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Ask Better Questions

Good morning,

Happy Friday! Here’s some food for thought. Search engines routinely update their algorithms to return results that ever more precisely deliver exactly what we’re seeking.

They’re creating an online world in which we’re told what we want to hear. That sounds great for a moment. But what about the value of good old fashioned debate?

Since there are at least two sides to everything, we need more than just the answers we want to hear. That means we have to:

Ask better questions.

It’s easy to find information to support one’s position on anything. However, the strongest positions are built on finding, understanding and addressing opposing views.

Happy searching and have a sunny day!

Clarity

P.S. “Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.” Irving Berlin

P.P.S. You can read the rest of my Sunny Notes blog over the years at www.SunnyNotes.com. I appreciate your feedback and I’m glad Sunny Notes brighten your day.

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Good News & Bad News

Good morning,

It’s Friday and that’s reason to smile, and reason to send you a Sunny Note to brighten your day!

As the season turns to fall I’m reflecting back on a year full of ups and downs; hopefully, more ups than downs for all of us.

Within it all, there are moments that remind me of the pure joy of being alive. Like last weekend when I was having a great time setting up balloons for an event with a friend’s child about half my height. We tied a giant bunch of balloons to a car and he kept a close eye on them while I stepped a few feet away to grab some more.

A moment later I heard a little voice behind me say:

“I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the entire bunch of balloons came loose. The good news is that I was able to save one.” Looking at his earnest face, the only thing I could say was thank you.

So often when it seems like almost everything is lost, the most important thing to do is focus on the bright spot, no matter how small. Sometimes it takes a small child to remind us.

Happy Friday and have a sunny day.

Clarity

P.S. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” Helen Keller

P.P.S. You can read the rest of my Sunny Notes blog over the years at www.SunnyNotes.com. During the last month or so I took a break from blogging but all the questions I’ve received about where Sunny Notes went have encouraged me to keep writing. I appreciate your feedback and I’m glad Sunny Notes brighten your day.

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Mission Driven

Good evening,

Wow – Friday arrived fast! Today found me reflecting on a question I was asked recently. It’s not just a business question; it’s a personal question, too.

What is your mission statement?

Here at Sunny Media Group, the business side of the question is easy to answer because we talk about it all the time. Our mission is to help you get a better return on your investment in marketing and advertising. Plain and simple.

On the personal side, mission statements aren’t as often discussed. But what a great idea it is to create a personal mission statement that articulates what we’re about and our approach to life.  It’s certainly worth putting some thought into.

For my part, my personal mission statement can be stated in two words that hopefully come as no surprise to anyone who knows me: be sunny. In other words, bring enthusiasm, joy and optimism to the world around me.

Let’s each be true to our personal mission – and have a sunny day!

Clarity

P.S. “Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them.” Stephen Covey

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Work & Play

Good morning,

Hurray for Friday! Loving the work I do doesn’t diminish the fact that I also love Fridays – and this one feels like the conclusion of a particularly long week. (Maybe because it follows a short week?)

Achieving some balance in life is important and one way to do that is…

Work hard. Play hard.

Somehow we all need to find time to recharge our batteries. For me, getting outside is a big part of doing that. It’s amazing how refreshing a simple change of scenery can be! Whether it’s a golf course, a mini road trip or a walk in the park, going someplace on the weekend that I never go during the week helps give me a fresh start.

What helps you refresh? I hope you get to enjoy it this weekend – and have a sunny day!

Clarity

P.S. “If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full-speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.” Oprah Winfrey

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Independence Day

Good morning,

Happy Independence Day! How wonderful it is to be free as a country and free as individuals to stand up for our own principles, beliefs and values. This morning I’m reflecting on our freedom to:

Think freely.

Each of us has the opportunity, and perhaps the obligation, to form our own opinions and forge our own path. Other people may try to tell us what to do and even how to think, but ultimately we are free to make our own decisions.

Let’s be independent – and have a sunny day!

Clarity

P.S. “Independence – is loyalty to one’s best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes.” Mark Twain

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Offline

Good evening,

Happy Friday! I came across a mug inscribed with:

“A life…where can I download one of those?”

It was welcomed comic relief and a not-so-subtle reminder that life isn’t meant to be lived online.  Computers are incredible tools and the internet offers virtually limitless access to information and entertainment.

But to fully engage with life we have to get outside, connect with people face to face and experience the infinite world beyond our computers.

So instead of trying to “download a life” let’s make plans to enjoy this weekend with friends and family – and have a Sunny weekend!

Clarity

P.S. “Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Anderson

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Even Better

Happy Friday!

Feeling creative? Scott Adams once wrote:

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

We all make mistakes. It’s the inevitable result of being human. At our creative best we tend to make even more mistakes than usual. The key is to recognize this for the blessing it is. Hidden among all the ideas that don’t work out are the precious few that can change the world.

So next time things don’t turn out as planned, take another look. You may have created something even better!

Let’s get creative – and have a sunny weekend.

Clarity

P.S. “Only the mediocre are at their best all the time.” Dilbert

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Questions

Happy Friday!

Sales expert and business growth specialist Jeff Blackman has some insightful observations on the importance of relationships. I found this one particularly noteworthy:

“Great relationships come from the questions you ask, not the statements you make.”

It seems that everyone pays lip service to the theory that relationships are the key to success in sales. But more than theory, we need skills to build those relationships. It’s not enough to know our own products and services inside out, we need to understand our clients’ concerns, needs and dreams.

That’s why great questions lead to great relationships. By asking the right questions we learn how to help our clients and they learn that we care about what’s most important to them.

So here’s to great relationships – and a sunny day!

Clarity,

P.S. “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Voltaire

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Believe to Achieve

Good afternoon,

It’s Friday! Recently I was talking with a friend of mine who is job hunting. He was telling me he’d found a posting for the perfect position for him. Then he added, but they probably won’t think I’m qualified. Have you ever done this? Let self-doubt talk you out of something before you even start?

Believe in yourself!

Many of us are our own harshest critic when we need to be our own biggest cheerleader and encourager. Confidence is believing in yourself and then acting accordingly, without waiting around for someone else to say “you can do it.”

The best part is that it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, the more you believe, the more you achieve.

Let’s go for it – and have a sunny weekend!

P.S. “The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” William Jennings Bryan

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Today

Happy Friday!

Do you have plans for Memorial Day? How about the next five Memorial Days?

Life is so full of twists and turns that it can be hard to predict what’s around the next corner, let alone five years from now. In the words of Benjamin Franklin:

“One today is worth two tomorrows.”

Making plans makes sense, but trying too hard to predict the future prevents us from making the most of the moment.

Carpe diem – and have a Sunny day!

Clarity

P.S. “We usually lose today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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