Thursday June 25, 2015 #735
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”
Fear and lack of confidence are the culprits that stop us from doing what we know we need to do. “It’s not the right time.” “I’m not good enough yet – maybe after I finish that course, get a little stronger”, etc. Yes, it is hard to push forward when you’re afraid or not completely confident – but if you really want to move forward, you must have the courage to move. Courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid – it is simply the willingness to move through your fear. Go for it!
Tuesday June 23, 2015 #734
“Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: The future can be better than the present. And I have the power to make it so.”
Hope and confidence. Two powerful and required tools of the successful and the soon-to-be successful person. Even when not completely warranted, successful people virtually always possess hope and confidence. These two factors drive them through challenges and obstacles, and inspire them to develop skills, nurture relationships and gain knowledge they’ll need to create the success they desire.
Thursday June 18, 2015 #733
“It’s a very funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”
~William Somerset Maugham
Countless books and articles have been written about using the power of intention to get what you want. But intention alone will never consistently work. Only intention combined with action and tenacity will produce results. But action and tenacity without intention is just walking blind. Intend for the best, act with tenacity, and get what you’re after!
Tuesday June 16, 2015 #732
“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”
How can you find success?
- Determine what success means to you. Not to anyone else, just you. Otherwise, any success achieved may feel hollow because it was someone else’s definition of success. Update your definition regularly.
- Understand what you’ll need to succeed – skills, knowledge, experience, associations, etc.
- Take action repeatedly to gain what you need and to be where you’ll need to be when opportunities arise.
- Have the awareness to see it, the courage to go for it, and the tenacity to keep going for it again and again – because not every opportunity will bring you the success you desire, nor will any single success bring lifetime happiness
Thursday June 4, 2015 #731
“Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I do not believe in luck and neither should you. Good things happen for us when we are clear on what we want, repeatedly take action to prepare ourselves, and pay attention so we recognize and take advantage of opportunities as they come along. Don’t wait and hope for “luck” to come along. Create your best future by preparing for it and acting to make it so.
Tuesday June 2, 2015 #730
“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”
~Richard L. Evans
It is easy and common to allow yourself to become overwhelmed and discouraged by the challenges and obstacles this life throws at us. Or to be envious of people who seem to have what we want: health, wealth, happiness. If you find yourself feeling this way, I implore you to accept the fact that these people – almost without exception – began just like you: with frustrations and challenges to overcome. And you can do just what they did: decide what you want and take action to improve your situation. Achievement must always be preceded by a decision and an action. What are you waiting for?
Thursday May 28, 2015 #729
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
We all have had big dreams and aspirations. Hopefully you still do! However, most people’s inner critic (as well as well-meaning and not so well-meaning external critics) tells them all the reasons why they can’t achieve their dreams. Other than a pragmatic assessment of our limits, it does you no good to focus on these naysayers, even yourself. Instead, focus on all the talents and strengths you do possess and surround yourself with people who support you and remind you of what is best about you. Don’t ever let the reality of your limitations stop you from leveraging your strengths.
Tuesday May 26, 2015 #728
“Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can’t be done.’”
The first step to achieving anything worthwhile is to take action. The only certain path to failure is never starting, which usually is combined with a certainty that “it can’t be done”. If what you want to achieve is worthwhile, begin with taking an action – even a small one – and you may surprise yourself at what is possible. You needn’t be sure of success to start, but never believe success is impossible or taking any action will likely be impossible. Act, and you can then determine if you believe.
Thursday May 21, 2015 #727
“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.”
It is important to occasionally sit back and reflect on how you are living your life and how and with whom you are spending your time. The speed of today’s life and the increasing demands on our time can easily create a situation where we can go for months or even years without authentically and critically assessing if what we are working so hard at is something that is aligned with what we really want and with what nurtures us. Spend a little time today to think about this in your own life, and regardless of your conclusions, also schedule your next “appointment” with yourself no more than 4 months later to start a habit of regular reflection to ensure all your hard efforts remain aligned with your purpose and goals.
Tuesday May 19, 2015 #726
“Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.
Is there something outrageous you want to do or accomplish in one of the key areas of your life, be it health, wealth, or emotional? If not, you can be certain that you will never achieve anything big. If you want something fabulous, outrageous, wild, or unexpected to happen in your life or for others, start expecting it – define it, think about what it might require to get there, and start taking action to make it happen. Who knows? You might actually surprise yourself and if not, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing something to make a difference and likely have fun doing it!
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