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To do less is to be less

Saturday June 26, 2010 #230

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

~John Wooden

Only you know the truth about what you accomplished or will accomplish today:  Is it the best you could have done with the abilities you have? Or is it something less than that?  We cannot be our best every day for dozens of possible reasons and obstacles.  However, we can choose today to be our best in every possible moment.  To do less is to be less.  What will you choose today?


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A better situation

Thursday, June 17, 2010 #229

“Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.”

~Marilyn Monroe

Despite our best intentions and efforts, things can and do fall apart.  It is valuable to reflect a bit and understand what caused the failed situation/relationship so as to better prepare yourself for similar situations in the future.  After completing that reflection, don’t dwell on the past failure.  Rather, reflect on what opportunities this gives you for a better situation, or a healthier relationship.  The possibilities are bright indeed!

August 1, 2010 Posted by | intention, leadership, problem solving | | Leave a comment

The intention to learn

Tuesday June 15, 2010 #228

“If you’re not careful, you could learn something new every day”


Friend and JAMmer JB shares today’s quote with us.  A great reminder that there exists in every interaction, and in every experience, the possibility of learning and growth – if only we are open to this potential.  As you end this day, reflect back on your interactions and experiences and determine what you learned.  Start tomorrow with the intention of learning.

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Courage to Change

Thursday, June 10, 2010 #227

“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become.”


Thank you to JAMMer AE for sharing today’s quote.  This is why change is so difficult:  the necessity of giving up a part of who you are in order to become what you can be.  Even when that something has no worth or is damaging to us, we tend to hold onto it because it is familiar.  You know you need to make changes, and to do so means giving up some part of who you are.  Have courage and trust in your ability to evolve to a better place.  Make a small change today!

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Ready to Listen to those who need you?

Tuesday June 8, 2010 #226

“One friend, one person who is truly understanding, who takes the trouble to listen to us as we consider a problem, can change our whole outlook on the world.”

~E.H. Mayo

We can all think back on a time when we were struggling through a situation and felt completely alone.  In that moment a friend, a family member, a teacher, or a co-worker noticed our state of mind, asked what was going on and listened we explained our situation.  Just that simple act of kindness, to listen to us when we needed an ear made all the difference.  Be aware of those around you today and see if you can be that needed ear for someone who needs to be heard.

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Prepare for Success

Thursday, June 3, 2010 #225

“The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates the offspring we call luck.”

~Tony Robbins

It is time to create your own ‘luck’.  Stop waiting for your lottery ticket to provide your wealth, for your boss to notice your hard work and promote you, for that guy to ask you out, for your staff to become more engaged.  Spend your time preparing for success and keep your awareness high, and when the opportunity arises you will be ready.

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Courage to Simplify

Tuesday June 1, 2010 #224

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

~Albert Einstein

In our complex and integrated world today, your greatest value may be in your ability to simplify.  This is not an easy task.  It seems everyone wishes to create and maintain complexity.  Your actions to simplify your own life and the lives of those around you will be critical to your ability to prosper and lead others to effectiveness and prosperity.  Do you have the talent and courage to simplify?

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Unsatisfied Curiosity

Thursday, May 27, 2010 #223

“That’s what makes death so hard – unsatisfied curiosity.”

~Beryl Markham

Curiosity is s key trait of successful leaders and of people in general who express satisfaction with their lives.  It is curiosity which drives people to learn new things, try to understand other’s points of view, and avoid complacency.  I have learned that curiosity is not a learned talent, but rather part of a person’s DNA.  The fact that you are reading this shows your curiosity and desire to grow.  May your curiosity never be satisfied.

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Experience the Magic

Tuesday May 25, 2010 #222

"Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do.
You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve." 
~Mary Kay Ash

While you certainly should never be constrained by self-limiting beliefs, remember that your dreams can only come into being with intentional actions.  Dreams without actions are fantasies.  Actions without dreams will allow progress, but not necessarily to where you mean to go. It is a delicate balance between the freedom of unrestrained dreams and the pragmatism of necessary actions to get you there.  Your potential is truly unlimited.  Take actions that map to your dreams and experience the magic!

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Will you lead?

Thursday, May 20, 2010 #221

“The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.”

~Napoleon Hill

One of the very basic secrets of effective leadership is to give the impression of confidence and purpose.  If this impression is not based on a foundation of truth, that leader’s true character will become known soon enough.  But even if new to a group or without experience, if you project confidence and articulate a clear purpose and vision, you will quickly be accepted as a leader.  Most people want to follow and will follow you if you show you know where you are going.  Will you lead?

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