Staying Motivated To Achieve Objectives

Saturday, January 30, 2010

There are many factors and issues small business owners, like myself, have to contend with, such as finances, creating a stronger brand, and staying motivated. The only way I have been able to attain success is by relentlessly pursuing opportunities that have lead to residential and commercial type jobs. The main issue is staying motivated to achieve objectives, when job opportunities aren't plentiful. Also, realizing you have to adhere to your market plan, regardless if new jobs are coming in or not. Its easy to be full of life and energy when the new jobs are rolling in constantly! Staying upbeat and postive when business is slow can sometimes be very challenging. By constantly visualizing your goals for your business. You will begin focusing on how your business will be in the long run. At this point, you will overlook all difficulties and obstacles, and realize your hard work will pay off eventually, with new job opportunities.

Is your company being cost effective?

If you are like me, you are constantly trying to find ways to minimize your overhead. There are several things you can do to save money, with out lowering quality of service. The first thing you should do is to make a list of all your expenses, then decide if you can lower the amount thats being spent on some of the items.
There are items that are fixed cost such as loan payments, insuarance payments, rent or mortgage of your office space or home. These fixed cost are cost that remains the same month to month. Other items are varibale cost, for instance labor cost, equipment/ and supply cost, fuel (vehicle) expenses, depreciation of vehicles/ and equipment. Variable cost are cost that change month to month, they flucuate often. These are cost you can figure out how to trim excess spending, and then decide how you will lower these cost by being more productive and effecient!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Recently, I tried to figure out the best method to motive kindergarten students to follow directions. There were numerous ideas I came up with. Of coarse, I tried to reward students with snacks and addittional recess. This strategy wasn't as successful as I hoped it would. These kids are very young (ages 4 and 5), therefore every aspect of school,especially rules and teacher expectations, takes a while for them to understand the importance of them. The beginning of the school year is the most difficult, because students are transitioning from summer (no school) less rules and restrictions into the fall (numerous rules/and expectations). The best way I found to reward students for good choices is to give them small prizes (pencils, erasers, inexpensive toys) out of a tresure chest. The reward I found that helped me the most was giving stickers out to anyone who followed my directions. I was amazed at how effective this strategy worked. I never knew the "true" power of stickers!


I believe a great teacher has a friendly and humerous personality, can create meaningful group and individual assignments, ability to help all students learn and reach there maximum potential. All these are necessary to help students learn a lot. When teachers have a friendly and humerous personality it helps make the learning process fun and enjoyable to most students. Also, I find that by doing these things, students are more inclined to pay attention in class, and are anxious to volunteer to answer questions. The more engaged and active students are the better listener and learners they will become! It is important to create meaningful group and individual assignment that not only forces students to think critically about topics, but also introduce new information. Teachers use individual assignments along with test and quizes to gauge how well students comprend material. I believe group assignments teach teamwork. Teachers main objective should be to help students learn as much as possible, by motivating them to achieve there personal best. Students spend a large portion of their life being educated by teacher. Therefore, educators can have a profound effect on shaping views and teaching students subject matter and relating it to current topics and issues.


Sunday, November 8, 2009

The art of being an effective substitute teacher consist of several characteristics: classroom management, multi-tasking. If an individual doesn't display all these qualities while they are the guest teacher, the classroom and the entire day can become an diaster! I will explain the importance of each characteristics and how it helps the classroom run smoothly and safely. Being the guest teacher you have to be firm, but yet fair to all the students to create an environment that allows learning to occurr.
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: You are responsible for the introducing and explaining of various topics ranging from how to write paragraphs or solving algebraic expressions, it all depends on the lesson plans left by the teacher. During certain times you may have to address/ and handle behavior issues immediately.
MULIT-TASKING: If you become frustrated when you have to do several things at one time, then I would not recommend teaching as a profession. You have to be able to organize and adjust your schedule, based on your students needs. To be effective you need to be able to teach lessons, handle children that are off task and not focused, clarify and explain directions or questions.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

I was completely in shock to hear what happened to former NY Giants star Plaxico Burress. I was disappointed to hear that he had made a bad decision. This decision, like Mike Vick, will forever tarnish his image. Instead of caring a .40 caliber-Glock gun, he could have hired several individuals for personal security, and if an situation occurred in the night club, they could of handled it for him! His decision to carry an illegal weapon, could of landed him an sentence of 3 1/2 to 15 years in jail, but could be released two months early for good behavior. He will be sentenced September 22. The situation of him could of been avoided, if he had not brought an firearm to the Manhattan club "The Latin Quarter". Burress accidental shot himself in the right thigh, as he was walking up the steps to the VIP lounge. The gun, which was tucked into his pants begun to slide down his legs as he walked. As Plaxico tired to grab the gun, he pulled the trigger shooting himself. A witness reported he saw a bloody pistol fall out his pant leg and land on the floor before Burress said "Take me to the hospital"! I am sure as his sentencing date becomes closer he wishes he could rewind time and make a better, and more sound decision. Unfortunately, he can't, he has to take responsibility for his actions. Burress interviewed with Adam Schaap, he appeared to be very sincere and regretful about his poor choices. Schaap asked him was he ready to be sent to prison, "... as a person---nobody wants to go to prison." Burress told Schaap. Plaxico stated, "Like I said, I got myself into a situation and you know, I gotta deal with the consequences for it." Unlike Vick, as soon as Burress is released from prison he will be eligible to sign with any team. His suspension from the NFL will be concurrent with his prison sentence. Plaxico Burress was used as an example in New York, but most are familiar with gun laws in the city.

M. Vick deserves another chance from an NFL team to prove he still belongs.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'll be willing to bet that Mike Vick never thought his numerous bad decisions would result in a steep fall from the high pedestal, he used to occupy! Vick was once the highest-paid player in the league. Michael "Dwayne" Vick is a professional American football quarterback who played with the Atlanta Falcons for six seasons, until he was convicted and sent to prison at Leavenworth, Kansas for his involvement in an illegal dog fighting (Bad Newz Kennels).

It appears that Vick has emerged stronger from the time spent in prison. Atlanta Falcons owner, Arther Blank, who signed Vick to a 10 Year, 130 Million dollar contract (including a 37 million signing bonus) in 2004, had been communicating through letters, while Vick was in prison. The quarterback has written that he spent is time playing a lot of football and working making 12 cents an hour washing pots and pans. Vick played quarterback for both teams while in prison. Although he was locked up, he still played a recreational style football, which was beneficial to him. Yeah I know the competition was no comparison to the NFL! LOL

However, it still kept him active and thinking about various aspects of football. Blank told the New York Daily News, "He talks about the process he is going through and what he has learned, the lessons of life, how he's going to come out a different person. He's sorry he has affected so many people in negative way-the league, our club,our fans. He feels awful about that. The letters sound quite sincere to me. From a mental standpoint he sounds good." I believe this experience has made him more well rounded individual.

Perhaps in the future, he will think twice about dogfighting-(Dumb Decision)- it has altered his career and image forever. Not only was prison punishment, he was suspended from the NFL indefinitely and lost his contract with Nike. Mike Vick is known as a repeat Pro Bowler and for being a wild and reckless quarterback. He's also known for signing one of the largest contracts in sports history, surpassing Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb's lucrative earnings. Also known as allegedly having herpes, for giving obscene gesture to fans after losing a game to the Saints in 2006, and maybe (the) most damaging, for operating Bad Newz Kennels-a dog fighting organization.

Vick went from being considered a fantastic, future hall-a-fame quarterback, to serving 23 months in prison! Now he searches for an NFL team to sign with. So far the owners of the New York Giants/Jets, Dallas Cowboys, and Atlanta Falcons have no interest in the 29 yr old QB. Talk about taking things for granted! LOL. This messy situation occured because of his huge ego. He believed because he was a "Huge Celebrity/NFL Superstar" he could follow rules and regulation at his own discretion. Mike Vick you thought wrong.

Although Vick accomplished numerous awards in the NFL, his records and image will be forever tarnished, no matter what he does. Vick has already taken steps to rebuild his image. He met with the president of the Humane Society of the United States while serving his federal sentence.
Recently, Vick has been conditionally reinstated to the NFL, he will be forced to sit out until week 6 of the regular season at the latest. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated only action will matter. Words will be meaningless in regards to the rehabilitation and resurrection of Vick's career.

Only time and wisdom of his own decisions stand between him and the complete restoration he seeks. Vick has done his time, lost his money and been publicly disgraced. His name has been stained by the admission that he tortured and killed dogs. Vick's actions were repulsive and worthy of strong punishment. I believe Vick was punished to severely. there seems to be a push to make an example out of him. Let this man earn a living and take care of his family! America is suppose to be the country known for giving "second chances" to it citizens. Hopefully, a team will give Mike Vick another chance to play professional football in the NFL.

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