Sunday, January 5, 2014

My Goat Mua

Last summer I had the privilege of becoming a goat owner, I got two little Nigerian Dwarf goats from my friend Ellen.  I must say that goats by far have been the best pets/ lawn mowers that my family and I have ever owned.  They just keep eating and making fertilizer each and every day.  Unfortunately the older Goat Mua passed away a couple of days ago.  Upon returning from vacation she seemed a little weak and was walking kind of funny.  I wasn't sure what was going on so I brought her in under the carport area.  At the time it was storming and Hawai'i island was under a flash flood warning. I though it might be her feet because it was raining so much, but figured out she had worms.  It took her three days to die, I bought the medicine and came home but it was too late.  She was gone.  Even though this was a very sad event for me and my family, Mua will not be forgotten because she has taught me a few very important lessons.

The MUA Principle

Lesson 1:  Stock Up On Knowledge
  • Its better to have knowledge even if you don't need it right away. 
  • Know who to call to ask questions, what to read,  who to listen to when you need answers.
  • Better to be tired and learning, then to be tired of learning!
Lesson 2:  Take Action
  • Once you have the knowledge take action.
  • Learn by doing, keep doing by evaluating what you are learning.
  • If what you are doing isn't working go back to lesson 1 and try again until you get the result you want.
Lesson 3:   Doubt Your Doubt
  • I had doubts if my diagnosis was right but didn't move on it.  Doubt your doubts, when it is a matter of life, death, or lively hood.  Do It!
  • Be willing to change your game plan if the plan seems to be taking you in the wrong direction.
  • Evaluate and follow through,  when you make a change look at it and ask others to give you their view.
Lesson 4:  Challenge the Storm
  • Storms bring rain, wind, and thunder and sometimes it can leave you in shock not wanting to go out, but there is always a calm in the storm.  Wait for it them move.
  • Many times the storm comes to test you to see if you have the mental toughness to see, do, and continue on the right path.
  • Deciding to do nothing during the storm is a decision to fail.   Keep moving forward even when there are set backs control you thoughts to move forward.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Why not me?

Hulihiaka‘ikena means A change in perspective.

A change in my perspective this holiday season has led me to ask the question to myself, why not me?  I have had many mentors on my life some have made millions of dollars helping other to meet their needs, others have devoted their time and money into those around them.  A saying that they have in common is that if you help enough people get what they need in this world ultimately you will get what you need.  At this point in my life I feel it is time for me to go to the docks because I have been waiting for many years for my boat to come in but in reality my boat has already been here for many years, it has just been at the docks.   Not at my house.  Many brainstorm sessions has led me to the decision I make today.  It is my time!  Why not me?  I am ready to be the impact player that I was born to be!  I am not sure how to get there but I know I am on my way!