Thursday August 7, 2014 #651
“There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” ~Napoleon Hill
Without purpose, there is no passion. Without passion, there is no desire. Without desire, there is no action. Without action, nothing can happen. Find your purpose and start your journey to success.
Tuesday August 5, 2014 #650
“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
So many times we begin our journey to achieving our goals, but stop when things get a little challenging. Taking the first step toward your goal is fantastic. Most never even begin. However, the only way to achieve anything worth having is to have the persistence to continue taking the next step and the next, despite challenges, lack of resources, and distractions. Take that next step!
Thursday July 31, 2014 #649
“Decision and determination are the engineer and fireman of our train to opportunity and success.” ~Burt Lawlor
If you find you are drifting or even failing, it is likely that you are unable or unwilling to choose what to do next or lack the courage to do what you know you must do. There are a million things you could do, but the only thing that matters will be what you decide you will do and the determination and persistence you will bring to the doing.
Tuesday July 29, 2014 #648
“Read every day something no one else is reading. Think every day something no one else is thinking. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.” ~Christopher Darlington Morley
The most boring people I know, and usually the least successful and most unhappy, are those who either stop learning, or only listen to or read about what they already know and/or believe in. They lack curiosity, and are often fearful of learning anything or listening to anyone that might challenge their limited worldview.
Don’t be boring! Be curious and seek out new ideas, and philosophies different from your own. Challenge your beliefs, not because of a lack of character, but because you have the courage to realize that the world and the context is ever-changing and evolving and often that means you must evolve too.
Thursday July 24, 2014 #647
“Doing doesn’t come from inspiration, inspiration comes from doing.” ~Billy Cox
Many people spend their lives searching for the inspiration they need to finally do the thing they dream of most. Sadly, most of these people will never find it. Don’t be one of them. Start doing the thing you dream of. NOW. It is only in the doing that you will find your inspiration.
Tuesday July 22, 2014 #646
“Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” ~Jon Bon Jovi
Relationships, jobs, art, music, sport…. It all becomes a bit empty if we engage in any of these without passion. If you are finding yourself bored or not doing what you are capable of, the first question is why are you in it? If you are in it because you want to be, your task is to rediscover the passion that drew you to that person or activity. If you are in it because of someone else’s passion and not your own, you must question the logic of staying there.
Thursday July 17, 2014 #645
“Your success in life isn’t based on your ability to simply change. It is based on your ability to change faster than your competition, customers and business.” ~Mark Sanborn
We all know that today’s world is changing more rapidly than at any other time in history. Technology provides us with both the conveniences and efficiency we desire, but also creates an “always on” environment giving us little or no “down time”. The people who will not only survive, but thrive in this fast-paced, always-on world will be those who can and enjoy rapid adaptation and change. Key to this will be three things: Spending time on pursuits that align to your values and passions, the desire to learn and adapt continuously, and the ability to do so. The first two are firmly in your control. Choose your work and your relationships carefully and this part will come relatively easily. The last one – the ability to learn and adapt – may come naturally, but may require additional training and experiences.
Do what you love, continuously learn and grow your capacity and ability to change – rapidly!
Tuesday July 15, 2014 #644
“Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date.” ~John C. Maxwell
How many times have you had a “great” idea and promised yourself you would get to it when you have a little more time, a little more money, a little more _______________ (fill in the blank)? You have realized by now that you rarely get to do something about all those great ideas. It is time to use a different approach. Next time you get a great idea – or even a decent one! – do something to activate it NOW! Make a call, write a short business plan, engage a co-worker, but do something! Ideas don’t wait – they expire from lack of activation. Don’t let your ideas die!
Thursday July 10, 2014 #643
“Humility, I’ve learned should never be confused with meekness. Humility is being open to the ideas of others.” ~Simon Sinek
The weakest people I know are those who lack the character strength to listen to and respect those with opinions that differ from theirs. To do so requires humility. Humility, I believe, is one of the most difficult competencies to master as it relies on a bedrock of character strength. The humble person is neither meek nor weak, but rather is confident that their character allows their beliefs to evolve over time, and is curious to actively seek out new perspectives, new knowledge, new ideas that challenge their thinking.
The way to grow the competency of humility is to intentionally seek out and listen to opinions different than yours. Not necessarily to agree but rather to engage in thoughtful, respectful discussion or reflection and determine by your own thinking whether your beliefs should evolve. Be strong, be humble.
Tuesday July 8, 2014 #642
“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”
We all know people like this: unable to open their minds to new ideas and inexorably wedded to outdated and often factually incorrect beliefs. Out of stubbornness, fear, or misinterpretation of religious or other teachings, they refuse to evolve their thinking even in the face of irrefutable evidence or new thinking. Is it possible you are guilty of this in some aspect of your life?
In its most benign form, this inability to change one’s opinions and habits shows up as unwillingness to learn a new piece of technology (phone, computer program, etc.), or buy a different brand of a familiar product (car, coffee, even underwear!). Those are normal but still limiting impacts of this problem. Are you “stuck” on one or more similar habits? Do you really want to be like that annoying grandparent who refuses to learn how to Skype?
Where it gets serious is when we are unable to evolve our thinking and see that our beliefs in our employer, our partner, our politics, and even our religion need to be challenged. Not necessarily to be changed, but to ensure continued alignment.
If we are truly unable, as Ali quotes, to evolve our thinking over our lifetime – we have truly wasted our life.
I challenge you to reflect on how or if you allow your thinking to evolve. Do you allow or even seek out alternative viewpoints? Do you check your habitual affiliations against how they are (or are not) evolving and the changing world around us? Take this moment and consider if and where you need to challenge your potentially limiting beliefs.
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