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March 8, 2021

Survive or Thrive?

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:41 am

Hand 4545748 1920What gets you out of bed every morning? What is the impetus for putting your feet on the floor?

Aside from having to pee, what drives you to get up and go?

Is it to survive or is it to thrive?

Survival is a great skill to have. It helps keep you alive until you find what makes you thrive.

You may say you have no goal but you really do. You just may not have identified it yet.

Survive or thrive is a great place to start. Wonder why you continue to survive and you’ll get a glimpse of what makes you thrive.

The book of Ecclesiastes lets us know there is a time to reap and a time to sow. And some old Greek philosopher told us to live to fight another day. Both are prescriptions to survive until it’s time for us to thrive.

I’ve had some people ask me why I exercise on a regular basis. My pat answer comes from my Navy days. I say, I’m attempting to stay “topside.” That attitude helps me survive and gives me the energy when it’s my time to thrive.

Answer the question: “What gets me out of bed every morning?” and you’ll find your motivation for living. Once you’ve identified it, make it your mission to survive until you thrive. Adopting this mindset is the magic elixir that keeps you feeling alive.

All the best,

John

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March 7, 2021

I Plan To be . . . – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:23 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 03-08-21.

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March 2, 2021

Anger Is A Reaction

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:37 am

Incredible hulk 1710710 1920Anger is certainly an emotion filled with blood boiling sensations, but at its simplest level, it’s a conditioned reaction.

I’m guessing we’ve all felt anger. It’s a subset of fear which comes with the human software package. And I’m sure you’ll agree that some folks are more angry than others.

There is a price to pay for being angry more often than the average bear. It takes a physical toll on you. Angry people manifest constricting diseases and conditions more often than others: arthritis, angina, high blood pressure, to name a few.

The problem angry people have is they think their anger is caused by someone or something else. It’s not the other causing our distress; it’s us reacting in a conditioned way to a set of circumstances. We’ve learned to be angry.

There are some therapies that recommend that you get your anger out of you by striking at or yelling into an inanimate object like a pillow. I’ll leave it to your imagination how long-term effective that approach is. In short, it isn’t.

The remedy that works much better is recognizing anger within you and not assigning it a cause. Just acknowledge your feelings of anger to yourself. “I have anger within me” is, as we use to say in radio, the phrase that pays. Then after recognizing and acknowledging that you have anger within you, sit with the feeling. Just notice what the sensation feels like in your body. In doing so, you will feel what you call anger begin to wane. It dilutes itself until it’s no longer felt.

The worse thing you can do is to ascribe anger to an outside cause. That keeps it at arm’s length and you won’t be able to wrap your arms around it and feel your way through it.

All reactions can be outgrown. First you have to recognize that you’re having one and then interrupt it by taking some action to dilute, not justify, it.

It’s your anger. Own it by acknowledging and feeling it. Each time you do this, you weaken the conditioned link and outgrow your constrictions and start feeling “in the pink.”

All the best,

John

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February 28, 2021

Then Again – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:29 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 03-01-21.

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February 21, 2021

The People Helping Dilemma – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:59 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 02-22-21.

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February 19, 2021

Going, Going, Gone! Revisited

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:51 am

033009 1206 goinggoingg1Is it “Flashback Friday” already? Here’s a post from long ago that seems appropriate today.

Something has walked out the door and my sense is it’s never coming back.

It’s never been in abundant supply to begin with and you’ve NEVER witnessed it in politics.

It’s a special phrase that you’ll occasionally hear in sports, but hardly ever in real life.

It’s as though glue forms in our mouth when our mind wants to issue these words. What comes out instead is something that sounds like a PR firm was consulted before we spoke.

These are magic words. They aren’t as magical as “I’m sorry,” but they could play the lounge in Vegas.

What is this phrase that has made a mass exodus from our culture?

MY BAD!

When did we hop off the train of personal responsibility? What stops us from pointing a finger in our own direction? This is a pandemic. If you want to make huge amounts of money in this challenging economy, start selling scapegoats. There’s no seeming end for their demand.

Thesaurus words like “Mitigate” and “Obfuscate” take the place of two words that say it all – MY BAD!

I know Facebook folks are famous for joining groups. I want to form a new one – BRING BACK “MY BAD”!

Our painted faces are so afraid of rain that “MY BAD” has become a thunderstorm that’s to be avoided at all costs. Did you ever notice how good the air smells after a thunderstorm?

MY BAD is good for what ails you.

Test it out today to be sure that I’m not making this up. Start small and work your way up, but make the commitment today to take back your personal responsibility and find a way to say, MY BAD!

All the best,

John

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February 14, 2021

The Big Lie – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 11:13 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 02-15-21.

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February 11, 2021

Beyond Help

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:59 am

Desperate 2676556 1280I may have written this before but I find the hardest people to help are those who don’t think they need any.

There’s no one I know who doesn’t need help with something. We all do.

Some are just too proud to ask for it. These are not the folks I’m referencing here.

Here’s what I find: The people who need the most help are the ones who refuse taking responsibility for their actions, never apologize for anything, have a giant polarity response (meaning: if you say, “up” they say, “down”), they are upset with everyone, and can’t be depended on. In short, they are perpetually immature.

Most of us outgrow most of our immaturity. The ones who don’t cause us the most problems and are nearly impossible to help.

These folks, in order to change, need a dark night of the soul to have a prayer of that happening.

Reality has to be their teacher; you or I don’t have the skills to help them.

You may be an extraordinary people helper but you are helpless when it comes to someone who doesn’t think they need help.

Over the years, I have met many gifted, alcohol abuse counselors. The thread that runs through their stories is that their “helpless” clients, who did managed to turn their lives around, had to get to such a dark place on their own before they could see any glimmer of light.

But this post is for you, not for them. They won’t listen. The only thing you can provide them with is love, most times, tough love.

The message for you is this: You are not a savior. Once you own that realization, you’ll be ready for this message from motivational speaker Tony Gaskins: “If you can’t do anything about it, then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.”

All the best,

John

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February 8, 2021

Have Confidence In Your Body – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:53 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 02-08-21.

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February 4, 2021

Experience

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 10:22 am

Knocking on DoorsSeeing as this is “Throwback Thursday,” I thought I’d repost something I wrote years ago because the message is timeless.

I remember when I discharged from the U.S. Navy. I was looking for a job in radio broadcasting. I moved back home and was sending out some audition tapes to radio stations.

My mother asked me how the job search was going and I told her not so well. She said, “You have to go out on the road and knock on doors and get in front of people to make your case.”

The next day I started a pilgrimage down the east coast and visited every radio station that would let me in the door. I remember being in Annapolis, MD on St. Patrick’s Day and all the bars along the strip were serving green beer. I visited a radio station there and got some valuable input from the program director. At each station I visited, I got to experience broadcasting being approached from a different angle – something I could never have garnered from just sending out tapes.

That trip did not turn into a job, but it turned into an experience.

My guess is whomever said there was no substitute for experience came from a position of experience. You’ll never think your way to an experience; you have to physically own it to benefit from it.

Doing outdoes thinking every time and it builds experience. Experience makes life a lot easier.

The challenge for us is this: Gain as much experience as we can in multiple areas of our lives. That means to stretch ourselves. This doing will broaden you and give you more confidence than you could ever experience by staying stationary.

Experience is the byproduct of doing. When you choose to be a doer, you build confidence and are able to answer with a resounding “YES” the question singer Jimi Hendrix posed decades ago: Are you experienced?

All the best,

John

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