Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What does being bored really mean?

Many may say boring is doing something repetitive, or doing something without any excitement. I have a tendency to think that boredom is when you are doing something that you don’t want to do. Most people get tired of relationships, working, going to class, etc. However, why is that? Don’t we choose to be in the relationship? Don’t we choose where we work? Don’t we choose what school we attend (adults only, lol)? So why is it that we still get ‘bored?’ The answer to this question is simply we lose the reason for the season. Most of time this is used during Christmas, but I think this applies to every season of our life e.g. the season we are achieving everything or making a lot of money; the season when we seemingly can’t get anything right; or the season when we are spending more money than we are bringing in. Simply put, we must remember the reason we are working, going to school or have a relationship with a specific person. It is because we desire a better life for ourselves and those around us. We have a higher purpose than to simply be entertained all the time. Maybe being bored is an indication for us to do something more with our lives. Simply saying we are bored and doing nothing about it is enticing temptation and setbacks. So think of the ‘real’ reason you are doing something and either reconnect with it or change it. Don’t sit idly and doing nothing because contrary to popular belief, life is going by fast.  

~ R. Rice

Monday, December 2, 2013

How to think and act positive when your situation seems negative

from http://fathersayings.com/tag/think-before-you-speak/
Many times we don’t achieve our greatest potential because we cease to think and act positively when our situation seems negative. The key to focusing on the thinking and acting positive is repetition. This includes repetition in saying, seeing and doing. If you focus on the positive outcomes and outlooks of your life by repeating positive statements, you will find yourself living a better life. For example, I’m going to get my dream job; I’m going to be a better spouse; etc. Next, if you write down yours goals and read more positive books, you will see your life’s successes increase significantly. Often times we don’t achieve greater success because we simply forget about our objectives and goals. Lastly, we have to convert the saying and seeing into action. Even if we make the smallest step of obtaining a better job or more business, it will reaffirm our previous thoughts. So to change your negative outlook on life, you must start with saying and seeing; and the doing will come naturally. These steps may seem simple at first. However, when it comes to making significant changes in your life, these same steps can turn into monumental life moments.  

~ Ronnie

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Believe in yourself when no one else will.
From Blessen Daniel
I just received a text from a friend asking for support for a major life style change. It is amazing how much we can accomplish when we just have the support. Many times, people do not try new things or go after their goals because they do not believe in themselves. If you don’t believe in yourself, find someone who does. This is important in enjoying life’s success. To truly be successful, one has to believe that they can achieve something for the greater good; and do it! Success is more than the big house, fancy car and traveling across the world. Success is about loving what you do, helping others and believing you can do more with your circumstance. One of the ways to engage in all of these behaviors is to surround yourself with people who believe in you and your goals. Contrary to popular belief, you are going to have moments when you ask yourself “what’s my purpose on earth.” You may even doubt your beliefs, but as long as you have great supporters around; your success will be there!

Ronnie O. Rice

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Enjoy today, work for tomorrow and adhere to your moral compass

In a society that seeks to do more, it may be hard to enjoy the day. There seems to be something that needs to be done at all times. However, we must put the breaks on life and ‘smell the flowers!’ One can enjoy the day by simply visiting the local park, meditating or giving back to others. No matter the difficulty of doing so, enjoying the present is key to working for tomorrow. Working for tomorrow is a necessity for survival and continued growth, but it is not a simple goal for more money. Working for tomorrow must be guided with moral principles. Our moral compass operates to determine the goals that we set to achieve and the actions that we should undertake to complete them. Simply, our moral compass is a spiritual guidance and purpose for living:  family, spiritual development, etc. Using our moral compass is great with formulating plans for working and enjoying the day. 

~ Ronnie O'Brien Rice

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Revisiting your purpose through strategic planning

Photo from http://www.strategic-planning-processes.com

 Often times we have goals for our lives, but lack an efficient plan of attack to accomplish them. Being successful takes a three-fold part in life: (1) establishing goals, (2) have a strategic plan and (3) executing your plan. In this post, I am going to address strategic planning.

McNamara (2012) defines strategic planning in four components:  (1) corporate vision, (2) mission, (3) values and (4) strategy. Simply, strategic planning is “determining where an organization [person] is going over the next year or more and how it’s going to get there (McNamara, 2012).”

With regards to corporate [personal] vision, there needs to be a concise, large and detailed vision. One person usually develops a corporate vision. For personal development, it may be important to include spouses and individuals who have direction relationships in these goals. Next, consult or develop your mission for your goals. Daft (2008) describes a mission as the steps of the vision or preliminary strategic plan. Furthermore, the values of the organization [person] must be defined. Anyone can make million dollars illegally through selling drugs, but if one does not value illegal drugs, obtaining a million dollars in this fashion is void. Finally, strategies need to be discussed and set. There are multiple avenues to achieving goals, but there are a few methods that can provide the most impact.

Essentially, do not let your purpose fall to the waist side due to poor planning. Having a plan is great, but having a poor one is worthless. Employ strategically planning - (1) vision, (2) mission and (3) values and (4) strategies – in every aspect of your life: 

Daft, R. L. (2008). The leadership experience (4th ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western.

McNamara, Carter (2012). Basic Strategic Planning. MN: Free Management Library.

~ Ronnie O'Brien Rice

Monday, July 22, 2013

Time: Be on time, begin early and manage time wisely

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” ~ Nelson Mandela

To become more success in any area of life there are three aspects of time that one should consider:  (1) be on time, (2) begin early and (3) manage time wisely.

Be on time

A golden rule of being on time is usually disregarded for various reasons; however, being on time reflects positively on the person and lets others know that you mean business. Regardless of the event e.g. a church meeting, child’s sports game or meeting with a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, we should all be on time. If other people are on time for a meeting, you must decide to be on time as well. This speaks to one’s character because it shows that regardless of the event and the person being met, other people’s times are just as valuable as your own.  Also, it makes a great statement about you as a person.

Get started early in the day

Waking up earlier than needed is something that has plagued mankind due to longing for more sleep; however, it is essential to get up earlier than enough time to eat breakfast and rush kids to school. We need to set our mind to the things that we want to accomplish. This takes focusing on the things that we want to get accomplished throughout the week and day. More importantly, it takes more time to get things completed around our already busy lifestyle. But, this is the price in being more successful and following a purpose driven life.

Manage your time wisely

Often time, managing time is everyone’s biggest issue in life. Many may think being busy is the answer to the life. I totally disagree. I think it is important to prioritize and conquer. Don’t complete tasks because it is on the checklist. Complete tasks because they are important and you want to do them. These tasks must fit into the general theme of your life. And that theme needs to be a purpose driven one, not a simple happenstance. There is always time to do the right thing for yourself and others, no matter the cost. The cost of not doing the right things always out weighs the cost of doing the right thing. Being busy doesn’t mean that you are getting the right things done. Some times you have to be strategic with some of the things that you do throughout the day. You may want to do a lot of things; however, some things will contribute more to future success. 

~ Ronnie Rice

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Break from the distractions

One big step into being successful in any field is taking a break from all of life’s distractions e.g. family, work, finances, school, etc. Often times, many think being constantly engaged is the way to be successful. This is far from the truth. Simply being busy only means ‘being busy.’ There should be a point in which one can think, plan and act strategically about their next major moves in their life.

We all know individuals who are constantly busy, but never seem to progress to the next level. This is because there is little to no thought put into life steps in the months and years to come.

One way to think of strategic planning is to set goals; plan for the steps in between one’s current status and those goals; and act out those plans. Even though plans never go as ‘planned’, it is important to revisit the strategic thinking and planning stages every month to three months to ensure adjustment with life changes.

Overall, it is very important to get a break from the distractions because it allows one to think about those goals that were supposed to be obtained by now. One of the major reasons for many not achieving their dreams is distractions; not time or resources. So grab some quiet time at a library or outside on the lawn. This may be one of the essential steps to becoming more successful.  

~ Ronnie O'Brien Rice

Thursday, June 6, 2013

How organizing your life will help you become successful?

Picture obtained from http://www.governancepartnership.com/category/organization/

What is organizing?
Organizing one’s life means setting goals, evaluating current situation and tying loose ends. Many times people are stuck in either achieving goals, being in their current situation or trying to complete tasks that have been incomplete for years. Doing all of these isn’t the issue; it is the inability to move from the different aspect of life at a well-balanced pace.
Types of organizing? Why organize? What are the benefits of organizing?
One can employ several methods to organize their life:  (a) setting and achieving goals; (b) evaluating current situation; and (c) tying life’s loose ends. Setting and achieving goals means that one has to be strategic. When setting goals, a person must have a purpose because this fuels the continuous obtainment of them. Evaluating current situation allows one to understand the steps that are needed to get from point A to point B. Tying life’s loose ends prevents many from only looking into the future and hindering progression of the present.
How to organize?
Take time each day to prioritize and complete tasks, write goals and being courageous are a few ways in which a person can better organize their life. Whether 5 or 30 minutes, designating time in one’s daily life to set goals and complete tasks allows for one to continuously become closer to goals. Secondly, writing goals encourages mental positive reinforcement in regards to person specific desires. Thirdly, by being courageous helps a person in completely tasks that has either been time consuming or requires a lot of resources. 

Ronnie O'Brien Rice, PhD - ABD