Absolutely and Positively Yes, I AM Doing It!

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It’s never the right time or ideal  circumstances. Time doesn’t wait for you and your current circumstances are the platform to take on new opportunities  and build the life you always wanted.

Don’t make excuses or justify why you’re not doing this and that or procrastinate about it.  Neither play down the efforts of those who are being, doing and having the life they want. If you cannot join or lead them , then get out of their way.

Do something every day that will get you closer to your dreams.
Write down a goal and start working on it. The details will work out for themselves. You just need to get started and right now it’s the best time.

It won’t be easy, you know that; it may be challenging, of course it will be. Anything unknown creates uncertainty and even fear. However, it doesn’t have to be.
Embrace challenges; accept them as they are and turn them into oppotunities if you just step of of your comfort  zone and take the first step.

It will be challenging but I tell you, it will be totally worth it.  A year from today, you’ll look back only to see how far you’ve gone.

So go on, get started!

GMAN MANIFESTO 2012-2013

GMAN MANIFESTO 2012-2013

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It’s the time of the year to review 2012 and set sails for 2013. To sum up this year in one phrase would be “my come back year”. I remember on last New Year’s Eve, at the turn of the clock, declaring a big turnaround for 2012. That and the previous year were tough both in my personal and business life. But not this year.

This is the year of taking action. It was time to perform and produce. It is happening just as I expected, though not exactly as how I expect it to happen. My business has stabilized; I am back on the map in the field but at a price. I have traveled thousands of miles through many states and out of Country to be where I am today.

The sacrifice has paid off and now I can move onwards on solid ground. Wonderful experiences I lived, places I have been and people I have met. I thank God for all of it. The lesson learned is to take what life has to offer without worrying about the outcome but always expecting the best outcome. As the saying goes “The first light is the one that shines”, I took in every opportunity coming my way without reservations.

On a personal level, I grew up more this year. I learned that what it is asked and done with intention, it will receive what it deserves. Not as one originally expect it but with the expectation of the best outcome possible. I am open to new experiences with the intention to live how I want it regardless of the circumstances. I have not being disappointed. In fact, I welcome the unexpected with a smile in my face. I have seen what the worst that can happen is and it is not all that bad. Even after hitting rock bottom, I started to build a solid foundation. Went all in, receiving more than I have ever expected. I wanted to document my experiences, to write more. Instead, I chose to live and share more. Facebook has been my outlet to document my life. Ten years from now I expect to go back and be pleased of what I have documented over time. Every positive that comes my way and like it, I have shared it with my family and friends. We all enjoy, learn and lived from it. I have created relationships and expanded my horizons just by sharing the good stuff.

This year 2012 is all about stabilization and grounding my roots. The best place to be is where I am now. I am here to continue to lead my life and business with excitement, expectation and always hoping for the best.

Moving on to 2013, I declare progress and constant improvement. Moving forward is the theme. It always has been the right theme to carry on. I will continue to be open to new experiences, taking it in as they come and making the best of it. I expect the business travels to become less so I can get into other important things with the family. That is where I feel that I am needed the most and I want to be there for them. I am contemplating other business ventures for the New Year. I look forward to launch new projects and build stronger relationships with other people. In everything else, expect the best of me. I will keep on improving.

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Ha llegado el tiempo del año para revisar el 2012 y ajustar las velas para el 2013. Para resumir este año en una frase seria “el año del retorno”. Recuerdo en la víspera del año pasado, al dar las doce, declarando un gran retorno para este año 2012. Ese y año previo fueron fuertes tanto en lo personal como en mi negocio. Pero no este año.

Este es el año de acción. De laborar y producir. Está pasando como esperaba pero no exactamente como yo esperaba que pasaran las cosas. Mi negocio se ha estabilizado; estoy de nuevo en el mapa de mi campo pero a un precio. He viajado miles de millas por muchos estados y hasta fuera del país para estar donde estoy hoy.

El sacrificio valió la pena y ahora puedo moverme hacia adelante en tierra sólida. He visitado lugar espectacular y conocido personas maravillosas. Le doy gracias a Dios por eso. La lección aprendida es en tomar lo que la vida le ofrece sin importar el resultado pero esperando siempre el mejor resultado. Como dice el dicho “La luz de adelante es la que alumbra”, tome cada oportunidad que paso por mi camino sin reservaciones.

En el nivel personal, he crecido más este año. He aprendido que lo que pido y hago con intención, lo recibo. Tal vez no como esperaba pero con la mejor expectativa. Estoy abierto a experiencias nuevas con la intención de vivir como yo quiero sin importar las circunstancias. No me ha decepcionado. Es más, recibo lo inesperado con una sonrisa en mi cara. He visto lo peor que puede pasar y no es tan malo después de todo. Aun después de llegar el fondo, comencé a construir unos nuevos cimientos. Me fui de pecho y he recibido más de lo que esperaba. Quise documentar mis experiencias, escribir más, pero preferí vivir y compartir más. Facebook ha sido mi canal para documentar mi vida. Espero en 10 años volver atrás y leer lo que he documentado al pasar de los años. Todo lo positivo que vino a mi vida y me gusto, lo comparto con mi familia y amistades. Todos disfrutamos, aprendemos y vivimos de ello. He creado relaciones y expandido mis horizontes solo por compartir lo bueno.

Este año 2012 es de estabilización, de sembrar mis raíces. El mejor sitio para estar es donde estoy ahora. Estoy aquí para continuar dirigiendo mi vida con entusiasmo, expectativas y siempre esperando lo mejor.

Moviéndonos hacia el 2013, declaro progreso y mejoras constantes. Echar Pa’lante es el tema. Siempre ha sido el mejor tema para seguir. Continuare siendo receptivo hacia nuevas experiencias, recibiéndolas como vengan y haciendo lo mejor de lo que pase. Tengo expectativas de que los viajes de negocios sean menos para hacer cosas más importantes con mi familia. Es ahí donde siento que soy más necesitado y quiero estar ahí cuando me necesiten. Estoy contemplando otras oportunidades para el nuevo año y espero lanzar nuevos proyectos y crear relaciones más sólidas con otras personas. En todo lo demás, espera lo mejor de mí. Seguiré mejorando.

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Holding a grudge: living with resentment

A feeling of resentment is like walking with a ball and a chain shackled to your ankle. You can walk as far as the chain will let you until the heavy ball stops you and holds you back unable to move forward. Some people make their chain longer and as it gets longer so it gets heavier, making it difficult to carry on in life. Indeed the worst thing about holding a grudge without truly forgiving and not letting go is that no matter how far you go, you always be attached to the weight of the ball, the grudge, by the heavy chain, that is your emotions that holds you to that bitterness and you will always return back to those negative thoughts and feelings preventing you to move ahead in your life. However when you truly forgive another and decide to move on by letting go of the ill feelings and replace those feelings with kindness, optimism and good intentions, then you will really forgive and able to move forward because you finally let it go.  You have learned from that experience and now your improved attitude will allow you to really forgive that person, let go of the negative feelings so both can move on with your lives. You and only you can cut your own chain that will free you from hatred and allow you to move forward without having to re-live the past leaving it right where it belongs, in the past, never to be re-visited not with the same feelings you once had but you will notice that now you may look at the same  experience with a new set of eyes and so it will be remembered in a different way.

Senior living, Choice and Attitude

I visited a senior community for their annual housing compliance inspection.  A multi story building in the downtown area housing with about a hundred residents. In contrast with other elderly housing, senior communities are more active than one may think. The residents are people 55+ from diverse backgrounds. I Walked into the lobby to the front desk and there sat Clara, the receptionist. A snappy lady in her seventies.  She led me to the manager’s office and was offered with the customary coffee cup as a courtesy. Inside of office I could hear the buzz of the lobby, old folks gathering and talking, going on about their business, the beginning into another day in retirement.  As  I do my walks around the building many people confused me for the water guy, the pest control guy, the post man or the delivery guy from God knows where and make requests or demands about this and that. Some think I am a social worker eager to tell me how rotten and cruel the management is or to inquiry how they can get more benefits, etc. Sometimes seniors wait with anticipation because they got the word out about “the inspector” visiting and they want to know who this fellow is. When they see me and greet me I could hear they whisper between themselves “Oh he is so young” or   “Did you see? the inspector is a kid”  which I cannot help to smile inside.

Senior communities are typically one bedroom apartments. They are small but with all they needed to live comfortably. Condition depends on their housekeeping. Some looking and smelling good, bright and free of clutter others well not so good with many deficiencies, infestations, distinctive odors, etc. Going in and out of units is entering into a story and leaving without knowing how will end. Each unit is unique in a way, each resident has a story and it unfolds in front of me as the manager opens the door and I enter. I am transported into their lives, their likes, and their way of living. I can tell who’s procured by their family; the picture on the wall, their mementos, their history. I can sense who might be ill, who doesn’t have anyone to look for him or her, who’s alone and who might have give up on life and wait for its end grudged. Yes, I can see and sense all this and in a matter of minutes I am out of their lives into another one and I may never know what it would be of this person again.

One thing always struck me is that seniors who were more active, upbeat and healthy live in apartments that are bright, clean and pleasant.  It appears that these individuals live a better life because of their attitudes, the way they lead their lives and how they keep their place of living.  It also appears to me that the residents who live in an unkempt place, dark, dirty and cluttered tend to be grumpy, ill prone and lonely. Granted there are exceptions of people living their way as they please with no other regards and they get scot free but I believe it is a matter of choice of how they want to spend their senior days in this earth.  Attitude is the message I want to convey. Lead my life with the right attitude and when the time comes to depart this life I will leave with satisfaction knowing that I lived a life of full engagement and also that I will be remembered by others not forgotten.