Where the heck did the summer go?! Break out the checklist!

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I’ve never been a fan of blog entires that start with a question, though it deemed fitting today as I not only realized that I hadn’t blogged since the end of March, but also that this Monday is indeed Labor Day and I have no idea what I have accomplished over the past few months!

Business is booming in the Twin Cities and especially at my property and brand!  My months have been filled with sellout evenings, crowd control, celebrities (come on, it’s The W) and the clash of upscale clientel meets Priceline week-enders (no thanks to William Shatner and his dirt cheap deals!)  Oh and a whole lot of fishing.  The seasons are changing though, and I find it necessary to force myself into Checklist mode as the month of September is amongst us and I suggest that you do the same.  Let’s face it, before we know it 2012 will be over.  We’ll be making New Years resolutions for 2013 and saying to ourselves “Damn, I didn’t accomplish hardly anything I had set out to do this year”.  Oh and don’t forget that you’ll most likely also be saying “See, I knew the world wasn’t going to end in 2012……what were those Mayans smoking?”

Here are your Meat and Potatoes:

Checklists are best left basic and simple if you ask me.  Everybody has a smart phone these days with all sorts of cool apps and programs that literally take multi-tasking to a new level in that we are so engorged in projects and always a click away that almost everything ends up incomplete.  Usually the result is due to the fact that instead of following your checklist you end up checking your Facebook or Tweeting about some crazy homeless guy that just tried to rob you or something.  See where I’m going with this?  KEEP IT SIMPLE!  Don’t use your fancy smart phone for your personal checklist, in fact make the effort (as hard as it is, I know) to unplug from everything while you’re reviewing your checklist.  Get yourself a little mini notepad and physically write down the tasks at hand.  (the hardest part is to not lose the notepad)  Create weekly and monthly and if your are even so bold, yearly goals and post them somewhere so you stare at that piece of paper at least several times a day. 

This all may seem like Day One stuff people, but we’re all human and we fall into old habits quicker than you think!  Sometimes all it takes a crazy spikey haired hotel guy in Minnesota to remind us how to stay organized in our lives.  The rest is entirely up to you!  You’re going to want to get on your A-Game quick though before someone else does.  Words to live by ay?

Dig my style and want to know more?  Get my book  Hospitality: Minnesota Nice read it……live it……then get back to me on how it helped and if I can be of further assistance to you!  Heck, even if you want to tell me “Brian, you wrote a pile of crap and don’t quit your day job dude”.

As always,

Yours in hospitality!

-B

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Genuine Happiness Comes From Within

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Greetings Virtual Amici!

At last,  my long awaited weekend is upon me!  A glorious two day adventure, that will hopefully satisfy my “itch” to get outside and do something  before we’re all knee deep in that frozen white stuff that just went away a mere several months ago….That being said, my brain has punched out already and is rolling on auto-pilot tonight.  Instead of attempting to jump start the ol’ creative juices and come up with something original, I dug up a stellar article I came across on a very good topic.  Today’s topic will fall under the Self Improvement category and I found the article to be very motivating as I hope you do too!  Enjoy!

“Life isn’t the sweetest candy. Sometimes, when I feel like the world is just too heavy, I look around and find people who continue to live fascinating and wonderful lives. And then thoughts come popping into my mind like bubbles from nowhere – “How did their life become so adorably sweet? How come they still can manage to laugh and play around despite a busy stressful life?” Then I pause and observe for awhile. I figured out that maybe, they start to work on a place called ‘self’.
So, how does one become genuinely happy? Step 1 is to love yourself.

My theology professor once said that “loving means accepting.” To love oneself means to accept that you are not a perfect being, but behind the imperfections must lie a great bit of courage to be able to discover ways of how to improve your ability to recover from your mistakes.

Genuine happiness also pertains to contentment. When you are contented with the job you have, the way you look, with your family, your friends, the place you live in, your car, and all the things you now have – truly, you know the answer to the question “how to be genuinely happy.”

When we discover a small start somewhere from within, that small start will eventually lead to something else, and to something else. But if you keep questioning life like it has never done you any good, you will never be able to find genuine happiness.

I believe that life is about finding out about right and wrong, trying and failing, winning and losing. These are things that happen as often as you inhale and exhale. Failure in a person’s life has become as abundant and necessary as air. But this should not hinder us from becoming happy.

How to be genuinely happy in spite of all these? I tell you- every time you exert effort to improve the quality of life and your being, whether it is cleaning up your room, helping a friend, taking care of your sick dog, failing an exam and trying again, life gives you equivalent points for that.

Imagine life as a big score board like those which are used in sports. Every time you take a step forward, you make points. Wouldn’t it be nice to look at that board at the end of each game and think to yourself “Whew! I got a point today. I’m glad I gave it a shot”, instead of looking at it all blank and realizing “Geez, I didn’t even try today. I wish I had the guts to try out. We could have won!” and then walk away.

Genuine happiness isn’t about driving the hottest Formula 1 car, nor getting the employee of the year award, earning the highest pay, or beating the sales quota. Sometimes, the most sought after prizes in life don’t always go to the fastest, the strongest, the bravest or not even the best. So, how do you become genuinely happy? Every one has his own definition of happiness.

Happiness for a writer may mean launching as many best selling books as possible. Happiness for a basketball rookie may mean getting the rookie of the year award. Happiness for a beggar may mean a lot of money. Happiness for a businessman may mean success.

So, really now, how do we become genuinely happy? Simple. You don’t have to have the best things in this world. It’s about doing and making the best out of every single thing. When you find yourself smiling at your own mistakes and telling yourself “Oh, I’ll do better next time”, you carry with you a flame of strong willpower to persevere that may spread out like a brush fire. You possess a willingness to stand up again and try – that will make you a genuinely happy person.

When you learn to accept yourself and your own faults. You pass step 1 in the project of how to become genuinely happy. For as long as you know how to accept others, you will also be accepted. For as long as you love and know how to love, you will receive love tenfold back.

Again, throw me that same question how to become genuinely happy. I’ll refer you to a friend of mine who strongly stated- “Most of us know that laughter is the best medicine to life’s aches and pain. But most of us don’t know that the best kind of laughter is laughter over yourself. Because then you don’t just become happy, you become free.”

 
There you have it!  Free yourself, and the rest will play itself out!  Have a great rest of the week folks and my door is always open.
 
Yours in Hospitality,
Brian
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