Happy Monday!!

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”  Lou Holtz
This is one of my favorite quotes that I often remind myself of when I am feeling overwhelmed and stressed. With the new year comes lots of new changes which can leave you feeling overpowered. It is necessary to remember that if you do not learn how to deal with stress and changes in your life then it will always overcome you. This quote always helps me to take control of everything I have going on and to not let it control me. These past couple of weeks I have found myself reciting this quote in my head to help me remember that it is up to me to make the best of everything that life throws at me.
Have a great Monday!
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Closing the Gap between Ordinary and Extraordinary

This year, my hope is that we all strive to embody the five values in our company vision and value statement.  To me each value whether its superior in the industry, prosperous team members, effective productivity, shining examples of cleanliness or champions of customer service, these values can only be accomplished by moving from being an ordinary employee to an extraordinary employee.  I recently read a n online blog written by the John Maxwell Company that talked about how the distance between ordinary and extraordinary is shorter than you think.  I found it to be very inspiring and wanted to share with all of you.

Here are some “extras” that can help you close the gap between ordinary and extraordinary:

A little extra effort. There is a price to be paid for achievement. Sometimes it’s a large price. But sometimes just a little extra effort can yield significant results. What price are you willing to pay for success?

A little extra time. To give something time, we need something other than perseverance. We need patience with the process of growth.  Leaders develop daily, not in a day.

A little extra help. Many types of success can only be achieved with help. If you refuse to ask for – or accept – it, you limit yourself and your work to a lower level of achievement.

Remember that ordinary and extraordinary are not far apart. If you accomplish just one of the above “extras,” your work will begin to be above average in that area.

If Ordinary People …

Gave a Little Extra Effort,

Spent a Little Extra Time,

Sought a Little Extra Help …

They Would Become Extraordinary!

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HAPPY 2014! 

This is my first blog for the new year.  I am very excited about MEI’s vision and challenge each of you to seize the opportunity

you’ve been given as an MEI employee and make 2014 our BEST year yet! – Kandi


“If there is a trait which does characterize leaders it is opportunism. Successful people are very often those who steadfastly refuse to be daunted by disadvantage and have the ability to turn disadvantage to good effect. They are people who seize opportunity and take risks. Leadership then seems to be a matter of personality and character.”

John Viney

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Worth Framing


Headed your way is a framed poster size version of our Montgomery Enterprises Vision and Values Statement.  Jonjon had them all framed last week and we hung the first one at the home office here in Fulton.

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”  Helen Keller


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A Look Back


Most of us spend time at the beginning of a new year planning and setting goals for the upcoming year.  I believe this practice is necessary to achieve high levels of success.  I also believe it is equally important to look back at the previous year and evaluate what you learned and find ways to implement those things in your new year.

On Luke’s conference call yesterday he discussed the success of the Drive for 5 campaign.  I encourage you to look back at your daily practices as well as the practices of your team members that created this success and plan how you can continue to use these practices and build on them as we kick off 2014-Our Best Year Ever.

“The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.” – Robert Greene

Have a Great Day-Louis


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2014 – Our Best Year Yet!!!

The past week I had been contemplating a New Year’s resolution for 2014 and I finally decided that success would be my driving factor for this new year. I want to have the most success possible in all areas of my life. I recently found this article and thought it would be great to share with you. It has really motivated me to start this year off with a bang. I encourage each of you to read this article and refer to it daily as I will be doing.

The 10 Ways To Achieve Success In Both Business and Life

1. Learn to listen to your gut feeling.

2. Have an open mind when it comes to unfamiliar ways of thinking.

3. Accept new technologies and try to learn as much about them as you can.

4. Constantly educate yourself.

5. Give back when you can.

6. Know that being street smart is just important as being book smart.

7. Care for yourself.

8. Treat others with respect.

9. Make self-examination a habit.

10. Find your passion and commit yourself to it.


Have a wonderful day!


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Headed into 2014

As most of us come back to work today a few pounds heavier and tired from all the family gatherings and festivities, let’s not forget to push toward ending 2013 on a high note.  I have no doubts that 2014 will be our best year ever and there is no better way to start the year off right than by ending this year at your goal.  I trust that each of you had a Merry Christmas and I look forward to a great 2014!



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Wellness Center Discount Program

As 2014 quickly approaches, many of us will soon find ourselves reflecting on the past and thinking about things we want to change and/or improve upon in the New Year.    For many, these New Year’s resolutions will include eating better, exercising more and other things they can do to live a healthier lifestyle.  Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MS wants to make it as easy as possible to start and maintain your healthier lifestyle choices.  That is why they have partnered with select wellness centers throughout the state, usually affiliated with their network hospitals, to provide discounts to their members.  Simply show your current Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MS ID card when signing up at a participating facility to receive the discount at that particular location.  For more information on the Wellness Center Discount Program, please visit http://www.bcbsms.com/index.php?q=wellness-center-discount-program.html.


The greatest wealth is health.  ~Virgil


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