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Rest, reflect, embrace

Thursday June 25, 2009 #132

“Following action, it is important to rest, to reflect, and to embrace those things that give energy for the next day.” ~anon

I JAM often about the need to take action; to move purposely toward your goals with energy and passion.  It is equally important to know when to pause and reenergize yourself for the next course of actions.  The key is to do so in ways that nourish your body, mind, heart and soul.  What will you do this weekend to reenergize?


June 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What we need

Tuesday June 23, 2009 #131

“What we know is no match for what we need”

~Elizabeth Edwards

Today’s quote and JAM is from fellow JAMmer MD:

I “know” and have learned a lot of things.  Every day is learning.  But it doesn’t mean that everything I’ve learned is what my soul needs.  I can get very caught up in what I want to be “entertained” by.  I can figure out how to entertain myself, well, from outside myself.  But, maybe, I need to figure out what got me where I am in the first place.  That is where the growth is and where the “need” is met.  Have you ever looked at someone and decided that they couldn’t see the need in their own life?  Like it was more clear to you than them?  I’m xx years old.  I am just now getting comfortable with what I need and how much more beneficial it is to embrace that need.

Thank you for sharing this wisdom, MD.  We will all seek to embrace what we need.

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A smoother ride

Thursday June 18, 2009 #130

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” 

~Clarence Budington Kelland

Just in time for Father’s Day, Today’s JAM comes from fellow JAMmer SN:

I have a quote from my Dad. When he could see the pressure mounting in our business environment he would say “When traveling down the road of life, sometimes you need to take a little air out of the tires and ride on a little less pressure. It makes for a smoother ride.” It took me awhile but I am starting to grasp his meaning. Have a great day….SN

A great lesson for all of us as we navigate these turbulent times.  Thanks, SN, for sharing your Dad’s wisdom.

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The best way to start something

Tuesday June 16, 2009 #129

“Starting something is the best way to finish something.  And just doing a teeny, tiny something, today, anything, from wherever you are, is the best way to start something.” 

~Mike Dooley

As you read this, I know you are thinking about the difficult task ahead of you and wondering how you will possibly get it done.  No worries.  Just begin with the smallest element of the task.  Do it.  Now.  Feel the feeling of mini-accomplishment.  Now keep the action going.  You’ll be done before you know it.

June 30, 2009 Posted by | Take Action | | Leave a comment

Mastery through intention

Thursday June 11, 2009 #128

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” 

~Albert Einstein

A mistake many make is attempting to be a master of everything.  Because being a master demands all of you, being a master of more than one or two things is virtually impossible.  The path to success is to choose carefully what you will master and then apply yourself fully.  It is the choosing that makes all the difference.  Choose based on passion and love and you won’t regret when you wake up to find of what you’ve become a master.

June 14, 2009 Posted by | intention, Success | , | Leave a comment

Trust is everything

Tuesday June 9, 2009 #127

“My word is good until the stones melt” 

~Delshay, Apache

Frequent contributor DA shares today’s quote. 

There are literally thousands of books, articles, and more to tell us how we can be a better person:  individual, family or team member, worker, leader.  It turns out that the key ingredient may simply be “trust”.  Do you act in ways that inspire trust and confidence in those around you?  Most importantly, do you act in ways that inspire for you trust and confidence in yourself?  For how long is your word good?

June 14, 2009 Posted by | Success | Leave a comment

Memories of Mom

Thursday June 4, 2009 #126

Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt

Thanks to JAMmer CH for today’s quote.

Tomorrow would have been my Mom’s 74th birthday.  I am very fortunate that my mom was more than my mother.  She was also my friend.  We shared a lot of characteristics:  curiosity, empathy, reading & learning, and most of all goofiness.  She was always there for me and I miss her a great deal.  I’ll be raising a toast to my mom tomorrow.  If your mom is still around, give her a call.  If not, I hope your memories are as fond as mine.

June 7, 2009 Posted by | Gratitude | , , | Leave a comment

Dreams, intelligence, and courage

Tuesday June 2, 2009 #125

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” 

~Leon Joseph

There is a significant price to pay to realize your dream.  The price may be time, money, a relationship, physical pain.  No one said this was going to be easy.  If they did, they were lying to you.  Nothing worth having ever comes easily.  The good news for you is that most will never realize this.  Most will keep playing the lottery, expecting others to take care of them, lamenting their circumstances.  But not you.  You’re one of the few that understand.  You have big dreams combined with the intelligence to identify the price to be paid, and the courage to pay up.

June 7, 2009 Posted by | intention, Success, Take Action | , , | Leave a comment

The world is waiting

Thursday May 28, 2009 #124

“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight.  Never stop fighting” 

~E E Cummings

Thanks to JAMmer JTO for today’s quote. 

This is not a time for status quo, for fitting in, for acquiescing to societal demands.  It’s time to step out, to be unique, trendsetting, interesting.  Don’t settle for someone else’s idea of you or what you can be.  Fight to be the most you.  The world is waiting.

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Be one of the few

Tuesday May 26, 2009 #123

“To dream anything that you want to dream. That’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That is the courage to succeed.”

~Bernard Edmonds

There are millions who dream, but never act.  There are many who use their will to act, but accomplish little because of self-imposed limitations and fears.  The very few succeed through their courage to test their limits.  Will you be one of the few?

June 7, 2009 Posted by | intention, Take Action | , | Leave a comment