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Example Series

Example 1: Repairing Your Domestic Refrigerator without Help

This will be the first part of a new series where I use examples from real life to explain the importance of taking on initiative.

As we all know, repairing broken appliances around the household isn’t something we’re all trained to do, which is why service providers like appliance repairmen and other such companies exist in the world. Now today I’ll be using a great example of how an old lady with no background in appliance repair took it upon herself with amazing initiative to fix her own kitchen fridge.

Not all examples in this series will be this easy to describe, because this is a story I know well, having met and talked in great length with this kind lady. Now I personally find this story incredible because, as someone who knows this lady fairly well, I know she is very inept when it comes to any general electric appliance, let alone domestic refrigerators. Her name is Maggie and she lives in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. Before she contemplated fixing her broken fridge on her own, she was moments away from calling up a local appliance repair company, namely Appliance Repair Vancouver at https://www.werepairappliances.ca/, but then she remembered some of the conversations we had enjoyed about taking initiative and decided to put the fate of her fridge in her own hands.

Maggie is by no means computer savvy, but if she’s smart enough to find the best appliance repair company in Vancouver by using the internet than she’s definitely smart enough to find a video on the internet that explains how to fix a fridge. After all, YouTube is full of videos on how to repair any broken appliance you can imagine. Now the real act of initiative was finding out exactly what was wrong with her fridge, which required tampering with the old screw driver and flash light to take a look around. Like I said, this is impressive because even I have no clue what goes on inside the guts of a domestic refrigerator. But with a glass of wine, some Bach music and a high spirit, Maggie was able to fix her broken fridge in less than three hours. Perhaps Appliance Repair Vancouver could have done better but this is still impressive for someone like Maggie.

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There were many frustrations along the way, but it turned out her fridge just had a minor complication with some of the internal pieces and a bit of nudging here and there was all it needed. Those were the words she used, anyway.

So now this just goes to show the power of initiative and, when harnessed with high spirit, how this power can manifest into competent results in unexpected areas. Maggie not only went out of her comfort zone and learned something new, she saved herself a good deal of money by repairing her own fridge. Recently Maggie and I had talked about the power of habit building, which I wrote a post on, and she admitted this played a huge role in her taking initiative. She thanked me for ennobling her with the will to take initiative because she is a fan of my blog.

I’m grateful to know Maggie and I hope this story inspires other ladies out there to not underestimate themselves. If Maggie can fix a broken household appliance, so can you! After all, a fridge repair job isn’t the end of the world. A thousand appliance mechanics can tell you that.

Now before I let you go I want to summarize with a list of 6 things we can all take away from this story:

  1. No one is too old to take on initiative.
  2. Initiative goes hand in hand with high spirits.
  3. A broken fridge doesn’t have to stay broken for long.
  4. Inept computer users can always surprise us.
  5. Never underestimate the will of a kind old lady.
  6. The power of initiative is free for everyone to use!

So there we have it. For those of you looking forward to more tips and advice for taking on initiative in your life, stay tuned as I plan to cover much material in the future. Stay motivated and thanks for visiting!

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Tips and Tricks

The Power of Habit Building

In recent years, scientists have really honed down on the power of habits and our subconscious minds. Even without science, ancient thinkers have been able to put the connections together. For example, the Old Testament is full of hints on how to change your life by what you think about. The power of habit building can completely change your life. Here’s how!

What is habit building? It’s consciously being aware of how habits affect the outcomes and results in our life and taking steps to build new habits in order to change our outcomes and results.

How do you build new habits? First you have to separate your current good habits from your current bad habits. Then you have to take small steps to replace your bad habits with good ones. This process works best if you have a long-term, life-long goal you’re working toward. For example, if your goal is to become the captain of a ship in the navy, how helpful would it be to replace the habit of drinking in the bar every night with reading the biographies of history’s best captains?

If you’d like to learn more about the importance of habits, watch this amazing Ted Talk:

Science of Habits

If you’d rather read an analogy than watch this video, I got one for you. Habit building is just like collecting bottle caps. How efficient would you be at collecting bottle caps if all you did was stay home and watch movies? Would you be more effective if you left the house? Just like habit building, it takes action to make it work. You can’t build new habits without getting off the couch and making changes. Now I really recommend watching the video above because it explains this in incredible detail.

Good luck with your habit building in 2019!

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Story

What is “Initiative” for Dummies? (A Brief Guide)

To explain “initiative” in terms everyone can understand, we feel obliged to tell a story. This is a story about a single mother, except its not human. This is a tigress!

This story is one that we tell to everyone who wants an easy way to remind themselves of the importance of taking on initiative in their lives.

Once upon a time there was a healthy, happy family of tigers who had just whelped a bunch of cubs. The cubs are so cute and both the mom and dad love them dearly, each one of them. There’s three little cubs, and each one looks a little different.

All was swell for weeks after the birth, but then a storm ransacked the safari and the mom got separated from the father with her three cubs tailing behind her. The storm was so nasty and strong, it caused massive winds to flow over trees and rains to flood the land for four days in end. There was no respite for the cubs until their mother found them a cave to settle in. There was a fox in the cave, and the mother was about to turn around and leave until she noticed how her cubs were nearly frozen to death and so she did what she had to do, she took initiative and scared the fox away.

The mother and her cubs slept in hunger until the storm abated, and now as the sun and the songbirds rose over the safari the cubs started to miss their father.

Mother was very weak from not eating but she had a strong will and caught supper for the first time in four days. Her cubs were so grateful and could not have survived another day without their mother’s initiative.

More days went by and the mother led her cubs across the land to find their father. All hope was lost after weeks of hungry searching. Then, a miracle happened one day when the out in the distance the cubs’ father was spotted. All seemed okay again until the family realized their father was fighting a pack of three wild dogs. Before the family could get to the location, it seemed like the dogs would win but the little cubs got their and joined the fight just in time and the dogs ran away.

Without this initiative on the cubs’ part, their father may have been killed. Now the family was back together again all thanks to taking on initiative!