2014 #656

“The heart of human excellence often starts to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.”

~Terry Orlick

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JAMmer JK asks, “About your post below….(JAM #651 Finding Your Purpose) the overall point is spot on.  Just wondering, how do you define ‘passion’ and what makes it different from ‘desire’.”

Good question on passion vs. desire.  First, I think both are linked to the first element:  purpose.  Passion is related to but greater than simple excitement because it is attached to a real and meaningful purpose.  As the passion builds a real desire grows within us and gives us the courage and strength to take the actions necessary to keep our passion alive and achieve our purpose.  I hope you have identified your purpose!

August 31, 2014 Posted by | courage, Passion, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding Your Purpose

Thursday August 7, 2014 #651

“There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” ~Napoleon Hill

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Without purpose, there is no passion.  Without passion, there is no desire.  Without desire, there is no action.  Without action, nothing can happen.  Find your purpose and start your journey to success.

August 9, 2014 Posted by | Passion, Success, Take Action | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Your Personal Purpose

Thursday October 3, 2013 #564

 

“If you know your personal purpose, you’ll have plenty of energy to do what you want to do.”

 

~Thomas Wilson

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If you find yourself fatigued and uninspired as you go about your work or normal activities, pause for a moment and ask yourself if you work or your activity is in alignment with your vision for your life.  Don’t be one of those people who live their whole lives and then look back knowing they spent that life doing work or activities that were someone else’s vision and not their own.  Take the time to determine what is truly important to you, your values, and ultimately what brings you joy.  Begin to take action to ensure your work and activities align to what you truly aspire to.

October 5, 2013 Posted by | inspiration | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Living a worthy life

Thursday August 1, 2013 #546

 

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life, so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice”

 

~White Elk

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This is one of those big, deep thoughts but one I believe we must focus on regularly:  Am I living a worthy life in this moment?  We all know we could die or become incapacitated at any moment and lose all chance of being the person we hope to be, personally, professionally, and spiritually.  And yet we rarely stop, reflect, and refocus ourselves on what is important, and saying “no” to what is not.

As we start the eighth month of 2013 – 60% of the way through another year! – pause today and ask yourself questions of alignment, of purpose, of belief, and of love.  All of us are imperfect and all of us can use this time, if we choose, to regularly course-correct and move with intention on a path of meaningful existence.  And as you do this, remember to celebrate all the ways you are living the life you want.  You don’t have to wait until you die to rejoice – celebrate each moment that you are the best you.

August 4, 2013 Posted by | intention, love | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment