Thursday November 20, 2014 #680
“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.”
Often the biggest challenge to achievement is knowing what you really want. The people around you and popular culture will aggressively attempt to define this for you – how you should look, the possessions you should buy, the career you should have, and more. Step one in the journey to becoming the best “you”, is taking the time to reflect on who and what inspires you and how best to bring your talents to the world. Only you can make this decision. Once you are able to determine your desired destination, persistently move toward it by taking actions daily – even small ones – that move you forward. Whether you are 20 or 60, it is never too late to rethink your destination and get on the path that allows you to fully bloom.
Tuesday November 18, 2014 #679
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
Success begins with the desire to achieve a worthy goal or outcome, and I don’t know of a worthy goal that lacks significant obstacles requiring determination and persistence to overcome them. So if you find yourself languishing in mediocrity, check first if you have the desire to achieve something great in the work or the environment you are in. Without that desire, you’ll lack the motivation necessary to push through the inevitable challenges and achieve your worthy goal.
Sunday November 16, 2014 #678
“They can conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first lesson is life who does not every day surmount a fear.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everyone has fears. Those who appear fearless have merely learned to face and conquer their fears through tenacious action and a stubborn belief in their own ability to persevere. This ability is learned and only gained through experience and will. Don’t think you need to do this alone. Share your fears with those you care about and enlist their help and guidance in your quest to accomplish your goals and purpose. Get out there and push through the challenges of the day and gain the experience that will serve you well through the normal messiness of life.
Tuesday November 11, 2014 #677
“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart-breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.”
At some point in your life you will be confronted with tragedy and loss, maybe several times. Our ability to experience and then move beyond these challenges is a uniquely human trait that we all possess, but must have the will to utilize. Perhaps more challenging than these major events are the thousands of little struggles we face each and every day. That same will must come into play to avoid getting discouraged by the daily annoyances we encounter. So whether to handle the small annoyance or the major tragedy, our will to not only survive, but thrive, is key. We can and will find this internal strength both through intentional action, as well as surrounding ourselves with positive and tenacious people who love us.
Thursday November 6, 2014 #676
“Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.”
~Thomas H. Huxley
I often encounter clever people who are able to devise amazing ways to resolve seemingly insurmountable challenges, and yet who lack the confidence and tenacity to put their ideas into place and push them to success. Similarly, there are those who are unable to find these clever solutions on their own, but when they understand the purpose and vision of those who can they are unstoppable. The effective leader therefore, is the one who puts together teams of complementary talents: clever problem solvers and patient and tenacious doers.
Tuesday November 4, 2014 #675
“Your biggest break can come from never quitting. Being at the right place at the right time can only happen when you keep moving toward the next opportunity.”
We must be tenacious as we strive for those things for that really matter, such as our health, our relationships, and bringing success to others through our unique talents. You will encounter obstacles in the form of environmental changes, challenging people, and your own weaknesses, and all of these are almost always surmountable. But you will not do so if you give up. Those that seem to always be at “the right place at the right time” are simply those who keep moving despite setbacks and difficulties. Keep moving!
Thursday October 30, 2014 #674
“Cheerfulness in most cheerful people, is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.”
~Edwin P. Whipple
It may seem counter-intuitive, but it is true that happiness and contentment with life usually stems from disciplined living. Whether this is discipline toward exercise, diet, loyalty, integrity or commitment, discipline brings a sense of well-being and accomplishment which forms the basis of joy and fulfillment.
Be disciplined to those things that matter most to you and the people you love, and you will find yourself cheerful and content more often than not.
Tuesday October 28, 2014 #673
“The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.”
The most frustrating people for me are those I care about who are unable or unwilling to consider views other than their own. The world is forever evolving and this is particularly true for people and circumstances. As circumstances and context change, and as people develop their talents and abilities, we must allow our views to develop and change as well. Failure to do so creates cynical, negative individuals unable to accept that their beliefs may no longer be accurate. It is important therefore to allow those you care about move through their own evolution of thought. Don’t try to persuade via force, but as you learn that context requires new thinking, do provide points of view and healthy debate.
I started this JAM stating my frustration over people I care about being unable to evolve. For those I don’t care about, I do not spend time in frustration – I simply move on.
Action items: Be sure your own beliefs and ways of thinking are evolving by exposing yourself to new ideas and learning. Respectfully help those you care about evolve as well, and don’t waste time or energy with frustration over people who are stuck in their ways but who do not really matter to you.
Thursday October 23, 2014 #672
“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune in to.”
You already have so much more than so many – of wealth, of health, and of possibility. The moment you are able to realize that you begin today from a wealth of abundance, is the moment that you can not only recognize your positive state of being, but also your ability to leverage this abundance for even more for yourself and those around you!
Tuesday October 21, 2014 #671
“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.”
Procrastination is such a dangerous game. We all know the power of compound interest: The earlier we start to put a little away each day into our savings account, the earlier we attain wealth. The same is true for moving toward your personal and professional goals. The earlier you start, the more likely you will succeed. Don’t wait another moment. Take action today, and tomorrow!
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