Ed and Earlene have learned, like Elvis did, “taking care of business” (TCB), is important and can be done anywhere. With today’s modern electronic communications, cell phones, etc. you can handle calls, follow ups, enrollments, instruction… you name it… wherever you are!
From their lake cruiser fishing the waters of Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada, at a shore lunch, guide orientation sessions, early morning and late afternoon sessions with a variety of top level leaders, they conduct business and help their clients practice an enjoyable, full-filling life of outdoor adventure, healthful physical exersize, mental gymnastics, and a variety of skills to make life into an exciting game. They truly do lead you along the path to an invigorating journey to health, wealth, and happiness.
Happy, Healthy leaders build successful enterprises and make life an enjoyable experience.
by Ed Foreman
My mission is to do whatever I can to encourage, persuade, and inspire myself, my family, my friends, my associates, and others to live a happy, abundant life. And, whenever I do it, it bounces right back on me. It’s been said that listening to me is like drinking from a fire hose. Well, you can’t run a fire hose without getting pretty wet yourself. It splatters back on me.
I stay perky. I stay prepared. And that’s why it’s easy to be prosperous. I’m happy. I’m healthy. I’m terrific. And I help others to do the same thing. The interesting thing about it is… Whatever we think about, whatever we put into our minds, is exactly what we tend to become. I’m happy to see programs that help people to nourish their minds with positivity. So many times we hear about what’s wrong with our community, or our society, or our government, or the world, rather than thinking about who we are, where we’re going, what we want to make happen in our own lives. When we’re tuned in to the happy, positive, and constructive end result we’re more apt to guarantee that in our lives.
I tell people, Enjoy life now! It has an expiration date. You gotta get excited! You gotta get turned on! You may not be around tomorrow. People say, “If only I’d done this…”, “If only I’d done that…” or “Someday I’m gonna…” If onlys and somedays don’t exist for me. Live it up, baby!
If you want your life to get better, don’t expect the company to do it for you. If you want your life to get better, all you have to do is get better yourself. And how do you get better yourself? By what you read, what you listen to, and the people with whom you associate. As you begin to upgrade what you put in, you upgrade what you put out. If getting by is what you hold in your mind, getting by is what you’ll experience in your life. But if health, and happiness, and a good place to live, and a comfortable automobile, and adventure and travel is what you hold in your mind, that’s what you’ll experience.
What we’ve done over the years is show people how, by what they read, what they listen to, the people they associate with, begins to alter the way that they live. One of the most important ingredients to that is the way they talk to themselves. Most people are the worst conversationalists with themselves. They put themselves down. “Oh, I don’t think that’s gonna work… I fear this… I fear that…” We say listen to yourself. Start giving yourself some positive self-talk warm-ups like “I’m alive! I’m alert! I feel great!” Some people say, “do you really say that?” Yes, of course you do! You may not believe it at first. But the more you say it, the more you begin to feel it. The more you begin to feel it, the more you begin to become that way. So, the first thing whenever you get out of bed in the morning say “I’m alive! I’m alert! I feel great!” Splash a little water in your face. Turn on some happy positive upbeat instrumental music. Whatever you do, don’t turn on the radio or the television news. Start listening to something good and wholesome and positive and you’ll feel better as a result of it.
Sometimes people say to me, “I suppose you’d be happy and confident and cheerful and positive and enthusiastic if your spouse has just walked out on you, or if you just lost your job.” Well, some people might be if it was their spouse situation, but I say you’re happy and enthusiastic ONLY if you desire reconciliation with your spouse or ONLY if you want to remarry or ONLY if you desire to get a job equal to or better than the one you had. If you go around complaining and whining and criticizing your former spouse or telling everyone how unfair and inconsiderate and no good and difficult that person was, do you think they’ll want to marry you? If you criticize and complain loud and long enough, they’ll know why that person left you. No prospective new employer will want to hire you if you’re critical and condemning and remorseful about your previous employer. So what happens is, the more positive you are, the more saleable you are. The more positive you are, the more likely you are to get the result you want.
As you think these thoughts, as you hold these visions in your mind, life gets better and better!
Keep Smiling! Stay Happy, Healthy, and TERRIFIC!
Thanks to the professional expertise of my medical specialists, the energy, love, prayers, and support from family and friends, I am truly getting back to âreal lifeâ with renewed enthusiasm and improving health and vitality.
Yes, I am attending daily morning cardiac rehabilitation sessions, exercising, reading, writing and enjoying walks along the creek and through the park.
It is fun to look ahead as we fill in the calendar with exciting adventures for 2012. We will continue with our quarterly 3-day SUCCESSFUL LIFE Course sessions at the Canyon Inn, McCormickâs Creek State Park, Spencer, Indiana (March, May, August and November); six full-day programs for our Institute for Management Studies friends in New York City (March), London and Scotland (May), Minneapolis (July), Philadelphia (August), and Detroit (September); Global Information Network (GIN) meetings throughout the USA and exotic locations around the world; Canadian Outback Adventures program at Totem Lodge, Lake of the Woods Ontario; NMSU faculty and student functions; Veteran Speakers Retreat in Pennsylvania; a few corporate annual meeting keynotes, political fund-raisers; fly-fishing in New Brunswick; motorcycle tours up and down the back roads of America… Laughing, Loving ân Living life to the fullest!
Count your blessings, be cheerful, kind and considerate.
Recognize that the “Someday” youâve been planning for is here, now;
so go out and make a lot of worthwhile memories!
Love and best wishes!
- Try everything twice. On a woman’s tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: “Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!”
- Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down… do periodic “self-evaluations.”
- Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever… never let the brain get idle. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s!
- Enjoy the simple things. Savor the “feel” of a misty morning… contemplate a colorful sunset or sunrise… enjoy “dawn” as darkness becomes light… eat a watermelon… walk barefooted in the sand… pet a dog.
- Laugh often, long and vigorously. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM or HER. Enjoy LIVING, not just Existing!
- Let tears flow… don’t hold ’em back. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive. “Aiming to” don’t pick no cotton!
- Surround yourself with what you love: Whether it’s family, friends, pets, music, plans, hobbies, motorcycles, whatever. Do some stuff for “you”… not always just for others.
- Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
- Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
- Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. “I love you” lifts spirits, warms hearts and heals wounds.
- Forgive, now, those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance. Being unwilling to forgive, is like drinking a cup of poison and waiting for the other person to die!
- Be KIND, THOUGHTFUL and CONSIDERATE to everyone… you never know what challenge they may be facing… your kindness gives them HOPE. There is no such thing as “false hope”… HOPE is good conditioning for mind, body and spirit!
1. Thou shalt not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
2. Thou shalt not be fearful, for fear makes us weak, doubtful and unproductive.
3. Thou shalt not cross bridges before you get to them.
4. Thou shalt be honest and trustworthy at all times, in all circumstances. Honesty is the mark of a great soul; dishonesty is despicable.
5. Thou shalt not take problems to bed with you for they make very poor bedfellows.
6. Thou shalt not borrow other people’s problems. They can take better care of them than you can.
7. Thou shalt not try to relive yesterday for good or illâit is gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life today.
8. Thou shalt count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one.
9. Thou shalt be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It’s hard to learn something new when you’re talking.
10. Thou shalt not become bogged-down by frustration, for 90 percent of it is rooted in self-pity and it will only interfere with positive action.
Who says you can’t have fun and continue business at the same time? With sophisticated cell phones and international communications connections, you’re “in the office” everywhere!
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We just completed a 4-week, 5,300-mile international motorcycle tour that had us visiting clients and conducting programs across 11 States of the USA, 5 Provinces of Canada, numerous State and National Parks, and a variety of unique resorts and villages.
We departed Dallas, June 26, 2009 going north through Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota, crossing into Ontario, Canada, at International Falls, Minnesota. After 6 enjoyable days of fishing, outdoor exploring, and outward bound experiences on Lake of the Woods, south of Kenora, we ventured on west through Winnipeg, Manitoba, across the magnificent plains of Saskatchewan, to the bustling metropolis of Calgary, Alberta. Attending the historic, renowned Calgary Stampede was remarkable, “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!,” and enjoy a “sampling” of the many photos taken along the way.
Canmore, Banff, and Lake Louise…especially Banff and Jasper National Parks…are glorious sites! Traveling by motorcycle, you experience it all…sounds, sights, smells, temperature changes, rain, wind, sunshine…deer, bears, foxes, elk, buffalo, eagles, pelicans, etc.! We traveled up over the Continental Divide through the Rocky Mountains, down to Radium Hot Springs and Cranbrook, British Columbia, dodging a hailstorm here and there, to the quaint crossroads stopover at Elko, BC.
From BC, it was south through Glacier National Park in Montana, Whitefish, Great Falls, and Livingston…then into Wyoming, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks to Jackson Hole and Rock Springs…through the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area to Dutch John, Utah, to view brother, “Senator Chub Foreman’s,” work in constructing the magnificent Flaming Gorge Dam many years ago.
From Utah into Colorado through Dinosaur, Rangely, Grand Junction and Montrose to the fabulous villages of Ouray, Silverton, and Durango, we experienced hairpin switchbacks, mountains, waterfalls, rivers, and streams. At Pagosa Springs, we enjoyed the bubbling hot mineral baths.
Chama, New Mexico, is a charming village with lots of neat little riverside cabins and the historic Cumbres & Toltec railway that takes you up through the passes and colorful canyons, across bridges and streams to old mining and lumber camps. Then we explored on south through the Carson National Forest, Chimayo, Pojoaque and Tesque to the quaint pageantry of Santa Fe, where we enjoyed fresh roasted corn, tacos and goodies on the Plaza.
From Santa Fe to Las Vegas, NM, across the grassland ranches, to Tucumcari to Amarillo, Texas, Childress, Vernon and Wichita Falls, and back into Dallas…what fun, adventure and excitement…but it’s good to be back home for a few days…then the adventure continues!
Sometimes we get so caught up in getting things done that we forget to enjoy the process that leads to accomplishment.
There was a movie a year or so ago (I won’t tell you the name of the movie so I don’t spoil it if you haven’t seen it yet). The teacher was telling the student that there was something really cool to see at the top of this mountain trail. It took three hours to get there. All along the way, the student was excited and having fun, looking forward to seeing this really cool thing. When they got to the top, the student asked, “ok, what’s so cool?”. The teacher looked around and said “This rock is really interesting.” The student was visibly disappointed. The teacher said “but you’ve been excited and happy for the last 3 hours.” The lesson being, of course, to enjoy the getting there.
When you go to a movie… Do you go to “get it done”? Do you sit down in the theater and say “I hope we can get this movie over with quickly!”. No, of course not. We go to the theater to enjoy the plot unfolding, to enjoy the experience of the large screen, expansive sound, (and the good snacks).
As you’re planning your vacation, do you review your itinerary saying “We’re going to go there, there, there, and then back home. Oh wait, we are already home. There’s no reason to go, we have already accomplished the vacation.” Silly, right? The whole point of the vacation is to enjoy the trip, not to get it done.
We would be so much happier if we would just “enjoy the ride” no matter what we’re doing…working, eating, driving…whatever it is.
Enjoy the ride!