Control What You Can Control

The real name of this post is, My Mom Died and Left Us With A Bigger Kitchen Table. However, it’s been brought to my attention lately that my blog might be misnamed, so I will start by explaining.

Sales & Networking Wisdom will remain the name of my blog.  Networking is being appealing enough to connect with others.  No one wants to be sold, but people do like to connect.  Connectivity is most likely to occur when people share who they really are, authentically and personally.  So you will find that my posts are personal and that is why the title feels right to me.

Successful people know that attitude is perhaps the biggest measure of winning and making positive things come about in one’s life.  Attitude is frequently the only thing over which we have control.

I like making observations in my daily life about things that could be considered a negative, but when reframed as a positive, bring me energy rather than steal it away.

Such was the case this morning when I saw my kitchen table with the extra leaf that was never used much until my mom died in January.  Now we keep it in because my single father is a frequent guest for casual meals.  What could be a sad thought is now something that brings me joy.

Yesterday I found myself falling into the common sentiment to complain about the oppressive Dallas heat.  My car said 104.  I love summer; I dislike harsh winter.  So I asked my FB community which would they prefer, 104 or only 4.  A consensus of 104 prevailed.

It’s all about perspective.


About Melanie M. Morris
Broker of Trust and Authenticity I'm really a sales executive, but I'd rather identify with these ideals rather than to simply say...I'm a seller.

3 Responses to Control What You Can Control

  1. Doug says:

    Lots of good stuff here (as always!). As for the part about connectivity: I struggle with how to balance my different roles/identities (personal and multiple professional hats) online. That is, how do I best use Facebook, blogging, LinkedIn, Twitter (and soon, Google Plus, I suppose, when I can get an account!) without confusing my “audiences” since I am different things to different people? I think you’re saying, it doesn’t matter, just connect, right?

  2. Doug, couple of thoughts you raise. One is that the more “wise” I become (some might use a different word) the more I see the boundaries between the roles blurring.

    For example, the tighter I feel and behave within 1 role, the more struggle I have being authentic in that role. I think’s it’s difficult to stay “in character” so to speak.
    Another example you might relate to is the similarities between parenting children and managing subordinates at work. It can be very much the same skill set.

    What’s Google Plus?

  3. Doug says:

    Thanks, Mel. Google Plus was just launched in the last week or so as Google’s attempted answer to Facebook. See and here’s a news article about it from the New York Times, “What Google+ Is All About”

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