It’s Your Choice

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • “You’ll keep getting what you’re getting as long as you keep doing what you’re doing!”

    “The insanity principle is doing the same thing but expecting different results!”

    “If nothing changes, nothing changes!”

    These statements all pertain to personal power reinventing oneself and change. More importantly, they all pertain to choice. You have to choose to change YOU.

    Throughout my life, from childhood through college, corporate career to business owner, wedding day to divorce court, I’ve encountered people who were in situations they loathed but, for whatever reason, chose not to change how they responded to or viewed the situation. In most instances, the situation or circumstances never changed and neither did the people because most of them kept expecting the circumstances to change. We have to be the change.

    Would you agree that most people want to live happily and fulfilled? Then what’s the fly in the ointment? I suggest it’s our mindset. How often do you smile? Is something always on your mind? Lighten up! We get old because we stop having fun. We need to live more, love more and laugh more. The negative circumstances that hold your thoughts and dreams hostage are just that – circumstances.

    I know how to be unhappy, to complain, to stress and to cry. From relationships to professional endeavors, I’ve let negative circumstances keep me up at night. I’ve wasted time, energy and minutes on my cell phone. I chose not to do that anymore and you can to!

    I just had a phenomenal Easter. This celebration is incredible anyway, just for what it represents, but this Easter had an unusual twist. In addition to the Smith family’s typical protocol of going to church, spending time with the family eating, talking and TV — for the first time, we pulled out the Wii game. My mother and mother-in-law simultaneously, in a tone I’m sure my neighbors heard, pronounced they weren’t going to play! Their excuses ranged from “too old,” “bad back,” and “I don’t play games” to “I don’t know how to play.”

    Three hours later, with everyone else reduced to cheering spectators, these two self-proclaimed “Hot Mamas” were bowling like professionals on the circuit just because they made a different choice.

    It’s not too late! Make a list of the things you’re going to make a different, conscious choice. Choose:

    • Wow… over worry
    • YES… over “I don’t think so”
    • Having an incredible evening… over having to be heard
    • Being happy… over being right
    • Now… over eventually
    • I will… over “I can” or “I can’t”
    • Family… over work
    • Touch… over TV
    • Smiles… over stress
    • “It’s up to me”… over “it’s your fault”
    • Rest… over rushing
    • Prayer… over pushing

    It’s not rocket science. Make the choice: whatever gets the most energy… gets the greater result. It’s up to you!

    Jim Smith, Jr.

    Jim "Mr. Energy" Smith, Jr. (President/CEO, JIMPACT Enterprises) passionately works with thousands providing performance-improvement solutions and breakthroughs to superior results in the areas of global leadership, high-impact presentation and facilitation skills, diversity, customer service, personal power and professional trainer development. A sought-after trainer and power speaker, his workshops, keynotes and executive coaching experiences have taken him to 43 states, The Netherlands, China, Turkey, Ireland, Spain, Norway, Singapore, Malaysia, the Bahamas, Canada, Mexico and England. The "personal power" expert has worked with thousands of executives, leaders and managers coaching them in effective communication skills, employee development and maximizing one's productivity. In addition, he has coached speakers, trainers, television and radio personalities in how to make "mistake-free," memorable, engaging and retention-based presentations. Jim is also a faculty member for both the Rutgers University and Temple University Executive MBA Programs. In November 2008, he was featured on the cover of the National Speaker's Association SPEAKER magazine. In April of 2009, he appeared on the cover of New Jersey's Performance magazine with President Barack Obama, Corey Booker (Mayor, Newark, NJ), Donald Trump, Joel Osteen, Pat Summit and others. Jim obtained his BA in English from Widener University (1983) and his Masters in Journalism from Temple University (1994). He is also a member of the Peirce College Board of Directors. Prior to forming JIMPACT, Jim held leadership and consulting roles for the Bob Pike Group (1998–2002), Simmons Associates (1998–2001), CoreStates Bank (1996–1998), the Vanguard Group (1993–1996) and Prudential (1984–1993). His focus, he says, "is on personal power – I want to create a mindset shift in my learners – I want them to take 100% responsibility and accountability for their behaviors, actions and results. This will help them reach phenomenal levels of performance." Jim has authored two books: From Average to Awesome: Lessons for Living an Extraordinary Life and Crash and Learn: 600+ Road Tested Tips to Keep Audiences Fired Up and Engaged!" and co-authored a third, The Masters of Success (with Ken Blanchard, Jack Canfield, John Christensen and others). He has also penned articles for a number of industry publications. His clients include: TDBank, Genentech-Roche, Merck, Neighbor's Federal Credit Union, Gartner, Prudential, Harvard, ADP, AIMCO, Almac, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Subaru, Johnson & Johnson, the Kimmel Center, MetLife, HBO, Jack in the Box, Cousin's Subs and Raising Cane's. 

    For more information, please visit JIMPACT.com.

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