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The great secret of life

Thursday, May 13, 2010 #219

The great secret of life is to cultivate the ability to appreciate the things you have, not compare them.”

~John Wooden

Who you are, what you have, and who you share your journey with are your gifts of this moment.  No need to compare to anyone else – only to your own values and definition of success.  Take a moment for gratitude and simple appreciation.


May 16, 2010 Posted by | Gratitude, Success | | Leave a comment

Learning to adjust your sails

Tuesday May 11, 2010 #218

“You can’t control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.”

~Yiddish proverb

Thanks to JAMmer BE for providing today’s quote which reminds us to focus on what we can control.  In its finest form this is simply the ability to choose our response to anything that happens to us.  Don’t waste time and energy wondering why things occur.  Do focus on the most effective way to respond.  Like a great sailor, learn to adjust your sails to react to changing conditions.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | intention | | Leave a comment

Pull yourself forward

Thursday, May 6, 2010 #217

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

~Albert Einstein

If you think about moments of sorrow or depression, the way through is taking some positive action, no matter how small or trivial.  For it is in the motion, the activity, and the action that you pull yourself forward to a new point of happiness and satisfaction.  It is important to pause and reflect on both the wonderous and the troubling in our lives – to learn and grow.  But to continue the wonder or to stop what troubles us, we must get moving and take action!

May 16, 2010 Posted by | problem solving, Take Action | | Leave a comment

The intention to do more

Tuesday May 4, 2010 #216

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”

~William Arthur Ward

The difference between simply going along for the ride in life, and actually living is intention.  The intention to do more.  So I challenge you today to do more than exist:  participate, help, believe, practice, be kind, forget, and work!  Take action today with intention and love.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | intention, Take Action | | Leave a comment

The journey is supposed to be hard

Thursday, April 29, 2010 #215

“I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.”

~Marie Curie

It is important to remind yourself from time to time that this journey you are on is supposed to be hard.  Nothing worth achieving comes easily.  Satisfaction and happiness are borne from reaching heights that seemed hard to imagine, let alone reach.  As you face yet another setback, receive difficult feedback, or fail at a task, remember to forgive yourself and forge ahead.  Be thankful for the challenges – they give you the chance to recalibrate, ensure you are on the right track, allow you to make necessary adjustments, and help ensure success on the next attempt.  Or the one after.  Or the one after that…

May 16, 2010 Posted by | achievement, Gratitude, learning | | Leave a comment

Social networks drive positive change

Tuesday April 27, 2010 #214

“A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success.”

~Cullen Hightower

I am encouraged by what seems to be an increase in people willing to share their expertise, their time, and even their wealth with others.  I think this is one if the outcomes of a more transparent world driven by Facebook, blogs, Twitter and other online social networks.  These networks allow the vast majority of us who are positive and giving and compassionate to finally begin to be heard over the cacophony of those who espouse hate and negativity.  They are out there too, of course, but given the sheer number of positive folks out there, we are chasing the mean-spirited into smaller and smaller corners of cyberspace and real space.  What have you done lately to add to the positive messages growing on the web and to make a difference off the web in your community, your company, and your family?  Your true success comes from what you give others and what they gain from knowing you or being exposed to your words and deeds.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | giving, Success, Take Action | | Leave a comment

How did that guy make it?

Thursday, April 22, 2010 #213

“While one person hesitates because he feels inferior… the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.”

~Henry C. Link

You know you say it to yourself:  How did that guy make it?  If only I were that smart/lucky/rich/happy…  Well that guy is no smarter or luckier than you.  And if he is richer or happier, it is through the hundreds of attempts, many of which failed, which he was making while you were pondering.  Get out there and go for it and never ask that question again!

May 16, 2010 Posted by | achievement, Success, Take Action | | Leave a comment

Perspective and gratitude

Tuesday April 20, 2010 #212

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”


It is with gratitude that I share this quote sent to me from JAMmer “Fanny”.

“Every day I look around me and see people who have problems far greater than mine and yet they confront life with a courage and honest determination within themselves. It makes me stop and realize how small my worries are in comparison and how I should try that much harder to be happy, tolerant, understanding, and caring toward others. It encourages me to believe in my own abilities, but most of all to be thankful for all I have every day of my life.” ~Deanna Beisser

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Your dream is not impossible

Thursday, April 15, 2010 #211

“Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary: impossible.”

~Robert H. Schuller

The only thing standing in the way of you creating reality from your dreams is your own actions.  To pursue that dream, you must take steps to learn a necessary skill, meet an important contact, apply for that job or promotion, get off the sofa and onto the elliptical machine, etc., etc.  Your dream is not impossible – because dreams are reached one step at a time and each step is completely possible, if you will just act.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Goal Setting, Take Action, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Take a chance to do and dare

Thursday, April 8, 2010 #210

“All life is a chance. So take it! The person who goes furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare.”

~Dale Carnegie

Today is a fabulous day to take a little risk, a little chance, a little but difficult step you have been hesitant to take.  You’ve doubted yourself and your ability.  You have worried about all the “what ifs”.  You’ve made a million excuses.  But not today.  Today is the day you realize, finally, that every breath we take is a chance.  But to not breathe is to die.  And to not take that chance is to be less than you can be.  I have faith in you!  Take that step.  Today.  And if you fail?  Take another step.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Take Action, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment