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Monday, December 11, 2006


At the busy dental office where I work, one patient was always late. Once when I called to confirm an appointment, he said, "I'll be about 15 minutes late. That won't be a problem, will it?"

"No," I told him. "We just won't have time to give you an anesthetic."

He arrived early.
- Terri Spaccarotelli.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,- Heb 10:24.

Well folks, the weekends over, and it’s back to work for those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, for those who don’t, please continue to enjoy your weekend, but remember, Mondays coming! And as we know by experience, Mondays can be very sluggish, especially after a lovely weekend, where we managed to spend some quality time with our families and friends, and suddenly it’s back to the grind.

I thought by way of encouragement,
that we could have a ‘Heart Starter’ from the word of God, rather than the six cups of coffee, or whatever it takes, to get started for the rest of the week!

Our subject today is MOTIVATION…

He may dress like a skid-row bum and smell like a dead rat, but Andy Smulian is a hit among London businessmen plagued by those who won't pay their bills. Employed by the London-Manhattan Debt Collection Agency, the 20-years-old youth will stumble into a deadbeat's office for $65 and raise a stink until the freeloader pays up.

"The receptionists do most of my work for me," says smelly Smulian. "I hear them tell their bosses, 'If you're not going to write a check, you'd better find yourself another secretary.'"

Though the enterprising young man has generally been successful with his debt-collecting efforts, he has recently been taken to court because of his villainous stench. But he insists he is not to be sneezed at and is sure the London magistrate will rule in his favor. "The law doesn't define when a smell becomes offensive," he says with confidence. But who is he to talk? Afflicted with permanently blocked sinuses, he can't smell a thing.
- Campus Life.
Bob Kuechenberg, the former Miami Dolphins great, once explained what motivated him to go to college.

My father and uncle were human cannonballs in carnivals. My father told me, "go to college or be a cannonball."

Then one day my uncle came out of the cannon, missed the net and hit the ferris wheel, I decided to go to college. - Newsweek.
How do you motivate people to produce, to do a better job? The answer, say motivational experts, is by fulfilling these five needs:

Economic Security:
Workers should feel that their time and effort will be fairly rewarded.

Emotional Security: Management must create a climate in which employees "trust" their superiors, and feel that their jobs contribute to a worthwhile goal.
Recognition: Employees should feel that good work will be appreciated and praised.
Self-expression: We live in a democracy, and none of us should feel that we surrender that heritage when we enter our place of employment. Employees should have the right to communicate ideas, suggestions, fears, and opinions to their superiors without fear of retribution.
Self- respect: This is simply the need to be treated as an individual, as a human being--not a statistic. - Bits and Pieces.
If none of the above will motivate you, how about this…

Blue Monday, that post-weekend, down-in-the-dumps day, may indeed be dangerous to your health.
More men die suddenly of heart disease on Monday than on any other day of the week, reports a group of University of Manitoba researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Your heart also knows about TGIF (Thank God It's Friday),
because that's the workday when the fewest men die of heart attacks. A long-term follow-up study of nearly 4,000 men found that 38 had died of sudden heart attacks on Monday while only 15 died on Friday. For men with no history of heart disease, Monday was particularly dangerous. Among that group, an average of 8.2 heart attack deaths occurred on each of the other six days of the week, while nearly three times as many occurred on Monday.

"Psychological stress has been related to sudden cardiac death, and it may be that return to work serves as a stressor,"
says Dr. Simon W. Rabkin, one of the researchers. But being at home on Blue Monday didn't help much either, since 46.7 percent of the fatal heart attacks occurring in the home also happened on Monday.

"The warning 'Beware of Mondays' should be stimulus for further research to determine why," Rabkin adds. - Ronald Kotulak.

Wow! Now that our hearts are beating regularly,
let’s consider what we have just read over a cup of Java, and thank the Lord for our motivation in Him, through the Word, and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Loving Father, I thank you for the beautiful weekend that I have just had. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit to start off this week, by motivating myself to be a better person, husband, wife, son, daughter, employee, employer. In the wonderful and mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Be encouraged!

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